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Vendome Wine & Spirits

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

32 Ratings
Ratings: 32
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.87%
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10600 Riverside Dr
Toluca Lake, California, 91602-2373
United States
phone: (818) 766-9593

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Reviews by mickeymac:
Photo of mickeymac
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%

Vendome is a full-service, high-end liquor store with a wide selection of beer, wine, and spirits and a walk-in humidor. The store is clean and well-kept. Other Vendome stores are located in Studio City and Beverly Hills. The beer selection, while not outstanding, is about the best in the L.A. area. Vendome carries some beers that are hard to find in L.A., including Victory brews. It also carries almost all of the top-notch CA breweries, including Stone, Alesmith, Bear Republic, Moylan's, etc. It has a very good selection of German and English beers. If the selection is lacking, it's in the Belgian department. On the down side, finding someone in the shop who is knowledgeable about beer is a hit-and-miss proposition. The service is passable but not overly friendly. Based primarily on the selection, it's been my main shop for the past year or so.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Photo of dbmernin83
4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of jmgrub
3.74/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Photo of Retsinis
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of Luvzsurfrz
4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
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!

Photo of doraex
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%

The best time to go is on Saturday afternoons when they do their tastings. I think it happens weekly and it's always fun. I bump into people I know all the time there and it makes for a fun afternoon.

The selection is vast and it spans every beer region of the world. Lots of Euro imports and lots of tip top domestic craft brews too.

My only complaint is that they don't refrigerate most of their beer. I guess for some imports that get shipped at room temp thats okay, but I bought some Port IPS's there and they were on a shelf, not in the cooler. I can't help but think they would have been better and fresher had they been properly handled.

All in all the best beer store in the region with a knowledgable staff.

Photo of pword9d8
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%

Great selection of domestic craft and imports line a couple of aisles at the back. Plus, they have a full wall of cold storage. For the most part if it's available for distribution in Southern California, this place will get it.

They do not carry super rare brews but have some notable items. Had to minus one star for keeping some of the brew at room temperature.

Still worth a visit if you're in the area. Make sure to check the hotel rack towards the back of the room for their new arrivals.

Photo of missingsense
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

I prefer to support local businesses over chain stores, and this place reminds me why. Super helpful and friendly staff, 2 full grocery aisles (both sides) full of beer from all over the world, and they'll order just about anything for you. They even supplied the beer for my wedding! Even though I've occasionally been able to find stuff they carry for cheaper, I still buy the majority of my beer from Vendome, because they actually seem to care about the customer. In addition, they have excellent and varied beer tastings every Saturday that have introduced me to a myriad of different styles and breweries around the globe that I probably would never have found out about otherwise. Highly recommended!

Photo of 2beernutz
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%

Stopped in here while visiting Los Angeles based on a recommendation from several BAs. Holy crap does this place have a huge selection of beer! I managed to score a few bottles of the Stone Kona Coffee Macadamia Coconut Porter, which made my day.

Three full aisles of beer, one of domestic craft beer, pretty much anything you could ask for. Another aisle of belgians, and an aisle of high quality rare imports ... things I've never seen anywhere before. They also have a refrigerated aisle which was pretty much the same stuff they had on the other three aisles.

Ron was exceptionally helpful and funny. Even though we were there for beer, he gave us quite a few good wine recommendations as well.

Only thing that bothered me was that it looks like some of the beer on the shelves here had been there a while ... so try to check for dates if you can.

Definitely check this out if you're looking to score some good bottles. I felt like a kid at Christmas.

Photo of nokidz4me
5/5  rDev +18.2%

I have had traveled all over LA looking for the right beer selection and the ultimate 1 stop shop for my suds. This place takes the cake, I was impressed by their selection, I was impressed with thier commitment to having the best beer selection in the Valley or LA for that matter. BevMo has nothing on them and can't compete. The only 2 wishes I had, better selection in the cooler, only because I wanted to taste my purhcase when I got outside, and the shelves are really low to the ground, hard to shop on the floor.

This is one of the best places to buy your beer.

Photo of supermanjace
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Well, for the first time ever, I have a reason to be thankful for traffic. Heading to Red Carpet in Glendale, and dreading the upcoming traffic, I decided to poke into Vendome Toluca Lake. Having heard good things about it before, I figured maybe the off chance would occur where I wouldn't have to trek to G-dale.

Sure enough, the rumors were true. Great selection of domestic craft and imports line a couple of aisles at the back. Plus, they have a full wall of cold storage. For the most part if it's available for distribution in Southern California, this place will get. From fresh Dogfish Head to fresh Pliny and Blind Pig, White Knuckle, Lost Abbey's releases that are commercially available, Boon, Fantome, Mikkeller and I am sure a whole lot of other items that will make fellow beer geeks...well, geek out.

If there's something special, speak to Scotland. Great guy, who really wants to bring in great stuff. He knows his beer and it shows.

Plus, homebrewers can show their membership cards and get a nice 10% discount which is pretty rare for beer.

All in all a great find, that has saved me time and driving.

Photo of charlzm
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

:-)

Photo of SShelly
4/5  rDev -5.4%

A decent location in north hollywood, plenty of parking outside, and very easy to find. Just stopped by today to grab some old numbskull for bjcp study time. As per usual good customer service, wide selection, and a little something for everyone. The prices here are always pretty much on par with the rest of the market, nothing special but not overpriced. Overall this is a regular stop for me because of its position on my drive back from work. I would probably even go a little out of my way to hit it up if I was low on refreshments.

Photo of rxdrewthejew
3.85/5  rDev -9%

The outside looks a bit unimpressive, as does the entrance/register area, but once you get in, this place is really quite nice. Tons of wine and a bit of booze as well. The beer is all in the back...about 3 coolers and two very full shelves. One shelf is almost completely Belgian, with a few other European countries represented, and the other is a mix of American micro's and German stuff. The coolers seemed to have a mix of everything, but mostly just the same stuff as on the shelves.
Selection is impressive. Lots of Belgian stuff that I had not seen before, and I saw Mikkeller for the first time here in SoCal. Tons of German stuff, and not the typical stuff you see most places. Good representation of West Coast micro's, particularly Cali stuff. I noticed Marin and Moylan's, Stone, Alpine, Bison, Hair of the Dog, and many others. A bit of an eclectic selection within each individual brand, but lots of stuff that's hard to find in this part of town.
Prices are fairly normal...it was around 30 bucks for four bombers. Not great, but that's just the way it is here in LA.
Staff seemed friendly and asked if I needed any help. Was too late for the beer tasting, but they do that on weekends which is extremely cool.
Will definitely be back at this place.

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Vendome Wine & Spirits in Toluca Lake, CA
94 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.