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Texas Liquor

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36 Reviews
Reviews: 36
Visits: 50
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: n/a
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945 Carlsbad Village Dr
Carlsbad, California, 92008-1802
United States
phone: (760) 729-1836

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Reviews by Floydster:
Photo of Floydster
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%

Got off at Carlsbad Village Drive and drove only about a block or two, stopped here for one reason alone yesterday and that was the fact that they had Black Butte XX and 20th Anniversary Wit from Deschutes, could not find this stuff anywhere and was relieved to finally see some when I walked into this place, they had it in fridges and advertised out on the floor, location was literally right down the street from Pizza Port Carlsbad, huge selection but not really compared to the bottle shop or Holiday, still a nice surprise, spent twenty dollars on some change on those two bottles, this place had a lot of beer and mostly everything from down south in that area, even some older Lost Abbey beers, newer Belgians that recently made it into the United States, all the Bruery's bottles, Stone, Green Flash, Alesmith including the past two years of Decadence, Coronado, Lightning, Russian River, Firestone, Alpine, etc., place looked like a pretty standard liquor store with the cash register at the front, it was very clean which is expected more so in this area, lots of beer and I cannot emphasize that enough because i did not expect to see such a gigantic selection, will be stopping here from now on, especially when I go to Pizza Port, guy at the front was pretty cool and did not say much but friendly at the same time, a little expensive but worth it with the variety and rarity of some of the beers they are carrying (1,428 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of cjw333
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of RLVineh
2.87/5  rDev -25.5%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4.25

I have become less of a fan of this store the more and more they continue to try to screw the Craft Beer community. I understand shops will mark things up, but this shop is ridiculous, there is a few premium bottles that can be purchased elsewhere for half of what they are charging here. On top of that, the service is subpar. The older man with the mullet and glasses almost seems bothered to be asked about questions about beers the store promotes on Instagram. If you're a craft beer fan I can see why it’s easy to overlook bad service and the huge mark ups, but I for one, am choosing to go elsewhere. Screw this place, after all that’s what they’re trying to do to you. (681 characters)

Photo of Bwagner1122
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

A fairly standard smallish liquor store that happens to have a great selection of beers from all over. Some if it is refrigerated and some of it is warm on the shelf. Expect to pay more than other spots in the area. Service is pretty good, but you have to seek help if you need it. (281 characters)

Photo of rawfish
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 5

Photo of dwagner003
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Rothobinide
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Drink_LocalSD
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Soto
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of AlexM
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of aoampm
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Huskyninja
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Bonsall_Phil
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of greenspointexas
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of BeerProtector
2.8/5  rDev -27.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 1 | selection: 1

this place has great display of selection....except selections aren't something that are allowed on the shelves in San Diego let alone at all in any retail setting...think of a certain society from Orange County. Double Retailing is illegal...no matter how good and rare the beers are. I just don't recommend being here when the IRS shows up for double taxation (361 characters)

Photo of EB1
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of RyanLaw
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.25

I went here for the first time to buy some Russian River beers and was amazed at the great selection they had. The last time I was there, they were selling Pliny for $5 but they did not include it in their special (Buy 5 get the 6th for a dime) which I thought was a little cheap and didn't go over well with another customer. The cashier was also rude about it and told him "everybody knows that beer doesn't count."

Prices are also higher here than other places. I paid $15 for a bottle of Supplication and you can get it for $13 at another local store. Overall though, they have a good selection but just expect to pay for it. (630 characters)

Photo of Seanibus
4/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Very nice beer place. The selection is extensive, with a quite complete local lineup, good regional offering and a scattering of national standouts, including Dogfish Head and Victory from the East Coast. The store devoted as much as half its shelf space to beer, with a long series of cold coolers on one side and room-temperature shelves on the other. Nice balance between bombers and sixpacks. Prices seem reasonable for the area and the wine and liquor selection, to the extent I studied it, seemed pretty good. A must stop if you are in town. (547 characters)

Photo of thebeerhound
4.94/5  rDev +28.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Stopped by this little shop on my way back from the Pizza Port Bottle shop to grab a coke for the road.

WOW! Was I surprised when I walked in to see a very cool bottle and package lineup!

They had a driver come in and I saw a bunch of new beers coming in. The owner Ryan said they just got Laughing Dog from Idaho and RJ Rockers from South Carolina in and a bunch of other beers!

He ripped into the boxes and I was one of the first to buy the Alpha Dog Imperial IPA and RJ Rockers Black Perle Ale.

I also grabbed some Green Flash and 2 bottles of Sculpin from Ballast Point.

Nice shop huge high-end wine selection, some nice spirits as well. I'll definately come back to check this place out when I'm at the Pizza Port Bottle shop.

Keep the new stuff coming Ryan it was like Christmas! (792 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

underated bottle store. Great selection of the locals, displaying their complete available product lines, and harder to get Califormia beers. Plus a very good Belgian selection. Priced at the going rate, with hours much more convenient than the Pizza Port bottle shop. Head here earlier in the day for the main stock, have some beer at the Pizza plant, and then hit the Pizza Plant bottle shop. Not much in service, just a lot of choice. An unusual discount if buy 6 or 12 but they take care of it at the cash. (510 characters)

Photo of jdense
3.66/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Visited 8.11.11 while sourcing beers for weekend tasting.

Located a few blocks from Pizza Port San Clemente in a parking lot shared with a grocery store, Texas Liquor offers what they claim to be the best craft beer selection in San Diego County. While that may be debatable, they certainly have a top notch selection, my guess is about 500 beers.

The help was pretty tied to the lone cash register, so I was left on my own to roam the narrow aisles looking for goodies. About half their craft offerings where refrigerated, with a significant amount on tall shelves opposite the cold box. While I struck out on my intended goal (Ballast Point Sculpin, evidently there was a distribution 'issue) I was able to score a bottle of Alpine Exponential Hoppiness, which while on the tres spendy side was a very pleasant surprise.

Given the funky hours of the Pizza Port Bottle Shop, the (still) closed South Bay Liquor, this is the best alternative in north county, though you should expect to spend 15-20% more than you would at Total Wines and More. However, the allure of Alpine products, more than makes up for the rather pricey offerings. Worth a stop, but after being spoiled by Beervana's bottle shops, no world beater. (1,224 characters)

Photo of notchucknorris
4.44/5  rDev +15.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I just moved to the area a few weeks ago and one of the things I was most excited about was the fact that I'm now walking distance to Texas. I absolutely love this place and while the selection isn't the best in San Diego, they get some fantastic stuff. The prices are average with some of the specialty beers they get coming in on the high side, but overall I'd say the prices are fair. When the buyer is there, he's great to talk to and he genuinely has a passion for beer, which is great to find. While they might not have the square footage of some of the other bottle shops in San Diego, they cram the space they do have with some good stuff, including a lot of beers I haven't found anywhere else. If you haven't checked this place out yet, I would definitely recommend it. (779 characters)

Photo of DCon
4.72/5  rDev +22.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

While driving from Pizza Port to Stone, we stopped at a gas station right by the highway and I saw a sign saying "Best Beer Selection in Town" on the outside. I immediately ran over and was in shock of what I saw!

Coming straight in, the liquor was almost all behind the counter and then the wine lined up on the back side of the wall. Signage was huge here and it was easy to navigate around.

There display bottles first on the shelves and then were 6 deep behind. I went for the ones behind and made sure the B.O.D. (if available) was in check. They all were! They also had back-up boxes of each brew and this was an option to pick from these.

They had friendly cashiers but no one was out and about in their store helping for those hard to reach bottles. The shelves were at least 8 feet tall and this was an issue... I used a small ladder to get 3 bottles of the AleSmith on the top shelve. Also, all of the brews were in alphabetical order!?!? This was different for me!

Unreal selection! This should be called The CarlsBADASS Beer Store! The beer took up more than 50% of the store with its shelves and then cooler that stretched all the way down the whole store. They even had a small section with limited/rare beers.

I was very pleased with coming here! Next time I'm in Carlsbad, I will be stopping at the Pizza Port Bottle Shop first and then here again! (1,371 characters)

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Texas Liquor in Carlsbad, CA
87 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.