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Sparrow Wine & Liquor Co. - Downtown

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Sparrow Wine & Liquor Co. - DowntownSparrow Wine & Liquor Co. - Downtown

Type: Store

126 Washington St
Hoboken, New Jersey, 07030-4628
United States

(201) 659-1500 | map

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Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 13
Reviews by ommegangpbr:
Photo of ommegangpbr
2.95/5  rDev -16.9%

I happen to work pretty near this place so I pop in on a semi-regular basis to see what's going on. The place clearly focuses on wine but there is beer to be had.
There's enough craft beer to get one by. Brooklyn, Long Trail and Chimay are always findable. Little to nothing is exotic but pricing is pretty good. $7.99 for six packs of the aforementioned American brews.
The craft beer scene in Hoboken is pretty lacking but some places seem to be catching on. The uptown counterpart of this store has a much, much better selection.
As it stands, if one finds oneself near the Hoboken PATH station and wants a cold six pack of at least decent craft beer this is an easy go-to place.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Urk1127
3.62/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

Photo of tobelerone
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5

Photo of Zekenyce
4/5  rDev +12.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of BMMillsy
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Stopped in while in town for New Years. Smallish but solid selection of brew including lots of Port and Lost Abbey (Older Viscosity...yum). Some Utopias behind the counter for $210. Grabbed some JW Lees aged in some barrels I haven’t had before. Worth a stop if you are downtown but nothing to go out of your way for.

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Photo of EnthusedAboutBeer
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of claspada
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of metter98
3.67/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Vibe: I wouldn't call this store a beer destination as it's more oriented towards wine, but they have a decent amount of craft beers and it is conveniently located on Washington Street (i.e., Hoboken's "Main Street), only a few blocks away from the PATH station.

Quality: I've never got a bad beer from here, however I'm not sure if they have a high turnover so I'm not sure if I would expect that this place would have a really fresh IPA.

Service: The staff seemed friendly and a couple of people have come over to me asking if I needed any help or had any questions.

Selection: The cooler in the back seems to be mostly oriented towards macro beers, but they have a nice offering of craft beers on a rack towards the back left of the store. I noted a bunch of different beers from Epic, Lavery, Lost Abbey, Port, and Schlafly. They often carry limited releases so you probably have a better chance of finding beers here after they sell out elsewhere as a result of the lower turnover rate.

Value: Prices didn't seem that bad, even for limited release beers. If you're buying multiple beers at one time, it sometimes pays to get at least six as you could get a discount.

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Photo of dbrauneis
2.89/5  rDev -18.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2

This store clearly focuses on wine with beer being somewhat an afterthought - the uptown store which is larger has a better beer selection.

The have the normal selection of mass market beers as well as some of the more common craft beers. Over the last 6 months or so, I have been able to find a few less common craft beers which is good.

The staff at the store is very friendly and helpful though much more well trained on wine than craft beer.

Prices seemed to be right in line with other stores in the area.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.2/5  rDev -9.9%

Again another one of these places that is really not a beer destination so to speak, but for the area is not terrible. The problem here is you are really not going to find anything out of the ordinary, but if you are in hoboken you could do much worse. Limitedselection of more common bottles like chimay, unibroue, etc. Not even really much in the way of locals, But again for the area not terrible just not really a place I would go back to again, I found a few more in the area that were a better fit for me.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%

I've been going to Sparrow as a last minute shop for "wine with dinner" and "a few beers for later" for about 4 years now. It's not the best place I've been to by any stretch, but it's one of the better ones in Hoboken, and it just happens to be on Washington where a lot of the restaurants are.

Beer is along the back wall. They have a small selection of "quality" large bottles (ie. Brooklyn Local 1, Ommegang Abbey Dubbel), and a lot of other crap for take-out (22 oz. Modelo, Foster's oil can, etc.). That's it for singles. But there's also 12 to 16 feet of cooler space housing six-packs. As you might guess, it kind of follows the same guidelines, but there are some good beers present. I can always find something decent, but there's nothing really interesting.

That said, this is not a beer destination. Nor is it really a place to go to find beer. It's just another place that has an average selection that includes enough craft and imports to make it worth mentioning given its location.

However, I should also mention that it's a clean, well kept store, and the service is good. And, if you happen to be looking for wine, they're pretty well stocked with a very good selection. And the prices are good - at least in comparison to some of the other tiny corner stores in the neighborhood.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%

Sunday July 20:

Stopped in here while walking around Washington Street... Been to the one on Shipyard Lane, and between the two, this was definitely the weaker one in terms of selection... The best part about this store is that they allow you to mix and match your own six packs, although the entire store is mainly dedicated to wine...
Slightly cramped space, and friendly service although I, personally wasn't offered any real help... Had sixers of Magit Hat, Flying Dog, the typical macros, some Anchor selections... If you're in the area, you're better off checking out the Sparrow Wine and Liquors on Shipyard Lane...

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Photo of ElGuapo
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%

For a little place, they pack it in pretty good. There are lots of imports, from all over. I didn't really get to peak around to check dates, but everything seemed to be in good shape. Micros were a bit underrepresented, but it looked like they were doing a bit of rearranging.

The place had a lot of customers, and service was good. It seemed like the place to go in Hoboken. I will go back soon to see if they add to their selection because it looked like they were making room to do so.

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Sparrow Wine & Liquor Co. - Downtown in Hoboken, NJ
- out of 100 based on 8 ratings.