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Subs & Six PacksSubs & Six Packs

Type: Eatery, Beer-to-go

2645 Columbia Avenue
Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 17603
United States

(717) 394-2739 | map

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Reviews by JunkYardJake:
Photo of JunkYardJake
3.2/5  rDev -1.5%

I was expecting high prices after reading previous reviews but I was still shocked to see them. Most were at bar prices, and not of the happy hour variety. Alot were actually higher. And yet, when it comes to singles of micros, they are still the cheapest in town. Also the only ones in town. Country Garden (about 5 minutes east) has a great bomber and six-pack collection that is as good as this at slightly better prices, but this place has an unmatched (in this area) 12oz single selection. So, as much as it pained me to support these prices, I bought a mixed 4-pack. The place is a dump and service is terrible for an eatery, let alone for a craft beer store. I can't recomend this place for food or sixers, but until some competion opens up, its the best place for craft singles and mixed six packs in Lancaster.

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Photo of TheReverendMikeL
2.75/5  rDev -15.4%

Good selection but mostly overpriced. Craft beers are commonly out of date. Food is good, the service is usually good. I don't go anymore but that's due to moving, I enjoyed it when I lived in Mountville. Great place to buy tallcans and 40s.

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Photo of SharkNado
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of richardwood76
3.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of beuchner
3.3/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

I completely agree that overall, the beer selection is good, but the it's overpriced. Two important things to point out about Subs n Six Packs: 1. I rated the selection as average because the options for buying a great selection of mixed six packs has really improved in Lancaster. Since The Fridge opened, they have become the standard to compare for mixed six-pack selection. However, they too are pricey. Not as pricey as Subs n Six Pack, but pricey nonetheless. I do prefer Subs n Six Packs for their selection of Rogue brews, a personal favorite. The second important thing to know about Subs n Six Packs is their cheese steaks are absolutely the best in the area! Their chicken cheese steaks are awesome as well. During warm weather, they have a deck opened up and you can grab a draft and a cheese steak and enjoy the outside as well.

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Photo of bottlequeststeve
3/5  rDev -7.7%

Hadn't been to this place in ages so I thought I'd stop in and see what it had to offer since it's the only place locally where you can do a true mixed six pack of single 12oz bottles...needless to say I remember why I don't frequent this spot. Sure they have some nice offerings but holy Moses are the single bottles marked up. I picked up some very standard stuff (2 Sam Adams Noble Pilsner's, a Petrus Gouden Ale Tripel, a Springhouse 7 Gates Pale Ale, and a great divide Belgica and a Smithwicks...I knew it was all over priced but really wanted a mixed six pack to take along to a Super Bowl party...when I checked out it was hard to stomach paying $24 for such an average mixed sixer...I mean c'mon most places give you a discount if you do a mix and match sixer...bummer...looks like it's still necessary to hit the road and travel to Abe's, Stateline, or heck even a Wegman's. I can't wait until the Lancaster area has more to offer...in time in time. Rant over.

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Photo of berpwillie
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

the selection here is pretty good, although not very large. i wasn't at all impressed with the place it self, actually a bit of a dump. pretty pricey as well but then again in this are you don't have much of an option. if you're from lancaster or visiting the area i would recomend going to countrey garden instead. it's a little less pricey but not buy much and the selection is quite a bit larger. Although i did find a few things here that country garden didn't have. i didn't attempt to try the food, can't imagine much good comes out of the kitchen. but the lady behind the counter was nice enough.

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Photo of emericanchaos
3.45/5  rDev +6.2%

Subs and Sixes is the west end's best bottleshop imo. they have, by far, the best selection of pretty much anything in the city. German and English micros to 40's of mickey's can be found here. Pricing is horrible though. I don't blame others for leaving once seeing the price of the place. They used to have 2 taps on hand that were reasonable but bottles remain painful to pay for.

For what it's worth the place has recently been renovated. the coolers are the same but the rest is thoroughly different.

i rated service as a 3. it's a bottle shop. you serve yourself. if you order food they'll bring it to the table but it's usually just a person running a register and, at best, a second person on the kitchen. don't expect a waitress, there's only 5 or 6 tables anyway.

my value rating is based only on beer. their food pricing is very fair and the food is of very good quality when you consider the menu. that is to say it's basic offerings done average or better. portions are nice as well. would eat here before "hooters" or similar. put it that way.

Great place to have a beer with a sandwhich or fries. Not a good place to pick up some TOGO's. it's sad really. if their prices would come down they'd be the only place in lancaster worth going too. as far as i've seen anyway.

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Photo of tone77
2.7/5  rDev -16.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5

What a disappointment. When I first walked in I was surprised to see no other customers inside. I said hello to the young man behind the counter and got a blank stare as a response. As I broused the coolers I saw what was probably the best selection of micro's and Belgium's in the area. As an import lover I was shocked that there was not a single brand here not available elsewhere.

Now the real stunner: the prices. Both singles and 6 packs where the highest I have ever seen. Anywhere. I was almost offended and left without making a purchase. Needless to say I will not be back.

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Photo of HopMeister1964
3/5  rDev -7.7%

As most have already said, the place is something of a dump. And yeah, the prices they charge for singles is an insult. The selection is awesome, probably the best I've seen in PA. But I have to wonder how long some of those singles have been sitting in the cooler. I guess paying eight bucks for something that you've always wanted to try but could never find isn't absurd; but what if you de-cap that overpriced brew and and it's a thirty month old bottle of sour piss?

I actually got a cheesesteak from there. It was delicious.

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Photo of DIM
2.6/5  rDev -20%

I just wanted to reiterate what eveyone else had to say about this place. Stay away. At these prices, every bottle ought to come with some vaseline! This place reeks of old smoke and over-flowing grease traps, I can't imgine eating here. They do have a very good bottle selection but I won't ever pay these prices. The woman at the counter seemed friendly enough but I didn't actually buy anything, so who knows. $20 for a bottle of Red and White. That's right, $20. Oh and if you do go in, watch the dates on your bottles very carefully. If I don't like a place, I generaly don't write a review, but poor, unsuspecting consumers need to be warned!

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Photo of shertz
2.3/5  rDev -29.2%

OK...I was reading reviews of this place and just had to chime in. This place is a must....STAY AWAY FROM!! Why? Because they are gauging the consumer. Do yourself a favor and drive a few miles up the road to Country Garden Six Pack. I spoke with the owner many times about his prices and honestly, he doesn't give 2-shits. He actually said something to that extent. A real miserable man. The place reaks of smoke and old, stale food. Who would eat in this place? The selection is pretty good, but for the prices, who gives a shit. I have seen some prices almost double what they should charge. And to boot, he tries to ring up prices higher at register. The kitchen is so filthy. I work in the food industry and I might mention this to our next visiting inspector. It really is a shame that somebody could run a good business like single bottle purchases and chooses to run it this way. Don't go here!

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Photo of Risser09
2.75/5  rDev -15.4%

Quality: You walk in and are hit in the head with a horseshoe of coolers. Small seating for people who actually eat here. They have a few macros on tap. It's clean enough but reeks of smoke and grease, kind of unpleasant (where's the ventilation?).

Service: Not really present. The guy never talked to me while I was pondering the coolers. He was nice at the counter though. I read something on the wall about how immigrants get away with so much financial help. Made me laugh that they actually put it on the wall.

Selection: Awesome. DFH, Stone, Rogue, Belgians, Imports, sixers, singles, 750s, bombers. BEST local selection.

Value: This is where I feel slighted. I think the singles are way overpriced. Chimay Grande Reserve for $14. That's the highest I have ever seen. I've seen 2002s of it for $10.99. The only thing I thought was worth buying was Stone Bombers at $7.25 and even those are overpriced. Screw this, I'm gonna split cases from now on!

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Photo of pavandal
3.55/5  rDev +9.2%

For the area, this is an awesome place to go. They have individual bottles that you can mix and match, which is almost unheard of in PA.

As you enter the dining area, right in front of you is the micro brew cooler. Nice. A U shaped cooler that is filled from the inside takes up most of the room in here. To the left side of the micros, you have Bombers, Belgians and other imports. I got the impression that they put the "not normal bottles" on this side. Hey, that's cool with me. The right of the micros is the macros, and they've got all of them too.

The gentlemen behind the counter wasn't all that friendly, and he kept looking at me and back at my ID throughout the whole purchase. I showed him other, more recent picture ID (I have since gotten contacts and have glasses on in my ID), but he was still suspicious and wasn't interested in conversation.

Prices were a bit high, but you can't beat the selection and the option to get singles, especially in central PA. Thanks to my fellow BAs for showing this place to me!

I didn't try any of the subs, but I will on my next trip. From what I've read, they've got great food as well.

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Photo of HossMcGraw
2.25/5  rDev -30.8%

Visited this place yesterday for the first time in a while, and must say that despite it's excellent selection, this Subs and 6packs has just gotten way more expensive.

I'll preface my review by saying that this place was notorious in high school as one of the few places that didn't "card". Our purchases of St.Ides and Red Dog should have kept this place in the pink for those first few shaky years.

Anyway, this place has the best singles selection in Lancaster. A dizzying array of the finest malt liquors greets you as you open the front door, along with some surly NASCAR fans, and the aroma of smoke and stale hamburger grease. Once you're past that, you're at the good stuff.

A few off the top of my head, Duvel,Chimay,Lindemans,Corsendonk, La Fin, Stone, Brooklyn, Victory, Stoudts, Middle Ages, and many other fine beers. Pretty decent line up right? Yeah, but then there's the whole price thing. 8 dollars of a single Duvel?? They used to only charge 4. 9 bucks for Hennepin?? Such bullshit, but they can get away with it due to PA's ridiculous beer laws.

The only reasonably priced beer other than the macros was Stone, and I got two bottles each of AB and Ruination at 5.50 and 7.00 respectively. The old Ruination price of 5.50 was scratched out and the 7.00 written beneath it as if to say, "Yeah, that's right. We're gouging you. What are you gonna do about it, bitch?"

The sad looking guy behind the counter igonored me for a while as he cooked a cheesesteak. He appeared as if he might commit suicide at any moment. Once he felt like acknowledging me, he tried to over charge me for some DFH. I'm pretty sure he was also the owner. Probably the worst customer experience ever.

So despite all this...I'm going to return. As much as I hate giving this place my money, they've got a sick selection, and I've got a weakness when it comes to good beer.

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Photo of guinnessfan
3.4/5  rDev +4.6%

Visited 09/29 Friday night about 8:30
From the outside, it looks like a small, dumpy sub shop. Upon entering, my initial thoughts are confirmed. This place is kind of dirty and really smoke-filled. A couple of "townies" downing crap pitchers, and old farts nursing bottles of Rolling Rock.
The beer selection, however, is stellar for an area like this.
A huge U-shaped cooler in the middle of the place is filled with great beer. The locals like Troegs, Victory, and Appalacian are available. Unibroue, Lindemans, Dogfish, etc. The were out of Worldwide Stout. It's hard to find a place to buy singles in PA, so this place is a diamond in the rough. $8.00 for a bottle of Lindemans is crazy. In VA, SC, and FL I paid a little over $5.00 per bottle. But that's what we in PA have to put up with to get less than a case. $109.00 / case of Lindeman's at my local dist. Wow!
I will return since the place is only about 25 min. from my house. I will not be eating there though.
The do have about 5 drafts there, Magic Hat #9 was on the list.
The staff didn't want to be bothered really, so I didn't try to ask about other beers the may carry in the future. I just shopped, got what I wanted, and left the place.

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Photo of guzzle211
3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

With PA laws being so goofy, places like this are a god-send. You can get cold singles of macro and micro, 6-packs, 12-packs, 22 oz bombers of Rogue, 40 oz of Mickey's, whatever. They even have 3 or 4 standard taps (yuengling, sam adams, coors light, etc.) Plus, they make great subs, cheesesteaks, and mozzerella sticks. There's always a TV on so you can stop here, grab a draft, catch up on the score, grab some singles and continue to the next stop. A cool little place, much better location than Country Garden and Queen (although Country Garden is always open on holidays.)

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.2/5  rDev +29.2%

I stopped in with waldo567 after visiting lancaster brewing co a few minutes away. I have been spoiled living in CT and buying singles anywhere I want so this store is a bit of a treasure in central PA I think.
The store looks like a simple hamburger/pizza/ice cream stand on the left side of the road if heading east. There is ample parking so no worries there.
Walking in there are a smattering of tables and chairs spread around the dining area with a large TV in one corner. To the right is why you are here. There is a LARGE cooler with quite a selection of beers. The range is from 12ers of miller lite, to single bottles of Insanity, to 750s of Ommegang. The prices seem a little high, but I think are reasonable for PA singles. you can buy as many of any bottle you want. There are Troegs, ABC, Stoudts,and Lancaster bottles for locals. DFH, Brooklyn, Weyerbacher for regionals, and some decent belgians and english ales. I bought the last of the leghumper Robust porter. Sorry. The owner, says he rotates stock regularly and isnt sure what all he has in the back. If you want to try some new tasty beers and dont want to spend $40 and up for a case come drop $30 and walk out with 5-7 beers. Definitely worth a stop and if hungry you can grab some food for the road.

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Photo of Phatz
4.5/5  rDev +38.5%

It is a challenge to find places with a good micro and craft beer selection in Lancaster PA. I have been a regular customer of Country Garden 6-pack for a while. I happened to be on the west end of town today and I stopped in. I was very impressed! I will definitely be driving from Paradise (east of town) all the way across town to visit Subs & Six Packs again. I called on my way there to get direction and ask about what beers they had. I decided on my 7 beers while on the phone with a very helpful gentleman. Exceptional service! The big advantage this place has is they let you put together your own sixer, where as the other places I've been to usually require you to buy full six-packs and have a very limited selection of individual beers for sale. This store reminds me of Thirsty’s in York. It is pricey but no more than any where else, and that’s what I expect. Getting around the far side of the refrigerators is a bit cramped but it is a worthwhile price to find the beer you want. If you are in the area looking for a good place to pick up a few craft beers I'd recommend you stop in.
Recently I have been dissapointed with there diminishing selection. I spoke to the owner and he said they were letting the inventory run really low before they reorder and stock up. I hope that day comes cuz it has been to long with thin suply on the shelves.
UPDATE (on-the edit)
Okay so he was telling the truth. I walked in last week and Holy Smokes the place wa freakin loaded again! I was afraid they were secretly going out of business or something but now they have every shelf FULL! I even found DFH Fort! I was ecstatic!

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of Dithyramb
2.65/5  rDev -18.5%

Woh, I had just come up the street from Wheatland thinking that I'd pick up a single or so here on the way home. I was pimp slapped by crazy sticker shock. Singles were $2 to $6 six packs on average were about $10 to $12. The only deal was $5.50 for Arrogant Bastard.

No one was at the counter, just two surly men watching a bad 80's movie and plowing through potato chips. Had mostly PA regionals and a few international selections. The one lone Belgian single may have been there for most of a decade.

Didn't pick up anything and this place made me too late to hit Twisty's on the way home. I won't be returning.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.15/5  rDev +27.7%

This business is located along Columbia Avenue and it is a three-story building that looks as though it might be someone's house, or hearkening back to my youth, a soft-serve ice-cream stand. It is painted in alternating white, haze grey, and salmon, with a salmon awning on two sides.The main entrance is on the left-facing side of the building, by the entrance to the parking lot.

As you enter, there is shuffleboard bowling to your right and to your left is a CD jukebox and a multi-game video game machine. Also to the left and along the far wall are a few wire racks for chips and pretzels - all of the local brands (UTZ, Stehman's, Tom Sturgis, and Herr's) are represented. There is also a rack for Tastykakes, then a cooler for pop and juice, and a soda fountain. Next to the soda fountian is another door, this one opening onto the back parking lot and beyond that a corn field.

All of the way aft is the counter, where they have six beers on draft. On the day that I visited (M, 01 Aug 05), the selection was Bud; Miller Lite; Coors Light; Moosehead Lager; Yuengling Lager; and Stoudt's Mai Bock. Oh, well. The kitchen area is behind the counter and the subs here are fantastic! A small is plenty big and a large, well, a large is like a Chiodo's Mystery Sammich - half for here and half to take home.

There are tables and chairs scattered throughout the place and while most of the chairs are the standard that you would expect in a restaurant, many are press-formed white plastic lawn chairs, which makes for an interesting touch.

The entire space is bisected by the cooler, which is filled from in back, and which encompasses the equivalent of twelve six-shelf coolers, all connected together in a U-shape. They stock the entire gamut here, from German and British imports to bottle-conditioned, cork-finished bottles like Ommegang and Chimay to PA and east coast micros to cases of canned macros. The best part is that you can buy bombers, singles, sixes, and mixed sixes. Another reviewer of this place on this site said that he found the prices to be a bit high, but I would defy anyone to find another place in this county (Lancaster) that sells this many singles, or even broken/mixed sixes, for that matter.

The service staff is small, usually just one or two people, but on the weekends, the whole family will be working. They are always friendly and attentive. Of the places available to us here in Lancaster County, PA, this one is one of the best, IMHO.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.35/5  rDev +3.1%

I visited store on 3/6/05. They had a nice selection but I thought the prices were high, even for Pennsylvania. I've been to other six-pack stores in the area and the prices there were much better. I also find at least one product that was six months past its "best by date'. Trying to find a good store of this type with a good selection at reasonable prices in Pennsylvania is almost impossible. They had some nice Rogues that I may return for in the future if I feel I need to treat myself to something special

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Photo of bruachan
3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

within the constraints of pennsylvania's alcohol laws (don't get me started) Subs & Six Packs is a decent establishment. it has a good selection of local craft brews like Stoudts, Victory, Troegs as well as others like Anchor, Saranac, Sierra Nevada, even Ommegang. additionally, one can find fine imports like Traquair House, Duvel, Franziskaner, Maredsous, Chimay (this is not the extent of their selection, just examples)

compared to what i'm used to paying at home in VA, when i'm not at school, the prices here are exorbitent, but i guess i'll have to deal if i don't want a full case of something (stupid case laws)

not sure if it's another manisfestation of PA legal code but frequently when i try to buy something there i catch flak for my "unscannable" ID and have had to fill out the same paperwork on several occasions

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Subs & Six Packs in Lancaster, PA
Place rating: 3.25 out of 5 with 23 ratings
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