Plaza Wine & Liquors
Ratings: 10 | Reviews: 10
Reviews by Jayli:
4.15/5 rDev +3.8%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I've visited this establishment on a few occassions. My girlfriend was the one who spotted it and told me about the great beer selection. Prior to my visits down there, my girlfriend attempted to buy me beer - not knowing what I liked. She was assisted by one of the staff who prompted her with beer types, breweries, etc that I may like. The owner's son even informed her of when a new shipment was being brought in, and that he would set aside a few things for us.
The selection here is outstanding. From the outside, you wouldn't expect that there was a large beer selection as it seems like it would mostly cater to wine. However, upon entering, there is an entire nook saved solely for beer. Their warm beer selection is much more vast than the coolers but amongst the offerings was a VAST selection of DFH, O'Fallon, Schlafly, Left Hand, Flying Dog, Clipper City, Goose Island, Stone, Mountaineer Brewing, New Belgium, Founders, Breckenridge, and Dixie. Their Bomber selection was pretty damn good as well - Samuel Smith, Chimay, Stone, Rogue, Left Hand, Three Floyd's, Dog Fish Head, Fort Collins, and many many others that I can't recall.
Pricing is on par with other liquor stores.
I was highly impressed with the vast selection in this place. Well worth stopping in!
04-11-2009 23:27:14 | More by Jayli
More User Reviews:
3.65/5 rDev -8.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
This was the 1st time that I went into the store to get an organic beer and I found this place on a trip out of town and when I went in they had a really nice little section of ale and mead and beer It was hard for me to decided what I wanted at 1st but they also had rating on some of the drink to help and that work really well for a newbie
09-04-2013 02:07:46 | More by terrancefoster
3.81/5 rDev -4.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | $$
This is a small store with a surprising beer selection. Most of the beers they carry you can find at Randall's in nearby Fairview Heights but they have some exclusives.
You can find some great beers here-their problem is that they stock quite a few that are out of date. This also means you can find some beers that may be unavailable elsewhere though.
Prices are average with other stores in the area but I have seen a couple that were way overpriced-I attribute this to a mistake.
Good little store-I recommend to anyone in the area.
05-11-2013 02:24:18 | More by ToddHolder
3.89/5 rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
Visited on the recommendation of a friendly clerk at Randall's Wines & Sprits in Fairview Height.
Initial impressions are that the store is relatively small, but is stocked to the hilt w/ wine, liquor, and finally beer. Non-beer items to the left, and beer to the right.
The beer corner is U-shaped, one leg of which is glass door coolers. In the middle of the U is a tall shelving unit with craft beer 6 and 4 packs. Around the perimeter are also craft beer 6 & 4pks, some great bombers, and then a section of import bombers. I was pleasantly surprised to find some Lost Abbey, and Old Rasputin XII. My only disappointments were a couple of Port Brewing Co IIPAs that had bottled-on dates back to ~March.
Small stores like this generally don't have this kind of a selection. Kudos to the store owner/manager for offering some of the best beers on the market! I'll definitely be back next time I'm in the area.
09-01-2011 01:20:24 | More by mdvatab
3.86/5 rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Went to check this place out after recently moving to IL from St. Louis MO.
Very good selection of craft beer packed tightly into the right hand side of the store. Had a fairly good selection for this part of IL though there were several beers missing as well (didnt see any Smokestack Series stuff, Victory?, Dark Horse?). The thing that surprised me to most what that most of the beer lines shelves that sit directly against windows. I would have to imagine this is just killing the shelf life.
Prices here were very good if not better than the next closest bottle shop. Staff were friendly as well. Was looking for something particular and the beer manager even went to check the truck that just arrived for me to see if it was in.
Overall a good place to hit up for some great craft beer. Worth it if you live in the area, otherwise take a trip just to check it out.
07-15-2011 12:32:11 | More by rschne13
4.44/5 rDev +11%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
My "go-to" bottle shop that does a really good job of keeping their stock current and keeping up with all the latest releases.
The beer selection matches any other location in the area, which does tend to make the "beer side" of the store a little crowded, but nonetheless, allows them to continually keep up with the beers from all the breweries that distribute to So. IL. You can call them up when a seasonal release is coming out and they will almost always let you know the date it will be arriving.
In seeing price comparisons for hard-to-get bottles across BA, these guys are always at the lower end so they don't gouge the customers. Of course, a little higher than the grocery stores in the area, but well worth it to have access to a large supply of the best beers.
The staff has plenty of knowledge of the craft beer marketplace and is always friendly and helpful.
05-09-2011 15:43:33 | More by FanofHefe
4.05/5 rDev +1.3%
quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This is my regular haunt. A full one third of the store is devoted to their beer selections. They have a well stocked section of standard American lagers from the big brewers; however, two thirds of their beer space is devoted to imports and craft brews.
They have an excellent selection of all the major U.S. craft brewers who widely distribute, as well as many more obscure brewers like Heavy Seas and Magic Hat to name a couple. They regularly have products from new brewers; it's not just the same old names every time I'm in there. They also regularly stock the latest seasonal offerings from many craft brewers, so the selection is never boring.
They have an entire wall devoted to single bottle beers, arranged by style. It makes it very easy for a relative novice to see the various styles, and buy a few to try and compare, without having to search. The selection is typically excellent with a wide variety of brewers available for each style. They also have a "build your own six pack rack" that often has a mix of seasonal and standard style craft beers, so you can mix and match to your taste.
Their prices are a little higher than the local super market, but not shocking; the selection out ways the extra price.
The staff is friendly and will help find a beer, if you know what you want.
If you're in the area and looking for a particular beer, or just want to choose from a great selection of crafts and imports, stop here; you won't be disappointed.
09-05-2010 04:46:23 | More by mavesba
4.05/5 rDev +1.3%
quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Plaza Wine and Liquor is a decent place to get a variety of alcoholic beverages, and the beer section probably lakes up to a third of their inventory. They have offerings from many different craft brewers, most notably are Founder's, Bell's, Ommegang, DFH, and a few others from the Midwest to the Eastern Seaboard, with a few a little to the west.
Every time I've been in there, nobody has really come up to me to ask what I'm looking for. This is fine with me, but for the novice it may be a little daunting to pick out a great beer from the decent. At the cash register the folks are quick to make some light chit chat, which to me makes them seem friendly.
I've already hinted at the selection, which is slightly above average. The brews are well priced, though the imports are more expensive than I was expecting but that's not my bag anyways.
Altogether I was pleased with this place and it will become a mainstay for my many beer trips.
06-29-2010 02:07:55 | More by TheSarge
3.94/5 rDev -1.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
I'm rather impressed with Plaza Wine and Liqour... I actually grew up in the neighborhood directly behind this store so I'm very familiar with how it has grown over the years. Throughout my younger years, Plaza has ALWAYS had at least a few craft offerings even before it was "cool" to have craft beer. I remember back and recall seeing a few Avery products before I was really even "hip" to the scene.
I've had to edit this review over the last few days again as this store just keeps getting better. The store is a family run joint and they know their beer nowadays. Recently I was able to score a 4pack of GI BCBS and a King Henry that they had behind the counter for beer nerds exclusively. I've never walked into Plaza only to come out empty-handed as there are always new brews in stock and all of the major players are represented: Avery, Bells, Goose Island, Ayinger, Founders, Breckenridge, Lost Abbey, FCB, New Belgium... I'm still holding my breath waiting for Stone and 3F but we'll see.
Super friendly staff and a great selection make this a no-brainer stop if you are ever in need of good brew in O'Fallon.
01-30-2010 15:15:14 | More by seedsofchaos
4.15/5 rDev +3.8%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I stopped in here for the first time today. They have what I would consider a very good selection for O'Fallon. There was all kinds of Founders, Bell's, FFF, Lagunitas, DFH, and many others. Their bomber selection was pretty good as well, I was even surprised to see a FFF Behemoth. There was some older beer on the shelves, but most is good shape. There prices for most stuff seemed on par with a few items that were a bit high. Any time that I come through O'Fallon, I think I will be stopping by to see what they have to offer.
01-10-2010 00:13:24 | More by Jeebs
Plaza Wine & Liquors in O'Fallon, IL
90 out of 100 based on 10 ratings.