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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

25 Ratings
Ratings: 25
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 8.21%
[ Store ]

320 Coit Rd
Plano, Texas, 75075-5712
United States
phone: (469) 241-8300

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Eddiehop, 52 minutes ago
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

deadliest, Sep 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

RobertH50, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of ballmouse
3.76/5  rDev -9.2%

Central Market doesn't have necessarily the largest selection of beers available, but I really like the atmosphere and vibe of the place (I suppose all higher end grocery stores spend lots of money on that though).

The foreign beer selection is OK; the obligatory Sam Smith, Unibroue, Ayinger, Schneider, and etc. were there, but I was not at all surprised by any of the foreign beers available at all.

I suppose the domestic beer selection was better since stores like Central Market want to develop local communities and other stuff like that. So you'll find a good selection of Texas beers, although the limited are generally...limited. Other beers from DFH, Stone, Deschutes, and the like are available as well. However, I'm going to say that other decent beer stores will have them as well.

The main benefit of Central Market, I would think, is the service and atmosphere. The people here are very friendly and always ask if I need help. I'm sure they have a good idea when shipments arrive, so you can grab your desire limited beers as well. Sometimes there are beer sales, so you can grab a decent deal on beers here as well. The store also is a organic, higher end (think Whole Foods) grocery store, so it's quite nice and I think most people (like those non-beer fanatics you're dragging here) will enjoy themselves as well.

ballmouse, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of ThirstyHerf
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Let me start off by saying, for the most part I love Central Market. However, not so much for their beer selection. While they do carry a nice selection it is not as specialty as you would expect a store of this caliber to offer. I found no rare beers, no locals, nothing that made me want to pull my opener out of my pocket that very moment. The beer area itself was extremely hard to find. This place is a maze! Having never been in this particular CM before, it took nearly 15 minutes to find the very small and tightly packed beer area.

ThirstyHerf, May 04, 2011
Photo of fjordhook
3.85/5  rDev -7%

I was in the area and decided I wanted to check out the selection (I never make it this far north in Dallas). I noticed, like the one in Ft Worth, that there is hardly any room to maneuver in the beer area! I felt cramped from the wine selection, it's like the beer section was jammed in there last second. Other than that I'm a little disappointed with their Texas beer and rare beer selection, like most grocery stores I've been to in Texas the wine selection is enormous! Also, the fact they don't have make your own 6 packs like the Ft Worth one made me a sad panda.

fjordhook, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of kodemunke
4.7/5  rDev +13.5%

Central Market is owned by H-E-B which has lots of grocery stores in south Texas. Central Market is a higher class store than the regular H-E-B supermarkets. They carry all kinds of artisans foods/products. Central Market is probably my favorite grocery store. The beer selection is one of the best in North Texas. CM is one of my go-to stores for hard to find brews. They have over 300 brews from all around the world. The "Beer Wall" is stacked with craft brews with a tiny column dedicated to the big 3. If you are looking for hard to find brews and live in the DFW area make sure you stop here. Central Market is a must. If you're lucky you might be there on a day when there is beer tasting. I went on a Sunday afternoon and had the chance to sample all of Real Ale Brewing Company's year round brews. Only con would be that there isn't always someone around to help you out... But I know what I am looking for when I get there so that isn't really a con for me. Enjoy!

kodemunke, Oct 20, 2009
Photo of mugglesandhops
3.85/5  rDev -7%

I heard a lot about this place before I got a chance to check it out for myself. It was everything I hoped for and more, this is the closest place to where im at to get this kind of selection. It is a good size grocery store with tons of very good quality beer, wine, cheese, bread, meat, fish. It's been a while since I have been down there but the last time I was there they had some great divide, samuel smith, rogue, alot of new belgium, abita, youngs, stone and alot of texas beers also. they also don't waste too much space stocking the macros. There wine selection is top notch too.

mugglesandhops, Oct 30, 2008
Photo of ckeegan04
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%

Dropped in this past weekend while on my search for Divine Reserve 6. Very long cooler of beers, both imports and exports. A good selection of craft beers with a limited representation from the macro breweries. Saw all the Texas beers I cant find in Tennessee such as Saint Arnold, Rahr and Sons, and Real Ale. Also found some Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye which was exciting. The person I asked about Divine Reserve 6 told me they had it in house but could not release it due to a UPC error. Wasnt sure what that was all about but when I told him I was leaving town the next day he just said he was sorry. Prices were very reasonable. A nice place to shop.

ckeegan04, Jun 16, 2008
Photo of Beertracker
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%

Central Market H.E.B. is a Texas chain of specialty grocery stores with a huge selection of artisanal cheeses, deli & butcher block meats, fresh produce, seafood, plus health, gourmet, & international foods. The selection here is fantastic with over 350+ imports & microbrews with some fresh locals in the cooler. The star find on my last trip was some Scaldis for $US2.99 per 250ml bottle. Lots of wine for SWMBO! There's usually someone around that can check stock, but don't expect white glove service. This is a recommended stop and should be on any beer traveler's map. Don't forget to check out Mr. G's just down the street if you don't find what you're looking for here.

CHEERS! Beertracker

Beertracker, Feb 12, 2008
Photo of bboven
3.6/5  rDev -13%

A great selection of fresh beer, however, I could not find anyone to answer my question about how much the singles were. I come here at last once a year when visiting my in-laws and always stock up on the Stone bombers; they also showcase a lot of local Texas breweries that I could never get in North Carolina. One other thing I like is that they always seem to have different beers and breweries on the shelves every time I go there. They just need a few more people working there, I guess. I do love being able to fill my suitcase for the return trip with one stop, however.

bboven, Jan 05, 2008
Photo of Dizzy
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%

This central market isn't bad, but I do prefer the Fort Worth location. The selection is very good, but compared to Fort Worth it seems a little cramped. They do seem to have most recently released beers, and you can be confident you'll find a good choice at a reasonable price. The beers seem to be fresh, which is nice compared to stores like Hall's or Mr. G's.

The layout of these stores is just weird, and feels very inefficient. The parking lot is a mess. I don't know if its just Plano, but driving in the area surrounding this store is always aggravating. Can't speak to service, I haven't had any interaction other than cashiers.

Dizzy, Feb 18, 2007
Photo of wanker
3.7/5  rDev -10.6%

It is most convenient for me to shop the Addison, south west Plano area. So I generally hit Central Market Plano, Whole Foods Plano and Majestic Liquors Addison.

Central Market Plano is the only place I've found in that area that carries Rogue Shakespeare Stout and that always stocks Fuller's London Porter. Although I haven't done a quantitative analysis, I think that CM Plano has a better selection than Whole Foods Plano, but it is a close call.

An earlier reviewer said that he thought that CM Plano was heavier on imports and lighter on American crafts. I think he may be right.

wanker, Nov 28, 2006
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4.4/5  rDev +6.3%

Central Market

Visited Central Market while I was visiting reletives in Frisco Texas. It is not a liquor store per se. But a supermarket.

However... The selection is great. You can find a great deal of american beers as well as European beers. There are macros and micros alike.

The gentleman who served me there knew about all the beers they sold. However he knew little of beers that were not part of his selection.

It should also be noted that there is an alcohol percentage ban in plano therefore beers with higher alcohol content will not be availiable. For example... Samuel Smith Triple Bock was not availiable.

Good place over all and should be visited.

BeerNutta, Aug 20, 2006
Photo of TexIndy
4.7/5  rDev +13.5%

Great place in the Northern suburbs to shop for beer. CM and Whole Foods both have great selection at reasonable prices. I prefer CM a bit more since the selection seems to be bigger and rotates more frequently. Since Mr. G's has gone downhill (everything I bought lately is skunked), CM has become my #1 stop when I'm looking for a good selection. The personnel covering the beer area really know a lot about the beer and recommend Avery White Rascal to me years ago which is now in my top 5. Quality is great - rarely do I get an off beer. A huge bonus is the rest of the store - my wife loves the store so it's easier to swing a trip to CM. Highly recommend.

TexIndy, Jun 08, 2006
Photo of briman
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%

This has always been a regular stop for me, and these days has become my only stop. Great selection, reasonable prices. Lately, it seems like the "rotation" has gotten better....like the previous reviewer, at times in the past it seemed like every time I went the beers were basically the same, however, my past 2 or 3 visits have all resulted in something new I had not seen or tried before. Also, a couple of times in the past few months they have had a tasting booth setup with a new or seasonal beer to sample. Granted this has only been twice so far, but hopefully this is something that will continue. Only negative, which has nothing to do with Central Market...and everything to do with our arcane local laws, is Plano can't sell beers with high Alc%, such as DFH 120, so you have to go into Dallas for something like that.

briman, Feb 27, 2006
Photo of gib0r
3.7/5  rDev -10.6%

Having just turned last October, I used to shop here quite frequently. The beer selection was visually impressive and the prices on some of the select brews were better than anywhere else (Stone/Bastard @ $3.69, Yeti/Old Ruffian at ~$5). However, as the year went on, I found myself shopping here less. Infact, I only drop by CM these days when I drive out to Mr.G's. The selection seems to swing more towards your imports than your domestic craft brew (which is what I'm usually in the market for), The selection doesn't seem to rotate all that much, and the beer is located in a cramped/high traffic zone... right in front of the massive wine racks and near the super mutated fruits. Beer browsing for any reasonable amount of time will give you the undeniable sense that you need to pick quickly and leave, as you are more than likely blocking someones path to the mineral water. On the whole, CM isn't a bad place to get your beer, esp if you're into belgians. However, I find myself being happier elsewhere. Enjoy.

-Sean

gib0r, Oct 27, 2005
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4.15/5  rDev +0.2%

Located just off the George Bush tollway - easy to find. Large building with a barn-like exterior. The layout of the store is a little strange with several very narrow passageways. Great produce, cheese, bakery, and other gourmet foods. Fantastic olive bar. The beer selection is very good for Texas - you can get most of what is available in the state here. Nice one stop shopping - get food for a gourmet meal and accompanying beer all at once.

It is probably good for my bank account we don't have these stores in Colorado.

rowew, Jul 14, 2005
Photo of beerceller99
4/5  rDev -3.4%

I found this store in the beerfly directory a couple years ago.
Very easy to find just off the George Bush turnpike in Plano.

Man , this is an awesome place to shop for groceries. Wish we had this chain in Oklahoma. The beer selection here is like the grocery section; with a decent variety of imports and craft brews, most all of which are kept on the cooler shelves. Most of the craft brews are from the west coast, Colorado, with a few local and east coast offerings. Service is good . You can break the six packs and buy single bottles here as well. Prices are reasonable. A good place to shop for beer in the Dallas area. Recommended.

beerceller99, Jun 30, 2005
Photo of kosmoraios
4.65/5  rDev +12.3%

Central Market is great, rivaled only by World Market. Their beer selection is by far the best in the area, as are their prices. There are usually very knowledgable people standing by the beer and wine who actually drink the beer and will honestly tell you what they think. Today, I asked about an Imperial Stout, and the gentleman told me that he tried it last week and couldn't finish it. He sayed he poured it in the sink. That's honesty.

Their prices are unbeatable. Their selection is great. The only things that I don't like about Central Market are: it takes you too long to get in and out of the store, and I always buy something I wasn't intending to purchase.

kosmoraios, Aug 21, 2004
Photo of RasputinsRevenge
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%

For what is essentially a grocery store, Central Market has a great beer selection. What makes this place especially nice is that it *is* a grocery store. Now, you don't have to make two stops when needing good beer and groceries too. Plus it's just a mile or so south of Mr. G's Beverage Center, so if you are looking for something in particular, if it's distributed to the DFW area, you should be able to find it at either of these two places. Prices are about where I expected they would be. I guess maybe that the only drawback to it is that it's on a very busy stretch of Coit Rd...making traffic a factor.

RasputinsRevenge, Feb 24, 2004
Photo of kindestcut
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%

TXHop's description of Central Market's selection and lay-out is right on. Read his review and then read mine!

Central Market will forever be linked to Mr. G's (as long as the two are in business). For one, they are the only two stores in the area with a large selection of good beer. Second, they are just down the street from each other. When I visit one, I usually take the time to visit the other.

As such, Central Market can best be described, by me, by comparing it to Mr. G's (you can also see my Mr. G's review for the full picture).

Selection: Central Market has an awesome selection of beer. The cooled section, which dominates the beer section, is filled with many great beers. One of the things that I don't usually see at Central Market is a lot of new stuff coming through. They do get the usual seasonal beers, though.

The major gripe I have about Central Market's selection is the inability to break sixers. Sure, they have a singles section but if I'd like to try a bottle of something new, or a beer I've never had before, it would be nice if I could have a single bottle. Mr. G's wins this battle since breaking six packs is never a problem there.

Service: The service at Central Market is good. I have never had a problem finding help, which is more impressive there since Central Market is a grocery store. Mr. G's is a spirits store. The employees are always very friendly, but not expert.

Price: The prices at Central Market are usually lower on most items than Mr. G's. That is the only reason why I go to Central Market first, then over to Mr. G's. if I want to buy something I know Mr. G's carries, I can usually get it a little bit cheaper at Central Market.

kindestcut, Jul 31, 2003
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5/5  rDev +20.8%

When I make a trip to Dallas from Oklahoma City - this is my first stop. Unbelievable service! I've never been to a grocery store that came close to the service this place offers. I think they asked me no less than 3 times if they could help me each visit to each location. My last trip I was helped by a guy that was very knowledgable. His recommendations mirrored almost exactly what TXHops had suggested to me. (thanks TXHops!)

The selection is superb! It really makes me want to move back to Texas seeing what a greater quality of life you are able to enjoy there. The prices are very reasonable as well.

Central Market is a specialty division of the HEB chain of grocery stores. They carry hard to find food items and lots of them. They have been in south Texas for a long time. There was a Central Market close to where I lived in Austin, but they are new to the Dallas area. I couldn't recommend the place more!

fastfwd, Jun 27, 2003
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4.2/5  rDev +1.4%

This is my second Central Market to shop for brews and this one is not unlike the other as far as physical, but service wasn't quite as available. But I still managed. Broken sixes are discouraged by a sign but they still have a decent singles selection. Overall, the combination of singles, 4-packs, and sixers, this place has a great selection. All the Central Market stores are set up in mazes, but cracks in the maze walls were discovered that allows me to skip the nonsense [groceries ;-) ]. A very good place to shop, for the 'nonsense' items too. Cheers!

BeerAngel, Feb 08, 2003
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Central Market is a gourmet, upscale grocery store chain owned by the HEB folks. While this store has a good beer selection (which I'll discuss in a moment) they also have a fairly nice wine selection and a vast selection of meats, seafood, breads, chocolate, deli fare, etc... I also like the concept of the in-store Cafe on the Run. Although I've not eaten there, my wife and I frequently shop at the store and have never been disappointed.

CM's beer selection, while broad, is not all encompassing. There are beers available in the Dallas Ft. Worth Metroplex that are not available at CM, but not many. A nice touch is the fact that none of the standard ABSABCo beers are available: No Bud, Bud Light, Miller, Miller Lite, Coors, Coors Light, or any of their cheaper brands. I do believe that you can find beers like Michelob and Killian's, however... On the other end of the spectrum, most of the craft beers distributed in the area are evident, though I occasionally discover beers not available at CM. They have a good selection of Belgian imports and other large format bottles and they frequently run sales on various brands. All the beers are presented in a single, long, open-fronted, doorless cooler with fluorescent lighting above. It's a front-stock cooler, as the main warehouse cooler is in the back of the store. The staff is friendly and competent, though none are thoroughly educated in beer and all of the beer staff is also responsible for selling wine as well. Central Market will sell singles, but only those marked as singles. Therefore, about 25% of all the beers can be bought individually, which is pretty frustrating. Last time I was in, the manager assured me that they were trying to get all of the beers available for sale as singles, but that hasn’t happened yet. This is doubly frustrating as CM doesn’t allow you to break six packs. CM also has a shelf of non-refrigerated single beers (most of the large format bottles can be found there), though this section appears not to get much attention and I refrain from buying the beers displayed there.

TXHops, Feb 06, 2003
Central Market in Plano, TX
92 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.