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15 Ratings
Ratings: 15
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: n/a
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3950 E Ocean Blvd
Long Beach, California, 90803-2817
United States
phone: (562) 434-7407

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Ratings: 15 | Reviews: 12
Photo of vacax
3.4/5  rDev -5%

I didn't go into ABC Liquor with very high expectations, but I walked out a little intrigued. A store of gentlemanly vices, they stocked everything from fancy cigars and liquors to craft beer and the finest pornographic magazines. It has a lot of charm to it. Craft beer is in the rear of the shop, and about evenly split between coolers and shelving. They had some cheap beer in the cooler with a note on it saying "Probably the most horrible, awful beer ever made. Give it to your boss." I love it.

The service here seems to be pretty average. Not sure if you would call it a high-end convenience store or what, but that's about how the service plays out. You could go ask the casher a question I suppose but he didn't really say a word to us. Prices were a little on the high side from what I saw. They don't specialize solely iin craft beer.

Selection was interesting for a number of reasons. Relatively small, seemingly random selection. It seems like going here is a roll on the dice. I picked up a Moylan's Hopsickle, and they still had some 2008 Bigfoot in the middle of summer. My brother found a 2007 Stone IRS still in the cooler. They even had stuff like a Chimay gift set. It seems like they pick and choose on a whim which brands to get in. One of this, one of that.

My overall feeling is that this is the kind of place I might stop in once every year or so just to see what I can find. I am rating the selection as average since they make some surprising choices, but this isn't somewhere I would go if I wanted something specific. Stop by if you just happen to be in the area, don't have high expectations, and you might find something that pleasantly surprises you.

Photo of udubdawg
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%

I'm a little torn - I've found some good stuff here that I expected to be long gone from the shelves, but it was also a little more expensive than when found elsewhere fresh. So I suppose the higher prices were reasonable for what I was getting.

Selection isn't great, but points for quality. Some dusty bottles, although I tend to enjoy looking through those anyway - never know what I'll find if I don't look!

Reasonably helpful service, who may not know a ton about beer but were eager to help me find what I was looking for. Friendly and quick at checkout, not fazed by beers that don't scan.

Not a lot of focus on craft beer versus the rest of the products and especially liquor, but we need places like this where the gems may go unnoticed long enough for those of us visiting from out of town to show up and get one before they are gone!

Photo of sloejams
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%

I have some friends that live right around the corner from ABC, so it's always an easy spot to stop on the way. They have a decent selection, some refrigerated, some not. It seems like a lot of things stay around for awhile - just this weekend I was able to pick up a Stone RIS 07 and a VE 7/7/07. That made me happy. They had some other beers that I don't see too often such - Jolly Pumpkins and some others that escape me right now.

Definitely worth checking out if in the beachfront side of LBC.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%

Found at the corner of Termino and Ocean adjacent to a Jack in the Box and Vons, ABC Liquor doesn't look like much on the oustide, but inside it is a different story. The beers a located in the back. They have a large selection of U.S. micros and imports, and some beers I never seen before in CA, such as Genesee Cream Ale which surprised me. They also had some old bottles of R.R. Supplication, but at $12.99 a pop, I wasn't buying. The only downside of this store is the pricing. The beers there are quite a bit more than what I'm used to seeing in So. Cal. 7.7.7 was $7.99 a pop, and the single bottle of Old Rasputin I bought was $2.99. Other than that it's a good store, they have some stuff that you're not likely to see around here, just be willing to pay.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%

Located on Ocean Boulevard, almost on the seafront, ABC Liquor is situated on the ocean-side of the road that runs between downtown Long Beach and Belmont Shores. Next door but one to the local Vons, and just around the corner from the Belmont Brewery, it is easy enough to find, but Parking can be very difficult at times with only a 2 car length 20 minute zone outside, and a Hitleresque mustachioed Security Guard goose-stepping the nearby Vons Car Lot for “non-users”.

An old fashioned Liquor Store, like so many other quality establishments, it is much more than a place to pick up a 6-Pack of you favorite Macro-Lite beer. As well as the beer, it stocks and sells high end Cigars, Fine Wines, Champagnes, fancy Liquors and some specialist food, indeed it has its own Delicatessen just to the right as you enter the store.

The beers are all located at the back of the Store in Coolers as you enter. Usually a few beers are on display in aisles, or nearby on the floor, but if you want a cool version of these they are usually somewhere to be found in the Coolers.

This is more of a specialist liquor store, and as such the beer fights for room with other libations that probably offer higher margins to the Store. The beer range is not huge by any means, but as well as the usual domestic micro stuff, there are many micro/craft beers from the US. It has something from the UK, Belgium and Germany as well as a few other “odds and sods” from around the world. They seem to sell a lot of Bud here, but thankfully it’s the proper stuff, albeit with a different name for the US market, perish the thought people would get them mixed up!! Simply put it has around 100+ beers and there is something here for everyone, but not that many special beers. However, this can work to your advantage, as I have often picked up “seasonals” and “specials” from the Stone Brewery when they have long disappeared off of the shelves of more popular stores. So not being popular is not always bad news. Indeed I picked up a couple more ‘older’ Stones this afternoon including some ‘03 Old Guardian and Double Bastards. Prices are slightly above average and service is friendly.

I don’t come here that often, but I always pop in for a beery perusal when I sometimes go for a walk down the Beach towards Belmont Shores on a lazy afternoon, or just before I hit the Happy Hour in the Belmont Brewery on a Sunday afternoon. Worth a look, just don’t park in the Vons Car Lot if Hitler is there, you’ll get towed away.

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ABC Fine Wine & Spirits in Long Beach, CA
85 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.