Hyde Park Market
Ratings: 17 | Reviews: 12 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Longhorn22:
3.9/5 rDev +13.7%
quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$$
This place is awesome!
...now that I got that out of my system... The selection is absolutely enormous here. I think the only place in Austin that rivals it is Whip In!. It looks like a random mom and pop gas station, except they have a bunch of random countries flags hanging outside. The store is a bit cramped, because it is about the same size as a normal gas station store, but they cram twice as much stuff in it.
All 3 of the walls have fridges installed, and they are all filled almost exclusively with beer. The first wall is split half and half with normal drinks and beers. The first wall is also where you find the legendary "make your own 6-pack" beers. It is about 6 doors of single beers, and no beer takes up more than one spot. Meaning that they probably somewhere north of 200 individual bottles of beer. The back wall has whole six packs and twelve packs and assorted other four packs of imports and stuff. This is what you would usually see at a specs or something. The last wall has a about half six packs, and the other half is of larger individual bottles of corked beers.
They don't have every beer ever made, but they certainly can keep a beer lover content for a long time. I was hoping this place would be my one chance to find a gem like some Russian River, but alas, you can't have everything you want.
The service is pretty good. People here are very nice, but their beer IQ isn't through the roof or anything. I have heard that they will try to accommodate requests for beers, but I have not asked for any myself.
I feel almost sad that I had to give this place an average quality rating. But I have gotten a few beers from here, only to find that they are past their "best by" dates. I suspect this is because they have so many beers that they don't always sell all of them before the best by, especially the less popular ones. I almost want this place to become better known so that this happens less.
The price is slightly higher than normal places. That being said, I also heard that if you buy $10 in beer they give you some sort of discount on gas. The larger corked bottles of beer are about $13, the pick your own 6-packs are $12 I think. The only down side to buying make-your-owns is that they only allow you to buy one beer from any one brewery.
02-09-2010 23:41:15 | More by Longhorn22
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4.21/5 rDev +22.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | $$$$
I'll pretty much echo the sentiment already reviewed here. One of, if not the best selection in the city. However, this is probably the most expensive bottle shop in Austin.
Now being the most expensive actually does bring some advantages. This is the place to go if you missed out on a new release because of all the truck chasers and hoarders. Look some of us have jobs and it's nice to get off work and still be able to go pick up the latest release.
Tony is also great to talk beer with, he's quick to help, he's quick to let you know if anything new will be coming in soon. He'll also save stuff for his regulars, which again is nice if you don't want to have to leave work early or call in sick to pick up the latest beer. Now, if he isn't in the store, everyone else is very friendly, but they know nothing about beer or when a beer should be coming into the store.
07-21-2013 21:56:59 | More by JamLand
3.21/5 rDev -6.4%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2.25 | selection: 4.75 | $$$
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
3.48/5 rDev +1.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4.75 | $$
This place would probably have an overall higher rating if it was just concerned with selection. Several Spec's locations in town are pretty good, Whip In included. However, I have yet to find any other store in Austin that competes with "the flag store" as they call this place. Located in Hyde Park, this looks like a gas station and convenience store, with a bunch of flags hanging outside. When you get inside you find yourself in a tight maze of gourmet foods and rows upon rows of beer all stored in coolers. This is by far the largest selections of six-packs and singles I have seen in Austin. You never know what you might find in the singles section, they are always adding to and rotating the stock.
03-19-2013 01:34:40 | More by max316
3.36/5 rDev -2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 2.75 | service: 2.75 | selection: 4.5 | $$$$
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
Hyde Park Market in Austin, TX
83 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.