Binny's Beverage Depot - River North
Ratings: 45 | Reviews: 41 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by pmcadamis:
3.7/5 rDev -4.1%
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
Since this place was within walking distance of our hotel, I couldn't resist loading up on some stuff I can't find back home.
Binny's has exceptional parking facilities for the area, and you can basically back your car up to the front door to load up. The store itself has a surprisingly small beer section for its size, but the selection is still outstanding. I think the beer section looks small because they carry a lot of bombers and wine-sized bottles and not quite so many six packs.
I blew a quick hundred bucks at this place, and I still didn't grab everything that I wanted! The Belgian shelf has some good stuff, and I like the way that the beer is arranged on shelfs by it's geographic origin ...(look for some really cheap deals from the Slavic/Baltic nations!)
The staff was helpful and friendly, and obviously having fun. When my wife and I first walked in, I had to take a leak STAT, and when I asked where the restroom was, one of the workers told me that I'd need some quarters. Now, my wife and I are both small town people who aren't used to the faced paced and expensive big city. I loudly asked my wife "Hey baby...you got any quarters? I need them for the restroom." She gave me some change, and when I went back to the bathrooms, I heard over the intercom "Bathroom facilities are free for the next twenty minutes."
I'd been had! I really thought that the bathrooms took quarters and was gullible enough to ask my wife for change! Coming out of the bathroom I was pretty hot, and I was looking for the guy who told me to use quarters... my wife calmed me down and I eventually laughed about it with the dude who poked fun at this gullible small town yokel.
12-04-2008 15:41:12 | More by pmcadamis
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3.9/5 rDev +1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | $$
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
3.88/5 rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 2.75 | selection: 4.75 | $$
Was in Chicago over the weekend, visited this place after hearing so much about it. Wow, never seen a selection this big. So many beers I have been searching for, (La Trappe Oak Aged Quads, Ten Fidy, EVERY Michigan beer), maybe im just used to the horrible selection living in Tennessee, but even in SE Michigan not many stores come close to the size and selection.
The Belgian aisle was very impressive, every single trappist that is available in the US, they had. Many rare belgians that I have only seen in Belgium as well.
The domestic aisles were also very large, and pretty well organized. I checked a lot of dates, and while assuming their is a high turnover here, didn't find anything expired (or even close), which is awesome.
Not much service, I was browsing for a solid hour and not one person came up to me to ask if I needed help, then again, this is how I would like it, I hate being bothered unless I ask for help, but others may see this as a negative.
Also, it's pretty cool they have parking given their location in River North. Next time im in Chicago, I will be back!
06-19-2013 01:06:54 | More by Roman5150
2.76/5 rDev -28.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 1 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I stopped into Binny's during a trip to Chicago last week. I am from Denver and was excited to try some Midwest beer that is not available in my distribution area.
A-Looked like most of the Big Box LQ's I've been to. Clean and well stocked. Kind of warm inside a problem I will get to next.
Q-Here is where I have a big axe to grind. I picked up Central Waters IIPA, Founders Centennial IPA, Stone 10yr ruination (sold out fast at home) and a few lambics. I was a bit concerned buying hoppy beers that have been setting warm (real warm) on the self, but thought they would be ok.
I get back to the hotel and look at the Founders IPA, bottled 2/XX/12, five months old, hot for five months... Guess what they tasted like cooked vegetables and stale grass.... Ok so I grabbed a bad six, so I move on to the Central Waters IIPA. Did not notice a date, did notice the awful DMS from cooking on the shelf. Ok that sucks but I've a bomber that is only a few weeks old. Once again, trashed, total drain pour. I just wasted $35....great....
Selection was really nice, however I would never buy another beer from Binny's again. Hopefully the 12 bottles of Fruet they currently are baking don't completely fall apart too.
I am far from a complainer, the Founders IPA was my bad, I would have avoided a five month old IPA had I looked. But c'mon 3 for 3 is pretty bad. More than anything I would be furious if I was one of the brewers who beer Binny's is ruining then selling. What the hell is the point of making a quality product when the retailer is just going to destroy it so bud light can stay cold?
S-Pretty standard... nothing great nothing bad
S-Good, but sort of hard to respect a huge selection of wrecked beers.
V-Prices were good for the product in quality form, the product just was not in quality form.
O-Avoid, seriously, they don't have enough refrigeration or sense to crank the a/c if nothing else to preserve the beers they have rotting on the shelf. I would rather have a mediocre IIPA that had been cared for than Pliny from Binny's.
07-17-2012 04:56:13 | More by MinorThreat
3.78/5 rDev -2.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Good atmosphere here.
Quality is on par with other Binny's.
Service is good, pretty much all Binny's have employee's eager to help.
Selection is real good, differs from other Binny's somewhat, for instance, I found like 15 Santa's Little Helper from Port Brewing here, and none at the Binny's by GI Clybourn. Also, I found 2 Black Cauldren from Grand Teton, none anywhere else.Nectar Ales Black xantus were about 10 deep here, also. And Dampf Loc from Local Option was here, haven't seen it anywhere before.
no food here.
Value-great if you hit their sales, good otherwise.
05-22-2012 15:25:02 | More by stouts4me
4.58/5 rDev +18.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
I’m pretty impressed by the selection at this place. Not only did they have a whole corner of the store devoted to domestic craft brew, they also had a whole aisle of imports, and plenty of beers in the fridge. But they didn’t have KBS! (I was there the day it came out—but too late for any.) I spoke with some knowledgeable staff/beer geeks who had some good recommendations to visit during my stay in Chicago. And—since their excellent selection goes beyond beers—I ended up picking up some bourbon too!
05-04-2012 22:28:53 | More by elNopalero
Binny's Beverage Depot - River North in Chicago, IL
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