Binny's Beverage Depot - River North
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Reviews by JNewbs:
3.6/5 rDev -7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$
Went here at the recommendation of other BAs when I queried on where I should go in downtown Chi-town.
My first impression was that this is a wine store, or maybe a liquor store. Beer is the red headed step child here.
When I found the beer I rejoiced. The selection was fairly large, especially the Beglian aisle. I was a little diappointed that they offerings for Three Floyds were so limited. They had Alpha King and Arctic Panzer Wolf, that was it. Also picked up some Ommegang Abbey Ale in 12 oz bottles, which I usually can't find. They had all the Hoppin Frog you would want, including Barrel Aged BORIS and also DORIS. Happy to see that, being an Akron, OH boy.
Prices seemed a bit steeper than I anticipated on the beer. However the prices on the wines and liquors seemed a lot cheeper than I expected.
As for people, I actually think that the "beer guy" there when I was there did not know his stuff. He was trying to find the Ommegang for a customer, and he kept looking with all the Belgian imports. I actually intervened after like 2 minutes and showed the guy where it was.
All told, the selection gets this one an overall "good" in my book, but that might just be because it's different than what we have back home.
03-31-2011 23:07:38 | More by JNewbs
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3.9/5 rDev +0.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | $$
Selection here is great in terms of quantity and a couple of recent releases were still on the shelves but nothing overly rare or interesting was available when I stopped by. All the locals are represented well as well as many of the better out of state breweries.
The location is fantastic if you are staying in on or near North Michigan Ave.
07-23-2013 22:51:47 | More by TheSevenDuffs
Binny's Beverage Depot - River North in Chicago, IL
88 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.