Crown Liquors #14

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Crown Liquors #14Crown Liquors #14
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44 Ratings
Ratings: 44
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: n/a
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150 N Delaware St
Indianapolis, Indiana, 46204-2524
United States
phone: (317) 638-3720

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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
2.5/5  rDev -42.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 2.75 | selection: 4.25

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.

Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75

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.

Photo of tsauce2
4.91/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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.

Photo of williamjbauer
4.54/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Hit this up on the way back home from Madison, WI. Nice location downtown. Great selection, I picked up some FFF, Famtome, 3F, Bruery, Sun King, and some local recommended beers. Staff is am fantastic, very knowledgeable and enthusiastic, they are the reason to check this place out. Prices are fair. Good amount of refridgerators. Great joint!

Photo of stouts4me
4.94/5  rDev +12.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

A: great atmosphere, place is just loaded with great beer, each new area is loaded with more beer I have to have !

Q: the quality I see is that they have some older vintages you might be hoping to find. I got ahold of the big series from Shoreline Brewing that included 2009 Lost Sailor aged in bourbon barrels !

S: the service is great at this store, the guy behind the counter KNOWS beer, and can hold a conversation about many types and breweries styles, as well as making suggestions on others you may wish to try.

Sel: I believe this selection to be top notch. I came from northern Illinois and was totally enthralled with the beer selection, I could'nt stop pulling bottles of the shelf. What a great road-trip this will be in the future!

F: not avail.

V: I think the prices were in-line with where they should be . I was'nt complaining about any of them, and I left with 3 boxes !

Photo of CBlack85
4/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Stopped here while visiting family in Indy, about the sixth place I stopped looking for Three Floyd's Alpha King (fortunately they had one sixer left).

The place is well laid out and spacious; with several well stocked beer shelves and coolers. Fairly well laid out and easy to navigate. The downstairs has a very respectable wine selection.

The staff seemed fairly knowledgeable and not overly pushy, but definitely willing to talk beer when prompted.

The selection was pretty good, not the best of the beer stores I visited while in Indy, but good none the less. Lots of local-ish beers ranging from Upland & Three Floyd's to Two Brothers and Tyranena.

Overall this was a nice store with a good selection, and centrally located.

Photo of AleWatcher
3.95/5  rDev -9.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Stopped here between Sunking and Upland Tasting Room....

This liquor store is about 3 minutes from Sunking-- and if you're doin one, you may as well do the other.

Good selection, friendly staff, and they had some Dre fontenien on shelves-- that is my favorite part of this store.

Anyway, if you're coming to Indy to hit up sunking, check out this place. It's very close by, and really worthwhile.

The prices were decent.
The selection had most any IN and great lakes breweries, and even had mixed six packs of "all Indiana samplers" and "dark veer samplers" that seemedto be hand-picked by the store employees.

Photo of racens
4.8/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Great place. Not the widest selection in town (still have yet to see anything top Parti-Pak on the south side), but the quality and service were tremendous. The staff was friendly and knowledgeable about not only what was currently on their shelves but also what was upcoming (CBS release, etc), how much they would be allotted of it, and the conditions they were going to place on its sale (bottle limit, price, etc). Was also very surprised to still see several bottles of Three French Hens on the shelf, well after its release last winter. Overall, a great shop, plus mention you're a BA and you'll get a 10% discount

Photo of backfat
4.64/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Stopped at this downtown location on my way to the upland tasting room to pick up the ol' lambics. Beautiful selection of singles throughout a long isle. Singles of any six or four packs by request. I love that. Was asked if I needed help or had any questions. Average and reasonable prices that you would find at most Indiana liquor stores. They still have some drie fonteinen and other assorted shelton bro imports. I REALLY LOVE THAT. picked up some moloko cuz it hasn't hit my town yet and I heard it arrived at their store about 2 weeks ago. After talking to the cashier that offered me help about breweries in my area, I asked him if he had any glassware. He then goes to the back, and grabs me a sam adams noble pils glass and just says that it's on the house! are you kidding me? if this place was in my home town, I'd be broke. awesome selection and even better service. A+

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.14/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

This place has the feel of a high end wine store. Clean and well kept. Not a dusty bottle in sight. It offers a huge beer selection, wine cellar downstairs, and plently of spirits too.

One long isle about 4 or 5 shelves high of beer in every format bottle size. All the popular locals Indy has to offer with a great foreign beers selection, US craft is well represented from all over USA and even some Meads throw in for good measure!

Helpful staff thats quite knowledgable about everthing alcohol.

Prices were a bit higher than average, but since I was here from far away, I glady paid the price for some popular Indy locals I normally don't have access to from my local stores.

Photo of mdvatab
4.86/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

This was my third stop on a whirlwind tour of Indie's highest BA-rated bottle shops in town.
This Crown Liquors shop is in the heart of downtown. The shop doesn't have it's own lot, so I had to feed the meter. I entered to find the sharpest-looking, cleanest shop I've been to in town. A long row of beer coolers is straight ahead, and they face two long 4-5 level shelving units that run parallel to the beer coolers.
Refrigerated beer consists of a wide selection of six packs and various other packages and configurations of a variety of craft, import, and macro brands
On the shelves opposite, I found many excellent single bottle craft and import offerings. I'd struggled to find HOTD Adam around town, but found >6 bottles at Crown. The buyer here definitely knows what he's doing. I found a few other specific sought-after brews that I hadn't seen on prior visits to Kahn's or Payless.
The store clerk was very friendly, was knowledgeable about his product inventory, and answered my questions without any problems.
EXCLLENT store on all accounts! I will definitely be back.

Photo of mulder1010
4.41/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

went in while visiting Indy. Glad I did

A-- Standard bottle shop. Beers to the left and in window and wines downstairs.

Q-- Easily organized and easy to find stuff. Some bombers in coolers and some on shelves. Pretty deep selection but more on that later.

S-- Excellent. Very helpful as I was looking for an Upland Sour and got one. Was offered a KBS and Devil Dancer as well. Just took the DD as wanted to try it. Very helpful staff and answered my questions very well.

S-- Impressive. big selection of sours from NB, limited DFH, Heavy Seas, FFF, Shoreline BA beers, Chicago area and good selection of Indiana beers. Even some Dark Horse I have not seen.

V-- Came and went with specific beers in mind and got them all and did not break an arm or leg to get them. Very helpful and informative staff. Highly suggest if in the CBD of Indy.

Photo of Hibernator
4.23/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

On my to MacNiven's I stopped in Crown Liquors for a glance of what they have to offer and I concluded their selection is for real. I was impressed at the cleanliness of the store and how well everything was organized.

For those of us interested in good beers, the coolers are to the left when you enter and appear to start of with the macros first and and then give way to some really good craft beer options. I'm not gonna go into too much detail here, but I was mainly interested in those beers that I can't find in Massachusetts, so I was pleased with the selections from Bell's & Three Floyds that I'm accustomed to only reading about.

I ended up purchasing a 6 pack of Three Floyds Alpha King & Bell's Oberon. I definitely would have ended up buying more if logistics wasn't an issue this trip, but I guess there is always tomorrow.

Photo of sweemzander
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Yet another stop on my trip to Indy.
While this was overall a smaller selection, it was far better and varied than others. I heard at one point they had Russian River (they did have a Lost Abbey Cuvee de Tomme, but its definitely not worth $50). Plenty of beer in the coolers along the wall with a top notch selection of local Indiana brews along with one of the better imported sections in the area. Picked up plenty at this place despite slightly higher prices.
The staff was friendly and knew their stuff. A great shop to be nearby to say the least.

Photo of calhoon
4.64/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

We drove from western Iowa for the Antique Advertising Show and drove to Crown based on the reviews on BA hoping to find some regional rarities. The service from Ben and others was exceptional--particularly when they learned I was a BA. I was pleased with the selection and the pricing. I was offered the chance to mix and match six packs from the same brewery which I really appreciated. But for an impatient father-in-law I could have stayed twice as long and talked beer for a long while; I will definitely go back to Crown if I ever get back to Indianapolis.

Photo of cwcolby74
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I was impressed but not knocked over by this store. I had heard so many people, especially BA's, rave about Crown, I guess my expectations were way too high.

The selection is great but not what I'd call outstanding (I can think of at least three liquor stores in Indy with a better selection). They have a lot of foreign imports, which is great. They have most of the usual suspects from craft breweries that distribute more or less nationally or at least regionally. But they didn't have much that I couldn't get somewhere else, and probably for less money.

I like how the place is laid out. The staff was friendly and repeatedly offered help (although I didn't really need it; I was just browsing and left without buying anything, a rarity for me when I go to a liquor store with money in my pocket). I don't like parking downtown, so I went in the late evening (as I would suggest for you).

As an aside, the store is caddy corner to Barcelona Tapas, which is a great Spanish restaurant with a variety of Spanish beer. Both are worth a try on the same trip!

Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4.7/5  rDev +7.3%

I found this to be a nice store in the heart of the city. Prices were ok to maybe slightly higher (but you generally get that in the city). Store was laid out nice and efficiently, and service was top notch. They seemed to know their beer and were genuinely concerned with making the consumer happy. Their line up of beers had some heavy hitters, and although they did have some obscure breweries from the local and intermediate areas I thought they were a slight step below compared to a few other places I went to in the area. I would definitely stop here again if passing through, although it is the city with traffic and parking concerns, so I might rather go to a suburban location of this fine chain.

Photo of phisigben
5/5  rDev +14.2%

They have one of the best selections in the city they don't have the biggest but what they do have are very great beers. Sprinkle (Mike) is the man; he helped me get a bottle of BCBVS and a bottle of Rare BCBS. I stopped by with a friend during a tasting introduced myself and he hooked my friend and myself with a taste of Darkness. The week before X-Mas Mike did a special beer hunt in the store. He put random bottle of some special beers out on the shelves. I got a bottle of Darkhorse Plead the Fifth, and I almost pulled the trigger on a bottle of 2007 Pannepot (I should have got it).

Photo of JamesS
4/5  rDev -8.7%

While not the best beer store in Indy, it is a great place for downtown Indy. Nice selection of micro breweriess from all around, just as you'll find throughout Indy, but not quite the quantity or number of actual brews.

I was able to pick up some Indiana brews (Barley Island), but was dissapointed in the lack of more Hoosier beers.

Service was nice, asking if I needed help, but weren't sure if want I wanted was in (Shoreline) and took some time finding out. Still, fairly friendly over all.

Clean store, lay out is nice. Again, it's not the best in the city, but probably the best in that area.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Located in downtown Indianapolis, kind of easy access from I-70. The beer selection is very broad and deep, and as a bonus I stopped in on Christmas Eve, when the beer guy (Sprinkle) was sprinkling special cellared beers onto the shelves periodically. Lots of good stuff, although the prices were kind of high (so high that I passed on everything).

The prices on standard stock were OK, maybe a tad high too but I don't shop in Indy very often so I can't compare it with Kahns or others. But I'd happily stop here again (and plan to) just due to the wide selection.

Photo of MbpBugeye
4.65/5  rDev +6.2%

I was staying downtown, and went to eat in the vicinity of this shop. I saw the amazing reviews and had to make a stop. I was in brief contact with sprinkle, the GM. I tried to come in time to meet him, but I didnt make it before he had to leave. Regardless, the people working were very nice and helpful, it was surprising considering that I was there 15-20 min before closing. They still greeted me and asked if they could help, I had a question about Behemoth Blonde dating and one of the young guys looked it up for me. In all I felt quite welcome here.

The store itself is very new and nice looking. Very clean, especially since many liquor stores are dusty, cramped places. The area that got my interest is the beer area. It is comprised of a long wall of coolers housing 6packs. Across from that are the shelves that hold large bottles and some singles.

The rest of the upstairs is liquors and other things. There is a downstairs that looked to be a huge wine cellar style shop.

The selection was pretty large and very unique with many rarities. Lots of Three Floyds, Mikkeller, Boulevard, The Bruery, De Molen (which was a nice, rare surprise), Indiana locals.

The coolest bottles were two vintages of Behemoth Blonde (08, which I got the last of, and 09) and a Cuvee de Tomme. I just couldnt afford $52.99 for a small bottle of a probably flat LA beer.

Prices are a tad high for some things, but they offer a 10% discount for BA members.
I recommend this store, I would like to have the chance to stop back again.

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.65/5  rDev +6.2%

The service was a 5 even before I set foot in this place. I was taking a short weekend trip to Anderson, IN for a wedding and I posted and searched on this site for suggestions on a good beer place in downtown Indy. I got pointed to the store manager who was friendly and very helpful. When I finally arrived at the store the staff was friendly helpful.

They have a nice selection of brews that aren't available in the St. Louis are including the locals like FFF and others. But they also have Stone, DFH and some The Bruery. Good stuff. As others have mentioned they definitely go for quality overall quantity. The store is two smaller stories with beer on the right side of the first one and then liquor to the left. The first floor is wine and what looked like a tasting room.

Very nice place and I would stop any time I could if I was in Indy.

Photo of aasher
4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I had heard great things about this store so I had to stop by. It's two stories in all, a main floor with beer and liquor, and a basement with tons and tons of wine. The beer is directly to the left on the main floor. They definitely had quality breweries, including Cantillon and a couple from The Lost Abbey. I had heard they had Russian River as well but they must have been out when I went. The beer selection was extensive, but not the most I've ever seen by any means. I'd say they definitely focus on quality over quantity. They had a lot of rarely seen beers. They were a bit pricey but at least they carried them. They also did have some things that I hadn't seen in awhile, most notably Anchor's Christmas Ale, which I absolutely love. It's a great store, the only downside is that it's hard to find parking. It's definitely worth the stop, especially if you're downtown Indianapolis.

Photo of btorsdog
4.85/5  rDev +10.7%

This place and the people working there brought me a deep sense of inner peace an comfort!After a very hectic day it was quite nice to find this place and talk BEER with some very knowledgeable & down to earth people!
Outstanding selection and a very impressive , beautifully maintained store.If ever in INDY make sure to seek out this breathe of fresh air, you won't be disappointed, HIGHLY recomended! Wish I had a store even remotely close to this in my town , Indianapolis should be proud, very proud of this gem!

Photo of TrueRates
4.85/5  rDev +10.7%

Straight top notch liquor store. The selection is outstanding and service is top quality. Mike Sprinkle and the rest of the staff really have a passion for what they do and the prices are fair. Always keep on stock hard to find beers including Mikkeller, Struise, Cantillon, all American micro's available. Hell, they even have some Russian River available at times. The prices are around $40.00, but it's a convenient thing. This and Kahn's are the two best beer shops in all of Indiana. Enough said.

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Crown Liquors #14 in Indianapolis, IN
96 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.