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Binny's Beverage Depot - Lakeview

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Binny's Beverage Depot - LakeviewBinny's Beverage Depot - Lakeview
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

46 Ratings
Ratings: 46
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.37%
[ Store ]

3000 N Clark St
Chicago, Illinois, 60657-5206
United States
phone: (773) 935-9400

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @lakeviewbeer

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Reviews by drewbage:
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Everytime I make it into Chicago, Binny's inevitably gets hit by me since its one of the closest good beer suppliers to the hotels of the Loop. A short walk down Grand from the Rock Bottom, Binny's is spacious and bright. Beer takes up the far left hand section of the store with the usual assortment of Macros in the fridges and somewhat surprisingly very little craft ready to drink cold.

Selection is a nice variety and representation of Bell's, Founders, Two Brothers and 3 Floyds. On a recent trip I was lucky enough to score some Gumball Head, Bell's Batch 7000, Founder's Breakfast and Hop Juice. Did notice a paucity of any of the region's smaller breweries, but a man has to make due. Wide selection of imports including Cantillon, but I see all of them here in LA. (It's a sign of obsession when you can walk up to a wall of imported beers and tick off 4 that you haven't had. :) )

I recommend the joint. Sam's has a wider selection, but it's a bit more of a detour for a weary traveller if you're not making a stop at Goose Island as well.

drewbage, Nov 09, 2005
More User Reviews:
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4.1/5  rDev +1.2%

Stopped by during a visit to Chicago to stock up. A large selection of craft beers, both in the cooler and on the shelves. Lots of bombers available. I was looking for Chicago beers and this store did not disappoint. Plenty to choose from inc. offerings from Three Floyds, Revolution, Metropolitan and MANY others. Also an excellent selection of imports and a nice mix-a-six section. Prices seemed reasonable and there were a few really well-priced sale items. Staff seemed friendly and helpful but not pushy.

SD-Alefan, Oct 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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3/5  rDev -25.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

midlifec, Nov 02, 2013
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4.14/5  rDev +2.2%

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.

joe1510, Nov 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

scottwurst, Oct 08, 2013
Photo of reizorc
4.21/5  rDev +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.

reizorc, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of cnbrown313
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

cnbrown313, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of crossovert
3.44/5  rDev -15.1%

This Binny's has a decent sized lot which is nice. It is castle themed which is funny.

Inside it is bigger than you would expect form the exterior. Tons of wine at this place, the beer is in the back right corner. There is a row of coolers and a few rows of craft. The set up here is a lot different than most Binny's I feel. It didn't seem to have quite the amount of skus as say Lincoln Park and I didn't see a beer manager.

The mix 6 pack was pretty good, I hope Binny's eventually expands this to include all 12/11.2 oz bottles.

The prices are in line with other Binny's maybe a tad more expensive.

crossovert, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of gtermi
3.89/5  rDev -4%

I went in because it was right down the street from my best friends apartment. This place is very big and has a nice section of beer on the right side of the store. They have a place to do mix and match 6 packs, which I find very nice so I can try some decent local beers. They also have a lot of great beers that are pretty hard to find. The guys there were sort of dickheads and they made it seem like they knew everything and I was an idiot. They were wrong on so many things and I just ignored them and went on my way. I really think this is a great place to buy beer. Though there are a few bad eggs working here, there are some people that are nice and actually know what they are talking about. I would recommend this place to anybody.

gtermi, Jan 25, 2012
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3.46/5  rDev -14.6%

A pretty reasonably priced liquor store with a decent selection. I was a bit disappointed in the fact that they had no Half Acre and only two FFF beers. However, one of the FFF's was Arctic Panzer Wolf, so I suppose that makes up for it. There is a pretty nice sized section laid out for the beer, but the space is not used the best. Mini-walls of excess beer arranged in no particular order surrounding a fairly well organized set of shelf beers. Oh and no Cantillon was also quite disappointing. The service was lacking, but not awful. Your were acknowledged, but appeared to be a pit of a nuisance.

supercolter, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of ktrillionaire
3/5  rDev -25.9%

I stopped at this Binny's the week after Dark Lord 2011. It was actually the first time I have set foot in a Binny's. I was not terribly impressed with the place. It seemed to me to be a very average jumbo liquor mart and did not seem to be substantially better, if at all, than Lakeview's Jewel-Osco or Whole Foods. The lone bottle of BA Shipwreck Porter was the onky eye-catching inventory I noted. I bought a Vitamin Water, just a Vitamin Water, and was ID'd for the privilege of buying it; strange policy.

ktrillionaire, May 12, 2011
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3.89/5  rDev -4%

Stopped here during my bachelor party weekend. Pretty good collection of national, import, and regional beers. You're probably not going to find much rare here, but you'll be able to get your hands on some decent stuff. I bought bottles of Allagash Curieux & Odyssey and a bottle of Souther Tier Oaked Unearthly.

Service is decent. Someone did ask if they could help me, but other than tell me that they didn't have what I was looking for, he didn't do much. Parking looks like it could be a pain sometimes, but we found a spot easily.

My biggest gripe is their website. For Pete's sake, if a beer is seasonal, a rare release, or just generally out of stock, the site should reflect that. I had a list of about fifteen beers that said were in stock on their site, but other than the Allagash bottles, none were.

Overall, a good, large selection of stuff you can get at most stores, but all in one place. I will probably be back if I'm in the area.

joshrosborne, May 10, 2011
Photo of drumminbrewer
3.08/5  rDev -24%

Say what you will about the "Wal-Mart" of boos, but they probably have the biggest selection in the Midwest. If you know what you're looking for you can always walk away with a good purchase. Some people have mentioned it being a bit pricey, I'm curious where they find better values? I mean, smaller shops can haggle with the distributors in certain circumstances to get better pricing on 1 specific thing, but overall (considering something is almost always on sale), I don't know where else you can find better deals. That being said...

It is a stale, grocery store like environment. I understand security is a big deal anywhere in Chicago, let alone a liquor store, but do you really need the 300lb guy with tattoos staring at you while you're harmlessly looking at Allagash? I'm not talking about a quick scan of the aisle, the guy will fix a stare on you for like 5 minutes. Also, as many have said, NOBODY knows what the hell they're talking about. This goes for any Binny's location. When you mechanize the retail environment (as they have), you streamline the sales process but you completely take the human element out of it. I would NEVER buy expensive wine or liquor from them, largely because nobody there cares enough to ask you if you need help - seeing as I'm 26 and dress casually I'm obviously a pee-on customer who would never spend serious money on boos. The few times I have asked for help I either get a disgruntled, morbidly obese guy who talks to you like a child or someone goes online and reads a review from here or ratebeer.com (or the equivalent in the whiskey world).

At this particular binnys, there's an older guy who I see stocking beer and helping customers quite often. He's taller, maybe in his late 30's, longer hair and usually has some facial hair. He's the saving grace of this location (and the cute girl who works at the checkout line).

Also, their website is completely out of date. I was quite amazed to see I could order "Stille Nacht" in the middle of August last year, of course two days later the store apologizes and says they can't do it. I will say that if you order something, they will always call you if there's a problem and the customer service people are attentive to the "logistical" side of this.

Binny's is a monopoly. As such, there's always advantages and disadvantages of working in that structure. I will always support the little guy, but I know the little guy won't be receiving the majority of the Bourbon County stuff this year. Stop by, but shop elsewhere.

drumminbrewer, Apr 28, 2011
Photo of chicagoabbot
3.39/5  rDev -16.3%

Like most Binny's, selection is solid in the craft beer area, but staff knowledge is low and pricing is not that attractive.

Still, probably one of the best options in Lakeview. Other stores might have better values on some products (smaller stores), but don't have the level of selection that Binny's does.

Hard to park here, so that's a little bit of a minus too.

Tax is high here too. Getting drunk on craft beers purchased here is not an exercise in frugality, but you can find Westmalle Tripels and such if you want them.

Not a bad store all in all. They will have what you're looking for probably.

chicagoabbot, Apr 14, 2011
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Binny's Beverage Depot - Lakeview in Chicago, IL
91 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.