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Liquor Outlet Wine Cellars


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Liquor Outlet Wine CellarsLiquor Outlet Wine Cellars

Type: Store

289 Myrtle Ave
Boonton, New Jersey, 07005-1753
United States

(973) 334-1331 | map

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Added by peterittenhouse on 11-08-2006

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Reviews by r0nyn:
Photo of r0nyn
4.65/5  rDev +7.9%

Decided to take a road trip out to this place based on BA Beerfly reviews, so I dragged fellow BA infi along with me. Boonton is kind of in the middle of nowhere, but it wasn't too hard to get to, right off of I-287. A little out of the way for me, but I couldn't let it go unvisited. And boy am I glad I didn't.

Floorspace is dominated by BMC stuff for the most part, with wines and spirits occupying the right half of the store. On the left-hand side of the store is where the treasure lies. Demarcated by a sign that says 'Gourmet Beers', a long row of craft brews stretches from the front of the store to the back. Domestic sixer and four-packs are up front, followed by a plethora of 750ml bottles more American stuff. The lineup was rather impressive, with offerings ranging from Rogue's to Weyerbacher, Troegs, Southern Tier, Founders and much more. After that came the foreign stuff, specifically German, English, Canadian and Belgian beers. Usual suspects included Weihenstephaner, Samuel Smith's, Unibroue and St Bernardus to name just a few. Suffice to say that the selection was absolutely out of this world. Definitely the most diverse lineup I've ever laid eyes on. They've got quite a few BA Top-100 offerings that have been hard to find around the NY/NJ area, so that was a major plus. There's also a row of coolers in the back that held some of the craft beers behind the first few doors, but as you moved along, it quickly turned into adjunct dross. Most things I checked the date on were within reasonable freshness, but there were a couple that were a bit older than I would have liked. Still, nothing to raise a huge stink over.

Prices were fair and reasonable, for the most part. A little cheaper than what I'm used to from my locals around here, but nothing super exciting. Everything is conveniently labeled, so there's no having to guess how much something is. There's also some handy information on the tags, such as the glassware recommended for the specific beer as well as the IBU rating, which was great for me, since I tend to stay away from the bitter stuff.

The staff was friendly and personable, which is always a good thing for a beer store. The cashier even gave me a 10% discount since we had such a big beer haul (14 bottles or something), which was more than welcome. Didn't get a chance to pick their brains on certain beers since I was in a hurry, but I know I'll be coming back, so I can just save that for next time.

Definitely one of the best beer retailers I've ever been to. Amazing selection, fair prices, friendly staff...honestly, what more could you want in a beer store?

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Walleybeer
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Great place! Amazing selection of bourbon and craft beers... Can stand looking at the wall of beers for ever and have!! Staff is well skilled and know there beers.. Love this place..

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Photo of Pandaman67
4.41/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of Jacobob10
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Surprised to find I haven't done a write-up of this bottle shop, which I have been frequenting regularly for over 5+ years now. The store is large and clean inside.

The staff has been nothing but helpful every time I've been there. They always ask if I need help finding anything but will let me browse as long as needed. When I needed help picking out a keg for a party, they brought me into the back room where they keep the kegs cold and showed me what was available. (Ended up with a fresh sixtel of Sly Fox Pikeland Pils. Yum!)

The selection of both domestic and imported beer is excellent. Especially the imported stuff, I haven't found many other shops in NJ that carry as much as they do. As for American craft, they get the majority of new releases and sought after beers, although I have found that they keep the really sought after stuff in the back, you just have to ask for it. Prices are always on point too.

This is one of the better stores in NJ and a personal favorite of mine. It's always worth the weekly/biweekly stop just to browse and see what's new.

PS- If you're a whiskey fan, as I am, they have an incredible selection at great prices located at the opposite end of the store from the beer.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

This is a very good bottle shop. It's large, and the beer is spread out over a fairly large area. The craft beer selection is large and this store often gets good supplies of hard to find craft beers. The staff is helpful but not intrusive. I grew up in the area and enjoy shopping here.

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Photo of scotorum
4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75

I have stopped at this store several times, usually on trips to Baltimore, but have not been there in a year. It is a fairly easy on/easy off from I-287 going south. I learned about it from an ad they ran in Ale Street News, then checked it out here to map the location etc.

Half liquor and wine, half beer in what may have been at one time a large grocery store (?). An amazing variety of beer, mostly with labels with info beneath sixpacks and singles. Prices vary from a little higher than I'm used to in Western Mass. to great buy, especially for sale items, which tend to be numerous. There is also a good stock of singles for creating your own mixed six, reasonably priced for the most part.

You are not likely to be approached for help, but if you need any, seek it out. Checkout is usually quick and easy enough.

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Photo of starshockey9
4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of irishfighter44
5/5  rDev +16%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Amazing selection and very knowledgeable

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Photo of mchengcit
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.25/5  rDev -24.6%

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.

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Photo of Kargeo99
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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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4.2/5  rDev -2.6%

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4/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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5/5  rDev +16%

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3.75/5  rDev -13%

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Photo of metter98
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of jayneo74
4.26/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Liquor Outlet Wine Cellars in Boonton, NJ
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