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Mesa Liquor Deli & Wine

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Mesa Liquor Deli & WineMesa Liquor Deli & Wine
BA SCORE
83
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15 Ratings
Ratings: 15
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 13.45%
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Store ]

4919 Convoy St
San Diego, California, 92111-1601
United States
phone: (858) 279-5292

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Reviews by Boilermaker88:
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Boilermaker88

California

3.15/5  rDev -7.9%
quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

I stopped by Mesa Liquors while on the way to the 24 July BA gathering at O'Brien's. I was walking right past it so I figured why not stop and check it out.
It looks a lot like a corner packie often found down in the 'hood. Inside, the beers are toward the center of the store and a decent selection of local, West Coast, and Belgian and British beers can be found. Initially, the selection looked amazing. Then I noticed a couple things; a) some of the bottles looked very old and dusty, and b) some of the breweries had been defunct for a few years. Then I realized I was at the "bargain basement table". How long had these bottles been camped out under the lights in what turned out to be a rather warm store (they had the front door propped open).
I decided to save my cash for O'Brien's and continued on my way to the gathering. A word of advice for those who go to Mesa Liquor and spot something "rare"; think about it before you plunk down the cash. You may not be getting what you think you're paying for.

07-27-2004 18:37:14 | More by Boilermaker88
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dwagner003

California

3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

01-31-2014 20:35:17 | More by dwagner003
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DTJPPR

California

3.51/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$

Though this place is a bit overpriced on some selections, they have a good amount of variety from Stone to Lost Abbey to the Occasional Pliny the Elder bottle lying around the store. I can usually count on the guys to have something different that I hadn't tried before along with my usual favorites.

My main issue with the place though is that it is warm inside and overly lit, which for beer spells bad news. I generally just stick to their fridges and pull stuff from the back for this reason. Very nice guys that run the place though.

08-29-2011 21:41:55 | More by DTJPPR
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Allpe45

Arizona

3.39/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$$

Looks like a large liquor store, with a deli on the left side. The bald guy is friendly and very talkative, but as mentioned in other reviews, aggressive sales technique.

Only a few of the coolers have craft beer, most of it is on shelves in the middle area of the warm, well lit store. They have a very good selection but everything they carry costs one to three dollars more than at other stores in the area. Singles are not available.

This is a great place to come if there is something specific you want and can't find it elsewhere, but there are better stores in the area for buying a larger amount of beer, as those extra dollars per bottle add up quickly.

06-15-2011 03:28:29 | More by Allpe45
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gerrick

California

3.9/5  rDev +14%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$

Chris and his brother do a good job of getting beer into the store. One of the few places that I saw sell Silva stout when it was released. Some of the beer they sell is as cheap as you will find in San Diego and others are a bit more. They have great customer service. They have helped us get a few beer that were nearly impossible to get or at the very least put pressure on disty to carry them. I hear the deli has good food also. They also have a ton of non beer in store I would recommend you stop by and give it a shot.

05-27-2011 17:40:34 | More by gerrick
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notchucknorris

California

4.14/5  rDev +21.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$

This place has been getting kind of a bad rap and to an extent, I can see why. However, they do have one of the best selections I've found in San Diego. While the owners may not be as knowledgeable (or as fun to talk to) as Freddie over at Beverages 4 Less, most of them know a good amount about beer and will point you in the direction of some good things to try. The prices are about average and I didn't feel like they were trying to sucker me into buying anything on the shelves. I make it a point to stop by here a few times a month to see what they have in stock.

04-20-2011 15:58:58 | More by notchucknorris
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mbsto

California

3/5  rDev -12.3%
quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | $$$

Most of the reviews are spot on.. this place employs high pressure sales techniques, the less desirable Belgians have been sitting for years, and the owners care nothing about the quality of the beer, as is evident by the direct sunlight and high temperatures. All that being said, it's still worth going here to pick up popular beers because they get virtually everything that a store in so cal can get. So go grab some hop 15 and a pliny, luck out with a Cantillon (they go fast), and be on your way. Just try not to listen to the owners dribble on about why you should buy stuff you don't want.

07-27-2010 21:04:40 | More by mbsto
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magictrokini

California

3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$

I finally made it to this place. Big selection of Belgians and decent mix of German beers. Good selection of micros, including several Rogues that are hard to find. Focus is primarily on lesser-known Belgians and seasonal Belgians. Prices can be average to outrageous. I saw an Allagash 2007 limited release for $20. There was also a St. Bernardus Christmas ale for $35. There are a fair amount of dusty ones on the shelves. I think someone said it before, but the 8-Ball Stout with the old label is still on the shelf. What has it been, 8 years?

12-16-2008 22:44:40 | More by magictrokini
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HopHead84

California

2.6/5  rDev -24%
quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | $$$

At first glance this place is impressive. They have a lot of rare belgians and great American micros sitting on the shelves. Fairly quickly you begin to notice the warm temperature in the store and notice the beer sitting on the shelves is covered in dust. Then you notice local Stone bottles are selling for 2-3 dollars more than anywhere else you've seen around San Diego, and the Belgian prices are outrageous. When the guy behind the counter offers to sell you Stone 2-2-2 VE for $400 you realize he's a price gouger that cares nothing for quality. I would be wary of buying from this place.

Also, the ridiculously aggressive sales tactics these guys use is embarrasing. I feel like I'm in a swap meet or a used car lot when I go into this place.

09-03-2008 17:17:40 | More by HopHead84
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Floydster

California

4/5  rDev +17%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | $$

Stopped here after going to O'Briens Pub across the street yesterday, walked in and was pretty amazed with the number of beers they have, although not many are in firdges unfortunately, they are on two sides of a shelf in the back of the store at room temperature with light hitting them, asked for some help and the guy had no idea what I was talking about, so I just moved on with my searching, service was not very good overall, the selection was huge with a variety of six packs, 750s, bombers, and even some magnums, consisted of Belgians, vintages, and American craft brews, some standouts were Struise Mikkelller Double IPA for seven dollars, 2004 Thomas Hardy for seven dollars, Ballast Point Sculpin IPA bomber for seven dollars, a few Fantomes and Brasserie de Rocs, two Cantillons, tons of San Diego brews including Stone, Green Flash, Alesmith, Coronado, Lightning, Port, and Karl Strauss, best selection in this immediate area and even though it is much dirtier and unkept than Holiday Wine Cellar, it gives it a run for its money as far as beer offerings go, prices are rather fair and I only saw a few things that I could find noticeably cheaper elsewhere, place does not look like anything special from the outside but will shock most when you walk in, will definitely be going back here when I visit my favorite little pub across the street

04-03-2008 00:04:22 | More by Floydster
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Mesa Liquor Deli & Wine in San Diego, CA
83 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.