Vinnin Square Liquors
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Reviews by GarthDanielson:
4/5 rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Oh, did I stumble into a great find here. My wife and I were in Salem for the day, and she needed to do some grocery shopping, so when we punched in Whole Foods into the GPS, I found Vinnin next door. I was delighted to find a great selection of brews from all over the US, as well as a ton from abroad. I only got a chance to peruse the selections from other countries, as my basket was already full of Lost Abbey and Port beers that I haven't had since we lived in SoCal. I will be going back, and next time I will have more space available. The beers were arranged in a fairly straightforward and easy way to browse, and the selection was impressive. One of the better beer selections I have seen since coming back to New England. I can't realy comment on the service, because all I had for interactions was checking out at the register, which went without issue. Didn't buy any food there, either, but I saw some snack stuff, as well as a good selection of cigars, if that is your thing. They also have a huge section of wine and liquor. Truly one stop shopping for those who are thirsty! Prices were very decent, and I am already putting together a mental list of my next trip.
10-23-2011 04:24:57 | More by GarthDanielson
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4.41/5 rDev +5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | $$
They carry a good number and variety of local brews (Notch, Newburyport, Mayflower, Maine Beer Co., etc.) and a great variety from around the country. Decent selection of belgians too. Selection rotates pretty consistently. Very reasonable prices. Can expect to pay no more than $11 for any decent sixer/four pack. Picked up a Sierra Nevada 4-Way IPA 12 for $14. Bombers, special releases, etc. are reasonably prices as well. Picked up a bottle of bcbs for appox. $5 a couple weeks ago.
I have trouble driving by Vinnin without stopping to check out the selection. Highly recommend.
07-18-2014 16:16:16 | More by AirBob
4/5 rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
This is a big store - lots of beer, wine and booze. It is a little dumpy on the inside but I dig it, it has a good vibe. Love the automatic doors, as my hands are typically full on the way out. Solid selection of beers - bombers, six/twelve packs and cases. Plus you can buy a single of anything. Prices are really good, especially on bombers and certain twelve packs. Staff is hit or miss on beer geekery but all are very friendly and helpful.
Store has easy parking and is right next to a whole foods. Also, only a minute away from a stop and shop. Makes me look forward to weekly grocery shopping trips.
06-08-2014 17:28:45 | More by slarrage
4.44/5 rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | $$
Nice store, again confirming that beer is more accessible on North Shore than in other parts of Metro Boston. Nice selection of imports and domestics, including some rare finds. A couple of displays highlighting individual breweries (Boulevard had one for a while, then Ommegang). Staff is helpful, when asked, but I would not call them friendly. Certainly unsolicitous, which can be a blessing sometimes, but not here. It is clear, though, that the buyer knows more about beer than most of their customers. Still, the turnover is good.
Like most MA stores, the selection is organized by principles known only to the owners, but, at least, they keep each brewery's offerings together. The store claims it does not discount as a matter of principle--no case/quantity discounts on wine, not a whole lot of advertised "specials". But, instead, they claim keeping low prices, which is, for the most part, true. End of spring saw an amazing price on mixed 12s. Some breweries' offerings are cheaper here than at Julio's by a substantial margin (but not all). Don't think they take special orders, but will certainly ask distro if you ask them. Also will call their partner store (Lynnway Liquors) to see if they have what you're looking for. Wine selection is solid, if understated, but they really shine on liquor--both prices and selection, especially of locals, are spectacular. Added bonus--shares a parking lot with Whole Foods which does not have a liquor license. Certainly the best store in the area for my money.
Update 2/28/14: The selection keeps improving and the prices are holding steady. In fact, some prices are outstanding (lowest price I've seen on GI BCBS and BCBW I've seen anywhere in the state). I picked up a bottle of Peche Mortel as a birthday present to myself. And yet another Victory mixed 12.
07-22-2013 14:53:03 | More by VictorWisc
4.24/5 rDev +1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Vinnin Square Liquors is one of the best liquor stores on the north shore that I have had the pleasure of patronizing. It looks like a small warehouse from the outside with virtually no windows other than by the entry, a long way from where the beers are located at the rear left of the store so need to worry about bottles left sitting in the sunny window. There is a long aisle of bombers and singles and pretty much the entire back wall is beer coolers.
They have a large selection of domestic and imported craft beers with a full line of offerings from, Founders, Lagunitas, Pretty Things, Stone, Southern Tier, BBC, GI, the list goes on....picked up some shorts here as well. As large a selection of Belgians as I have seen anywhere in the area. i've picked up many different offerings from de struise, drie fonteinen, De Ranke, St bernardus, all of the trappist ales other than westvleteren are available as well.
The staff are courteous and seem knowledgeable of the inventory and the prices are competitive for the area.
Overall, I would say this is the place with the largest selection and most reasonable prices on the North Shore.
04-11-2011 05:35:15 | More by Nuggethops
4.3/5 rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Love this store! Great beer selection for Imported crafts and domestic craft beers. The employees are very nice, helpful have some knowledge of most of what they are selling. Vinnin Sq. Liquors also has a nice cigar humidor stocked with a nice variety of stoggies. I good one stop for me as well as for you.
My one gripe is that I left a phone # to be contacted when Sierra Nevada's Hoptimum was in and was never contacted. I wont let one blip stop me from my travel from Lynn to Swampscott.
Prices here are some of the better ones around. Most of the craft beers I find here are 5¢ to a $1 cheaper then most stores I have been to, so far.
03-31-2011 03:15:55 | More by LynnHomeBrewer
4.38/5 rDev +4.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
This is the place that I consider my 'local', even though I live in the next town over. My only issue with this place is that it looks a bit worse for wear, thus the 3.5 for atmosphere. Then again, who's ever been to a classy liquor store? Every time I've had a question about a particular beer, it seems every employee is very knowledgeable. They all know where everything is located, and when I asked about a certain ale, he told me that it only shipped as far north as Pennsylvania. A whole aisle is devoted to room temp. beers, and the back wall contains chilled beers. Their selection is fairly extensive, with fairly full collections from Southern Tier, Stone Brewing, Dogfish Head, Smuttynose, and I was rather surprised to see a few bottles from UK breweries like Thornbridge and BrewDog.
02-22-2011 03:47:41 | More by Monkey962
4.65/5 rDev +10.7%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Stopped in on Christmas Eve for the first time in years. I'm not sure why I stopped going here... it has to be the best all-around beer stop on the North Shore of MA.
When I went, they were still loaded up with Founders Breakfast Stout, which I hadn't seen on any other shelves for weeks. They had a couple Sculpin's hanging around (although I'm not sure how fresh), as well as a ton of Bourbon County Stout and a few Ballast Point Imperial Porters, all of which I hadn't seen around in a while, if at all. Above all, prices were slightly better than most smaller specialty shops, and the selection was large, with superb variety.
The staff seemed quite helpful, and was constantly replenishing shelves (the place was packed on this particular day, for the holidays of course).
12-27-2010 23:45:25 | More by stonermouse
Vinnin Square Liquors in Swampscott, MA
93 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.