Spec's Liquor Warehouse
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Ratings: 15 | Reviews: 11 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by JonathanL7890:
4.15/5 rDev +15%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
It's been six months since I've reviewed this and need to make some updates. I've been pleasantly surprised by Specs lately.
The staff has been much more helpful than when I initially reviewed this. Also, the beermanager is on the BA forum and lets us know when they get new beers in.
- The "good" beers are not in the fridge , they are on shelves next to the refrigerated beers.
- The deli counter is excellent. I've had several tasty sandwiches there.
- I also like the cheese selection. They have several cheeses that have just a Specs label, like they get them from small cheesemakers and wrap them up. I picked up some Chimay cheese there that was excellent with our BA beer tasting night. Tonight I found a french cheese, St. (I can't remember the name) that had a great aroma, nutty, complex, reminded me of St. Nectaire. The only thing was that the "Sell By" date was a week ago. I asked the deli guy if I could get a discount or something since I was willing to risk my health for good cheese and he said no. I hope they just don't change the "sell by" date like some stores do. I may check up on that later....
- They have this weird cash policy that they charge you extra if you use a credit card. I usually pay cash, but I don't often carry around enough cash when I do a beer run so I have to pay a 5% penalty to pay with visa.
I'll keep going to Specs because the prices are good and they are conveniently located so I can stop after work and avoid some traffic.
03-18-2008 03:37:47 | More by JonathanL7890
More User Reviews:
4.02/5 rDev +11.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Like the other Spec's I've visited this week, this one is huge with lots of wine and liquor. But this one has more craft beer than the others. They had a good selection from the US, Belgium, England and Germany. And most of what they did carry, was good, if not outstanding. There was plenty to pick from.
01-24-2013 22:00:44 | More by GJ40
3.68/5 rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
I was expecting more from this as it is the local warehouse location. This store is huge...an old Academy store. Food selection was okay as was the craft beer selection. I had no "service" but I didn't require any either. Cashier was neither rude nor polite, just checked me out quietly and I went on my way. Wasn't a bad experience, but I wasn't impressed either. Still, specs overall has a above average selection of craft beers, but this one wasn't above average. I will continue to check this out in passing though as you never know what you will find at the different SPECS locations.
11-04-2011 01:42:32 | More by LadyOfMuchBeer
3.56/5 rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$
Better than most local liquor stores, but not the best location for my needs.
If you are expecting this location to be the equivalent to their Brodie Lane store, than you will be disappointed. This store is still quite large for a liquor store, but doesn't carry much in the craft beer department. I walked around for five minutes, didn't see much I wanted, and proceeded to leave.
Staff was very nice and did great me as I came in and said goodbye on my way out. Nice to see that, especially in chain stores like this one.
If you are cool with the regular releases than I'm sure this Specs will be everything you need.
09-17-2011 21:38:32 | More by tjkinate
3.14/5 rDev -13%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I liked this Spec's, been there twice and got several things that we dont have avaible here in Houston. They rearranged since i went earlier this year, they moved beer section closer to the coolers leaving the shelves filled with random boxes of beer, some of which were stuff that wasnt on the shelves elsewhere! Very easy to find, good location right off the freeway and thats important for out of towners. No real attention from the workers there, ive been followed around before in other stores by employees who really wanted to help me find something. Dont even remember anyone coming up to us at any point in the 30 minutes we were there. But oh well. Ill still go back any time im in Austin.
08-08-2011 20:56:50 | More by shoky01
3/5 rDev -16.9%
quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
i wasn't exactly blown away by this particular Spec's. I've been to other Spec's before and expected much better. the store was kind of small and dark, and many of the beers were in an obscure corner away from the coolers and hidden.
after browsing the beer section for about 30 minutes, i saw a sign that said to ask an employee about what was in the cooler. when i asked somebody at the front counter, i was told that they keep their special beers in the back but that they couldn't allow me to look in the cooler unless there was something specific i was looking for, then she would gladly retrieve it for me.
i asked about imperial stouts and was told that there wasn't any in the cooler, but the girl promptly directed me towards the Lagunitas Hop Stoopid (really?)
the selection wasn't horrible. it was pretty standard, actually. prices were decent, but they don't do mixed sixes here like at some Spec's. i would prefer to stay away from this store in the future, if only because of the average selection and below average service.
11-30-2009 00:35:30 | More by vdread
Spec's Liquor Warehouse in Austin, TX
85 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.