Hi-Time Wine Cellars
Ratings: 106 | Reviews: 94 | Display Reviews Only:
4.1/5 rDev -9.9%
quality: 5 | service: 2 | selection: 5 | $$
This place hands down has the best selection of beer that is taken very good care of in a very cool climate in the OC. There selection DWARFS any store in this neck of the woods. The down fall of such a great store is there service is so RUDE and not freindly. I don't care I still shop there when I go that way. There wine cellar is at 56 degrees and every bottle is laying domn and taken care well. There cigar room is two rooms with a large selection of quality and value. Plenty of parking, There tequila section is so over the top. They also carry nice glass ware. As long as you don't expect service or a smile you know your still getting the best selection. And there goods are kept at proper temperatures.
08-03-2008 06:40:39 | More by athensbeermaster
4.15/5 rDev -8.8%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Ive ordered online from Hi-Time. The website is well laid out and they follow up fast and pack well. You get e-mail confirmation including a printout of what you bought. Good choice for mail order. The selection is pretty damn good and includes the majority of the major California brews along with the plethora of smaller ones that seldom see distribution much outside of California. Alesmith, Stone, Green Flash, Reaper, Drake's, Lost Abbey, Pizza Port, limited release Anchor beers and much more. Definitely a store to shop with for beer lovers.
02-07-2007 17:34:33 | More by Jredner
4.15/5 rDev -8.8%
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | $$$
I stopped by here on a recent visit to Newport Beach to pick up a couple of bottles of Pliny (one of the few places that are currently in the RR distribution network). Nice place! My regular beer store is the Bevmo in Redlands but I have not been... uh, excited about their selection (even though it is fairly comprehensive) in awhile. I didn't really have time to check out the entire store so straight to the beer cooler it was...
Mmmm... within seconds I had grabbed was an Alesmith Horny Devil an Allagash Black a Madrugada Obscura and a Ballast Point Sea Monster (all of which I have not seen at Bevmo and haven't tried before). Then I asked about the location of the Pliny and picked up a couple of the reasons that I had come as well as 2 Blind Pigs (couldn't resist). Before I had left I also had to grab a 4 pack of St Bernardus 12 which put my total at around $80 for the visit and less than 3 minutes in their cooler!... self indulgent... stupid... bastard! Moderation and self control will be on the agenda the next time I visit this store... and there will definitely be a next time!
12-04-2008 23:47:19 | More by beerhappy
4.3/5 rDev -5.5%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This is my local bottle shop, about 100 yards down the street. Hi Time has a great selection, and gets a pretty strong distribution of non-California beers. They are usually among the first to get limited release beers, and the staff is very knowledgeable on all the beers they stock. Alex and Holly are always quick to help and point out the newest beers that they know I enjoy.
I choose Hi Time over all of the other close by bottle shops again and again. Their awesome selection and great staff will keep me coming back weekly.
06-20-2010 22:03:13 | More by OhHerrooo
4.3/5 rDev -5.5%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$$
Went to Hi-Time Wine Cellars this Saturday night around 8 o'clock. Just a 20-25 minute or so drive down the 405/73/55, brings me here, traffic was surprisingly light. Beer is in the back, make a big right turn as you enter, past the wine on your left and spirits on your right. First you find a cooler of American microbrews, from Stone to Anchor to Green Flash (a wide selection), plus rarer ones like Stoudt's, and some really local Orange County breweries. The main area for beer is the giant cooler, where they include a wide selection of Belgians, Germans, the best selection of English beers you're going to find in the county, big bombers of California craft brews, and many others. The quality is impeccable, more than 90% of the beer is refrigerated, and this is by far the best selction overall I've found in Orange County. Plus, you can break up six-packs, which makes it a great store for trying new beers. Prices for some bottles can be on the pricey side, but overall it is very reasonable. Although this is a bit out of my way, it is a great store, and I tend to go to it weekly, or at the least bi-weekly, because it is simply the best store for beer in the North County area.
07-01-2007 04:57:10 | More by Halcyondays
Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, CA
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