Hyde Park Market
Ratings: 17 | Reviews: 12 | Display Reviews Only:
3.44/5 rDev +0.3%
These guys stock just about everything that can be found at Specs & Whip-in, including some rare German & Belgian imports (Kapuziner, Moinette, Chapeau Faro, etc). However, on more than one occasion these beers have been sitting in the fridges for over a year, so buyer beware! Depending on what you're looking for, you'll either find a few more options or a few fewer choices than the aforementioned Austin "juggernauts". Service up front is courteous, but don't expect to find a beer guy to chat with in the aisles, as I've never run into one in the 10+ times I've visited.
Hyde Park also has an entire series of fridges fully stocked with mix-n-match singles for $12.99 a sixer. The only downside (besides the steep price) is that you can only select one beer for each brewery in that mix-pack.
One BIG BEEF: the ridiculous mark-up. For example, if you want to purchase a single 12oz bottle, they will most likely BLEED YOU DRY. Every bottle in the 'singles area' that is capped with a sticker will cost you $3.99 per purchase. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? Look, I understand the concept of not wanting customers to make a $12.99 mixed six-pack out of higher ABV/specialty beers that would normally cost much more, but this is literally highway robbery with >300% markups. Besides that, the number of beers that have been getting the dreaded 'sticker' has skyrocketed over the past year. Furthermore, every bomber will cost you at least 2-4 dollars more than you could get at Specs, Central Market, Whole Foods, or any other ATX beer store.
No thanks. I used to frequent this store in the past, but the price point has completely turned me away from Hyde Park Mark-up.
03-09-2010 02:48:37 | More by wagenvolks
4.15/5 rDev +21%
Don't let the outside looks of the place fool you- its packed with great beer inside. While all the beer is not located in a single area, its not hard to find if you're indeed looking for more beer. If you're not looking for 300+ bottles of beer, you might mistake one of its 4 different beer display areas as its only beer display.
This little place seriously has the best selection in the area (beats the Hancock HEB and the new Twin market thing). You have to go to Central Market on Lamar to equal the selection here. The prices aren't as good as Central Market either, but they are not outrageous (some items worse than others). This place carries most of the more obscure beers from the smaller distributors in the area as well as the usuals.
Some stuff I remember: DeProef Collabos (Tomme Arthur and Allagash $17.99ea), Pike (5 kinds $7.99 And Old Bawdy $13.99), Brass. Des Rocs, Meantime, Boulevard (all 4 smokestacks $10.?9ea).
Not sure how much the employees knew or cared about the beer, but its obvious someone here cares. I made some comments about the big beer selection and the two at the counter just nodded. Will definitely stop by here again.
01-02-2009 17:46:54 | More by BeerZack
4.21/5 rDev +22.7%
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%
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
3.9/5 rDev +13.7%
this is my usual stop for beer as i live in the neighborhood. the pricing is a little off some things are a bout a dollar cheaper than usual but for the most part they are a dollar or two more than expected. and sometimes some beers from the same brewery that they have the same amount of have different prices. i assume its cuz they dont buy massive amounts of any one type of beer.
the selection is great and in several other cities i am still yet to find a "gas station" with a better selection. this store also has a large selection of organic foods which really sets it apart and is a huge part of why me and others go as frequently as we do.
the service is allright. ive talked to every employee numerous times and its quite obvious they dont know much about the beers they just buy them and sell them. they do however always know and can tell you when and of what they are getting shipments of which is a real plus.
ive also never seen another place that allows mix and match six packs so im not sure if 11.99 is a good price. every now and then they have really good beers in there and it is totally worth it.
usual hauls: lobotomy bock
white hawk ipa
breckenridge double ipa
dfh 90 minute
and many more
04-14-2009 18:55:26 | More by northaustin
Hyde Park Market in Austin, TX
83 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.