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ABC Fine Wine & Spirits

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very good

13 Ratings
Ratings: 13
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 10.86%
$$$ - a bit pricey
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3950 E Ocean Blvd
Long Beach, California, 90803-2817
United States
phone: (310) 434-7407

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @abcwinecountry

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(Place added by: TheLongBeachBum)
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DoubleJ

California

3.66/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$$$

On the inside, ABC Liquor has a lot of interior space with many beverages on the sales floor. The beer is located towards the back of the store, some of refrigerated, some of it displayed at room temperature. The multi-packs and single bottles are marked well with price stickers, so at least you won't have to price guess when you take it to checkout. That's a good thing, because the beer is typically $1-2 more per bottle or 6-pack than the average beer store, with the $11.99 pricetag for Ballast Point's Sea Monster being the most extreme case. Along with Ballast Point, brands of beers sold include BrewDog, Lagunitas, St. Louis Gueuze, Rodenbach, Firestone, and Kern River. In a pinch this would do for beer (if you're willing to pay), but if you have time there are other places around Long Beach with more beer and lower prices.

09-13-2011 23:08:22 | More by DoubleJ
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TheLongBeachBum

California

3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

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.

12-29-2003 02:28:06 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$$

I have been here a few times over the past few years - most recently was yesterday.

The first thing you need to know about this place is that it is VERY expensive. I mean some beers are ridiculously overpriced compared to other stores.

Example: they want $19.99 for a bottle of Ballast Point Victory At Sea. I bought a bottle at the same place a few months ago for $11.99. I hear people have been able to get them other places for $8 or so. As you can see, this place jacks up prices on beer the older it gets. I saw a bottle of 2009 Abyss yesterday for $19.99. They had a bottle of Firestone Walker 13 and I bet it was over $30.

The place has a deli, wine, liquor, and the beer. They have a good selection of beer, but again it's very pricey. You can find some rare and vintage stuff if you are willing to pay the price for it.

03-20-2011 19:49:56 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Bwagner1122

California

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

11-03-2013 00:54:43 | More by Bwagner1122
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udubdawg

Kansas

3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$

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!

03-05-2008 02:27:58 | More by udubdawg
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Halcyondays

California

3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$$

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.

07-09-2007 22:13:20 | More by Halcyondays
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sloejams

California

3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$

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.

02-04-2008 18:45:49 | More by sloejams
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Swimsum

Oregon

3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$

I've been to ABC a few different times now and I have to say that I do find it to be a very interesting store. It is a liquor store with a little deli in it. The deli is pretty good but I've only had it a few times. They also have liquor, cigars, and wine. They have a decent glassware selection. The prices vary, some of a few bucks cheaper then other stores and some are more expensive. Only bought two pieces of glassware here.

Now onto the beer. They have about 3 coolers devoted to craft beer. Can find bombers, singles of some beers, and six/twelve packs. Most of the beer that is in the cooler is also right in front of the coolers on the floor. There are a few things that aren't but for the most part they can be found in both places. Many CA breweries are available but also have some midwest and east coast but not many. The bottles that are sitting out are a little dusty, but I've found some good stuff there. Have found some older Stone bottles such as 12th Anniversary, 08 Double Bastard, 08 IRS, 08 Epic.

I have found some rares ones here as well. They have the Sam Adams Millennium (maybe multiple bottles, have never asked because the price is probably off the chart), 07 Abyss (wish I could have gotten that), AleSmith 07 Decadence, and just recently....Firestone 11.

The prices here are a bit more expensive for some of the beers. Some of the older stuff if a dollar or two more but I'm guessing that's because the owners know they aren't being distributed. Service is pretty nice. I can't figure out how much they know about beer but they seem to have a decent knowledge. But like I said, the guys are pretty nice.

All in all I like this store, and I'll be making many trips back to it. I'd recommend stopping in here if you're in the area, but just know the prices are a bit higher then some other stores in the area.

06-20-2009 02:34:04 | More by Swimsum
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WOTO97

California

3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$

I think the overall grade on this place is pretty deceiving. Riding back from coffee, I stopped by here on the way to my buddies place, and I think he described it best. Their selection is pretty solid but of those harder to find beers they generally only carry a couple.

I picked up a Sculpin, which I haven't seen in quite a while in OC, and a Southern Hemisphere. I noticed they had a solid selection of more rare brews. The prices are a little steeper than your average spot but by no means vastly more than your average bottle shop.

The service field didn't get many points here but that is largely due to the fact that I was in and out. An older guy there chatted me up a little and appeared to be more than willing to help me out if I had asked.

If you are in the area, this place is definitely worth your time.

05-11-2010 20:59:42 | More by WOTO97
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drewmprs

California

4.28/5  rDev +19.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$$$

I don't buy much beer here because prices are very high. However, there is a benefit to that because some of the beers that sell out everywhere else sit on the shelves alot longer at ABC. For example, I missed the whole FW 14th anniversary train and by the time I started looking it was out of stock at all my usual stops. I went to ABC and they had a full case...at 25.99 a bottle. Most places had it for 18-22 a bottle and it sold out quick. Also, I was able to snag a couple bottles of PiaPT well after they were gone.
The manager holds back some of the vintage stuff but he wants a lot for them - more than ebay prices.
Decent deli and cigars on premise as well. Near Belmont brewery and yankee doodles.

03-19-2011 00:55:19 | More by drewmprs
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ABC Fine Wine & Spirits in Long Beach, CA
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