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Premier Wine & Spirits

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16 Ratings
Ratings: 16
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 6.96%
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Store ]

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

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @premierwineshfx

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(Place added by: Mandrake on 03-16-2006)
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Seanstoppable

Nova Scotia (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$

I actually originally found this place a few years ago. I had tagged along with a friend who was making a non-beer purchase, saw their beer selection, and picked up a few bottles of stuff.

For some reason I didn't go back until rediscovering it through BA. Now, I am kicking myself for not shopping there more frequently. Of all the places I know of to obtain beer in the Halifax area, Premier Wine and Spirits has a selection that isn't quite on par with the NSLC, and in fact their selection is limited to maybe a dozen breweries. However, they tend to have a multitude of ales from any given brewery (Rogue's from Oregon has at least a dozen different bottles represented), which makes up the difference.

Price ranges from decent (local stuff) to a bit pricey (Rogue's and other distant breweries), but once you figure out the stuff you like, the price will most likely seem worth it.

Staff always happens to be pleasant and willing to help.

I'll definitely be returning there frequently.

04-20-2009 23:39:52 | More by Seanstoppable
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nighthawk

Nova Scotia (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$

I finally visited this place after passing it many a time. I'm smacking myself for not shopping here sooner. It's a very open-concept store, shelves against the walls with a few displays in between. Gives you the feeling that you can browse freely, without the constraining, utilitarian feeling of many other liquor stores.
The staff were polite and helpful, but never overbearing. Apologized profusely when the cashier found she had run out of six-pack boxes to put my selection in. Double-bagged my purchase just in case. A nice touch many other places I've been would not bother with.
The selection is not as big as some stores I have heard or read of, but for Halifax it's exceptional. The actual bottle count may be lower than the larger NSLC stores, but the range and quality is exponentially larger. Many Quebec breweries were represented, with a great selection of Unibroue and Brasserie Dieu du Ciel. Local micros were also well represented, as were a few US breweries. Lots of selection for me to go back and try. I'll certainly be returning.
The only caveat is that the single bottle prices are a little on the high side. But given the quality of selection, I don't begrudge the prices at all.

10-17-2008 18:23:17 | More by nighthawk
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$

Premier Wines is a really neat little bottle shop, and I'd recommend it to folks visiting the city. The selection is not huge by American standards, but makes up for this in the quality of the offerings. Both the local Halifax breweries are represented in great strength, with large and small size formats available for practically everything. I picked up a mixed six of Garrison beers, as well as their award-winning Imperial Pale Ale, and the award-winning Propleller IPA and pilsner. A number of Sam Smith's beers are carried, and I selected the India Ale and Taddy Porter. You'll also find a good selection of Rogue (including Shakespeare Stout, Mocha Porter, Hazelnut Nectar), and Flying Dog (Road Dog and Horn Dog). An assortment of Belgians rounds everything off. The service was very helpful and friendly, and we had a nice chat and I got some good wine recs off them. For a wine store, their knowledge of beer should be applauded, and they were familiar with all the products and were able to help me select some fantastic brews.

I'll definitely revisit when I'm next in town.

06-10-2008 15:12:02 | More by bobsy
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KaiMiller

Nova Scotia (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$

A necessary visit for Haligonian BAs. Devoted primarily to wine, it has a decent beer section in the front devoted to compensating for the crummy NSLC beer availability. They stock McAuslan/St. Ambroise, Unibroue, Rogue, Samuel Smith's, as well as the local micros and a slightly arbitrary selection of other bottles. I'm praying that these guys will pick up the Trappists that the NSLC has dropped once bureaucracy will let them.

Staff is knowledgeable and always good for a chat. They also seem to continuously work on improving their selection - keep your eyes open for Dieu du Ciel!

Single bottle prices are fairly high - $2.50-$5 for a 12oz. and $5-$10 for a 22oz. However, 4-, 6-, and 12-packs are very reasonable (for Canada) - I can pick up 12 St. Ambroise for $20 even. Ask the staff how long an import bottle has sat before buying - once or twice I've picked up beer past its prime.

These guys are great. Supporting them is a favour to the local beer community, and it's the kind of good deed I don't mind doing.

05-08-2008 05:18:24 | More by KaiMiller
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MMansfield

Nova Scotia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -7.2%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$

In my opinion, the best specialty liquor shop in Halifax. They have a good selection of beers, including Rouge, Flying Dog, and Shipyard for American micros, as well as Big Rock, Brick, and Wild Rose for Canadian Micros. They also house all Halifax micros, and a large selection of Belgians. If you're interested in euro-asian, macros they have those too.They also have a large selection of liquors.

The service has always been polite and eager to serve you. I recommend all Nova Scotia BA's pay a stop here, it fills part of the void left by the terrible NSLC selection.

11-13-2006 01:31:27 | More by MMansfield
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Mandrake

Nova Scotia (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$

This is one of four privately owned "specialty" liquor stores that were opened several years ago in Nova Scotia. Thay carry a great selection of American craft beers which are, to my knowledge, not availiable anywhere else in the province. They also carry a number of different imported beers from a variety of countries, and have a good stock of locally brewed micros. In total I would guess that they carry something in the region of 75 different craft beers, along with wine and liqueurs. I visited in the morning, and was the only customer at the time. The employees noticed that I was carrying a large number of bottles, and promptly offered to get me a case to carry them, while joking that it looked like I was in for a heck of a night. The store is well laid out and has a good environment, but is a bit out of the way. I think that you'd have to be looking for it to have a real chance to find it, but it's worth seeking out. Possibly the best store to buy beer at in the province.

03-16-2006 15:26:50 | More by Mandrake
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Premier Wine & Spirits in Halifax, NS, Canada
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