Lukas Liquor Superstore
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Ratings: 34 | Reviews: 25 | Display Reviews Only:
4.2/5 rDev 0%
This place is f'ing HUUUGGGEEE. Wow. I mean gigantic. Lots and lots of craft beer toward the back. Shelves of imported stuff, I found some Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch Weasel much to my surprise. By far the best bottle shop I've ever seen in Kansas City. The place I'm imagining is making its real money on liquor and wine based on the clientele and the lack of beer knowledge from the staff, but the person doing the buying has to know what's up. Hard to get to if you are in town since it is pretty far out in the burbs, but man what a huge and wonderful selection at this store.
05-31-2010 17:00:44 | More by squaremile
3.94/5 rDev -6.2%
Visited again today, noticed some significant changes here. The beer aisles were all shortened and moved to the rear of the place, opposite the coolers. Sunday it was a ghost town, think I even saw a tumbleweed blow past. There were maybe 3 employees (no other customers) in the place, no one to answer beer questions, or in the general beer area. Selection seemed slightly scaled back due to the economic crunch, but still large. Date codes seemed to be a month within code, not the freshest but still good. I was looking for US micros and not disappointed, and even found a couple lambics from Hanssens and Oud Beersel. Singles in the cooler were grouped by style, which was good to see. This place is cavernous, almost too big, but beer takes up a mere 1/4, if that. Open daily at 9am, 11am on Sunday.
Phil is the beer guy here, and my hat goes off to him. I was able to secure/buy a rare bottle over the phone and pick it up when I was in town for the holidays. It was right there waiting when I got there, no hassle. The blog is very detailed and keeps track of new arrivals and upcoming tasting events.
The store itself is massive, it rivals Sam's in Chicago. By sheer beer volume, Lukas has it beat. The beer aisles go on forever, and I could have easily spent another hour there browsing. The Boulevard smokestack 750 releases were here, which I had to try. Many other full lines of regional micros, such as Flying Monkey and Schlafly.
Great prices on the Belgian imports, noted a few things I couldn't get back home like Le Coq RIS and Oudbeitje Lambic from Hanssens ($4=awesome). Caracole 4-packs of every variety, located on the opposite side of the micro & import singles aisle, toward the back corner. Sort of confusing to split up the Belgians into 2 separate areas based on their packaging. Mix-a-six was right up front for $7.99. Anchor OSA '07 was included, which was a plus. Tried several new regional micros for cheap.
There were helpful staff members on the floor, a guy from the wine dept. directed me to the small selection of mead, which included Chaucers, an African, and a Nordic variety. An in house wine bar and tasting room was there, but looked closed. Hopefully this area is utilized for the beer events as well.
Overall an awesome store. Check it out if you are in the vicinity of KC, it's worth a major detour.
10-19-2009 03:04:30 | More by emerge077
4.65/5 rDev +10.7%
This place was a bit of a drive from downtown, KC (about 15 minutes) and I had my second thoughts as I was going down the highway, when I could have been spending more times at Grinders, but as I rolled up to this place, I had a serious Oh My God moment!! This place is huge, as in Target store huge...TONS of booze, wine and praise the lord BEER...suffice to say that if you can get it in the area, this place will have it..all the locals, regionals, impressive imports, warm, cold, cases, they even had nice Smokestack series glasses (no bargain at over $8, but I needed a nice souvenir from of my trip). Helpful and friendly staff on the floor and at the registers is always a plus. Beer Destination for sure, if in the general area this is a spot well worth driving a few extra miles for.
08-07-2009 14:03:50 | More by Billolick
4.2/5 rDev 0%
Once again, best selection in the city, but it's a 30 minute drive for me. Most of the staff are fairly helpful and friendly, but not as knowledgable as I would like to see in a place with this kind of selection.
As far as price goes, expect to pay about 10-20% more for your beer here, too, than you would at other stores. They've been missing the boat on occassion lately for beer releases, too.
Still, widest selection in town and you can find some real gems, if you're willing to make the LONG drive.
03-02-2009 03:37:52 | More by Baconisaveggie
4.3/5 rDev +2.4%
Before I start getting all negative, let me first say that Lukas easily has the biggest beer selection in Kansas City. There's no denying that, and there's nothing else that even comes close.
But if I could subtract from its score for being a complete pain in the butt to reach, I would. It's *really* far out. It's located relatively close to the airport terminal-like intersection of 135th and State Line. That's about 120 blocks from Downtown. No buses go there, and the highwaylike streets, frontage roads, and gargantuan parking lots don't exactly lend themselves to safety on a bicycle. you simply have to drive to get there. For KC, 120 blocks is a long way to drive for beer, even on an expressway.
But, if I lived close enough for the trip to be short, Lukas would unequivocally be my beer store. The selection is outstanding, and the staff are always eager to help you out, or make recommendations of their own.
01-23-2009 20:43:46 | More by bahua
3.85/5 rDev -8.3%
Have made several trips to this Lukas over the last several months and overall would say that this is a pretty good place. The selection is the best in town in my opinion. The store is always well kept and clean and what you're looking for is always easy to navigate to.
The only knock I would have is that every time I have asked specific questions about a beer no one can answer and they brush it off with "I am a wine person". Now don't get me wrong, most the people here are rather friendly it would just be nice to have someone with a little tribal knowledge to pass along what's new, what's going to be showing up etc..
08-04-2008 15:19:03 | More by Zadok
4.65/5 rDev +10.7%
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..
03-25-2008 15:30:56 | More by sfreshnock
3.55/5 rDev -15.5%
I've been to about every other beer store listed in Beerfly and I finally went to Lukas. Damn it is far south! But I am glad I went the extra way.
Massive store with loads of wine and spirits... seems to have a tasting room too. I am only interested in beer! I located the coolers on the back wall and made my way too them. I seen, domestically speaking, everything I was planning on. Bell's being the star, IMO. When I seen the 5L mini-kegs of Two Hearted I bought two. Hell, for $20 how could I say no?!
A small hanging sign in the middle of the store directed to the imported beers... lots of Belgians, heavy on B. United imports. I did see some rare beers and plenty of quality overall.
The amount of beer on the warm shelves alone is impressive. I could have bought plenty of beer here but I limited myself greatly. I thought the prices were quite good.
I didn't bother looking in the mixed six area as I wasn't in the mood to load up on singles of beer just try for the sake of trying them.
I did find it odd that in a store so big, on a Friday night, there was no employees in the store helping people.
On my next trip to KC I will probably stop here again but I need to pay Royal another visit too.
It would seem the reputation of Lukas is well deserved and worth paying a visit.
02-26-2008 02:00:30 | More by bditty187
4.65/5 rDev +10.7%
Hands down, the best beer store in the Kansas City area. If you live here or just passing through and want to pick up some local fares this is the best place to go. Located about 10 minutes from 435 its not really hard to find. They have the best selection of beer in the KC metro area, and a better beer selection then the other Lukas in the area. It has low lighting, good for the beers that dont get rotated all that often. The selection changes quite a bit, so there is always new stuff coming in. The people are really friendly and dont mind if you ask several annoying questions. They have a blog that will tell you what is coming in. This is the best beer store in the KC area, without a doubt.
11-28-2007 04:51:29 | More by hwwty4
4.65/5 rDev +10.7%
Fantastic store that is at the top of my list of places to stop when passing through or even relatively near to KC.
Lighting is relatively dim, beer is arranged in a sensible manner, and the selection is enormous, and full of world-class brews too. Staff has for the most part been very helpful (had one snarly lady at the checkstand on one visit, but I'm speaking more about the guys working on stocking the aisles who are more than willing to help.)
the unfortunately increasingly frequent occurence of well past prime beer that I get at Royal Liquors up the road has been nonexistent here. Good prices too. Not much else to say - well worth the 8 minute or so drive from the freeway.
07-29-2007 19:59:21 | More by udubdawg
Lukas Liquor Superstore in Kansas City, MO
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