Bay View Liquors
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Ratings: 10 | Reviews: 10 | Display Reviews Only:
4.58/5 rDev +10.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This is the neighborhood liquor store that you wish was at the end of your street. The place isn’t big, the beer selection isn’t as vast as some of the larger stores in the Boston area, but you are going to find a good variety of quality beer and knowledgeable staff whenever you enter the door. That is what impressed me with my first visit, that is what gets me to come back, and that is the reason that I recommend this place.
In terms of beer, I am a huge fan of Founders and Bay View has a strong selection. They also have some Stone, Troegs, North Coast, AleSmith (Speedway Stout), and just an all-around solid collection of beers. In addition, they sell some cellared beers. I picked up a bottle of imperial stout that you don’t find in the Boston area too often.
The staff at Bay View are great. The people I have talked to are quick to offer recommendations and very helpful with any beer questions that I have. These are beer people, and you just feel that they want you to walk out with the perfect beer. Ask for help, tell them what you are looking, and you should come away from Bay View happy.
The only big drawback with Bay View Liquors is that it is a little difficult to get to. Parking in South Boston can be a bit of an adventure, especially if you aren’t from the area. The store is also a 15-minute walk from the T (Red Line). Still, this store isn’t in my neighborhood, but I am going to keep finding a way to stop by.
02-29-2012 04:02:27 | More by SHCC
4.88/5 rDev +17.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Fascinating store – a welcome addition to the Boston beer scene and much needed in Southie.
On first glance, Bay View Liquors looks like any other liquor store in the area. It’s modestly sized and carries the usual selection of beer, wine and spirits. But when you examine their beer collection more carefully, you’ll find a small but smart collection of craft beer on display – notable brands include Founders, Victory, Firestone Walker, Pretty Things, Alesmith (yes, including Speedway when released) and others.
Upon further inspection, you’ll realize that they are also selling a handful of very reasonably priced cellared beers. On my latest visit, I saw DF WWS, Storm King, Scotty Karate and a bunch of other beers aged 2+ years. The cellared beers alone are worth any BA visiting for.
But the store’s real attraction is Rick, the beer manager. All the guys in the shop know beer, but if you go you should ask if Rick is around. Not only is Rick extremely knowledgeable about beer, but he’s also incredibly enthusiastic. He’s also one of the most generous guys in the Boston beer community - his personal cellar is literally unbelievable. Talk with Rick if you’re looking for something special and at the very least he’ll have some good advice for you. Quick tip – the guy loves Marshall Zhukov.
Best place in Southie to purchase beer hands down, but equally valuable to the BA Boston community…highly recommended that you stop by.
10-20-2011 21:51:53 | More by Fclfcs
4.44/5 rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
there are quite a few reasons why i like going to this place. number one would have to be the service.
the guys who work there are big craft beer nerds (like me) and are happy to assist if you need some knowledge, advice or just want to talk shop.
good selection of local craft plus some harder to find stuff in the fridge and on display. they'll even deliver the beer to your home if you're drunk or lazy! i've been both
if you wind up going here for your beer, liquor or wine needs, mention my name for a free high five (500 char.)
07-21-2011 01:38:53 | More by funkel81
4.71/5 rDev +13.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
The song goes "Southie is my home-town..."
Than this is my local store. And Boy am I glad! Medium sized, very clean and very organized. So there is a wealth of knowledge in ALL the employees! You can talk to anyone one of them about beer [except the old man, he's the booze man].
This place has tons and tons of beer! So much so that you may need help finding the "good" stuff especially! Brooklyn, Troegs, Sierra, Dogfish, Stone, Lagunitas, Southern Tier, FOUNDERS, Oskar Blues (got to love some Dale's), Lost Abbey and so many more. Malheur, Duvel, Fantome, Pannepont, t'Smisje, Alvinne, Nogne o, Haandbryggeriet, Olfabrikken, De Glazen and HOLY MIKKELLER!
Rick and Marc like to hide all the good stuff for their regulars like me. So when I get a bottle of Black Ops or Goose Island Bourbon County Stout Rare or even a 4pk of KBS (still my fave), I have to appreciate that they didn't sell it to some random ebay-er or some collector. I am very thankful and happy that the guys at Bayview appreciate me as a customer enough to hold on to great stuff for me [and other beer loving peeps like me]. And even when I can't find something, I know I can ask and it's either right there [and I missed it] or they will gladly get it for me.
03-04-2011 00:00:02 | More by patsofatso
1/5 rDev -75.8%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 1 | $$$$
Stop by last week to purchase a few brews - seeing the past reviews on Beer Advocate . Been here before but after this last visit I am all set . First off being Southie , parking sucks . Crapshoot . Beers are 1 to 3 dollars more than other beer stores I frequent . Selection is blah and very small and I do not recall any Belgians either . I don' t mind spending a little more for a rare brew that is hard to get but the Founders line was a bit too much than what I have seen in surrounding Boston brew stores . I will look elsewhere .
01-09-2011 21:33:59 | More by Kudashov
3.6/5 rDev -13%
quality: 3 | service: 5 | selection: 3 | $$
I went to this place because of the reviews that I have read on here. It is NOT World Class. I did not see ANY St.Bernardus,Allagash or Stone. Just to name a few staples that should be carried art every Craft Beer Store. I forget his name but the guy that helped me really knew his stuff. I went there looking specifically for Abbaye Saint Bon Chein. He does carry it but was out at the time. He informed me that he was expecting more soon as the Brewery is set to release a new batch. In the cooler I saw Old Rasputin,Dogfish,Victory Golden Monkey & Storm King. Warm I saw Rochefort 10 and a few others.(Only One small warm rack) I wouldn't go back here only because of the lack of selection and because if I'm driving in town, other places would tend to carry alot more. If it wasn't for the informative fella behind the counter, I would say this place is Blah.
10-31-2008 15:11:36 | More by gambino2020
5/5 rDev +20.8%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$$
Absolutely untouchable, when it comes to selection, service and knowledge.
Simply put, these guys love beer. And it shows.
Ask for Rick, and tell him what kind of beers you like or are looking for. He will take it from there.
He has talked me into to trying a few styles and brands that I had never heard of a year ago, and they have quickly become favorites.
Their selection changes evey week, and they often get limited edition brews that don't last long, so if they recommend that you grab something before it's gone, they aren't just pushing for a sale, they are for real.
Next door to the Junction, so if you really have to try a beer right away, they might have it nextdoor.
08-06-2008 02:54:24 | More by MisterDeeds
4.5/5 rDev +8.7%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I love this place. Much much better selection than any other store in the southie area.
It has a great selection of some great beers, and they seem to keep bringing new beers in. It makes for quite a short trip instead of going downtown to get beer of the same quality.
Maybe a bit more on the price for some things, but for its location and me not having to travel downtown makes it worth it.
The guys know and love to talk about beer.
Overall: awesome place
Best place in southie to purchase beer
07-19-2008 19:55:09 | More by fitzy21
4/5 rDev -3.4%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
Found this place after moving to Andrew Sq. a few years back - suprisingly, the only decent liquor store within miles.
The staff are generally helpful and love to talk about beer - especially since it seems that 95% of the people who go in there are looking for cheap booze n' scratch tickets.
The stock is getting better all the time, though it would be nice if they carried some more German wheats so I wouldn't have to make the occasional trip to the relocated/reborn Liquorland.
Also, expect to pay at least a dollar or two more for a bomber or six-pack than you would elsewhere.
Sidenote: Not only is New Bay View the only decent packie in the area, their store is connected to The Junction, which is the only decent beer bar in the area.
06-26-2008 18:04:28 | More by flightjkt
4.65/5 rDev +12.3%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
New Bay View is usually where I go when I'm looking for a few quality brews to take in a game. New beers are always coming in and the guys know their stuff and are always willing to help you find just what you're looking for. They'll deliver whatever you need so if you're strapped for time it's nice to just call in a few thirty packs if need be. There's no charge but obviously be prepared to tip. These guys are good dudes.. I feel good giving them my business. It's a tad pricey, but the quality of brews they have you'd have to go to Allston to find anyways, and that's a $2.50 toll. If you're a beer snob like me it's nice to have a place like New Bay View within walking distance.
06-20-2008 17:47:28 | More by sammy80
Bay View Liquors in South Boston, MA
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