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Reviews by Jimmys:
3.31/5 rDev -19.7%
been to westover a handful of times over the past year. just recently looked at the overall rating of 94 and was shocked. felt obliged to put in my 2 cents.
when you first walk into westover it simply appears as a dirty grocery store. small rows of goods, some produce, and then to your right a big wall of beer. single bottles (bombers, 750's, etc.) of some of the hard to finds on top produce cooler which hold 4 & 6-packs as well as a selection of mix and match 12oz bottles. the mix and match selection is something i always enjoy doing, but this place is really not the place to do it. very overpriced single servings of brews that are really not that rare (starr hill, SN, kona, etc.). the bottles on top are where you should keep your eyes focused as there are some gems. however, dont plan on walking out of this store with any steals. they know what they have and have marked up accordingly. i find it deterring when i see beautiful bottles of beer directly under florescent lighting covered in dust and then i am asked to shell out a buck or two higher than the average market price. buying beer in this area is a little more expensive than most, however this place is on my avoid list when it comes to doing some bottle hunting.
one cool aspect of westover is it does now have a beer garden that utilizes the side patio for some outdoor seating. they have about 10 drafts and the selection gives a nice range of diversity. the prices are a bit high, but if you have been reading my review this far that should not be unexpected.
i think way to many users are quick to give a high rating to a store if they see a large selection of beer. i understand because i was similar when i first began visiting different bottle shops and exploring new brews. however, the review should really focus on all the aspects that makes up a rating as i find atmosphere and price just as important as selection, seeing as atmosphere and price are the two areas where westover really doesnt cut the cheese.
02-12-2012 12:43:44 | More by Jimmys
More User Reviews:
4.5/5 rDev +9.2%
Holy balls! This initially rundown looking grocery store has an enviable selection. Fresh Maine Beer Co beers, a decent mead selection, excellent variety of cold sixers, a lot of stuff I had never had/knew nothing about. I even found some cellar worthy stuff I thought I wouldn't see again. Very pleased. Pricing is decent for a DC area store, but (warning) a few things were way overpriced. Check those prices on unlabeled items before you get to the register.
08-20-2014 14:05:37 | More by TaiPan
4.4/5 rDev +6.8%
Okay, so I've only been once, and I gave it $$$ because the pricing on the board was $$$...but if you go from 11 to 3 on a weekday, big pours are half price, and the lunch specials are very reasonably priced for Arlington.
The service is excellent, and the three different employees I interacted with were all knowledgable, friendly, and helpful. The tap selection is definitely nifty, even if small, and the selection is continually changing (two taps changed while I was there)...you are sure to always find something new and interesting. Food was tasty, and the right amount...not too much, and not too little. The food offerings are eclectic, but not weird, and old standbys are available too.
Will definitely be another visit in the near future.
05-25-2014 11:07:00 | More by Badger6
Westover Market in Arlington, VA
92 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.