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Binny's Beverage Depot - Lakeview

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Binny's Beverage Depot - LakeviewBinny's Beverage Depot - Lakeview
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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: n/a
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3000 N Clark St
Chicago, Illinois, 60657-5206
United States
phone: (773) 935-9400

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Photo of drewbage
4/5  rDev -1.5%

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.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.1/5  rDev +1%

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.

Photo of joe1510
4.14/5  rDev +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.

Photo of reizorc
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of cnbrown313
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of crossovert
3.44/5  rDev -15.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

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.

Photo of gtermi
3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 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.

Photo of supercolter
3.46/5  rDev -14.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4

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.

Photo of ktrillionaire
3/5  rDev -26.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3

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.

Photo of joshrosborne
3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 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.

Photo of drumminbrewer
3.08/5  rDev -24.1%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5

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.

Photo of chicagoabbot
3.39/5  rDev -16.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5

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.

Photo of LacquerHead
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

This is the Binny's I normally go to, as it is the closest to my apartment. I have been going to this place since 2004, and I have never been disappointed. This was the store that got me interested in craft beer.

They got a good selection of Midwest brews. However, their FFF does run out rather quickly. They got a little something from many of the major players in the craft brew scene.

I do have some complaints about the service, not at the checkout, but the aisles. I really don't think they have any good beer staff on hand. Since 2004 I have been asked only 3-5 times if I needed any help. I once asked a staff member who was a supposed beer guy for a really interesting Pale Ale and he said, "Have you heard of Sierra Nevada?" That was the best recommendation he could come up with. Nothing against SN, but come on, of course I've heard of SN! That is a fairly standard pale ale. Even after I told him I've tried SN he still kept on trying to push it on me.

At this point I know enough about beer that I don't need a staff member's guidance. But if you're new to the beer scene you will probably be on your own in the beer aisles.

Aside from the service, the selection is always good. It is a gem of place if you live nearby.

Note: Their Irish and Scottish beer selection use to be better.

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Binny's in Lakeview has everything that I have come to expect from the chain - solid craft beer selection, knowledgeable service, and reasonable prices.

The two things that prevent me from coming here more often are the lack of availability of limited releases and the parking. Since I work during the week, I can never make it there for the first come first serve weekday releases, which is when they normally get their shipments. Also, on the weekends trying to park here can be a nightmare.

Since their selection is solid and the prices are fair, I normally make a stop here when I am in the area. A big clean store with a large selection is always a good stop.

Photo of cadaugherty
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%

This is my neighborhood Binny's so it is where I get my basic beers and reasonable prices. This is not the best Binny's in Chicago, that honor goes to the newly renovated Lincoln Park location due mainly to the one and only Vav.

The selection is very good and the prices are very fair (they even refund overpayments if you find a discrepancy). Easy to get to, decent and free parking, and friendly beer staff who will actually order things you request.

I wouldn't go out of my way for this place but if you live in this part of Chicago this is a great base level store.

Photo of wmtxbb
4.8/5  rDev +18.2%

The best part about binny's is the selection. This place has almost everything that is mass distributed. They also have a website where you can go and order the beer for pick up so all you have to do is stop by and ask for your order. It's amazing. Some of the staff know their beer too, at least the staff who wander around the beer section.

The glassware is the only thing I'd put on the pricey side. I really don't buy much glassware from binny's for that reason.

Overall, Binny's is a great place to have nearby. It's kind of like liquor wonderland. Sometimes I go in and just wander around to see their selection. If I'm feeling lazy I can just look at their selection on their website and order what I want for pickup.

Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

the best binny's location i have visited to date. store is big and clean. they have a separate glassware section with some nice choices (if a bit overpriced). beer selection is great, including stuff from half acre. stock seems well-rotated and they had everything that is available in the chicago area beer-wise. several aisles of good beer, separated by region (us craft, us macro, belgian, german, english, etc.) staff seemed friendly and helpful. prices are decent, especially considering the area.

Photo of jrallen34
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%

I have been hearing for awhile how great of selection Binny's on Clark has so when I was close I had to stop by. Compared to Binny's Lincoln Park this was a pretty disappointing experience. The store is pretty small, beer selection is only two isles. True to Binny form the selection of beers is varied store to store. I found quite a few beers I've never seen before, but nothing super exciting but a tag for a Sprechers bourbon barrel aged ris. Sadly, it was sold out and in its place was a scotch ale in scotch barrels. Service had no clue where the other was, or what was going on. A decent selection with high quality beer like you'd expect at a Binny's, just not one of the better binny's out there. If I lived in the neightborhood I would go here but not a place to seek out.

Photo of MarkFy
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%

Binny's Lakeview is my "go to" place for beer/wine/spirits. It is the closest location to me, short drive, always parking (at least when I go).

Selection is great. The only downside is this location tends to get picked over quick due to the location, but they are always re-stocking the shelves with good stuff.

Prices are as good as you can get for the most part here in Chicago, plus, like I said it is my one stop place when looking to stock up on beer, wine and spirits.

Highly recommended, especially for out of towners looking to get a nice local selection of beers - GI, Half Acre, FFF, etc.

Photo of MacDomer
4/5  rDev -1.5%

This Binny's is in my old stomping grounds. Used to go here very often, and the last time I went was about a week ago. They have several long aisles for both domestic craft and imports.

They'll have all of the midwest stuff for those of you that are from out of town (FFF, Founders, Dark Horse, Jolly Pumpkin, Two Bros, etc. etc).

I've had them put things aside for me in the past, but have never special ordered, though I bet they would.

Good selection, good service, good place all around I find.

Photo of hoosier222002
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%

This was my first trip to Binnys's on the way to Goose Island. I was very impresses. As you walk in, everything is nice and laid out. After my wife and I browsed the spirits section, I made my way over to the beer.

The had quite a selection available. Many microbreweries were available in the cooler and on the shelf. Easy to navigate and pick out what I wanted.I was looking forward to some winter seasonal and their selection did not disappoint. I took home the Brooklyn Chocolate Stout and some Southern Tier to name a few. Very good selection of wine for those that are into that as well.

They do offer a card that allows you to receive discounts on beer, etc. It is free to sign up so I would recommend it.

Photo of botham
4/5  rDev -1.5%

This Binny's is buried between Lincoln park and Wrigleyville. the stock here has been getting better, with a more organized shelf layout and more offerings from micro breweries around the country.

the quality is great. standard for a Binny's, but nicer than most places.

the service is hit or miss. the place is geared more towards wine, like the others, and only a select number of staff are geared towards beer, but the ones that are are helpful and do not mind answering questions.

the selection is great. look for many harder to fins imports, and a good selection of microbrew bombers from around the country.

overall, this is a solid stop for good beer in its general vicinity. a wonderful area to explore as well. cheers!

Photo of emerge077
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%

Edit 9/08: There has been a recent expansion of the beer aisles, and now there's a whole extra row of american craft to choose from. There always seems to be a staff member around to offer help if you need it. In addition, there are select items that are marked down if you have a Binnys card. Don't forget the deli counter on the other side of the store either, plus the humidor and glassware room. A great beer shop.

Original review: 01-27-2008

This is an all around solid Binny's, a decent and reliable place.

I've been here many times, and the selection seems to remain largely the same, with a few limited offerings going in and out. They still had Gumballhead sixers cold, which was a good thing.

Long aisles for imports and micros, I was approached for assistance, and overheard the beer guy talking shop with a homebrewing customer, which was cool. Many Belgians, a couple obscure things, but nothing overly rare. Standards like St. Bernardus, Rochefort, Duchesse, only 2 De Dolle. Plenty of German, UK, and Euro imports as well. A couple box sets with glassware for Sam Smith & Tripel Karmeliet. A fraction of the craft beer is available in coolers as well, with hangtags mentioning chilled status.

Friendly checkout, I think they have special ordered items for me here in the past. Overall recommended on the northside, check out Jake's a block south on Clark.

Photo of Getinthevan
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Binny's is top notch all the way with a great selection of domestic and imported beer. For the cheapies they've got great selections on cased beer that's always on sale and they carry a ton of European imports I've never seen before!

If you get the Binny's card, it's a great savings deal and definitely rewards itself, especially on the imports. Overall, their prices pare pretty reasonable and they do carry lots of microbrews to satisfy beer aficionados. Go out to Binny's and grab a six pack of something awesome! They've got something for everyone!

Photo of tedsox31
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%

Another good place in Chicago to go buy your beer, and easier for me to get to than Sam's. The selection is really good here as well, and the prices are comparable to what you'll pay at Sam's. Their domestic selection is what is better than Sam's, as they devote a couple of long shelves to microbreweries from around the United States. They also have a good selection of German beers, as well as Belgian and English style. I have never actually had a service rep ask me if I needed help, as they are more focused on wine, but it really isn't all that big of a deal to me. A good place to go if you live on the North side and want to pick up a few.

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Binny's Beverage Depot - Lakeview in Chicago, IL
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