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Liquor Outlet Wine Cellars

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Liquor Outlet Wine CellarsLiquor Outlet Wine Cellars

53 Ratings
Ratings: 53
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: n/a
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289 Myrtle Ave
Boonton, New Jersey, 07005-1753
United States
phone: (973) 334-1331

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @liquoroutletnj

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Reviews by donniecuffs:
Photo of donniecuffs
4.7/5  rDev +9.6%

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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of irishfighter44
5/5  rDev +16.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Amazing selection and very knowledgeable

Photo of mchengcit
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.25/5  rDev -24.2%

While visiting my friend and his adorable baby, I found this location through BA and decided to stop by before getting to my buddy's home in Florham Park.

The booze and wine is pretty neatly organized here, but the beer... man, there are open cases pretty much all over the store. Can you say disorganized? Lagunitas, Duclaw, Dogfish, River Horse, Captain Lawrence are among the names I spotted. They just open the case, expose the bottles and leave it there. Not a fun of that practice. Lagunitas Sucks warm, really?

The wall of coolers has packs from all the big-name breweries, including Sierra, Dogfish, Stone and more. Good prices! $8.99 for 4-pack of Dogfish 90.

Past the coolers, they have a nice big wall with bombers, imports and more packs, including shelf talkers with BA ratings. There I saw Brewdog Paradox Jura, several Harvest Ales, Italian crafts, Big Bad Baptist, Lost Abbey (ten brands)…

Disorganized as I said, though, and too much room-temp beer. Plus the service- indifferent guy with a bit of an attitude and his coworker who didn't give much of a fuck. I was taken aback quite a bit.

Photo of Kargeo99
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

It's not easy to find stores that carry a large selection of craft beer in this area and this is a great one. There is a full wall of singles and a pretty nice selection of 4 and 6 packs that rotate fairly frequently. Decent cold selection too. I am always asked if I need assistance and find the staff realy helpful (if you're into whiskey, ask for Mark - he's amazing). This store keeps getting better and is a top bet for craft beer in the area.

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of metter98
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of jayneo74
4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of CassinoNorth
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of weissch
2.18/5  rDev -49.2%
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.

Photo of mgp2675
3.59/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

Photo of Est1986
4.66/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

I'm fortunate to only live about 5 min away from this store with usual traffic. Excellent store, close to an unbelievable selection for the size of store. When you walk in, the right side is all wine and all things bottled liquor that isn't beer, the left side and whole center-floor isle in the back, just in front of the fridge is beer.

All the way to the left, against the wall is the rarer stuff: imports, craft beers, big-celebratory sized bottled beers. When I first went to the store, I didn't look all over and assumed their selection was average and scant. That assumption is wrong. I wanted Innis & Gunn, which is hard to find everywhere, THEY HAVE IT. I wanted to try breweries like Nogne, Aecht, St. Bernardus, Wolaver's, Ridgeway brewing, Belhaven, Weihenstephaner, etc....THEY HAVE THEM! Many smaller stores and especially chains just do not have this stuff. Great store for the beer drinker that loves to test and try out that new potential gem.

I'm sure there are stores in existence, obviously, that have even more selections, but for the size of the store, they seem to do it right and take care of all crowds. If they had a bigger building, with the current job they do in stocking..I'm sure it'd be even more amazing. Staff has always been helpful, fast lines even when the line is almost out the door, it's basically a slow constant walk to the register.

I like that, unlike most local stores close by, they have a website specific to the store in my area and you can find out what breweries/companies they sell by searching the site without having to pick a person's brain. Another cool feature of their site, although never utilized by me as of yet..is the ability to place an order online which you can then pick up at the store.

Photo of bogus564
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

It takes me roughly a half an hour to get here from my home, which would prompt the question, why go there? Aren't there any local places just as good?

The answer is no. There are a few places that almost come close, but not quite.

You walk in, and if you look to the right, you have wine & whiskey and accessories. Look to the left, and it's beer heaven.

Walk to the back cooler wall. From the right, you have your 'NASCAR' beers (Coors Light, Budweiser, Miller, that ilk). As you move left, you're looking at craft beers from all over the US and all over the world. More brands and styles than you could shake a stick at.

In the back left corner, there's a cooler full of single beers, likely their most popular. You'll find enough styles so that if you need to have a beer right away, you can get one to suit your needs.

On the leftmost wall, it's craft beer heaven; all kinds of styles and countries and states are represented. It's a sight to behold. You'll hear the chorus of angels.

The staff is polite and helpful, but young for the most part. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but do you want to have an in-depth beer conversation with a 19-year-old?

One thing they do is notify customers of special one-off beers, and they allow you to reserve a bottle if you're a preferred customer. It's a nice perk.

My only wish of this place is that it were closer to me.

Photo of jaluria
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

Stopped in as I was passing through the area and was very impressed with their selection. Two long aisles filled with craft beer on either side along with chilled craft beer in the back. I was asked twice during my visit if I needed help which was nice.

I spotted 4-packs of 3 different Sixpoint ales: Righteous, Sweet Action and Bengali Tiger; all of which I grabbed instantly. I also saw a nice selection of Climax Brewing Co ales in 6-packs (ESB, IPA, etc.). Other breweries represented on the shelves were: Sly Fox, High Point, Southern Tier, Defiant, Capt. Lawrence, River Horse, Founders, Great Divide, Avery and Cisco to name just a few.

I didn't spot a tremendous Belgian/German/English section though they seemed to have the mainstays. Looked like the store was heavy on American craft which is fine by me.

Overall, this was a great find and I really recommend it to anyone passing through for some harder to find beers like Sixpoint and Defiant.

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Liquor Outlet Wine Cellars in Boonton, NJ
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