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Hi-Time Wine Cellars

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

110 Ratings
Ratings: 110
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 4.55
pDev: 10.11%
[ 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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Halcyondays

California

4.3/5  rDev -5.5%

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
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waltonc

Colorado

4.3/5  rDev -5.5%

Made my usual stop here while visiting in laws with my wife. The overall breadth of selection here is fantastic. I can usually count on Hi-Time to have the usual Alesmith suspects in stock (which are hard to come by in San Francisco where I live). However, this time they had no Grand Cru, Wee Heavy, or Old Numbskull. So a bit disappointing in that respect. Lost Abbey selection was standard, but they did have two bottles remaining of Ne Goien, which I promptly placed in my basket. Other offerings were good, but nothing that was exceptionally hard to find in Orange County on this particular date.

08-30-2008 20:12:03 | More by waltonc
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claspada

New Jersey

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.

06-18-2013 21:56:29 | More by claspada
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Krevee

California

4.35/5  rDev -4.4%

Stopped here after a long day at the DMV. The first time I came here it was a bit difficult to find, and also had a little bit a trouble initially finding the beer which is in the far side of the store from the main entrance.

Q- All the beer seemed to be kept in good condition as is was in the beer area which is a large walk in fridge to keep all the beer cold and away from direct sunlight.

S - Service seemed to be pretty good. The people don't always go out of their way to help, but if you do have a question you can just find someone and ask, they all seem to be pretty knowledgeable.

S - Great selection of beer. Lots of German/Belgians as well as plenty of domestic beers. Definitely one the best beer selections in Orange County. Seemed to have a few beers that a I couldn't find else where, but also couldn't find a few beers I had seen in other places. But generally overall a better selection of beer then other places.

V - Value is good, prices for most everything seem pretty standard.

Great Beer Store, one of the best in Orange County for sure.

04-07-2010 07:52:30 | More by Krevee
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willjschmidt

California

4.35/5  rDev -4.4%

A simply outstanding beer store. This place is close to my in-laws so I checked it out during my last trip south. The reviews on BA led me to believe that it would be top notch and it did not disappoint. A huge selection of imports and American crafts but the best thing about this place is that it is almost all kept in a huge walk-in cooler. I tested their customer service only once by asking whether or not they had any Alesmith Speedway. The guy checked and said that they were out. It would have been nice if he offered to check to see when they got anymore in. The selection is outstanding and is probably why most people come here. The stock looks like it is also rotated very quickly so combined with the cooler you can almost be guaranteed that your beer is fresh. I highly recommed this store, one of the top 3 beer store in which I have visited.

03-26-2007 20:33:56 | More by willjschmidt
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koolchas

California

4.35/5  rDev -4.4%

after hearing so much about this place, i was finally in the area and had an excuse to stop by.

in a nutshell; to me, this place is bevmo on steriods. it's huge. the place is broken out by 'areas.' spirits (hard liquor), wine, all have it's own area. they even have a good tobacco section (for you smokers).

brews are organized very well. the cold walk in cooler is quite impressive. many american craft brews as well as international brews. the belgian section was impressive with items i have never seen before.

prices seem reasonable. the more rare, the more hard to find, the more expensive. some 10.2oz belgians were $15 bottle. american bombers seemed very reasonable and competitive with other places.

was a little disappointed they did not carry dogfish head but, apparently this beer is very difficult to get in california and luckily, i have lone hill liquor for that which is a hop, skip, and jump for me. now, they did have other top brews which i have not seen anywhere else including lone hill. so, i was able to pick up some goodies that i never seen before but, heard raved here on b.a.

i do like the fact they have a website. i was able to check out the site first and when i got there i already had list in hand which made shopping much easier.

given where i live, this place is quite a trek but, when in the area (like at southcoast or newport beach), this will be an automatic stop for me.

cheers!

03-19-2007 20:01:58 | More by koolchas
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MiScusi

California

4.35/5  rDev -4.4%

As far as American beer goes, they stock up on mostly CA microbrews. Alesmith, Stone, Hoptown, Sierra Nevada, Bear Republic, Moylan's, North Coast, Anchor, Anderson Valley, Mammoth, Speakeasy, Lagunitas, and Lost Coast are a few of them. Out-of-stater's include Deschutes, Rogue, Avery, Ommegang, Abita. It's mostly west coast stuff, and mostly stuff you can find at BevMo, but the advantage here is that they let you split up 6 packs, so you can try whatever you want.

They also have a *great* selection of English, Belgian, German etc beers. They are all kept in a huge walk in fridge. Find an empty case or 6 pack holder and go to town.

The cashiers are very friendly too.

07-08-2006 18:42:42 | More by MiScusi
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Tdizzle

California

4.35/5  rDev -4.4%

Hi-Time is one of the quintessential beer destinations in Southern California. The selection is great and they always seem to get stuff in before anyone else. Almost everything is kept within a walk-in fridge. They have a staggering selection of Belgians that's unsurpassed by any bottle shop I've visited. The staff is generally very friendly and knowledgeable about their inventory. Plus, they've been getting a fairly large quantity of the special releases in lately. I recently picked up a few bottles of Old Rasputin XII, of which they had over five cases. They also had plenty of Angel's Share, Cuvee de Tomme, as well as lots of fresh Sculpin. Overall, Hi-Time is well worth my drive.

06-28-2009 07:20:57 | More by Tdizzle
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vince4953529

California

4.35/5  rDev -4.4%

While spending most of my time between Orange and Irvine, this is simply an exceptional liquor store not too far away from me. Their English and Belgian selections are especially the strong points here. They won't have everything (for example, they're out of the Kwak the last time I came), but I'm sure you'll find some surprises here. Most of the West Coast brews are also well-represented, but nothing out of the ordinary. The service is alright, sometimes they will ask you if you need help or not, but most of the time they just leave their customers alone, which is the way I like. This is simply the best liquor store in Orange County. If you've stopped by in this area, be sure to pay this place a visit.

06-15-2007 06:05:06 | More by vince4953529
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beerceller99

Louisiana

4.35/5  rDev -4.4%

After carousing this place on the internet for a few years , I finally got a chance to visit this place in person. I was in near by Laguna Beach visiting relatives when wha lah, the subject of beverage stores came up , and Hi Time Wines was only 10 -15 minutes away in Costa Mesa, so, of course the next morning we were on our way.

The store is huge, divided into three sections, liquor, wine, and beer. The beer section actually looks the smallest, but it didn't lack for selection. Most of the beers are in a large walk in cooler, with maybe 10% of the displays at room temperature. Lots of mostly local California brewers for sale here including He'brew, Speakeasy, Alesmith, Bayhawk, and Hop Town among others, with a decent selection of imports. Not many Midwest or East Coast craft brews, though.
Back to their web site for a minute, they have way more beers available in store than the site has listed, just call and ask.
They also have kegs for sale, and prices are reasonable.

Overall this is a great place to shop for beer, and bonus points for most of them being stored in the cooler.

01-27-2006 05:19:16 | More by beerceller99
Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, CA
100 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.