Cleveland Park Liquors & Fine Wines
Ratings: 6 | Reviews: 6
District of Columbia
2.65/5 rDev -24.1%
quality: 2.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
I've been stopping in here twice a month for the better part of a year, with my last stop being a few nights ago, so it feels like about time to post a review. As others have mentioned, the shop is in a very convenient location - close to the Cleveland Park Metro. I would disagree with what some others have said though in regards to the size of the space - I think it's actually on the large side by city liquor store standards. The beer is right near the street entrance, but don't forget that they have a few coolers in the way back of the store.
The Selection here is pretty good. They offer a wide range of American craft brews with a smallish, but decent selection of international stuff- certainly more variety than your typical shop with a commitment to variety and quality, but not quite on the level of a true specialty beer shop like Chevy Chase Wines up the road. For instance, they have Smuttynose beers which not every smaller shop in DC will have. However, some days you may come in and find only the IPA, while others you could choose between the IPA, Old Brown Dog and Shoals Pale. I haven't ever seen a Smutty Big Beer series there, but I may have just not looked hard enough. This is a long way towards saying, if you stop by looking for a sixer of a nice American IPA or Imperial Stout, you'll have a few choices, but if you have to have a specific beer on any given day, this might not be the best spot. This system works well though, when it comes to...
Quality - they do seem to have pretty good turnover, especially on the more popular beers - think Bell's Two Hearted, Great Lakes Ed Fitzgerald, etc. which means you stand a pretty decent chance of fresh beers. However, with some of the big bottles and less well known six packs you may notice a good layer of dust and would be well advised to check the dates. It probably doesn't help that the beers are stored on a wall about 2 feet from the door and the large windows where light/temperature vary quite a bit.
Service - if you need a nice WINE, this is your absolute go to spot for customer service. The wine guy is incredibly friendly, knowledge-able and it helps that he ALWAYS seems to be out on the floor. The beer guy, however, doesn't seem to really exist and the help you get in his/her place isn't super. I've tried to ask about when certain beers might be arriving and whether they carry different breweries and the only answer I ever get is: "we have every beer in DC on our wall" (not actually true). To be fair, I think I'm asking the guys whose job it is to operate the cash register and sell lottery tickets so maybe I shouldn't expect anything more than this.
The value is fine. It's DC. Everything is a little expensive here, but it's not any more expensive at CP Liquors than it is anywhere else.
Bottom Line- it's a reasonable shop, especially if you live in the area and need to keep your fridge stocked with a few standards. Probably not worth any sort of major trip to visit though.
01-07-2011 19:45:42 | More by markb40
3.6/5 rDev +3.2%
quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
When you walk in, the first thing you see is the beer selection. I gave this place a higher mark than some of the other places I have rated in NW. While everyone carries the popular brands; it looks like this establishment reached a bit further to separate themselves from the rest of the pack, especially for such a small shop. One other thing that really stood out about this place was the fact that it had a on-site beer consultant.
To start, I checked the mainstream craft beers. I immediately found Dogfish Head and to my surprise they had something beyond Midas Touch, 60-min, 90-min and Raison. They had World Wide Stout, Raison E'extra, Pangaea, and My Antonia. Pretty cool. They also topped it off with some regional brews that I are quite new to me such as, Fire Rock, Bar Harbor, Dominion.They also have a lot of the other craft beers I have grown quite fond of over the years, such as Weyerbacher, Brooklyn, Ommegang, Stone, Lagunitas, Rogue, Victory, Magners, Weihenstephaner, Coopers, Saranac, Liefman's, Squall, Victory, Great Divide, Red Rocket...
This store has an assortment of beer sizes to choose from including six-packs, bombers (Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary & Great Divide Fresh Hops to name a few), and single-serve. Macros are available, Bud, Bud Light, etc...As I mentioned before, the beer is located right at the store entrance. One concern of mine is that the beer sits right next to the bay windows at the entrance of the store. Not sure if they have experienced a spoiling issues, but if so, they should consider moving the beers elsewhere. Also, be sure to check the brew dates on the bottles. It looks like a lot of the beers have been sitting on the shelves for a while.
With reasonable prices and a surprise selection, this is my go-to-place in Cleveland Park.
01-03-2011 21:00:06 | More by ferrari29
District of Columbia
3.35/5 rDev -4%
quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
Fair craft beer spot, with a good selection, and an occasional representative promoting a special release or brewery that is starting to distribute in the region. Some bottles give a feeling of have been collecting dust for bit, so checking dates and knowing what one is picking up is, as always, of the essence.
Staff in my visits was correct but not particularly helpful or knowledgeable. And pricing is average for the region without nothing particularly enticing.
If one is in the neighborhood it is a worthy stop to find some quality brews, but having the time other places in the city surpass it with ease.
06-30-2010 15:40:14 | More by Daniellobo
District of Columbia
3.85/5 rDev +10.3%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Very convenient location (one block south of the Cleveland Park Metro - take the east side exit, and keep walking straight ahead, cross the light, and the store will be on your left, half-way down the block).
The selection is very good. I'd say they have about 200 different beers (besides the macros). Just off the top of my head, I recall seeing a lot of beers from Rogue, Unibroue, Stone, Bell's, Sam Smith, Chimay, Weihenstephaner, Dogfish Head, and on and on.
The service is ok. Some in the staff are very helpful and have good suggestions, others are just not too helpful. It's kind of a crap shoot on the beer side (service on the wine side has always been great in my experience).
My main issue is that the vast majority of their beer selection just sits on shelves, unrefrigerated. Having said that, I haven't bought a skunky beer from them.
03-19-2008 04:40:18 | More by ClashmoreMike
District of Columbia
3.85/5 rDev +10.3%
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Went on Saturday for the first time, one of the closer beer stores to me, but I hadnt bothered to go for some reason.
Quality - Beers seemed dust free, but they were a bit low on cooler space. It was nice to see the craft beer right at the front, with the macros relegated to the far back of the store. The beers I got there have all tasted good so far, so I have no complaints about their handling of the product.
Service Seemed pretty standard, the guy behind the counter seemed nice enough and I didnt solicit any advice.
Selection Not the biggest selection in the world, but they did have some interesting finds that I hadnt seen in the last week on my visits to Julios (MA), Oak Tree (NJ), and Chevy Chase (DC). Highlights included De Proef Saison Imperiale and La Grande Blanche, Fantome Hiver, and some interesting Ciders.
Certainly nothing earth shattering, but enough to warrant a walk up there every once in awhile. This is also a great place if you need it to be metro accessible, Chevy Chase can be a bit of a walk particularly carrying a few bottles of beer.
01-07-2008 20:57:17 | More by OldSock
3.65/5 rDev +4.6%
quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5
Located just a block away from the Cleveland Park Metro, this is pretty much where I go for beer when in the District. There are certainly stores with better selections, but none are as conveniently located. Let's just say I don't trust drivers in the DC area...
That polemic aside, the store is laid out a little odd, beerwise. Walking into the store, you see a whole lot of six packs to your left (about three shelves worth). These beers are the smaller domestics and some imports that do multiple packaging (Madonna, Unibroue's 4-packs) To your right is Redhook, Sam Adams, and Sierra Nevada. There's then another shelf full of singleton beers of varying provenances. Some Rogue bombers, Koenigshoeven, Smuttynose Big Beer Series, Hitachino. There's then three coolers containing some beers and ciders in large containers. Here's where you'll find the Allagash, more Hitachino, Rogue, and Stone bombers. There's also a row of coolers located in the far back that have sixers of some other micros, as well as the macros. A healthy representation of a good deal of styles, but no real standouts, to be honest.
The store also carries liquor and wine, as you would expect by the name. In terms of shelf/floor space, I'd say a good third of the store is beer.
The prices are pretty reasonable, and the staff seems willing to help you out somewhat. It not being my usual place to go, I've not really tested their customer service in terms of bad bottles or special orders.
11-04-2003 04:43:07 | More by ManekiNeko
Cleveland Park Liquors & Fine Wines in Washington, DC
- out of 100 based on 6 ratings.