Bauer Wine & Spirits
Ratings: 74 | Reviews: 72 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by IBUnit63:
4.2/5 rDev -4.3%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
This is an aesthetically-pleasing store tucked in below street level on Newbury St. about a block from the Hynes T stop. Friendly, helpful crew in there - all are quite pleasant and laid-back. Space is limited as others have mentioned so the breadth of selection isn't enormous by any means but they make up for this in the quality of their offerings. Most are in the coolers on the back wall, with a Southern Tier display on the corner and a few Christmas gift sets near the wine. Speaking of the ST display thought it was very cool of them to mark down the early 2008 backburner and the cherry saison to push it out, especially with the new BB coming at the turn of the year and the cherry saison...well, enough about that. Prices as a whole are commensurate with the area - no great surprises there. I don't make a habit of running 'round Newbury Street too often but when I'm in the neighborhood I stop in here and am rarely disappointed. Keep up the good work.
11-12-2008 22:30:23 | More by IBUnit63
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4.89/5 rDev +11.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
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.
10-27-2013 19:51:24 | More by Wukk
4/5 rDev -8.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
selection here is relatively small (modest-sized Newbury St shop with only so much room able to be devoted to craft - as brew clearly plays second-fiddle to wine) but the beers seem to be thoughtfully appointed. locals are well represented along with an nice assortment from some of the well-known national brewers. you can tell the beer manager put some thought into the selections, going a bit beyond the usual craft staples. decent assortment of Belgians available as well. again, not the type of place in which you'll spend an hour just poring over all the options, but definitely some quality beers to be had. service was friendly and helpful. prices were about average for the area.
bottom line: I wouldn't go out of my way to get here the way the way I might with Julio's or Marty's (or even Charles St liquors just over in the Beacon Hill vicinity), but if you're in the Back Bay? worthy of a stop... definitely one of the better options for craft in the downtown Boston area.
obviously Bauer is a wine and spirits vendor too; review is strictly for the beer.
09-06-2012 01:02:03 | More by BostonHops
4.64/5 rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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!
06-03-2012 20:20:55 | More by bigdaddypolite
4.66/5 rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
I just found out about this place and wish I had known earlier. They have a relatively small collection if beers but almost all of them are top notch and things you wouldn't see very many other places. I came away with a bottle of Boulevard chocolate ale and another of Three Floyds (!!!) Boogoop. Prices were reasonable- nothing is cheap in Boston but you should be able to find something good in your price range. Not too much in the way of six packs but if you're looking for something you haven't had before and you're in back bay this is your store. I saw De Dolle, Boulevard, Allagash, lots of German and Austrian lagers, and other beers of interest.
Update: Have been back numerous times to great success! Tom the beer guy is exceptionally nice and very knowledgeable.
02-05-2012 00:35:47 | More by Hopdaemon39
4.47/5 rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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.
12-03-2011 19:23:01 | More by HattedClassic
4.44/5 rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Not far from the Hynes stop on the green line, this great little bottle shop is a couple of blocks from the Sheraton and several other hotels near Boylston St. Wished I would've hit it it earlier in the trip instead of the on the last day. Great range of beers and a large refrigerated section so it doesn't have to be chilled from room temperature in the hotel room. I went back to the hotel with BrewDog, Green Flash and Stone, including my first bottle of Old Guardian 2011 for the year. And, the have a friendly grey cat who came out to say hi during my purchase.
07-09-2011 21:01:00 | More by FightingEntropy
4.4/5 rDev +0.2%
quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | $$
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
02-14-2011 20:56:23 | More by mrmateo
Bauer Wine & Spirits in Boston, MA
97 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.