Spec's Liquor Warehouse
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Ratings: 11 | Reviews: 11
4/5 rDev +11.1%
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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
Spec's Liquor Warehouse in Austin, TX
86 out of 100 based on 11 ratings.