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Bobby's Liquors

Bobby's LiquorsBobby's Liquors
BA SCORE
99
world-class

32 Ratings
Ratings: 32
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 4.6
pDev: 7.17%
$$ - reasonable


[ Store ]

2327 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, California, 95050-4060
United States
phone: (408) 984-1120

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @bobbysliquors

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(Place added by: alpinab7 on 02-03-2010)
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brikelly

New Hampshire

4.66/5  rDev +1.3%
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
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FocusDave

California

4.48/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

tl;dr

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
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ironchefkook

California

3.87/5  rDev -15.9%
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
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random846

California

4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

01-10-2014 03:58:06 | More by random846
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cjw333

California

4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

12-07-2013 08:49:18 | More by cjw333
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IPAsStoutsAndPortersOhMy

California

4.75/5  rDev +3.3%
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
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.74/5  rDev +3%
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
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afrokaze

California

4.08/5  rDev -11.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$

About time I got around to reviewing this place, I've been shopping here for over a year and it's the best bottle shop in San Jose hands down. The owner Dee is a great guy, knowledgeable and friendly. It looks like a random liquor store from outside, although the new brewery logos painted on the front give you a hint at what's inside. About 8 coolers of quality craft, with selections ranging from regular releases, IPAs, DIPAs, stouts, sours, wild ales, Belgians, etc. The stock is well taken cared of and the stock is kept up to date, especially the hoppy beers. There are also 2 huge shelves of dark beers and a decent choice of glassware. Prices are lower to middle range, never felt like I've been ripped off here. Just got some 2 day old Pliny yesterday, where else can you get that around here? Check it out.

02-17-2012 23:12:24 | More by afrokaze
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sfprint

Germany

4.56/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$$

I was pretty sketched out as a woman going into this store which doubles as a porn shop (as advertised outside). And it's located in a run down strip mall. But I wormed my way to the narrow aisle in the back where I was very surprised to find an incredibly good selection. But the prices were a bit high. Even though they had so much of what I wanted, I couldn't afford to get it all (although I had made a trip out to go to this place).

And the guy there (I guess he's the owner) wasn't sleazy at all, which isn't what I was expecting. He was very nice, and when he saw my list, unexpectedly just ran through all of them, saying whether they were available or not, where to get them, if you can get them. It was pretty shocking. I haven't met someone that knowledgeable about those specifics before.

Highly recommended. I appreciate a seedy place with a hidden goldmine.

01-17-2012 23:09:06 | More by sfprint
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InfernoBoss

California

4.8/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$

Bobby's is truly a one-of-a-kind establishment. As others have posted, this is not a chain store environment. Bobby's has rough edges, namely the adult entertainment aisle with the "No Minors Allowed" gate at the entrance to the aisle. But hey, rough edges are part of life, so put your fears aside and enter a beer wonderland.

To really appreciate the selection, drop in, or check www.bobbysliquors.com. Their product pages will blow you away with the breadth and depth of their offerings. All chilled, except for a few boxes of singles on the floor, and a shelf of items suitable for aging. I turned away from the refrigerator cases on my last visit, and found myself eye to eye with a Deschutes Abbys. Glad I looked!

Basically, its time to stop reading about this place and just go there...NOW!

12-20-2011 08:12:14 | More by InfernoBoss
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Bobby's Liquors in Santa Clara, CA
99 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.