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LCBO Store #217 - Queens Quay & Yonge

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17 Ratings
Ratings: 17
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.24
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55 Lake Shore Blvd E
Toronto, Ontario, M5E 1A4
Canada
phone: (416) 864-6777

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Photo of valianes
3.5/5  rDev +8%

Photo of tally
1.5/5  rDev -53.7%

Photo of PeerlessMark
1.41/5  rDev -56.5%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 2 | selection: 1.5

To understand my ratings on LCBO stores you need to understand that I'm comparing them against stores in other Canadian provinces and in the States. The LCBO as a concept can't hold a candle to privately run liquor and beer stores.

The one pro to buying at the LCBO is that in general for imported beer brands the pricing is quite good. That's because they're the biggest single alchohol purchaser in the world. A recent audit of this government run entity though shows that the LCBO doesn't know how to properly price its product. For now that means international import beer is well priced, in general, beer imported from the US is significantly more expensive than what you can get it south of the border.

Selection at LCBOs is dead poor but in recent years has been improving - still it is a travesty for Ontario beer lovers that this monopoly constricts our enjoyment of delicious beer.

This particular location gets a slight bump in selection relative to most other LCBOs because they tend to get more beers in (much larger location than most) and they tend to get new releases first as this is the store closest to headquarters. It has a long fridge section so you get a lot of colder beers than at other LCBO stores.

The staff know enough to tell you what beers they have in stock and they'll cheerily check the back for you if you need more quantity. I've been told that the beer manager is a beer enthusiast but I've never sought him out.

Photo of heebes
3.35/5  rDev +3.4%

Arrived here today expecting great things. I should have known better of course, this is just an LCBO afterall. Besides one or two tings, i wasn't blown away by the selection. Sure it has alot and plenty of the seasonals, (although not ALL of them at once, im sure they get them each spread out). Service was met with a bored but acceptable job. Seemed cramped and dirty, like its been run through by a million different people at any given time, and it has.
Overall I wouldnt make the trip again unless i know for certain a bunch of things I'd like to pick up are there.

Photo of cratez
3.73/5  rDev +15.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Popped in here while grabbing my Central City order from the Freeland Street warehouse. It's no doubt the largest LCBO I've ever seen, with countless aisles of wine and spirits, a tasting center, and a sizable beer section in the back of the store. Lots of refrigerated craft beer and decent representation of local micros. There's several beers you can purchase here that are not available at most locations in the province. Service seems friendly enough as one of the employees helped me find the bathroom and pointed me toward the beer cooler. None of the LCBOs rival U.S. outlets, but this store and the Summerhill location are as good as it gets in Ontario.

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.4/5  rDev +4.9%

This lakefront location of LCBO is easy to get to from the highway, much better than driving up Yonge traffic to Summerhill. But if you're staying in downtown Toronto I feel Summerhill is a better choice. The selection at both locations is somewhat meager, OK choices of Canadian beers at decent prices, but Summerhill seems to cast a somewhat wider net. The US beers are not well represented, what they do have is a bit overpriced. The Belgian and German choices are thin as well, albeit at competitive prices versus the USA. I'd like to see LCBO increase the depth of Candian beers in general, there are only 3 Unibroues represented for shit's sake.

Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev +12.7%

Cooper Street is a tight little place downtown that has a knowledgeable beer manager. Everything comes through here, beer and from what I understand everything, for a while. First place to go, if you can get here at the Southern point of downtown. Inventory on the lcbo.ca site is not very reliable, but ratehr an indicator. This and the Summerhill LCBO are your first places to go if a beer makes the LCBO system. You must be agile to reach and dive for stuff on the shelf, like shopping in a wholesale store.

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.7/5  rDev +14.2%

This is one of the biggest LCBOs in Toronto. It might be the biggest.

The beer section is located in a corner of the store and consists of a large alcove of fridges and two rows of non-refrigerated beer. The selection is the best in the LCBO system because its located across the street from the main LCBO distribution center. All the good year round LCBO beers are here, Scotch Irish IPA, Anchor Liberty, Aventinus, Aecht Schenkerla Rauchbier, Czechvar, Brooklyn lager etc. etc. as well as the entire lineups of each LCBO seasonal release. The Harviestoun Old Engine Oil was especially enjoyed from this winter's release.

Prices are reasonable. On the cheap end you can get Czechvar for 2.50 CAD and Aventinus for 3.00 CAD. The seasonals are more expensive with Fuller's 07 Vintage Ale at 6.95 and St Ambroise Vintage Ales at 4.95 a bottle. The best beer available in Ontario, Scotch Irish IPA is always in stock and runs you 12.95 a six pack.

The services is pretty much non existent as the huge store is understaffed with non cashier personel. The people who you do find are generally ignorant of beer, with the exception of two or three of the beer section guys, who are very knowledgable and friendly.

This or the Summerhill LCBO is the best place in Ontario to get take home beer.

Photo of bobsy
3.4/5  rDev +4.9%

Latest vist was this past weekend, and I still don't understand what the fuss is with the LCBO Queen's Quay location. The aisles are cramped, and the selection is not that different to my local store (Summerhill). They do seem to get all the seasonals sent their way, but they are often cleared out by beer lovers as soon as they get on the shelves, and there is nothing there that I could not have picked up on release locally. I'll stick to Summerhill.

As for the service. I've never had any complaints. They're not beer people, and know very little about what's going on, so don't go with too many questions.

Pricing for LCBO products is excellent, and many bargains can be found.

Photo of BrewSomerville
3.45/5  rDev +6.5%

This is my favourite LCBO. I live in Niagara Falls, but I make trips to Toronto specifically to visit and stock up on Beer (usually spend between $90-$120). I do this because of the selection. The selection at this LCBO is the best that I've seen. The only one that could equal it's selection, would be the Rideau location in Ottawa.
They have a good selection of Ontario craft Beers, and other Canadian craft Beers. The selection of imports is impressive too, with the trappists, bocks, lambics, bottle conditioned from the U.K., etc

I have to say that in general, LCBO customer service is dispicable. However, at this location, I found someone who not only has knowledge of Beer, but is willing to discuss it with customers & help you find things.

Photo of CBA
3.2/5  rDev -1.2%

A decent LCBO but as always this is relative to what is offered in Ontario - take my grading with a grain of salt. Nice to see a wide selection of Ontario craft beer. The international choices left something to be desired - how many euro lagers do you really need. My other issue with the LCBO is why have all these cheap lagers not only in the fridge but the only beer you can buy singles of. Ontario has to get it together and allow consumers to buy singles of craft beer. Not sure if this is a volume, marketing, or some obscure bureaucratic decision but it sucks. Sure they offer mix six (or was it eight?) but who the hell cares when it's only good for the Faxe and Tuborgs of the world.

And of course there's the small issue of service - nothing says screw off I'm busy like an LCBO employee. Anyway this out of the way store is the best that I've seen in Toronto - is it because it's attached to the private orders offices? Heaven forbid you actually stock the stores that are in the neighbourhoods. Like the disaster of a store on Yonge and Wellesley - this place was a nightmare and actually smelt like my bottle recycling bin after sitting in the sun on a hot summers day.

Curses to the LCBO - I feel for my Ontario BA's.

Photo of Viggo
3.85/5  rDev +18.8%

Second best LCBO for beer behind Summerhill, although I prefer Cooper Street for new release beers, they always seem to have more in stock. Same for the Christmas release packages, Cooper Street is the place to hit. Big section in the back corner, most of it refrigerated, for beer. Lots of macro's, imports, and micro's. Fair selection of local micro's that are difficult to find. Definate stop for anyone visiting if you can't find what you're looking for at Summerhill, Cooper St. will probably have it. Especially visit here around Christmas.

Photo of sloejams
3.65/5  rDev +12.7%

After wandering into a few abysmal LCBO's in downtown Toronto, I came upon this one on my way out. The selection was bizarre. There didn't seem to be much rhyme or reason to what they had and didn't. There were a few great Belgians and well-priced. And then some that weren't. They had a staggering number of Canadian canned beers I've never heard of, as well as many bottles of some I have. I grabbed some Ontario goods and a few Belgians I don't see often. This was by far the best place to by beer in my brief exploration of Toronto.

Photo of crwills
3.85/5  rDev +18.8%

Best selection in Toronto, although Summerhill is a close second. Definitely better service than most of the LCBOs -- there's actually an older gentleman at this place who seems to be genuinely interested in beer and know something about what's there and what's coming in.

You can get most Ontario microbrews here (with some notable exceptions), as well as a decent selection of Belgian and UK imports. A lot of Eastern European pilsners and lagers as well, although that's typical for Toronto. Whenever the LCBO has a seasonal release, this place seems to get the most stock of the new stuff.

Prices are typical LCBO -- standard for Ontario beers, jacked up a bit for imports.

My preferred beer store in Toronto.

Photo of DrJay
3.5/5  rDev +8%

Warning for those not from Ontario - this review is relative to other LCBO outlets, not beer stores in other provinces/states.

I try to visit this store on a regular basis. The beer section is located in the far back corner, away from any windows. About half of the beer is refrigerated, the rest on room temperature shelves. At least it stays cool year round. The selection is one of the best for LCBO outlets I've visited, with an excellent selection of Ontario craft beers available in sixes. Niagara, Wellington, F&M, Mill Street, Unibroue, Neustadt, as well as many others are well represented. They seem to have just about all of the imports that are available to the LCBO on a regular basis, and they always have a good stock of seasonal releases. This also seems to be a store that ends up with old stock, since things like holiday gift packs seem to be available much later into the year than at other locations. The service is pretty standard for an LCBO outlet and prices are standardized with the other stores. Definitely one of the best LCBO locations if you're looking for beer.

Photo of GreenWBush
2.85/5  rDev -12%

Well, let's just say right off the bat - finding good beer in this part of Canada isn't the easiest or cheapest thing to do.

This place had a decent selection, but nothing to write home about at all. Tons of Canadian micro's (which I was totally burnt out on by the time I got here) and a few selected American imports.

Funny thing was PBR and Schlitz were like $8 CAN a sixer, while a bomber of Anchor Steam or Liberty only set you back $3. You do the math.

Service wasn't as bad as some other reviewers found but surely not cordial.

I walked away with two bombers of Anchor and a fresh six-pack of La fin du Monde. And didn't think about coming back for more.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.15/5  rDev -2.8%

I was able to convince the wife to stop here on our way out of town during our all-too-brief visit to Toronto. Thankfully, this place had a dedicated parking lot we could swing into, rather than try to find a scarce parking space.

Huge selection of all sorts of alcohol, including a vast wine section and assorted liquor, with a small focus on beers. Decent selection of refrigerated beers, most available in singles. Always nice when you don't want a 6- or 12-pack of something you've never had before. Room temperature beers are stacked on shelves and on displays, though I will echo the sentiments of a previous review on the issue of "keep refrigerated" beers being stored at room temperature.

Some nice local offerings were purchased, as well as a few from across the pond that I can't get in Richmond.

Prices, when you take into account the 28% discount, weren't too bad.

Service was lacking. I stood in the refrigerated section for at least 10 minutes while a frantic employee unloaded cases of beer and stuffed them into the cooler, passing me many times without so much as a greeting or a "can I help you find something?"

Despite the small selection, it's always nice to be able to visit another town (in this case, another town in another country) and find a decent beer store to stock up on those local brews otherwise unavailable to me.

LCBO Store #217 - Queens Quay & Yonge in Toronto, ON, Canada
81 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.