Lukas Liquor Superstore
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Ratings: 35 | Reviews: 25 | Display Reviews Only:
3.94/5 rDev -6.4%
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 +10.5%
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.
08-07-2009 14:03:50 | More by Billolick
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.
08-03-2010 15:24:31 | More by Yetiman420
4.44/5 rDev +5.5%
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.
04-01-2013 06:36:15 | More by MilwaukeeCrusher
3.55/5 rDev -15.7%
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
4.45/5 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.
06-01-2007 17:05:42 | More by zeff80
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.
07-18-2007 17:26:44 | More by ViveLaChouffe
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.
07-29-2007 19:59:21 | More by udubdawg
Lukas Liquor Superstore in Kansas City, MO
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