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Hyde Park Market

Not Rated.
Hyde Park MarketHyde Park Market
BA SCORE
83
good

17 Ratings
Ratings: 17
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 21.87%
$$$ - a bit pricey
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4429 Duval St
Austin, Texas, 78751-3917
United States
phone: (512) 524-4217

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(Place added by: AChamberlain on 11-25-2008)
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JamLand

Texas

4.21/5  rDev +22.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | $$$$

I'll pretty much echo the sentiment already reviewed here. One of, if not the best selection in the city. However, this is probably the most expensive bottle shop in Austin.

Now being the most expensive actually does bring some advantages. This is the place to go if you missed out on a new release because of all the truck chasers and hoarders. Look some of us have jobs and it's nice to get off work and still be able to go pick up the latest release.

Tony is also great to talk beer with, he's quick to help, he's quick to let you know if anything new will be coming in soon. He'll also save stuff for his regulars, which again is nice if you don't want to have to leave work early or call in sick to pick up the latest beer. Now, if he isn't in the store, everyone else is very friendly, but they know nothing about beer or when a beer should be coming into the store.

07-21-2013 21:56:59 | More by JamLand
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mgr78704

Texas

2/5  rDev -41.7%

06-08-2014 20:14:49 | More by mgr78704
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Heretic42

Texas

2/5  rDev -41.7%

05-16-2014 06:00:01 | More by Heretic42
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greenspointexas

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +2%

04-30-2014 02:44:27 | More by greenspointexas
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Getalegup

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +2%

03-18-2014 17:41:45 | More by Getalegup
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javlin624

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +31.2%

03-01-2014 23:33:17 | More by javlin624
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bccocx

Texas

3.21/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2.25 | selection: 4.75 | $$$

Hyde Park Market offers a very nice selection of beers. Ultimately, they may have the largest bottle selection in Austin. Their biggest problem is they overcharge every beer by a few dollars. It's reasonable for small bottle shops to charge a little more than HEB or Spec's, but Hyde Park Market often charges $2-3 more than the rest of the small bottle shops in town. I only go to this store if I'm looking for something that has sold out everywhere already.

Mix and Match 6-packs are nice, but many of the beers are far beyond expiration. I've seen beers in that shelf that were 2+ years old (expired 18 months). At the same time, you might find something that has been aged in good condition for a long period of time. The same goes for the rest of the bottles in the store - if you're not careful, you might buy expired beers. Always check the date if you can!

Beyond the beer selection, they have nice offerings. They're a very typical Austin-esque convenience store. They may have the best British candy selection in town.

Unfortunately, I often leave this store with regret.

05-15-2013 16:52:22 | More by bccocx
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max316

Texas

3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4.75 | $$

This place would probably have an overall higher rating if it was just concerned with selection. Several Spec's locations in town are pretty good, Whip In included. However, I have yet to find any other store in Austin that competes with "the flag store" as they call this place. Located in Hyde Park, this looks like a gas station and convenience store, with a bunch of flags hanging outside. When you get inside you find yourself in a tight maze of gourmet foods and rows upon rows of beer all stored in coolers. This is by far the largest selections of six-packs and singles I have seen in Austin. You never know what you might find in the singles section, they are always adding to and rotating the stock.

03-19-2013 01:34:40 | More by max316
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velcrowe

California

3.36/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 2.75 | service: 2.75 | selection: 4.5 | $$$$

The selection of craft beer here is very, very good. They have a large mix-6 section, tons of refridgerated bombers, all the local stuff and representatives from basically everything distributed in Texas. You can often get a sixer of something that sold out quickly at some of the hotter bottle shops in town.

If you were to rate on selection alone, it is among the very best around.

Where we run into problems is two-fold:

1. The age of some of the beers. Many have clearly been there for a long time. I'm not sure they really have a beer person, they just get everything they can in and became a beer stop without much knowledge of freshness and turnover. Perhaps they get too much stuff in.

2. The price. It's really inexcusable on a lot of items. We're not just talking about the 1 or 2 dollar markup. Many six-packs and bombers can be as much as $5 more expensive than anywhere else.

This is close by, and they have a great selection of other things (coconut-based ice cram, for example), but I rarely buy beer here anymore unless I'm on a particular whale hunt.

02-09-2013 23:45:17 | More by velcrowe
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bisonkron

Texas

2.19/5  rDev -36.2%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 1.5 | service: 1 | selection: 4.5 | $$$$

This place looks like a gas station, but has just about the largest craft brew selection in austin. Only place i've seen with more is oak hill liquors. I saw so many things there I did not see anywhere else in austin. Tried a few of their mix and match 6-packs for 12.99. But it seems like they never take beer off the shelf, no matter how old it gets and how skunked out it gets, they just keep it on the shelf. Its hard to find an employee who knows what you are talking about when you tell them that the beers have been sitting out for too long, and even when you do find someone, they don't care.

I'll only return if I need to buy something out of a can that can age, or new releases that are sold out everywhere else, but still at this location b/c their prices are so much higher.

This place a bit pricey, more expensive than the other specialty stores like specs by a long shot, only places more expensive are restaurants.

Re-visited today. Their singles selection has become so limited as to what you can get in the same 6-pack, that it was impossible to pick out 3 decent beers that could go into a 6-pack. Selection is still probably mostly skunked. And their idea of service is if you happen to walk out not finding anything you wanted to buy, they will yell at you "WHAT CAN I HELP YOU FIND!", not that they can actually help you find it.

06-23-2011 18:03:26 | More by bisonkron
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Hyde Park Market in Austin, TX
83 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.