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Spec's Liquor Warehouse

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BA SCORE
85
very good

16 Ratings
Ratings: 16
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 12.53%
[ Store ]

5775 Airport Blvd. #100
Austin, Texas, 78752
United States
phone: (512) 366-8300

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(Place added by: harpus on 01-05-2008)
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Photo of kbub6f
4/5  rDev +11.4%

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.

kbub6f, Jan 12, 2007
Photo of shoky01
3.14/5  rDev -12.5%

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.

shoky01, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of MiguelMandingo
4/5  rDev +11.4%

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.

MiguelMandingo, Oct 09, 2007
Photo of vdread
3/5  rDev -16.4%

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.

vdread, Nov 30, 2009
Photo of LadyOfMuchBeer
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%

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.

LadyOfMuchBeer, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of LiquidSnake
4.3/5  rDev +19.8%

I am from New England aka Taxachusetts, also know as Massachusetts. I went to Spec's on the recommendation of this crazy lady friend of mine. She kept saying the selection was grand and the service was exemplary. I didn't believe her because she was a drunk and prone to showing her tits at a drop of a hat. However, when I walked in to the store for the first time, I was astonished, aka. I shit my pants. Selection, Selection, and plenty of selection. I could not believe the sheer amount of beers they had to spare. I resisted the temptation to crack open a beer and drink in the aisles. The only thing that pissed me off was that I was unable to get a Bully Porter from Boulevard Brewing without purchasing a sample pack for $16 bucks. I love that beer. Otherwise the selection was exemplary. I bought enough beers to get a small army drunk. I even saved a couple of dollars by paying in cash. I wholeheartedly recommend this place, and if you manage to get down there ask them if you can sample a beer, they might just crack one open for you..

LiquidSnake, Sep 19, 2008
Spec's Liquor Warehouse in Austin, TX
85 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.