Total Wine & More

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Total Wine & MoreTotal Wine & More
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59 Ratings
Ratings: 59
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: n/a
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1720 N Dale Mabry Hwy
Tampa, Florida, 33607-2520
United States
phone: (863) 350-9601

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Ratings: 59 | Reviews: 39
Reviews by Shaw:
Photo of Shaw
3.7/5  rDev -7%

I've been to this Total Wine a couple of times now and like the place. Lots of beer available, with everything available in singles, too.

I noticed several beers were past date, though, so watch out.

You can't beat their prices. No one has it cheaper.

And the selection is good. They don't have every beer available in Florida, but they carry most of them. Check out Beer World in Largo for the more exotic Belgians and one-offs.

There's not really any service unless you seek it out. The cashiers are friendly. So you'd better know something about beer, because there are precious few shelf-talkers.

But overall this is a great store and I wish it were closer to Sarasota. I spent $150 there yesterday: I essentially bought one of every beer they have that I haven't tried before.

More User Reviews:
Photo of One1Asterisk
5/5  rDev +25.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

If you need beer, come and get it here.

Photo of BMMillsy
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Stopped in here today while in town. My first time at one of these. Big warehouse place with huge wine and liquor selection. Beer selection is solid enough but nothing particularly tough to find. Highlights were Clown Shoes and Bruery regulars. Otherwise, can find most of the stock nearby at small shops here in Gainesville. Left here without buying a single thing.

Photo of Brenden
4.01/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

This store was a supposed must-stop on my way down the Dale Mabry. I must admit I was at least a little impressed. It's a nice, clean, tidy store with good space and room to look around. I like that there's an aisle dedicated just to singles, as the mix-a-sixer is my favorite option for trying as much as I can. The selection wasn't the biggest I've seen but very large by some standards. There was a good-sized cooler area with stuff in it, too. I saw plenty of Belgians and other imports I don't see here, which may or may not be saying much. While it was the standard stuff, there was also enough that's unavaiable to certain areas to satisfy me. Nobody stocking asked any questions or really glanced at me, but the cashier was friendly. The knowledge was fairly standard for the business as far as I could tell. This is a good place to go beer shopping.

Photo of ajtorres311
3.56/5  rDev -10.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3

The prices on their beer selection (which is one of the worst I have seen at a Total Wine) are a bit high. They did, however, have a few offerings I haven't been able to find at other Total Wine locations such as Tropical Heatwave from CCB and Old Elephant Foot from Tampa Bay Brewing. Other than that, I might not stop here on my next trip to CCB.

Photo of spinrsx
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Probably the best place in Tampa that I went to for beer selection. They have a really nice selection of Belgian beers. The prices were just a bit above average especially for the singles. I found a few bottles that were out of date, so be sure to check. They also had a few beers that were listed as 'in stock' on the webpage, but they were nowhere to be found in the store.

Photo of skateclutch
3.59/5  rDev -9.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4

After reading about this place on I went there with a good list of what to expect. I went the week before Easter so the stock was probably a little low. They had a very decent selection and most of the items were cheaper than whole food in the same complex, most likely due to the quanity they are buying compare to whole foods. I ended up coming home with some Stone Reunition, few different CCB 6rs and 250mls, couple various 6 packs of dogfish, some hoptimum,, and some greenflash. Not bad for a first visit, wish they had a few other breweries I was looking for but other than that I was very satisfied.

Photo of bigfnjoe
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

Was going to just go to the Whole Foods in this shopping center, but saw Total Wine and threw a U-turn in the parking lot. If you've ever been to a Total Wine, you know what to expect. The selection was insane. One full aisle (both sides) of large format bottles and singles, and one full aisle of six and 12 packs. We grabbed a CCB Humidor and a four pack of cider, because we wanted something canned. No one helped us on the floor, but the clerk at the counter seemed a little frigid. Odd how they wrote down mine and my girlfriend's drivers license numbers...I know we're out of state, but it was odd. I'd come back again and stock up a little more than I did this time.

Photo of FosterJM
3.94/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Visited Total Wine after my CCB flight.

Atm- A smaller Total wine to say the least. Smaller aisles and dimly lit store. Employees seemed to pay no attention.

Quality- Good products on the shelf with a few holes overall. Had a lot of state ticks and some random beers I needed from a couple years ago to re-review.

Service- Like I said, employees didnt pay much attention, but when I needed something they were attentive.

Selection- Good range of products from all up and down the east coast. Saw some things I wasnt expection. New CCB beers, Weyerbacher Insanity amongst others.

Food- N/A

Value- Every single beer that I wanted in a single was between 1.79 and 3.29. A steal if you ask me.

Photo of Chaney
4.3/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Atmosphere: Located a mere stone's throw from Cigar City and Whole Foods, this mammoth store is located in a very pleasant (though I heard often congested) shopping complex. The inside was constructed just like most other Total Wines.

Quality and Service: No one really came to my aid while I was in there, but that was probably because my cart was filled up with about $150 worth of goodies, so the employees probably just assumed I knew what I was doing.

Selection: Awesome Cigar City selection! On the day I went, I picked up (in some cases, multiples of): Jose Marti, Jai Aai, White Oak, Cubano Espresso, Big Sound, and many many more selections from CC and St. Somewhere. Additionally, they had several rows and end caps of sixers from just about every brewery that is distributed to that part of Florida.

Value: The prices here were about a buck less than CC (and maybe less than the Whole Foods nearby), which makes it an ideal first stop before hitting Cigar City.

I highly recommend this place!

Photo of beersensei305
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%

Before I was a beermaniac I used to frequent the Total Wine in Orlando for Jack Daniels & Miller Light never paying attention to the selection. I recently went to this location and I was impressed although I have had most of the beers there the is such a selection of local brewerys I have never seen or heard of. Plus it is right around the corner from Cigar City Brewery. Price are god due to the volume they purchaase. And if you like to drink wine or spirits this is the place! And the staff is friendly and willing to help find your requests.

Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%

This seemed to be the place to load up on beers from the South or other places I can't get at home. However, it seemed I knew more about beer than some of the people who worked there. I also wanted to find Cigar City Improvisation there and it wasn't, but maybe I was too early. I was able to pick up their imperial stout and scotch ale, though. Another asset was a large selection of singles and bombers. I thought the prices were great. A must stop for any out of towner going to Cigar City nearby.

Photo of JayS2629
4.3/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

Its a clean, well lit, grocery store type atmosphere. Easy to get lost, but well organized. Just huge. Location is nice right beside the Cigar City Brewery.

The top quality you can find for craft beer, but more focused on wine. Found all kinds of rare and hard to find stuff.

Service was ok and friendly. Could point you in the right direction, but no expertise or good beer conversation.

Huge selection, most you could ask for.

Very reasonable priced.

Overall an awesome place to find good beer.

Photo of tchaos
3.2/5  rDev -19.6%

This behemoth of a store is located in a former Rooms to Go on Dale Mabry, very close to Cigar City Brewing. Be warned when you go -- traffic is often chaotic as people decide which part of the shopping spoke they are headed for.

It boasts 2,000 beers; however, that includes all flavors of Bud/Miller/Coors, and the same beer in varying sizes counts multiple times. Beers are organized alphabetically by brewer, separated by country of origin. Always lots on hand from 4 well-known craft brewers from the United States -- Samuel Adams, Stone, Rogue, and Dogfish Head; however, not nearly as much emphasis on Cigar City Brewing, which sits 200 yards away. You can get a beer listing online -- http://www.wineaccess.com/file/store/totalwine/beer-totalwine-tampa.pdf -- however, the list is static, so you may find items out of stock.

Prices are good, due to the volume buying power that they have. However, it's a number of the wines that seem to be the loss leaders, not craft beer. Therefore, you will often find similar (sometimes better) pricing at the nearby Whole Foods (e.g. The Bruery Coton is regularly $18.99 at Total Wine; $17.99 at Whole Foods). Total Wine's size also allows them the ability to be the sole distributor of some beers in FL (e.g. Flying Fish).

Service is average, at best -- my best discussions about beer have been with other customers or with distributor reps stocking the shelves. Checkout is annoying on a good day, and soul-crushing when crowded. Lanes are incredibly short and narrow, and in order to place purchased items in your cart, you block all lanes to your left.

If you are in there buying wine, it's worth checking out the beer; however, there are better options nearby.

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.7/5  rDev -7%

This is very easy to get to from the highway east of Tampa Bay, in an area filled with beer stops (Cigar City and Whole Foods, both within 2 blocks of Total Wine). This is a fairly standard Total Wine, hundreds of beers to choose from at average pricing. One nice point is the huge selection of singles, just about everything they offer has some singles available.

Although I recommend a stop at Whole Foods if you're at Total Wines, I noticed that the selection was pretty much the same between the two. If something's out of stock at one place you might just get lucky by walking across the parking lot.

Photo of Domingo
3.9/5  rDev -2%

This is my first go-to stop in Tampa. It's conveniently right in front of a very well stocked Whole Foods and about 300 yards from Cigar City brewing, too.
Since this is a beer store, my review is simple and straight to the point.
Tons of excellent beers are available in 6-packs, mixed-packs, singles, bombers, etc.
Everything from excellent local selections to choices from the midwest and far north. They have a solid list of imports as well. If it makes it to Florida, they likely have it here.
Prices are fair, and the dates were always fresh, too.
The only real downside is that pretty much nothing is cold...so you're going to have to make a trip home to refrigerate 99% of what's sold here. that hurts my "service" rating a bit.
If you're visiting Cigar City, Datz, or even the Whole Foods - you need to stop here, too.

Photo of ktrillionaire
3.2/5  rDev -19.6%

The Wal-Mart of liquor stores is a cavernous, monolithic beast.

I am usually disappointed by the lack of exotic choices. If there is a mediocre beer, they have it. There are certainly some gems, but they clearly do not care about beer as much as wine.

They are very good for picking up seasonals, or buying volume, and they have a decent keg selection too. And the prices are always reasonable.

It is a pain in the ass to check out because of an inane business practice that has the cashier interrupt at the point-of-sale in order to write down the driver's license number and d.o.b. of you and everyone you are with.

This Total Wine is one block from Cigar City, and across the parking lot from Whole Foods (which has a smaller but much higher quality selection.) So it is worth the trip. This block is very beer-rich.

Photo of ericfb18
3.05/5  rDev -23.4%

Disappointed by Total Wine...was hoping to at least find some CCB considering the brewery is right around the corner...not even one bottle in their store! I hear it's a production issue on CCB's part, so trying not to hold this against Total Wine in my review.

Selection was decent...a lot of Bell's stuff. My guess is Bell's doesn't get the hype it does in the Northeast in Florida. Cases and cases of HopSlam...going for $14.99 a 6 pack. Had pretty much all of Bell's lineup. Huge amount of Northeast stuff like Brooklyn, Weyerbach, DFH, etc so nothing that overly interested me coming from NJ. They did have some Terrapin stuff that I picked up to travel back with. Still can't believe I'm in Tampa and can't get a bottle of CCB!

Worth a visit nonetheless...may stumble across something interesting. I hear good things about the service at Total Wine from other reviews, but this was not the case during my visit. I asked two people about CCB and didn't really get an answer.

Photo of Blitzstyle
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%

On Dale Mabry just a light north of 275. Good store with a good selection. The staff here is awesome. There always there to give you recomendations and actually sound like they know what they are talking about. They have a mix a six pack section which is always fun when your trying new things. They have a decent 22oz selection and some local brews avalibale. They have no problem teling you when the beer your looking for is coming in. They will even put some aside for you. They put 2 cases of SA Imperial Pilsner to the side for me last year. But they are or were frugel with there 120's only letting me grab two. Pretty good for a big corporation to have a good beer selection. Nothing like ABC.

Photo of mullenite
4.3/5  rDev +8%

For a big box store I have to say this place had great service. That was the one thing that stood out to me more than anything else. The assistant manager was nice enough to share some CCB Big Sound Scotch Ale he was holding behind the counter after seeing my Brooklyn Brewery hat and talking with us. The cashiers were all friendly and very willing to help us find anything.

Compared to other TW&M stores I've been to, this one seemed to care more about it's beer selection. A lot of the employees complimented our selections and share some of their favorites with us. We also had great conversation with the other customers in the store.

The selection is much better than what we can get in Gainesville with a larger selection of Brooklyn, Dogfish Head, and Belgian imports.

Overall I was impressed and would be happy to go back there anytime.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%

If you've ever been to a Total Wine & More, you've almost been here before. I've been to stores in New Jersey and Delaware and they're almost exactly the same (this one was actually a little bit more clean and polished; and better organized, except it's a bit smaller in size so that should be easier to do).

The singles aisle is pretty large, and it covers local beers (I found almost everything I was looking for), beers from surrounding states, and even some from far-off (Stone, Brooklyn, etc). Overall, it's a pretty good representation of what's available within the state. Beyond that there are the imports, and although they have a wide range available, most of the items are fairly mainstream. That is, for the most part you won't find specialty imports (except for some holiday releases) like you will with domestic seasonals and small-batch lots.

As is the case with most Total Wine stores, the beer cooler mainly features mainstream stuff with a fair selection of domestic six-packs available as well - and the single bottles are limited to the very mainstream, a few imports, and a rare gem here and there of domestic / imported craft brew (usually in big bottles).

The wine selection is good, but it focuses on wines brought in by Total Wine. Many are exceptional values, but there are also some clunkers. And the problem with that is they're not usually reviewed outside of the Total Wine shelf tags (ie. no Wine Spectator, etc.); and if you do find a wine you really like you'll only be able to get it at Total Wine (I have a few that I continually go back to, but I also have easy access to the store in Cherry Hill, NJ!).

Service is good, but it can be hit or miss. No one approached me on my visit, and I saw a lot of shuckin' and jivin' going on amongst the employees, but I have run into employees who are really gung-ho and will go above and beyond to help you out (more in wine than beer).

Overall, a quick one-stop shop for mostly basic stuff and a minor selection of specialties. Worth checking out.

Photo of nick76
3.55/5  rDev -10.8%

This is one of those places that I almost hate to rate because it's a glorified ABC. That being said this store has a huge selection of not just beer but wine and everything else with alcohol. Granted most of the stuff here is from the major players (distributors, brewers). But man what a large number of beers and almost always something new. If your like me and want to get a cheap new rating every now and then, OK every day, then why not shop here. Sure I would rather support the local guys and lets face it this is the Wal-Mart of liquor stores, but it's hard not to enjoy the low prices and fresh stock. I enjoy this place so I recommend it.

Photo of cjgator3
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%

Total Wine is what it is. A store with a pretty decent selection at pretty damn good prices that are pretty hard to beat. You are not going to find any hard to find rare offerings, but they do carry most of the basics from the big breweries and some of the smaller locals at very reasonable prices. Most of the employees working there no nothing about beer, but the store is always clean and the isles are typically well stocked. Overall, Total Wine is no where near the best store in town but it is easy and convenient especially if you know what you want going in to it. As mentioned, don't go in looking for stuff you have never seen before, but it is a nice place to stock up with the essentials.

On a side note, make sure to check the dates on the bottles (if applicable) because I have noticed some beers on the shelves that are past their "best by" date.

Photo of Elrod23
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

This is always our first stop after picking up the rental car at TPA (2-3 times a year). It's easy enough to find, even for an out-of-towner. There is a Target store across the parking lot in case you want to pick up a cooler or beach supplies for the trip.

Great selection of imports and micros from all over the country. They even have some of my favorites from here at home. My wife says the wine selection is great (I wouldn't know the difference) and I like the rum aisle for those occasions that I want something stronger.

The staff doesn't hover, but you know who they are if you have a question.

Photo of SimplySinister
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

This is a great place to find many elusive beers. I couldn't tell you how many are there, but they have beers from nearly every country. The store is very clean and the stock is well organized to avoid having to scrutinize store shelves. Prices are reasonable.

The service, as other reviewers have pointed out, is not up to par; I might go as far to say terrible. I asked one seemingly intelligent employee if they had anymore Weihenstephaner hefe in stock and was given a nonsensical glare. I attempted to clarify my selection by uttering "You know, the wheat beer..?" and once again recieved the "deer in headlights" look. Oh well. Can't have it all.

Regardless, do not pass this store up. Make yourself a shopping list and most importantly- a budget. I guarantee you'll end up buying a few more beers than expected.

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Total Wine & More in Tampa, FL
89 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.