Pete's Liquor Bucket
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Ratings: 17 | Reviews: 13 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by jeonseh:
2.7/5 rDev -29.9%
quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | $$
I stopped by here when taking my girlfriend to work as I wanted to check it out and compare it to Liquor Stop in Highland. First, this place is not as good as liquor stop but they do still have a pretty good selection and can find beers a bit cheaper as they put some on sale without there being anything wrong with them. They had a good selection Bell's, Stone, 3F, some Belgians/Germans (though mostly the easier to find ones like Duvel, Chimay, Weihenstephaner of which they did have a giftset with 5 beers and a Weiss glass for like 15 bucks). I did find some things that I never saw at Liquor stop before such as Rochefort 8 and Two Bros. Cain and Ebel. I was wondering if they happen to hold onto beers longer since they are in a more secluded location and not as good of a store. As for the size of the selection, it was the left hand wall of the store had a shelf running along it, which was devoted to imports/micros. As others noted, the shelves were really close together which didn't give too much room but was good enough to move around
The service was really bad. No one ever asked if I needed help which wasn't that big of a deal because I have found that to be kinda common in liquor stores. However, the lady checking me out was just plain mean to me. I had to pick up some Grey Goose for my girlfriend and I asked the lady to ring up the beer and the vodka separately. The look she gave me you would have thought I had two heads and then she was all sassy with me. Moreover, I asked to get a half pint of Johnny Walker for a friend of mine and she completely forgot to give it to me. Once she realized it, she was rather dismissive and mean about it; her manner was something along the lines of "well, you still want that or what?!". I decided against it because I had enough of being treated rudely especially when I had about 100 bucks worth of beer I was buying. So overall, a pretty good place worth stopping at for the selection and the prices. You might find a few gems here but beware, you may not exactly be treated like a first class citizen when doing it.
01-13-2008 15:27:20 | More by jeonseh
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3.9/5 rDev +1.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Positives: The prices for FFF products are good, same with Dogfish (while they still were in IN) and Founders. You can find FFF seasonals, and occasional rare beers that are hard to find in Chicago. They also do have a good selection of Bells, Tyranena, and other midwestern breweries. A decent amount of the bombers you can find both on the shelves and in the fridge.
Negatives: I am not sure how fresh their bottles are. Recently I saw a bottle of Maharaja from last year. Also, certain breweries it seems they charge a bit higher than in Chicago. Goose Island and Bells come to mind.
I recommend stopping by this place on your way into the city from Indiana.
05-10-2011 02:08:36 | More by osubuckeye99
3.18/5 rDev -17.4%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Stopped in here on 27 Apr 2011. I was at Wise Guys first, and a distributor there told me to head here for singles, as Wise Guys did not have any.
Somewhat dark and uninviting. Micro selection is to the back left as you walk in. Decent selection, maybe just a bit less than Wise Guys but there was a fair amount of overlap.
Came here specifically for the singles, but their single selection was not very good. They had two or three price point groups of singles, but only about 8-10 offerings in each.
Pricing was reasonable and the selection was not bad but unless I specifically wanted singles, I would choose Wise Guys over Pete's.
05-08-2011 03:15:11 | More by htomsirveaux
4/5 rDev +3.9%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
This a smaller, local place with a mom and pop fee to it. Its about 1.5 miles from the intersection of routes 30 and 65. Decent selection of most of the good stuff that typically found in the are. For an out of towner, highlights/stuff I was happy to see included: New Holland, Founder, Boulevard,FFF, Upland, New Belgium, G.I., Great Divide and of course Bells.
Brew is to your left as you enter. Booze and wine everywhere else. Friendly gal behind the counter is always a plus. Worth a visit to stock up the better then average selection.
09-06-2010 19:56:31 | More by Billolick
4.7/5 rDev +22.1%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
This place is great! If you have not been there in a while you should defiantly go back and check it out. The inside of the store has been expanded along with the beer selection. They have a very nice collection of craft beer from around the world and the prices are great! The owners are very helpful as well. I can always count on them to get hard to find beers or order anything I am interested in...and when they get it I always receive a call letting me know. Everyone is very friendly and shopping there is just a good time. I have been to other stores in the area but liquor bucket is the best.
04-03-2010 03:00:57 | More by johnfranzy
4.15/5 rDev +7.8%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped in while visiting for Dark Lord Day and found some really nice beers. Doesn't look like much from the outside but they had a good selection of Founders(Breakfast Stout,Cerise), Stone(double bastard,vertical epic 8/8/08), Dark Horse, and Three Floyds(Behemoth,Brian Boru). While we were in the manager saw we were filling up some carts and let us sample several Three Floyds brews and a few other cool beers they had open. They were friendly, and while the exterior doesn't look inviting, if you're in the neighborhood definitely stop by.
08-08-2009 03:20:11 | More by brownbeer
Pete's Liquor Bucket in Merrillville, IN
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