Binny's Beverage Depot - Lakeview
Ratings: 38 | Reviews: 32 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by amiles:
3.85/5 rDev -4%
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
This is usually where I shop for my beer, along with Whole Foods on Clybourn and North, by GI. They have a really decent selection of beer and a reasonable price. Cheaper than Sam's, which is just as far for me. Service is good if you go earlier in the day as I usually get the same two older men asking me if I need assistance. I'm the type that researches before I enter to by so I typically refuse. Definitely a plus to have an employee ask, though. Sam's may have a bit more "interesting" selection, but Binny's supplies my 'needs'. They've have Delirium, and Chimay cold... As they have Gulden Drak, Piraat, St. Bernardus Abt 12, and most Trappist brews that I enjoy. They have lots of Midwest micro brews as well. The aisles are separated by type/country... So that works well, too. Nice place!
06-18-2007 03:48:57 | More by amiles
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4.14/5 rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | $$
Lakeview Binny's is another warehouse type liquor store in the Binny's empire. It's not as expansive as the Lincoln Park or South Loop locations but it's large none the less. There's a cheese counter with some nice choices, a walk in humidor with some good sticks and great prices, and a wine cellar I've never been in so no comment. The Bourbon, Scotch, Tequila, and Gin selections are much larger than your standard store but smaller than other Binny's in the chain. All booze prices seem to be average with a good sale here and there.
The beer is crammed into its section pretty tightly. A row of coolers carry everything from cases of BMC to sixers of craft to 750s of Belgians. There are five shelved aisles in total, all well organized by country and brewery. Along with aisle stacks and end cap displays. They've simply run out of floor space for the beer stock. Prices are reasonable with a great selection of seasonals, sixers, and bombers. You have to stay on top of the limited releases for the sheer volume of customers that run through this particular store because things get picked over pretty quickly. The service has always been friendly and helpful.
The Lakeview Binny's isn't the best in the chain, or even in Chicago for that matter, but it is still a Binny's (making it a good store) and it's convenient to a lot of locations in the city whether you walk, drive, bike or take the train. Want to pick up a couple cigars and some bourbon? Also worth a stop.
11-01-2013 18:47:34 | More by joe1510
4.21/5 rDev +5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | $$
Visited during visit to Chicago the week over the 4th of July. This place has a huge selection of Beer and Wine. The craft selections are back in the left hand corner as you enter the building. They have a huge selection of craft bottles as well as quite a large selection of Belgian and German beers.
Although, I was disappointed to not find any of Three Floyds beers I was able to obtain some Pipeworks Ninja vs Unicorn, Sam vs Unicorn and Marilime Law, which are all fantastic beers.
I was able to talk with the Beer Manager who was quite knowledgeable and gave some great advice on not only beer but wines for my wife.
Definitely recommend Beer and or Wine enthusiasts to stop in.
07-08-2013 16:52:00 | More by reizorc
4.03/5 rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
I just moved downtown from the suburbs and I have been a Binny's customer for a long time, but The Lakeview (Invahoe Castle) just became my new Binny's location (3/2013)
Q - Binny's takes pride in stocking some of the best local and foreign beers and this location is no exception. I was hoping to find some good Belgian sours / wild ales and I was pleased to find a big selection of Fantome. They also had the newest and most popular releases from local breweries like Pipeworks, Revolution, Spiteful, etc...
SERVICE - Someone asked me right away if I needed any help, but that was about it (which was cool, because I like to browse anyway). They are usually pretty busy, but I did enjoy the service I received in the suburbs much more... not that there's anything wrong with it here.
SELECTION - Not quite as big of a selection as the South Loop store, or with as many rarities as WLVL - but those stores aside... it's a pretty huge selection. You will most likely find what you are looking for.
V - Prices are on par with all of the other Binny's locations, and they do offer very fair prices across the board. With the quantity that Binny's buys in, odds are you won't find high end beers cheaper anywhere else.
O - Except for maybe a handful of fine liquor stores, this is most likely your best option in Chicago for reasonable prices on hard to find beers.
03-07-2013 19:41:19 | More by cnbrown313
Binny's Beverage Depot - Lakeview in Chicago, IL
90 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.