Binny's Beverage Depot - Lincoln Park
Ratings: 46 | Reviews: 28 | Show All Ratings:
3.98/5 rDev -11%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | $$
This huge liquor store has one of the best selections in the city, including bottle shops. Their prices are also cheaper than nearly everywhere else. (Usually $2 less a 6 pack vs Whole Foods). Even though this is a chain, the beer staff gives it a small store feel. Adam, the beer director, is a great guy and has recently done a collaboration with Pipeworks. Also, I can't WAIT for their taproom to open. Hang out at Goose Island, and then stock up on beer.
11-24-2013 23:20:25 | More by Fluffheady
4.58/5 rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | $$
This was by far the better of the two Binny's locations that I visited. I also found it to be better than West Lakeview in terms of quantity and quality of the beer available. A massive selection of Chicago locals (Rev/Pipeworks), including a few that weren't at any of the other bottle shops I visited. The set up here is very much like a massive liquor store with long isles of beer, wine and liquor and almost every brand you could think of. A must visit if you are in Chicago.
07-23-2013 22:55:15 | More by TheSevenDuffs
4.6/5 rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
This is the place to go if you ever want to buy beer. I went in and it was like a Toys R Us for beer nerds. They have like 4 isles of beer and a section that has some other basic beers. There are so many different breweries and beers, I didnt even know where to start. I found Founders Breakfast Stout and some other rarer beers. The guy working there helped me find everything I asked for and he seemed happy to do so. I stayed in here for about an hour and just couldnt stop stacking up on beers. This place is so amazing and I wish they had one of these where I lived.
01-25-2012 07:50:50 | More by gtermi
District of Columbia
4.16/5 rDev -6.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
There's nothing like having a few brews over at Goose Island across the street and then going beer shopping!
Atmosphere: A big warehouse full of booze: Beer, wine,....you name it. Very spacious indeed, with walls of beer in the back left hand corner, coolers in the back as well, and several very large beer isles slightly left of the center of the store. All of these were neatly arranged by brewery/country.
Quality and Service: I didn't see any old, dusty bottles sitting around, but please understand that this place was packed! I honestly don't think many brews that they deem shelf worthy (which there is obviously a reason for that) sit around for very long. A couple of staff members asked if I need help while I was there, but I pretty much knew what I was doing and they caught on to that, so they left me alone.
Selection: No FFF, but I guess that is par for the course in the Chi-town region. No matter... my goal for this venture was Flossmoor Station and Half Acre. While I didn't bring find any of their "reserves" here, I did manage to walk away with a Flossmoore IPA and Pullman Brown, and a 4/pk of Half Acre Daisy Cutter and Gossamer. All in all, a worthwhile trek. NOTE: Lots of overseas goodies here!
Value: I thought the prices were reasonable and about what I would pay for a quality bomber and 4/pk in the DC area. Not bad....
I'm sure I will stumble here from Goose Island Clyburn again on the next visit as well!
01-04-2012 02:42:43 | More by Chaney
4.58/5 rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
With friends living in Old Town, they tell me I need to come pick up some brews for the Halloween party that night. I was currently also on the phone with my cousin and he tells me I have to check out a place called Binny's while I'm in Chicago. Little did I know after getting off the phone with him, my buddy Trevor has Binny's on his agenda for the next place to hit! Coincidence? I think not!
Walking in, it seems this is the grocery store for beer AND wine! over 8 aisles are dedicated to beer alone and this wasn't even the beginning.... They also had over 10 coolers with already fridged beer and then a separate room with cases stacked upon cases of breweries like Three Floyds, Founders, Bells, and many more. Could not beat this selection if you tried!
The staff were either at the checkout lane or at their customer service desk. I wasn't worried about getting any help but they were very friendly when spoken to.
I applied to get a Binny's card and right then knew I was coming back this weekend! Before jumping on my flight, I walked from my friend's apartment to this Binny's again (b/c Goose Island was closed that morning) and picked up multiple brews before heading home. Will be back here when in town and could recommend this to someone who is a wine lover also!
11-07-2011 06:13:53 | More by DCon
3.88/5 rDev -13.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped in at Binny's after the requisite trip to GI Clybourne. I had about an hour to shop, and I took advantage of every minute in the craft beer area. Not being from the Chicago area, I was glad to see their local selections on the shelves: Half Acre, Metropolitan, etc. But that's not terribly impressive, given the proximity.
There were several other offerings that I was more impressed with, such varieties from Port, Firestone Walker, Lagunitas... The international section was also well-represented, albeit a little too pricey for my budget (not that Binny's controls pricing completely).
I managed to escape with 4 bombers, 2 sixers, and a pint for about $75, all decent, but not exceptional, offerings. I guess I was really hoping to find something a little more special, maybe something somewhat vintage or rare in some way. The only thing I came across in that vein was a local brew being sold only 1 per customer, for $6.66 at the request of the brewmaster for Local Option. Being a novelty, I couldn't resist, but reviews indicate it's just that...nothing to get excited about.
I think I could've gone up a couple points if they had offered singles. So many beers, so little suitcase space.
10-20-2011 17:46:16 | More by barczar
4.41/5 rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
This is a fantastic Binny's.
The first time I came here I was pretty pleased with the selection and dropped about $240-- luckily I convinced the wife to pull the car around so she didn't see the total!
It just so happened that as I walked around the beer section I saw an employee on beeradvocate on a computer-- I started talking to him and it was, of course, Vav. We chatted for a bit about any special beers coming out and he listed a couple beers he had just gotten in that hadn't made it to the floor yet... Needless to say I wanted a few bottles of them and Vav was kind enough to oblige.
Now everytime I find myself in the city I see if we can't wrestle up the time to male a stop here. I love the store.
They have all the midwest and north American craft you'd expect to find, plus a ton of Belgian and euro imports. There are not a whole lot of sours left over as it was explained to me, "the sours get snatched up pretty quickly. We can't keep them on shelves."
If you're hitting Chicago, and especially if you're hitting Goose, come here and shop a bit! It's worth it.
09-05-2011 13:47:32 | More by AleWatcher
4.64/5 rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
A- The atmosphere of this place was incredible. You have large, well sorted sections of beer. The aisles are very wide, allowing for easy reading of the many, many beers they had in stock. It was clean and very welcoming. Pretty much a beer superstore, and for what it's worth, the wine section looked even more impressive.
My only irk was that since bottles had price labels on the shelf, some were sitting without a label.
Q- The quality of the place was very nice. It was actually sorted in a way that implied that BMC was the afterthought, while all the shelves seemed dedicated to craft. I was surprised at how reasonable the prices were too. The guy helping me said that he has a running thing where if you find out of code beer, he'll give you $5. I'm not sure if that's just a salesman thing, but I've yet to find non-fresh DIPAs from what I bought there. The only thing that could have made quality better would be to see the DIPAs he was sure to keep fresh, being kept cold.
S- The service was really great. I think I may have come at just the right time, but there was a guy who really knew his stuff. He really had good recommendations, although several of the beers he had recommended I had tried before. He did mention a few things that I had never heard about though, and I'm quite appreciative for that. It was nice to find somebody who knew more about what they were selling than I do.
S- As far as selection goes, I was quite blown away by the quantity. I really can't say whether the quality was top-notch, as there were so many beers that I had never seen before here. By far, this had the most selection I've ever seen.
I can say though, that they had what I was looking for and more.
V- The value was quite good. I bought mostly bombers and more pricy beers, but the price could have been a lot worse. I found Hopsickle for a lower price than I'd ever seen before, so I had to splurge on that hoppy juggernaut. I was also able to find many imperial stouts for very reasonable prices too. I dropped money on some Belgians as well, and I tend to overlook them based on prices.
The biggest improvements I think they could have would be moving some of the DIPAs to the cold, and making sure everything is labelled. Aside from that, it was a top notch experience.
08-02-2011 21:15:39 | More by BBP
4.88/5 rDev +9.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Just went to visit my Sister in Chicago. This was a family trip so beer hunting was very low on the itinerary. Was able to pull off the "Let's all stop at Goose Island! It's a PUB!" thing and that effort was a complete bust. Not that I expected to find dusty, un-bought BCBS on the shelves, but I would have thought that they'd have SOMETHING that was interesting or in my preferred styles. Nada. And it didn't look like a place or a menu I wanted to hang out at. But I did get some root beer for my kid.
As a consolation, my bro-in-law suggested we go across the street to Binny's. I had no expectations and wasn't thinking that a "Liquor and Wine Superstore" would have any beer that I'd be interested in and couldn't find at home.
We're used to all these rave reviews about Vintage Estates and House of 1000 Beers, both within a quick drive for me here in Pittsburgh. Believe me when I tell you that THIS Binny's beer selection BLOWS them away. Straight business. Fantastic craft selection (Parabola, 3Floyds, Cuir, BA Boris - all on the shelves) I haven't just been dumbfounded and mesmerized by a beer selection in a looong time. This was not just a great selection of a bunch of stuff we see all the time. This was a TON of beers I had never even heard of or seen before. Sure - many regional crafts that don't get to Pittsburgh - but also a fantastic selection of UK stuff that nobody seems to pay attention to anymore (Tactical Nuclear Penguin ON THE SHELVES for less than online pricing). And the prerequisite great Belgian section as well.
The beer manager (Adam) was phenomenally helpful, extremely personable, and ass-kicking, spot-on on his recommendations and beer knowledge. I left there with a 4-pack that I was just being polite about trying and got home and LOVED it. (Samuel Adams Wee Heavy)
Stopped at another Binny's during my trip (won't say which one) thinking maybe it was maybe just the whole franchise that rocked. It wasn't. If you have to go to ONE bottle shop in Chicago - go to THIS Binny's in Lincoln Park. It will be worth the trip.
Still trying to figure out how they already had fresh ST Creme Brulee on the shelves. I only bought one, figuring it must be out everywhere now, and then I came home to none in Pittsburgh. Ah well, it made my vacation that much creamier.
07-19-2011 19:46:20 | More by radioscooter
3.94/5 rDev -11.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I visited this place in June during my rare Midwest trip. The place is like the Bevmo in CA in term of atmosphere: big boxed warehouse store with high ceiling with florescent lights and aisles of alcoholic drinks.
Most of the bottles were stored at room temp, which is understandable, there were also assorted six-packs and bombers in their limited coolers.
Myself being a CA residence, I just love staring all these beers not available in the home state. They had an astonishing import selections (German, Canadian, Belgian...), trumped everything that CA would ever gets. They also had a pretty complete inventories of New Holland, Great Lakes, Hoppin Frog, Dark Horse, Clown Shoes, Southern Star, Metropolitan, and some random smaller Illinois breweries, cans of Half Acre. The FFF selections were rather poor though, grabbed myself a bomber of Arctic Panzer Wolf.
It sucks that they do not break up the singles. I had to buy a lot of the 6 or 4 packs just to try those beers. Having to travel by plane I had to make room for all those sixers and four-packs that I bought and forego many other tempting choices.
The service was fine, the guy working the aisles did not bother giving helps or recommendations, they were not rude but a bit cold. The cashiers were very friendly and smiled a lot, which was a plus.
Overall very decent, but next time I am in Chicago I would rather frequent stores that offer singles.
07-13-2011 02:50:03 | More by vince4953529
Binny's Beverage Depot - Lincoln Park in Chicago, IL
97 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.