Famous Liquors

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105 E Roosevelt Rd
Lombard, Illinois, 60148-4506
United States

(630) 629-3330 | map

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Reviews by ackeeper:
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ackeeper from Illinois

4.17/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75

May 19, 2015
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Bearshawks85 from Illinois

4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Mar 18, 2017
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Davit from California

5/5  rDev +23.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Jul 10, 2015
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Svyturys30 from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Nov 07, 2014
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3fdread from Illinois

3.74/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Famous is like walking into 1985, and there's probably a bears monsters of the midway poster in their somewhere. So it's dated...so what. They've got a good beer selection, they treat their regulars well, and even text you when they get some rare gems in. Staff is friendly, knowledgable and eager to answer any ?'s you've got for them. Went to a tasting their awhile back where Larry bell(bells brewery) was there, so they know how to put asses in the seats. Fair prices and a store card is available. When driving down Roosevelt rd, stop in and pick up some bombers.

Apr 03, 2014
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ahbithwabm from Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.2%

Nov 21, 2013
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crossovert from Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

This is a large and old-school store. I guess there is a deli too somewhere in here. There was a decent amount of traffic in it around noon on a Wednesday.

The beer is in the back-middle of the store, scattered around. The import selection looks old and dilapidated, so does the singles shelf. Not a huge selection of craft but a decent one.

This place looks like it was once well stocked but the beer buyer jsut got lazy or they really weren't selling much. The singles area is nice though it looks picked over.

The service was pretty friendly, prices were decent.

An okay stop if you are in the area.

Jun 07, 2012
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SpdKilz from Illinois

3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

I’ve come here a few times over the past few years, and as of late it appears to me their beer selection has actually diminished a bit (it seems they took out a couple shelves but the beer that was there was not placed somewhere else?).

You walk in and the atmosphere is like what you would expect for a store titled “Famous Wine & Spirits”, meaning it more or less panders to hard liquor and spirits. There is nothing really going on when you walk in to be honest, and I meandered over to the beer selection without being approached.

The quality is okay – the store needs to be renovated and in my opinion is a bit sloppily set up but I really don’t care as long as it has decent stuff.

Service was nice at the register but I’ve never been asked once if I need help. I hate being bugged all the time, but I also hate when people completely ignore me especially when I’m looking quizzically at the beer selection, an employee sees this, but just walks on by (they were not busy – it was early in the morning and the store was dead).

The selection is actually pretty decent – they have the regulars plus a few things even Binny’s doesn’t get sometimes (and by that I mean they probably keep them on the shelves a bit longer than Binny’s but hey, I’m not complaining). However compared to the Binny’s less than 10 min away on the same road, I’d pick that any day.

The value was pretty good also. This isn’t the “best” beer store (and it’s not promoting itself to be one) but it is one I will for sure go to every now and then to see what they have. Another BIG plus is the fact they have quite a few singles you can buy which is great for adding extras to trades.

Jul 05, 2011
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kenm2118 from Illinois

4.85/5  rDev +19.8%

This is one of my favorite beer stores in the Chicagoland area. Jeff, the beer guy, really knows his stuff and is very helpful. He is always willing to let me know when a hard to find/limited beer has come in.

I also love that they have so many beers in their mix and match section. I really enjoy trying different beers when I dont want to buy a full four or six pack.

The price is nice as well. They usually are $1-2 cheaper than Binnys.

The stores selection is nice, although not as good as Binnys.

Nov 24, 2010
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Thorpe429 from Illinois

3.7/5  rDev -8.6%

Quality: Good. Everything seems to be pretty new, and they definitely turn over the build a sixpack inventory pretty quickly, so I don't really worry about freshness there.

Service: I've never really had anyone come up to me and ask if I needed help, which I don't have too much of a problem with. The problem is that the way the store is set up, the guys stocking the place are constantly coming right through the craft aisle (which is quite narrow) with carts full of cases of BMC and the like--gets to be kind of a pain.

Selection: This place has always got plenty of local six packs as well as pretty good stuff from around the country. This is especially with regard American crafts. The Beglian selection is a little weak, although they do have a few nice items. What I really like is the constantly well-stocked inventory for building a six pack, or just buying a single bottle or two. Nothing like stopping a couple days a week and deciding which bottle or two you want to try that night.

Value: Prices are quite reasonable. This is by far the cheapest place to buy Rochefort around here that I have found ($5, $5, and $6 for 6, 8, and 10, respectively).

Mar 12, 2009
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bluemoonswoon from Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.2%

Stopped by in here after passing by it on a number of occasions. Walking and am greeted by long rows of wine and a grocery in the back. Honestly sort of a strange layout, but every open and easy to navigate. Row of coolers in back house a mix of macros, imports and micros, all the beers in the cooler tend to be found in coolers of other beer centric establishments. Where things change is in warm storage. Lots of crazy eastern euro imports and a large, large, large, single bottle selection which is cool if you want to try a beer before investing in an entire six back. I'd say that almost every sixer can be bought as a single. Great selection of 3Floyds, almost the entire line up of bombers, no Behemoth and Dark Lord (for obvious reasons), Oatgoop, Dreadnaught, Black Sun, Broodoo, etc. are all here and well stocked. Founders Imperial Stout and Hopslam are some of the other fresh offerings. Can't really speak too much about the service as I happened to stop by in the afternoon and seemed like the slow part of the day so my experience was mostly hands off, which is not really that bad. Cleaner and seems to keep stock fresher than Sal's in Elmhurst. This place is just a bit too far away for me to go to on a regular basis. If you live here or are driving through here make a stop.

Jan 22, 2009
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MrMcGibblets from Illinois

3.7/5  rDev -8.6%

this place is fairly big but a large portion of the space is wasted on the deli area. decent selection of domestic micros and imports. some minorly dusty bottles. there is a cheese counter here. one thing i did like is that there was a good selection of singles-not just macro crap or stuff i wouldn't want. i made a sixer of hop rocket, storm king, phin & matt's, old foghorn, censored, and sprecher dipa. decent selection in the coolers as well and an ok assortment of bombers. don't think you'd find anyone who knew much about/cared for beer here, though i could be wrong. 3f's sixers were $1.50 less per than at binny's.

Feb 25, 2008
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emerge077 from Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Recent renovations have brought this store into the 21st century.
Everything was bright and clean, well organized. It was like a completely different store.
Thankfully they kept the charming retro sign out front. The selection has improved greatly, being DuPage county, there is a different distributor than Chicago, and several breweries I haven't seen in the city, such as Scorched Earth and Great River. Broad selection, good amount of seasonals and imports. Someone on the floor offered assistance and the cashier was friendly. Overall a great improvement over years past.

2007: 3.65
I've been here several times, and my experience varied each time.

First time, no service, but snagged some goodies such as Victory festbier and Capital Fest. There seemed to be a few rarities here and there, like out of season Storm King and the like.

Second time, I chatted with the beer guy for a bit, he gave some good earnest recommendations, and I was happy with my purchase. Modest singles section, check the dates. Lots of imports, some seasonal Belgians.

Third time around, not alot as far as rarities, some Schwelmer 4-packs (likely same ones from over a year ago) found some Alpha Klaus on sale for $5 which was very nice. Singles area seemed to be languishing a bit. Glassware/breweriana area isn't as nice as in the past, used to have Chimay & Belgian chalices, now only 3 stooges and AB mostly, save for Celebrator glasses. End glassware rant.

Stop by in the afternoon on a weekend if you are looking for service, you should find a good selection here if passing through.

Feb 23, 2007
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rhoadsrage from Illinois

3.85/5  rDev -4.9%

When I pulled up to the store front I saw a huge glass storefront. I thought that might be bad news for the beer in green glass but I went in to search for local beers or something interesting. When I walked in there were isles of wine that were well labeled and back in the coolers was one door of singles.

I thought the singles looked nice, mostly bombers of local craft beer with some 1 liter imports but that was it. I looked around and didn't see any other beer. I walked a few isles over and a sea of beer opened up before me. There was a long isle of about 50 different singles in the mix and match section. Nothing real exciting but it was nice to see they were all craft brews. They had towers of cases and 6-packs of Christmas beers on sale and a good number of the typical Belgian, German and English beers as well. I was happy to see a strong showing of local beers from 3 Floyds, Goose Island, and Two Brothers. They also had a good selection of Colorado Beers and some Wisconsin beers.

I grabbed a few limited edition beers and made my way to the check out. They had a small cheese and gourmet food section that I didn't take time to check out but I will have to update next time. At the checkout they had signs about carding and they did in fact card me and the two people behind me. This is a nice little beer store and I got the feeling that limited release beers to fly off the shelves here as fast as other stores.

Jan 14, 2007
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MillRat from Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.2%

Formerly a grocery store, which gives an idea of both the square footage and ambiance. In the store and their promotions, wine is really their focus. The beer comes in third behind the spirits, but it is a close call. That said, third place here is not really that bad of a place to be. The staff is courteous and knowledgeable, and special orders are not a problem. As others noted, the micro-brew shelves face toward the windows, but they're at the rear of the store and the windows face north. The macros are up front in sunlight city, though. At least water doesn't skunk.

The beer selection is much better than average, and the stock rotates reasonably quickly. Some good specials can be found in their sales, and seasonal close-outs can be a bargain. The single-bottle section allows sampling without committing to six-pack quantities. The wine and spirit selections are also notable, so it is not just a beer haven. Stunning selection of single malt scotch for quality chasees. Not a destination store, but it is worth a detour.

Jun 29, 2006
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Redrover from Wisconsin

3.85/5  rDev -4.9%

Famous is a large clean store that has a decent beer selection at competitive prices. The store is well lit and well laid out.

They have a nice upscale deli, so you can get some munchies with your beer purchase. I noticed they even had a Chimay cheese! I see they took out their growler to go offerings, to bad!

They have a fair sized import selection. Less Eastern Europe offering than most stores in the area, but the had some nice choices from Belgium, the UK and Germany.

Huge stacks of macros in one area.

The US micro selection is good. I saw a nice selection of Goose Island, Bells, Two Brothers, etc. Bonus, they sell a limited selection of singles.

They also have a fairly good representative selection from some of the larger regionals. I saw all the Point offerings and most of the Berghoff flavors. However, I did not see any selections form City Brewing and I was specifically looking for some La Crosse Lager.

The prices are competitive and they have both advertised and nonadvertised specials. Look for the in-store coupons.

They were a bit understaffed while I was there and that is one area they could improve in.

They also have a nice selction of beer t-shirts, glasses, coasters, etc.

Well worth a stop if your in the neighborhood, but not a destination store.

Jun 30, 2005
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orbitalr0x from Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +2.5%

Famous is a great place if you're in the suburbs and looking for a nice selection of craft / micro brews or even wine if you're into it. This place is big and it has a clean, well lit and a bit more upscale atmosphere than most of your corner liquor stores.
They have a great selection of brews both in the large cooler and on the shelf. As a bonus you can buy single bottles (they have a random selection of many good micros). If you want something that they don't carry, just ask one of the friendly beer department personel and they will most likely be able to order it for you! Everything here is nice and they rotate the stock well as I've never seen any dusty old bottles lying around.
The prices here are on par with what I've seen elsewhere. I really enjoy going here and just looking around. The layout is a million times nicer than most of the cramped, dungeonesque liquor stores I've been in. So, if you are in the Chicago suburbs and looking for a nice place to buy some good brews...check it out!!

Sep 03, 2004
Famous Liquors in Lombard, IL
Place rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 17 ratings