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Binny's Beverage Depot - South Loop

Binny's Beverage Depot - South LoopBinny's Beverage Depot - South Loop
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

59 Ratings
Ratings: 59
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.07%
$$ - reasonable


[ Store ]

1132 S Jefferson St
Chicago, Illinois, 60607-4426
United States
phone: (312) 768-4400

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap 

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

The "South Loop Tasting Room" bar is located inside this Binny's:
 http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/17044 

(Place added by: katiecoggins on 01-02-2008)
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Circles413

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

03-04-2014 10:28:55 | More by Circles413
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ohiobeer29

Ohio

3.45/5  rDev -19.2%
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

08-04-2013 22:06:11 | More by ohiobeer29
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JohnnyHopps

Indiana

4.82/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

05-28-2013 21:44:31 | More by JohnnyHopps
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Chaney

District of Columbia

4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

01-03-2013 00:26:59 | More by Chaney
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beerwolf77

Wisconsin

3.73/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

10-16-2011 19:59:32 | More by beerwolf77
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pschul4

Illinois

5/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

09-24-2011 18:35:14 | More by pschul4
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AleWatcher

Illinois

3.79/5  rDev -11.2%
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!

09-05-2011 14:04:41 | More by AleWatcher
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htomsirveaux

Texas

4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

08-18-2011 23:36:27 | More by htomsirveaux
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Lolli1315

Illinois

4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

08-18-2011 19:13:24 | More by Lolli1315
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Eldalonde

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

06-06-2011 21:09:54 | More by Eldalonde
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Binny's Beverage Depot - South Loop in Chicago, IL
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