Liquor Outlet Wine Cellars
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Reviews by donniecuffs:
4.7/5 rDev +10.3%
quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
When you pull up in the parking lot and behold the size of the building, you'll probably anticipate a varied selection, and when you finally enter, you won't be disappointed. Not only do they have a varied geographic selection, both domestic and foreign, but they also have a healthy number already refrigerated. Furthermore, their selection of 22oz bottles, occupying an entire aisle, is very impressive, and since this store has developed somewhat of a strong beer reputation, the resultant sales turnover allows the store to constantly re-stock fresh beer, so quality is fantastic. I only have three constructive criticisms: 1. to have a slightly more robust foreign beer selection; 2. to carry ALL nj breweries (e.g. 4 out of 5 isn't bad, but to not carry Ramstein is a disgrace); and 3. to lean on their distributors to get higher limited release beer allotments, as the sales turnover certainly warrants it.
07-27-2009 03:53:26 | More by donniecuffs
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4.28/5 rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | $$
Vibe: While it is mostly a wine and liquor store, a large part of the store is devoted to beers. They have their own parking lot and its a quick easy off and on from I-287 southbound if you're passing through the area. The store has shopping carts and baskets.
Quality: All of the beers were stored out of direct sunlight.
Service: On several occasions, staff passed by asking if I needed any assistance. The cashiers at the checkout seemed rather friendly and took care of loading up cases for you.
Selection: This place has a sign outside that said to check out their beer wall and they weren't lying about it. The entire left side of the store is a long shelf of beers, nearly all of which are singles. There is a good representation of both domestic and imported beers, including a lot of hard-to-find beers. Just about every beer had a detailed label on the shelf below it, providing some additional information.
Value: Prices seemed very reasonable compared to other stores in the area. They offered a 10% discount when buying a lot of bottles.
09-02-2013 12:51:19 | More by metter98
4.26/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.75 | $$
This is my go to place for beer since it is very close to where I live. Their selection is great, their prices are pretty good depending on what you buy, and the people who work at the registers are very friendly.
My only complaint is on limited release beers is that they A, don't put them out and B, won't sell them until the "guy who puts them in the system" is there and puts them in the system. I've missed out on stuff I was looking for because between the time I was there and was told to come back and the time they put them in the system, it was all gone. I would prefer a sign up list or a tweet/Facebook post saying that it will go on sale at a specific time. In my opinion, limited release stuff is getting a bit out of hand so this complaint isn't that serious for me.
Overall, to have a great store like this so close is a blessing. Large selection of Bombers, cold beer, and six packs. Could use some more singles for sale but usually I'm up to buying a bomber, 4 or six pack and trying it with friends.
05-17-2013 15:55:59 | More by jayneo74
4.03/5 rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3 | $$$
This is one of my main stores I frequent.
The staff is courteous but never really had a great beer convo in this store. They'll check on whatever in the back for you no problem. The selection is pretty awesome for the area. They carry all the bigger craft selections (Stone, Founders, Left Hand, Great Divide etc) and most NJ breweries (River Horse, Flying Fish, Cricket Hill etc) and plenty of imports. This is probably on the upper echelon of bottle shops as they get almost every big release (Doom, KBS, Enjoy By, etc) but unfortunately it does sell quick.
Their bomber wall is expansive and stretches probably over 30 feet long with some 4 and 6ers mixed in. That's where I do most of my shopping. They also have a smallish mix a 6 that you can usually make a decent 6 pack from. I'd say its a bit on the pricey side for a bottle shop but it is what it is.
05-10-2013 18:52:26 | More by CassinoNorth
2.18/5 rDev -48.8%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 1.5 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | $$$
Good beer selection...it's a shame I had the worst customer service experience here of any craft beer store I have ever visited. I'm a 23-year-old beer enthusiast and touring musician, and I actively search out the good stores in every town we come through on tour. I've stopped at the Liquor Outlet in Boonton several times before, but due to the rudeness with which I was treated by their staff today, they have lost my business forever.
This time, some members of my band were under the age of 21 -- but seeing as I was the only one interested in craft beer anyway, they didn't mind waiting in the van while I perused the selection in Liquor Outlet for my personal consumption. After about 30 minutes of scrutinizing the Belgian section, I finally selected three rare bottles which I had never seen before. When I brought them up to the front to check out, they asked to see the IDs of the other 3 guys waiting in my van. When I explained that they were underage but this purchase was for my private enjoyment, I received accusing looks and an apathetic response from each of the two cashiers and the manager. Definitely could have done without that. Of course, I've heard of this store policy before...but could they have said something before I wasted 30 minutes examining their stock? And I would have understood the suspicion if I was purchasing three 1.75 liter bottles of low-quality hard liquor, but three bombers of rare/expensive craft beer? Seriously??
I was treated like a lying, conniving miscreant instead of the loyal, enthusiastic customer I truly was. I understand they are trying to be a responsible liquor retailer, but their execution of this policy today was nothing short of disrespectful and insulting.
01-17-2013 21:32:44 | More by weissch
3.59/5 rDev -15.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$
I had heard about this place before, and I saw it at a pretty nice spot on the top list of stores in NJ. I work a few miles away so I decided to finally check it out. I honestly was not very impressed. I walked around for a while just to scope out their beer, one guy said hi to me but usually in a store that promotes having craft beer like they do, they'll ask if you need anything etc. The selection also was not great. I would've scored it lower but the thing is that compared to the average store it's really good. But compared to other stores in NJ, the craft beer (especially anything that could be considered remotely rare) is decent at best. If you're going to get a 6-pack or 12-pack of Sam, Ithaca, DFH, etc. then this is a great place. But if you're considering making a drive out here to see if they have any goodies then don't waste your time.
01-12-2012 11:43:24 | More by mgp2675
Liquor Outlet Wine Cellars in Boonton, NJ
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