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Flair Beverage

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very good

16 Ratings
Ratings: 16
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.39%
$ - inexpensive
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3857 9th Ave
New York, New York, 10034-3739
United States
phone: (212) 569-8713

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sleazo

New York

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $

The Beer Warehouse is a distributor serving the Northern reaches of Manhattan and is easily accessible over the 207th street bridge from the Bronx and Major Deegan. It is basically a wholesale warehouse selling all manner of beverages from soda to beer. Beer wise the majority of what they sell is BMC and Presidente. Having grown up near there I have been coming here for years for cases of beer for parties or stocking up on Sierra Nevada or Brooklyn. However having just gone, they have really increased the variety making it somewhat of a destination. I just picked up a 4 pack of Urthel Hop It, sixers of Sierra Torpedo and KellerWeiss, Southampton Alt Dogfish 60 and a 750ml of Dogfish Squall IPA(not seen in most supermarkets and bodegas around here). Also spied on the shelves were 120 minute along with a bunch of other Dogfish bombers with a few rarities, along with the full regular lineups for Brooklyn, Sierra, Unibroue, Southampton, Ithaca, Harpoon and some one offs from the same breweries. Also some interesting Belgians as well as some rarer Czech and German imports.

This is not the type of place to seek out really rare beers but they do have a decent selection that you can buy by the single to the case. For the Northwest Bronx/North Manhattan area it really cannot be beat though and you can pick up some good but not exceedingly rare brews. The best part about this place are the prices. Most American craft brews go for about $6.50-$7.00 a sixer with cases being slightly less per 12oz. I like to stock up from here and avoid the normal $10+ six packs you find throughout the five boroughs.

A couple of suggestions. It is much easier to drive here as the bulk selections are the main draw. If you do take the subway(1 train to 207th) bring bags as they don't supply them. Not everything is priced but everything is cheap. You can also pick up cheap cases of any other drinks you like, Gatorade, soda, Sparks, Goya malta, you get the point. Probably the cheapest location in Manhattan to get some quality beer.

07-12-2009 22:47:01 | More by sleazo
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ONovoMexicano

New Mexico

3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $

This really is the spot to buy beer. I'd always known that to be the case around Memorial Day or the Fourth of July when I needed to get a case or two for the barbecue in the park or the house party, but it wasn't until my most recent visit that I realized that beyond the great selection of beers from around the world and the super cheap prices, Flair HAS A GREAT SELECTION OF CRAFT BEER. That's right. Deep in the back, in a couple of unassuming rows flanked by the cases of beer from such rarely-found-in-the-US-beers as Tyskie and Cuzqueña, there are beers from The Bruery, Hitachino, Dogfish Head, Founder's and the likes.

And I'm not just talking six packs, there were single bombers abound. How long these have been available here I'll never know, since I was sort of late to the American craft beer game and usually came here for European and other international beers that you'd never find in any bodega uptown. But they're there now and at the great prices you expect from Flair, which speaking of which, I just learned was the name when I looked the place up on Yelp, because for all my years in the city it was just 'THE beer spot.'

Be warned that the place gets crazy around the big holiday celebrations and the line winds through the store with people pushing carts loaded with 10-15 cases of beer, cases of juices and sodas, and a generally chaotic atmosphere. If you're wise, you'll just cut all the cart-pushers and find your way to a cashier at the front who could care less where you came from as long as you're ready to pay. But be warned, THIS PLACE IS CASH ONLY! I'd forgotten this and had to leave behind a number of good beers I was eager to buy because I didn't have enough cash and wasn't about to pay the nearby ATM $3-5 to get more.

Also, be aware that the cashiers are very rough around the edges and really lack in decor and politeness, don't take it personal.

09-16-2013 21:49:52 | More by ONovoMexicano
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DoubleSimcoe

New York

3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $

After a visit to The Cloisters in nearby Fort Tryon Park and a stop at a wine store in Upper Broadway to buy some prized and precious Pedro Ximenez, I ventured down to this crazy-huge warehouse of all things drinkable located where Manhattan dies and the Bronx is so close you can almost touch it.

Suddenly it ain’t Manhattan anymore, what with the ample parking spots, big-box establishments and heavy car traffic. Not the most pedestrian-friendly area in town, and not much atmosphere at the store either- just a gigantic space filled with pallets of drinks, from Red Bull to cranberry juice to good beer.

The craft-beer selection is rather smallish but good (they have tons of BMC cases if you care for that.) I saw a whole shelf of bombers (Goose Island, Dogfish, Bruery, Allagash) and another shelf full of six-packs from Founders, Bear Republic, Victory and Lagunitas… quite a selection of German and Belgian beers too, plus a bunch of cans from Oskar Blues, Sixpoint, Butternuts.

Service was nice, there was a beer guy cruising the aisles who cared enough to go all the way down to the registers and back to get me a shopping bag. But the best part of it all at Flair is the prices: King Henry for $9.99, Lagunitas Capuccino Stout for $3.99, Dogfish Squall for $6.99, a 4-pack of Dogfish 90 for $8.69. Yeah!

Be aware that this store is cash only (doesn’t make sense, considering they are wholesale and sell huge cases) and it is far away from civilization. But if you’re around, why not. Man, they are cheap!

02-03-2012 05:43:45 | More by DoubleSimcoe
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unclejazz

New York

4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $

I have made the trek up to the bronx a few times to check out this place and I am always glad I do. Nothing is refrigerated here, but most of it moves so its not a huge issue. The last time there, I asked for a beer I didn't see and the guy found it for me. you can buy singles and they have a good not great selection. Some bombers, cork and caged, Belgian, Mikkeller, Ommegang, cheap Lambics, Founders, DFH, Rogue, Allagash, Jolly Pumpkin, Stone, Smuttynose, Cigar City, and many others. CASH ONLY!!!

Check it out NYers.

12-26-2011 22:34:47 | More by unclejazz
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tobelerone

Connecticut

3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $

What a discovery. A huge beverage warehouse. No frills but just about the lowest prices you are gonna find in NYC. You can buy singles out of any 6, plus full sixers, cases, kegs, large format bottles. Nice young beer guy named Ivan who is very helpful.

I left with 2 bottles of BCBS, 2 King Henry's and a Nightstalker for 45 bucks. Should have bought a case of Spaten Optimator sitting by the cashier; 5.99! Ivan said the owner didn't want to deal with 12 packs so he bundled 2 of them together and was practically giving them away.

Jolly Pumpkin bottles were 10 bucks, that's a great price. Lots of German brews, some English and Belgian stuff, plenty of Founders, etc. Lagunitas big bottles were something like 2.99 each.

Tons of macro and non-alcoholic beverages too, free parking. Don't miss this spot if you're anywhere nearby and don't be afraid to ask for things you don't see. There were lots of things hidden, way up above the shelves in cases, and in the back and not on shelves yet.

Cash only, make sure you stop off at the ATM ahead of time!

12-20-2011 17:09:03 | More by tobelerone
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Spazzznyc

New York

3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$

Visited on Saturday August 6, 2011. Large mostly non-beer beverages with great prices on some beer but okay on others. Six of Dogfish Indian Brown Ale $10.96 with tax and deposit ($10.50 before tax & deposit at my local store). Brooklyn Lager in bottles $7.00 and change before deposit and tax. No air conditioning and inside temp at least 85 degrees so maybe not so good for storing quality beer. Probably a better place to buy cheap beer and soda in bulk before having that backyard blowout barbecue.

08-08-2011 20:11:05 | More by Spazzznyc
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JSC437

New York

4.28/5  rDev +16.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $

This is my "secret spot" in NYC. I go to New Beer, Whole Foods Beer Room, and all the other good places down town. But I really like Flair Beverage. In recent months I have purchased Sculpin IPA, KBS, Goose Island Bourbon County Stout, Beer Geek Mikkeller (Weasel), 120 Minute IPA, Firestone Double Jack, Devil Dancer, Double Trouble, and lots of other stuff. I asked the guy who is charge of craft beer to increase the selection (he is a good guy BTW). So now they have Ballast Point, Firestone Walker, Cigar City, Founders, Jolly Pumpkin, Oskar Blues, Sixpoint, Mikkeller, Allagash, North Coast, Bear Republic, Goose Island and some other stuff. Yah this place is in huge warehouse. Yah this place is kind of in the "hood". But I like being able to walk in to a store and buy the hard-to-find beers for cheap prices and not being limited to 1 per customer. IMO this is the best secret beer spot in NYC. Totally worth a trip if you are in Uptown manhattan. I have a feeling that the craft beer selection will only improve in the future. The guy who does the ordering is really top notch. He is cool like that guy at New Beer Dist.

07-21-2011 18:39:50 | More by JSC437
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goalie33

New York

3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | $

Flair is a beverage wholesaler with a bunch of aisles stocked with beer. The Majority of the beer they have is BMC with a lot of Mexican and other adjunct lagers.
There are, however, a good 3-4 aisles stocked with American craft brews and imports from Europe. Although they don't have a lot of West Coast breweries, they did have offerings from Stone and Sierra Nevada as well as many other beers from across the country. That also had a good selection of Belgian, German and English beers.
The staff doesn't know much about beer and many barely speak English, so you'll have to help yourself, but their prices can't be beat. If you happen to be in their area (lucky for me they are 2 subway stops away) it is worthwhile to stop in.

Also, the don't accept credit cards and they don't have bags so keep that in mind.

12-09-2010 22:13:38 | More by goalie33
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CharlatanSin

Connecticut

3.55/5  rDev -3%
quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | $

Flair Beverages is a no-frills beverage warehouse at the Northern tip of Manhattan. Long story short, it provides the best beer deals in the city. Based on reading reviews from years ago, Flair has really stepped up their beer selection. There are about six long rows full of beer, and about three of those are worth looking at.

Last time I was there, they had around ten different Dogfish Head brews, a bunch of Ommegangs, a very wide selection of Belgian stuff, a bunch of new cases of Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout, a bunch of Goose Island stuff, almost everything by Sierra Nevada, a few different Long Trails, some Ithicas, and some Blue Point. That's just off the top of my head. There's next to nothing from the West Coast, and nothing super rare, but there's plenty to keep you busy.

The selection is good, but the prices are outstanding for NYC. Even better, the cashiers don't know anything about beer, so you occasionally literally get away with robbery. I bought a DFH 120 Minute there for $6.99, their listed price, which is very good to begin with. My girlfriend used a different cashier, and her 120 was rung up as a DFH 60 minute for $1.09. Even without to dopey cashiers, the prices are low, and you can buy singles of anything.

It's only a mile from my place, so it's a godsend for me. I still go to New Beer for a lot of stuff, but I make Flair stops more frequently.

12-02-2009 02:41:45 | More by CharlatanSin
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trpng0bily

New York

2.15/5  rDev -41.3%
quality: 2 | service: 1 | selection: 3.5 | $

Good selection and great prices, but no air conditioning, no service (that speaks english, anyway), no shopping carts, no parking, and an unbelievable pain in the ass to get to. Best part about the place is that you can buy a single of anything.

My receipt:
Long Trail DIPA bomber - 1.99
DFH Squall bomber - 5.99
DFH 90 min. 4pk - 8.19
Gouden Carolus 4pk of classic and 4pk of triple - 12.89 each
Corsendonk 4pk - 13.99
Orval - 4.19
Kasteel - 3.29
DFH 120 - 6.99
Floreffe prima melior - 2.59
Urthel - 3.39
Satan Gold - 2.22
Karmeliet triple - 3.09

Despite the good prices, I never want to go back there again.

09-04-2009 23:06:06 | More by trpng0bily
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