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Capone's Liquor & Food

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Capone's Liquor & FoodCapone's Liquor & Food

51 Ratings
Ratings: 51
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 16.02%
[ Store ]

3678 N Elston Ave
Chicago, Illinois, 60618-4316
United States
phone: (773) 583-0240

view map and get directionsMap @caponeliq

Sunday- Thursday: 9:00am - 12:00am
Friday - Saturday: 9:00am - 2:00am

(Place added by: marmora on 10-26-2011)
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Photo of evileye
3.06/5  rDev -30%

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Stopped going here a while back because of shady practices. Too many other good places to go to someone I can't trust. Good list of local stuff, lots of old beer.

evileye, Apr 05, 2014
3.24/5  rDev -25.9%

Great selection,friendly staff.Beer is usually a couple dollars more than other places.Ive also seen way old beer on the shelves.Props for the great Pipeworks selections.Usually stay away due to the high prices and old beer.Would shop here more often if the prices were more inline with other craft beer stores in the city.

ILLEGALSMILEs, Jan 20, 2014
Photo of emerge077
2.5/5  rDev -42.8%

I only buy beer from stores I trust, and Capones is not trustworthy.
The shill reviews aren't fooling anyone guys. Stay classy...

All you have to do is look past the surface to notice the shady tactics employed here... bribing customers for online reviews, posting bait & switch prices on beermenus, selling old beer, etc. You're wasting your money paying way over MSRP here (triple in some extreme cases) for things available much cheaper elsewhere, not to mention being gullible. The owner isn't your friend, you're being used for free marketing. Read between the lines people.

Now that Beer Temple has opened on Elston, I don't have a reason to come here anymore. Fresh beer at fair prices is all I ask... Outdated beer with jacked up prices, no thanks.

After shopping here for about a year now i've noticed a few things, that maybe you wouldn't notice at first glance. Many beers are $2-5 more than what you'd find elsewhere. Zombie Dust purchased here twice ($14.99, not $13 as listed on beermenus) has been faded both times... that should never happen. Caveat emptor.

They update beermenus at least twice a day so they're always at the top of the "recently updated" list, which is frankly annoying (never thought i'd say that about a place on beermenus). More egregiously though, items listed and updated the same day may or may not be in stock, or are a different price than listed online... shady. Stuff isn't always on the shelf and sometimes you have to ask, available only if they know you, or they just flat out don't have what they list on beermenus.

They have cleaned it up a bit inside, and added lots more beers in the front of the store. They do have a great selection, and keep up with new releases. Just be sure to ask prices and check dates on hoppy beers. High prices, misinformation, and lack of imports keep me from stopping in more frequently.

Stopped in today to check out the current selection, thanks to Marmora for the tip! Had been in a couple times before, but neglected to add to beerfly.

They boast over 300 beers, and that may be true. From the outside it looks like any other forlorn, run-down neighborhood bodega, but the craft beer posters, and even a hand-painted sign for Half Acre and Argus outside hint at what's inside. This area is fairly underserved beer-wise, so Capone's definitely covers a niche for area residents. The closest store is Golden Leaf at Elston/Irving, and Avondale Armanetti on Milwaukee, south of Belmont. West Lakeview is 1.5 mi. east, and serves a different area.

Inside it's tile floors, florescent lighting, and many cooler doors full of beer. There was a rack of Bells seasonals up by the register, including Cherry Stout, Double Cream, Winter White, and TCOA ($19/sixer). Straight ahead was a full pallet of Schlitz tallboys sitting in the middle of the floor. To the right was about 8 or more beer cooler doors, with many 750s, bombers, and singles. Towards the back were craft sixers, and straight ahead was a bunch of macros and alcopops. Hiding in between the coolers was a cardboard cutout of Snoop Dogg pimping Colt 45 Blast. Towards the back was an overstock area with Half Acre cases on the shelf and a warm island shelf of Bells, FFF, and Founders.

In the coolers: Firestone Walker, Jolly Pumpkin x4, Founders x5-6 including Breakfast Stout and Double Trouble, FFF x6 (APW, BrooDoo, Gorch Fock), Great Lakes x4-5, Uinta, Lagunitas, Southern Tier, Great Divide, Metropolitan, Two Bros, SN Ovila, Moylans, Grand Teton, Goose bombers, Unibroue, Victory, Anchor Brekle's Brown, Hop Slayer cans, Ska cans, Half Acre cans (no seasonal bombers). Imports from Steigl, Hofbrau, Sam Smith, etc. Not especially extensive import-wise. Selection was broad though it seemed limited to full lines of specific breweries. Prices were $2-3 higher than elsewhere, the typical bodega "convenience upcharge".

Counter clerk was a nice guy, when I asked about Founders Harvest Ale, he mentioned they got one case and it had come and gone. Then he mentioned they had Backwoods Bastard singles (behind the counter) for $6 that had just come in. (that's $24 a 4-pack, instead of $15-18 elsewhere).

Overall a decent shop for the area, an oasis in the craft beer desert of Avondale.

emerge077, Oct 11, 2013
Photo of Jon
3.68/5  rDev -15.8%

Stopped in Capone's to grab some of the latest Pipeworks offerings as it's on my way home from work. If the store didn't have banners promoting the craft beer inside, you'd never know. Pretty shoddy exterior. Inside, though, it's fairly clean and all the beer is right there for you to explore when you walk in the front door. The quality seemed pretty good, and the beers I purchased were all very fresh. Service was nonexistent until I checked out, but the man behind the register was friendly. Selection was impressive for the area. The one issue I have with this place is the prices of the beer, which were very high. I liked what Capone's had in stock, but the lack of value makes it difficult to justify buying beer here on a regular basis.

Jon, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of Tbone
2.06/5  rDev -52.9%

I am tanking this place on service and selection for the simple but important reason that they misrepresent their stock on beermenus.com.

They update almost every other day to make minor additions, probably just to boost their link to the top of the "recently updated". But when they update, they keep beers on the list that they know they no longer have. Coincidentally, these seem to be beers that people are seeking and would likely prompt them to drive across town and go to Capone's, as I did last week.

They updated that afternoon and listed that they had Goose Island Juliet and Sierra Nevada Hoptimum, both sought after beers that had already sold out almost everywhere else in Chicago. So, I rushed over (spending about 1/2 hour in traffic) only to find that they had neither and didn't even have a space on the shelf for them. I asked the guy about it, explaining that it was listed on their beermenus that they just updated. He sheepishly claimed they "must have just run out yesterday". Like you probably are now, I was skeptical.
Well, it has now been almost a week and they have updated their beermenus 2 more times since then. Guess what 2 beers are still listed?

Oh, and their prices on beermenus are inaccurately low.
For example they list Pipeworks Close Encounter at $8.00, but they charage $8.99 and several other beers were higher than the price listed on beermenus.

Tbone, May 17, 2012
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3.74/5  rDev -14.4%

This is a small little convenience store but it boasts a nice selection of booze. It has a small parking lot but I managed a space.

A majority of the beer is in the cooler which is nice. Mostly bombers and 750s it seemed. There is a small warm 6 pack area. And also a warm seasonal rack near the register. They had some seasonals here that had sold out before in other places.

The service was pretty good, just the lone guy at the register but he was knowledgeable and helpful. The prices were a bit inflated, but overall not a bad place and close to other stores.

crossovert, Mar 20, 2012
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5/5  rDev +14.4%

This is the go to place for the best selection and best customer service. The owner really makes it a point to be a part of the beer community and develops relationships with all the local breweries. This allows him to brings in the best selection and offer some really great stuff for his customer:

Atmosphere- This place is wall to wall with Amazing Beers. You name it, If its available in the area Capones probably has it!
Quality - They make it a point to make sure they offer the freshest beers in town. They are often one of the first places to get it after it is bottled
Service - This is where they blow every place out of the water! You can spend all day here talking beer with the owner. He loves teaching and learning new things from his customers. Give him an example of what you like and he will show you something new and better! They also do tastings of new are rare stuff that they patrons have shared.
Selection - The Best
Value - The same price you will find anywhere else.

Hawks55, Mar 26, 2014
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5/5  rDev +14.4%

Best liquor store in town for me. Owner is awesome and always takes good care of me and anyone I send that way. I'm in there once a week or so in winter and much more in the summer. Best selection of beer (specifically local breweries) than anyone else. Generally first to get Pipeworks new releases and keeps Facebook updated so we know what's arriving. Do yourself a favor and go here!

jermy, Mar 25, 2014
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Capone's Liquor & Food in Chicago, IL
96 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.