Cap N Cork Liquor
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Ratings: 21 | Reviews: 18 | Display Reviews Only:
4.65/5 rDev +18.6%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $
I always come to this place when in Los Angeles, as this is the only game in Hollywood (excepting Bevmo). They have two things going for them that Bevmo doesnt, 1) really knowledgeable staff, one of whom, I hear is a BA, and 2) you can buy singles where that is often not the case at Bevmo.
Their staff is always really friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. They have even offered to ship to Japan especially for me. And gave me packing advice and always give me free packing materials (cardboard boxes and those shrimpy styrofoam things) for the beer I had purchased.
They always have Stone, Unibroue, and all the other usual suspects (listed in the other reviews), so I alwasy buy a couple dozen bottles to take back to Japan with me.
02-16-2006 04:59:53 | More by Naerhu
United Kingdom (England)
4.55/5 rDev +16.1%
quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
After reading the other two reviews I made a point to visit this place. They didn't steer me wrong! This is a very impressive liquor store, I'd say a little better than Galco's in terms of selection and pricing, with a slightly less friendly staff, but with much better storage. I definitely make a point to stop by whenever I'm out in Los Feliz or Silver Lake. Highlights: obscure Belgian imports at very reasonable prices and a good range of the usual west coast staples (Rogue, Stone, North Coast, Lost Coast, Lagunitas, etc.), plus some very, very pleasant surprises (Hitachino Nest, Ommegang, Victory, and Fat Tire!). Storage is excellent, everything is refrigerated in the back. The only downside is that you can't buy singles.
Definitely worth the trip! They also have a decent array of wines... and just about every liquor under the sun.
12-05-2005 10:01:35 | More by soulgrowl
4.3/5 rDev +9.7%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
This was my first visit to Cap N Cork. I'm used to holding out until my periodic trips to Long Beach to visit Vin de Pays, but after coming here, I may not need to go so far out of the way for good beer.
Their web site lists their massive array of offerings. I checked this against the first 25 or so of the Best of BA and found half a dozen I wanted to try. I also found several others I was curious about.
When I arrived at the store, I found that every single beer of interest that I found on their web site was also at the store. I can't speak to their service because I didn't need any--I just walked in, grabbed a basket, and started filling it. I ended up spending $80 on beer. It stung a bit, but I walked out with a couple of Trappistes Rochefort 10s, a Rochefort 8, a couple of Brasserie Des Rocs Grand Crus (what's the plural of Crus?), a St. Bernardus Abt. 12, an AleSmith Speedway Stout, and numerous other random selections.
They definitely had more of the top notch beers I wanted than Vin de Pays, but I get the feeling that their inventory is relatively static, so I may still be heading down to Long Beach to experiment on the unknown periodically.
I don't have a strong basis of comparison on price, but for quality of selection, this one is the best I've seen, definitely beating out BevMo. Again, I'm talking *quality*: BevMo might have *more* kinds of beer, but Cap N Cork has better options. And they're not so exclusive as to refuse to sell those delicious yellow assembly line beers we all know and love.
Based on a post I read on here this morning, I asked about the rumor that Three Floyds would be distributing there soon, and the cashier confirmed that this should come about in the next week or so, but he wasn't sure which of their offerings would show up (apparently someone else works there who is much more knowledgeable about beer). Could this be the first Three Floyds sighting on the west coast? I'm not sure, but it would definitely be my first sighting.
I read that Cap N Cork also serves food, but I didn't get there until almost 9:00 and the food area was closed, so I can't vouch for the quality. Not that I particularly cared...a 5 minute drive and I was eating paella and drinking sangria while my beer waited patiently for me in the trunk of my car. No wonder I feel like the bottom of a shoe this morning.
05-31-2006 06:18:41 | More by instrumentality
4.2/5 rDev +7.1%
quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $
Fantastic! Best place to find quality beer in LA that I've found so far. Great selection of singles in all different styles. Not to mention a decent selection of good beers in six-pack as well. The prices are really low. I picked up a 22oz of Alesmith, Young's, Charles Wells and St.Peter's for $15. Oh yeah, there's also wine, snacks, sodas and a deli.
(Anecdotal aside: Two buddies were grabbing stuff while I was here. The first one just bought chips and a soda. The second was in search of the perfect beer for the evening. The first one got impatient and said to his friend, "Come on dude, you're not buying a car!". The second one totally ignored the comment, left his friend standing there and kept on looking until he found the right one. I say hooray for him! Don't bow down to pressure! Clearly quality beer is more important than a jerk, i mean, friend like that!)
05-01-2006 03:28:24 | More by JayTheFinn
4.17/5 rDev +6.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | $
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
4.15/5 rDev +5.9%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
The place was very easy to find and park in the rear of the building. What impressed me right away was the wall of liquor and spirits behind the cashier counter. There had to be hundreds of bottles, all with readable prices and labels. The rest of the store layout was organized and easy to maneuver through. I went in looking for Fantome and found it right away in numbered fridge lockers. This system allows the owner to point you in the right direction without having to leave the cashier counter. The owner was very helpful and knowledgeable on his inventory. I really enjoyed the experience and will likely come back again to look at the selection again.
09-04-2008 22:29:40 | More by bcarreon
4.15/5 rDev +5.9%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
I found this to be a very good place to buy beer.
First, the beer selection was quite large by any standard and entirely refrigerated, which some people love and some hate, but I love it because I know the odds of my getting a skunked beer are reduced. The beer refrigerators wrap all the way around two long walls, and are well-lit and well-stocked.
When I visited, I found an ample selection of craft and import beers. Crafts they had at the time that I can remember: Bear Republic, Lagunitas, Port, AleSmith, Lost Abbey, Ballast Point, Avery, RR (Devotion), Allagash, Anderson Valley, Victory, Deschutes, Stone, Greenflash, and others. They only had a handful of one-off or specialty beers from those brewers, but they had all of the primary offerings. The imports were also well picked (but I can't remember them as clearly), with plenty of good German, Belgian, and British options.
I was offered assistance from the staff and they thoughtfully packaged all of my purchases in cardboard wine boxes, even when I didn't have enough bottles to fill a whole case.
All in all, I was very pleased with Cap 'n Cork and all the bottles I've opened from there have been in great condition. I would love to have this as my local beer store.
06-29-2008 20:19:53 | More by FreightTrain
4/5 rDev +2%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
I will leave my old review as is and just highlight the new Cap N' Cork.
The Cap N' Cork has moved across the street to a larger facility. A much cleaner and more respectable atmosphere. The spirit and wine selection has gotten larger and the wine selection is much more credible. They now have a small deli and make sandwiches. They also have a larger parking lot in the back. Everthing is an upgrade.
The beer selection is about the same. They have added a few and removed a few. Sadly they had no Fantome. They have added Bear Republic, Left Hand and Ommegang. Prices for some beers were very competitive. This is still a good but not a great place to purchase craft and imported beer. (End of update.)
Sometimes when a chance is taken, it pays off. I drove by this store and I decided to check it out. A pretty normal looking store from the outside. Nothing impressive. I step in. Pretty dingy and this place sure needs a face lift or just a mop and dust rag. Not the cleanest of liquor stores.
They carry plenty of wine and spirits. Chips, crackers and dips as well. The macro selection and mid sized breweries are well represented. In fact they have twelve packs and cases of beer stacked up all over the store. Mostly macros but some Sam Adams and Sierra Nevada Pale as well. There is very little floor space in this store.
Well the cooler is another story. Plenty of quality brews. Let's start American. Stone, Alesmith, Anderson Valley, North Coast, Firestone, Anchor Steam and a few others. A decent supply of German and English beers. They had a healthy supply of Mexican beers, Brazilian and even beers from Guatemala. I bought a couple of these. What the heck, I have never had Guatemalan beer before. Casta from Mexico is here and a couple of Czech., Chinese and Indian beers They also have a nice supply of Belgians. Fantome and Fantome Noel. Lambics and Abbey ales. A huge selection? No, but not bad. I am sure a Belgian beer drinker could find something to their liking here. A very nice supply of beers.
I put my selections on the counter and it immediately drew interest from a few other customers. It was the bottle of Fantome that did it. The proprieter and I talked beer for a few minutes while the customers looked shocked as we could find so much to talk about the beer I was purchasing. Maybe they took some knowledge away with them? The owner does love beer.
Overall a very healthy selection. The prices are about a buck more per selection than a few other places that I purchase beer. But in a pinch this place will do nicely.
I learned from just having a minute to investigate this liquor store that all routes must be explored and traveled. You never know what you might be missing.
11-07-2003 07:24:25 | More by Rumrunner
Cap N Cork Liquor in Los Angeles, CA
89 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.