Cap N Cork Liquor
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Ratings: 21 | Reviews: 18 | Display Reviews Only:
3.7/5 rDev -5.6%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$
Visited on Monday afternoon, 06/23/08, at about 3:30pm.
The store is very clean and well organized. Almost all of the substantial floor space is dedicated to wine, and there are lots of spirits arrayed impressively on shelves behind the counter.
The beer is kept in coolers; I didn't count, but, if memory serves, they have about eight doors of craft beer. Impressive.
Lots of bombers, individual bottles and sixers of all the usual suspects that a moderately well-stocked LA area beer store carries. Nothing out of the ordinary (no Dogfish Head, Oskar Blues or Sprecher and very little Alesmith, Russian River, Lagunitas, Bear Republic or Ballast Point, for instance).
Decent selection of Belgian and German beers, and some nice English choices as well.
Even though I live only four miles away from this place, I don't think I'll be going back unless I'm much closer. And seeing as how I have never been to this neighborhood before, despite having lived in LA for 21 years...
A note about the service: I came up to the counter with $20.00 worth of beer and wanted to shop for more, but I really needed to use the restroom. I asked politely if I could use it, and the fellow behind the counter told me, "Sorry, no."
I told him it was a shame I couldn't buy more as I had to get to a restroom fast. This didn't sway him. I probably would have spent double that much if he'd have just let me pee in their restroom.
Maybe this is why I go so far out of my way to go to Walnut Liquor or Lone Hill - they never deny the bladder needs of their customers.
06-23-2008 23:49:26 | More by charlzm
4/5 rDev +2%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
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
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
United Kingdom (England)
4.55/5 rDev +16.1%
quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
After reading the other two reviews I made a point to visit this place. They didn't steer me wrong! This is a very impressive liquor store, I'd say a little better than Galco's in terms of selection and pricing, with a slightly less friendly staff, but with much better storage. I definitely make a point to stop by whenever I'm out in Los Feliz or Silver Lake. Highlights: obscure Belgian imports at very reasonable prices and a good range of the usual west coast staples (Rogue, Stone, North Coast, Lost Coast, Lagunitas, etc.), plus some very, very pleasant surprises (Hitachino Nest, Ommegang, Victory, and Fat Tire!). Storage is excellent, everything is refrigerated in the back. The only downside is that you can't buy singles.
Definitely worth the trip! They also have a decent array of wines... and just about every liquor under the sun.
12-05-2005 10:01:35 | More by soulgrowl
3.9/5 rDev -0.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
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
4/5 rDev +2%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Cap N Cork has fallen on some rough times. It used to be so good. Now the local section has taking a beating. There are still plenty of good local beers but the harder to find ones haven't been replenished in ages. It seems that management got a little carried away. They still have one of the best selection of Belgians around. I hope it can get back to its former self
OLD SCORE: 4.7
Cap N Cork is one of the best places to purchase beers in Los Angeles. The selection is on par with any other LA establishment: not the extensive variety of Bevmo but certainly the selections are better (one word: Fantome). Its very similar to Red Carpet in Glendale, not an enormous beer area and all refrigerated but with better prices. On Hillhurst, in Los Feliz, its a hip area (the new Beck album mentions the shop on his latest CD) but judging from their inventory, its an area not yet hip to quality beer. I live a 5 minute drive away, so Im in there all of the time.
The proprietor (perhaps also the owner?) and a couple of the other clerks are knowledgeable and open to recommendations for future stock. They definitely have a small loyal base of beer fanatics, when something special comes in it wont be there long. The prices are decent sometimes exceptional, sometimes a little much, more often than not it will be fine. Im always looking for new spots to get great beer in LA; Ive tried most of the usual suspects on Beerfly and still rate Cap N Cork amongst the best of them.
Beers regularly available (that you may not find elsewhere) - Belgian: Fantome, Achel. Orval, Petrus, Piraat, Karmeliet, Duinen, Kasteel, Duvel, Delirium, Augustin
US: Victory, Avery, Angel City, Bear Republic, Left Hand, Alesmith, Ommegang, North Coast, Anderson Valley, Lost Coast, Lagunitas, Mendocino, Rogue and many of the Unibroues from Canada
11-09-2005 20:53:45 | More by sloejams
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
3.85/5 rDev -1.8%
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
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
3.7/5 rDev -5.6%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$
I was here today and overall the place made a pretty good impression on me. The entire wall is lined with beer coolers, and there were a couple of aisles as well, although the aisles were mostly for wine and liquor. Good selection, with some things that I hadn't seen before, but nothing too crazy. Good assortment of styles and geographic regions. The staff wasn't really involved much, but everything was pretty easy to find and self explanatory. Everything inside was well kept and clean and orderly.The location is great as well, a couple of blocks away from the Vermont/Sunset metro stop and in Los Feliz. It was kind of on the pricey side, but overall a good beer shop. I think I'll be stopping here again soon.
01-17-2011 02:25:54 | More by BucBasil
Cap N Cork Liquor in Los Angeles, CA
89 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.