Cork & Bottle
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Ratings: 9 | Reviews: 9
Reviews by ZethOfTheNorth:
3.05/5 rDev -26.7%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$$
I have no axe to grind here. I'd love it if Cork & Bottle were great and I've found the service there completely friendly. But I have no idea why this place has gotten consistently high scores given its proximity to Stein's, Whole Foods, or Rouse's.
First of all, it's like a morgue in there -- the opposite of how you want a craft beer/wine shop to feel. Almost nothing is kept cold, so that's another big strike.
Secondly, the selection is littered with beers that have exceeded their freshness (on a recent visit: Stone Ruination, Stone IPA, old Torpedos; this is just from the "CA section"). They don't seem to have a good idea of what exactly their selection is.
Thirdly, the only area in which they don't overlap with Steins/Whole Foods is truly random stuff (BrewDog Punk IPA, a bunch of Squatters, old Shipyard Pumpkinhead, okay, they have Session Lager).
Finally, maybe most damningly, the prices are obviously marked up from all the other local options. A 6 of Torpedo is $10 as opposed to $8 at Rouse's. Everything is consistently $.70 higher (Arrogant Bastard bombers for $4.69 as opposed to the standard Rouses $3.99).
I find it hard to justify buying beer here.
05-02-2012 16:11:16 | More by ZethOfTheNorth
More User Reviews:
3.43/5 rDev -17.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$
You'd think that a large city would have plenty of options for beer stores, hell even a Total Wine would be nice. With that said, I thought this place was decent for the area. Mind you, I come from Charleston, where I have my pick of great beer stores. Anyway, they had a good selection of local, us micros, Belgians, and other micros from around the world. Prices weren't too bad, most local bottles were under $2. I did manage to find the Rogue Maple Bacon, which was $10. I didn't really need much help from the worker, but he did make small talk, so that was appreciated. Overall a decent little place, but I think I'll stick with the Rouses on Tchopitoulas, cause it's closer.
06-03-2012 03:18:05 | More by JISurfer
3.97/5 rDev -4.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | $$
Very clean and tidy store in mid-city New Orleans. They had the beers in their own section and had a wide selection of beers from Belgium, American, British etc. The prices there seemed reasonable to me. There was a worker that was very helpful and it was nice to go back and forth about what he recommended vs. what I liked in a beer. He said their beer buyer is trying to increase the selection of beer and it shows. This a shop worth checking out and hopefully the selection can get even more varied as time goes by.
07-12-2011 23:33:53 | More by cvm4
4.14/5 rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
First time at this store located in Mid-City NOLA. Easy to get to via car; however, you probably wouldn't drive here if you were a tourist staying in The Quarter or CBD without a car. The store was primarily wine but had a very nice, clean and organized beer selection (American craft, Belgian, German, English, etc.). The prices seemed no more expensive than other stores in or out of NOLA. My purpose of going to C&B was to get a fresh party pig of NOLA Flambeau Red. I called ahead and they had it waiting for me. Also picked up some Jolly Pumpkin. Definately a place to hit up when in this area of town.
04-28-2011 17:34:15 | More by eaglefreak
4.64/5 rDev +11.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Cork & Barrel, located in the American Can Company complex in Mid-City, has been increasingly beer-focused in the year I've been shopping there.
Note: I cannot shop there all the time because when I do I need to BUY ALL THE BEERS. So I wait till I need a bit of re-stocking in the larder or if I hear something new is hitting.
In my opinion, Cork & Barrel completes the beer trifecta along with the Avenue Pub and Stein's. Almost everything that's available in New Orleans, you'll find here. There's a great (and ever-expanding) selection of Belgian beers as well as a clearly identifiable and pretty well rounded British beer selection.
The beers are all priced individually, and I often do a mix-six. Gives me the opportunity to try a few new selections that I might not be certain about and keeps me from only reaching for my favorites. (which is easy to do, but I need to get out of my comfort zone).
Service is good- generally I don't ask about much unless Jeremy/Beer Buddha's around.
I definitely recommend checking this place out and spreading the word- I think it can only get better the more beer drinkers are going to the place!
04-07-2011 18:31:50 | More by noradeirdre
5/5 rDev +20.2%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
After booking my trip to New Orleans, I didn't really think it would be much of a beer destination. For the most part, I was right, but I have found a few gems while here.
Beerbuddha suggested this place to me, especially since they just rec'd a shipment of an impossible to get beer on the west coast. He had one put on the side for me. The only day he's there is on Wed, but I had a tour booked at noon, and really wanted to stop by while he was there. I was able to swing by at 9:45, prior to the store opening, and check the place out. GREAT CUSTOMER SERVICE I'D SAY!
I really wasn't expecting much based on what I've been seeing around town, but I was happily surprised. I have seen some beers around that I can't get in CA, but based on reviews, I wasn't about to buy 6 packs since they didn't sound like my styles, but I still wanted to try them. Thankfully C&B sells singles, and cheap. They even had some beers cheaper than I can get at home!
If I wasn't only looking for beers I couldn't get at home, I could have easily walked out of here with a ton of beer. So many of the great beer staples on the shelf, from the US and imports.
Thankfully for Beerbuddah, I had to rush out to get across the lake. I could/would have talked his ear off all day. If the "regular" staff has a fraction of his knowledge and awesome people skills, this place should be a no brainer to get your craft beer!
12-30-2010 04:01:43 | More by imagese
4.35/5 rDev +4.6%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
I've only visited Cork and Bottle once, but I was pleasantly surprised. They have a very nice selection of beer. I was able to find a few brews that I had not been easily able to before such as Moylan's and Unibroue Don de Dieu.
The prices were slightly above average, but I believe that due to it being a relatively new establishment and the building it is housed in. Parking is limited, but shouldn't pose a problem.
The atmosphere was upscale and spacious. The staff was also friendly. I will visit this place again.
10-08-2010 06:38:31 | More by megahurts4
4.35/5 rDev +4.6%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
So I've only been to Cork & Bottle once so far, but I'll be sure to return. Quick review, I can't say that Cork & Bottle has the best selection in the city, they are the unequivocal second best. Dorignac's has declined, probably playing it safer and Martin's is just unpredictable depending on who's doing their beer this week/month (i.e. who hasn't moved on to greener beer pastures). To be fair, Martin's is more a wine shop that carries some good beer. However, Cork & Bottle is a wine and beer shop. At least they are now.
So, the selection rocks. They seem to stock everything that's new on our market including the Steven's Point releases that came in pretty much unannounced (solid beer from the five styles I've had - solid brewery). They also stock a handful of traditional/expected imports. By expected, I'm not talking just Stella and Heineken. They have much better import offerings than that. I saw some BMC on the shelves, it was about 1% of the available selection. I did not visit the cold beer section. I wasn't aware of it until after I left.
Service is decent as Brandon, the man on deck when I visited, isn't the most beer knowledgeable. However, with a few quick texts to the Beer Buddha, he was able to answer all of my questions regarding their stock. If you are looking for obscure suggestions, he's going to have a hard time helping you, as most people would. A resident beer geek on staff would be nice but is probably out of their budget.
Conclusion, if you haven't been to Cork & Bottle, I highly recommend you go. If you live, work, or travel by Cork & Bottle, this place should be on your frequent stops list.
07-23-2010 12:19:07 | More by TeeCee
4.5/5 rDev +8.2%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Cork & Bottle is a great store located in Mid City. The selection is incredible for New Orleans. They have beers from Stone, Bear Republic, Shmaltz, North Coast, Moylans, Brew Dog, Dieu De Ciel!, Rochefort, etc. Prices are in line with other stores in the city. You can mix and match the beers. They also have a little cooler with cold beers available. The cool thing is you can drink on premise and they have a wine bar where you can take your beer over and drink. The wine bar also has a selection of beers to choose from. Great little store with great selection.
05-26-2010 21:19:29 | More by Beerbuddha
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