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Central Market - Lovers

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BA SCORE
92
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33 Ratings
Ratings: 33
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.31%
[ Store ]

5750 E Lovers Ln
Dallas, Texas, 75206-2921
United States
phone: (214) 234-7000

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @centralmarket

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GeorgiaBeerGuy, Jun 04, 2014
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3.61/5  rDev -13.4%

Central Market is sort of like a Dallas-born Whole Foods. Huge store with all sorts of goodies (I particularly enjoyed the cheese selection and the low-priced, high-quality veggies).

As far as beer goes, though, this place won't have you writing yo mama to tell her how you fell in love with the selection.

Brews are located in the wine section, and I stress this because there is more wine than there is beer. A big long cooler carries a bunch of Texas brews, some good Belgium and German imports and the occasional sort-of-rarity like Dogfish 61 and a couple of Boulevard beers. Plus all the usual suspects like Stone, New Belgium and Sam Adams.

They sell every one of their bottles (but not their cans) as singles (you can break six-packs, basically) so that is extra coolness in their part. But- I don't know that you'll be tempted to break any packs here.

A helpful beer guy stopped by and asked me if I had any questions, which I appreciate. A little customer care is always nice.

I won't be coming back here to buy beer as there are many better options around the city of Dallas, but their food is worth a repeat visit and three.

DoubleSimcoe, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of claytong
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%

So perhaps for Dallas this is a great stop, but if youre from out of town I wouldn't go here. They don't have a lot of local breweries (they have some). They had theobroma which I almost bought but decided I probably wouldnt like it that much especially for the price.
Service was okay, the guy stayed around longer than I wouldve liked. I didnt really need to know anything except the prices on the singles (none were marked) but he was just trying to be helpful.
Prices were normal. Some were cheaper, some the same.

claytong, Jun 18, 2011
Photo of Daniellobo
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%

Quick dash through Dallas and this is my friend´s go-to store in the area, and for a good reason...

The selection is pretty nice, with dedicated sections to imports, US macros, and Texas-regional production. It includes quality choices with the odd rarity here and there, both in terms of seasonal availability, and stuff I do not get typically in my region.

I was introduced to the beer guy, and we had a nice and helpful chat about the Texas choices he had available. Pricing sits in a common area between "reasonable" and maybe "a bit pricey". But all in all I'd sure make this one of my regular stops if I were settled here.

Daniellobo, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of Traquairlover
3.4/5  rDev -18.5%

For a grocery store this place has a pretty good selection. Fair amount of imports and craft breweries from throughout the US. Almost all of the beer is in cooler, even though some beers should be served warmer. Selection of individuals contained quite a few good Belgians and craft breweries but not many everyday beers. This last may not be that surprising but I was really only looking for a local beer to kill time in the afternoon. All Texas beers seemed available solely by the 6-pack, 12-pack or case. Shame, didn't get what I wanted this time, but I was impressed. Service was completely absent. Perhaps not surprising for a grocery store but still unfortunate as I did have some questions.

Traquairlover, Dec 30, 2008
Photo of promethias405
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%

I was very impressed to find such a great selection at Central Market. Came in to get some gourmet pasta, and walked out with some unique beer that I have never seen before. Didn't really expect such a good variety, but bravo Central Market. I love you even more haha. As far as service, there really weren't any employees around. Although it is a grocery store, so I wasn't too surprised. Prices were inexpensive in comparison to other beer establishments I have visited. Central Market is a great store, and the fact they have a great selection with great prices, makes it indeed a better experience. It would've been better to see some more store personnel around, but it was a busy Sunday, so again I didn't expect too much.

promethias405, Dec 09, 2008
Photo of ckeegan04
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Dropped in this past weekend while on my search for Divine Reserve 6. Very long cooler of beers, both imports and exports. A good selection of craft beers with a limited representation from the macro breweries. Saw all the Texas beers I cant find in Tennessee such as Saint Arnold, Rahr and Sons, and Real Ale. Very similar to the Plano store but I felt the selection was a touch better at the Plano location. The help was better here though. Still struck out on my search for DR6...damn waiting lists.

ckeegan04, Jun 19, 2008
Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.55/5  rDev -14.9%

Minimal selection. Just the basics: Sam Adams seasonals, Sierra Nevada PA, Shiner special releases (they have a Black Lager special display right now (05.20.08)), AB microclones (Sundog's not so bad), and the who-can-live-without Lonestar. After that theres the same Big Beer stuff you see at any store, and lots of them. Definitely not more than 10% micro, but it is decent for a grocery store, and it is a nice store. I shop there weekly and their buy beer whenever I feel like getting something they have just for the convenience of it. It's not a beer store, but it's a hell of a grocery store, and in Dallas not all supermarkets carry beer.

Decent wine selection (on an unrelated note) with decent prices so long as you buy what's on sale.

MrHungryMonkey, May 21, 2008
Photo of Mora2000
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%

I went to Central Market today to see if the Saint Arnold's Summer Pils was available, which it was. It was the first time I had been to this location (the one on Greenville) and I was fairly impressed. There was a decent selection of beers, but not as good as the selection at other Central Markets I have been to. The one thing I didn't like was that very few beers were available as singles. Maybe I have been spoiled from stores like Grapevine Market in Austin, but I really don't want to buy a six-pack of a beer I am not certain of the quality of.

Mora2000, Apr 12, 2008
Photo of Beertracker
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Central Market H.E.B. is a Texas chain of specialty grocery stores with a huge selection of artisanal cheeses, deli & butcher block meats, fresh produce, seafood, plus health, gourmet, & international foods. I started visiting Central Market after the Whole Foods on lower Greenville lost Jeff Engle and the selection started waning. The selection here is fantastic with over 350+ imports & microbrews with some fresh locals in the cooler. Lots of wine for SWMBO! There's usually someone around that can check stock, but don't expect white glove service. This is a recommended stop and should be on any beer lover's map. Don't forget to check out World Market which is just across the way.

CHEERS! Beertracker

Beertracker, Feb 07, 2008
Photo of dgallina
3.2/5  rDev -23.3%

This is more or less the same as a whole foods supermarket. The microbrew selection is great by dallas standards. By national standards, however, id consider it only decent for a supermarket and mediocre compared to a better beer store. difficult to guague freshness in general. half to two thirds six packs with a third singles. could definately do with more singles. a few 750s but not many. prices are a bit high for some beers and generally uneven. seems overrated to me, but then i am only visiting dallas for a few months so not completely familiar with the area .

dgallina, May 12, 2007
Photo of allengarvin
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%

One of the better places to pick up beer near downtown. In fact, I've often driven there around lunch to pick up a bottle of good beer and some quality cheese to take back to eat at lunch at my desk.

The selection is pretty darned good--though not as good as the Central Market in Fort Worth that I've been too, and not as good as Hall's, which probably has the best selection in the area; the Lovers' Central Market probably has 85% of Hall's selection (excluding the macros, which Halls has in huge quantity and CM almost none at all, but who cares about those?). They have most of the Belgians available in Texas, including all of the Trappists that are available here. Almost all of the better micros are available as well.

Wine selection is very good, and you should visit the cheese aisle too. It's the best selection of cheese in the area. The cheeses aren't laid out so well, so I've occasionally asked help in finding a particular type or style I liked, and the staff has always been exceptionally knowledgeable and eager to help. I've heard the beer/wine folk are as well, though I've never had direct contact with them. Except at the busiest time, checkout has always had enough cashiers to move quickly through the line.

If you're visiting Dallas and staying downtown and are not able to hit the better outliers in the area (Hall's in Colleyville, Mr G's in Plano), this is probably the best place to go for retail beer selection.

allengarvin, Feb 26, 2007
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3.85/5  rDev -7.7%

This was the first place i came to on my way from DFW airport to my hotel. You first walk in to the produce department then head left to the store proper. The beer is towards the back middle thru the wine. Very nice store. It's like a cross between a Bristol Farms, Trader Joes and Wholefoods back home in CA. You can get garlic stuffed olives, craft potatoe chips,... there was a shitload of stuff but i was so tunnel visioned for the beer.

The selection is excellent for a grocery/gourmet store. There's a long open beer cooler. It felt funny because while i saw the usual suspects ie Fullers, Sierra Nevada, Youngs, Spaten, Chimay etc, i didnt see the usual West Coast beers ie Alesmith, Ballast Point, Stone, Rogue, Port Brewing, etc. Instead i saw Breckingridge, Great Divide, DFH, St Arnolds, Rahr, i think Live Oak, New Belgian - Victory - Left Hand brews that i cant get in SoCal, and many more that i just can't remember... i had a friggen hard on. Anyways, i left a pack of DFH Midas Touch, 6er of St Arnolds IPA, Great Divide Hercules and Yeti.

The service was fine. I didnt need any help at first, but later when i asked for it, i got it. We talked shipping rules in TX. I wanted them to ship several cases for me to CA. I really wanted some Rahr. I wish i knew you could break up the 6ers. I guess i should have asked.

Anyways, come here to get good beer. If you're staying in Dallas, come and stock up so you can fill your hotel room and never worry about having a tasty brew.

SwillinBrew, Dec 27, 2006
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3.25/5  rDev -22.1%

Picked up a six pack and a single. Quality of the six pack seemed fine, but was a little iffy on the single (not sure if it had turned or not). Service was non-existent, although probably available if I had looked for it. I was not that impressed with the selection. They had a wide variety of six packs, a medium amount of singles, and fairly good imports. I have to admit to being focused on west coast offerings, and not finding much in that variety. Price seemed reasonable. As a final note, I am from Baltimore, so my perception of the selection is based against what I can get there.

, Jul 14, 2006
Photo of jdm
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Good googly moogly! i have not seen a better selection anywhere. prices are comparable to a little more reasonable on items i have seen elsewhere. i live 90 miles from this store but it is worth the trip. this is a large grocery store and the whole place is amazing. its like a consumable six flags. i didn't really require any service to speak of or have any questions, so service was really un-observed but i did not want to score them down and distract from the amazing selection and good pricing.

jdm, Jan 22, 2006
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

This is the original Central Market, at least in the DFW area. The selection of craft beer is second-to-none, and the people who roam the beer/wine area really know their stuff. They recently started selling singles, which is a big plus to me, you can "build-your-own" 6-pack, just like World Market. The prices are better than any retail store that I've found on most ales. Some of their food is expensive, but a trip to CM is worth it - especially on the weekends, when they have dozens of food-tasting tables and a live jazz band. A wonderful place.

kosmoraios, Oct 08, 2005
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Central Market - Lovers in Dallas, TX
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