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Frugal MacDoogal Wine & Liquor Warehouse

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BA SCORE
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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

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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 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 Halfbrother83
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Halfbrother83, Sep 28, 2014
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 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 fromage
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%

For some reason I don't make it over here all that much, but I should start alternating with Midtown Wine and Spirits. MW&S probably has a little more beers under 6%, but I've had quality issues with them. Same with FMcD. Beer just has a tendency of sitting around in Nashville. I've got a rapport with Paul at MW&S but haven't really befriended anyone yet at FMcD, so I can't say much about service either. Selection on the liquor side, however, is worth mentioning. I think they have a slightly better turnover than MW&S and tend to get rarer beers. I've seen JW Lees, Rochefort, and Stone Ruination here and never at MW&S. (Although I haven't seen Celebration, Pranqster, or Gonzo here--they'll probably show up). Both have a fairly small selection, but it's good for the most part. It's a crapshoot! Go to both if there's something you really want. I would venture that FMcD is generally a little cheaper, although their Rogue bombers are 5.25 instead of 4.25 at MW&S, although the last one I bought there was bad.

fromage, Oct 29, 2005
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 clvand0
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%

I was told things about this place that weren't so good, but it was close to where I was staying, so I still sought it out. As with all the other shops in Nashville, you have to go in a separate door for standard beer than wine and liquor (and big beers). I checked out the liquor side first because I'm more interested in micro brews than macros.

Turns out this place is much better than people said. It's relatively large. They have more craft beer than most of the other places I went and the selection was pretty good. The service was ok, but nothing special. They had some hard to find Dogfish Head stuff as well as some other really cool stuff. It's worth checking out if you're in the area.

clvand0, Nov 01, 2004
Photo of a0lbudman
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

It was a Saturday pm and the shelves where out or low. Went to find Yahzoo Sue and they said they where out. They had a big store and a big section on beer, but it was not stocked. It would have been nice to know when the next shipment of Sue was coming in , but they acted like they did not care.

a0lbudman, Sep 01, 2014
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 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 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
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 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 GCBrewingCo
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%

Frugal has two sides as all the places in Nashville do. The liquor side has the higher alcohol brews and the beer side has all the beer. If the liquor side had more than a handfull of selections I would have given the selection a 4 due to the beer side. The beer side was loaded with plenty of familiar beers, some a little pricey.

The liquor side had a single shelf of beers, mostly singles and most fairly pricey. Also the computer did not have the beers in it and the cashier had to enter them by hand.

GCBrewingCo, Dec 09, 2003
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 sansho
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

sansho, Oct 29, 2013
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 BamaScholar
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

I was pleased overall with my trip to the Warehouse. There is a good selection of micros on the < 6% ABV side with some interesting breweries I haven't seen elsewhere in Nashville. They have party pigs of Yazoo, which is the only place I have seen them other than Woody's in Franklin which carries growlers...

As far as the higher ABV stuff, I saw the requisitie Chimays and other Belgian varieties. I was disappointed to see no Dogfish Head in stock (sold out), but picking up the last Sierra Nevada Celebration sixer made up for it.

Service was Jekyll/Hyde. The guy on the "lower side" was helpful, suggesting unique offerings and discussing relative freshness dates with me. Then I asked if I could mix some Unibroues on the other side because there were several loose of La Fin du Monde, Maudite, and Trois Pistoles, but he said no, despite them being the same price.

All in all, I'll return. Prices were higher on Rogue bombers than I would have liked, but I picked up Baltika pints for 1.99 per.

BamaScholar, Nov 28, 2005
Photo of Justinbshelton
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Justinbshelton, Feb 06, 2014
Photo of Brent
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%

I'll second johnrobe's take on this establishment. Not great, but you can find some good products in the American micro and regional brewery categories. In addition to Rogue, Redhook and the like, they carry local beers from the Bohannon/Market Street brewery and some southern regionals like Dixie and Abita.

Be sure to check out the "liquor side" of the store. Under TN law, beers above a certain abv can only be sold in liquor stores, so that is where they keep the barleywines, Belgians and other "bigger" beers.

Brent, Feb 13, 2003
Photo of johnrobe
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%

Frugal's is one of three stores that I know of in Nashville with a decent beer selection. The beer side makes up 1/3 of the store, the other 2/3 are for wine and liquor. The two sides have separate entrances. Overall the selection is varied but limited to some of the better known breweries. British and German varieties are actually in more abundance than U.S. examples. The U.S. items are limited to the "macro-micros" Sierra Nevada, Rogue, Sam Adams, etc. along with local brews from Bohannon/Market Street. Mainstay imports like Hacker-Pschorr, Fuller's, Sam Smith, Chimay and other easily identifiable brands are available. I was disappointed to find some brews that were slightly (by 1 week) beyond their "Best Consumed By" date.

johnrobe, Feb 08, 2003
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 Elicoleman
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Elicoleman, Aug 28, 2014
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Frugal MacDoogal Wine & Liquor Warehouse in Nashville, TN
82 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.