Lukas Liquor Superstore

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39 Ratings
Ratings: 39
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 4.21
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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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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of TrippnFiasco
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%

The best liquor stores I have found in Kansas and Missouri. One is off of 119th and Blue Valley Pkwy, and the other is off 135th and Stateline (missouri side). Each has a slightly different selection than the other, but both have a huge selection of great craft beers, including imports. They have the standards (Big 3, Guinness, Heiny, etc) but then they have a ton of other great beers that can't be found elsewhere. Above-average cooler selection, and a well above average bomber/24oz/etc section. I spend 30+ minutes just looking at stuff every time I go there. Also, the liquor and wine selections are exceptional as well.

Photo of udubdawg
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%

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.

Photo of hwwty4
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%

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 don’t 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 don’t 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.

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..

Photo of Billolick
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%

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.

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 bleeng
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Sort of the middle of nowhere in southern KC. Brand new store set up at the end of a shopping center-if you miss the first turn you'll have to backtrack quite a bit.
Warehouse style store. I didn't walk the wine or liquor aisles as I was in a hurry to catch my plane.
I ran into the beer guy and the store manager-nice guys. They had the best selection of Belgium beers I've seen anywhere-especially geuzes/lambics. Good selection of Midwest micros including all the Goose Island small batch. Lighting was low-good for the beer but bad for the eyesight. I'll be back whenever I return to KC.

Photo of Enochase04
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

I stopped over at Luka's on my way through town just ot pick up a sixer of local beer, maybe two. Well, I ended up getting three sixers (including a mixed six) and two bombers and then I had to drag myself away.

This place has just about anything you could ask for as far as a sampling of mid-west micros goes. Bell's, O'Dell's, New Belgium, Goose Island come to mind immediately. And these aren't just the basics but special releases and seasonals too. Lots of Belgian beer (including some that I am sure are not distributed here in GA) as well as German and British imports. Big selection in the cooler too. Singles and make-your-own sixers are reasonable and happily welcome.

Service was fine and everything that needed to be was very fresh. A great find.

On my way back through town, I picked up another case or so of beer to take home.

Photo of bulldogg915
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of zeff80
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%

I've been to the Lukas in Overland Park and the one in Ellisville, MO, but this one is the best of the three. It's a little out of the way, but it is worth the trip. Just like the other two, it has a great selection of of singles for the build your own six-pack for $7.99. Their collection of bombers and imports was oustanding. It was a very long aisle of beers. One side of the aisle was mostly Belgian, German and English beers. The service was great. At least five employees asked me if I needed any help. It has all of the typcial domestic craft brews available in Missouri, plus a few more. The selection of imports and domestics is the best and biggest I've ever seen.

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 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 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 bahua
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%

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.

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4.3/5  rDev +2.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of squaremile
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%

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.

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Lukas Liquor Superstore in Kansas City, MO
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