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Frugal MacDoogal Wine & Liquor Warehouse

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42 Ratings
Ratings: 42
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.05%
[ Store ]

701 Division St
Nashville, Tennessee, 37203-4604
United States
phone: (615) 242-3863

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @frugalmacbeer

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

SinHippie, Apr 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Daniellobo, Apr 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

DanE, Apr 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

sansho, Oct 29, 2013
Photo of patre_tim
3.34/5  rDev -8%

They had a good selection, almost great. A little hard to find things, and there were two sections, one for liquor and one for beer. However, the famous 'Sue' porter I was looking for was in the liquor section, along with some other great beer finds. A little disorganized, the staff were somewhat distant in person, but helpful over the phone. A great selection for the area, and reasonable prices.

patre_tim, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of Dreizhen
4/5  rDev +10.2%

I've had many an excursion to Frugal's.

This is the best selection of spirits in Nashville and the best prices. Wine is pretty good. Beer is pretty good. Growlers are nice, but selection and number could be better (or maybe I'm just spoiled).

Staff is generally helpful, though some of the checkout people aren't the best. Only bad experience was being told my credit card "wasn't accepted" by some little old lady running the register when it didn't swipe initially. Used a different card and left. Forgot to pick up something, came back in, went to the other register, used the "unaccepted card" with no problems and I still use it to this day. But I've only seen her working once and she was polite enough about it, so I can't be too miffed. Other staff was more helpful, especially in selection and recommendations.

This is the place to go in Nashville before a party or some similar evening of debauchery.

Dreizhen, Jun 09, 2013
Photo of richj1970
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%

I live about an hour and a half drive from this store, but make an occasional trip up this way since they have access to some things I can't get locally especially Stone, Brooklyn Brewery, and Lagunitas.

Selection is decent although stock is spotty at times. I was after some Lagunitas Capachino Stout today, but they were out. Also out of Sucks, and Stone Imperial Stout. I did manage to leave with a big box of good stuff and $100 lighter.

Staff was friendly and helpful, and store is well organized. I wish they offered more singles. Most of the 12 oz bottles are 4 and 6 pack only.

richj1970, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of John1985
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%

Frugal has made some real efforts in the last several years. As everywhere else in TN, they have a separate low alcohol beer store and the higher (over 6.2%) beers are in the liquor store. They have expanded their high ABV beers to include pretty much everything available in Nashville. Recently they added Green Flash, Laughing Dog, SN (Hoptimum!, Torpedo in Cans!) and also have the high end brews for Victory and Stoudts. Also they have some relatively rare Avery Old Jubilation, which I enjoyed last winter.

The low ABV has singles and growlers. The selection of growler brews are very solid and change often. Their website is not always updated timely, but they update their twitter as to the growler selection and new brews.

Pricing is very good (for Tennessee) and the staff is reasonably helpful but could stand for improvement. Keep an eye out for outdated beers, but I haven't had any problems with that lately.

John1985, May 19, 2012
Photo of cmorph42
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%

I've been along time shopper at Frugal's and have noticed their staff is more knowledgable than in the past few years. They have had growler fills for a few months and are up to six handles. They also just started a "buy 10 fills, get 1 fill free" program. You just have to provide your email address, they send you updates about new arrivals and rotating tap handles. The high alcohol section seems to have expanded, but still tucked away in the back corner with the box wine and no cold beers.

Great prices and, if you catch the right person, very knowledgable staff.

cmorph42, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of generalnotsew
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%

Been awhile since I have been here. This is the second best place to buy beer in Nashville but it is far behind Midtown. The selection is okay. The atmosphere is kind of run down and you feel like you are on the wrong side of town if you know what I mean. The bottles seem to gather a lot of dust. Low abv does not let you mix six packs as far as I remember. No growler fills that I know of. The location is pretty easy to find. Prices are great and selection is pretty good but like I said. It is number 2.

generalnotsew, May 09, 2011
Photo of FrankWBurnsIII
4/5  rDev +10.2%

When I lived in Nashville I loved shopping at this store. It was the best selection of beer in Nashville that I knew of. There was never anything I wanted that I couldn't get here.

I remember there being ample parking and it wasn't too hard to get to. I lived about three miles west of Vanderbilt.

When I lived in Clarksivlle I would stop at Frugal most of the time when I was down in Nashville for the weekend so I could stock up on great stuff less available in the smaller towns/cities.

It was a busy store but I never had to wait in line too long and everything was nicely bagged and boxes as appropriate.

The liquor selection was very good too. I wasn't into wine at the time so I can't comment on how well they do in that department.

FrankWBurnsIII, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of Urbancaver
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

I stopped in 6 places in Nashville to shop for beer and this place was the best of them. The selection was still bad compared to any other state but that is the problem with Tennessee I guess! The service was good and the folks there were very friendly. I lucked out and managed to find a few gems but the way their selection is set up was confusing and disappointing. If you're in Nashville this is a great place to hit as it had basically everything you can get in the state. I would recommend it.

Urbancaver, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of ztaylor1
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%

Went here new years eve... mistake! It was packed! But despite the rush, the young lady that rang me up talked to me politely about certain recalls and local brews. And she actually went and grabbed a beer that I said I couldn't find... very impressed with her knowledgability.
They have a decent selection, and glassware! Not bad, nice selection of abita, stone, rogue. All the bigger breweries.

Overall, good stop. I expected a better selection. The prices were also just a bit steep, being about a dollar over the normal stores price...

ztaylor1, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of sommersb
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%

I go to Frugal's quite a bit since they are very close to my work and it's on the way home. I'd say they have a pretty good selection, comparable to other large beer stores in the Nashville area such as Barleycorn's, with both a high-alcohol store and a low-alcohol store on the same premises.

The service is pretty thin on the beer side. I've not had anyone really offer much help or seem very interested in what they were selling. In my opinion, the beer is kind of an afterthought as compared to their wine and liquor sales. One time I bought some Duvel and the guy checking me out was amazed, basically saying "Whoa! You're spending that much on a beer, dude?" Amazing

They have an e-mail newsletter that only discusses wine, no beer. That being said, they do have a nice website that discusses some of the beers they carry, although it is not kept up to date with their current stock.

Prices seem in line with the rest of the mid-Tenn area.

sommersb, Nov 26, 2010
Photo of JohnQVegas
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%

Midtown's major competition in Nashville.

They don't have the same issues with sunlight that Midtown does on the high abv side, but they do have similar issues with dating, as I found a number of Oktoberfest and even a couple of summer beers there in February in the singles section. Most beers I've gotten there have been in decent shape, but I tend to check dates pretty studiously.

Service is iffy. Never been approached for help really, and they tend to know nothing about upcoming releases, even for our local Yazoo.

Selection is inferior to places like Midtown and Grace's, and really not much better than Woodland in terms of high abv stuff. They probably have the buying power to get limited releases, but don't know enough to order them. Not bad really, but not good enough for the size of the business. Prices are in line with almost everywhere in Nashville.

JohnQVegas, Apr 19, 2010
Photo of JamesS
3/5  rDev -17.4%

I was looking forward to a visit to Frugal MacDoogal after a buddy told me how great they are. I wasn't overly impressed by the store, but it wasn't bad, either.

The beer selection is nice, although seperating them with a wall, by ABV was an odd state law. (I'm not knocking it, there are worse out there.) A few dozen higher ABV singles looked good, as did the several dozen lower ABV singles. (I didn't pick any up, but my buddy got a Twisted Thistle and an O'Hara's Irish Stout.)

There are a lot of six pack options, as well, from breweries around the country, but also within the region.

Prices are good; certainly not over expensive, although you'll still pay a bit for singles.

Service was pretty much non-existant. No one asked if they could help with anything and didn't even get friendly service at the cash register.

JamesS, Apr 04, 2010
Photo of NODAK
3/5  rDev -17.4%

In Nashville, there are two stores which pretty much fight for the crown of selling the best selection of liquor and beer...Frugal MacDoogal and Midtown. When it comes to beer, Midtown wins in a landslide, at least for me.

The under 6 percent side of the store seems pretty woeful to me. It's probably only half the size of Midtown's and certainly isn't better than J Barleycorn's. Not only that but their selection of singles for sampling is pretty poor and you can't break the 6 packs to do so.

On the other side, for higher ABV brews, the selection is fair and at least I can say that the prices for a few brews did beat Midtown by a little bit.

Overall, I just don't think it's near the best place in town and it certainly isn't flexible about singles.

NODAK, Jun 14, 2009
Photo of jacobseyb
2.9/5  rDev -20.1%

In comparison to the shops I have been to in Colorado this was quite a small selection, and did not seem to be put together with any sort of rhyme or reason.

Of course having a vague knowledge of the Tennessee laws and regulations regarding the sale of alcohol and how high ABV beer fits in, along with the regulations seperating liquor (high abv beer) and beer sales it creates some unique considerations.

The selection was not very good but was greater than what was available in stores that did not have the high abv areas. Many Stone beers, along with imports and a good selection of the Dogfish Head offerings.

Given the situation a fair offering, but I am interested to see other offerings.

jacobseyb, Apr 14, 2009
Photo of spointon
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%

I visited this place while on a recent business trip to Nashville.

The store is located on the edge of a dodgy part of town just south of the downtown/Broadway area. I was on foot and decided to walk from my hotel. It wasn't bad while still daylight but I wouldn't necessarily make that walk after dark.

There was plenty of parking just outside the store. One odd thing, the store is actually separated into two stores: one for beer and one for wine and liquor. Maybe its a Tennessee thing.

The beer selection was decent. I found a lot of good (higher gravity) imports as well as some domestic craft beers from around the country. Lots of Oskar Blues, Terrapin, Sweetwater, Yazoo, etc. Since I cannot get any of those in Chicago, that is mainly what I focused on. There was even a small "build your own 6 pack" area.

Service was non-existent as the employees never left their registers. Prices were very fair.

If I was local I would definitely make this a regular stop on my beer hunting route, but if you are visiting from out of town and have a car, you may want to make time for some other places as well.

spointon, Apr 07, 2009
Photo of ckeegan04
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Dropped in afterwork to try and find some Stone brews. They did not have any on the shelf and the three guys behind the counter had no interest in helping out. They did have a nice selection of Chimay and Dogfish Head as well as a wide smattering of brews from all over the place. Did find a nice 4-pack of St Bernardus Abt 12 ($18.99) on the bottom shelf pushed to the back. Didnt have a chance to go into the beer side of the store to check it out because I had to get to the airport to pick up the sister-in-law. Didnt want to piss the wife off.

ckeegan04, Mar 08, 2008
Photo of tiger88
2.4/5  rDev -33.9%

Visited Saturday 2/16. Been here several times but probably won't go back now that I've been to Midtown Wine and Spirits. The high gravity selection seems smaller each time I go and this time, all I got was Terrapin Wake n Bake because it was a dollar cheaper and I forgot to get some at Midtown. the employees are not seen anywhere except behind the counter and the location is less than desirable. Lots of "sketchy" folks in the parking lot. decent selection if you're passing by but I wouldn't go out of my way to visit. Midtown is only 5 minutes away.

tiger88, Feb 18, 2008
Photo of Tilley4
3.05/5  rDev -16%

This, overall, was a bit of a letdown.

I made the trip up to Nashville with plans on hitting all of the liquor stores in the area and this one was fairly high on my list.

The selection was decent, I guess, but nothing that several of the other stores didn't have and the prices weren't that much different. I picked up a bottle of Delirum Nocturnum and a couple of bottles of DFH Raison D' Etre but most everything else I had seen before in my own hometown.

If I make the trip back to Nashville, I will hit this place to see if the selection is any better but I don't know if I will make a special trip for it.

Tilley4, Dec 18, 2007
Photo of Graebner
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%

Pretty much your average liquor store with a better selection. Service isn't great, and I didn't get the impression that anyone knew much about their beers, but they do have quite a selection of them, including some nice shelves of high gravity brews in the liquor side. They also have a good selection of non-high gravity beers, including Sierra Nevada Stout and IPA. All the flying dog stuff including the Horn Dog and similar brews. Also has alot better than avergae stock of Sam Adams offerings, including the seasonal, a few of the unusual regulars (eg: Cherry Wheat), and a really odd-looking chocolate stout for like $15/bottle . Great selection, average everything else.

Graebner, Jun 04, 2006
Photo of danielharper
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%

As near as I can tell, this is the Wal-Mart of beer/liquor stores. Why do I say that?

First of all, price. The prices on their high-gravity beers were about the lowest I've seen anywhere, with Delirium Nocturnum and Tremens being about $7.50 each, and Arrogant Bastard at $4.99. On the beer side of the store, the prices weren't quite as good (Rogue bombers for $5.29) but the prices for the high-gravity stuff will get me back in there.

Secondly, the selection. The other places I've seen in Tennessee tend to have only a single four-foot bookshelf with high-gravity stuff, but here there was a fairly wide mesh rack filled with all types of beer, and several case stackouts with specials next to the racks. Several items were out of stock (like Old Rasputin and Stone RIS), but even with just what was there, I found plenty of good beers to try.

Thirdly, and this is the major negative -- the atmosphere and orderliness of the place. Not to mince words: I hate Wal-Mart. I don't shop there unless I have to. (I say this as a former employee, to boot.) Frugal McDougal is confusingly oriented, with aisles that are not always parallel, and lots of sharp corners that make it difficult to get a cart through. Fine if you're getting a bottle or two to take home that afternoon, not so much if you're stocking up on a few-times-a-year trip. My fellow customers were rude and pushy, and the overall atmosphere was fairly unpleasant. They also only have one bathroom, over on the beer side, and it doubles as a broom closet.

They also stock quite a bit of wine and liquor -- my fiancee picked up quite a bit of stuff she'd been itching to try. Checkout was painless; we spent nearly two hundred dollars there, and everything was neatly packed into cases for easy travel. One of the employees even carried it out to my car for us.

I didn't discuss beer with the employees on the liquor side, but the guy on the beer side chatted ably about various stouts they carried, and seemed reasonably knowledgable overall.

The only reason the service score isn't higher is because they wouldn't let me split the four-packs of Belgians. I was hoping to make a mixed pack for tasting, but had to settle with just taking a single four-pack with me. Not as friendly to the beer geek as I would have liked.

I'll go back again, but it's also not in the best part of town -- as we were sitting in the car deciding on a plan of action after getting our beer, a loud argument broke out between two individuals right next to my car. Seemed like the kind of place where that happens a lot.

danielharper, Jan 22, 2006
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Frugal MacDoogal Wine & Liquor Warehouse in Nashville, TN
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