K'nB Wine Cellars
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Taps: 25 / Bottles: 344
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 33 | Reviews: 23 | Display Reviews Only:
3.66/5 rDev -17.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$$
Still signed as Del Cerro Liquor though run by K N B Wine Cellar this November day. Up and running with taps, wine tastings and food service, including a patio permit with smoking allowed. Passing through from a rare day in the area and after hearing of the on-sale license revision.
Surely wine-centric in nature given the distribution of space and with an interesting sliding library style ladder to access the upper reaches of the liquor shelves. Surely has potential.
Service is harried but with good intent. It was quite busy during my visit.
Selection is not overly robust but they do offer quality over quantity in that regard. Lots of newer releases and a selection that covers a broad range of countries and styles, though turnover is a bit suspect given the date codes of some brews.
Extensive options in the beer fridge which is kept quite cold, no need to rechill upon arrival home if for this evenings consumption. Standard options at room temperature, most of them offer no pricing information however. Given the prices I did see, I didn't seek out that info., not that there was anyone to seek out anyway.
Price? More expensive on every single beer/6 pack than I've ever seen anywhere! If they'll pop it and serve it to you on the patio that's great, maybe. For your standard takeout, ouch! That new license must have cost some bank. Basically, this place is a screw job. If you need it that bad, come and get it, and good luck to ya...
11-26-2009 06:14:06 | More by HalfFull
3.77/5 rDev -15.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75 | $$
Made a stop here to see what I could find that wasn't available back home, did not find to much, although the selection was good it was not amazing. I probably should have been more pro-active and asked for those that I was after (Russian River, etc.). I had an average experience and would probably go again if I am in the area.
09-24-2013 22:12:32 | More by DRTBrewster
4.08/5 rDev -8.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Good selection of local, import and a few hard-to-find beers. Many are in the coolers while even more are on the shelves. This place doubles as a beer/wine/tapas bar. The food was pretty damn good for a while, but has been lacking a bit as of late. Order the sandwiches and you'll be fine.
The place is usually poppin' off for $3 pint nights on Wednesdays, and may be a little hard to find a seat. But the drafts are usually pretty diverse. I have noticed a bit of rotation of the draft beers that sometimes leads to an older IPA being served, hopefully they'll get out of that habit and serve all their IPAs as fresh as possible.
Service is pretty good. Adam and Matty P. are both rather knowledgeable about beer, especially local craft and hard-to-find beers. And the selection is pretty good too. They get their fair share of limited-distribution beers and hard-to-finds, bith on draft and in the bottle. They are also one of the only stores locally that sell Pretty Things and Upright.
Anyways, good food and good service at great prices. The beer selection is good and the managers know their way around a bottle of beer. The prices are a little steeper than some of the other stores, but they have gotten a lot more down-to-Earth in the last couple years.
09-15-2010 04:35:52 | More by domtronzero
4.15/5 rDev -7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
KnB Wine Cellars is located north of SDSU on the 8 East, off College Avenue. This place is right next to Windmill Farms.
The atmosphere as you walk in is like any normal liquor store until you glance to your right and notice the lounge area and open kitchen area. They have a medium to average selection of beers on tap and have flights available for the undecided....
Their selection of beer is moderate to good, but with bottle prices ranging from mid's to high's I would recommend shopping around..cough, cough, next door, WINDMILL FARMS, for local beers, and holding out for your standard selection of San Diego standards (Balast Point, Pizza Port, Firestone Walker, etc..)
They do have a fair selection of Belgians and one off's but be prepared to pay a premium...$16.99 Supplication..?!
Overall a good selection of beer and the food is ok, just a little high for what you get, be prepared to leave with spending around $20-$30 for a couple beers and a meal.
05-05-2011 03:04:30 | More by Dankbeers619
4.2/5 rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Stopped in here for Russian River and Alpine bottles to bring back to Boston with me. They had neither. I was told that they did have some but it's released during big beer release weekends that weren't happening any time soon. This whole idea irked me but hey, it's theirs to do what they want with it.
Despite not having what I was looking for the place has a massive selection of beer, wine & liquor. Don't get me wrong, the beer selection really is good at this place and I bought a couple of nice bottles but after reading all the reviews mentioning RR I was disappointed.
Also had a cheese plate and a pint out on the patio with the wife. This was a nice touch and it's a very nice option for a liquor store to have. The infused cheeses were ok, the Stone Enjoy By IPA was excellent.
Call ahead if you're hunting for anything specific.
04-27-2013 02:24:50 | More by bkett01
K'nB Wine Cellars in San Diego, CA
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