Spec's Liquor Warehouse
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Ratings: 15 | Reviews: 11 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by kbub6f:
4/5 rDev +10.8%
Spec's from Houston now has a store in Austin. It's a big warehouse-like affair on Airport Blvd, just south of Highland Mall. Easy access from I-35, but take the 2222 West exit, not Hwy 290 (the Spec's website says the store is at Airport and 290, but from I-35, 290 goes east only and if you take a 290 exit, it's not easy turning back).
The inside of the store is even more warehousey than the outside. I actually like the open grid layout, but the concrete and fluorescents give it a pretty cold, parking-garage vibe. Beer coolers take up the whole left wall, with macros in the first half, craft past the door to the inner cooler where the cases are. The coolers end before the back of the store, but there's more beer on shelves hidden in the back left corner. You might miss this part if you're not paying attention. And on my visit there were beers on the shelves that weren't in the coolers.
The selection seems pretty complete: no glaring omissions. They lose a half-point, though, for not offering the 12-oz beers in singles. This will probably keep me from shopping here, even if it is on my way home from work.
So: good location, good quantity and variety, no 12-oz singles.
01-12-2007 16:26:20 | More by kbub6f
More User Reviews:
4.02/5 rDev +11.4%
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%
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%
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%
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%
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.