Domaney’s Liquors and Fine Wines

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16 Ratings
Ratings: 16
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 4.21
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66 Main St
Great Barrington, Massachusetts, 01230-1395
United States
phone: (413) 528-0024

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Reviews by mltobin:
Photo of mltobin
3.65/5  rDev -13.3%

A few years ago, I used to own a business in Northwestern Connecticut and thus was close to Great Barrington, MA.
Domaney`s is a great place for that geographic area, with little serious competition to them in Great Barrington. It is a fairly rural area, so any package store that makes an attempt to succeed will have success, what a suprise. But Domaneys will satisfy your needs.

It carries a decent selection of New England micros and some belgians as well. My date and I got some nice micros and had a nice evening thanks to my friends at Domaneys.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Resuin
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of rockrob
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of mdebruic
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of HillsdaleHops
4.9/5  rDev +16.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

I first started shopping here about 10 years ago. At the time, it was a pretty decent beer store. It has continued to improve over the years and now is nothing short of spectacular. The selection is extremely good: New England micros are very well represented, top-flight breweries from other parts of the country are also there in abundance (including AleSmith, Founders, Stone) and there is a good selection of imports. The staff is knowledgeable, especially Jordan.

Photo of puboflyons
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

This is a decent, albeit cramped, bottle shop in the artistic region of the Berkshires in Massachusetts. You walk in and are greeted by shelves of hard liquor and wine. But look to your right and you will find a very nice beer section. They specialized in local brews and regionals. There was a full sized cooler devoted to BBC, Great Barrington Brewery, and others along with well know Massachusetts brands such as Jack's Abbey, Clown Shoes, etc. There were a few obscure brews. You can buy singles. I enjoyed visiting this store.

Photo of SHCC
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

Not sure why I first stopped in, but I immediately noticed some beers that were difficult to find in Boston. The selection isn't as big as some of the top stores in the Boston area, but things just tend to stay on the shelves a little longer.

Nice store in the Berkshires. Staff is friendly and helpful, selection is very good, I end up making this a stop whenever I am out in the area. I would highly recommend stopping there if you are in the area.

Photo of jbbreva
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Had no reason to expect this level of service and selection in the area and visited several times during a brief stay in the area. Staff and owner are simply exceptional in their willingness to provide you with whatever you need and at very very fair prices. Others have referred to this as closer to a mom and pop than mega store...agreed and for that alone it is worth a stop. The owner, Ed Domaney, is everything one would want as a customer. Cordial and always willing to share insights on places in the area to visit, eat, and stay.

Photo of Sam21
3.83/5  rDev -9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Walking in the door you are greeted by rows and rows of wine. Upon walking to the back of the store you will find coolers of craft beer and racks of bombers/750s.

Their selection is better than average and they often receive special releases from New England breweries like Cambridge Brewing Co., Allagash, Pretty Things, etc.

Their staff is friendly and willing to help however they can. In addition to beer, they have a great selection of cheese, meat, and crackers in a cooler in the front of the store.

Overall, Domaney's is well worth the stop. I drive 30 minutes every once in a while to shop there and am always pleased.

Photo of manwich
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

This place looks very unassuming from the outside. Parking can be troublesome on the weekends in particular, and once you're inside it's not immediately clear that they have much beer. From the front door there are reach in coolers to your right and more at the far back of the store. Good local selection (Berkshire, Barrington) and pleasant service, though you'll have to ask for help. Some randomly assorted obscure and hard to find beers, but you can't expect to find specific things, it's hit or miss. Good selection of bottle sizes as well, with growlers and bombers of various things.

Good prices all around and a very impressive wine and liquor selection as well if you're looking for more than just beer.

Photo of Greenlabel
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%

I've passed this store 5 or 6 times a year for a number of years while traveling through Great Barrington but had previously never stopped primarily due to the lack of adequate parking - on street only and on a busy main road. Also, it has a rather unimpressive look from the outside. Probably never would have stopped had I not read the Beerfly writeups as it appeared to be a typical neighborhood store which would probably be featuring primarily macro products. Wrong!

My opinion changed rather quickly when I entered the store and proceeded to the back coolers which contained an extensive selection of domestic crafts and a decent group of imports. Much better than the other 2 Great Barrington stores which I had previously visited.

I was particularly interested in seeing what they had from the Barrington and Berkshire breweries but didn't notice any bomber bottles in the back coolers. I walked around the store and discovered the side coolers near the front which had a wide variety of bottles from these brewers as well as Peoples Pint and a number of others.

I was in the store, which is relatively small, for about 15 minutes but no one ever asked me if I needed help. I didn't need any help (once I found the second coolers)but don't have any basis for rating the service as better than average. Checkout person was pleasant so no problem in that regard.

Overall, an interesting store which looks worn and somewhat run-down yet is very much up-to-date as far as its beer selection is concerned. I'll be stopping more often in the future.

Photo of goodbyeohio
3.55/5  rDev -15.7%

stop 3 of 4 on the great western mass beer crawl of 8/20/06. fyi, stop 4 of 4 isn't getting reviewed as i have done that before. as if you care.

this place is located on a main road and offers street parking. inside, its a sizeable spread although nowhere near the size of your discount liquor type facility. you can tell this is a little more mom and pop.

immediately on the right is a cooler with cheeses and meats, pickles, etc. again, nothing too exotic like your whole foods or local cheese shop, but this will certainly give you the opportunity to pick up something to bring to a party or what have you. beef jerky? hell yeah, that's a good sign.

the coolers in the rear are full of beer, and feature the real booty of this store. some warm stuff lurking in the rear of the store too, but keep your eyes on the reefers. when i read a review, i wanna know what im gonna find at a store that makes the trip worth it.. well, here were some things that caught my eye: he'brew limited edition bombers, barrington brewery bombers (not my thing, but someone must be drinking the stuff), southern tier big beer bombers, the entire bbc line + growlers, and a really excellent array of local ciders (one, in swingtops, that i had never seen before.) they also had a decent selection of more widely available micros like dfh, sam adams, etc. and a few imported beers. inbev, chimay, chouffe, etc.

nothing stood out to me as out of code.

the lady working checked my id, and considering the vast stacks of coors 30-packs in the store center, im thinking this must be a high-youth area or collegiate zone. no matter, its worth a stop to see what local stuff they have for my non-pabst bathed palate.

Photo of andjusticeforale
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%

I stop here on the way home from Buffalo, back to CT/ its a great place; its essentially a wine and liquor store. There aren't really too many beers but what they have is terrific. Jolly Pumpkin, some belgians, germans, locals; good american craft beer selection; a bit much sometimes, but hell, where is any good beer cheap?

Oh yeah; if you stop in there, make sure you buy a couple types of the home style beef jerky they sell; hawaiian mamawhowho and the traditional is fantastic. It is salty, garlicky and paper thin/ THe best you can get. Goes fantastically with a LA fin du monde or jolly pumpkin luciernaga (the firefly) grand cru.

Photo of slander
4/5  rDev -5%

What makes you stop at a random beer store? Look, there's one, nah, I don't think so, hey, here's another, yea, let's stop there. No rhyme or reason to it really. Sometimes, the old crappy unimpressive looking exterior beer store is sitting on a handful of bottom shelf '92 Goudenbands or undiscovered 'til now Southampton '02 Peconic County Reserves, and sometimes the clean, modern new store is the crappy macro king of the county. Often, the look of a place doesn't tell you anything, it's all a hit or miss...
Drove right by it and decided "I think I want to go back and see what's in that place", so I did. Mostly wines in the big room, with the beer to the rear. Good selection of the regionals mostly New England (Cisco, Buzzards Bay, Ipswich, Paper City, Hooker, Magic Hat, Smutty, Long Trail, Otter Creek, Wolavers, Harpoon, Atlantic Brewing, Shipyard, Red Hook, Sam Adams), and the mid Atlantic (Brooklyn, DogFishHead, Blue Point, Victory), and beyond (Founders, Left Hand, Boulder, Flying Dog, Mendicino, Sierra, Anchor). Racks of the standard English, but kind of light on the Germans and Belgians.
Towards the front of the room against the wall are a pair of coolers with about 8 varieties of bombers from Berkshire Brewing and a pair of their growlers (EPA & Porter), as well as bombers from Berkshire Mountain, Rogue, Stone, Cisco, Ommegang, Victory Golden Monkey, Midnight Sun Kodiak Brown Ale, and those awful Anderson Valley Brother Davids Double & Triple.
Provisions galore. Cheese, Meats, Teas, Olives, Crackers, Spreads, Oils, Bread, Sauces, Jellys, Pickled Asparagus, Pate, etc. No crazy surprises but a good selection overall.

Photo of ppoitras
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Remembered way back when this was a good stop for Barrington's "barn-brewed" brews, so we were in the area and made a slight detour to check it out. Just like the last time I visited, layout is a bit deceiving: It would seem since there's a ton of wine as you enter on the right, it's the wine area. Think again. Many coolers line the back and right wall of the right side of the store, and this is where you want to be.

The coolers have many, many sixers, ranging from local to imports, with some singles loose in the bottom of the coolers. But the gold is on the right, near the front, 22s of Barrington Brewery offerings, and also 22s and growlers of Berkshire Brewing stuff. Also a wide variety of Belgians, notably.

Staff was helpful, providing me with an empty 22s case to fill, and then giving me a 10% on all my purchases since I bought the case. That's like getting a free 22, which is always cool, so make sure you ask for the discount if applicable. Worth a small detour if you find yourself in the area, for sure.

Domaney’s Liquors and Fine Wines in Great Barrington, MA
93 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.