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Crown Liquors #14

Not Rated.
Crown Liquors #14Crown Liquors #14
BA SCORE
96
world-class

34 Ratings
Ratings: 34
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 11.06%
[ Store ]

150 N Delaware St
Indianapolis, Indiana, 46204-2524
United States
phone: (317) 638-3720

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(Place added by: scarnold8 on 06-11-2010)
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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Ohiovania, Sep 07, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -21%

LodiRigglesbee, Sep 05, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

david131, Aug 05, 2014
Photo of PBRmeasap1980
2.5/5  rDev -43.6%

Since I work downtown, this location is easy to pop into. They have a great selection of craft beers in the coolers and on some packed shelves facing the coolers.

The store itself is very nice, but I have two issues with the place:
1) Service - The staff hardly acknowledged I there. When I asked if they had some specific Mikkeller, they just said "No". They didn't say anything about trying to get any or looking at other Crown's inventories (which they can do), or even suggesting something similar. Overall they just seemed unfriendly

2) They put "rare" beers on a pedistal. Example: Near the counter, there is a small display of FFF Robert the Bruce, Pride and Joy, and Alpha King with a sign that says "Limit one six-pack". WHAT? This is standard stuff here, why limit or try to make it seem rare.
I asked about the FFF/New Belgium collaboration, they were keeping it in the back and selling it at $10/bottle when lots of other liquor stores had it for $8.

If you in town for a conference and limited to the downtown area, this place will work but I would suggest you check out the Big Reds near by first. They at least have a friendly staff.

PBRmeasap1980, Jul 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

sholland119, Apr 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

target88, Mar 24, 2014
Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.3/5  rDev -2.9%

Prior review: This is truly my go-to location in the city to find beers, wine, and alcohol of all sorts. One of the most extensive beer selections I've found, it manages to stock a number of satisfying craft brew options from the West Coast and elsewhere that are hard to find at other spots around town. The staff are friendly, and the location is incredibly convenient for me to swing by right after work.

Re-review: I am adding a note here because over the past 6 months, during a number of visits, my experiences have changed. The place remains solid for selection, and its quality remains generally top notch, but I am somewhat disappointed by the service. It is not by any means universal, but I've had several negative experiences. I've asked a few fairly pedestrian questions about coming releases, and rather than address them reasonably, I've gotten several curt reactions, and less than helpful answers. First, it was that releases were long gone (with a tone that suggested that I should know not to ask). I found most of the bottles I was looking for at other stores, so it seems long gone may have only meant at this location. Then, trying to get out front, I asked before releases about their anticipated arrival and got responses like, "it's purely a choice of the distributor" and "it follows the same pattern every year." Not too helpful, and my only conclusion is that they are not too interested in retaining my business. The convenience and selection means this location will never drop completely from my list of sources, but I've found myself looking elsewhere first, and it all comes down to the fact that I don't always feel welcome at this store.

Tsar_Riga, Mar 18, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

freewill35, Oct 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev -9.7%

Kegatron, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of tsauce2
4.91/5  rDev +10.8%

A: Beer and liquor upstairs, excellent wine room downstairs. Great set up and everything is clean and well kept.

Q: Everything that should be fresh is fresh. Nothing sits too long here.

S: Staff is helpful and very knowledgeable.

S: One of the best selections in town. They get all the good stuff that you can get in IN.

F: No restaurant. Snack items available for purchase.

V: Some of the best prices in town for craft beer. Have never bought much else from them, but from what I have looked at the same trend extends to liquor and wine.

tsauce2, Oct 13, 2013
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