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Ratings: 12 | Reviews: 12
3.69/5 rDev -6.1%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Discount Drinks is definitely the best place to go in the Downriver region for all sorts of alcohol (though this isn't saying too much). Their beer selection is pretty good, but if you are looking for rarer stuff you are probably out of luck.
My main issues with this place are that the service is often poor (or even nonexistent,) and their beers are often expired, perhaps even improperly stored. Sometimes the workers are extremely helpful and courteous, and offer some special/limited stock to me when they notice I'm not the average Joe walking in for a case of Bud, but other times they are disinterested. Some act like your typical grocery or party store employee. And I've spotted (and even purchased) several beers that were a couple years past their expiration date. One in particular still should have been good due to the style/high ABV, but tasted pretty raunchy to me (although I'm no expert).
My suggestion is to go here if it is convenient, but drive the extra 20 minutes or so to Merchants in Dearborn if you have the time. The prices of the two places are comparable (Merchants might be slightly higher), but Merchants has a much larger selection. While Discount Drinks has a good bomber/individual bottle imported selection, Merchants has more, and often in 4 or 6 pack varieties and a much larger selection of Michigan/domestic singles too. Additionally, Merchants has a female cicerone who is extremely knowledgeable and helpful.
03-16-2013 19:02:23 | More by Rohkey
3/5 rDev -23.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 5 | $$
Discount Drinks is a very large warehouse type store. I tended to go there when I need a large amount of alcohol, like for a wedding, graduation party, or huge 4th of July Party. Prices are good, variety is great, but they never seem to get enough special stuff that I can grab any. Maybe they hide that somewhere I can't find it. When I go in alone I have never been asked if I need help. For some reason my husband always gets asked, so this seems to vary. What prompted me to get off my butt and type out a review was the surly attitude I got from the cashier last time I was in. I asked a question and was treated like I was both dumb and interrupting her. I thought she was a cashier and her job was to be courteous and take my money, but she clearly thought it was to give me a hard time. Since there is a beer store 5 minites away that is always friendly, I won't be shopping there anymore.
01-10-2013 17:38:44 | More by Andygirl
5/5 rDev +27.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
What a great beer store! Great selection and very helpful staff. The last time I was there, I was offered samples of new beer I was looking at. Awesome. I love thd place, the staff and the selection (Plus it's near by.).
It seems like every time I go there, they have something new. There are whole isles devoted to MI beer, German beer, Belgium beer, etc.
Any time I've called, they have been knowledgable about what they have in stock and when they plan on getting their next shipment.
I was also pleased by my odd reccomendation of liquor (best bang for your buck vodka without advertising-Pearl vodka).
02-04-2012 01:50:59 | More by apendecto
4.01/5 rDev +2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $
Discount Drinks is a great beer store, especially for Downriver. I'd say they are the best in the area, and their prices are usually really good, too.
The atmosphere in the store is nothing special. More like a drink warehouse, with inadequate lighting a couple of rows of beer. Lots of good foreign stuff and a pretty good bomber selection. Lot's of great local stuff, too. They usually get the harder to find releases, and just like most stores, they sell out fast. I think they got 1 or 2 cases of KBS this year and had a waiting list started months in advance.(1 bottle limit).
The staff doesn't seem to be really knowledgeable, although there is one guy that seems to know his stuff. (Dave maybe?)
Overall, if you're looking for a good price sixer or 12 pack or a harder to find local beer, Discount Drinks is your place.
05-12-2011 20:00:22 | More by tjohn2401
4.3/5 rDev +9.4%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
this place has a pretty good selection for being in the downriver area (meaning picture a place nothing but bud or bud light people who are so far from being ahead of the curve and future maury show/ springer show candidates.not all but majority.) merchant's fine wine in dearborn to me is the best place so far in michigan i've been to but if you don't want the drive discount drinks is a good place to go. their selection on 22oz's are amazing and the prices aren't to bad. i haven't seen to many places carrying a nice selection of rogue but they do. the only negative thing i could say about the joint is that i wish they had more micro brews in the cooler so you don't have to take em home and wait to start drinking. also the service is alil rocky. i've been there numerous times and some times i ask on some beers and i get no help at all. to end it on a positive note they have a nice selection on wine and liquor also. it's worth checking out for sure.
09-09-2009 18:22:07 | More by claminat420
3.85/5 rDev -2%
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
What a surprise this place was. Many many more beers than I expected to find. There were 100+ Belgian beers, around 40+ German beers, about 30 Michigan craft beers, a good 100+ other USA craft beers, and an odd assortment of eastern European beers (4 from Okocim alone). The prices were mostly reasonable, in some cases wickedly underpriced (I got Ommegang Bier de Mars for $6.99). The coolers are filled with macros and a precious few microbrews, everything else is available on shelves. An easy choice when downriver.
04-22-2009 00:25:14 | More by TurdFurgison
3.2/5 rDev -18.6%
quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Discount Drinks is likely the best source for the down-river area when it comes to purchasing craft beer. Situated on Fort. St., it gives the appearance of a run down party store on the outside, with a cheesy awning and bud & miller sale signs littering the exterior of the building. Upon entrance, it looks the same; cheap beer sale signs, lots of chips and pop. But a short venture into the store will reveal a healthy selection of Michigan Micros (Bell's, MBC, NHBC, Arcadia, and every blue moon, some Kuhnhenn), Belgians, some hard to find ciders and English ales, and of course, a plethora of macros. Service was fine, but the guy at the check out wasn't the sharpest knife in the drawer, as I tried to explain to him that some of the beer in the coolers was well past the expiration date (there was a 6'er of New Holland's Green Hornet in there). He simply looked confused, and I dropped the issue. The selection is decent, and laid out approprately. I'd stop back in, if I were in the area.
05-26-2007 19:45:10 | More by Frozensoul327
4.2/5 rDev +6.9%
quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Was at Discount Drinks on Friday. Haven't been there in quite a while.
Quality: I was quite suprised to see they had all the new Bell's products(Hopslam, Hell Hath, etc...). They also had the Stone regular releases and Double Bastard. They had some good prices on the Chimay 11.2 oz ($3.99). They seem to have a better mix of local and other craft beers since the last time I was there.
Service: This is one of the weeknesses of DD. If you ask someone about a specific beer, I'm not sure you would get a real good answer. They also have not taken back bottles I have bought there (not sure why not). I'm sure if you asked for a certain product, they would likely get it for you.
Selection: They have one of the best selections of local, domestic, and imported craft beers in the area. Like most stores, I wish they had a better selection of domestic singles.
Value: Like most stores, some of there products are overpriced ($17.99 for DFH Immort Ale - which sucks by the way), but all in all there prices are mostly on par or usually a little less than others in the area.
They have a good selection of wine and liquor.
Worth checking out if in the area.
The best part about it is the fact that the Oak Cafe is about a half mile down the road.
11-26-2006 17:24:07 | More by northernbrews
3.25/5 rDev -17.3%
quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Discout drinks used to be a great place to buy good beer downriver.
Their selection is still decent however the prices are changing somewhat. They seem to be getting high on some of their belgian 750s and havent been to friendly either.
They do offer a nice selection of Bells and Unibroue. But you have to watch if you are taking bottles back for refunds. They would not take my 750ml of unibroue back and they only argued with me and said that they dont take "big bottles" back for refund. I dont know if this was a mishap or an isolated incodent but I have never returned since.
The quality, selection, and service has greatly diminished over the years at discount drinks. There are better places downriver now to buy the good stuff without the hassle.
11-06-2006 03:47:22 | More by HellsBELLS24
4.65/5 rDev +18.3%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I must say that I've enjoyed my frequent visits to Discount Drinks. I purchase 95% of my beer from them, for many good reasons. First is the service. I met one of the owners last year and he has been very good to me, by informing me of beers, ordering beers I've suggested and calling me personally to let me know of new arrivals. GOOD man, not to mention the other employees have been great helps many times over. The beer selection is as another reviewer stated, no Merchants (I believe has the biggest beer selection in Michigan), but it is still very impressive. Nothing else like em' except Merchants. The prices are reasonable and even if a beer is higher priced than say a Meijer or other grocer, I'd pay the extra to support their business. I've yet to see that though. They have a beer tasting event on either November 1 , 2006 or December 1 , 2006. If you live in the local area or are passing through, pay them a visit. You wont be disappointed.
10-28-2006 04:57:36 | More by BUD
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