Grape Vine Market - Austin
Ratings: 32 | Reviews: 32
Reviews by BAbaracus:
4.65/5 rDev +8.9%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
After recent trips to all of the Austin mainstays - Whip In, Central Market, Whole Foods, and Grapevine - Id have to say I was most impressed with Grapevine. I dont recall seeing anything at Grapevine that wasnt available elsewhere, but overall the prices seemed to be a bit cheaper at Grapevine, and I do like the way they have their beers divided up by country. In spite of the great beer selection, Grapevine Market started out as and is still largely focused on being a wine shop. They serve gourmet cheeses and other foods that go well with the grape, as well as serving lunches, the fare of which is also designed to go well with their wines. Nonetheless, Im sure anyone reading this review is interested primarily in what beer is to be obtained, and for that Ill give them a perfect 5.0, with the usual disclaimer that this may not be the best selection people from the Northeast or the Pacific Coast have ever seen, but if its available in Texas you can get it at Grapevine Market.
05-24-2006 20:54:40 | More by BAbaracus
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3.7/5 rDev -13.3%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $
57 livin' yall. this store is less than a block from my house so i have been frequenting it for some time. selection is a little less than specs right up the freeway but almost always has a few offerings that no one else has. plus the chance to make your own sixer is always a plus, and i dont think i have seen a more diverse selection of 12 ouncers anywhere else.good prices on the 750's and 22's. pretty small deli but a huge wine area as well. good beers at great prices is really all that needs to be said. got a 2005 jasperilla a few weeks ago as well as a few others that had been sittin in the back for some time.
06-24-2009 02:13:25 | More by northaustin
4.15/5 rDev -2.8%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
So I am in Austin for my best friend's bachelor party. These are not really beer people. I missed my shot as most of Austin's good beer spots but I did get them to go here. Very nice selection that had a decent focus on locals. Got a 2007 and 2008 Sisyphus. Quite a bit of Saint Arnold though none of the devine series. The prices were really good compared to the beers we could get in NY. The wine people were happy and the liquor people were as well. 18 for a handle of Tito's vodka. I know it is made in Austin but that is really cheap. The price on Stone beers was dirt cheap. The only bad thing I would say about this place is that the local stuff was priced way higher than anything else. I really don't know about texas beer laws but that kind of was a disappointment. By far the best beer store I saw in town.
06-09-2009 21:57:58 | More by aerozeppl
4.7/5 rDev +10.1%
quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
I've made a point to get to Grape Vine at least every other weekend since first finding it in November. As a BA, grabbing a couple empty sixers and packing them with some of the many 12 oz. singles and bombers is like being a kid in candy store. I especially appreciate the imports and Belgians at Grape Vine--my HEB might carry Chimay, but I don't trust their handling of it, or its freshness. On most occasions I've been approached and asked if I needed any help, and one of the cashiers gave me a friendly warning about the Raison d'Extra I bought, so service has been good. The only improvement I'd ask for is pricing for more of the products. Price labels are spotty at best, which has led me to a few at-the-register surprises. All in all, however, I can't get enough of this place.
01-05-2009 00:58:21 | More by Riccymon
4.5/5 rDev +5.4%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
My first beer store visit since moving to Austin, and MAN, what a store it was. The beer selection is off to the left once you enter the store, and has two open-faced fridges on either side. The right side is mostly German imports, while the left side is American craft brews, both local, regional, and otherwise. Then there's a third open-air fridge at the end of the aisle, with lots of bombers of American craft and Belgian brews.
The selection is exceptional, and I was surprised to find Pike Brewing (from Seattle) all the way in Austin. I also picked up 1 of each of Boulevard's Smokestack series, some Bear Republic, Left Hand, and North Coast gems that I just couldn't find on the east coast. Prices were a bit on the steep side, but not exceptionally so. I ended up with a fairly massive haul (Twelve bombers and two 12 oz. singles) for around ~$100. The service was good, and although no one stopped by to ask if I needed help, it was New Year's Eve day, so it wasn't a big deal. There was also a greeter at the door directing people who needed it, so that was cool. Cashier was friendly and just the right amount of chatty.
Although I'm going to miss my local NC breweries (Duck Rabbit, Foothills, Asheville, Big Boss, etc.), I have a feeling I'm going to be a bit spoiled in Austin.
01-01-2009 00:46:23 | More by wagenvolks
4.2/5 rDev -1.6%
quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Dropped in late one evening, about 8:00. Huge store primarily dedicated to wine and fine foods. Beer is to the left and is still one of the larger beer areas I have seen in Texas. There were a few people milling around, but not packed. Two walls of coolers as well as a double sided cooler on the floor. Almost everything is refridgerated. Singles of almost every six pack lined the top shelf of the coolers and they had empty sixers for you to mix and match your own. Excellent domestic craft selection. Strong representation of the Texas craft scene with Southern Star, Saint Arnolds, Independence, Real Ale, and Rahr all represented. Also had Green Flash, Deschutes, Flyind Dog, Oskar Blues, Stone, Avery and many more. A nice import selection as well. Some of the standouts I remember are de Proef, Duchesse, Ayiner, Wheinstehpaner and many more. My only complaint would be with the service. Asked a guy at the checkout counter if they had Deschutes Inversion IPA. His response was a simple "was it on the shelf?" Only one guy so I am not going to hold it against the store. I have heard the beer guy there can be a real help.
12-31-2008 13:37:57 | More by ckeegan04
4.5/5 rDev +5.4%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I actually did not visit this place, but I want to make a very important point for out-of-towners: this place is closed on Sundays.
I just returned from a long but very busy weekend in Austin. And before leaving on the trip, i checked the internets to make sure beer is sold on Sundays in Texas. It is, after noon. As is wine. Liquor, however, cannot be sold at all on Sundays.
I didn't realize that this place doesn't just carry beer and wine, they also carry liquor, and thus they must be closed on Sundays. Thinking i would have plenty of time to leisurely shop for beer here on Sunday, i didn't rush to cram in a visit on Friday night or Saturday.
Needless to say, i was royally disappointed when i drove up Sunday afternoon to find them closed. Important info for anyone who doesn't live in Texas. Blue laws vary greatly from state to state and even county to county, and can be confusing.
12-09-2008 19:12:22 | More by Bonhoeffer
2.85/5 rDev -33.3%
quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | $$$
As of a few months ago the main beer guy no longer works at grapevine and the quality has gone downhill. The best place for a goto store is spec's. The only thing grapevine has going for them is you can still buy beers in singles. Spec's is quite cheaper and always has the newest stuff compared to grapevine now. The new beer peeps just do not seem as if they care as much anymore at the austin store.
As many people have already stated THIS IS the best place to buy beer in austin PERIOD! James the beer manager there prides himself on getting beer when it first comes in to texas before spec's and others here. THis place has a wide variety and the beer does not stay long on the shelves. A great turnover. The sandwhich/food they have here is great WOW!. If your in austin and want to find the latest thats available in Texas and this area especially you can not go wrong with grapevine.
They also do provide singles to buy so you can mix and match.
Say hi to BA member grapevinejames when your in the store.
They also have Original Trenton Crackers for wine/beer tastings. Only place i have been able to find them in austin.
11-18-2008 18:38:39 | More by BgThang
4.45/5 rDev +4.2%
quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I initially went to Central Market. They weren't too hip on me making my own 6 packs, and then I remembered someone on here mentioning how cool Grapvine Market was. So I headed out quickly, to north Austin.
Grapevine Market sets a little off the beaten path in a the corner of a strip mall. Not a big place, and has lots of wine, but don't let that fool ya', as there's a seriously good beer selection here.
I walked in and asked if I could make my own six pack, and a very nice lady pointed to a bin full of empty sixers and said have at it, so I went to town. Soon after that, another employee walked by and checked to make sure everything was ok, and asked if I needed anything.
After stocking up for a while, and considering the further damage I was going to the checking account (after a long weekend at record stores, Fun Fun Fun fest and Draughthouse) I decided to call it quits, but I couldn't find the Delerium brews. I asked a gentleman if they were available and he not only showed me the Tremens and Nocturnum (I had looked right over them twice), but pretty much gave me a detailed review of the Tremens.
Needless to say, I was impressed, as was my friend, who is a Miller Lite drinker, and who on the way out asked me about trying some of the interesting beers I had picked out, and where he should start with craft beer. A new convert in the making; another soul has been saved.
Excellent experience all around, and I would even say the prices from what I noticed, comparatively speaking, might be a little cheaper than what they are here in Oklahoma. I will definitely be stopping in here the next time I'm in Austin.
11-15-2008 22:28:46 | More by stephens101
4.35/5 rDev +1.9%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped in here during my latest trip to Austin. Primarily a wine store, but there were several open-faced coolers with a nice selection of beer and a few racks of shelving with some additional items. Picked up some stuff from several breweries here including Stone, Dogfish Head, Avery, Great Divide, and Oscar Blues.
The staff was in the middle of restocking the section as well as talking with one of their sales reps, but they still spent the time to talk to me about their inventory and give a few helpful suggestions. One of their staff even helped me lug the boxes to the car while my wife was finishing checking out.
It's definitely worth a stop if you're in Austin.
10-03-2008 17:47:17 | More by kensuthe
Grape Vine Market - Austin in Austin, TX
94 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.