Spec's #60 - Highland Park

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86
very good

12 Reviews
Reviews: 12
Visits: 17
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: n/a
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5775 Airport Blvd
Ste 100
Austin, Texas, 78752-4214
United States
phone: (512) 366-8300

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @specs1962

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Reviews: 12 | Visits: 17
Photo of MiguelMandingo
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Spec's, as I am told, is a chain of liquor stores that hails from Houston. I don't know what the type of store was that was there before Spec's moved in, but it has a warehouse feel to it.

They have an all-around good selection. They have a lot of liquor, wine, and an okay selection of beer. Grapevine Market has the market down pretty tight on selection - there is no one in town that has a larger selection than Grapvine. Spec's comes in a close second. The part where Spec's definitely lacks is the fact that they don't sell single 12oz. brew.

Their service is very good. They have a policy of not taking a beer out of a customer's hands, even if it sucks (and I wish they would tell me if they thought a beer sucked - it would make their service seem more genuine), but they always make a suggestion for another brew that is similar in style. I never would have tried Avery's Maharaja if it wasn't for a Spec's salesman suggesting it after seeing my basket full of Hercules DIPA. Levi "the Beer Guy" has always been extremely helpful every time I have gone in.

Their prices are alright. Some stuff is more expense there than other places, and sometimes not. Kind of hit or miss.

Overall a decent place to buy beer. (1,224 characters)

Photo of kbub6f
4/5  rDev +9.9%

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. (1,195 characters)

Spec's #60 - Highland Park in Austin, TX
86 out of 100 based on 12 ratings.