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California Heights Market

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California Heights MarketCalifornia Heights Market

25 Reviews
Reviews: 25
Visits: 37
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: n/a
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3766 Orange Ave
Long Beach, California, 90807-4229
United States
phone: (562) 427-6862

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Place added by: raza on 07-27-2009

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Reviews: 25 | Visits: 37
Reviews by RockMayock:
Photo of RockMayock
4.81/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

California Heights Market easily has the best selection of beer and wine in the Bixby Knolls/California Heights area. Granted the prices are slightly more than you would pay at BevMo! or Total Wine, why not pay $1-$2 more per bottle to support a small independent local business.

The building is old but it has its charm.

Both Caesar and Raj are very knowledgeable about their brews and will make excellent recommendations if asked. Also, it pays to make nice with them because they keep the good stuff in the back for their regulars. (538 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of Btip1969
4.64/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of kingston213
4.6/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of mrcraft
4.47/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

From the outside this market is deceiving. It's a drive thru type market, but once you step inside you see the wealth of craft beers. I think I saw about 3-4 coolers next to the cashier with craft beers. Most beers are on shelves.

I thought their prices were along what most SoCal store charges.

I ended up buying a bottle of Abyss which I was not expecting to find today. I was looking for that one last bottle to send in a box to a BA friend in Michigan.

All in all a good day, and this place will definitely be visited by me again when I'm in the area. Very nice shop. (580 characters)

Photo of The_Jerk
4.25/5  rDev -6%

Photo of MonkeyKnfeFight
3.5/5  rDev -22.6%

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Jchaps
4.8/5  rDev +6.2%

Great place. I was down there a few weeks ago for work and Raj was very accommodating. We talked for nearly an hour and he took excellent care of me. They have a great selection and I didn't see any limits. Solid selection of difficult to find beers as well (257 characters)

Photo of Justinsosmart
4.25/5  rDev -6%

Photo of EJosesA
4/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of katonk
4/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of Bwagner1122
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
4.25/5  rDev -6%

Photo of antonyliu
4.25/5  rDev -6%

Photo of dwagner003
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of USMCretired
4.83/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

This place has really picked its game up in the last 2 years. Beer selection has more than tripled. Lots of bombers, belgians and some rare stuff.

Wish there were a few more 6 packs and a mix a 6 option but oh well. Raj keeps prices very competitive and cheaper than Stearns. Abut half of his selection is refridgerated. Occasional discounts so its best to come often and ask if there is anything in the back. Not much parking but its ok for a liquor store. (460 characters)

Photo of Diesel76
4.65/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Came across CA Heights Market on recommendation of a co-worker. I love this place! I stop in about once a week to browse and look for some new tasty brews. I would stop in more often if it was closer to my house... or work, it is closer to work than home, but I do make that effort to stop in... it's worth it!

They have the best selection, by far, of craft and import beers I have seen in one place. I can not stress enough to go in and talk to the cashier, which is usually the Owner... and he knows his beers. And he is proud of what he carries. I told him about some brews I enjoy and he gave out some excellent recommendations. (633 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.08/5  rDev -9.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

My last stop of my day in Long Beach brought me to this small liquor store/market surprisingly near my in-laws. The outside looks a bit dumpy but inside there are neat rows of liquor, wine, and beer. Most of the beer is out on the shelf but there are a good number of coolers stocked full of great beer as well. This place has a really good selection of beers from around the world including some beers I have never seen anywhere else before. They also have a section of the store with singles so you can build your own 6 pack if that's your think. Service was good with the cashier coming over to talk to me for a few minutes. Prices were a bit higher than other places but I gladly paid them for some beers I found that I had been looking for forever. I recommend this place if you are in the area and are on the hunt for harder to find beers. (845 characters)

Photo of Cowcakes
4.64/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

This is one of my first stops when i visit my sister in long beach. He gets a lot of the beers I can't get up in Sacramento, and always has something new for me. Lots of great divide, hair of the dog, alpine, kern, etc. I've been there twice and have spent over $150 each time I go. First time I stopped there I thought I had the wrong place. Its a small little corner liqour store, but lucky for beer geeks about half of the store is dedicated to the good stuff. Both times i've been in there I get great service. He's always more than happy to show me whats new or what he has in the back. With some of the highly allocated stuff he does have a limit of 1 per person, but thats just so people can't go in there and wipe out his entire shelf of alpine for trades. Its a small place, but he packs a lot of variety on those shelves. I almost always make a stop here when i'm in the area. (886 characters)

Photo of raclbc555
4.88/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Although this place is a bit pricey, the owners are very cool and customer focused.

Great selection too

I read a few reviews that say these guys have strict limits. They do and for good reason.

To ward away these "people" who buy up all the good beer, not to consume but to try and resell!!!!

These people make me sick!!!

Go away beer poachers ...go away!!!

500 characters? C' mon man! Can we reduce that too 300? 400?

Because now I'm just trying to take up space, thank you for listening ;-) (503 characters)

Photo of MichaelGV
4.88/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I was meeting friends for lunch today in the California Heights section of Long Beach and decided to swing by this place. From the outside, it looks like a small neighborhood market, catering to the surrounding residenial area. So what I found inside was quite a surprise-- a large selection of well-chosen craft and imported bottles, including beers from Hair of the Dog, Alpine, Russian River and various Belgium breweries. Prices were competitive and Raj, the man at the register, was more than helpful. Be sure and ask him what he has in the back. Whenever I'm in Long Beach again, I will be stopping here. (610 characters)

Photo of MarkVegas
3.6/5  rDev -20.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

BA helped me find this place a couple months ago and I had to stop by again last week.

First time I went I was able to secure beers that weren't that easy to find, (most of which aren't available where I live) some Lost Abbey/Port offerings that I'd been dying to try. I was even able to score a Pliny which was pretty cool.

Second time around I ended only getting a few brews two of which were Pliny and Blind Pig (sadly the Blind Pig was 2+ months old).

Overall, not a bad place to go if you are ever in the area. Please do keep in mind this place is tucked into a corner in a mostly residential area, don't blink or you'll miss it. A bit pricey, as some of their stuff is marked up a bit, but, not a bad little place with the most unexpected beer selection. (765 characters)

Photo of bierkoning
3.35/5  rDev -25.9%
vibe: 1 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

I drove by this place probably 50 times after starting a new job near by and it's on my to and from home. I never noticed it as it appears to be just a ghetto, smelly, ugly, dirty liquor store. Then one day I was stopped at the traffic-signal outside of the store and noticed a small sign with a pink elephant on it! Needless to say I pulled out my smart phone and looked up the store on BA at once. All of the stellar reviews helped me to decided to stop by the next day on my way home from work. And what did I find when I walked in? A ghetto, smelly, ugly, dirty liquor store...with a decent selection of craft and exotic beer. No one said hi to me, the place smells like the stuffy incense burning typical liquor store, and they had Delirium right next to the Steele Reserve. They had a lot to choose from, some hard to find stuff, but it was pricey. Lots of stuff I can find at my local Bev-mo for 20% cheaper. One of the beers I bought (a single 12oz bottle for 9.99) was rotten when I opened it up at home, caked up, chunky sediment floating around, no carbonation to speak of, etc.

An okay place that I still will stop at, but only because it's so convenient. Otherwise I'd just as soon hit up Wine Country or my local Bev-Mo.

Don't avoid, but don't go out of your way. (1,279 characters)

Photo of McFinnegan
4.71/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I read about this place on BA and Yelp, and the overwhelming positive reviews made me take a quick drive down there after work. As soon as I walked in the store the owner said hello, remarked how he hasn't seen me in there before and introduced himself, asked me my name, and shook my hand. This is not something I expect from liquor stores. I can tell that he tries to connect with his customers and that service is a top priority, I really appreciate this as I've found it in so few places (and not just liquor stores).

The selection at California Heights is superb, all the big names in CA and West Coast Breweries; Russian River, Stone, Bruery, Firestone Walker, Lost Abbey/Port, etc. He also had beers from smaller breweries (some I'm not familiar with) and plenty from out of state (Shipyard, Avery, Flying Dog) and country (Brew Dog).

From Russian River he had Pliny (I may have grabbed the last one), Blind Pig, Supplication, Damnation, Temptation and Beatification (all in the cooler). From Stone he had all the regular releases, a ton of IRS and Belgo Anise IRS, 10-10-10 Vertical Epic, still a few Old Guardian and OG Belgo. That's just to give you an idea.

The prices are what they should be, no high mark ups that I could tell.

If you're in the LBC area, or plan to be, stop by this place. It's a great little shop with a very friendly and accommodating owner who knows customer service. (1,404 characters)

Photo of albertq17
5/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Stopped by to see if they had any Stone IRS. When I walked in I was immediately greeted, and as I was roaming through the well stocked selection of beer, Raza approached me and we talked for a while before I asked him for the Stone IRS. He said he hadn't received the shipment yet but quickly got on the phone with his distributor and told me he would have it in the next day. The following day, as soon as I stepped through door Raza said "Albert they are right over here".

I think the only thing higher than the beer he stocks on Raza's priority list is the service he yields to his customers. He even helped me with my box of beer to my car. A must stop for the craft beer lover. (683 characters)

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California Heights Market in Long Beach, CA
97 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.