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Spec's #60 - Highland Park

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12 Reviews
Reviews: 12
Visits: 17
Avg: 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

Place added by: kbub6f on 01-12-2007

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Reviews: 12 | Visits: 17
Photo of vdread
3/5  rDev -17.6%

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.

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Photo of LittleDon
2.8/5  rDev -23.1%

I am a regular shopper at the Brodie Lane Spec's, but stopped in this store while doing errands north of the river. What a substantial difference between stores. First the positive. Spec's is still small enough (or has the corporate sense) to allow its individual store to be individual unlike most mega-retailers. Knowing that I can go to a different store and get a different experience encourages me to check out some of the other locations (and drop more dough). Unfortunately (and here's the negative), individuality cuts both ways. The Airport Rd store is dark, has a smaller selection, and, worst of all, has a staff that has no interest in interacting with their customers. In the 20 or 30 minutes I was in the store, not one employee asked me if I needed help. When I did ask for help, I didn't get the enthusiasm that I get at the south store (or any store where the employees enjoy selling what they sell). Maybe this is being a bit critical, but it certainly influences my willingness to go back. If this were the only Spec's in town, even if it was in my neighborhood, I'd be willing to drive a ways to find another place to shop.

If you know what you want and don't need to see what's new or interesting. This might be a place to get what you need (assuming they have it) and get out. The prices will be good, but that's about it.

Note: quality and selection are based on beer available. The spirit quality and selection is much better for this store.

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