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Palm Springs Liquor

Palm Springs LiquorPalm Springs Liquor
BA SCORE
99
world-class

21 Ratings
Ratings: 21
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 4.68
pDev: 8.97%
$$ - reasonable


[ Store ]

4301 Palm Ave
La Mesa, California, 91941-6504
United States
phone: (619) 698-6887

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(Place added by: RandyShamoo on 08-12-2009)
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EyePeeAyBryan

Arizona

4.12/5  rDev -12%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | $$

I enjoy stopping here when doing my rounds from AZ. One thing I hate is how the guys working there want to take me by the hand and show me everything new in the cooler from CA. Guess what guys...I don't care. Please let me shop in peace!

Selection is always some of the best in SoCal and while the guys do want to push new brews on me, they are very nice about it and I know it's coming from a good place.

Be sure to look HIGH and LOW because you could miss some stuff!

09-10-2013 22:02:01 | More by EyePeeAyBryan
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ShimberShanks

California

5/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $

Not much else to say besides this is the best selection and bargain for kraftbier in town period. To have all the latest and exclusive brews at your disposal just come here: Bear Republic Cafe Racer 15, Stone 17th, Stone R&R Coconut Collaboration, and of course Pliny the Elder. Quick, hands-on workers, who actually sample the product, are there to make sure you get what you came for. Mos def going back again and again.

08-21-2013 22:22:34 | More by ShimberShanks
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Saint-Amour

California

4.98/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75 | $

It's absolutely stupid this place should ever rank low in service and in stock. They have every newest IPA in San Diego. For the German enthusiasts they carry all the varieties of Aecht Schlenkerla (Authentic Rauchier). Ask Hector! He does have it. I dare anyone to ask if they carry "it" or not. They probably do.

08-15-2013 12:51:14 | More by Saint-Amour
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Carnasses

California

4.85/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | $$

This is the place we consider our hidden gem. If they don't have it, they'll look for it and try to get it for you. The prices are a little below most places that have the rare beers. They limit the rare stuff so everyone has a chance to get some. If you ask the owner for a specific beer, he goes out of his way to try and find it for you. Be careful when asking for recommendations or you may leave with more beer then you expected to purchase.

08-11-2013 21:55:52 | More by Carnasses
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srandycarter

California

4.16/5  rDev -11.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$

Checked this place out because I was running errands in the area. It wasn't until I pulled in that I realized that I had been here years ago to buy a Utopias.

Booze and beer in spades! Place is not huge. However, tall, tall walls, filled to the ceiling with beer. You could get neck strain trying to see what is on the upper shelves. Lots of refrigerated. Lots of stuff I cannot get a Bevmo, or even some of my other favorite liquor stores in the area.

The guy said they even had a case of Kern's Citra, but was all taken in advance orders.

Picked up some favorites in St. Bernardus, etc, and a few I haven't tried. Even Pretty Things!

Did not break the bank, either. My kind of place.

02-08-2012 04:29:23 | More by srandycarter
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DoubleJ

California

4.55/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$

Looks are deceiving. There's an oddly placed painted mural covering where the windows of the store should. It gives me the feeling that I'm at one of the many small Mexican joints around my house. Except I was at a liquor store. But with previous comments already known, I knew I shouldn't be fooled by a first impression.

Call this is medium sized store, but with an inventory that can rival the bigger stores, and then some. The aisles can seem small at times, especially when people are trying to get passed you as you admire the beer selection. Along the back walls is where you'll find the beer. Much of the beer is kept cold, and you can tell there is an effort to do so. There are even tiny Red Bull-like fridges housing bottles of beer around the store! While I did find a few dusty bottles, in general the bottles are clean and not too old.

Let's get to the meat and potatoes. Palm Springs Liquor is loaded with beer. In addition to what's in the coolers and on the shelf at room temp, don't forget to turn your head upwards, as there are additional bottles of beer located near the ceiling! There are literally hundreds of brands available, and among them are Knee Deep, Alpine, Bear Republic, Bootlegger's, Schneider Weiss, Reissdorf Kolsch, Black Diamond, Yeastie Boys(!), 8 Wired, Baladin, and Erdinger. Obviously there are more brands, but I won't spoil the rest of the list.

Another strong point is the service. I was approached by a few employees on the floor if I needed help, and the guy at checkout was easy to converse beerinese. Pricetags on the all the beers adds the finishing touch to an excellent service score.

Was it worth the trip? Totally! Now I need to find more excuses to drive out to east San Diego County.

01-29-2012 17:39:37 | More by DoubleJ
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dimce

California

4.6/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$

As the last reviewer stated, from the outside, does not look like much of a store. However once you go in, man is it packed! Yes, lots of beer, but jam packed.

A lot of beer selections, however too closely packed all into the store, narrow aisles w/stacks of beers on shelves. Diff. to get a good view of everything since your literally standing about a foot in front of everything esp. when other customers are walking past you.

Prices seem about on point not marked up.

Lots of sours, belgians, locals, some imports. The worker up front, average service, just bring your stuff up, pay and go. No small talk. Nonetheless, well worth going to, just watch your elbow room.

09-06-2011 04:00:06 | More by dimce
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BdubleEdubleRUN

California

3.25/5  rDev -30.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 4.5 | $$

Doesn't look like much from the outside, but when you get inside you can tell its definitly a beer place. The store is extremely crowded and almost difficult to navigate around the shelves of beer. Lots of beer in the coolers and on shelves, but the store did feel air conditioned.
On to my customer service problem. I had been calling every shop in SD to make sure I got some Citra, I got a call back Friday from Palm Springs and Holiday Wine, Palm Springs called first, I told them I was out of town and won't be back until Monday. The employee responded by telling me he will hold it for me, I was impressed with the offer and accepted. When Holiday called they offered to take my card info and place it in the back until I got there, I declined and told them to go ahead and put it on the shelf so someone who hasn't gotten it can have a chance, as I thought I had one at Palms. Get to Palms Monday after work and the guy behind the counter, who appears to be the beer guy, doesn't know anything about holding beer and tells me that Citra is long gone. I understand the demand of this beer and if they would have told me on the phone I'm sorry we can't hold it for you I would have understood. Don't lie to me, or if you made a mistake call me back and let me know.
They do have a very good selection of beer, but I doubt I will be shopping there anytime soon.

08-30-2011 13:33:46 | More by BdubleEdubleRUN
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FARGO619

California

5/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$

Have been in here a few times in search of some htf stuff and they usually come through. This is a nice place and worth checking out. Their selection is wide and their prices are reasonable. Always surprised to find the things that I do. Their stouts are cooled and always next to something good. Love this place. Like a cool candy store for kids. Keep an eye out as their beers are spread out in a few coolers and on different shelves as well. Good variety and they have almost everything. Have fun in this place and go with cash 'cause you'll most likely see a few things that you need.

08-01-2011 19:50:49 | More by FARGO619
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Cisco619

California

4.78/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$

Great shop. Great selection, helpful staff & reasonably priced. What more can you ask for? Definitely worth the trip. Definitely go when you have some time to kill cause you'll be here a while. It's easy to pass this place by as the facade is non descript, no idea that, as it's name sake, it's an oasis. I routinely find things I haven't seen on shelves for a while. That alone makes it worth the trip to me. I really like the environment, no stuffy beer geekery. Just friendly people who are more than willing to lend a hand. Stop reading. Go there. Be merry.

07-19-2011 09:38:15 | More by Cisco619
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Palm Springs Liquor in La Mesa, CA
99 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.