Diplomat Delicatessen & Spirits
Ratings: 15 | Reviews: 14 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Bonhoeffer:
3.85/5 rDev -7.2%
As has been noted elsewhere, your two best bets for beer in Birmingham are the Diplomat and Vulcan Bev. Vulcan used to have a beerfly listing, but somehow it got deleted and has been put back in queue and now must wait months to be approved. So for the sake of anyone traveling to Birmingham anytime soon, i must direct you to look up Vulcan Beverage using online yellow pages.
So, yeah. What everyone else has said. This is a hole in the wall that surprises you with its enormous beer selection. Most of what is available in this state is sold in this store. And it's a tad pricey, but not a bad tradeoff for the selection.
Food is excellent. I've never had a bad sandwich here, and the service when you sit and eat is very good. But not everyone who works here knows beer.
08-11-2005 14:33:12 | More by Bonhoeffer
More User Reviews:
4.13/5 rDev -0.5%
First time visit to Diplomat this weekend. I stopped in here with my wife and kids for lunch on Saturday at 11:45. There was a busy crowd with most of the tables occupied. Larger place than I had expected and a few tables outside as well.
The high gravity beers are along the entrace wall in the window. There is a long row of coolers along the back wall with singles and packs. Selection is good...Ommegang, Trappestis Rochefort, St. Bernardus, Lazy Magnolia, Bells, Abita, Boulevard, Unibroue and Macros.
The servers were very friendly, quick and hard working. This is a family friendly place. The staff were very kind and patient with my special needs children who can be a little roudy at times.
I had the Reuben which was great. It had a tangy russian dressing on it which was a little different for me but good. Prices seemed reasonable.
The only negative aspect of this place was that it is popular and crowded. The beer along the front wall is somewhat hard to get to without sitting in someone's lap while they eat. But I suppose you know that is what you are getting into when you go in there to eat. I will definitely be back!
01-15-2012 22:52:17 | More by TrappistJohnMD
4.2/5 rDev +1.2%
I have been to the place several times. The first time I went was with the wife for lunch. They have great food, both hot and cold sandwiches. They also sell beer and wine. They ahve some of the beer stacked in the front window and in the back in coolers. Most of the beer is in coolers. They have a good selection for Alabama and it is getting better. If in the area it is worth the stop to check out what they have for beer and grab a sandwich. I try to top by on the way home every so often to see what they have new in stock.
10-09-2010 19:40:17 | More by harpus
4.35/5 rDev +4.8%
Very nice place set up as a deli as well as a package store. The alcohol is around the sides of the deli and is not obtrusive at all. The workers are very nice and helpful if you are looking for anything and more than happy to make suggestions or answer questions about most of their inventory.
There is a large selection of about seven coolers wide with great variety of unusual and rare beers. With the new beer laws in Alabama they regularly host craft beer tastings and other events, often free to the public, from many vendors.
The only knack is the price, if you are purchasing a six-pack of a specific beer you can find some deals, but they make a profit on the make your own six pack and the individual beers. Make sure if you make your own six pack to not include the higher priced specialty beers with non specialty ones or your price will be significantly higher.
05-16-2010 01:36:08 | More by hangh
4.3/5 rDev +3.6%
I love this place. Diplomat has a good menu and a huge selection of beers. In fact nearly the best in Birmingham well its Vestevia technically. Service is solid and friendly. Knows their beers and likes to talk to you and help you find new ones to try. food is good as well. go to eat and have a drink or just to have a beer.
outside or inside. love it can't tell enough good things.
A Must Try for beer lovers or wine. prices are a bit high but well worth it in my opinion. all bottles so far can be purchases one and or make your own sixer no draft beers though well not yet:)
Beau of Bama
06-24-2009 06:58:59 | More by LestatSabastian
4.85/5 rDev +16.9%
First of all, I am bias for this place. I am more of a sandwich connoisseur than a beer connoisseur (I will at least buy a case of mass produced domestic beer, but would not buy a bad sandwich) and this place is my favorite hot sandwich shop I have ever tried across our great country. I recommend the Ambassador or a Rubin for a hot sandwich.
About the beer, it has the best selection of beer in Alabama to buy and take home with you. A whole wall of singles. Mass and micro; Foreign and domestic. Buy a fine wine or liquor too. Always friendly service and can talk the trade with the friendly owner. Not a place to get plastered. Just enjoy a great sandwich and a great beer.
To note comparing apples to apples, this is a very fine beer store "for the State of Alabama" and not for the nation as a whole. The selection is growing every few days due to the new beer law, but you can find more selections in other states. It is only fair that I bump selection down -0.5. Still the best I have seen in this sad state.
06-08-2009 01:45:07 | More by PsychoJedi
4/5 rDev -3.6%
This strange little deli/beer store is in the relatively upscale Vestavia area of Birmingham. It's not a real big place, but they have quite a few coolers so much of the beer is refrigerated and also seems in date. This is Birmingham, so the selection is limited to abvs below 6%. In that context this place has quite a few beers on offer, including most notably a quite good German selection for the area. Many beers are available as singles as well. I went in for a sixpack of Lazy Magnolia, but they were out and didn't know when they would have more. I expected the place to look and feel more upscale, but its definitely more homey and simple than that. Not a bad place to check out some beer, but I don't know if they have a whole lot that Whole Food doesn't have.
10-26-2008 18:46:42 | More by Georgiabeer
4.35/5 rDev +4.8%
I hit up this place over the weekend to pick up some brews I can't get in BR. Amazingly, as restrictive as the alcohol laws are in Alabama, there was still plenty here that I can't get at home. Sweetwater, Terrapin, Yuengling, Left Hand, and others are available here that I can't get locally.
The prives seemed a bit high, I paid over $40 for 4 6-packs of regional brews, but I was thrilled that they allowed mix & match 6-packs.
I didn't have any of the food, although my local friends claim it's a nice place to eat.
10-20-2008 00:24:33 | More by theboozecruise
4/5 rDev -3.6%
Stopped in over Thanksgiving, although I had eaten here many times when I still lived in Birmingham.
No quality issues with any of the beer, all appeared to be in date and appropriate with respect to season.
Selection was quite good (for Alabama). Have to keep in mind the laws that prevent the really interesting stuff from landing here.
Service was fine as far as food goes. With the beer, I did have one offer to help me find a particular beer when I was looking at the cooler, but I didin't pursue it.
For me, the Diplomat offers a great beer selection to go with really good deli food (Senator and reuben are two of my favorites), as well as a convenient "south of Birmingham" location to get a good selection of beer.
Pricing is a bit high, but the selection and food make up for it.
If you are in the area, stop in for lunch (avoid prime lunch hour as it gets pretty crowded), and grab a couple of beers.
11-27-2006 14:53:19 | More by
Diplomat Delicatessen & Spirits in Vestavia, AL
92 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.