Vendome Wine & Spirits
Ratings: 27 | Reviews: 24 | Show All Ratings:
3.65/5 rDev -6.2%
quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Update: Selection is still good, though not nearly as unique as it once was. The store has become messier over the years, and the beer tastings are long gone. Personally, I prefer Town and Country Liquor in the city of Fullerton. Despite all this, it was my first "oh shit!" beer store when I found Croatian beer in the fridge a few months after turning 21. I came here a lot during my CSUF years, but since I'm done with school, I don't stop by much anymore.
From the street, it looks like just another convinience store. But once you step inside this place, you'll be surprised how much bigger the store is to your first impression.
As you walk in, you can find a handful of shopping carts and baskets to your left. Beers are on the right side of the store, and boy do they have such a good selection. But one of the seperating qualities I like about this place are the gift baskets and sampler variety packs that can be purchased. Perhaps for example, you have a Heineken lover as one of your friends. You can get 'em Heine gift basket with a few bottles of Heine, Heine Light, and a pilsner glass with the famous red star. They also hold beer tastings on most Tuesday nights, so that's another reason to pop in here.
I came in to originally purchase one of those variety packs for beer reviews and tastings. But today, for the first time I've been in there, they had an assorted variety of individual bottles on markdown for 99 cents each. I picked out bottles of Avery IPA, Stoudt's Double IPA, and Prima Pils, which were markdowns. What a great store.
02-03-2007 02:19:39 | More by DoubleJ
4/5 rDev +2.8%
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5
Great store that has lots of good beer, virtually all of it in coolers. The selection is awesome and sports not only California brews, but imports and lots of Unibroue from Canada. Plenty of singles to choose from. Strip shopping center with decent off-street parking.
Almost missed this as the street sign is difficult to see and read; hard to tell if it says Vendome or Venidome on the sign. Glad I had the street number from BA Beerflys, almost always a great source of information for real beer hunters. BeerFly Guides in this state are really on top of the beer scene here.
11-02-2003 02:03:23 | More by AtLagerHeads
4.44/5 rDev +14.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I made an online purchase from this store last month and was very happy. This was my first online purchase so I was a bit apprehensive. I've since found out my fears were unfounded.
I picked up a box of Pliny the Elder. Not knowing how fresh it would be I crossed my fingers. Well my package arrived and what do you know it's less then 3 weeks old. SCORE!
The website is easy to navigate and they do carry a great variety of things I simply cannot get in Wisconsin.
All in all it was a great experiance and I will be ordering from them again.
11-28-2009 04:26:23 | More by beerwolf77
2.65/5 rDev -31.9%
quality: 2.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | $$
I stopped here on my way home today after a long holiday weekend, this place is not too far off the 57 freeway across the way from Cal State Fullerton, I had heard some great things about this store but wow was I disappointed, I made my way to the back and saw an aisle of beer sitting out at room temperature, lots of this stuff was past its date and most of the bottles were covered in dust and sitting right out in the light, there was probably six different IPAs sitting out on the warm shelves including Blind Pig and Pliny the Elder, if only Vinnie saw that, they did not have any great things either, some of the standouts were 2006 Thomas Hardy's, Fantome de Noel, and Fuller's Vintage Ale 2007, then the fridges were too cold in my opinion, they had about ten of them total with only a few carrying macros, lots of the normal locals and Southern California micros but nothing special, expect to see Stone, Port, Alesmith, Ballast Point, Green Flash, and others, the store was filthy to say the least, there were empty boxes on the ground, it looked like it had not been vacuumed in weeks, not to mention it was very disorganized, looks like they have a wine bar of some sorts but could not really tell because there was so much crap laying on it, the sole employee working was no help at all, and gave me one word answers for the two questions I asked, not friendly to boot, selection is weak considering that Hi-Times and Hollingshead are not too far away, I will never go back to this place, not recommended
12-01-2008 00:24:32 | More by Floydster
2.75/5 rDev -29.3%
quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 2.5 | $$
I've been here before, and I must say, it is headed nowhere fast.
I walked in to see two employees in the store standing at the registers talking to one another. They did not acknowledge me or say anything the entire time I was in the store.
The beer is to the right hand side of the store, and I walked over there to see what they had. There was a box of what appeared to be damaged bottles (labels falling off/torn) that were on sale. Nothing really interesting though.
There are also some beers sitting out on the shelves, just sort of a mix of Belgian imports and domestic Belgian style beers. Chimay, Lost Abbey, Bruery, etc.
The selection of craft beer in the coolers has shrunk as well. There are about 3 or 4 doors of craft beer, and most of it is the usual Stone and Lagunitas offerings, some German imports as well. The best thing they had was probably some Abyss, but since I already have plenty, I didn't see a need to get any more.
Overall, a really disappointing experience. I hope these guys turn it around, but I'm not holding my breath.
12-27-2009 22:33:28 | More by womencantsail
4.3/5 rDev +10.5%
quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
I love Dome Liquors. Not only is it close to my location so that I don't have to drive the extra 20-40 minutes (depending on traffic) to get to Hi-Time. It is the place where I can pick up my Ommegang essentials, some Stone, Alesmith and some English and Irish beers. Also, they are pretty much all cold. You can get pretty much anything you want already chilled, whereas BevMo in Brea only has a few in the case.
Dome is also nice due to the tastings that they host. Every friday they have a great wine tasting and they are planning on amping up their beer tastings. They used to have a guy that planned them, but he moved on, so they are in transition. I did talk to the guy and he told me they were definitely going to try to work with some local breweries. This is excellent news.
When you go in, be sure to get on their mailing list so you can get the updates. It's worth it. The tastings are fantastic and the people you meet are great! It makes you feel like more of a "family" of beer/wine lovers vs. a sterile liquor store.
04-22-2006 02:10:59 | More by PuckLSHS
4.2/5 rDev +8%
quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Just off the 57 Freeway in Fullerton, the Dome or Vendome Liquors is a quick left turn into a small strip mall type area, about 2 miles down on Yorba Linda Blvd. Walking in, the beer is on your right. Inside they have a large selction of microbrews, from Stone to Anchor to Deschutes, Bear Republic, lots of stuff. Most notable I saw were Stone Double Bastard and Allagash Victoria Ale. They have a large selection of Belgian and German brews too, including stuff I have never seen, such as Erdinger Oktoberfest. Picked up a De Ranke Bitter and Saison Voison, both in 330 mL, for $3.99 each, they do have a lot of the Belgian stuff in small bottles, so you can try them without having to pop for the $10 bottle of 750 mL brew, which is cool. Service was fine, the lady at the cash register rung me up fast and promptly. A good place to buy beer in Fullerton, if you are ever driving down or up the 57, check it out, it's a good store.
11-21-2007 21:25:42 | More by Halcyondays
4.05/5 rDev +4.1%
quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
08-06-05 Review Update: Vendome still carries one of the best assortments of German beers in the area, IMO. They also carry a good selection of beers by Victory; Golden Monkey, V-12, Storm King, Hop Devil and my favorite, Prima Pils. They also had Stoudt's double IPA six-packs. Prices are pretty decent. Still worth stopping in if you're in the Brea/Yorba Linda/Placentia area.
Located on the north side of Yorba Linda Blvd in Yorba Linda, Vendome Liquor has a nice open layout with the beer section located in the right rear of their rectangular building.
Along the right wall are the refridgerated beers. In front of them are some low shelves stocked with a nice assortment of German, British, and Belgian ales. Notable on the shelves were offerings from Allgäuer, Aktien Brauerei, Ayinger, Paulaner, Schneider & Sohn, Späten, and Weltenburger Kloster from Germany, and a nice range of Fullers, Young's and Samuel Smith's plus St. Peters and Wychewood. From Belgium, I found Abbaye des Rocs Grand Cru, Maredsous 8 and Dobbel, Affligem, Orval, and a number of others. A large assortment of Unibroue beers, including Quelque Chose and La Terrible, are available as well as bombers of Victory's Golden Monkey.
In the reefers, I noted Flying Dog, Stone, Humboldt, Alesmith, Rogue, Lost Coast, Lagunitas, and a host of other U.S. craft brews. The craft brew selection is quite impressive as is the quality. The service was only average: in the nearly thirty minutes I wandered around looking at the selection, no one came up to inquire if I needed any help. The guy at the register was friendly, however.
Vendome Liquor has a wide variety of interesting brews as well as good regular standbys. Worth checking out if you find yourself in northeast Orange County.
01-26-2004 18:05:02 | More by Boilermaker88
3.85/5 rDev -1%
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
I finally decided to review this place. I usually stop by here on my to or from my sister's house.
As you walk in the beers are to the right against the wall... walk way to the and there's about 8 glass doors/coolers full of beer not to mention about 3 aisles of no refrigerated beer as well. Most of the beers are cold and in easy view and reachability. While no one asked if i needed help, i didnt need them to. Everything was easy to reach. When i checked out, i was asked if there was anything special i didnt see because they would try and get it.
The selection is pretty solid and then some. While they have all the big name micros, they also have many brews you dont see unless you're at Hi Times, like many of the german beers ie weltenburger, and several mai bocks and ur bocks that you dont normally see. There's just many more micros.
On Tuesdays, they have beer tastings for $5 and i think that comes with a pint glass as well. Pretty reasonable and the people are nice. I'd make it a point to stop here if you're in the area. It's somewhat near Taps and BJ's Brea.
09-23-2006 05:36:39 | More by SwillinBrew
4.35/5 rDev +11.8%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
man, the brea/fullerton area is getting serious about beer. dont know what the reason is, but i like it.
anyway, if atmosphere was a category here, i'd give this place a 5. really nice inside. well laid out, clean, and well looked after.
beer is located in the coolers along the right side after walking in past the check out counter. imports and domestic are separated with each organized by packaging (ie. 750ml, bombers, six packs).
good selection with the usuals you would find in most good beer stores. others that are less easily found like lost coast, lost abbey, and they still had two 3L of double bastard.
didnt have a chance to speak to the guy working, but considering how much they post in the forums, im sure they would be happy to help if you were looking for anything special.
when i finally make it to bevmo, this place will be a certain side trip.
ok made it back. had to up the selection after seeing the stuff outside the fridge. plenty more import stuff. belgian, german, and english. a lot of things you wont find in most places so if you're itching for something other places dont have, do yourself a favor and check this place out.
on the downside, i picked up a lost abbey here thinking it wouldnt be at bevmo, then saw it there for less! burned.
06-05-2007 05:07:19 | More by joecast
Vendome Wine & Spirits in Fullerton, CA
88 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.