Whole Foods Market - Bowery
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3.73/5 rDev -8.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | $$$
I would say this is a must stop - (even though it's not my favorite NYC spot) just to experience a whole foods with essentially a whole separate beer store complete with its own entrance and growler fills.
Overall design is nothing special, but fairly well organized and laid out. at least half the beers are in coolers. Is an area the you can buy singles of 12oz bottles and 6 growler fills available. Was happy to get a growler of a kuhnhenn stout. Fairly wide selection with a good turn around. A good first stop, went back a for few more stops (to pick up some Maine beer co).
08-22-2013 06:34:50 | More by drewone
4.19/5 rDev +2.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Vibe: Some people might be intimated by the long (but deceptively quick-moving) lines at Whole Foods stores, but the Bowery location has its own "Beer Room" and own cashiers so there is never a long wait to check out. It has its own entrance on Houston Street near the intersection of Second Avenue. The main store has its own selection of beer, but the only thing worth checking out is the selection of domestic singles near the cheese section—you can pick up beers there and then continue to the Beer Room and finish shopping. Shopping baskets are available just outside the Beer Room after the main store's cashier area.
Quality: This store gets a lot of customers so most popular beers have a high turnover rate as well as those that are limited releases and sell out quickly. About half of the store has ranks of bottles lined up around windows but I've never much of a problem getting skunked beer from sunlight.
Service: There are usually two or three employees working and I often see them walking around answering questions to customers and recommending beers based on favorite styles or tastes. The store has very convenient hours and is open until 11 pm all week long.
Selection: This store has one of the best selections in Manhattan if you are looking to find a wide range of different types of beers. About three quarters of the beers is available in singles in the form of 12 oz., 500 mL, 22. Oz. or 750 mL bottles. Most singles are stored warm; two coolers are devoted to six packs and cases while another cooler is devoted to singles. They also have a growler filling station with six beers on-tap available in 32 oz. or 64 oz. sizes.
Value: I find prices to be rather reasonable at this store and occasionally you can find sales for beers that they are looking to clear off the shelves (such as Christmas beers in the early spring).
06-24-2013 01:16:46 | More by metter98
2.81/5 rDev -31%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3.75 | $$$
A it's a grocery store so nothing great...
Q mostly fresh but there was some out of date stuff and two of the bottles I got were infected.
S there was one guy there and he was a dick...
S there was a lot of beer but nothing special. Just regular distribution stuff.
V a little high but normal,for the city
06-20-2013 21:01:24 | More by Lare453
4.1/5 rDev +0.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Stopped in Whole Foods while waiting on friends for dinner at a local restaurant.
Nice, clean store. I live in the beer and retail wasteland of America, so Whole Foods always impress me. Was initially dissappointed with selection as I ran across two small beer areas in the main store. However, there is a much larger beer room just behind the express checkout area.
Beer room is very organized and clean. Arranged according to country. Mostly warm bottles but there is a smaller cooler area. Couple of taps for growler fills available. Also noticed some homebrew supplies. Selection seemed better than what I saw in WF on Greenwich St.
Service was average.
12-07-2012 20:52:38 | More by TrappistJohnMD
3.94/5 rDev -3.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
I would rather take New Beer over Whole Foods any day, to be honest. I guess I'd rather support people trying to support their families than a corporate giant. And that's what Whole Foods is people. A corporate giant. Anyways. Tons of beer to be had here. If you go to New Beer and this place, you are most likely to find whatever you are looking for. Growler system is nice, but I have found the variety lacking at times and have not purchased that many from them. The service has been lacking at times here and good at others. But when it's been lame, it's really been lame.
08-30-2012 17:34:30 | More by RblWthACoz
3.84/5 rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
Nice place to buy beer, spacious. Neighborhood isn't the best, and this WF is a bit off the beaten track. Right across Houston St from DBGB.
I've found the quality of the bottled beers to be as good as it can be; however, I've run across a few bottles of Brits which were beyond their BB4 date. They have coolers but most beers are stored at room temperature. Windows are shaded.
Service is friendly and helpful, although a few of the guys haven't been sufficiently enlightened about beer.
I'd say the best beer selection I've come across in Manhattan, south of 86th St. Selection not quite as extensive as some beer shops in northern NJ but it will more than do. Not as good as Happy Deli either, although HD is OOB. The stock is broken out by nation...US, Belgian, German, UK, Ireland, Scotland, Italy, etc....this helps. My only real criticism is they heavily favor recognizable brand names, with only a small dose of novel stuff. About as good as it gets in Manhattan.
$5 for a bottle of standard Sam Smith, I consider that a bit pricey. Orkneys are running $6 or $7 a bottle, but Dark Island is available for $5...which is nice. Old Peculiar and Riggwelter for $5 a pint. This is the kind of place you go to for stocking up on solid beers, but figure $6/pint and $12 or $13 for a six. Can't wait for inflation to hit.
04-19-2012 18:01:59 | More by knightlypint
4.24/5 rDev +4.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This is a Whole Foods so the staff was what I would expect - hipsters - but helpful though not the quickest moving folks when you needed something. Staff seems knowledgeable about the beers.
They have a very good selection of bottles, many available as singles in addition to having a growler filling bar (though no drinking is allowed on premises).
It can be quite busy and hectic depending on the time of day that you go there - I prefer to visit on a weekday evening instead of on a weekend afternoon.
Prices seem to be average.
02-24-2012 19:13:13 | More by dbrauneis
4/5 rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
Good access, directly across the street from the F train, which works well for me living in queens.
Regular wholefoods type beer department, except expanded. about four, large racks filled with all types of local, domestic, and international beers, mostly singles and 24 oz bottles.
They also have a large, produce style open refridgerator filled with 6 packs and 750 ml's. Homebrew section is by the register, and has a lot of specialty grains. More than i would have expected. They carry a very large selection of yeast, hops. Their dme and lme is a little lacking, but besides that, its all there.
The selection is pretty good, very expansive, but not a lot of rarities. I did find DFH world wide, and some pretty hard to find trappist's.
Service was great, not really anyone rushing you with anything. Mostly chill hipsters. You cant really beat it.
Prices are a little on the high side, but thats what you get when you go to a whole foods. Some things were well priced, but their singles can get a little out of hand, esspecially when theyre charging 4 bucks for a single founders rye ipa, when i can buy a 6 pack for 12 bucks.
Pro's- ease of access, selection, depth, and you really never know what you'll come across if you dig behind some of the older bottles.
Cons- Major amounts of sunlight hitting the bottles, and prices for singles.
02-21-2012 07:10:28 | More by rodney45
4.03/5 rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Nice looking place, like most whole foods its bright and organized. Large selection of refrigerated beers with both domestic and imports. Lots of Belgian bottles as well as a bunch of Mikkeller and Evil Twin. A bunch of domestic 6 and 4 packs as well as bombers but nothing that isn't available at New Beer Distributors for a couple bucks less. You can't get singles from 6 packs unless its from their rack of singles, I did find a few choice singles there. The staff seemed too busy when I was here the second time to answer questions and most answers were short an not much help. I would recomend coming here after New Beer Distributors and checking for anything you missed.
02-15-2012 21:37:09 | More by peensteen
4.16/5 rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
This is one of the largest Whole Foods stores I have ever been in. Great looking too, conveyor sushi, chocate counter, gelato, the Whole Foods where I live doesn't even have this stuff.
Still the beer selection is interesting. Peppered through the store are a few small displays. Some even have the six packs of cans and bottles split up for individual sale. However, if you don't go and head to the back of the store behind he express cash registers, you'll miss the big selection.
Selection here is pretty good, but a little pricey. Fairly organized well too. Another surprise was to see brewing equipment and ingredients you could actually purchase.
Foreign selection isn't too shabby either, there's a small few obscure beers on that spectrum also. Prices seem to be in line with the rest of everything else in the neighborhood, nearly of the carbon copy prices you find in DC.
02-13-2012 23:12:31 | More by smakawhat
Whole Foods Market - Bowery in New York, NY
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