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4.7/5 rDev +7.8%
quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$$
I have been to Wally's a few times now. Funny, I never knew about it when I went to school at UCLA, but it's somewhat close to the campus.
Wally's is a pretty upscale place that carries wine, liquor, beer, and even has a cheese shop. ALL of their beer is refrigerated in the back and there are about 8 cooler doors. All beer is organized very well by country or brewery.
They have a large selection of US craft beer that CA gets (Alpine, Ommegang, Avery, Lagunitas) and beers from Europe and Japan. I have found beers here I can't find anywhere else (Drie Fonteinen, De Dolle, Beer Here, Haand, Achel, Hanssens). Prices can be somewhat steep, but it's expected for the high quality beer they stock.
Staff has always been very helpful and polite every time I have gone.
I would highly recommend this place if you are anywhere in the LA area.
02-12-2011 23:26:43 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.7/5 rDev -15.1%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$
Located on Westwood Blvd. in West LA
Carry some hard to find beers like Anchor Xmas (both 50 ounce bottles and 12 oz.), Avery the Beast, Port Santa's Little Helper, Lagunitas Cappucino Stout, and Stone Imperial Russian Stout
Lots of their beers were way passed their bottle date, but still had good beers
Sell out of the Lagunitas seasonals fast unfortunately
Expect to pay a little more than most places
Have not tried any of the beers I have bought from here yet, but date says they are fresh
Cool little store with a loyal customer following, specialize in fine wines even though they have about 6 or 7 fridges of beer
09-08-2007 05:14:56 | More by Floydster
4.5/5 rDev +3.2%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Wally's is THE place for wine. It caters to the entertainment industry so prices can be high but selection is great. It had a terrible beer selection as of two years ago. I fully respect Steve Wallace ("Wally") for his wine knowledge and the stock but beer was not his forte.
However, with Graham, the current buyer, the selection has become competitive with the better places. And, as of this week, Steve is actually giving Graham almost carte blanche to increase suppliers, selection and lower some prices! He is going to eliminate two more soda doors and fill them with beer. He is out to be one of the best places in Southern California. If he does with beer what he did with wine, this will be one of THE GO TO PLACES. Let's hope he continues with the efforts and follows through.
In any event, still a good place to try. Especially nice selection of small bottles of brews that you usually find only in the larger format. Check it out.
03-19-2010 07:23:45 | More by GRG1313
4.2/5 rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Nice wine and beer shop near the UCLA campus.
Tough review, since I spent less than 10 minutes in the shop while my wife circled looking for parking.
All the beer I saw was cold across the back of the store in ~10 cooler doors, with lots of single selections and signs indicating warm sixers were available. Nice split of import and micro selections. AleSmith and Stone well represented. Alaskan, Telegraph, Crooked Line all there too.
Service was nice at the checkout, but none offered while looking.
Nice destination neighborhood shop.
09-23-2011 01:14:01 | More by beer2day
4.64/5 rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Not so much a great beer store as an oasis for drinkers who go for only the highest quality, whether it's beer, spirits, wine...even delectable foods that pair nicely with those adult beverages. And man, does Wally's have an insane wine selection. Their beer selection hardly rivals it in quantity, but the quality factor is seriously high. They throw no bones to the ABCoorsCoronaHeineken crowd -- I hate when otherwise quality stores stock that sort of stuff just to make an extra buck. Wally's don't play dat.
They may lack a number of Belgians I was hoping to see, and they may lack some of the east coast big boys (Southern Tier would fit nicely here), but for an easterner/southerner looking for southern Cali beers not available at home, it's a treat: Bruery (no Black Tuesday), Russian River (Blind Pig IPA, Pliny the Elder), Alesmith (Speedway Stout, Old Numbskull, IPA), Lost Abbey, Port Brewing, Ballast Point...right on. Picked up an Allagash I'd never seen before (Hugh Malone) and was damn pleased to find Portland's finest, Hair Of The Dog (Adam, Fred, Doggie Claws, Blue Dot). And various other offerings from the rest of the country, and the world for that matter.
It's a little cramped, but I was in an aisle that had a couple others perusing the beer and an employee stocking wine shelves behind us, so my cart and my big dumb ass seemed totally in the way of all that. But the service was excellent, and I'll name Graham H. as the guy you should talk to about beer; super-helpful, super-knowledgeable, super-friendly. The guy that rang me up was also cool, pointing out that he really digs the Allagash Hugh Malone.
A must-visit if you're in L.A. and want only quality stuff. Prices are a little high, but hey, consider the turf...
05-05-2010 00:52:08 | More by Metalmonk
4.5/5 rDev +3.2%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Visited on Monday, Januray 31st about 1:00pm.
I had been looking for Deschutes Abyss 2010 and had been stymied everywhere I tried. Thanks to a helpful tip from the BA forums, I gave Wally's a call.
I have to give them a little ding for their website: beer is there (unlike some beer/wine/liquor stores), but it's a little difficult to navigate. An alphabetical list be brewery would be awesome.
Anyway, they gladly put the beer I wanted on hold. I showed up and picked it up later that day with no issues. Their beer selection is extensive, though not mind-blowing. They go for quality more than quantity and everything is refrigerated. Prices are on the the high end of the acceptable range, but nothing is gouged.
The staff was friendly and efficient.
There's plenty of free parking.
What more can you ask for?
02-01-2011 16:39:43 | More by charlzm
4.2/5 rDev -3.7%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
A comment about Wally's and how they have dealt with craft beer over the years. About five or six years ago Wally's used to carry plenty of craft beer. It was one of the few places on the westside of Los Angeles to get quality beers. Before every grocery store or liquor store carried a few quality selections just because craft beer became popular, as it is now. About three years ago I ventured in to Wally's as I often did for craft beer and over night they had barely any craft beer. I went to the counter to inquire about what had happened to the craft beer selection. I was told bluntly, "It does not sell." Wally's had abandoned craft beer. Today was my first visit in three years. Happily they have expanded their craft beer selection. I do wonder though, if the craft beer does not sell this time around, that they might abandon it once again. Hopefully not.
Wally's is a wine shop. It is a good sized room and most of the space is used for wine. They have a nice selection of wine and spirits. A very healthy selection of bourbon for the bourbon drinker. They also sell cheeses and other edibles mostly catering to the wine drinker but could easily transfer to beer. There is a seperate building which is a humidor for the cigar smoker. A quality selection of cigars. I am no cigar afficianodo but I thought some were fairly priced and others were over priced.
All of the beer is in the cooler. A very good selection. They do get some one-offs, plenty of seasonals but only a few rareties. They list the beer on their internet site so I will give a limited list here: Anderson Valley, Lost Coast, Firestone, Sam Adams, Sierra Nevada, Stone, Rogue, Stoudt's, Old Engine Oil, Fuller's, Flying Dog, Samuel Smith's, Unibroue, Kwak, St. Bernardus, Chimay, Abbey De Rocs, Leffe, Delerium Tremens, St Feuillien, Groten Brune, Veltins, Schwelmer, Ayinger, Riggwelter, Aventinus, Marston's, Young's, Casta and plenty of other beers. Some of the beers did seem over priced compared to other establishments that sell the same beer in the Los Angeles area.
The service was very good. The person who orders the beer informed me that they don't always have space in the cooler, or on the sales floor for all of the beer they have and to please inquire about beers because they may have other beers in the back cooler that they have not put out yet. Very helpful.
This is a very well maintained store, with a friendly helpful staff that is reaquainting itself with the world of craft beer. A beer drinker can only hope it will remain so.
10-30-2005 09:40:25 | More by Rumrunner
4.44/5 rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Since I don't live in Santa Monica/LA (outside of it) I don't normally come unless I know they have some good stuff. When you walk in everyone always says hi. It is mainly a wine store, but they have a solid beer selection - everything they stock is relatively sought after - they don't waste space with the "common" stuff overall (i.e. Sam Adams, Sierra Nevada, etc and by that I mean the 12 packs, 6 packs, etc.). Service is great - I am always asked if I need help and if I say no they leave you be...the perfect way to handle it IMO. The selection is actually pretty damn good overall. RR stuff, Victory at Sea, FiftyFifty Evan Williams, they DID have Abyss in the back, Sanctification, Tactical Nuclear Penguin (now on shelves), etc. Ask them what they have in back - got a Red Poppy today. As stated, pretty good selection. The value is about on par with LA, but that means it is a bit pricy because other places in CA have these for cheaper. But still, definitely worth a stop!
03-06-2011 03:06:36 | More by SpdKilz
Wally's in Los Angeles, CA
95 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.