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Capone's Liquor & Food

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Capone's Liquor & FoodCapone's Liquor & Food
BA SCORE
95
world-class

26 Reviews
Reviews: 26
Visits: 66
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: n/a
[ Store ]

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

view map and get directionsMap @caponeliq

Notes:
Place added by: marmora on 10-26-2011

Hours:
Sunday- Thursday: 9:00am - 12:00am
Friday - Saturday: 9:00am - 2:00am
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Reviews: 26 | Visits: 66
Reviews by emerge077:
Photo of emerge077
2.5/5  rDev -42.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 1 | selection: 4.25

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 Outdated beer with jacked up prices, no thanks.

***2012***
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.

***10-27-2011***
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. (4,278 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

I stopped in at this place when I was waiting for the Revolution Brewery to open its tap room and I was not disappointed. The craft beer selection was fantastic and there were lots of thigns on the shelf from Revolution, Half Acre, 3 Floyds, and other local breweries that is difficult to get elsewhere. I was pleasantly surprised and will definitely find this place again the next time I visit Chicago. (403 characters)

Photo of chicagobeerguy
4.61/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of JArt
4.73/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Davit
5/5  rDev +15.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Barnoloid
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of mojiboo02
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Homer53
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of puftdank
3.31/5  rDev -23.6%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 5

They announce what they have in stock. You go five minutes later and they are "sold out". It seems many of their offerings announced on social media are bait to get you in the door. I do not care to be friends with the owner, or any of the other employees, for the sole purpose of getting the reserves from behind the counter. It's just not how I like to do business. They have an absolutely fantastic selection. But honesty goes a long way. (447 characters)

Photo of aussiebeer
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of BeerOps
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of 30MinutesSouth
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of shundahai
4.51/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

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4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

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4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

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4.4/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -24.9%

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4.52/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

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5/5  rDev +15.5%

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5/5  rDev +15.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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Capone's Liquor & Food in Chicago, IL
95 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.