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Ratings: 31 | Reviews: 28 | Display Reviews Only:
4.69/5 rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | $
With family in nearby Woodland Hills, I always plan to go to Wades Wines when visiting, but never seem to fit it in. Big mistake. I will not be skipping it again.
Like everyone else, I thought the address was wrong when I arrived. There are no signs of this place at the street, and I had to consult the directory to figure out which suite it was in (all the way in back, FWIW).
I chatted with the owner, and he told me a bit of history of the place. Apparently, it was originally a wine store, but expanded to include spirits (700+ kinds of whiskey!) and beer, then again to add a tasting/tap room, and a third time to add a brewery.
Anyway, the beer. It's a smallish overall inventory, but had a ton of hard-to-find beers. I don't recall seeing a single macro or "crafty" label. In short, It was the kind of selection I would put together if I only cared about attracting craft beer enthusiasts.
05-26-2014 18:29:01 | More by DaveAnderson
4.18/5 rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5 | $$
I love Wades Wines. My go-to place when I visit my in-laws. Great selection. Very nice bar area with knowledgeable staff. I like that I can make flights of what I want to taste and find they have some great stuff on draft. Even better is the bottle room. Good selection including some great stuff from hard to find Hair of the Dog and the occasional Russian River. Really great place to go in the Thousand Oaks area..
07-27-2013 02:37:05 | More by ScottieD
3.86/5 rDev -12.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
I wanted to check out Wades since I was in the area anyways. It's a bit of an odd location in that it is a suite within a business park and not a standalone location. Inside it is a bit of a warehouse atmosphere with wine, liquor, and beer. All of the beer is located in the back of the store with some in coolers and some on the shelf. They had a lot of different stuff for sale and the selection is pretty great. Service was average with a hello when I walked in and a "let us know if you have any questions" demeanor. Their prices seemed a bit high compared to other places in SoCal. Overall, a pretty good place to check out but be prepared to spend a bit more than you would like.
03-25-2012 00:43:46 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.56/5 rDev -19.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$
Today I consulted Wades' website and found their beer list. I was really excited when I saw they had six Mikkeller in stock I'd never had (Mikkeller is me favourite brewery), as well as some Lost Abbey, Allagash, and Alesmith I hadn't tried.
I drove there from Los Angeles (an hour and a half drive - on a GOOD Sunday).
When I arrived, there was ample parking. The seemingly abandoned strip mall in which it's located is a strong contrast to the flurry of activity I encountered once inside. The crowd is mostly wine fanatics (some annoying, some tolerable).
Sadly, I discovered none of the Mikkeller listed on their website were stocked; this would be excusable if they were merely out of stock and I was too late, but alas, it's their error: they just didn't update their website. Moreover, only common Lost Abbey/Alesmith/Allagash was available; also victims of the bad website maitenance. I can't complain too much because I ought to have called ahead, but it was a big disappointment.
Also problematic is the store's lack of baskets or carts. I had to pull a bottle per hand, manoevre past the (long) line, set them on the counter, and return constantly. There's no excuse for this, and feasibly rarer beers could be snatched from your counter pool while you're not looking. This is a terrible system that they need to change.
There was a nice looking area for tastings off to the side; it looked really cozy but I didn't have the opportunity to venture in as I was driving.
Pricing was pretty high compared to my local LA store (Wally's Wine in Westwood), but compared to my Denver store, California beers were priced pretty low.
When I went they were hugely understaffed, resulting in a long line, but the service I got when at the counter was great. The clerk wasn't the "beer guy", but was very friendly and tried to be as helpful as he could. I spared them a snide remark about carts and baskets because I'm sure they get that all the time.
Overall, while the store strikes me as more of a place for posh housewives to throw down $200 for one bottle of wine on their way back from Whole Foods, it has admittedly good selection - even if they're terrible about keeping their website updated. I might return, but I'll call ahead next time to make sure the beer I want is stocked.
02-20-2012 02:59:05 | More by kojevergas
4.15/5 rDev -6.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Wades sits in the back of a small commercial complex, and doesn't look like much from the outside, but things change immediately the door is opened. The decor is warehouse chic with wood being the predominant feature. I got a mini tour right after walking in the door. Nice bar area with 41 taps, wine on tap, tables and a surprisingly long bar for just a "bottle shop".
Wine definitely dominates, with an extensive liquor selection taking a close second, followed by beer. I will admit, at first glance I was disappointed in the size of the beer area. Their selection, however, has no filler, like the majority of shops out there. A good mix of great new breweries and specialities. I found more bottles I'd never tried than most stores with larger selections. The whole beer room is at cellar temperature. I didn't have time to sit down at the bar, that'll have to be for another time, because I'll be back. It's a shame it's 40 minutes from my house.
01-13-2012 23:26:07 | More by dbmernin83
4.14/5 rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Wades wines is a little gem in thousand oaks. They have a huge variety of great beers. They also have a huge tasting bar now which has a lot of great beer on draft. Service has always been very friendly though knowledge about beers is only a little above average. Some of the negative things about this store is i have frequently purchased old IPA's. Maybe i have bad luck but when it keeps happening it gets quite annoying. They do get in a lot of limited release beers which is a major plus! Though you will be paying a couple more dollars a bottle. The prices at this place is what really stops me from shopping here more often. This is a great store in an area that does not offer much to the beer community.
01-11-2012 21:06:17 | More by mrbubbler
4.86/5 rDev +10%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Wades is among the best bottle shops in the Northern L.A./Ventura County area. As the name indicates, its wine selection is its famous boast, but their selection of beer and spirits is as worthy of praise.
One recent important note, they've redesigned their tasting room into a bar for all intents and purposes. They now feature 32 quality craft beers on tap that can be had in 5 oz tasting pours or by the pint, in addition to a bottle list that will pleasure the palatte of any BA looking for a prime example of any style under the sun. They also have 32 wines on tap in the same room, so feel free to bring your girlfriends and wives without having to worry about finding them a beer they like.
The staff is friendly. The beer guy is knowledgeable and helpful and will gladly let you know if they have something stored in the back. They all have a good sense of humor and seem to generally enjoy what they do.
As has been said, the selection, though solid in terms of quality, is limited in terms of quantity. They have limited shelf space for beer, as it appears the damnb winos take up too much. But they'll have some of the best quality brews that can be had in this market in stock on a regular basis. Tastings every thursday, but with the new bar opened, you can taste any day of the week.
08-12-2011 21:22:04 | More by Wreckoncile
Wades Wines in Westlake Village, CA
96 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.