Martin Wine Cellar
Ratings: 17 | Reviews: 16 | Display Reviews Only:
3.7/5 rDev -10%
Over the past few years, this place has declined for beer. At first, it was great with a number of good brews to pick from. Now, the beer section keeps moving and reducing. Dorgniac's grocery is almost right across the street and provides a greater beer selection in both volume and quality.
They do have plenty of staff that was available to help. They had given me some good wine recommendations, which I believe is what Martin's does best. I hope they rekindle their beer fire once again. That would make me more eager to visit.
10-08-2010 06:31:09 | More by megahurts4
3.5/5 rDev -14.8%
Sadly, this place has really gone downhill over the past year or so.
It seems like the beer section is always in a new location every time I visit, and it always seems like it is getting smaller as well. There is a small shelf that has only American beers and a larger shelf on the opposite side with the import selection.
American selection...SABL, SN Kellerweiss, a few selections from Rogue, say Dead Guy, Chocolate, maybe Shakespeare. From North Coast, they had Old Stock and Scrimshaw, advertised Old Raspy but didn't see any. The most expansive selection seemed to be from Bear Republic and Stone. Oh yeah, and they had a ton of Bud Light and Abita...
Belgians...Chimay, Westmalle, Rochefort, Duchesse, Saison Dupont, St. Bernardus. A few others but nothing too special. Other imports included Spaten, Paulaner, Ayinger and they did have Schneider Aventinus. They even had one offering from Mikkeller, was the All Others Pale.
The selection was better back when Buddha was there, but it just doesn't seem like there's much to it anymore. The best thing is everything is sold by the bottle so it might be nice just to go mix a Stone pack maybe. Others have mentioned the great wine and liquor selection, but that doesn't factor into the beer part so can't really call that a plus here.
The service is still good. Somebody will find you within about 30 seconds to make sure you're good. Again, not as knowledgeable as the Buddha...it was fun to see them try to make recommendations for styles they weren't equipped with. That really should have been a sign that they need to work on the selection but I'm fairly certain nothing will change. But at least they tried to work with what they had.
All the prices seemed reasonable and again it is nice that you don't have to commit to a whole 6 pack if you just want to mix and match. Overall though, Martin isn't nearly as good as it was about a year ago. The selection might be better than the typical grocery, but there are better places out there just down the street really.
01-30-2010 22:38:59 | More by Vengeance526
4.35/5 rDev +5.8%
Wow - what a great store. Sadly, the beer selection is only slightly above average, but everything else here is top notch. There are only about 100 beers here - and nothing terribly out of the ordinary.
There is an incredible wine and liquor selection here. The staff is exceptionally knowledgeable about the wine and liquor - not as sure on the beer as I didn't have too many questions.
They had an impressive selection of imports - the craft section left something to be desired.
The deli here is awesome as well. I've had a couple of sandwiches there that are top notch as well as the meat and cheese plate. Great place.
05-23-2009 00:15:57 | More by Ell
4.3/5 rDev +4.6%
I went in last friday to pick up some beers I'd been looking for. Martin's has really gone out of their way to increase their beer selection from years past. Jeremy was really helpful even though he was pretty busy. I hope they continue down their current path. Southeast Louisiana has been lacking decent beer selection for a good while. Some of the selection included:
They have bottles in the cooler if you're looking for cold offerings, but much more in back at room temperature.
Their beer guy (beerbuddha) posts regularly about new offerings, and has been great about getting things in when requested. I'll definitely be back as long as they continue to offer new and hard to get beers.
11-12-2008 03:10:23 | More by tommy7777
4.5/5 rDev +9.5%
Being new to the "good" beer scene (i.e. breaking away from Corona and Bud) I had no clue where to start. I think what really made Martin's shine was first building a friendship with Jeremy (aka the BeerBuddha on BA). Even though he could not brouse the shelves with me because he was the manager, he did take the time to write down several selections to start with on my way to become more than just a casual beer drinker.
The quality was good, if your going for mass produced, skip this place. Also has all the Abita and Dixie brands for the La beer lovers.
11-10-2008 21:05:46 | More by cvfish
3.85/5 rDev -6.3%
My friend and I had just finished our tour of the Abita brewery and made a quick trip to New Orleans on the way back to Mississippi. We saw on BA that Martin's was one of the highest rated Beerfly reviews on the site and decided to go there. Together we spent over 100 dollars. Coming from Mississippi this is the equivalent of a beer Mecca. Chimay, many triples, Flying Dog of all types, and an incredible selection of wine and liquor made this a trip worth driving for. The reason service is a 3 is because we did not receive any help at all until we reached the register. The register staff was really nice, but it could have led to a better overall experience to at least be asked how we were doing. None of the bottles were dusty; nor, were they old. Overall, I would visit again. If only this was across the street from me!
07-11-2008 03:57:17 | More by GuinnessHero
4.5/5 rDev +9.5%
Martin's is my favorite place to go for beer in New Orleans. They've got the largest beer selection of any liquor store in the area, along with a nice sized wine/liquor selection. The deli in the store is a nice touch with great sandwiches for lunch. I gave the selection a 4/5 since they do have the largest selection in the area, but the American micro choices are pretty thin. However, understand that this is a distribution issue, not a location issue. Jeremy (BeerBuddha) is always trying to get new beers to the store and if it's a new micro, he'll be getting it in stock. Whole Foods does have a few North Coast beers, but other than that, Martin's trumps them in overall selection.
06-22-2008 15:27:12 | More by midnighthour12
4.5/5 rDev +9.5%
Went to Martins a few days ago. Beerbuddah picked out some really good beers(including some Nugget Nectar) for me to try even though he was rather busy. Its a great store with great service. The selection is the best I have found in the Metaire area. Being able to purchase individual bottles is a big plus since I am exploring to see what I like. I always find something good to try out when I go there. If only the beer section was a bit bigger....but then again I would probably say that no matter how big it was. Can never have to much to choose from. I haven't tried the deli there but it seems like a good place.
Anyway Martin's is a must stop for beer lovers in the area.
06-21-2008 21:23:35 | More by Razoul
4.05/5 rDev -1.5%
Martin is known more as a wine store than a place to buy beer, particularly with people from out-of-town. They also serve a good gourmet lunch. That being said, it has one of the better selections of beer in Louisiana. I scored some Charles Wells Bombardier, Troegs Nugget Nectar, and Aventinus among others.
I stopped by on a Saturday in the late afternoon after not going there for about 3 years. One of the first things I noticed was that the beer area seems to be a little smaller than it used to be. The selection has improved (no doubt thanks to Beerbuddha). Very good selection of Belgians and beers from the UK. I would have liked to have seen some more American craft brews. There are actually 2 areas of beer. The larger area is surrounded by the liquor selection, and there is a section of their refrigerated area dedicated to beer. I would prefer more beers available in the refrigerated area.
I particularly liked the signs under certain beers indicating how they're graded on Beeradvocate.com. I found it helpful.
The service is good, although it seemed like some of the staff was really looking forward to closing up even though they were open for another hour. Overall, this is a very good place to buy beer in the New Orleans area.
05-25-2008 20:03:55 | More by theghost3
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