Binny's Beverage Depot - South Loop
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Reviews by woodychandler:
5/5 rDev +17.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Transcribed from notes dated 12 and 16 August 2010. Why? Because one visit was not enough on my way to Madison, WI and I just had to stop back in on the return trip.
What CAN I say about a place that has both a spiral staircase as its entry as well as offering valet parking? I liked that it was not far from CANal Street and as I ascended the steps, there was the South Loop Tasting Room! It does not begin service until 1500, so plan accordingly.
Looking aft, the right side began with a walk-in humidor followed by aisle after aisle liquor, neither of which really do it for me at this juncture. Since such was not my focus, I checked my bags at the Customer Service counter and headed for the multiple shelves of beer, pushing a cart as I proceeded. Beer in bottles, beer in CANs, beer in mini-kegs, singles, 4-packs, 6-packs, 12-packs, cases of 24, even 30-count cubes! Beer at room temp., beer in a bank of coolers that ran down the left wall, just past their "Gourmet Grocery". Yes, they had meats and cheeses for sale as well as a "Custom Gift Counter" for wrapping of presents as well as creating gift baskets. I grabbed a cart in order to really do things right and wandered around the store armed with my CANQuest (TM) list, looking for new CANs to feed the madness. I signed up for their club card at check-out and saved some cabbage by doing so. The staff was my kind of people - unobtrusive, as in leave me alone unless/until I have a question. Nobody stands over me when I am grocery shopping, so why must I be shadowed when buying beer?
Having satiated my quest, I headed for the South Loop Tasting Room to relax and have a beer.
04-17-2011 06:17:17 | More by woodychandler
More User Reviews:
4/5 rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
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
Binny's Beverage Depot - South Loop in Chicago, IL
94 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.