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Whole Foods Market - Lamar

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36 Ratings
Ratings: 36
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 4.12
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525 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, Texas, 78703-5411
United States
phone: (512) 476-1206

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Reviews by spoots:
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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Visiting the Whole Foods "mother ship" is a must-do in Austin. The store is incredible--the energy level is like Adderall mixed with espresso. I came here a couple of times during a recent trip, and spoke to Rebecca the beermonger. She epitomizes the Whole Foods attitude--which is to say no question is too dumb, and she literally did everything she could to make me feel welcome and help me find some memorable beers. I was looking at Indian Wells' Lobotomy Bock and she asked if I had tried it. I said no, and not only did she offer her personal tasting notes, she actually grabbed a sixer from the cold "cave", opened a bottle, and offered me a taste. I can't recall that happening to me in a beer store in a looong time.

The selection here is as good as any place I've seen in Austin--with the exception perhaps of Spec's, which is truly awesome. This Whole Foods location obviously has tremendous turnover. Everything looked fresh. Prices were decent and, as I said, the service was exceptional--which is worth a premium.

[One other item of note is that you can drink your purchase as you shop. This created some issues yesterday as throngs of drunks queued up for a wine bottle signing by a member of Tool. I found it pretty funny, but a few staffers were exasperated by the drunken crowd wandering the aisles creating their own "sampling stations" by just opening whatever appealed to them on the shelves. Talk about keeping Austin weird!]

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whole foods - great quality product all over the store. hey have a little bar with a couple of tap handles where you can chill out and not to mention we were able to score sucuba thre when it came out

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Photo of tjkinate
3.86/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Not a huge fan of buying my beer from the big guys, but sometimes I have too.

The beer is located at the center of the store inside a walk in cooler. Their selection is good, they carry most of your standard beers available in this region, do occasionally get more limited releases, and when they do, their prices are fair.

Still would say their selection is less than Specs of the 71 and Central Market. So if you live near one of them, I'd go there first.

Hope you find what you are looking for.

Cheers!

Photo of jamescain
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

It's hard to review this place based off of food, seeing as how it's supposed to be a grocery store. They have a self service food area and various eateries offering pizza, sandwiches, ice cream, bar-b-que, etc. I've never been disappointed by the food they offer. This is usually where I end up buying my beer in Austin, because my girlfriend likes to eat there, so I just go ahead and pick up some beers when we're done eating. They keep all of their beer in a large walk in cooler and have a very good selection. Their beer prices are competitive and you can break up any six pack. They recently added a bar to the back of the store and will fill growlers. The staff is very helpful and will retrieve a beer from the back if they don't have any out. If you're looking for a quick tasty lunch, this place is my recommendation. You can also pick up a beer from the bar, a growler, or grab some bottles from their cooler. The atmosphere is a little busy, since it is still a grocery store. But you can take your food outside to eat to their patio or upstairs to their terrace.

Photo of mltobin
3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

From what I understand, this is the original Whole Foods location. No doubt, they expanded its` size from when they first opened, but still kinda neat. Anyhow, it is a good place to pick up some beer to take home or to your hotel if visiting. The fairly well rounded selection reminded me of what their NYC Bowery location, suited to the distribution of Texas. Local breweries such as Jester King and Real Ale are here, along with plenty of other domestic craft or macro options and imports too. Since it is Whole Foods, prices can be a little north of some other retailers. The staff was OK at my visit, wasn`t particularly looking for anything special, but some young lady in produce did point me in the direction of where to find the beer !

Photo of htomsirveaux
4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Disclaimer: WFM shareholder.

Stopped in here on 28 May 2011. My goal was simple: check out the beer selection and pick up a few growlers for a party later that day.

The beer cooler/room is well stocked with selections from around the country; SN, SA, Odell, Ska and Rogue. Lots of locals available, including Real Ale, Independence, Southern Star and St. Arnold.

Growler fills were $11, and the bartneder offered to sanitize my growlers and even replaced a couple of caps that I'd lost. Five beers on tap, I got the Live Oak Pils and the Independence Thinker's Ale.

I also had a chance to talk to Laura, who was kind enough to have held a bottle for me for a few days.

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Whole Foods Market - Lamar in Austin, TX
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