Lukas Liquor Superstore
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Ratings: 32 | Reviews: 25 | Display Reviews Only:
3.25/5 rDev -24.2%
quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Lukas is certainly one of the de-facto beer stores in the Kansas City area. They also are one of the biggest liquor stores that I have been in. The selection of beer was quite broad but not in they lacked anything truly exotic. I picked up a some Founder's Double Trouble and Centennial IPA as well as Lagunitas' WTF. They had about a 50-50 mix of micro to import ratio if macros are excluded.
Despite the large quantity of micros and imports I really don't think that Lukas' is a "beer" store since beer is not a huge part of their product mix. Once you walk in the store it is laid out pretty much like any other liquor store. Wines and liquor are easily accessible and beer is in the back of the store.
Personal service is not really emphasized at Lukas' either. This is a "Wal-Mart" of liquor stores. If you need assistance it seemed as if you would need to go all the way up to the front and ask a cashier, and I don't know if they have any specialized beer knowledge.
Overall I was able to get in and out with relative ease. I also found beers that suited my tastes for a reasonable price.
08-29-2010 16:08:25 | More by maltiavelli
3.55/5 rDev -17.2%
quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | $$
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
3.55/5 rDev -17.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
A massive size liquor store in south KC. Back portion is dedicated to beer. Had a decent selection of Founders, Boulevard, Firestone Walker, Bells, and Stone. Didn't have too many of the select/limited beers there. My other complaint was that a number of the beers i was interested in purchasing had an older bottled on date than some of the other smaller liquor stores around town.
Overall, lots of quantity with average quality.
05-09-2013 18:27:26 | More by Bosoxfan20
3.78/5 rDev -11.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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.
07-10-2011 16:21:56 | More by HaysAmerica
3.85/5 rDev -10.3%
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Have made several trips to this Lukas over the last several months and overall would say that this is a pretty good place. The selection is the best in town in my opinion. The store is always well kept and clean and what you're looking for is always easy to navigate to.
The only knock I would have is that every time I have asked specific questions about a beer no one can answer and they brush it off with "I am a wine person". Now don't get me wrong, most the people here are rather friendly it would just be nice to have someone with a little tribal knowledge to pass along what's new, what's going to be showing up etc..
08-04-2008 15:19:03 | More by Zadok
3.95/5 rDev -7.9%
quality: 5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | $$
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!!
01-19-2011 05:45:52 | More by HOPPYKC
4/5 rDev -6.8%
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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 my general 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
4.15/5 rDev -3.3%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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.
08-25-2010 16:20:14 | More by claybeer
Lukas Liquor Superstore in Kansas City, MO
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