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Aficionado's

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

18 Ratings
Ratings: 18
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 11.26%
[ Store ]

8909 S Old State Rd
Columbus, Ohio, 43035-9146
United States
phone: (614) 840-9463

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(Place added by: WSDUDE on 11-12-2012)
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Photo of jminch
3.76/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of BeerRunTravel
4.75/5  rDev +7%

Aficionado's is my favorite craft beer store in the Columbus area. They also sell cigars and wine. You will not find staff that is more friendly and helpful. The craft beer selection is great and the owner Kevin can get you on a notification list for rare stuff from 3 Floyds, Founders, Deschutes, Bell's, etc. They have several tastings every month.

The best thing is ... the store is very close to the Polaris mall. Drop you wife off there and spend and hour or two in Kevin's store.

Photo of sethpezar
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of vrbulldog22
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of GOBLIN
4/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of MuscleConfusion
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of BuckTuckian
4/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of Lynn
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of prototypic
4.82/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

For a long time, this has been my favorite beer shop in Columbus, Ohio. I frequented the predeceessor store, From the Vine, when it was under different ownership.

So, what's happened to the store and how is it today? It's easily still my favorite beer store in the area. The new owners have broadened the selection of beer and introduced cigars to its inventory. Wine is still very much a part of the store, as well. I'm not much of a wine or cigar guy though.

As far as beer goes, the selection is deep and impressive. If it's available for distribution in Ohio and it's craft, it's probably going to be here. They have a ton of great beer, and I never leave empty handed. If you're looking for Founders, Three Floyds, Bell's, Goose Island, Belgian specialties, or more local stuff like Columbus Brewing - it's all here. I even found the rare, local Seventh Son bottles here. Great stuff!

The new owners, Kevin and Starr, are top notch people! Michael is a great addition to the staff. They know their product and are very helpful, nice people.

Prices are state minimum and are in-line (if not a little better than) other shops around town. They don't gouge their customers.

I'm thrilled with Aficionado's! It's a great shop to have in town! Over the last year, they've made some positive changes to the store and have it thriving. If you're in town, it's definitely a place to check out.

Photo of ColumbusJason
4.81/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This is a gem just minutes away from 71 and Polaris Pkwy. I'm a bit of a beer snob and was blown away at the selection and service they had. I love the fact that is locally owned and operated. The owner got me hooked on my new favorite beer, Simtra. Great selection, service & vibe. TRIFECTA!!!

Photo of AleGuy
4.93/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Bigger does not mean better! Aficionado's is not the biggest store in Columbus, but it is one of the absolute best! Quality beer selection, wines and a nice cigar selection too! Kevin, Starr and Michael are all friendly, engaging, and willing to offer suggestions. If you have any special requests, they will reach out to their network and try to get you what you need. They are conveniently located on the north side of Columbus near Polaris. I love to stop in and see what is new and I always walk out with something I have not had before.

Photo of brewtus
4.97/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This location used to be a nice wine shop with a a hand full of craft beers. Kevin has taken this spot and turned it into one of the best craft beer shops in Columbus. The wine and cigar selection is awesome but I'm headed there for beer most of the time. The selection there always surprises me, usually they have 3 or 4 goodies that you wouldn't expect. The staff is very helpful and easy to talk to, the prices are no higher than any craft store, and you can always count on them having the best beer available. If you're in the Polaris area, make sure you check out this gem, you'll walk out with a bottle or two more than you went there for.

Photo of NW2285
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

The old saying "bigger is better" is not always true... Aficionados is not your "big beer store" but they are a quality beer store. They have added some beer racks over the past year to their store to keep up with the growing craft market but kept the same theme. This spot is all about friendly service and catering to the customers needs as they have order beers in on request. They have a great selection of quality beers and do not play any games as to how they sell the beers (ex:raffles, spend so much to get rights to buy xxx bottle, over-pricing). I almost didn't want to write a review and give out info on one of my favorite stores but people need to experience the great service and laid back atmosphere of shopping for beer without fighting crowds or getting lost in rows of "mainstream/commercial" beers stacked to the ceiling. You will not be disappointed making the short trip to northern Columbus for this store!

Photo of PJHealy
4.8/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

This is a local shop in the Polaris area that's about equally split between beer and wine, and also sells cigars. Fairly modern vibe. One and a half aisles of beer, densely stocked, with coolers running down one side of the main beer aisle.

For me, Aficionados is all about the service. I really enjoy going in regularly just to chat with Kevin, Star & Michael. They always take time to suggest new things, or just hang out and shoot the breeze. New arrivals are conveniently displayed on a table, and posted online via Facebook and Twitter. They get a great selection, focused entirely on high-quality beers.

I used to drive around town searching out the latest releases, but now I just follow Aficionados online, and check in regularly to see what's new. Pretty much any special release that hits the other big stores in Columbus will also show up at Aficionados.

Photo of N8Dogg
4.8/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Great local brew shop with an excellent selection and fantastic service. Everyone on staff is knowledgeable and offer excellent recommendations. If you want something they don't carry, they will go above and beyond to get it for you. Aficionado's is a true asset to the Polaris area.

Photo of Breylan
4.21/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Good local shop that's focused on craft beer and doing what they can to improve selection. Twice now I've seen them add racks, and fill them up with new brews. A really good place to pick up a six pack of something local, and dig around a bit for a hidden gem of a bomber.

Photo of WSDUDE
3.01/5  rDev -32.2%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

This is the old From the Vine in Lewis Center. They are revamping the place and turning it more into a craft beer place and getting away from the wine side. They have a lot of randoms that I dont see many other places such as "Christmas Eve in a New York Hotel Room", 888 and 999 Stone Verticals, etc. They seem to be getting new stuff in everyday during the transition. It will be interesting to see what happens over the next few months and their identity is more known. Not a ton of 6 packs but they had a healthy supply of Great Lakes Christmas Ale this past week when everyone else was sold out.

Aficionado's in Columbus, OH
96 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.