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Hi-Time Wine Cellars

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Hi-Time Wine CellarsHi-Time Wine Cellars
BA SCORE
100
world-class

114 Ratings
Ratings: 114
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 4.55
pDev: 9.89%
[ Store ]

250 Ogle St
Costa Mesa, California, 92627-3808
United States
phone: (800) 331-3005

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @mrhitime

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Reviews by jletts:
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4.65/5  rDev +2.2%

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!

jletts, Mar 25, 2007
More User Reviews:
Photo of trippytbta
4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

Great selection of wine, spirit, anddddddd beer. Although their beer selection gets picked through real quick

trippytbta, Wednesday at 04:16 AM
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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

MonkeyKnfeFight, Oct 10, 2014
Photo of Shandycan
4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

Popped in here while on vacation at the recommendation of some family members and was not let down! Wish I would have checked the reviews prior to visiting though, so I would have known that I could have broken up 4/6 packs... next time. Great selection in the cooler for someone coming from the East Coast, didn't even bother asking to check "the back". Got into a great conversation with Trayce, who was friendly and very knowledgeable. Will visit again when I'm back in town for sure.

Shandycan, Oct 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Bwagner1122, Sep 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -17.6%

TNeedles, Aug 21, 2014
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5/5  rDev +9.9%

Fred28, Aug 11, 2014
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5/5  rDev +9.9%

TaylorIPA19, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of aoampm
4.36/5  rDev -4.2%

This spot is perfect to grab some good brew or some quality food/liquor or even cigars. Their beer selection is high quality and they have an entire walking in chilled room with a great selection of beer. All the times that I've been in the employees are extremely helpful, and one employee really helped me out with my home kegerator issues and answered all my dumb questions with eagerness and genuine concern for me getting the keg flowing correctly.

Definitely recommend if you are in the newport area/costa mesa area and need a quality spot to stock up on beer.

aoampm, Jul 31, 2014
Photo of TrojanHopHead
4.82/5  rDev +5.9%

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!

TrojanHopHead, Jul 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -6.6%

inscoism, Jul 10, 2014
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1.5/5  rDev -67%

PeterRoehm, Jul 04, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Rollzroyce21, Jun 11, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

boxer0029, May 28, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

RBassSFHOPit2ME, May 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -6.6%

greenspointexas, Apr 30, 2014
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5/5  rDev +9.9%

Bonsall_Phil, Apr 19, 2014
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5/5  rDev +9.9%

Bazyx, Apr 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -6.6%

DotBier, Apr 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -6.6%

jeff1973, Apr 04, 2014
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5/5  rDev +9.9%

nolenelam, Feb 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -6.6%

BillRoth, Oct 16, 2013
Photo of claspada
4.34/5  rDev -4.6%

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.

claspada, Jun 18, 2013
Photo of mrcraft
4.65/5  rDev +2.2%

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.

mrcraft, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of ohtheguilt
4.44/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

ohtheguilt, Mar 15, 2012
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Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, CA
100 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.