Lukas Liquor Superstore

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39 Ratings
Ratings: 39
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: n/a
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13657 Washington Ave
Kansas City, Missouri, 64145-1670
United States
phone: (816) 942-8523

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Notes:
Monday - Thursday: 9am - 9pm
Friday - Saturday: 9am - 10pm
Sunday: 11am - 7pm

(Place added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-16-2005)
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Reviews by sfreshnock:
Photo of sfreshnock
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%

I am a Kansas City expat who moved 5 years ago. Boulevard is not distributed in Chicago, so I stock up every time I visit. When I live in KC the best "Beer" liquor store was Royal on 103rd and Stateline or Gomer's on 39th. None of these store could top the selection of Chicago's several warehouse style beer/wine emporiums. Lukas Liquor is in a class of it's own and I would make the trek out to 135th just to shop this location.

They have an extensive and up to date "u.s. micro and craft" section, followed by a European section and ending with a Belgian style area. What really did it for me was most of the shelf selection was available cold so you could enjoy it as soon as you get home. In addition they had 4 doors of individual bottles that you could mix and match to "Sample". This was great way for me to sample some of the new breweries out of St. Louis without breaking the bank on several 6 packs.

The associates were knowledgable and engaging. They spoke with me about my selection and made recommendations based on style not personal taste. The store was clean in appearance and smell (this could be due to the new construction in this part of town). The bottles were not dusty, a big pet peeve of mine.

Price wise I did not see anything out of scale with normal pricing. I spent about 200$ on Boulevard, Bell's and a few Schlafly beers. Filled up my trunk nicely.

I will be coming back to this location every time I visit the area. KC beer lover's are lucky to have such a great resource. Hopefully they can open a down town / mid town location so the other's store will step it up..

More User Reviews:
Photo of jaydoc
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%

Photo of bulldogg915
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of khargro2
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

The selection was pretty good, and I got what I was looking for - single 12oz beers that were out of my distribution. They did not have many limited release beers other than Boulevard, which is local. Plenty to choose from, but don't go in with too high expectations. I would say this is a mid-sized store, 12oz singles are kept cold, most beer is sold in 4 or 6 packs. Great displays for the local breweries. Probably a good place to stop if you are in the southeast KC area.

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Mark-Leggett
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of patre_tim
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of Ewlew
1/5  rDev -76.2%

Photo of Bsetz
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of Enochase04
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of mojohawk21
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of APB
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of 22Blue
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of carrson
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.55/5  rDev -15.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4

A massive size liquor store in south KC. Back portion is dedicated to beer. Had a decent selection of Founders, Boulevard, Firestone Walker, Bells, and Stone. Didn't have too many of the select/limited beers there. My other complaint was that a number of the beers i was interested in purchasing had an older bottled on date than some of the other smaller liquor stores around town.

Overall, lots of quantity with average quality.

Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Was surprised that this seemed so far south from the center of the city. Oh well, stopped on a Saturday night and selection was broad and good as expected. It had a nice singles area, although as in many places I wish I could have a chance at getting singles of everything. The beers were both refrigerated in the back and kept out to the south end of the store. Glassware was also available. This seems to be the place to stop in KC for a beer haul. $171 I spent despite not really planning to spend much more than $50 coming in.

Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Quality I'm putting as average. The bottle of Trappist Achel Bruin 8 was a skunked/otherwise bad bottle.

Service was nice and made sure to ask if we needed assistance. Always a plus. Of course, like almost always, we did not take up that offer, so we don't know how knowledgeable they are.

Amazing selection including a build your own 6/12/24 pack fridge with ~100 beers, several aisles of 6-sixers, and at least 4 rows (2 aisles) of bombers and singles of the quality stuff.

Guesstimating, I'd say they have somewhere between 400-500 beers. Hard to tell really.

Worth checking out if you're in the area.

Photo of HaysAmerica
3.78/5  rDev -10.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

This store is a little bit of a drive for me but not as far as the one on the Missouri side which is HUGE. This will certainly do for me though. The staff are friendly & they are more than willing to ask you if there is something that they can help you find. They have a "beer" guy & a "wine" guy to help you out w/ any suggestions or product detail. Usually more help than not & I've never had a bad experience going there. Reasonably priced & always get lots of the Boulevard Limited Release Smokestack series! Huge plus in my book. Lots of selection & I even found a few gems that I'll be purchasing soon. Overall, pretty darn good. Especially for Kansas! Prosit.

Photo of HOPPYKC
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%

If i lived closer to this place i would only and i mean "only" go to this place. They have by far the largest selection i have seen in the kansas city area. I know some people are wine lovers but this place respects beer. Once you go the back third of the store you will know what i mean. The whole end of the store is dedicated to the beer and the people who love it. Almost anything you could want cold and ready; as well and three coolers+ of make your own-6. And if you don't find what you need in the coolers they have 4+ aisles of specialty single bottles and imports from other countries. Plus another reason to go the extra mile is that in Missouri they sell FOUNDER'S!!

Photo of OlRasputin989
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%

I have been to KC twice and each time this is my favorite place to visit. It is by far the best beer store I have every visited: If Wal-Mart were simply an alcoholics supermarket, this would be the place!

Each time I go out of town I make a list of things I hope to find when there. The majority of things on my list are here, along with items that I had overlooked and was ecstatic to find.

While there, I am usually asked if I need any help several times and the staff is somewhat knowledgable of beer and beer styles.

I have and will continue to recommend this to anyone and everyone who looks to find a beer store that exceeds every expectation.

Photo of MarshallMan
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%

Highly recommended!

My "go to" place for beer in KC. Lukas (135th & State Line) by far has the largest selection of beer in the metro. They have a large selection of unique imports as well as most good domestic micros available to them. They have Bell's :) but no Dogfish Head. :(

I've had quite a few conversations with the guy that runs the beer section and he is very helpful. Best luck going in during the day on weekdays to catch him. I don't think he is around on the weekends.

Prices are reasonable but a little higher than some other stores.

I feel like a kid in a candy store every time I go, which is probably too often. :)

Photo of maltiavelli
3.25/5  rDev -22.8%

Lukas is certainly one of the de-facto beer stores in the Kansas City area. They also are one of the biggest liquor stores that I have been in. The selection of beer was quite broad but not in they lacked anything truly exotic. I picked up a some Founder's Double Trouble and Centennial IPA as well as Lagunitas' WTF. They had about a 50-50 mix of micro to import ratio if macros are excluded.

Despite the large quantity of micros and imports I really don't think that Lukas' is a "beer" store since beer is not a huge part of their product mix. Once you walk in the store it is laid out pretty much like any other liquor store. Wines and liquor are easily accessible and beer is in the back of the store.

Personal service is not really emphasized at Lukas' either. This is a "Wal-Mart" of liquor stores. If you need assistance it seemed as if you would need to go all the way up to the front and ask a cashier, and I don't know if they have any specialized beer knowledge.

Overall I was able to get in and out with relative ease. I also found beers that suited my tastes for a reasonable price.

Photo of claybeer
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%

I was heading back to Oklahoma after visiting the Boulevard Brewery. It was defiantly worth the stop. It was nice to find beers that are not available to us in Oklahoma. The staff was very polite. I spent probably an hour wondering up and down the aisles finding all kinds of treasures that I have only read about in magazines. Many deals were offered on seasonal and popular beers but I spent most of my money on the odd singles and bomber bottles. The other great thing was to create your own six pack. It gave me an opportunity to try several more common beers that I haven't had but didn't want to spend the money on a whole six pack in case I didn't like them. I will go out of my way to stop again if I'm ever in the area.

Photo of Yetiman420
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Took a 35 minute drive south from the near southside of KC (plaza area) to check out the highest rated bottle shop as rated by BA.

I happen to live by the #2 grossing liquor store in the nation (Party Source in Northern KY/Cincinnati) and Lukas is very similar when it comes to beer and wine (not as much with liquor). This place has a huge selection of wine and what I imagine is the most comprehensive selection of beer in the area.

Of note would be ~12 bottles of Black Albert for $9 each (maybe not as hard to get as a year or two ago). Also was tempted by some of the special Odell's releases. I don't know if you could break up bottles to make your own sixer. They did have singles available in the chilled section - nothing exceptional though. I also felt the Belgian selection, while big, could have been more impressive but it's hard telling what they have access to.

It was ~100 degrees during my trip with heat index at 110 so I was limited with what I wanted to buy and keep in my car during meetings. I went with a Hanssens Oude Gueuze for $8 which I drank in my hotel that night.

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Lukas Liquor Superstore in Kansas City, MO
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