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Chevy Chase Wine & Spirits

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Chevy Chase Wine & SpiritsChevy Chase Wine & Spirits
BA SCORE
95
world-class

86 Ratings
Ratings: 86
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 9.49%
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5544 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, District of Columbia, 20015-2610
United States
phone: (202) 363-4000

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Photo of woodychandler
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%

This was only the second time that I've had occasion to visit this place. I "found" it the last time thanks to BeerFly back in early spring when I last visited my aunt and uncle in the Tenleytown/AU area. It is about a twenty minute walk door-to-door, but now that I know where I am going, the walk seems much shorter. There is free parking in the rear of the store, and that is important, because if you are only going for beer, it is all of the way aft. Since I come in through the front, I park my wheeled Coleman cooler by the door, traverse past all of that pesky wine and liquor, and get down to business.

On the left hand wall, as you approach the rear counter and register, are several wooden shelves, with plenty of bottles on each shelf. Moving further back is a refrigerated area, what I can only liken to the dairy case at the supermarket, with more, different beers (!). Above that case are bomber bottles and cork-finished bottle-conditioned beers. To the right of the counter are two refrigerated coolers with glass doors and pull handle doors. Bear in mind that there is NO repetition of beer in any of these areas. DROOL! I would suggest that one or five of their shopping carts might come in handy, or maybe just a forklift, if your credit card is strong enough.

The beer is all fresh and the staff really knows what they are talking about. Further, they are not pushy, allowing me time to breathe and make a reasoned decision. They even have a display, although dusty, of empty bottles that they have had for sale at one time or another. It is quickly becoming a destination of choice when I visit DC and I highly recommend it to others (especially those of us from PA, where something like this is the stuff of dreams).

woodychandler, Jul 04, 2005
Photo of Gavage
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%

Stopped by on my way out of town since my usual route was under construction and badly backed up. I found metered street parking easily, but there is a parking lot out back (and the front sign states that too).

Super selection of singles for those out of towners to pick up some local brews. Great European selection too. A surprisingly large number of mixed 12 packs from various breweries.

Interesting dusty bottle collection sits high above the cash register.

Definitely worth a stop in Washington DC especially if you are from out of town.

Gavage, Jun 09, 2008
Photo of John_M
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%

This place is an absolute pain in the ass for me to get to from Baltimore, which is why I seldom stop by. Traffic and parking are both a nightmare here, but once you actually walk inside, the selection is striking. I always come in from the back parking lot, and so the first thing I see upon entering is a very impressive selection of imports and craft beer. The store is pretty narrow with high ceilings, and it often seems a bit cramped inside. However, there is a wall of beer on both sides when you first walk in, with a large selection refrigerated. Some of the bottles look a bit dusty, which is worrisome, but I can't say I've ever bought anything that didn't taste fresh. Supposedly, this place occasionally gets in beers from Russian River. Maybe, but I've never been lucky enough to find any the times I've visited. However, they do have a nice selection of vintage J.W. Lee beers, as well as a good selection of Belgians. Service always seems a bit distracted to me, though the times I've spoken to the manager/owner, he clearly was knowledgeable about beer. The rest of the staff, not so much.

All in all this is a solid place, one I'll continue to visit on occasion when I happen to be in the area.

John_M, Jan 31, 2008
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

This is set along a pedestrian area with boutique-type shops, parking meters in front but a lot in back. If you drive in from the north you'll go through an area with camera-enforced speed limits, it was interesting watching heavy traffic all going exactly 30mph.

The shop is filled mainly with wine (and spirits), with the rear of the store dedicated more-or-less to beer. A lot of beer. Hundreds of beers from USA craft brewers, another hundred or so from Belgium, and another hundred or so from "other".

Every beer lives on a specific shelf space, designated by a label indicating country/state and price. What's really nice is the clear marking of price, indicated as singles price or 4-pack, 6-pack, or whatever relevant volume.

Definitely worth a stop in DC, if you can't find something you like here then you're not gonna find something you'll like anywhere.

TurdFurgison, Mar 12, 2010
Photo of GJ40
4.04/5  rDev -6.5%

I stopped in based on a BA search while visiting a friend in the area.

Feel is like a typical old school liquor store. Nothing special in the decor or presentation. But they clearly put a lot of work into it with each bottle individually labeled. The only down side to that is that it blocks your view of the bottle itself. They have a good selection of Belgian, British and German beers with the US supply leaning heavily to northeast breweries.

A nice local shop with a good commitment to craft beer.

GJ40, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%

Hey Lucy I'm Home! (Or at least I want to move in...)

I had heard about the selection at Chevy Chase Liquors, and thought I was not going to be able to check it out. It is near impossible to find a place to park at the establishment. I must have circled the block 4 times, but finally I stopped in front of the store, best quarter I ever spent.

The selection is well done. Beer everywhere. Single bottles in a line with numbers on them if you desire a six pack or a case. Bring a pad and pen and write down the name of the beer and the number as well as the quantity you desire. The prices are not the best, but the selection quickly makes you forget about all that. Don't forget to turn around and look at the wall in front of the back counter. I was about to check out and then realized there was another wall of beer.

I spoke with a couple of store employees. Only one really seemed to know beer, but the other two were still extremely helpful. The guy who retrieved the beer had quite a task running around in coolers and downstairs to find my selections.

I saw no dust on any of the beers on the shelves and older beers were in a bargain bin.

I'll be back to Chevy Chase after I work some more and save some cash. You could really stock up there.

Oh, for anyone who thought they might have Drednaught, better call, I purchased the last two bottles...;)

GCBrewingCo, Apr 06, 2004
Photo of akorsak
3.94/5  rDev -8.8%

I visited CC W&S on a early March friday afternoon. Despite that timing, parking was an absolute nightmare, forcing me to park across Connecticut Ave. in the safeway parking lot (illegally I might add). After traversing Connecticut Ave. at my peril, I arrived at C W&S.

Quality: Excellent selection of fine ales and lagers. I went specifically for Unibroue 15 (P.S., mission accomplished) and found some Stone Arrogant Bastard to go along with it. There is a fine selection of Belgian ales, German lagers and American craftbrews.

Service: See parking above for where CC W&S was deducted points. Outside of that, the employees were friendly.

Selection: Great selection of beers. All beers were clearly labelled and priced, giving me a good idea of what the final bill would be. I'd like to return without my 14 mo old son in tow, as he made carrying out very difficult.

akorsak, Mar 04, 2006
Photo of BillRoth
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

BillRoth, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of shivtim
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%

Finally made it to Chevy Chase on my last day of having a car. What a selection! It really is as good as everyone says. Excellent variety from all over the place, and multiple options for buying most beers (almost everything is available as singles, which is great, and then also 6 packs or a case). It's also relatively easy to find, and has free parking out back, so if you're in the DC area you should stop by. Service is ok- I didn't have to ask for anything, but I saw them fetching a case for somebody from the back. When I was scrutinizing a few bottles they didn't ask me if I needed any help, but oh well.

shivtim, May 17, 2007
Photo of ecoboy
4.85/5  rDev +12.3%

Putting numbers on this store makes little sense. You don't really care about service or value (which is reasonable when it comes to how much space their selection must take up; the overhead must certainly add up) when there is THIS MUCH TO CHOOSE FROM!

One of the few package stores that made me get that jittery spring in my step when I realized the monumental task that faced me: when there are this many choices, and I have but one fifteen minute visit to fill the car's trunk, what to get? what to get?

One of the best quality beer selections on the east coast, I can safely say.

ecoboy, Apr 28, 2005
Photo of TMoney2591
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%

After hitting other local spots, I just had to stop in here and see what all the hooplah was about. Damn, everybody's been pretty spot-on here. Sure, most of the store is devoted to other alcoholic goodies, but they do not skimp on the brews, baby! They carry a very large assortment of beers, mostly in singles, from around the country and around the world. They employ a tag system that tells you about the beers (name, origin, ABV, and prices for singles, sixers (or fours when applicable), and cases) that is pretty nice and informative. Most of the bottles are fresh, but every now and then there's some slightly dusty offerings. I can't comment all that much on the service (I prefer to just browse on my own), but they have offered to help me before (which is always a nice touch), and I witnessed them helping a couple o' ladies find a variety of desired brews. They seem very knowledgable and helpful. The only real knock I have against this place is the slightly steep prices: I know that the District in general is kinda pricey, but I can find some of their offerings elsewhere for less. Still, their beastly selection will keep me coming back for more.

TMoney2591, Jun 06, 2010
Photo of 86sportster883
4.7/5  rDev +8.8%

I was staying in the embassy row area of DC and hopped the Metro from Dupont up to the Friendship Heights station. Chevy Chase Wine and Spirits is less than a mile walk from the station, through one of the original suburbs of DC. As I walked past the massive turn-of-the-century homes, I could only imagine the seven figure prices that they probably commanded.

When I finally got to CC Wine and Spirits, I wasn't disappointed. Their selection of American, Belgian, German, Baltic and one-off beers was probably as good as it gets. I went there hoping to pick up a mixed six pack of Bell's that I can't get in NJ. I found that, along with a bottle of Rogue's 10k Brew, J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (2000), one of Harpoon's 100 Barrel Series beers, a Samichlaus and Spezial's Rauchbier Lager.

Since my inner beer geek had gotten the best of me, I had to have the owner call me a cab to get me back to my hotel. They boxed my beers, taped it up well for me to travel with, and called me a cab when I finally left.

This place is a must stop beer destination. My advice to any BA visiting DC is to blow off the Brick and head north to Chevy Chase. You'll find a similar great selection, but pay only a fraction of the cost.

86sportster883, Jan 29, 2008
Photo of jdense
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%

Visited during DC Conference Beer Sojourn, November 2011.

Located on the far north end of Connecticut Ave. near Chevy Chase Circle, I had to ride the bus up here (the Metro Line veers off over a mile from the store) and on a late Friday afternoon after the conference it was a very long ride, about an hour to go 4 miles. There's a small parking lot in the back off the street, very little street parking to speak of.

This isn't a beer store per se, a very good selection of wine and liquor. The key, of course, is the beer, and while it took me a while to understand the shelving/organization of the place, I can see why this is considered the best beer outlet in DC. I had my heart set on a 6-pack of Bell's Expedition, and a phone call confirmed availability. The website is pretty accurate re inventory, but I'd be careful to venture up here without checking. Staff was quite helpful, willing to answer any questions (didn't really have any other than checking on Bells/Founders/etc location).

Certainly could have hung out here for quite a while. Prices are a bit on the high side of average prices for DC area, but given the quality of the selection, especially hard to find items, I was glad to pay the preacher. If you're looking for hard to find items (from a PNW perspective) this place and the Whole Foods on P certainly top the list. Deserving of its lofty status. Highly recommended.

jdense, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of CuriousMonk
2.45/5  rDev -43.3%

This little joint is situated in NW DC. I heard about this place through various reviews. While the selection is quite impressive, but every bottle there is covered with dust and off-putting. Prices are stupid expensive and make no sense. It's sort of a creepy place to visit. I'm not a fan of this place and have gone about three to four times and have never bought anything, okay except an awful $18 bottle of la jolla pumpkin 750ml bottle which was terrible per se. Mostly because they don't have anything worth buying (6 month old DIPAs anyone? $30 DuClaw Colossus?) Nobody offered their help. I asked one guy for a Belgian beer, he said talk to that large looking dude and he knows his stuff. That so called dude didn't know anything not even De Struise stuff. Don't waste your time jaunting over to this place which is not metro accessible. Don't believe the website, which says it's like in the Top 10 of ____. No way. Head to Whole Foods instead for FRESHER selections and more reasonable prices.

CuriousMonk, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of tgbljb
4.05/5  rDev -6.3%

Visited the store on a Saturday afternoon. Nice establishment with all items clearly marked as to price for singles, 6-packs, and cases. Service was virtually non-existent, and When I asked for some 6-pack holders to put singles I was was told just to put them in the cart and they would pack them when I checked out. (Even though there were plenty of empty beer cases stacked around they packed my mixed case in wine boxes trying to jam 2 bottles in each slot. I even offered to grab an empty case from the stack??). I also had to ask if there were any qyuntity discounts (I was told 10% off 24 bottles) The selection was absolutely great and I easily found a nice selection for a mixed case. Service could improve.

tgbljb, Jun 12, 2006
Photo of beer2day
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Easily the best place to bottle shop in the DC area, but I'm not sure that is saying much.

The wall of beer is a very nice feature with lots of singles available. The fact that they sell just about every beer they have by the bottle, sixer, and case (with a nice discount on a case purchase) is a very nice selling feature. If you have not been before, you can pick single bottles from the wall and coolers or order six-packs and cases at the counter and they'll retrieve them from the walk-in or basement. If you are there in the morning hours, the system they have for receiving shipments is pretty cool.

The selection is very good for the area, but I've seen better in more remote areas of VA.

As others have stated, wine and liquor dominate this store and they do have a nice selection of those. Beer is in the back left, with a couple of coolers and shelves opposite the checkout (don't miss those - usually a couple of gems there). Prices can be a bit on the high side, but the selection makes the trip worthwhile.

beer2day, Jan 16, 2010
Photo of lackenhauser
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

A great resource for beers when in DC. Just outside the city proper on Connecticut Ave. The quality is damn good. While the display and organization is a bit confusing everything looked fresh and clean. The various shelves are spread around a bit and not all in one place. They are also around the registers so you have to get in between the people waiting to check out. It was a week before Xmas so the place was really jumping which made it a bit of a hassle to do this. There were even some selections lined up on the counter-it could be very easily to overlook something.

There was plenty of help if you needed it-all well marked by wearing Santa hats!!! Anyone was more then happy to go get the beers you needed to list if there was only one bottle on the shelf. The system can leave a bit to be desired though the one gentleman that helped me knew the inventory off the top of his head.

The selction is quite amazing to say the least. Theres Belgians that this BA had never heard of. Micros from some of the small Scottish brewers that I was never able to track down when I was in Scotland. A good variety of US micros from all over. Beers from the former Soviet countries. It really was a global selection.

This place is definately worth a stop. Id try to get there on a week day when things might be easier to take in and peruse. I dropped a quick hundred before I knew it.

lackenhauser, Dec 19, 2004
Photo of Dithyramb
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Yet another reason to love beerfly. We have family in the AU area, and we pass by this place every single time we go to and come back. I passed it dozens of times. You really wouldn't know from the outside that this place is as stacked as it is.

Located directly on Connecticut, which is one of the main spokes ranging out from DC to 495. Parking in the rear.

Stupendous selection of the finest quality. If I lived nearby, I could only wonder what levels the beer karma would have attained by now...Unlike many of the Baltimore places with good selection, you can actually find some rarities mixed in that make the trip worthwhile. Great service folks who actually know a thing or two about their product.

If you are in DC, this is a must see to stock up on all your needs.

Dithyramb, Aug 05, 2005
Photo of smakawhat
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%

This is probably the only place in DC where you can buy single 12oz bottles. Not only that, there is an incredibly varied selection of US craft choices, showing producers that are common around here (Dogfish, Duck Rabbit, Great Lakes, Great Divide, Lagunitas, Stone etc...), to having a great selection of imported.

The best is there imports are by the bottle and you can save yourself from spending a lot of money on items that you would normally have to fork over bombers and packs for. There are also beers in this store that I have NEVER seen anywhere else in the area. Staff is pleasant as well. Great place to shop in candy store like fashion. Keep in mind though, some bottles have been sitting so check for freshness dates.

One good suggestion, if you can't find parking out in front, or want to skip the meters (who doesn't) go park behind the store by turning down McKinley ST NW, they have a lot.

smakawhat, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of brewandbbq
3.7/5  rDev -14.4%

It has been 4 years since I had last visited Chevy Chase, and was dissapointed this time around.
Maybe it's the fact that the beer selection in Mass has improved dramatically since then, or also that I had already stopped at Stateline Liquors in Elkton Maryland, previously.
Regardless, a bit out of the way and trafficy to get to, and once you're there, the only option seems to be parking out back which was full that day.
Service was non existant as they were having a 25% off wine sale that day, but thats OK , as-what you see is what you get, I assume.
Wooden shelving with lots of singles, a fairly even mix of imports and domestics, with more singles up above, on the other wall, and even right next to the register.
More singles in a cooler with doors opposite the register, and a medium sized open deli- type cooler filled with sixers that was broken.
All the bottles have large printed out price tags, which seemed a bit odd, and there were quite a few empty slots on the wooden shelving.
A few finds that were unique to CC:
1 single bottle of RR Damnation
Bison 750's
Butte Creek
Crickett hill
Everything else was on the shelves for less money (believe it or not)
at Stateline.. See the Stateline beerfly.
10% discount on 24 bottles or more, with sixers counting as 6,(now, would that be 6 at the single price? who knows).

brewandbbq, Mar 06, 2006
Photo of drabmuh
4.45/5  rDev +3%

This is a beer store / liquor store that is within walking distance of the Friendship Heights station. It has a good selection of beer and about 1/3 of the store is devoted to beer entirely.

The setup is a little odd. There are basically singles on the shelf only. Lots of a shelves with a couple of bottles on each shelf of each beer, maybe 6 individual beers to a shelf. Each are individually marked for sale, there are discounts for 6 / 12 / 24 packs of any particular beer. I guess its a bottle lovers paradise. There are several hundred varieties of beers there. Seriously impressive.

The staff is helpful and the two people I talked to knew a lot about their inventory. Also, their website has a partially complete inventory online (although you have to search it and some of their spelling is questionable). I seriously think that I have found my new beer store in general. At least I have three really reliable ones now. I am seriously impressed by Chevy Chase and if you are in the DC area and want to make a mix pack of beer, get to this store.

Good Job Chevy Chase.

drabmuh, Jan 21, 2010
Photo of bigred89
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

bigred89, Feb 28, 2014
Photo of Chaney
4/5  rDev -7.4%

I've seen amazing reviews of this place... and subpar reviews here. I think my review will be somewhere in the middle.

Atmosphere: Once you walk in, there is a distinct musty smell here the is inviting for the average beer geek. However, many may be turned off by this aspect. The beer is situated in the front part of the store, and the wine (and there is quite a bit), on the far back half.

Quality: I've never bought brews from here that were past their prime, and no one I know has ever either. There are very crude paper price tags situated on the individual beers, but still the quality of the overall beer selection is quite good.

Service: As many times and I've been here, it never fails. Once I ask a beer question, the person yells to the head beer guy, "HEY, COME HERE!" I think his name is Larry... and he's great!

Selection: Not as great as others have mentioned. I can get most of the stuff on the Virginia side of the DC area, but there are a few gems that are worthy.

Value: Meh... I guess this place is good, but it seems average overall to me. I will give them a pass overall compared to the Whole Foods (Whole Paycheck) up the road.

Chaney, Sep 13, 2011
Photo of BeerSox
4.85/5  rDev +12.3%

My first trip to a D.C. beer (liquor) store. Located on one of the main drags in northern "suburb" D.C., it's a tiny shop, but somehow big on the inside. The place is located on the west side of the street with a scattered amount of metered street parking, along with an entrance to the sidewalk. This place is in a bit of a market style area. There is packing around back if you turn on to McKinley Street then make an immediate left. It's a bit cramped back there. There is also a back entrance if you park back there.

This place builds its great selection by expanding vertically. To obtain some items you need a ladder. The beer is toward the back/packing lot side. There are a couple closed coolers and shelves on the left when walking in from the back (right from the front) and a good selection of singles to the right. Just about everything is in singles as a matter of fact. There are a lot of 12oz singles near the counter, and lots of 22oz/750ml bottles in a refrigerated shelf behind it. Don't forget to look up as there is beer along the walls on high shelves. Each beer is clearly marked with a price. I'm wondering how long it is before the new single bottle laws reach this place (anything under 70oz can't be sold individually, even if that's the original intent, like the 750ml and 22oz bottles). Probably the best selection I've seen in a store in a long time, possibly ever.

The prices seem to be decent, about average for anything in the area. The selection overall seems to be more expansive than northern VA, however there is still a lot of overlap. It will probably take me several visits to discover the complete selection that's unavailable in VA. The beers are also arranged by style, or at least placed near each other. In some cases, the beers are grouped together with other beers from the same brewery.

The service seemed to be okay, plenty of people around, although I never really asked for help. Judging by the selection, I'm sure someone in there knows their stuff regarding beer.

If you live in D.C., NoVA, or southwest Maryland, you have to make it to this place. Hell, if you access to a car, boat, or airplane, you should make it to this place. Probably one of the best selections on the East Coast. Highly recommended.

BeerSox, Apr 04, 2009
Photo of Daniellobo
3.8/5  rDev -12%

It´s another reference store in the region for craft beer lovers. It´s true that the staff seems to be typically knowledgeable and helpful, and besides a good wine selection, the beer stock is quite tremendous. Plenty of single bottles to show off their range, and to tempt you to check out if they have larger qualities on stock, which they usually do.

Real trouble is that while not prohibitive, the prices are mechanically higher than elsewhere nearby... A minimun $1 up on most six packs and up from there. I fear that is geared a bit towards a more comfy, posh crowd not bothered by the difference. If I were in need of something specific that I can´t find elsewhere I´d probably come in to try my luck. But otherwise, and with Rodman´s relatively close, this is not one of my stops.

Daniellobo, Aug 19, 2009
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Chevy Chase Wine & Spirits in Washington, DC
95 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.