T-Bird's Liquors

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T-Bird's LiquorsT-Bird's Liquors
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T-Bird's LiquorsT-Bird's Liquors

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15420 S Route 59
Plainfield, Illinois, 60544-1984
United States

(815) 436-4896 | map

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Photo of wdberkley
2.73/5  rDev -9.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3

Photo of AleWatcher
2.84/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3

This is a pretty standard little hole in the wall liquor store. It looks and feels like an old 7-11 on the inside.
The selection is about average, and anything old or limited they had is long since picked clean.
The owner is friendly-- when I asked how much he wanted for a Duvel tulip he told me I could just have it. He doesn't seem to care much about beer though-- like many shop owners, he just wants what will sell.
The mix and match singles is a plus, but you'd be wise to check for bottlle dates.
Overall-- this is a shop worth checking out once a year or so in the hopes he has added something of interest.

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Photo of JohnnyTightLips
2.65/5  rDev -12.5%

Just from the front, the place doesn't look any different from you're typical local liquor store but, the place has quite the selection. I only go here to check out their nice-sized beer singles selection, which is in their back cooler. While their prices are somewhat lower than shall we say Binny's, this place is known for having beer that's a little on the old side, which could be a good thing, just as long as it's not a BMG offering. Kinda dirty inside but, its a liquor store not the Waldorf.

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Photo of ManofMead
2.35/5  rDev -22.4%

Been here many times but, hadnt been here for awhile. Visited last night and am dissapointed with the selection,service and lack of committment. Didnt see any real bargains nor did the clerk seem to see me. It was as if I was invisible. Left without purchasing anything. Another reason to shop at Discount liquors on Rt 30 or if I am motivated to go to the north side of town Binnys.

This place is a waste of time! This place and the sports bar nearby who was owned by the liquor stores girlfriend(The Sports Den) used to be worth hitting but arent worth your time now!

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Photo of spointon
3.05/5  rDev +0.7%

When I first started my craft beer journey a couple years ago, I soon discovered this place, which is located about 5 minutes from my house. It still has a decent selection (especially compared to other places in the area), but it has gone downhill quite a bit. Last few times I was in, I took note that the coolers which had previously been reserved for single bottles of imports and domestic craft beers were being infiltrated with the higher selling and faster moving macro swill.

As for service - In all the time, and over all the great beers I have bought there, I still have mixed feelings about the place. There once was a time when I was spending well over a hundred bucks a month in this store, almost exclusively on single bottles, yet the staff always treated me like I was a freak for doing so. I remember one time when I had 6 or 8 nice Belgian ales picked out and the cashier girl treated me like I was from Mars for buying beers that cost $3-$5 a piece. Not cool to treat customers bad for paying your store's prices. On the flip side, not long ago they were reducing and rearranging some stock and they put up an incredible sale on some world class beers. I picked up at least a dozen Gulden Draaks for $2 each and a bunch of Traquair House ales dirt cheap as well.

Bottom line, someone at some point had the right idea, but whoever is running the show now is not committed to good beers, or good beer drinkers.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.8/5  rDev +25.4%

This was my first stop at a beer store in Illinois while visiting friends in Plainfield. The store looks very small from the street, but there is a decent selection of beer in the back. Nice selection of Midwest beers, Germans, Belgians. There were some singles, but not a great selection. I only gave the establishment a 3.5 for quality because I found a number of outdated items, some outdated for years, so watch what you buy, especially if it is uncommon. Still it was a nice shopping experience.

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Photo of emerge077
3.4/5  rDev +12.2%

T-Birds is sandwiched in a strip mall, look for the red italic "T-BIRD'S LIQUORS" toward the left end of the strip. At street level, there is an octagonal shaped red & white "stop" sign for the shopping center, that reads "Plainfield Plaza".

Carpeting and flourescent lighting in the place, popcorn machine at the counter. Go straight back to the coolers, where there are a bajillion random singles lying in wait. Shelves were somewhat unimpressive, all dusty, a Gonzo Imp. 4-pack for around $10. Virtually the entire selection is singles, yet there was no advertised mix-a-six discount.

Lots of random US regional craft stuff, like Sand Creek (Wild Ride IPA), Bar Harbor Blueberry, Stoney Creek Vanilla Porter, etc. Alot of CA, CO, ME, stuff for some reason. On the other hand, they had some good options, such as 3-4 Goose Islands, (2)3 Floyds (Rob the Bruce, Pride & Joy) (5)Founders (Centennial, Rubaeus, Dirty Bastard, Black/Red Rye).

Several English imports that were new to me, such as O'Hanlons. Check all dates of every bottle you consider buying, there's lots of outdated stock. Seriously aged Belgian selection, faded labels in some cases. Augustijn, De Dolle, Liefmans Kriek, Duinen. A few offerings dated back to 2001... Caveat emptor.

Checkout was helpful on one visit, a stocker was on the floor, so there were people around if you need help. At the counter, the glassware selection is limited to BMC mugs. Dusty t-shirts were tacked up to the wood-paneled wall that read "drink 'til you want me" and similar tasteful slogans.

Really just a "stop if you're local" and not a destination by any means.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.45/5  rDev +13.9%

This store is stuck in a little strip mall and it is easy to pass over. When I walked in the doors there were some coolers full of pop, alcopops and some craft sodas. Walking straight back you get into the small beer section. There is a 10 ft rack of 4 shelves with the warm craft beer. All the bottles at eye level were dusty. On the lower shelves 6 packs were pushed around so you had to squat down to see what was shoved to the back of the shelf. It was a O.K. selection and the English beers, American beers, Belgian beers and Canadian beers were stuck here and there with some Jack and Cola 4 packs in the mix.

Moving back to the coolers, you are greeted by 6 doors of singles (~66 beers in each door) There were some Belgian, English, German, and craft American beers. Some I haven't seen in a while. 4 different Speakeasy, 4 Grants including Mandarin Hefe-Weizen, and the line of Abita. They had lots of Founder's including the Rübæus. Lots of beers from CO, MI, WI and a few from IL including several Two Brothers however they had no Three Floyds at all.

To the right are 3 doors of 6-packs, and then 6 more doors of BMCs. They also had no bombers or 750ml bottles only 21 oz or pint bottles in the German beers. At the register they had 1 bottle of Utopia on discount. It is a good place to buy singles if you want to try random beers but none of the "big hitters". If you are in the area its worth a stop but I wouldn't drive from Chicago looking for gems.

I just got out a bottle of Ruby Stout that I had purchase here today and noticed that is is best before 1/17 2004. Wow. I guess they don't get rid out dated products. Well in this case that is a good thing.

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T-Bird's Liquors in Plainfield, IL
Place rating: 3.03 out of 5 with 8 ratings
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