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Cap N Cork Liquor

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22 Ratings
Ratings: 22
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 15.7%
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1674 Hillhurst Ave
Los Angeles, California, 90027-5532
United States
phone: (323) 665-1260

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Reviews by augustgarage:
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3.85/5  rDev -2.5%

I've stopped in here a handful of times over the last year, and while they frequently don't have what I came in expecting to find, I always leave with something I hadn't heard of before.

Per previous reviews, all of the beer is in a wall length refrigerated case, with each door largely corresponding to a geographical location, style, or bottle size. Quality is generally very good, although several beers don't seem to turn over very quickly, so be cautious when picking out a hefe or an ipa. On the other hand, I tend to find ales that are no longer in production as well - especially limited Belgian releases - though nothing super-rare.

Besides the single bottles, they have a wide selection of 4 and 6 packs, cans, cases, min-kegs, and so on - largely from the West Coast, but including several gems from Belgium, England, Australia, Germany, Austria, etc. Prices can be slightly high (e.g. Temptation runs almost $26; and they mark-up their top-shelf whiskey quite a bit), but overall they compare well to anywhere else in L.A.

Spirit selection is rather good, and while their single wall presentation is impressive (though I wouldn't want to be working there during a strong earthquake), it doesn't lend itself well to browsing.

Soft drinks, mixers, snacks, and a few groceries are here as well since they still try to maintain an identity as a neighborhood corner store rather than a specialized liquor emporium.

I get the impression the business is family run, so the person behind the counter can be a surly and condescending middle aged man, an earnest enthusiastic young man, a harried but kind matriarch, or any combination thereof.

Worth a visit if you are in or near the neighborhood - though try to keep an open mind about what you hope to find within.

10-14-2009 03:19:21 | More by augustgarage
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

08-11-2014 01:57:34 | More by noproduction
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

06-08-2014 01:30:12 | More by BeerBeast
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

02-15-2014 05:34:41 | More by SuperMario
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4.17/5  rDev +5.6%

Cap N Cork has the largest selection of fine craft beers in the area. It is not Bevmo but they have a better product mix and it almost all refrigerated. Nice place but no real vibe.

The go to place if you live in Silver Lake or Los Feliz or Hollywood.

Great destination for quality liquor too.

George is the beer guy and he know his stuff. The other guys are soso at best.

Easy parking and good prices.

02-09-2014 15:56:10 | More by EchoParker
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

11-19-2013 03:37:33 | More by GRG1313
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3.4/5  rDev -13.9%

I live within walking distance of the Cap N Cork, so I end up coming here whenever I run out of beer or just want to poke in and see what's new. First things first: the employees are absolutely clueless. At best, they know if they're getting Deschutes The Abyss or not. I've tried to talk to them about breweries and upcoming seasonals and whatnot, and it's clear that they have no idea what I'm talking about.

No food is served here, but you can buy snacks. Just not pretzels. Chips but not pretzels. The horror!

Selection is above average, but they rarely get anything truly limited or special. A few overpriced bottles of red poppy sat here for a few months before someone cleaned them out. What I like about the Cap N Cork is that they frequently have variety boxes from breweries - moreso than you'll find at the Vons down the road. They also have a decent selection of six packs, but never the more sought after 6ers like Lagunitas Sucks. There's a fair amount of German and Belgian imports, but little of note. If you're after a year round six pack or if you're looking for an uncommon Californian bomber, this might be a good bottle shop to visit - if you don't mind paying a little more than you would elsewhere.

I usually see Lagunitas, Stone, Bear Republic, Victory, a couple Lost Abbey, Rogue, and various west coast options here. They have some stuff from Oregon but nothing like Cascade. Even their Deschutes selection is usually lackluster; they don't often carry even the seasonals. I've also seen Green Flash and Old Rasputin ($8.99 a four pack). Alesmith Speedway Stout is $11.99 here; that's $1.00 more than most places and & $1.50 more than BevMo! They do carry Sierra Nevada if that's your bag; I know they got Narwhal earlier this year (albeit at $10.99 a four pack). I've never seen Alpine here, but they did have The Bruery Oude Tart at an obscene price.

They don't seem to care about the age of bottles; old IPAs would definitely sit out here.

Elsewise, it's nothing to write home about. Just a decent bottle shop that really only makes sense for local residents in my opinion.


01-19-2013 00:35:42 | More by kojevergas
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3.73/5  rDev -5.6%

This is a nice store for the area. They have a vast wine inventory, in addition to tall wall of hard liquors. The entire back wall is a beer cooler that even wraps around the corner some. The beer is laid out in a really clear way, Styles and Location mainly sorted. It's easy to find what you're looking for. I don't always find the rarest of options, but it's a nice array (Stone, Bruery, Russian River, Abita, many Smaller CA brews as well). The Staff isn't very knowledgeable, which is a shame, but they're friendly when checking out. The Parking is a plus, and the prices are a little high.

11-01-2011 21:03:49 | More by mikedrinksbeer2
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3.9/5  rDev -1.3%

Plenty of free parking.

The store is vast, one of those SoCal classics with a twenty-foot high wall of booze and a sea of wine. Beer is kept cold -- almost all of it -- with about 12 coolers, stacked end to end. Bottles that come from here are always nice and fresh. Organized by country and style, things are easy to find and a good selection of classics (Stone, Alesmith) and hot new kids on the block (The Bruery, etc.) are easily found. Great seasonal rotation, including hard to find one-offs from local breweries.

Service is nice when you're checking out, but otherwise non-existent.

A great snapshot of what beer drinking in Los Angeles looks like right now. Prices are a bit higher than I'd like, but they always are, aren't they?

06-06-2011 07:05:34 | More by ithacabaron
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

This location has a solid range of beers from a variety of breweries, a breadth not depth approach to vending. They have Mikkeller, Uinta, Stone, west Coast offerings, Telegraph, Alpine (thank god), and plenty of other selections. You won't find many limited runs but I have seen Utopias there which is certainly a little different than most expect. It is also open later than most wine shops and it is fairly centrally located.

This location has its own parking lot, which may seem petty but in LA this is already a sigh of relief.

The owner has a pretty good grasp on what he has and is quick to show you new offerings. All in all, a pretty solid place that I would recommend to a friend, or fellow BA.

05-31-2011 04:35:10 | More by SubpoenaDeuces
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Cap N Cork Liquor in Los Angeles, CA
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