Hi-Time Wine Cellars
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Reviews by alexgash:
4.85/5 rDev +6.6%
quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Was very excited and had very high expectations for this hallowed place. I wasn't disappointed. Stopped by on the busiest shopping day of the year in the early evening. The place was pretty busy, but not insane. Walked in and past a cool little tobacco corner (I don't smoke, but it smelled good). I noticed glassware in the back corner and checked that out. Some cool stuff (especially high-end wine ware). But I didn't come here for glassware. I quickly paced past a dozen or so aisles of hard liquor (very good selection of that by the way) until I reached the beer section. There were 6 or so coolers full of six-packs, several little mountains of cases of bombers and sixers stacked on the floor at room temp., and a small glass door that led to the walk-in. The six-pack coolers had lots of good W. Coast micros, and very few BMC. It was nice being able to buy single 12 oz. bottles. The walk-in was the highlight though. Inside were tons of US micro bombers and 750s (Stone, Marin, Moylan's, Rogue, Alesmith, AK Smoked porter and many more). Surrounding these floor case stacks were the imports. Very impressive Belgian section with stuff I've never seen before. England was decently represented, and Germany was very well represented. Staff was very helpful, if a little scarce (they were busy though). The only bad thing about this place is the amount of money one will spend! Yikes! I dropped 125 bucks before I could even get my list out. The wine cellar is an amazing place too--make sure to check it out, if you can pull yourself away from the beer!
11-30-2004 20:35:22 | More by alexgash
More User Reviews:
4.82/5 rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | $$
Great place that I would highly recommend to anyone in the surrounding area - very accessible from the 55 fwy.
Service was good, but not overly pushy/hovering. They have a great selection of glassware.
Most importantly, the beer! Big wall of coolers and a crazily-stocked walk-in that is loaded with domestic and imports. Also, being able to break into 4s or 6ers to purchase a single is a fun twist and lets you try new stuff that would only be offered in 6 packs elsewhere.
Great store...I'll be back!
07-17-2014 17:39:21 | More by TrojanHopHead
Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, CA
100 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.