Bello Vino Market

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Ratings: 30
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 4.46
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2789 Plymouth Rd
Ann Arbor, Michigan, 48105-2427
United States
phone: (734) 213-0303
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Reviews by granger10:
Photo of granger10
4.8/5  rDev +7.6%

Stopped by this place with BigDaddyWil after the summer beer fest. Looked like a high quality grocery store in a little mini-strip mall place.

The beer corner was in the back and there were some very nice employees right by there looking to offer help. But I think they knew BigDaddy well and knew that he knew the ins and outs of their astounding selection.

To be honest, this was Beer Mecca. The selection basically made every other store I've been to, even Discount Liquor, look pitiful. So many Belgians that I've never heard of, so many American micros I've never heard of. Unbelievable. Good cold selection but I'm not so sure how well the stuff could move and the Belgians seemed to be right under some bright lights. A possible problem.

Prices were good, better than most GR stores, but every place is better than the GR stores. I'm coming back to Ann Arbor soon with a fat wallet just to buy beer here. Essential.

More User Reviews:
Photo of bunnyhustle
4.7/5  rDev +5.4%

Wow! Just visited for the first time and I have to say I'm amazed. Being a West Coaster this is amazing for me. The selection was amazing. Lots of everything, I wont even take time rather than to note the standouts to me. Dark Horse, Founders, Bells, DFH, Mikkeller, Stone, Arcadia...it goes on and on. They had an amazing mix of singles, 6 packs, 22's, 750's, 3 L's, some mini-kegs too. Also a great selection of glassware which suprised me. I really didnt get any "service" in the store but had contacted "bigdaddywill" who gave me some good advice before my visit. Overall a great selection and the prices were more than reasonable I thought.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.3/5  rDev -3.6%

I went here to find some Jolly Pumpkins, and was totally impressed with what the had. At first, looks just like a grocery store, I didn't think I had the right place. I walked in and there is a ton of wine. I walked through the maze that is wine and there in the back corner, there it was, BEER. Lots of different bootles and huge selection. The beer guy was there and pointed out some interesting stuff, and he was quite knowledgable about the products (why can't anyone get Short's??). Really nice place inside, and you could pick up some groceries if you feel so inclined.

Photo of jeremyd365
5/5  rDev +12.1%

Bello Vino is a MUST for Ann Arbor area brew-lovers.

They have a HUGE selection of both wine and beer--importand AND local varieties.

The staff there is always awesome--they'll tell you what's selling, what they like, what others seem to be liking, or just any general info/shooting the shit with you. The 3 or so usual beer guys are always friendly and always helpful.

One of my favorite aspects of this place is that they will always single-out ANY bottle of beer from a larger pack for you to try if that is your desire. Not only that, they have a large area of pre-singled out beers already pre-priced for individual sale. I love this, because it's a cheap way for me to try lots of different beers.

Bello Vino is the primo store in the area.

PS. Oh yeah, they have lots of grourmet grocery items as well, as well as a nice, fresh produce section.

Photo of knight84
4.65/5  rDev +4.3%

In my opinion Bella Vino is THE place to go for beer in Ann Arbor. They have an excellent selection of beer including tons of belgians. I like that they have a rack of single 12oz bottles making it easy to put together a mixed 6, though that gets pricey quickly as they do charge a per bottle premium. The service is unmatched! Jeremy, Drew, and Matt have all been very helpful and incredibly knowledgeable any time I've had questions. Their prices are a little high but nothing to complain about. They also have an excellent wine selection and lots of specialty gourmet foods.

Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev -3.6%

My sister in law took me here to buy some gourmet oils, I had the feeling they would have beer as well, I was very pleasantly rewarded...loads of beer in the rear right hand side corner of this well stocked gourmet foods, wine and beer store...you will find great areas for all things good food, bread,cheese, meats, wine, oils, veggies,sauces, prepaired foods,etc etc...Plenty of varieties of Bells, Stone, Jolly Pumpkin, Founders, Brooklyn,tons of more locals, regionals, national micros,and plenty of Belgians, Germans and Brit imports. Also a well stocked area of over sized bottles and glassware. Two friendly staffers helped me find some nice Michigan wine, so thats good for service points. Nice place, well worth a visit if in this fine beer destination town/area

Photo of oberon
3.85/5  rDev -13.7%

First time in Bello Vino I was hoping for a large selection of local singles to purchase sadly there were not alot to choose from.Dont get me wrong there is a great selection of Michigan brews to be had New Holland,Dark Horse,Arbor,Kings, and host of others are well represented along with a huge wall of import (a huge selection of German) beers wich I wasnt looking for sadly.A gentleman showed me the array of singles in the corner but there really wasnt as much as I had hoped.Fairly priced I came out with a decent amount for under $40.00 dollars just not the variety I had hoped.

Photo of Phatz
4.65/5  rDev +4.3%

Outstanding. The best thing about Bello Vino Market is the beer department is run by a Beer Advocate GrandCruDrew and he both knows what he's talking about, is willing to help and is great customer service. The nicest person in the world won't sell me a cart full of beer I don't want. The next thing that matters is the *great* beer they had. In PA we get most of the bigger Micro's. I was happy to find Dark Horse, Dragonmead, Arcadia, Jolly Pumpkin and I even cleaned them out of Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout for $5 a bottle. I wish PA had a place like this. Great wine selection. Great beer selection. And ... oh yeah you can get you groceries too. =) !!!

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Photo of Sammy
3.55/5  rDev -20.4%

This store is located North of the city, and one can drive to Detroit after visiting. Well organized and clean, this story has a high number of six packs of local coverage, plus an average wall of Belgiums with nothing different than most Northeast stores that I have visited. The Usual Suspects. Few single bottles. Prices were higher than average for what I have seen for both beer and for groceries. A fast checkouut, no service to speak of, you are on your own. For pricing, I would check the other Michigan stores first.

Photo of david131
4.65/5  rDev +4.3%

I have read a lot about this place bing the beer mecca in Ann Arbor. When I first walked in, I was initially astounded by the amount of wine this store had. I do not know anything about wine, but there was quite a few isles dedicated to the fancy grape juice. When I got back to the corner where the beer was located, I was initially blown away by the Belgian wall of beer. Also a massive amount of Michigan beers including Bell's, Founders, Dark Horse, Arbor Brewing, Grizzly Peak, New Holland, etc. Overall, if the beer is distributed in Mich, it will be here. Then I began looking at the prices of the beers... I have never seen a store with a selection like they had for as cheap as it was. Another really cool thing was the amount of beers in fridges. I was slightly concerned by the amount of lighting the fridges, but It seems like this place has a decent turn-around. Also, beers were available by the case, which was nice. A lot of beers were available in singles as well. There was not much in terms of service because I was there later on a Friday, so I did not get to meet the legendary Bonnie. But, the cashier was nice and respectful. All in all, Bello Vino is going to be the place I come if I want to stock up.

Photo of benito
4.45/5  rDev -0.2%

Like Royal Oak's Holiday Market, this is really an upscale grocery with a great beer section. Tucked in the back corner of the store, the beer section is replete with Belgians, every Michigan brand imaginable, and a wide-variety of US craft brews.

Their selection is fine, but it's the service that sets this place apart. Here's my story: I went to check-out after choosing two singles (Bell's Cream Stout, New Holland Phi). At the cash register, the New Holland beer didn't show up on their price inventory so they asked Bonnie, the beer specialist, what the story was. Bonnie, ignoring the cashier's question, said that someone had returned a four-pack of Phi the previous day because s/he thought it had gone sour. She asked me where I got the Phi from in the beer section, asked if I wanted to try it first, and then went back to the beer section to get a few other bottles for comparison.

When she came back, she cracked the bottle, proposing that we taste one of the other bottles to see if it had gone bad or not. She brought some water and crackers too--an elegant and cordial set-up all-around. When she and I both agreed that the Phi had gone south, she replaced it with a Great Lakes Nosferatu immediately. I don't know that there are more than two or three places in the entire country that have service that would go out of their way like this. I mean--they let me try the beer in house! Thanks Bonnie!

This should be anyone's go-to beer stop in the Ann Arbor area.

Photo of alexgash
4.45/5  rDev -0.2%

Bello Vino has quickly become my go-to beer store within the Ann Arbor area (still haven't made it to Merchant's or Cloverleaf yet). The selection is incredible, with great represenation of MI micros, Rogue, Stone, Dogfish Head, etc. The wall of Belgians is vast and the German and English selections are good. They have a decent selection of loose singles, but they could have more. I have been told that they will split up any 6-pack, but that you have to ask them so they can price it, so it's a bit invonvenient. I wish they would just price every bottle in the system. Also, like a lot of area beer stores, they penalize you for buying singles by charging more per bottle. I personally like the Liquor Mart (Boulder, CO) model that gives a 10% discount off of mixed sixers. But these are somewhat minor complaints. The quality is good, but I wouldn't mind seeing more coolers and less flourescent brights! I have had a couple of bad (old) beers from the mixed singles, but stock is mostly fresh. I thought the service was fine my first few visits (on Sundays), but then I visited on a week night and I met Bonnie. She's great! She was very informative and even took my name and number so she could call me when special beers came in. Spectacular! Prices are a bit on the spendy side, but not gougingly so like many of the downtown beer stores.

Photo of hoppymeal
4.65/5  rDev +4.3%

A very nice gourmet grocery, somewhat similar to a Whole Foods. The beer department is located in the back corner opposite the entrance. Very nice selection of cold and warm storage with most MI micros well represented as well as many others, a large wall of imports as well with a nice Belgian selection.
I hadn't intended to review this place, but thought I owed it a review after leaving because the service was top notch and thought others should know. When we entered the beer area a woman named Bonnie greeted us and asked if she could help. I eventually asked her about Nosferatu as I know this should be making its way here soon. Although it wasn't available yet she recommended another beer of the same style. She was also kind enough to point out that they had just received in their St. Bernardus Abt 12 60th anniversary which I may have missed otherwise. Bonnie was very knowledeable on all of the beers we spoke about even referring to some Beer Advocate reviews. You could see that she enjoyed good beer and what she was doing which made it that much more enjoyable shopping there for us.
I ended up getting two of the St. Bernardus 60th, a Fantome saison, a JW Lees Sherry Casked Harvest, and a six of Bell's TCOA all at very fair prices. The store also has a nice selection of beer glasses available for sale. This will definitely be my go to place when I am in Ann Arbor.

Photo of se7enchurches
4.8/5  rDev +7.6%

I was blown away by this place. I live in Atlanta, GA and was up in Ann Arbor for an improv comedy festival that i've mentioned in some other reviews.

A week before the fesival, I had some specific beers in mind to acquire, found this place ranked so highly on BA, and called ahead to see about them. I got connected to their beer manager, Bonnie, and she was extremely helpful. She reserved a case of New Holland Dragon's Milk for me to pick up when i arrived, and gave me many other recommendations.

Upon arriving in Ann Arbor, we saved the trip here for last. We first checked out a couple other beer stores, both of which were astounding compared to most of Atlanta's offerings. Then we came here, and they somewhat paled in comparison, good as they were. For every beer that the other stores had in loose bottles, they seemed to have whole sixes and often cases here. They have over 800 types of beer handy, they claim, and I couldn't count high enough to argue (and I have a math degree...). They even have the top 40 or so beers from BA's top 100 list printed out and taped to the wall, with the ones they have in stock highlighted.

In all full disclosure, there was an unexpected sourness and overcarbonation issue with the Dragon's Milk that i got here, but I'm currently discussing that with the brewery; the review history on Dragon's Milk indicates that other people in various locations have had similar problems with it over the course of its existance. I'm reasonably convinced it is not the result of malpractice on the part of Bello Vino. Everything I got here from Bell's, Victory and Dogfish Head seems to be fine.

Bonnie was also there when I came in to buy my beer, and she was friendly, helpful, and incredibly knowledeable. She gave us a volume discount on the beer we bought, and was just generally awesome. Ask for her when you stop here, as you just about have to do if you're in the Ann Arbor area.

I didn't get a chance to look at the market side of the place; I was too busy with the beer, but the two non-drinkers in my improv group seemed to be impressed with it from their browsing while the other two of us were in beer heaven.

Highly, highly recommended.

Photo of DaveFL1976
4.65/5  rDev +4.3%

Wow, what a nice beer selection. The only Trappist Brewery they're missing is Westvletren, and the only big US craft brewery that I noticed missing was Stone. There were a few others absent, but what they do have is impressive. Heaps of imports and domestics. Good prices, and BeerAdvocate ratings under some of the beers! Go BA!
I was a bit unimpressed with the supermarket side of the store. First I was looking for some Thai green curry paste. Couldn't find any. Then my wife and I thought we'd make some chicken enchiladas for dinner. No corn tortillas to be found.

But the beer selection is great, the lady in the beer department is always a wealth of information, and the wine selection is fantastic as well.

Photo of olacub
4/5  rDev -10.3%

This may be the best beer store in Ann Arbor. The selection is terrific - more Belgians than I've seen anywhere in the area, and lots of hard-to-find brews (from DFH, Victory, and many others). Service was non-existent - only a wine guy back there who didn't know much about the beer, but it really didn't matter. The place was setup well to be self-serve anyway.

Great butcher shop in here, good deli and produce, a ton of wine (obviously) and a cool selection of specialty foods as well. A must stop in Ann Arbor.

Photo of evanackerman
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

This is the best store for beer in Ann Arbor as far as I can tell, I recently moved from Wisconsin and found that I was spoiled with the great selection and cheap prices in Madison, nothing in Ann Arbor can hold a candle to a few of those stores, but Bello Vino comes the closest. They have a very nice selection including many German, Belgian, British, Czech, and Polish imports. They have a very good Michigan selection and a decent U.S. craft selection as well. They have many single bottles to choose from and mix and match six packs. The only criticism is that much of the stock is not refrigerated, although the whole beer section seems to be on the cool side from the refrigeration that surrounds it so its not like the beer is roasting.

Another good thing about Bello Vino is the service, the staff is courteous and knowledgable and will take requests from you.

The pricing is pretty competitive in Ann Arbor, which really sucks in general as far as prices go.

Overall, this is the place to go in Ann Arbor, a nice store with lots of wine and a great cheese selction as well.

Photo of DrJay
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

My first stop at Bello Vino was quite an experience. You have to walk through the rest of the market and/or wine section to get to the beer, which is placed in the far corner. Once there, you're greeted by several long shelves, some refrigerated, filled with great beer. There were a couple of shelves devoted to single bottles, both imports, locals, and from other US locations. Plenty of beers were available from Bell's, Founders, Dark Horse, New Holland, Arcadia, and other MI brewers. There was also a large Jolly Pumpkin display out front. Phenomenal selection overall, with a large number of high quality offerings. I picked up Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree, Nosferatu, Blackout Stout, Bam Biere, Bell's Rye Stout, and Great Divide Fresh Hop, among many others. Service was great too. The beer guy (can't remember his name) made a number of interesting suggestions and let us know that we'd be able to split up any six packs we were interested in for single bottles, since there was room on the singles shelf. I'll definitely be stopping here again.

Photo of BigDaddyWil
5/5  rDev +12.1%

Let me start by sayin' this place is da bomb!!! Learned about this store on Beerfly, where else. Located in stripmall, close to the U of M campus. Good directions on Mapquest. Great market that has everything you need, from wine, beer, cheeses and deli meats. Very friendly staff and everyone is willing to help the customer.

The beer section is located in the back corner of the store, and oh how sweet it is!!!! Huge Bell's display with ton 7000 Batch and left over Winter Ale. This store has it all!!! The biggest selction of Belgians, I've ever seen. I think every Michigan brand, Bell's, Founders, New Holland, Arcadia, Dark Horse, Dragonmead, Kuhnhenn and Michigan Brewing Company. Even more, too many to remember. Also, a nice Jolly Pumpkin display too boot. Other brands include Great Divide, Great Lakes Brew Co. and almost every offering from Rogue. Believe me there is so much more!

Most selections are offered warm or cold. A nice selection of singles, to make your own six pack. Excellent service, a guy named Justin was eager to help and point out new arrivals. This store has it all, quality, service and selection. All under one roof. By far the best beer store I've been to. A must stop!!!

Photo of stouty1
4.65/5  rDev +4.3%

By far my favorite place to buy beer, in Ann Arbor area. However, Dave (the buyer) really is responsible for my newest passion ("real Beer"). I stopped in one day last summer and now, I cannot drive by without stopping in and checking out what's new. Even my wife surprises me with her own visits! Personal feelings aside...

For being tucked away in a small corner of the back of the store, they have a HUGE selection of beer. Most of the MI breweries are represented (Founders, Holland, Bells', etc) with many Belgiums lining the wall. The single's section is growing rapidly, without a fear of breaking any six pack up. Dave wants people to try beer.

They have done a lot with a little amount of space. Dave and Bryan know their beer and are both passionate about it and willing to share their knowledge. If you are looking for a great place to buy beer, stop in and look around.

Oh, they have nice grocery store with the best cut of Filet Mignon I have ever had. You can actually cut them with a fork!

Photo of Gaisgeil
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

This is hands down the best place to buy beer in Ann Arbor. Very wide selection of not only Michigan and American craft beer but a truly remarkable selection of Belgian beers. They also had a decent amount of German and UK offerings as well but not as much as the American and Belgian beer. They offered a lot of six packs of just about anything, and a lot, if not most, of it was refrigerated, which is a nice change! I'd like to see them further widen their selection if singles but the resident beer guy, Bryan, let me know he'd break up a six pack if there was anything I fancied. Service was very good all around in fact. Bryan seemed quite knowledgable and passionate about beer without coming off arrogant about it, nice to see. People in the grocery departments and the checkout staff were all friendly and helpful as well. The layout of the beer department is a little strange, but traversible nontheless. Prices are very competitive relative to the area, but beware if you aren't from a pricey area, the prices won't seem so reasonable to you.

Very good place to buy some wonderful beer.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.85/5  rDev +8.7%

Stopped in after checking BA, and found one of the best beer selections I've seen. The huge variety of Belgian beers made my head spin. I might have thought I was dreaming, but the prices they charged reminded me I was awake.

This place is layed out as a grocery store with a ton of wine, with the beer section taking up about 400 sq ft in a rear corner. The beers are mostly stacked in shelves by country (UK, Germany, Italy, and Belgium have wide representation). There are plenty of Michigan beers as well.

There were 2 guys working in the beer section while I was there, and they offered advice on many of the more obscure selections. You could tell they had a love for the product, which is probably why the selection is as good as it is. But they evidently have a hard time parting with it, as the prices were really excessive in general.

I'll stop in again anytime I'm in town, no doubt. But I'll only pick up the stuff that's hard to find.

Photo of Shovelbum
4.45/5  rDev -0.2%

Bello Vino has the widest and most reasonably priced selection of beers in Ann Arbor. They have an extensive selection of Michigan micros, as well as a wide selection of Rogue bombers, several Victory varieties, Geary’s and a wealth of other U.S. craft beers. Their selection of Belgian and French ales is the most extensive I’ve seen in Ann Arbor and they had a wide variety of English and German beers too, including a few different types of mini-kegs. They also have a rack of domestic and import singles to make your own six-packs, if you are so inclined. There staff is extremely helpful and knowledgeable. To top it all off their prices on 750ml bottles tend to be $0.50-2.00 cheaper than other stores in the Ann Arbor area.

The store is a full-gourmet-grocery and has nice meats, cheeses, a bakery, dry goods and a huge wine selection—but I go for the beer and really can’t comment on these.

Edit: I recently bought a 4 pack of Jenlain blanche which turned out to be horribly skunked (damn you green bottles!--everything else I've bought here, and I’ve bought quite a bit, has been in excellent condition). The staff was very good about allowing me to return the beer, gave me a full refund, and then helped me find something else. The guy that helped me out also mentioned that the owner was getting ready to install some sort of special lights that would be gentler on the beer.

Photo of Frozensoul327
4.65/5  rDev +4.3%

Finally made the trip. It was worth it. Located in a stripmall type setting off the U of M campus, this store was a mecca for good beers and helpful service. The store had hundreds of wines, a respectable selection of hard to find foods, and an excellant beer selection. Upon getting back to the far corner of the store where the beer is almost hidden, I was greeted by Bryan, who worked in the beer section. We carried on a long winded conversation about beers we had tried, new beers he had in stock, and some specials he had going on. I was suprised to find many selections were kept cool, more than even Merchant's in Dearborn. I was lucky to find some Kuhnhenn's that I hadn't seen in bottles previously, and although the best by date had passed, they were boxed and cooled properly to keep the contents as fresh as possible for as long as possible. There was a nice selection of local beers and regional micros that I hadn't seen anywhere else, and Bryan was good enough to tell me which to go for and which to avoid. A decent selection of singles was also present, which is always a bouns. I know I'll be back, as the prices were far better than one will find anywhere else in Ann Arbor. This is a good place to hit up if you're in the area. A recommended stop.

Photo of nomad
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Seriously, this place got cleaned up, beefed up, and spread out. Overflowing with the best brands available in Michigan in just about every style except German and British. Gorgeous Belgian selection for great prices, every major style pimped as best as can with Trappists galore, Cantillon and Fantome both, Abbeys all around. Honestly its less like a grocery store with beer and wine than a wine and beer store with a grocery. Of course, the requisite Michigan beers are there as great priced six-packs. Service is better in a major way though the layout is a bit dense. Ciao Bello. Major improvement over its previous state.

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Bello Vino Market in Ann Arbor, MI
97 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.