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Ratings: 14 | Reviews: 9 | Display Reviews Only:
4.82/5 rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | $$
For a long time, this has been my favorite beer shop in Columbus, Ohio. I frequented the predeceessor store, From the Vine, when it was under different ownership.
So, what's happened to the store and how is it today? It's easily still my favorite beer store in the area. The new owners have broadened the selection of beer and introduced cigars to its inventory. Wine is still very much a part of the store, as well. I'm not much of a wine or cigar guy though.
As far as beer goes, the selection is deep and impressive. If it's available for distribution in Ohio and it's craft, it's probably going to be here. They have a ton of great beer, and I never leave empty handed. If you're looking for Founders, Three Floyds, Bell's, Goose Island, Belgian specialties, or more local stuff like Columbus Brewing - it's all here. I even found the rare, local Seventh Son bottles here. Great stuff!
The new owners, Kevin and Starr, are top notch people! Michael is a great addition to the staff. They know their product and are very helpful, nice people.
Prices are state minimum and are in-line (if not a little better than) other shops around town. They don't gouge their customers.
I'm thrilled with Aficionado's! It's a great shop to have in town! Over the last year, they've made some positive changes to the store and have it thriving. If you're in town, it's definitely a place to check out.
01-28-2014 16:20:50 | More by prototypic
4.81/5 rDev +9.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
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!!!
01-16-2014 22:29:59 | More by ColumbusJason
4.93/5 rDev +12%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | $$
Bigger does not mean better! Aficionado's is not the biggest store in Columbus, but it is one of the absolute best! Quality beer selection, wines and a nice cigar selection too! Kevin, Starr and Michael are all friendly, engaging, and willing to offer suggestions. If you have any special requests, they will reach out to their network and try to get you what you need. They are conveniently located on the north side of Columbus near Polaris. I love to stop in and see what is new and I always walk out with something I have not had before.
01-16-2014 16:17:09 | More by AleGuy
4.97/5 rDev +13%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
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.
01-16-2014 16:00:27 | More by brewtus
4.5/5 rDev +2.3%
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!
01-15-2014 20:30:02 | More by NW2285
Aficionado's in Columbus, OH
95 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.