Total Wine & More
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Reviews by Drew966:
2.75/5 rDev -28.8%
Okay, this was my first experience with Total Wine, which apparently is a chain. I had just seen an ad for its grand opening and figured I'd check it out. I have to say I was very impressed, it's a very large, very well organized, clean, modern liquor store. One of the better selections overall (beer, wine and liquor) that I've seen, and I've seen some pretty good selections. That being said, I felt like there were probably some glaring omissions from the shelves in certain styles of beer (some of which show up in their circular leading me to think the store may just have been out or not fully stocked yet) . Really nice selection, quite a few beers available as singles. They advertise that they have a thousand beers, I find that somewhat suspect, but it is a pretty good selection nonetheless. On a Saturday afternoon, they were quite busy, I was asked if I needed help (I didn't), but it took a while to get through the checkout (not particularly more than would be expected given the number of people, but the cashier didn't know how to ring up a bottle by hand because the scanner couldn't read a label and had to wait for a manager). I can't say the service was bad, but I wont say it was exceptional either. I thought the prices were very reasonable compared to what I'm paying elsewhere. Some singles were cheaper than at Target, so that makes me think it was fairly reasonable by liquor store standards. Looks like they buy in bulk, so they should be picking up some discounts and hopefully passing them on. An exceptional liquor store by Florida standards overall. I would even say worth going out of the way for.
UPDATE: BUYER BEWARE: Total Wine has a lot of out of date beer, especially in the singles section which seems to be a dumping ground for it. A complaint to corporate headquarters was eventually responded to saying that it was unacceptable to have out of date product on the shelves and it will be removed. Check expiration dates carefully.
04-19-2006 19:27:19 | More by Drew966
More User Reviews:
4.38/5 rDev +13.5%
The best beer store in Fort Lauderdale, period. Obviously they also have a huge selection of wine and spirits, but they have pretty much the largest and most extensive beer selection in the area. They also have the best prices and the staff is very helpful. This is also my go-to store for buying craft beer. I am lucky to live around the corner from here...
01-21-2013 20:14:14 | More by jcb7472
3.23/5 rDev -16.3%
After having dinner at the Mexican restaurant a couple doors down, we wanted to pick up some beers to take back to the hotel room while we lounged at the rooftop pool or on our hotel balcony. Unfortunatley, this is about the only place anywhere near our hotel that had any decent selection. I must admit, the selection at Total Wine is always pretty good. The service is always pretty bad, and the beer freshness is usually pretty bad. I was disappointed that there wasnt more local stuff. I found about 4 beers from Cigar City but that was about it as far as Florida beers go. We picked up sixers of Jai Alai and Coconut Porter from Kona. Both beers seemed fresh and tasted pretty damn good. Since this is the only place in the general area, this is pretty much your only option for decent beer :(
05-01-2012 13:58:57 | More by SaCkErZ9
3.8/5 rDev -1.6%
Stopped by here immediately after being picked up from the airport. It is in a strip mall and almost looks like a grocery store based on its size. Beer is in the back on the left. There was a nice selection of 12 oz singles. It had a good selection of bombers and Belgians in 750s. The organization is a little odd. I felt like I kept stumbling across things that should have been other places. Unfortunately, there wasn't a lot of beer in coolers. For someone visiting that isn't from the South there were quite a few regional selections and East Coast beers that I was happy to find. The prices were reasonable. I expected it to be higher because it seems everything is more expensive on the coasts. It was a worthwhile place to visit so I could have some bottles to drink when I wasn't going out at night.
04-03-2012 03:11:13 | More by zeff80
4/5 rDev +3.6%
This is a rather typical decent Total Wine. A god selection of Cigar City coupled with plenty of national brands like Stone and a good import mix. Singles, sixers and cases are all available. I was looking for a beer for the room so I headed for the cooler, which had a nice selection of Clown Shoes beers, for whatever reason. I picked up a nice RIS and headed back to my hotel.
When I am traveling, I am typically hoping to find some nice bottles to check in my luggage or ship home. Having been to this TW last spring, and finding the beer scene here to be improving but with a long way to go, I did not expect to find anything that wowed me (we get CCB at home or I'd have grabbed some) and I was not disappointed.
Not worth going out of your way for but if you need a beer in FLL, you will find something to your liking here.
02-10-2012 20:56:44 | More by sholland119
4/5 rDev +3.6%
This is my go-to beer store. The beer selection is all the way in the back. They have a really good selection (as good of a variety that you'll find in South Florida). They seem to get all of the Cigar City seasonal releases which makes me happy. The prices are very reasonable. Every so often I will come across expired beers, but that isn't necessarily Total Wine's fault. Many west coast beers, especially Stone, seem to be expired all throughout Florida. Overall, the best beer store in my area.
10-21-2011 10:11:23 | More by hmf05
3/5 rDev -22.3%
was last here back in August...picked up 3 beers gifts for myself to enjoy in the coming days. one of them, upon cracking open, was completely flat and had lost all carbonation. i called back to ask about the possibility of exchanging it, and i got an attitude from management. they must have assumed i tasted and didn't like the brew, and wanted to get money back or try something else. that being said, the one taste of this totally flattened stout that i sipped was actually better than a macro on a good day so it definitely wasn't that.
anyway, when you spend $12 for a bottle of beer you want it to be in good drinkable condition just saying...
aside from that, i've been to this store many times in the past years. recently, the selection seems to have diminished somewhat but its still a good source of more crafty labels if you're in the area. prices are fair for the quality stuff.
all things considered, the boca raton location is nicer, more space, and more selection. if you're located in between the two, as i am....head north to boca.
09-18-2011 19:34:13 | More by sirdrinkwell
Total Wine & More in Fort Lauderdale, FL
88 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.