DownTown Wine & Spirits
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Reviews by Jayli:
3.85/5 rDev -6.3%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $
Swung by this place for the first time after hitting up RedBones.
As you walk in the door, wine and liquor aisles are in front of you. Walk down to the back left hand side for their beer selection. There is a very nice selection of cold craft beer - Bombers of BBC, 6ers of Speakeasy breweing, SN, Founders, Harpoon, and numerous others. I didn't take quite good notes as I was looking more at their warm stuff. Great stuff going on with the warm stuff, Stone Cat, Anderson Valley, Cisco, Hoppin' Frog, Stone, Rogue, Legacy, and many more. Import section is quite nice, Nogne, Ridgeway, Morke, Mikellar, and many others.
We weren't approached by any one - which for the most part is alright with me, however we did have a question, so trying to find someone was interesting. When I did, I asked the question, and he was rather confused.
Pricing here is ridiculous! I saw bombers of things that were about 3 or 4 dollars cheaper than some other places. Well priced and I will so be revisiting soon!
01-21-2010 17:06:47 | More by Jayli
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4.36/5 rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Post EBF bottle shopping :)
Beer is in the back and they have a massive selection that seems to go on and on. Huge selection of Belgians, lots of imports and pretty much all the U.S. craft beer available to MA. Was greeted when i entered asking if i needed help with my selection. Very nice place, will certainly come back again.
03-25-2014 19:07:05 | More by papat444
4.01/5 rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3 | selection: 4.75 | $$$
Offering this feedback from recent visit during a Wednesday afternoon visit (2/2013). New management/owners? The beer shelves were being restocked , staff very put out looking but in their defense the aisles were full with recent deliveries that they were trying to stock and everyone looked overwhelmed . Check out service was uncertain of what to do and everything about the atmosphere seemed in flux.
Always found hard to find brands ( Belgian , Australia/NZ, UK, Germany) that many stores do not offer. Relatively decent pricing in the past,. Prices seemed high during recent visit and far fewer selections , again new management or cleaning out past prime stock? US craft brands well represented . One of the best selections in Boston/Cambridge Area. Hope whatever is going on gets resolved quickly.
02-23-2013 01:04:02 | More by JMFBOSTON
4.64/5 rDev +12.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I have been going to this store for years. Although some of the staff has changed, I always try to get to know the current beer buyers and they are always happy to meet someone passionate about beer. They are among the few stores around that offer cellared/aged beer, and they make sure to try it before offering it to the public so they don't sell something that went bad. Their beer selection is as good as any you'll find in the area outside of Julio's which is quite a hike from Boston. Some folks have mentioned the service being a little aloof, but every time I walk in, they greet me with a smile and tell me about the cool new stuff they got in. If they haven't, it's because they are talking to another customer, which is exactly what they should be doing! Their prices aren't cheap but fair, and if you were to compare them to Ball Sq., they are cheaper across the board. The guys at Downtown have definitely been an asset for this fan of quality craft beer. While, I may differ in my personal taste than some of the staff, I find it to be a strength since I get to become more aware of things that might not be on my radar. They are also good at allocating the rare stuff so that some tool doesn't walk out with the all of it before anyone else gets a chance.
One person mentioned something about the beer being past its prime, I usually get stuff that has just come in, so no problems for me!
11-27-2012 22:52:59 | More by CAPorter
4/5 rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
what bothers me about this review is that the service counts equal to the selection, thus the overall grade here will be dragged down by a component i feel shouldn't have as much weight as it does... to me selection should carry more clout than service; no question the latter is nice, but c'mon. i'd rather have options - that's what'll keep me coming back.
and i'll definitely be back to downtown wine and spirits. recommended by other MA BAs in the wake of PHP closing, i was hoping not to have wasted my time (davis square being a bit of a hike from brookline). i wasn't. awesome selection with a breadth of options from the major national breweries to locals and one of the better belgian selections i've seen in the boston area. picked up ithaca flower power; both samael's and old ruffian from avery; weyerbacher's 14, quad, and double simcoe; he'brew jewbelation fourteen; founders double trouble; voodoo-vator; pannepot old fisherman's (reserva); and some stuff from southern tier. much more to be had - could have kept going but was limited by what i could carry on the T (and an impatient wife).
as for the service, it wasn't that it was bad, just not particularly memorable either way. was neither approached for nor sought help. guys at the register were friendly enough, commented on a couple of my picks. as mentioned, to me this is forgivable. i'd prefer having a decent selection - i can choose for myself. with marty's and now PH provisions closing, my beer treks are getting farther...
(originally reviewed on: 01-05-2011)
06-14-2012 16:14:30 | More by BostonHops
DownTown Wine & Spirits in Somerville, MA
92 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.