Hi-Time Wine Cellars
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Reviews by jletts:
4.65/5 rDev +1.5%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This is a gem in Orange County. I found it on BA and decided to check it out since it is about 5 minutes from my hotel and came highly recommended. The store specializes in all sorts of wines and spirits as well as cigars, but the beer section of the store is separate and I have only been into that portion. The best selection is in the walk in cooler. A nice selection of beers from various countries as well as US beers. The best local beers can be found to the left as you walk into the cooler (which is set at an optimal temperature, not too cold). Prices range from reasonable to a little on the expensive side depending on what you buy (local vs import). Ask for recommendations from the staff. If the person helping you doesn't know, they will summon the in-shop beer expert. He is very knowledgeable and made some excellent recommendations. This shop reminded me of my favorite local Seattle beer shop, Bottleworks. Not as good of a selection as Bottleworks, but the selection they have is well thought out and great quality. Highly recommended!
03-25-2007 05:08:19 | More by jletts
More User Reviews:
4.34/5 rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75 | $$
Wowzers, what a selection. Huge wine, liquor, gourmet foods and of course beer store. Many different rooms, each holding their specialty.
There was a separate beer cooler which held most of their beers which is great for keeping those hops fresh and I appreciate that and give extra points.
Service was a bit spotty, many people working, none seemingly wanting to help, took me 5 minutes to ask someone where a bathroom was, anyway...
Plently of beer, probably the biggest selection in the greater San Diego area and a must stop if you are looking to grab some local beer and many none local beers that are distributed to the area. The second best place I stopped at in San Diego area, only second to Holiday Wine Cellar because their associates were much more helpful and courteous. Prices seemed in line as well.
06-18-2013 21:56:29 | More by claspada
4.65/5 rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | $$
I visited Hi-Time this weekend as I was visiting a friend in Huntington Beach. I'm glad I did. I'm not into wine, cigars, etc., but it seemed they had a very nice selection of those items.
Now to beers. Most beers are stored in coolers or in the walk-in portion of it. I thought the selection was 4.75 out of 5. Very strong selection of beers from the US and abroad. It's not a 5 because I still couldn't find the rarer stuff from the Midwest and East Coast that I've found at my go-to liquor store.
What I value a lot about Hi-Time is that they allow you to break 4/6 packs. This is a godsend, if you're not familiar with a beer and just want to try it out without committing to a bomber or 4/6 pack.
Nice place. Too bad it's not local to me. I will surely return when I'm in the area again which I believe will be Super Bowl Sunday. I'll stock up here before I go the party.
01-14-2013 06:06:31 | More by mrcraft
4.44/5 rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
As part of my tour of Orange County during this week's work travel, I dropped into Hi-Time, based on the Ba reviews. Again, I was not let down.
The big cooler has an incredible assortment of California beers, national crafts and a ton of imports.I was also very pleased with the service...whoever helped me (I didn't get his name) went above and beyond discussing distribution differences in CA versus GA, and also checked "the back" for any hidden goodies (Blind Pig, Pliny, etc.) that may have been stashed away.
Overall, great selection, service and quality...if I was local to Costa Mesa, this would be my main stop for good beer.
03-15-2012 02:38:59 | More by ohtheguilt
4.86/5 rDev +6.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I was in CA for business last week (between LA and OC) and found this place via a BA search. The "world class" rating it currently has is certainly deserved. I will only focus on beer, but the range of spirits and wine look to be much more impressive than even the beer section.
After gawking a bit in the spirits section I made my way over to the beer section (annex). Upon entering I clearly saw the walk in cooler, but opted to chat up the guy at the register who was doing some tasks. I told him I was in from MA and would love to have him tour me around the cooler while recommending what I should get / can't get elsewhere. He was awesome and recommended some great stuff. After picking a few things from the main cooler he escorted me to the smaller/reserve cooler. Here I had my choice of 4 50/50 Eclipses, Pure Hoppiness and various other gems. For RR they only had Damnation and Redemption, but I can't fault them too much for that.
In the reserve cooler we bumped into another gentleman who worked there and he joined the conversation--talking about his favs from the Eclipses, Rayon Vert and the Bear Republic Berliner Weiss. He continued with me to check out, get ice and acquire a cooler as well as some shippers to help me prepare my beers for travel back to MA via Delta (checked baggage).
I wish I could remember the names of these guys as they were super helpful. No worry, I'll ask next time I'm there--which will be the next time I'm in SoCal. I hope soon!
01-11-2012 03:53:58 | More by jraras
Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, CA
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