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4.48/5 rDev -2.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$$
Bobby's Liquors is not the store you go to for your everyday beer shopping; it's where you go to get stuff you can't find anywhere else. I can almost guarantee that if you can get it somewhere else, it will be cheaper somewhere else. However, the number of beers here that you can't get anywhere else is off the charts. Limited releases? Check. Vintages as old as 2009 on the shelf (who knows what's in the back)? Check. A large enough selection of imported beers to confound and stupefy you? Check. Location is a bit odd and unless Dee is there (he's the friendly one who knows a bunch about beer), don't expect to get much in the way of service.
Pros: Selection, selection, selection.
Cons: High prices compared to other places, as much porn as they have beer (maybe not a con for some?), hit-and-miss service depending on who's there.
03-30-2014 14:57:48 | More by FocusDave
3.87/5 rDev -15.5%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.75 | selection: 4.75 | $$$
First of all, before I talk about the petty things about the atmosphere and the unhelpful clerk, their selection is great. They are probably the few selection of liquor stores that carry Pliny the Elder and is somewhat easily accessible. They have some vintage beers, rightly noted, and is great all around as far as selection. BUT this place is crowded, swarmed in between two adult shops (which I find highly distasteful) and the clerk doesnt really speak English. I'm not saying that this is wrong, but it is at times difficult if I am looking for a certain beer and the store clerk cant help me out. Plus, it is a bit overpriced. I have found certain beers marked up and not too fresh. But dont get me wrong, if this was the only craft beer shop around the neighborhood, I would go here every single time to get my fix, but that just isnt the case.
02-20-2014 01:27:50 | More by ironchefkook
4.75/5 rDev +3.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
This place is absolutely awesome... amazing and slightly unbelievably wide selection of every type of beer you can think of. I find something new and exciting every time I go here. The guy behind the counter not only knows what he is talking about, he is enthusiastic about sharing his knowledge and passion with his customers.
06-26-2013 21:40:39 | More by IPAsStoutsAndPortersOhMy
4.66/5 rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $
I was in Santa Clara for a week for business and searched online for good places, and found Bobby's. Well, color me both impressed and surprised!
Bobby's does not look like a "typical" craft beer store from outside. Actually, even inside it doesn't look great - the middle aisle is for porn mags and the like, and as you walk in you think , "Uhh...I'm in the wrong place..." but fear not! Go to the right and you'll find an excellent selection of US and European beers.
I fount HoTD, 50/50, Drie Fonteinen, Struise, Tilquin, Russian River, De Molen, you name it. The owner came over and we talked for a little bit about the differences between the recent batches of HoTD's Adam, and he was as sweet as can be (and knowledgeable about the beers on his shelves!). Not to mention that his beers are very reasonable priced - I found some high-end beers priced many dollars less than I'd seen at more well-known places.
If you're near San Jose, this place is absolutely worth your time, and your money.
02-01-2013 07:25:29 | More by brikelly
4.74/5 rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
It's a shame that this store can't be a little bit bigger. I'd love to see what they'd do with more space than they have. That being said, this place is packed very tightly everywhere, and the aisles offer very little space to maneuver. All of that aside, I don't think I saw one beer here, in the clearly separated "craft beer" section that was mediocre. Lots of top of the line stuff. And when I say top of the line, I'm talking Red Poppy, iStout, Supplication, and on and on. Lots of quality stuff. As many have said before, Dee is on top of things, ready to help, and knows what he is talking about. I feel like he's probably an underutilized asset for the beer scene in the south bay. Anyways. This place is bringin' it. A must visit.
08-30-2012 16:35:42 | More by RblWthACoz
Bobby's Liquors in Santa Clara, CA
99 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.