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Bauer Wine & Spirits


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Bauer Wine & SpiritsBauer Wine & Spirits

Type: Store

330 Newbury St
Boston, Massachusetts, 02115-2739
United States

(617) 262-0363 | map

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Reviews: 75 | Ratings: 85
Reviews by Boilermaker88:
Photo of Boilermaker88
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Made a stop here Friday afternoon before the ABF VIP session. Map in hand, I humped the 1.5mi. from my room over to Bauer's, eventually seeing the sign and still going past it. Then I realized it was downstairs amongst all the shops and restaurants on Newbury St.
The name Bauer Wine & Spirits fits the place very well. Beer is definitely the third item sold here after the aformentioned wine and spirits. The beers are located in a row of coolers at the very back of the store. The selection was a bit small yet the quality as excellent. Locally brewed beers dominated the selection as foreign brews were far into the minorityI was able to get Allagash Odyssey, Heavyweight's Perkuno's Hammer and Cinderbock, Great Divide's Oaked Yeti, Smuttynose's Big A IPA and a couple other sought-after beers no short order. The prices seemed quite reasonable to me.
Aiding me in my quest was Nick, the beer manager and one of the most cordial guys I met in Boston. Very willing to help me out and answer questions, Nick personified the kind of manager I hope to find in each liquor I enter. While not their official policy to bust up four- or six-packs, Nick did so anyway once he learned I was from out of town. He also gave me a glass on the house with my purchases, another real nice gesture. If something was not available right then, Nick was forthcoming in recommending other stores to check out. Great job, Nick!
Overall, Bauer Wine & Spirits was well worth the walk. If you're going beer shopping in Boston, Bauer should be one of the first stops you make. Highly recommended.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Seakyden
4.8/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Love this place. It's the closest to my work office, but that's not why I go. Small beer selection, but nothing but quality beers. New items are in weekly, so you never see the same things sitting around. Plus, the staff are great guys. Howie, Colin, and Jeff are always lively and down for a quick chat. With the addition of the single beers shelf in the front, this place got even better.

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Photo of benzalman
3.94/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of drrone
4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

A nice little place. Close to the convention center. Not a large beer selection, but a good mix of cold and shelf beer. A fair amount of harder to find beers, but nothing really rare though. Staff was helpful and friendly. A little on the pricer side and they only sell a few individual beers. Worth checking out if in the area.

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Photo of WoostaBia
3.8/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of groleau
3.86/5  rDev -11.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Photo of smcolw
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4

For a city liquor store, Bauer is a hard place to beat. It's located on pricey Newbury Street (between Massachusetts Avenue and Hereford). It's an underground location which makes it easy to miss. It's location requires it to be somewhat expensive, but it is also convenient for the Back Bay residents.

For a small store, they back a lot of interesting and unusual brews (and wines/spirits). One of the great features they have is mailing list for new and unusual arrivals. This gives one a great chance to catch the latest (rare) offerings. I also like that they have many unusual imports--it would be very easy for them to focus only on domestic craft beer.

I would not describe this as a "go to" place, but if you are in the area, it's worth checking out.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of Ant4711
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of pisano
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of BeerThursdays
3/5  rDev -30.9%

Photo of doremite
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of afi4lifer
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Wukk
4.89/5  rDev +12.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This place is conveniently located in the Back Bay and is worth a trip from further out. There's a lot of Belgian and European beers and a pretty great selection of American beers. What's on the shelf may underwhelm you at first. The first time I went I left without buying anything and I didn't speak to anyone. When I came back I spoke with their beer guy, who was really helpful, and found a lot of the things I was looking for. If you ask him about a beer he'll either bring you a bottle, discuss it, or tell you where to find it. A great place.

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Photo of BostonHops
4/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

selection here is relatively small (modest-sized Newbury St shop with only so much room able to be devoted to craft - as brew clearly plays second-fiddle to wine) but the beers seem to be thoughtfully appointed. locals are well represented along with an nice assortment from some of the well-known national brewers. you can tell the beer manager put some thought into the selections, going a bit beyond the usual craft staples. decent assortment of Belgians available as well. again, not the type of place in which you'll spend an hour just poring over all the options, but definitely some quality beers to be had. service was friendly and helpful. prices were about average for the area.

bottom line: I wouldn't go out of my way to get here the way the way I might with Julio's or Marty's (or even Charles St liquors just over in the Beacon Hill vicinity), but if you're in the Back Bay? worthy of a stop... definitely one of the better options for craft in the downtown Boston area.

obviously Bauer is a wine and spirits vendor too; review is strictly for the beer.

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Photo of bigdaddypolite
4.64/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Great little shop located on Newbury Street in Boston. I stopped in when visiting Boston for a few days and staying at the nearby Sheraton. I probably stopped in about 6 times over the course of 3 days (kept making new space in the luggage or drinking my bottles!). It's a great break for beer fans who are not as excited about the other shopping options along Newbury.

The place is small due to their location, but everything they carry is high quality. Picked up some nice stuff I can't get in MN, including Heady Topper, Maine Brewing, Pretty Things, and some imports I haven't seen before (my first beer from Iceland). Their beer guy Tom is very friendly and knowledgeable.

I can't compare to other Boston area options first hand, but it was a great stop as a visitor. Prices seemed reasonable to me, especially considering the location. Only improvement would be getting rid of some of that wine to make room for more beer!

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.66/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

I just found out about this place and wish I had known earlier. They have a relatively small collection if beers but almost all of them are top notch and things you wouldn't see very many other places. I came away with a bottle of Boulevard chocolate ale and another of Three Floyds (!!!) Boogoop. Prices were reasonable- nothing is cheap in Boston but you should be able to find something good in your price range. Not too much in the way of six packs but if you're looking for something you haven't had before and you're in back bay this is your store. I saw De Dolle, Boulevard, Allagash, lots of German and Austrian lagers, and other beers of interest.

Update: Have been back numerous times to great success! Tom the beer guy is exceptionally nice and very knowledgeable.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.47/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I think the store's strongest point is its strong selection of beers. Even though they have a limited stock, the vast majority beers tend to be high quality seasonals and yearlys. I do wish they would expand their stock to include a few more breweries, though.

The service is just amazing, helpful and friendly. Their beer guy is knowledgeable and the other staff members also have a decent knowledge about their own stock. One of the staff even offered to open up a bottle to sample.

The atmosphere is nice, homey and a little on the dim, which is good for the merchandise. I enjoyed the few beer tasting that I've been to and they do a good job helping sell their beer.

The only complaint I have is that the prices are just a little high for a poor law student but that may be due to their location and MA taxes and bottle deposits.

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Photo of FightingEntropy
4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Not far from the Hynes stop on the green line, this great little bottle shop is a couple of blocks from the Sheraton and several other hotels near Boylston St. Wished I would've hit it it earlier in the trip instead of the on the last day. Great range of beers and a large refrigerated section so it doesn't have to be chilled from room temperature in the hotel room. I went back to the hotel with BrewDog, Green Flash and Stone, including my first bottle of Old Guardian 2011 for the year. And, the have a friendly grey cat who came out to say hi during my purchase.

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Photo of mrmateo
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%

Bauer wine and spirits has a great selection of craft beers and they have beer from local breweries witch is a big plus they have beer that i cant seem to find at any other store like brews from founders and dogfish head every time i go in theres only 1 or 2 people working and there very nice but not really hands and not everyone is beer savvy so if i want something new i have to wait for the right person to ask about flavor and things like that , and besides the beer they have a great selection of wine and hard liquor. its the perfect one stop shop. plus even the hard liquor comes from local companies and that includes gins, rums, and vodka

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Photo of rowingbrewer
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%

This is a small shop in boston, with a mid sized selection of craft brews due to their smaller size, and their wine selection. However the brews that they do have are all very good, and fresh. the service is top notch here, Whenever I'm in the shop if the beer manager (Nick i think) is there he is more than willing to lend a hand in finding selections or giving suggestions. they are also willing to hold bottles of the more limited release beers, all you have to do is ask. the prices are also on par with any other shop in the area or even a little lower. Definitely worth your time to pop in and check this shop out.

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Photo of tigg924
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

Bauer Wine & Spirits is a neat little hole in the wall on Newbury. The variety is good for a store here, but the focus is clearly on wine. They have five coolers against the back wall, three of which are for bombers. They also have a separate shelf for high end bottles like Deus. A good variety in the bombers. Plenty of Cantillion, AleSmith, and Pretty Things amongst others. Service was friendly but not overly interactive. The prices here were on the high end. Bottles were at least $1 more then what I could find them closer to me. They did have some rarities though. If I had a bit of money, I could see myself popping up here a couple times a year to grab some of these white whales.

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Photo of tikk
3.7/5  rDev -14.7%

For a tiny hole in the wall shop they have a pretty decent selection of craft brewery. They do focus on wine and some of the employees are not that helpful if you are looking for recommendations. This is one of the few places I know of that carries Dieu De Ciel so I tend to visit them bi-weekly. The selection is good for the limited floor space they have for beer, they tend to carry Great Divide, Pretty Things, Founders, Bear Republic, Victory and many others. They carry a few sours and Krieks, not my cup of tea so I can't say if they are good. I do recommend Bauer Wine and Spirits if you are in the area, but I wouldn't make it the basis of a trip(unless you need Dieu Du Ciel like me)

Edit: I forgot to mention that being in the heart of Boston they are a tad overpriced, but I am willing to spend a little more to get a little more.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.6/5  rDev -17.1%

Bauer Wine and Spirits is a mostly wine shop with a small beer section in the back.

Quality of their product was pretty good. They had 1 fridge for six packs and singles and 1 shelf of 750ml and bombers. Beer was kept at a good temperature and labels seemed to up to date and fresh.

There essentially wasn't any service. The place is actually rather small and while there at around 8 PM, there was one clerk attending to the customers. If you needed help, you could get it, but if you're looking for a beer suggestion or just want to talk about the selection, you're pretty much outta luck unless their beer guy is there.

The selection here, after reading all the rave reviews from BA, was a little disappointing. No Founders and only a really limited supply of Lost Abbey. Even stuff from Pretty Thing was pretty limited. Definitely not what I expected.

Value here comparatively to a couple of the other well reviewed places is actually pretty good.

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Bauer Wine & Spirits in Boston, MA
96 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.