Binny's Beverage Depot - Lincoln Park

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Binny's Beverage Depot - Lincoln ParkBinny's Beverage Depot - Lincoln Park
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Reviews: 33
rAvg: 4.57
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[ Bar, Store ]

1720 N Marcey St
Chicago, Illinois, 60614-4819
United States
phone: (312) 664-4394

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @binnysbev

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Place added by: emerge077 on 10-21-2009

Hours:
Monday - Saturday: 9:00am - 9:00pm
Sunday: 11:00am - 6:00pm
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Reviews by vince4953529:
Photo of vince4953529
3.94/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Clutch5
4.45/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5

no food. big selection. If you are expecting to get a limited release here, get there early and wait in line!

Photo of Beer-Revelry
5/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This place is amazing. They have got, SO much beer to choose from it's unreal, including a VERY extensive import selection. I've seen Three Floyd's brews, Dogfish 120's, Firestone Vintage series, stuff that isn't easy to find, just sitting there readily available. I never had to ask the staff for help (too busy running around with my cart in awe loading it up) but the people seem friendly enough. There's no "food" here of course since it IS a liquor store, but I rated it a 5 so as not to tarnish this perfect score! Definitely check Binny's out if you're in the area, it's awesome!

Photo of Kraj30
5/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

my favorite beer store ever.. plus a great tap room

Photo of stouts4me
4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Magnificent selection, you don't find a bunch of beer here that fills up a cart, then quit drinking beer.

Photo of byronic
4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Absolutely amazing selection! They must have expanded even further from some of the older reviews. I remember six aisles of beer. Lots of focus on local brews included some FFF if you're there at the right time. Vast selection from across the states and a fairly nice section of Belgian beers as well. There's also a pick six available from single bottles that are likely left over or broken up six packs.

The staff is friendly and very helpful. They may even enjoy watching people go crazy over their beer selection!

It has an industrial feel, that of a large warehouse. Thankfully there's plenty of beer to keep you warm.

Photo of Fluffheady
3.98/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.58/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Photo of gtermi
4.6/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of Chaney
4.16/5  rDev -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!

Photo of DCon
4.58/5  rDev +0.2%
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!

Photo of barczar
3.88/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

Photo of AleWatcher
4.41/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Photo of BBP
4.64/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of radioscooter
4.88/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Completely ass-wrong.

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.

Photo of thain709
4.44/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

We had some time to kill before Goose Island Clybourn opened so we spent about half an hour here walking around. What a deadly combination!

The doors open and you are presented with a supermarket of alcohol. The beer is just to your left, with the spirits located in the middle, and the wine is to your right.

The beer is laid out by craft and import, with 6 packs, 16.9 oz., 7 oz., bombers, and 750ml bottles lining the shelves. Off to the far left of the store is an area designated for cases of beer. Lining the back wall of the beer section were coolers full of 6 packs and a few big single bottles.

Selection was impressive for a guy from PA. Not only did I see Victory, but the place was loaded with Illinois locals: Goose Island, Floosmore, Half Acre, Metropolitan, Two Brothers. Other brands included were Three Floyds (only one, Arctic Panzer), Tyranena, Boulevard, The Bruery (bottles of Cuir), Clown Shoes, Grand Teton (Pursuit of Hoppiness), New Belgium (Lips of Faith), Firestone (Double Jack). I mean come on, really?

Service was there, noting spectacular. There's a bouncer sitting at the front door!

I was hoping to find more Three Floyds and have a bigger selection of single (12 oz.) bottles. Their prices are great, with most 6 packs running from $8-$12 and bottles running from the same range (some higher of course). A wonderful establishment that I would recommend to anyone visiting the area.

Photo of sgoro
4.47/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Probably the best Binny's that I have frequented. This Binny's has a couple of aisles of domestic and import craft brews all organized very well by brewery. The beer guys here are very helpful and knowledgeable and offer great recommendations. I was able to grab a couple rarities here that I didn't see anywhere else. If you call and are looking for something in particular they are willing to hold it for you so you can come in at a convenient time to pick it up. If that's not enough you can head across the street to the Goose Island Clybourn brewpub.

Photo of BigSteinsEmpire
4.58/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Was just at Binny's Lincoln Park picking up my Sam Adams Utopias and can't help but feel like a kid ina candy store when I come here. The rows of amazing domestic and import craft beer selection keeps you wandering the aisles contemplating what bottles to spend that hard earned money on.

Of the various Binny's I've been to, this one usually has a better selection of rare brews. The Beer Manager at this location is always willing to go the extra mile for customers and is king of customer service.

The added bonus to this location, it's right across the street from the Goose Island Brew Pub...top notch.

Photo of MarcatGSB
4.18/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I have been to a few Binny's in my travels through Chicago in the last few years, and I have to say this one has the best beer selection I have come across. I'm not surprised, being right next to Goose Island Clybourn.

The four rows of bombers/6 packs/and C&C 750's was very impressive. I spent two separate occasions scouring the selection. With that being said, I didn't find anything that was very surprising for me. Sure they had Angels Share from Lost Abbey, and some other interesting brews, but it seems as though it gets picked over quite often. Their KBS allotment of one case was gone in an hour and a half. So they get some traffic.

On a side note, their whiskey selection is top notch. Not as good as the South Loop Binny's, but pretty close, and great prices. They still have some of the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection, and some rare hard to find Lagavulin 12 year. Worth a stop.

Photo of aasher
4.72/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

We went here both before and after Stout Fest at Goose Island yesterday. You walk in and wow, this place is huge! I've honestly never seen so much craft beer in my life. They had four, very long aisles soley devoted to craft beer from almost everywhere. They also have another large area with cases and six packs and numerous cooler doors full of both six packs and singles. The selection and the quality are top notch. I picked up Half Acre, Lost Abbey, Firestone Walker, Port, and their last Rasputin/Disputin. I literally could've spent hours here just browsing. This place is a must try.

Photo of SpdKilz
4.3/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Went here last Christmas after going to Goose Island Clyburn. I'll make this simple and sweet.

We walked in, it was Christmas time, we were greeted by a nice woman, an employee asked if we needed help in the beer isle almost immediately. They had some damn good selections, lots of JP beers, Souther Tier Cuvee series, etc. The value was decent as it is with most Binny's. If I am in the city and near GI, I will always stop here to see what they have. Definitely a good beer store in Chicago. I guess this is the place where they released the BCBRS, accordingly, and I can't think of a better location.

Photo of LacquerHead
4.35/5  rDev -4.8%

I checked this place out the other day because I was in the area. Normally I go to the Binny's in Lakeview because it's a more convenient trip for me. I'm glad I finally checked this place out - I hadn't been in there since it was Sam's.

The selection was great. For the most part, American craft beer dominated the shelf space. They had plenty of breweries represented. It was really easy find a breweries flagship beer, but they didn't really carry the more obscure beers.

It was well organized and clean.

Overall: a great place to visit. My only complaint was the coolers. They didn't have good selection of cold beers. The single bottles were lacking; they carried the usual. Nonetheless, I like what they got. I liked it more than Sam's selection.

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.35/5  rDev -4.8%

I have been going to this Binny's since it was the flagship Sam's store, and nothing has changed. They still have a huge, spacious store filled with beer, wine, and spirits (along with a deli section), and the beer selection is quite solid. It does not hurt that they are located right next to Goose Island Clybourn.

They may not get some of the smaller offerings that the specialty bottle shops get, but overall their selection is great. Their aisles are filled with nearly everything that is distributed in Chicago, in every price range.

They have had some fun events there in the past. The Goose Island Bourbon County Rare release was here, and even though it was freezing outside, the store did a fairly good job of keeping everything in order.

The one downside is that with the incredible volume that they get, they will sell out of popular limited releases immediately, so you should head to a smaller specialty shop. But for the regular offerings, I am confident that they will have a full, fresh selection of solid beer.

Photo of t0rin0
4.35/5  rDev -4.8%

Visited numerous times on my two trips to IL in 2010. Conveniently located to Goose Island Clybourn.

Lots of beer to select from. There are a couple of rows and a number of fridge doors dedicated to beer as well as a whole room for cases. It was frustrating that a lot of the beer wasn't available in singles. One employee explained that it had something to do with state law, which didnt make any sense because there were lots of singles to choose from, just not some of the stuff I was looking to try. Oh well.

The service is attentive and asks if you need help. They are happy to answer any questions that they are able to answer. On my last trip I ran into a character that goes by Vav. Real nice guy that seems to do everything he can to get some good stuff into the store. What I found interesting was that he knew who I was (at least he knew who t0rin0 was).

Prices are reasonable on most things, high on some. Will definitely return if I can get back to Chicago.

Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4.35/5  rDev -4.8%

As noted, right across the street from Goose Island so if you're in the area and from out of town, one could argue you're a fool for not dropping in. Selection was impressive, imports more broad than anywhere in Wisconsin. The prices were ok, and the service was good as well... I received recommendations on beers I hadn't heard of (not a schooled on imports) and given direction as to where beers were. Some beers were in coolers and some not. This would seem to be my go to place if I was in the area but alas I live in central Wisconsin, where we have some very good microbreweries, but a virtual wasteland when it comes to imports.

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Binny's Beverage Depot - Lincoln Park in Chicago, IL
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