DownTown Wine & Spirits
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Reviews by alexgash:
4.15/5 rDev +1.2%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$$
Closest good beer store to my friend Chad's house in Somerville. Very nice selection, especially coming from Utah! Lots of New England brews and a very decent selection of Belgians. I really liked the fact that they let me break up six packs. I was able to sample a lot more different brews this way on my budget. Speaking of budget, this was one of the most expensive beer stores I've been to. I paid 6 bucks for a bottle of Burton Baton! I must be crazy. Great selection slightly makes up for it, but I wish I had more time to check out some less expensive stores. Service was non-existent, until the guy stocking the shelves asked me if he could help me find anything. He was very helpful and knowledgeable and nice. I'd go back, if I get rich.
04-19-2005 17:44:31 | More by alexgash
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4.01/5 rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3 | selection: 4.75 | $$$
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 +13.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I have been going to this store for years. Although some of the staff has changed, I always try to get to know the current beer buyers and they are always happy to meet someone passionate about beer. They are among the few stores around that offer cellared/aged beer, and they make sure to try it before offering it to the public so they don't sell something that went bad. Their beer selection is as good as any you'll find in the area outside of Julio's which is quite a hike from Boston. Some folks have mentioned the service being a little aloof, but every time I walk in, they greet me with a smile and tell me about the cool new stuff they got in. If they haven't, it's because they are talking to another customer, which is exactly what they should be doing! Their prices aren't cheap but fair, and if you were to compare them to Ball Sq., they are cheaper across the board. The guys at Downtown have definitely been an asset for this fan of quality craft beer. While, I may differ in my personal taste than some of the staff, I find it to be a strength since I get to become more aware of things that might not be on my radar. They are also good at allocating the rare stuff so that some tool doesn't walk out with the all of it before anyone else gets a chance.
One person mentioned something about the beer being past its prime, I usually get stuff that has just come in, so no problems for me!
11-27-2012 22:52:59 | More by CAPorter
4/5 rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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
3.86/5 rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
We stopped in here on Saturday night on the way home from ACBF for souvenirs. Nice selection of brews available for sale tucked into the back end of the liquor store. Lots of great micro labels to the left with world offerings to the right. I was able to find some nice items to take home with me. Service seemed no existent, but I really wasn't in need of any. Seems a bit pricy even by Boston standards. I would go back if I was in the area, but I probably wouldn't go out of my way to shop here.
06-03-2012 21:58:56 | More by johnnnniee
3.78/5 rDev -7.8%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 5 | $$$$
I go here all the time, awesome selection including stuff you really won't find elsewhere else. But one risk of awesome selection is you develop very old beer. I have purchased beers I know I enjoy that have obviously expired. But knowing that, you can find rare high ABV and kick ass sour beers here.
I have rarely felt like I got any kind of deal (w/ the exception of the occasional mis-marked price. Everything is about 10-30% more expencive than I find it anywhere else. But like I said I go here all the time.... and the selection rivals any other store in the area.
I have been overcharged more than once which totally sucks. And it's kind of degrading asking for money back. Also I have never found the staff helpful. Especially if I need help.
03-16-2012 18:02:27 | More by mlazzaro
DownTown Wine & Spirits in Somerville, MA
91 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.