Whole Foods Market - Lamar
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Ratings: 28 | Reviews: 16 | Display Reviews Only:
5/5 rDev +22.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$$
Atmosphere - Starts off like a supermarket but by the time you get to the enormous walk-in beer refrigerator with automatic doors, you know this is a bit different. You can walk around the store drinking your beer, or sit at the bar. Yes, a goddamn bar in a supermarket.
Quality - Everything here is delicious.
Selection - Huge walk in referigerator with tons of beer. Probably the biggest selection I've seen in my life. I wish I could move to Austin just for this store. I could live here for a long time before I milked dry the selection at this store
Service - Nicest bartender I've had almost anywhere. Very helpful and talkative. May not be more knowledgeable than the average BA, but definitely has plenty of info to offer. Our bartender wasn't pushy at all and was very considerate in refrigerating the bottled beers we bought but were too busy to drink while sitting at the bar.
Value - A little pricey, but totally worth it for a BA. Beats the hell out of the expenses involved in trading..
04-20-2011 18:36:59 | More by ZenAgnostic
4.5/5 rDev +10.6%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$$
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!]
03-25-2009 19:02:07 | More by spoots
4.45/5 rDev +9.3%
quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Quality - No complaints here. All the beer I purchased has been of good quality. They have a walk in beer cooler with an opening at either end. Some beers are stocked on the floor on the sides of the walk in cooler. Overall, it is a pretty good setup.
Service - They have a dedicated person who constantly restocks and maintains the walk in cooler. She was knowledgeable and friendly, and she even let me take her picture. I've never seen service like this.
Selection - Pretty damn good, and certainly better than most places here in San Antonio. I was able to track down a few beers that I had never seen in San Antonio.
Comments - This place is the mecca for orgainic and natural foods. It has a three level underground parking garage, and it is just HUGE. The walk in cooler is fun. This place is a must-see.
03-25-2005 04:40:56 | More by mgdeth
4.36/5 rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
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.
06-03-2011 05:52:24 | More by htomsirveaux
4.35/5 rDev +6.9%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
First off, this whole store is awsome. Not just the "beer alley". That being said, the beer alley contains almost everything we can get in texas, at prices usualy a buck or two less than the stores who carry absolutely everything. It's weird, because whole foods sometimes snaggs austin's entire supply of a particular beer and will be the only ones to carry it for a while. The beer guys know what they're talking about, and for the most part, know when to expect upcomming beers. Theres a section for single bottles, a selection of about 30 different beers, whichever ones they feel like offering. Being right downtown, and them being okay with my passport as ID, it's my standard beer store.
07-28-2007 11:25:30 | More by chadspivey
4.35/5 rDev +6.9%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Well I came here for the first time today and I was quite impressed. This is a fantastic grocery store and I could have easily spent a couple of hours here. They have all kinds of meats, cheeses, teas, chocolates, pastries, and even wine. This store is much larger than the one by my house in Houston. But what about the beer? Well, I have to say I was disappointed with the selection. Although it was kinda fun getting to walk into the cooler, was it really necessary? Don't get me wrong, the selection wasn't bad and I don't remember seeing any BMC, I just think a store this size should have a much more impressive beer selection. The beers they did have were the good stuff so I do have to give them credit for that.
What did impress me was the help. Although I did not talk to her, there was a lady in the cooler at all times to help with the beer. I overheard her with another customer and she did a good job of helping him find some new eer that he would like.
Although I did not buy any beer here today, I will be back many times for the rest of the store, and I'm sure I will get something from the "beer aisle" at some point.
12-11-2005 05:12:07 | More by skittlebrau
Whole Foods Market - Lamar in Austin, TX
91 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.