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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

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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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 muskiesman
4/5  rDev -7.2%

muskiesman, Aug 05, 2014
Photo of MMansfield
4/5  rDev -7.2%

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.

MMansfield, Nov 13, 2006
Photo of Mandrake
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%

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.

Mandrake, Mar 16, 2006
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
Photo of Seanstoppable
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%

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.

Seanstoppable, Apr 20, 2009
Photo of KaiMiller
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%

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.

KaiMiller, May 08, 2008
Photo of AnakinVader
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

AnakinVader, Feb 10, 2014
Photo of Buebie
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%

As we rolled up on this place, parking was a bit of a drag, but we eventually found a spot on the street as somone pulled out. Located in a great area, near the Citadel and Rouges Roost. Great location for tourists like me that want to stay in the heart of the city.

As I walked in I first noticed the huge amount of natural sunlight penetrating this place. Not good for the beer and I really feel somthing should be done to resolve this. Beer is kind of scattered around in several spots of the store. The singles selection is pretty large, but right next to a large window. Also the Rouge usa brews were pretty big, I think they had all of them.

Prices on the bombers were god, comparible to the US. The cooler items of Propeller and Garrison were a bit more spendy then one would pay from the brewery. The fridge also had alot of light hitting it.
I grabbed a bottle of Ol' Foghorn, a few sings and a couple 6'ers. The end price was a bit spendy, but well worth the beer I recieved.

The shop itself was very clean and tidy, no dirt on the floors, smelled clean. The 2 gentlemen working the store were eager to help and johnny on the spot at the register, not making anyone stand and wait.
I also noticed a 6 pack of cold Peche Mortel for $17 canadian. Not a bad price, as it would be about $15 or so us for 6 bottles. Here in MN a 12 ounce bottle of pech goes for around $8

I recommend a visit here if you are in the area.

Buebie, Aug 07, 2009
Photo of nighthawk
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%

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.

nighthawk, Oct 17, 2008
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Premier Wine & Spirits in Halifax, NS, Canada
94 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.