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Spec's #61 - Brodie Lane

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Spec's #61 - Brodie LaneSpec's #61 - Brodie Lane

28 Ratings
Ratings: 28
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: n/a
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4970 W Highway 290
Austin, Texas, 78735-6748
United States
phone: (512) 366-8260

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @specs1962

Place added by: LittleDon on 04-04-2009

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Ratings: 28 | Reviews: 7
Photo of menezes
3.49/5  rDev -18.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75

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3.64/5  rDev -15.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of ChaseTheAce
4.07/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of Fenris244
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%

I was downtown and stopped in on my way back home.

Well this i have to say isn't my favorite specs in the Austin area, the dim lighting is a little off putting and it gives the place an odd feeling for me(this is highlighted by the way it sprawls) the place is huge too. It's much bigger than the front of the building would suggest. Good selection and I get the feeling that the beer section isn't the most frequented and was able to pick up a few things the other specs had sold out of and I'll happily put up with odd layout and seemingly way to spread out beer section for that alone. The staff wasn't helpful at all but I'm not going to knock them for that the place was deserted anyway and I'm sure I caught the girl off guard.

Aside from the odd layout and my personal quips aside this isn't a bad store and if I'm in the area I'll stop by see what's in stock

Photo of northaustin
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%

i usually go to the specs at the arbor walk so it was kinda like bein in the same store in a different universe.

before i start the full review i have to say this place has without a doubt the most poorly designed parking lot ive ever seen. that aside...

much more open and spread out than the other two specs. despite this i still found help very quickly and had a lengthy convo about beers (a must when visiting new stores). found a few that arent at arbor walk such as two jokers and old bawdy barleywine.

as i was not familiar with the people at the register they carded me and made me feel young again so that was nice.

a pleasant experience and definately the highlight of my trip to south austin.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of tjkinate
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Best Specs Warehouse in Austin. They have a solid, well solid for Austin, beer selection with some pretty fair prices.

They also carry the most local beers I have seen in any liquor around the city. I generally don't like supporting the big commercial stores like this, but Specs has been great for distributing Texas beers all over the state.

Staff is friendly and fairly knowledgeable, have to always tell myself not everyone is a beer fanatic like me.

The best part about Specs is that they truly are your one stop shop for alcohol. Great selection on all types and even have an enormous cigar collection.

If you haven't visited this location, I suggest you make a point to.

Photo of jamescain
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

I wasn't really sure what to put for atmosphere seeing as how this is a liquor store. This location used to be an Academy Sporting goods store, but it was bought by Spec's and transformed into a 50,000 sq ft liquor store. They have a very impressive selection of beer and their staff in the beer selection is also knowledgeable about what they sell. It is kind of out of the way for me so I don't normally buy beers from them when I'm in town, but I do like go there when I can. They have a section of specialty foods and coffee but I don't normally stop to look because I'm there for other reasons. If you're looking for a specific beer in Texas, they will probably have it.

Photo of jasonjlewis
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%

HUGE store with food, liquor, beer, and wine.

I saw pretty fresh stuff on the shelves. They still had some bigfoot and some winter releases, but those beers will age well, so it's not a big deal.

I saw very helpful customer service for other customers. I didn't require any customer service, but no one asked me if I needed help.

Huge selection. I don't think I had a beer in mind that I couldn't find. Austin gets certain beers that other parts of Texas can't get, and I took full advocantage of it.

Photo of shakeheap
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%

Spec's Brodie Lane is located in an old Academy Sports location and they use the whole thing. This could well be the greatest store in the history of stores. That is to say they offer everything you could possibly need to throw the mother of all parties.

On the left in front are your fine meats and cheeses, sauces and what have you. On the left in back is the beer. More on that in a moment.

Center is one of the biggest wine selections I've ever seen. On the right is the hard booze... everything from the cheap stuff to the pricey.

The beer selection is a combo of cold and room temp. Plenty of shelf space holding what they couldn't fit in the coolers. The selection of beers is decent. A lot of local labels but mostly what is available in most of the other better beer stores around Texas (which is admittedly something of a beer wasteland).

The appear to rotate the stock faithfully and one cannot turn around in there without a helpful and generally knowledgeable employee ready and willing to help. They run some good sales on prices that are already pretty low relative to other places (and they boast a "low price guarantee").

When in Austin I will be returning.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

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Spec's #61 - Brodie Lane in Austin, TX
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