Frugal MacDoogal Wine & Liquor Warehouse
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3.35/5 rDev -6.9%
quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Midtown's major competition in Nashville.
They don't have the same issues with sunlight that Midtown does on the high abv side, but they do have similar issues with dating, as I found a number of Oktoberfest and even a couple of summer beers there in February in the singles section. Most beers I've gotten there have been in decent shape, but I tend to check dates pretty studiously.
Service is iffy. Never been approached for help really, and they tend to know nothing about upcoming releases, even for our local Yazoo.
Selection is inferior to places like Midtown and Grace's, and really not much better than Woodland in terms of high abv stuff. They probably have the buying power to get limited releases, but don't know enough to order them. Not bad really, but not good enough for the size of the business. Prices are in line with almost everywhere in Nashville.
04-19-2010 19:17:20 | More by JohnQVegas
3/5 rDev -16.7%
quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | $$
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.
04-04-2010 04:04:51 | More by JamesS
3/5 rDev -16.7%
quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | $$
In Nashville, there are two stores which pretty much fight for the crown of selling the best selection of liquor and beer...Frugal MacDoogal and Midtown. When it comes to beer, Midtown wins in a landslide, at least for me.
The under 6 percent side of the store seems pretty woeful to me. It's probably only half the size of Midtown's and certainly isn't better than J Barleycorn's. Not only that but their selection of singles for sampling is pretty poor and you can't break the 6 packs to do so.
On the other side, for higher ABV brews, the selection is fair and at least I can say that the prices for a few brews did beat Midtown by a little bit.
Overall, I just don't think it's near the best place in town and it certainly isn't flexible about singles.
06-14-2009 03:03:57 | More by NODAK
2.9/5 rDev -19.4%
quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2.5 | $$
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.
04-14-2009 02:20:35 | More by jacobseyb
3.35/5 rDev -6.9%
quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$
I visited this place while on a recent business trip to Nashville.
The store is located on the edge of a dodgy part of town just south of the downtown/Broadway area. I was on foot and decided to walk from my hotel. It wasn't bad while still daylight but I wouldn't necessarily make that walk after dark.
There was plenty of parking just outside the store. One odd thing, the store is actually separated into two stores: one for beer and one for wine and liquor. Maybe its a Tennessee thing.
The beer selection was decent. I found a lot of good (higher gravity) imports as well as some domestic craft beers from around the country. Lots of Oskar Blues, Terrapin, Sweetwater, Yazoo, etc. Since I cannot get any of those in Chicago, that is mainly what I focused on. There was even a small "build your own 6 pack" area.
Service was non-existent as the employees never left their registers. Prices were very fair.
If I was local I would definitely make this a regular stop on my beer hunting route, but if you are visiting from out of town and have a car, you may want to make time for some other places as well.
04-07-2009 05:27:59 | More by spointon
3.25/5 rDev -9.7%
quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
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.
03-08-2008 13:58:03 | More by ckeegan04
2.4/5 rDev -33.3%
quality: 3 | service: 1.5 | selection: 2.5 | $$
Visited Saturday 2/16. Been here several times but probably won't go back now that I've been to Midtown Wine and Spirits. The high gravity selection seems smaller each time I go and this time, all I got was Terrapin Wake n Bake because it was a dollar cheaper and I forgot to get some at Midtown. the employees are not seen anywhere except behind the counter and the location is less than desirable. Lots of "sketchy" folks in the parking lot. decent selection if you're passing by but I wouldn't go out of my way to visit. Midtown is only 5 minutes away.
02-18-2008 16:48:47 | More by tiger88
3.05/5 rDev -15.3%
quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | $$
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.
12-18-2007 02:58:06 | More by Tilley4
3.15/5 rDev -12.5%
quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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.
06-04-2006 20:22:33 | More by Graebner
3.3/5 rDev -8.3%
quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $
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.
01-22-2006 15:49:59 | More by danielharper
Frugal MacDoogal Wine & Liquor Warehouse in Nashville, TN
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