Whole Foods Market - Lamar
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Ratings: 28 | Reviews: 16 | Display Reviews Only:
3.85/5 rDev -5.4%
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
This Whole Foods, one of the biggest I had ever been in, had an excellent beer selection available. "Beer Alley", located towards the middle of the store, is a temperature controlled room that has two long shelves of brews, featuring a good selection of locals and micros from around the country. The imports are little under-represented, but this is more than made up for by the quality of the rest of the selection. Rogue, Stone, Dogfish Head, Anchor, and much more are represented here. I was able to grab a bomber of Chicken Killer barleywine, which I had been hoping to try. This is definitely a great place to buy beer if you're in Austin.
03-12-2008 14:18:43 | More by YonderWanderer
5/5 rDev +22.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$$
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
4.22/5 rDev +3.7%
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.
07-22-2011 17:04:30 | More by jamescain
3.9/5 rDev -4.2%
quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $
this was my first time going as i am from the north side and usually have no plans to be right in the center of everything.
here you can get most anything available in texas at prices that compete with specs/central market. the beer alley is a good idea but i can see it getting too crowded.
my cashier was a typical emo hipster with tight black jeans and black hair which he used to protect himself from making eye contact with strangers.
the beer slection is awesome and the prices are awesome, everything else... just dont get me started.
01-25-2010 04:18:54 | More by northaustin
Whole Foods Market - Lamar in Austin, TX
91 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.