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Premier Wine & Spirits

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18 Ratings
Ratings: 18
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 6.96%
[ Store ]

1535 Dresden Row
Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3J 3T1
Canada
phone: (902) 435-6945

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(Place added by: Mandrake on 03-16-2006)
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Reviews by wordemupg:
Photo of wordemupg
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%

One of my first stops on my recent trip to Halifax to grab some local brews. The shop had all the stuff I was looking for and the prices were quite fair. All the locals were here along with a fair bit of imports and stuff from all over Canada. The man working knew what he was talking about and gave me a fair bit of attention. This was by far the best liquor store I found in Halifax and I don't see any reason to shop anywhere else in the city. My girl even found some great cider that we drank in the Public Gardens just up the road good times

wordemupg, Oct 10, 2010
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Photo of Nightwing
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

It does not get better than this in Halifax for bottled beer. They have beer from pretty much all the Nova Scotia breweries that sell bottles. Also some from Quebec, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island.

As far as international beers go there is a good amount from the USA, and the only place in Nova Scotia to find this many Belgian beers. They also have a few from the UK and Germany. However some of the prices for the imported stuff seem rather high.

Oh and they have some wine too.

Nightwing, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of muskiesman
4/5  rDev -7.2%

muskiesman, Aug 05, 2014
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

The bottle selection in NS is fairly limited, so it is hard to rate bottle shops in Halifax given their limitations. This place has a decent beer selection with all of the locals and a great selection of DDC. There are also a bew Belgians and limited US beer from the likes of Anderson Valley, Moylans, Bruery (very pricey) and Brooklyn. The place is clean and well organized and the staff seemed helpful. I left without buying a single bottle as I much prefer drinking the locals on tap at the bars. Prices in general were high, especially the DDC stuff, but I think a lot of that has to do with most of the interesting stuff being imported from other provinces/countries.

TheSevenDuffs, Jun 09, 2014
Photo of kyledandrus
4.79/5  rDev +11.1%

Pretty great selection of bottles from both local breweries, and breweries around the world. The renovations have given even more space for beer, and the selection has expanded accordingly. Always something I haven't had, or heard of, which is nice.

kyledandrus, May 23, 2014
Photo of lgmol
4.65/5  rDev +7.9%

I am a Halifax local and a frequent visitor to Premier Wine & Spirits. Apart from at the local breweries, this is where I buy almost all of my beer. There is an NSLC much closer to my house that I only visit if I am pressed for time.

The beer is organized by style, with separate shelves for hoppy beer, dark beer, Belgian beer, etc. There is also a four-door fridge with cold beer.

The staff is friendly and helpful. I mainly ask for recommendations when purchasing wine because I know much less about it than beer, and they have always guided me well. I've talked to many different staff members about beers and breweries that I like, and they all seem to have tried and enjoyed the products that they carry.

Simply the best selection in Halifax. Almost all of the Nova Scotia breweries are represented, and those that aren't are either very new or are growler only. They also have many beers from the hottest breweries in Quebec (e.g. Dieu du Ciel, Charlevoix, Unibroue). The pricing on all of the local stuff and most of the Quebec stuff is great. For the local breweries it is the same you would pay at the brewery. I'm sure the Quebec beer would be cheaper in Quebec, but that is true for pretty much all beer.

From further West in Canada the pickings get slimmer, but not negligible. There are some Ontario beers but very few from further West. The selection of American beers is certainly the best I've seen in the Maritimes (which isn't necessarily saying much...). Sure, there are many breweries that I wish were represented, but I am happy to have access to some Rogue, North Coast, Anderson Valley, Moylan's, Brooklyn, etc. The Belgian selection is very good. There are also some other international beers. The beers from outside of Quebec and Nova Scotia are understandably higher. If you are just visiting Nova Scotia this probably won't matter to you because you'll be interested in the local stuff, and if you are from Nova Scotia you will probably be willing to pay a little bit more to try something from elsewhere every once in a while!

Overall, this is the only beer store you need to visit in Halifax, NS.

lgmol, Apr 16, 2014
Photo of AnakinVader
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

AnakinVader, Feb 10, 2014
Photo of sholland119
4.44/5  rDev +3%

The only beer store I visited in Halifax. No reason to go anywhere else that I can see. Premier Wine & Spirits is a good sized liquor store with about 25-30% of its floor space dedicated to beer.

Since I was just visiting, my main interest was to find Canadian beers that I can not get at home. On this score, I did very well. A few offerings from the local Garrison Brewery, some excellent beers from Microbrasserie Charlevoix (which I had never heard of previously) and some Propeller beers were on hand. I picked up a representative selection to pack in my luggage.

Beyond Canadian beers, there was a fine slection of Belgian and German imports and some US imports as well. North Coast and Lagunitas travel a long way to get here.

Service could not have been nicer on both of my visits. I would happily shop here anytime.

HV

sholland119, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of PEIBeerGuy
4.65/5  rDev +7.9%

This place is now my Mecca and my weakness when in Halifax. I have made two trips there now and have spent $100 both times... just in the last two months!

The selection is great, better than the liquor stores in NS or especially here in PEI. They carry some things the LC does, but mostly things they don't. A few beers must be token international variety, as they aren't very good (Birra Morena, Efes, etc.), but most of what they have in is really quality stuff. If you're looking for local beers (Garrison, Propellor), get them at the breweries themselves - they're cheaper there.

On my first visit, I had a shopping list of sorts, and was wavering on one purchase. The helpful bearded fellow (who's been there both times) suggested Hop Stoopid, and it was an instant favourite.

It's a bit pricey, but I love the place. I hope they keep rotating their inventory!

PEIBeerGuy, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of Long813
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Don't know why I haven't reviewed this place yet. It's the single most important place to visit when in Halifax on a beer trip. It's under a government specialty program to import different beers - bypassing the NSLC.

The service is great, employees know their information on beer and wine and they have a vast interest in the subject while also being kind and catering.

Selection is outstanding in relation to the NSLC. The staff constinatly searches for new breweries to add to the list of selection and distributes all the locals beers from Garrison and Propeller.

Since they order small quantities, the prices are higher than what you normally expect, but it's the price you pay for selection.

If you are in Halifax, you need to go here.

Long813, May 11, 2010
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Premier Wine & Spirits in Halifax, NS, Canada
94 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.