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Crown Liquors #14

Not Rated.
Crown Liquors #14Crown Liquors #14

27 Reviews
Reviews: 27
Visits: 45
Avg: 4.46
pDev: n/a
[ Store ]

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

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @crown_liquors

Place added by: scarnold8 on 06-11-2010

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Reviews: 27 | Visits: 45
Reviews by cwcolby74:
Photo of cwcolby74
4.22/5  rDev -5.4%
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!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of jzeilinger
4.72/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

'Stopped by here at the recommendation of a BA friend and it was one of those, "So glad I stopped moments". When you walk in the beer is off to the left and there is a nice selection of wine downstairs for those traveling with people who prefer wine over beer, everybody wins. The selection is VERY good and although no one approached me about needing help I actually prefer it that way which is why I rated the service high ... I like to shop, leave me alone.

We walked out with some really nice finds that we either can't get or are hard to find in PA which makes it all the more better. My only "beef" with this particular location is the parking situation which is not their fault, it's the city ... but would love a dedicated parking area in a perfect world.

Overall ... well worth the stop.

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of neckbracesub
3.66/5  rDev -17.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Photo of Cynic-ale
4.14/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of TargaFlorio
3.83/5  rDev -14.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Jstonerock24
5/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of halo3one
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

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3.52/5  rDev -21.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of spycow
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Ohiovania
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of LodiRigglesbee
3.5/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of david131
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
2.5/5  rDev -43.9%
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.

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Photo of sholland119
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of target88
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.3/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of freewill35
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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4/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of tsauce2
4.91/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of MSandahl23
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of williamjbauer
4.54/5  rDev +1.8%
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!

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Photo of stouts4me
4.94/5  rDev +10.8%
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 !

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