Kenwood Liquors

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19 Ratings
Ratings: 19
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 4.1
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12037 W 159th St
Homer Glen, Illinois, 60491-7849
United States
phone: (708) 590-8210

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(Place added by: spointon on 03-02-2009)
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Photo of dacubz
4.68/5  rDev +14.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Kenwood is the one and only place that I will buy any alcoholic beverages from. Granted, wine is their big inventory item, but hard liquor and beer have a large inventory there too.

The pricing at Kenwood will blow away any of the competition on virtually anything, beating even Binny's prices by a considerable margin. I saw Sprecher's on Binney's website and decided to pick up some Abbey Triple, and made a special trip to do so. Well. the Binney's in Orland Park didn't have it, but did have a few 4-paks of Black Bavarian for over 8 bucks a pak. I knew that Kenwood had it for $5.99. Some discount Binneys! I left empty handed, and headed to Kenwood and got the value that they're known for. If they would be open to requests, they would be completely unbeatable. My service rating is low because cashiers are pretty much all that are around to talk to if you want to suggest an item. Binnys may stock more, but alot of it is overpriced dust collectors, or mass produced swill.

Try Kenwood, especially on the weekends when hard liquor tastings greet you. It is a great place to stock up!

Photo of joe1510
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Kenwood Liquors is a warehouse type liquor store much like the old Sam's chains around Chicagoland. Walking through the doors your met by row after row of warehouse shelving, floor to ceiling of wine. Around the corner you're met by your tequila aisle, rum aisle, bourbon aisle, etc all of which are reasonably priced with impressive selections of each spirit, from handles of swill to top shelf Bourbon, Scotch, and Cognac. All the spirits are between $2-8 less than the Orland Binny's just down the road.

The first aisle of beer is dedicated to the imports. There's a nice selection of German, English, and Eastern European beer. The Belgian selection is lacking in size but what's available is solid. The other two aisles are loaded with American craft, and a good selection at that. A large bank of coolers are also stocked up with 60% micro and 40% macro. As with the spirits, the beer is also much cheaper than at Binny's down the road, anywhere from $1-$3 per bottle and sixer less. I've been asked if I needed help before but never asked about anything so I don't have a comment on the service.

Kenwood is a quality liquor store with great prices and good selection. I usually give Kenwood a stop first when I'm headed out that way, pick up what I'm going to and then hit the Binny's after just in case they have something different.

Photo of PlinytheFarter
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I enjoy this place more than the local Binnys(es)?

Although not nearly as large a selection as the previously mentioned Blues Brother endorsed liquor dispensory, they do have better prices. Also Kenwood seems to have rare stuff actually make it to the shelf more often. Always friendly help and attractive cashiers if I must say so my self. Excellent scotch selection at great prices as well. I do wish they would embrace sours a bit more but as I said its worth a stop in for the pricing alone. Frrrnt.

Photo of snaotheus
4.14/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

It's a liquor store. People asked me if I needed help finding anything, but I didn't, so I don't know how much help thy might have been. They have a good selection (on par with Binny's), and better prices (consistently $0.50-$1.00 cheaper than Binny's). Whenever I go here, I see new beers that I've never seen before, but that could just as easily be because I live in Seattle, and there are lots of beers distributed here that are not distributed near me.

It's a good place and we'll be back.

Photo of AleWatcher
2.08/5  rDev -49.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 4

This is one solid little shop.
The American craft selection is fantastic... The imports leaves something to be desired, but hey, it's in Will County which means it's tougher to get those imports!

The employees pretty much leave me alone. I may have been asked "do you need any help?" once in the 20 or so I've shopped here-- and I like that. I know what I want and if I don't see it, I'll ask. Of course, that's not the attitude of most customers, so I could see this being a slight problem for the uninitiated.

The prices are very fair. $14.99 for a 6 pack of Hopslam vs the standard Binnys price of $16.99.

My parents and inlaws all live in Orland, and I prefer to stop at Kenwood over Orland Binny's. (I still stop at Orland Binny's however, but that is because I really like the employees over there).

--EDIT--
So two stories need to be added to this review--
1) when bcs vanilla came out I had my name on the list at this store... When I went in to pick up my bottle, the guy said, "Oh.. some guy just picked it up." Left empty-handed. I gave them the benefit of the doubt...
2) The store held back bottles of CBS, waited 6 weeks after release and decided to put them for sale at a 600% markup. Retail location attempting to get ebay prices... That's bullshit.

Photo of drewba
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%

I found out about this store because I missed the boat on GI Rare BCS and apparently Kenwood has cases of it still. Located right off of 159th Street, Kenwood looks pretty big and has a nice large parking lot. As soon as you walk inside, you're in the wine section, as you keep walking you eventually run into the beer section.

I was impressed with the selection - there are about 5-6 cooler doors full of craft beer as well as 2.5 aisles loaded with just about every american craft beer that comes to IL. When it came to the belgian and english import section, they have the standbys, but not a huge selection by any stretch of the imagination.

I'm used to paying Binnys prices for everything, so I was glad to see that a 4 pack of GI BCBS was only $17.99 (I'm used to $21.99). Also, most of the other 6 packs looked to be priced a dollar or two lower than what I'm used to.

The service was fine. Several employees milled around me while stocking shelves and moving displays, but I was never asked if I needed help. The cashiers were friendly and I actually ended up going back to Kenwood the next day and one of the Managers, Jon, did me a favor. So while the service wasn't outstanding, it won't keep me from coming back here.

Photo of bsaavedra1
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%

Kenwood just opened last year and is the main reason I get to enjoy so many new beers. Their beer selection is 2nd only to Binny's however I believe their prices are better(mainly because its in will county and not cook). With the lowest prices probably possible this is my number one pick. (it also doesnt hurt that I can walk there from my house).
The staff is generally very helpful. Often I will ask if they have beer that is out warm in the back fridges and they usually do. The beer manager or whomever he is has offered to add new beers I might be interested in without me evening bringing the subject up.

Photo of ruckus232
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%

Have been here a few times and the first time for some reason I don't even know I wasn't impressed. I think it was because it was a little smaller then I was hoping for. Any time I have gone since then I have been really happy. It has a large selection of wine and hard alcohol but the beer selection is pretty good too. I was impressed that it wasn't just the standard BMC beers either. The prices are really good and the service is fine but nothing impressive. I really like this place and would definitely be back (closer and better then Binny's if you consider the selection is smaller).

Photo of cadizkyguy
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Read alot of good things about Kenwood Liquors in Homer Glen and the reviews are on the mark. Mike, the head beer guy, is great to chat with about the brews there and was genuinely open to discuss the beers I've enjoyed - pointing out he should give founders porter, goose island bcs and even metropolitan flywheel (among the great selection of micros) a try on his own time. Awesome prices. A must-stop if in the area. Actually liked the store's ambience more than any other beer store in my journeys.

Photo of cagocubs
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%

Stopped in this place the other day after a friend had talked about it. The store is nice and clean with a large selection of liquor, wine, and beer. They have a large selection of hard liquor at nice discounted prices. I'm not a big wine fan, so I didn't check the prices on that.

The beer selection here is suprising. By far the cheapest prices I have seen for craft beer around this area. The selection is large, but not comparable to Binnys. Good place to go and find the more popular beers.

Service was decent. The people are nice, but not very eager to ask if they can help you find something.

Overall, a solid place to go and pick up good beer and liquor at a good price. Will be back soon.

Photo of redjameskidd
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%

Very decent liquor store, and far and away the best in the Homer Glen area. If you drink hard liquor, the prices on hard stuff are lower here than anywhere I have ever seen, usually by several dollars. I would come back from college and buy handles of booze here at home to save money.

Large wine selection. Mostly focused on wine and hard liquor, but decent selection of craft beer. Can't come close to competing with Binny's in terms of selection. Also, no single bottles available for purchase.

Pricewise, beer is mostly the same as you would find anywhere else. The beer prices do not follow the low liquor prices, except for a few random exceptions like $5.99 daily prices on Goose Island beer sixers that they always seem to have. Decent selection of craft bombers. As mentioned before, it's by FAR the best liquor store in the Homer Glen area, but can't compete for selection with the Binny's in Orland. Staff isn't quite as knowledgeable either. But it's a good thing to have nearby.

Photo of ManofMead
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%

I stopped by on 3-30-09.

Agree with previous reviewers that this place is heavy towards wines. However, its very new, you can almost smell the paint drying. Seriously, they have been open several months,occasionally get distributor reps giving samples and often have Friday and Saturday tastings. The prices are more than reasonable. The clerks are very interested in helping you and I found several bombers that I havent encountered before. Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye ale and Hoppin Frog- Boris the Crusher Oatmeal Stout which were priced below what I would have thought. Several miles east of I-355 on 159th and Will-Cook Rd. Very intriguing place with PROMISE! Stop in and give em a try. I was told they will be expanding their beer area and selections.

Photo of Jbeyer
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%

I went there trying to find Conway's Irish Ale and Black Sun Stout not really anticipating them to have either. It was my first time going and I didn't know what to expect. I was also on my way back from Binny's Beverage Depot, which was out of both. When I stopped in they had wine tasting going on and a bagpiper (it was the weekend before st. pats). I found both beers for cheaper than the price at Binny's. I even found Brian Boru, which i just bought at Binny's for a 1.50$ more. Service was friendly, I talked to a guy that didn't have the greatest knowledge of beer, but was none-the-less eager to help me find them.

The over all selection is below that of Binny's, but its location(closer to home) and prices will keep me coming back.

Photo of spointon
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%

I visited this place for the first time on 3/1/2009.

This place is easy to find and conveniently located (for me) in Home Glen just East of the Lockport I-355 exit. Lots of parking right out front.

Upon entering I realized that this place is run by wine people and thus the wine is front and center. No matter, you just have to walk to the back left corner to find the beer. They have about 8-10 glass door coolers full of 4 and 6 packs of craft beers. One cooler has a VERY small selection of bombers and singles, but that is not the reason to come here. The real reason to come here is that they have a lot of solid beers at very reasonable prices. Its not really the kind of place to find a rare beer, but its a great place to pick up a sixer of your favorite American craft beer for a dollar or more cheaper than you will find it elsewhere. Imports are decently priced too (I saw a 4 pack of Orkney SkullSplitter for $10).

Service was pretty outstanding. As I browsed the shelves, I was asked twice if I needed help finding anything. The cashier was especially friendly and nice as we chatted about local beer, brewpubs, etc.

Overall, I would say this place has around half the selection of a Binny's, but the prices are very good (better than Binny's) and its has that nice new store feel. Oh, and for now at least, they have free tastings every Friday night and Saturday afternoon!

Kenwood Liquors in Homer Glen, IL
91 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.