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9 Ratings
Ratings: 9
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 18.48%
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7517 Pacific St
Omaha, Nebraska, 68114-5455
United States
phone: (402) 391-8680

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(Place added by: bditty187)
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Photo of Delia
4.8/5  rDev +30.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Spirit World features an outstanding and knowledgeable staff. They are absolutely the best retail establishments in Omaha for spirits, and particularly scotch. Plus, they're centrally-located and competitively priced. Definitely one of my favorites.

Photo of Simon84
4.66/5  rDev +26.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Spirit World has a great selection. The staff are knowledgeable and friendly. They are
more than happy to answer questions and help with selections, and I've kept coming back for that reason when I could have gone to other liquor stores in the area. The food is better than you would expect and is a value-add.

Photo of lambic3120
2.38/5  rDev -35.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 1.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5

Spirit World once was the shit. And then Beertopia opened. And then Brix. And then Hy-Vee figured out craft beer. Mix in a decline in Spirit World and you have a has-been store.

The beer prices are high which doesn't help turnover which leads to old beer. Old beer is a turnoff for me. There is NO reason to shop here. Sorry, there isn't. The selection can look good but look at best by dates. Well, with the high prices you aren't even getting that far...

What Spirit World was is what Brix is now... but WAY better. Brix is bigger, cleaner, cheaper and with a more knowledgeable staff (especially in beer!). Often the service at SW is that typical rude wine store BS. Again, pass.

10 years ago I shopped at Spirit World. I don't anymore. There is no point. Go to Brix, go to Trader Joes or Whole Foods if you want beer, spirits, wine and food.

Photo of RECiPE
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%

Great selection. That's the nice thing I can say about this place. They had several of the previous year's Anchor Christmas Ale magnums. I bought one, since I liked that year's Christmas Ale. But did I mention that it was from the PREVIOUS YEAR. They must not sell much of the stuff.

The help there must all be working off a hangover. I haven't encountered any that are friendly. Maybe they are nice to their wine customers. Seems to be lots of bottles of wine there. Good ones, I'm sure. I couldn't pick a good one from swill.

Expensive.

There are other, better options for beer in Omaha. You may find this option in a very small store, right next door to a great tap room. Look at the BA reviews. You'll find the place that I'm referring to.

Photo of bditty187
3.3/5  rDev -10.3%

NOTE: I deleted my review from 2002… it was old and outdated. Below is a totally fresh review…

I don’t have a love-hate relationship with Spirit World because I don’t like it that much. Many things about SW annoy me. However, Spirit World is the “premiere beer store in Omaha,” basically default. Technically they have the best selection of imported beers. I can expect to find a variety ranging from Franziskaner to Samuel Smith to Ayinger to Orval and Rochefort… with a couple dozen other English, German, and Belgian offerings. Add in some random Pale Lagers from around the world and you have the best imported beer selection in Omaha. When compared to, say, Gomers in KC, the selection is really lacking. Domestic craft beer is the typical lineup for Omaha.

The negatives…

1. The prices here are retardedly high. A bottle of Rochefort is almost $12. I can get a bottle for $7.50 at the Crescent Moon (and it is even cheaper to get it to go)! Rogue bombers are almost $8. Six-packs are at least two/three dollars more then any other store. Rarely can I find a beer at a fair price.

2. I have bought too much old beer here. The quality is hit and miss; even winter sesonals in December might be two or three years old. Same problems arise with any of there beer. I don’t think they care about the quality.

3. Service. Only one guy knows anything about beer here and the rest can be a bit snobbish. I get the feeling since I am not buying wine, I’m not shit.


Aside from beer, there is an apparently popular deli restaurant in house. Also SW does have a plethora of wine (and maybe liquor), is it any good? Beats me! They also have assorted foodstuff from overseas as well.

This place works well for a newbie BA-type person and for the more seasoned drinker a place to stop once in a while. Rarely does SW see any money from me, there is just nothing here to buy… I can’t afford it! If I want good beer in Omaha it takes multiple stops to find what I want. So be it, I’d rather do that then spend any more here.

Photo of RedHaze
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%

This has the largest selection of beer that I have seen so far in the Omaha area. They have a decent selection of Belgian and other imported beers. Some of the Belgians of note are; Rochefort 8 & 10, Westmalle Dubbel & Tripel, Duvel, Foret, Satan, Fantome Pissenlit, Achel and a few others. Their domestic micros are for the most part everything you can in this paret of the state; New Belgium, Rogue, Boulevard, Empyrean, Odells and so on. Service is kind of spotty, their seems to be only one gentleman who knows anything about their beer. Most of their beer is stored on open shelves, and some things tend to sit around for a while. I've had a couple of beers that were not as fresh as I would have liked, and most everything is overpriced. I would shop here more often if the prices were more reasonable.

Photo of elmocoso
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

This is an interesting place. I was excited to go check it out, but was kind of disappointed when i got there. They had a decent selection of micros and Belgians, but the prices were out of my range. They keep most of the beers on open shelving, which makes me weary of purchases, guessing that the stock doesn't turn over to much. Also, some of the more common Micros they had seemed a little too high, leaving me to believe that they might overprice some of the stuff that is rare.
If i made a little more money, i might venture to try some of the few high-end beer that they had there. But i don't, so i wont.
Might have a rarity you are looking for, but be prepared to pay for it.

el

Photo of neonbrown82
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%

I finally checked this place out after many failed attempts (it closes at 8:00 PM, whereas I'm accustomed to buying booze as late as 2:00 AM). The selection or wine and liquor was overwhelming, but I was here only for the beer, which occupies only a small corner of the store along with a few coolers mostly occupied by schwag beer.

The collection of singles is decent, but contains some questionable beers, such as out of date seasonals. There were a few things I hadn't seen in Iowa in addition to the standard Omaha wares (New Belgium, Blvd, etc.), which is always nice to see.

This is probably the best place in town to go for imports, sadly. Don't get me wrong, there are some gems for imports here, but there is not a huge variety. The collection of American Micros is much more varied, but nothing that really intrigued me aside from the local brewery Empyrean, out of Lincoln. I picked up the Vanilla Porter, and it was amazing.

Service seemed good. As soon as I found the designated beer corner I was asked if I needed any help finding anything. I politely rejected any help since I didn't have anything in mind and just wanted to browse. I probably should have asked him about a random beer to see if he knew about the product or was just lurking around a young customer in the beer aisle; but I assume the former over the latter since he promptly went back to what he was doing at the front of the store when I said, "no thanks." After I made my selections and came to the counter he saw from my I.D. that I was from Iowa City, so me bagged my beer for the trip without even having to ask.

The deli looked nice as well, but I was only interested in the beer at the moment. Some of the prices are insanse, most notably the imports. Even though it is probably the best selection in Omaha, I will not spend my money here often. Whenever I am in town visiting family I will buy local beer, or bring my imports from Iowa City. This place really isn't worth my money.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%

This was the fourth stop on my just-completed GOBST (Greater Omaha Beer Store Tour). After reading the other reviews, I was prepared for Spirit World to have the best selection in the city. And, if my limited tour is any indication, it does. Please, no offense intended to the much-esteemed Omaha BAs, but that's not saying much. The selection, while good, is not nearly what it should be as the standard bearer for a city of Omaha's size.

That said, good beer is definitely available here. They have a large wooden rack, a portion of a side wall and a long cooler full of most all the selections that I saw elsewhere in the city and more. I bought some good stuff, but failed in my bid to find Empyrean in singles. I wanted to try all five varieties that I saw, but was unwilling to buy five separate six-packs. I passed on a bottle of Young's Special London Ale since the 'best-by' date was about 3 weeks away. I saw a few others with fast-approaching (and even past) 'best-by' dates, but most of the inventory seemed ok. I was impressed by the large selection of Rogue bombers.

I was the only one in the store on this Saturday morning and the proprietor, after asking me if I needed any help, retreated to mid-store and kept a very close eye on me. I was wearing shorts and a t-shirt, where did he think I was going to stash a bottle of beer?

One more stop and the GOBST is complete.

Spirit World in Omaha, NE
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