Vendome Wine & Spirits
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Ratings: 26 | Reviews: 23 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by charlzm:
4.35/5 rDev +3.8%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
First visit today (12/29/08), but it won't be the last.
The place is positively permeated with the aroma of quality tobacco from the walk-in humidor. Plenty of wine and spirits, but it's beer that brought me here.
Two non-refrigerated aisles of all sorts of import and craft beers and several refrigerated doors of the same. Some BMC shoved in the very back corner.
My haul? Ola Dubh 16 (try finding THIS one anywhere!), Schneider/Brooklyn Hopfenweisse, Boris IRS, Alesmith Yulesmith and Nogne Pale Ale. Nothing truly mind-shattering, but an awesome selection of what's available legally here in SoCal.
Prices are in line with the market and some beers (Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock) are well below BevMo ($10.99 here versus $15.99).
Was approached by an older, well-dressed gentleman. "Need help finding anything, young man?" he asked me. I'm 43.
12-30-2008 02:21:27 | More by charlzm
More User Reviews:
4.02/5 rDev -4.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
The best Vendome I've been to in L.A. People say nice things about the Beverly Hills store but that one is cluttered and confusing compared to this place. This location is large and spread out. It has a bar inside and does wine and beer tastings. It does have a lot of space devoted to wine but it still has a decent selection of beers in bombers and 4/6-packs or larger if you drink AALs. Most beer is cold but you can find some at room temp and some room temp stuff on clearance. If you don't see what you're looking for, ask--they may have it in back. The help is very knowledgeable and I've had very good service most times. They have their own lot so plenty of parking available.
06-14-2013 18:10:20 | More by SoCalBeerIdiot
4/5 rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | $$
I stopped by Vendome yesterday to check out this particular location. The atmosphere seems to be more about wine (they even have a wine bar) but they sell liquor and beer too. They have a ton of beer with an amazing selection but the only downside is that probably 60% of the beer is warm out on the shelf. I found more beers that I had never before seen here than I have at any other beer store hands down. I was able to snag some beers I have been looking for and picked some other gems up too. Prices are reasonable and they even have what appears to be a clearance rack for beers. Overall, this is a super awesome place and I will be back here a lot. Bonus points for being less than 5 miles from Tony's Darts Away.
03-25-2012 01:00:55 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.16/5 rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
This is by far the best Vendome and one of the best bottle shops for beer in my area. Two long rows of warm singles along with a "just in" rack, 8-10 coolers with more bombers and sixers. All the west coast favorites, Belgians, Germans, English, Italian, Japanese, etc. I make a stop here about once every two weeks. They do beer and wine tastings once a week, haven't gotten a chnce to partake though. I only rated this "a bit pricey" because I always walk out with more than what I intend to buy.
11-20-2011 10:54:09 | More by dbmernin83
3.74/5 rDev -10.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
I have heard that this place has gone downhill since their old beer buyer left, but I decided to give it a shot anyways as I was out in the valley running errands.
The selection is good but fairly disorganized, with a fair amount of stuff refrigerated and an equal amount of stuff sitting out on shelves. There seemed to be little rhyme or reason to what was refrigerated and what was not. Consecration was in the fridge while rows of Sanctification were sitting on the shelves. They had some good stuff like Duet and Nelson, but both were out on the shelves so I didn't risk it. There was a fair selection of Belgians and other imports, but nothing that really caught my eye. Additionally, they weren't grouped by style or by country, so if you were looking for something in particular, it may be hard to find. Better organization of the beer would be truly appreciated. Prices seemed okay, not a great deal but not much in LA is...
When I was there, there wasn't anyone knowledgeable about the beer to help me out, but I would imagine they do have someone that's there sometimes (they must, right). In any event, while I didn't regret my trip, I prefer the Beverly Hills location and would definitely go there given the choice.
06-02-2011 20:46:12 | More by jmgrub
4.2/5 rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I stop into Vendome on occasion when I'm heading down to the Bruery from the San Fernando Valley, since it's just off the 134, since Toluca Lake is not exactly in my backyard coming from Northridge. However, the freeway access is pretty great, so if your anywhere near the 101 & 134 interchange, it's worth the time to head over.
Great selection of beer, with about 8 coolers, and another two aisles of non-refrigerated beer (well away from sunlight though, and most if not all non-chilled can hold up at room temp, i.e. RIS, Barley wines, Quads, etc.)
Most is well priced, though not always the cheapest. They do have access to some great seasonals, once a year, or limited release beers that they do secure if it's distributed, so always a good spot to check into if your on the hunt for something specific, or just want a much more varied selection then a Chain beverage warehouse.
The main draw is they do some great tasting events, of beer, wine, sake, whiskey, etc. Basically there is a small bar setup for this inside, though pretty sure it's just used for tastings.
All in all, a welcomed bottle shop, that actually knows to carry really good beer.
05-25-2011 16:30:03 | More by Retsinis
4.72/5 rDev +12.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Vendome has been my go-to in Toluca Lake, which is just a few exits away from my work!
Whenever I am looking for something new or cool that has come out, or rather something to enjoy on the weekend 9/10 this store has exactly what I am looking for.
Several aisles of shelved beer, plus a full wall cooler. Be wary of freshness on some shelved items, but overall it's a nice selection!
Recently I had been looking for Marron Acidifie, and low and behold I got a phone call letting me know they had a bottle waiting for me.
Prices are competitive/slightly higher than my local markets, but the selection is unbeatable. I've also been meaning to go to one of the Saturday beer tastings, because I've heard its a great time, but have been unable to make one yet. Soon hopefully!
Staff is also very friendly and enjoy discussing whats new, and suggestions of what I should try.
OVERALL - great place!
05-06-2011 20:15:03 | More by Luvzsurfrz
Vendome Wine & Spirits in Toluca Lake, CA
93 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.