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Binny's Beverage Depot - South Loop

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Binny's Beverage Depot - South LoopBinny's Beverage Depot - South Loop
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94 Ratings
Ratings: 94
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: n/a
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1132 S Jefferson St
Chicago, Illinois, 60607-4426
United States
phone: (312) 768-4400

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Notes:
Place added by: katiecoggins on 01-02-2008

Hours:
Monday - Saturday: 9:00pm - 9:00pm
Sunday: 11:00am - 6:00pm

The "South Loop Tasting Room" bar is located inside this Binny's:
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Ratings: 94 | Reviews: 47
Photo of stouts4me
4.75/5  rDev +10%

Great selection here, you will be here awhile, plenty to see, then stop in back for some great beer on tap, always a good selectin.

Photo of tmcarter23
4.14/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I am from Michigan and my daughter goes to college in Chicago. This store is right around the corner from her and has an outstanding selection. I have talked to a few of the employees and they are very helpful, but not always knowledgable, although one of the employees, I believe may have been a manager was excellent and knew his stuff. I visit the store every time I go to Chicago to see my daughter, am never disappointed and always leave with at least a couple 6's. Highly recommend this store.

Photo of Circles413
4/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Let me start by saying, the parking is absolutely horrible!!! This is one of the worst parking lots I've ever seen!!! That being said, the beer selection is amazing!!! The staff is friendly & they know their beer. But if you're looking for easy parking, best prices & an easy, come-and-go I would look elsewhere.

Photo of ohiobeer29
3.45/5  rDev -20.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75

got there during the afternoon they have a pretty decent selection of bombers singles and cases.their build 6 however was nothing speical .Prices were pretty decent and I even found the woot wheaton stout I was looking for and a three floyd's draught.huge place and even has a tasting area though it was closed the day I went it looked very nice. I would def come back again if I am in town.great place here

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.82/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

This is my new favorite place to buy beer. I do not like the Chicago tax (highest in the country), but the selection is hard to beat. I now plan to made pilgrimages to this Binny's in the future because it is that good. From Indiana, it was only a 40 minutes drive on a Saturday, so distance is no excuse.

I could list all of the hard to find beers that I bought on my visit, but that might clue my spouse into how much I spent. The website and other reviews will also be helpful in telling what this Binny's has in stock. Instead, I want to talk about the service. It was late morning when I was there. Two different employees made it a point to stop and talk beer to me. Further, they even took time to suggest beers they were just putting on the shelves. Needless to say, I spent a lot of money.

Photo of Chaney
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Visited here on a recent visit to Chi-Town during the Christmas break. This is the Binny's closest to my brother-in-law's place.

Atmospheere: Hell, I don't know this area, so my brother-in-law drove. The area seemed nice, with this building kinda tucked away, but not far too off the beaten path. The inside was absolutely huge! I believe 2-3 stories full of all the beer, wine, and other alcohol-related stuff you can imagine.

Quality and Service: The service was good. A guy came up after he saw me toolbaggingly searching for specific items and asked if I needed assistance. Once I inquired about the FFF stuff, he informed me that their stuff usually goes out the door as soon as it hits the shelf. 8 cases of Zombie Dust he got in earlier in the week sold out within hours. Lots of micros here, especially imports (Belgians!).

Selection: Yeah, the selection here was incredible. They didn't have any FFF, but they had just about everything else distributed to the area... Pipeworks, Metropolitan, Half Acre, Revolution, you name it! I was particularly impressed with their stockpile of imported beers from just about every country under the sun. Simply awesome!

Value: Well, my only point of reference in the area is Printer's Row Wine Shop which was light years more expensive than this place, so I'd reckon to say it's probably about right for the area.

NOTE: They also have a tasting room that I didn't try on my visit. I'm sure I'll be back many more times, so I'll hit it up then.

Photo of beerwolf77
3.73/5  rDev -13.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Yet another Binny's for me to visit.

Like all Binny's it's pretty much a warehouse filled with all the booze you can imagine. The main difference here is the tasting room. That's a nice change of pace for me.

As with all Binny's the selection and quality are good. Never a complaint there. Service is pretty much non existent. Not that I'm every looking for any. My wife and her friend did have trouble finding a specific wine and they had to look for someone to help them.

The main beef with any Illinois beer store is the prices. Prices are always a bit higher and then add on the the completely insane sales tax and you have a perfect storm of shit.

They always have plenty of sour stuff for me to fill my cart with. So I will always stop while south of the border. Just need some soothing ointment for my ass after I check my empty wallet.

Photo of pschul4
5/5  rDev +15.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

The only bad thing someone can say about this place is that it' expensive (which isn't helped by Chicago Taxes). But their selection is unbeatable! Almost every time I go in there I come out with more than I went in for because I find something very interesting I wasn't expecting to find. This Binny's beer specialist, Chris Aiken, really knows his stuff and has helped me out so many times we're on a first name basis.
Overall this is my #1 go to place for beer while I'm downtown at school and I will continue to go back again and again.

Edit: Their other beer specialist, Jeff, is a total boss as well.

Photo of AleWatcher
3.79/5  rDev -12.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5

So this is the southern most store that constantly has Daisy Cutter cans available.
It's that simple.
I live in the southwest suburbs and LOVE Daisy Cutter-- this poses a problem.

Well here's the two solutions;
1). My boss lives 5 minutes from the store so I have him grab me a case. I call ahead and the employees set a case aside at the registers so that my boss doesn't have to look for it. That's awesome.

2). From time to time I show up to work in the morning to find that we have a surplus of drivers and I can take the day off. Usually I spend the day at Three Floyds, but they don't open until 11... which leaves me with about 3 hours to kill. Cruising to the South Loop Binnys is the perfect time waster.

The beer selection is vast. Lots of imports and domestics. Toms of cold beer, and a tap room with lots of really good, and occasionally rare, beers being poured.

The prices are right in line with other Binnys locations... But the workers in the beer department seem less knowledgeable/concerned than at other locations.

Overall, this place is worth the stop if you're a SW burber looking for Chicago distribution without heading to the northside!

Photo of htomsirveaux
4.16/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Stopped in here this morning, 18 Aug 2011.

Large selection, lots of regional stuff, national micros, and imports from all over. A couple of large rows plus a refrigerated wall of beer. I picked up several 4 packs of Half Acre, including a case of Daisy Cutter (4 or 5 cases out), Gossamer, and Over Ale, which have always been in short supply on my last few trips.

Service was not offered or requested, but they did offer me a Binny's card at checkout time for a $9 savings.

They also had Buried Hatchet and Pine Belt Pale (wtf are you taking away my trade bait for Southern Star?!).

Overall really the only quibble I have is that it would be better if they had more of the beer in coolers.

Photo of Lolli1315
4.16/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

First place I have visited since moving to Chicago.

Large area dedicated solely to beer with both cool and warm selections although not surprisingly there is more beer outside of the cooler. Selection is outstanding and great for someone from Ohio who can't get some of these goodies.

Those at the store didn't seem too thrilled to be working, it may just have been the guy that was checking me out. That being said, it didn't hamper my experience greatly. Probably will be back there soon to not only pick up more beer, but also to try the tasting room.

Photo of Eldalonde
4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

This place was out of the park. Absolutely huge. Biggest bottle shop I’ve ever seen. The beers were reasonably priced and their selection was fantastic! Really wanted to try the beers on tap and some cheese, but time wouldn’t allow for it. I would love to go back. Walk-in humidor had some nice sticks, excellent bourbon selection, and just an overall great place. Clean, roomy, nifty shopping cart escalator. Most of the staff was friendly and willing to help. One of the ladies at the register was a pain and really grated us the wrong way on the way out, but she’s an exception to the rest of the staff.

Photo of drumminbrewer
4/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

I have a lot of luck at this particular Binny's.

Same good prices as other locations. Something will always be on sale if you're on a budget.

I see a larger selection than the Lakeview or Lincoln Park stores. Out of season Allagash (Curiex, Victor, Victoria, Odyssey, etc), Belgian X-Mas Ales (St Bernardus, Gouden Carolus) & many Belgian sours seem to be more available here.

Nice that they have the "South Loop Tasting Room", I've had some great BCS on tap and the bartenders are polite.

I mentioned in another review of Binny's security is a bit obnoxious, but it's better here. They seem to understand that, along with plenty of cameras I'm sure, they have tons of employee's walking around making sure people aren't stealing stuff (Hence you don't have the 300lb tattooed guy glaring at you, always nice when you're trying to shop).

Service is good here also. People are busy but I more frequently hear "can I help you" here than I have at other Binny's locations. Same gripe as always about their website being out of date, but that's all Binny's locations. I'd shop their more frequently if I lived closer to the South Loop.

Photo of immobilisme
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Binny's South Loop is the beer store that I most frequent.

It has a great selection of all beers available in Chicago. However, it can't be compared to the selection at the Lincoln Park Binny's. Lincoln Park gets the real rarities, while South Loop gets everything else. That being said, they always have a nice selection of Jolly Pumpkin, Half Acre, Founders, Arcadia, Bells, and any other Midwest brewery. I also have no problem picking up Lost Abbey and Firestone Walker, which is a fantastic bonus. Their Belgian and Scandinavian selection is not as good as West Lakeview or Lincoln Park Binny's, but it would be world-class in most any city.

I love the bar at South Loop though. The guys behind the bar know their shit and are not pretentious at all.

Photo of woodychandler
5/5  rDev +15.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Transcribed from notes dated 12 and 16 August 2010. Why? Because one visit was not enough on my way to Madison, WI and I just had to stop back in on the return trip.

What CAN I say about a place that has both a spiral staircase as its entry as well as offering valet parking? I liked that it was not far from CANal Street and as I ascended the steps, there was the South Loop Tasting Room! It does not begin service until 1500, so plan accordingly.

Looking aft, the right side began with a walk-in humidor followed by aisle after aisle liquor, neither of which really do it for me at this juncture. Since such was not my focus, I checked my bags at the Customer Service counter and headed for the multiple shelves of beer, pushing a cart as I proceeded. Beer in bottles, beer in CANs, beer in mini-kegs, singles, 4-packs, 6-packs, 12-packs, cases of 24, even 30-count cubes! Beer at room temp., beer in a bank of coolers that ran down the left wall, just past their "Gourmet Grocery". Yes, they had meats and cheeses for sale as well as a "Custom Gift Counter" for wrapping of presents as well as creating gift baskets. I grabbed a cart in order to really do things right and wandered around the store armed with my CANQuest (TM) list, looking for new CANs to feed the madness. I signed up for their club card at check-out and saved some cabbage by doing so. The staff was my kind of people - unobtrusive, as in leave me alone unless/until I have a question. Nobody stands over me when I am grocery shopping, so why must I be shadowed when buying beer?

Having satiated my quest, I headed for the South Loop Tasting Room to relax and have a beer.

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

First time visit to Binny's in the Loop. My buddy Win, from Flossmoor, IL, took me there. This is their flagship store which is well stocked with an extensive selection of craft brews. They have a large area with a wall of refrigerated cases, and several long aisles with beers organized by their source. Visiting from San Francisco, I was especially interested in North Central beers we typically don't get here. There were many to choose from and conveniently all in one section. What made this even more special was that Ted Sullivan, their corporate beer buyer for all 25 stores just happened to be walking down the aisle and asked us if we needed any help. He talked with us awhile had some valuable advice on the local beers. I picked up some Flossmoor Pullman Brown and Killer Kapowski, Souther Tier Cuvee 3, New Holland Dragon's Milk and Pilgrims Dole, Bell's Expedition Stout, a 4 pack of Half Acre Daisy Cutter, and a Three Floyds Arctic Panzer. With my buddy's membership, I also saved some 12 percent off their regular shelf prices (you can get an immediate membership as well). Will definitely return to this store when I am in the Chicago area.

Photo of MarcatGSB
3.78/5  rDev -12.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

This Binny's is pretty impressive. Lots of parking (which I really like), but what brought me here initially is the huge whiskey selection. Probably the best out of all the Binny's I have been to. A dynamic very high end whiskey selection.

The beer selection is similar to the Lincoln Park store, but probably not as many choices, and it does seem that the LP store turns beer over faster. Honestly, not too many great things on the shelf. Kind of the run of the mill Binny's beer selection, but it's still good to stop at and check out, if not for the tasting room alone.

This Binny's holds a dear place in my heart because it was the first experience I ever had with such a large whiskey selection. I was in heaven. I used to stay at the hostel in the loop and walk over and browse for hours...

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%

This is a very large Binny's store, set on the second floor of a flat-looking building about 6 blocks south of the loop. The selection is good, really good actually, but about the same as at most Binnys. If you've seen the Lincoln Park site or even several from the suburbs you've seen this place's selection, the main difference being stuff that any one place might be out of stock on.

One interesting contrast is the "South Loop Tasting Room", a 10-12 tap bar located on the exit side of the registers. It seems a little up-scale, especially when one considers that it's inside a liquor store, but really the taps are good and the view of the Chicago skyline is nice.

Photo of emerge077
4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

2011 revisit:
Well, things have changed some at the South Loop, staff turnover, and the rotating beer selection has tapered off some. Not as exciting really as when they first opened, less gems to be found, selection was largely the same. Staff was still very helpful, more so in the liquor dept. and at the service desk though. Beer turnover doesn't seem to be as fast as the Lincoln Park store, and I noticed a few things LP had that SL didn't. Overall still a good store, but the bloom is off the rose.

03-10-2008:
By far the best Binny's in IL...I've been to maybe 7-8 locations, and this place truly takes the cake. Two words: TAP ROOM

Enter the parking lot from Desplaines, (1 block west of Jefferson) behind the store. Once through the sliding doors, notice the framed breweriana print ads lining the walls up to the escalator (w/a built in cart conveyor). Beer is to your right upon exiting the escalator.

Two extremely long aisles of craft and imports, with a wide and deep selection. In many cases, there are full lines from a brewery, for example 7-8 Southern Tier options. Locals are well represented, but the Belgian section was most impressive to me. Well-rounded Lambic selection, several from Cantillon, 3 Fontienen, Boon, Hanssens, & the entire Liefmans/De Boomgaard line. Many, many imports, a few not seen elsewhere, such as Le Coq Imperial Extra Double Stout 2000 vintage. Unique and eclectic Italian craft selection as well, Té Saison, Quarta Runa, Nuovo Mattina, etc., mainly from B. United. Great German and UK options. Xmas beers were on sale, including a few of the nice Belgian imports. A few gift boxes with glassware were available too.

Didn't get a chance to check out the Meads, but plan to do that next time. The tap room is on the east end of the store, with a skyline view. Beer selection is hand-picked, a few gems such as Surly and GLBC Blackout were available on tap. The small deli counter also had an impressive array of cheeses and cured meats.

Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%

This is probably the stop I prefer to go to in Chicago, as it seems to have the most broad selection at the most affordable prices. Store is big and layout of beer section is quite accomodating. Found a great array of the usual suspects as well as locals like Half Acre. Service was vitually non existent, but maybe most who come to this place know what they're looking for. This place is fun to come to if only to look but you will probably find something to take home with you. I would and intend to stop there again next time I'm in Chicago.

Photo of ferrari29
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%

As a lot of people have already mentioned, South Loop Binny's is huge and has a large selection of beers, spirits, and vino. It also has a large built-in cigar humidor for all you smokers. The tasting bar has many selections on-tap along with a great cheese/food menu to pick from to pair with your beers. You can call before hand and they'll let you know what's available on tap.

Everything is nice and orderly, organized by type and region. They usually have great specials on beers, wines, and spirits. Most items are reasonably priced without the sales.

The best part about Binny's are the special guests they bring in every once in a while. You can meet some really cool local celebs (Aykroyd, Hull, Esposito, to name a few).

Photo of jester27lax
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%

This store is huge and has an amazing selection. I didn't intend on going to this store today, but circumstances changed my plans. The selection is amazing! I found beers I've been looking for for quite a long time. The prices were also very good. I spent a whole lot more than I'd expected, but I'm quite pleased with the selections and choices I had at the store. There were a couple employees who were quite knowledgeable and answered the few questions I had. One employee also gave me a couple suggestions which were quite well received.

Photo of wedgie9
4/5  rDev -7.4%

This store probably has the biggest selection of any store in the Chicago area. Everything is very well organized by region, and easy to find. The service is nothing special as far as knowledge is concerned, but they do know where to find anything that you are looking for which is a tough task given how much space they have dedicated to beer. They do get all of the limited releases, but they don't sit around here for long. Anything limited moves very quickly, with some releases selling out the same day. The prices here are very fair, some of the best in the city.

Photo of djhowell
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%

Stopped here during a trip to town for business. I was looking for anything that wasn't available in Wisconsin and walked away a happy guy. There was a full selection of Illinois and Michigan brewery offerings that don't make it up my way as well as several selections from other parts of the country that are not distributed in Wisconsin. They have a large selection of both bombers and 4/6-packs and the prices did not seem to be any higher than I am accustomed to paying.

If you are in the Loop for business and would like to take some time off to do some beer hunting I think this place is your best bet. They have ample parking too.

Thanks to the Chicagoland BAers on the forums for the recommendation.

Photo of brownbeer
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

I've visited this store on a few different occasions now and I've had a great expeience every time. The last time was when we were in the area for Dark Lord Day. It's great to stop at the tasting bar and have a new brew before you get shopping. Their tasting bar has great selections, such as: Three Floyds, Dogfish Head, a Belgian or two, and now, Stone. I'm always greeted by a friendly, knowledgable employee, who is more than willing to talk about, and help you locate new and exciting brews. We scored a few bottles of Goose Island Bourbon County Coffee, BA Boris, several varieties of The Bruery, Short's, Stone, FFF, and DFH. They also have a huge isle of imports, especially Belgians. This store is very clean, the beer looks to be fresh, with a few exceptions, as you'll find in almost any well stocked bottle shop. I understand they have a great scotch and cigar selection. I have yet to have time to check that out. Watch out though, don't push your cart full of beer down the escalator. They have a special feed for carts to avoid this. Well done, Mike. That's still funny.

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Binny's Beverage Depot - South Loop in Chicago, IL
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