Gordon's Fine Wines & Liquors

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Gordon's Fine Wines & LiquorsGordon's Fine Wines & Liquors
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Gordon's Fine Wines & LiquorsGordon's Fine Wines & Liquors

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894 Main St
Waltham, Massachusetts, 02451-7401
United States

(781) 893-6700 | map

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Photo of BeTheBall
1.9/5  rDev -54.5%

I work near Gordon's so I have been there quite a few times. Their selection is much better than average, with some Belgians, Germans, and more. Many US microbrews as well, including many IPA's, my favorite. The problem with this place is twofold. First, their finer beers are "thrown" in a heap on the floor, with some cases not even opened, let alone marked with a price. Second is the pricing. You can't tell what it is. Many bottles are unmarked, so you get to the cashier, who says its not in their system, then look at the 3-4 people in line behind you groaning; its ugly. In the cooler, there seems to be no effort to match their shelf labels with what is in stock. There was a sixer of Stone IPA with no sticker to be found anywhere. There was a shelf on labels for Victory various brews, but the Victory selection they had was totally different than those labels.
I personally am puzzled why a store would make the obvious effort that they have to develop the selection that they have, then they totally frustrate you with the shopping experience. Not one person has ever offered to help me, or even approach me to ask if I needed help. The cashier of course says that its someone else's job to do the display;s, what else is new. Did they learn that line at Wal-Mart? Such a waste. I'm now at the point where the frustration has overtaken the good selection, and I've decided to go elsewhere.

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Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

Selection looks quite varied, a lot of it is in the cooler to keep it fresher.

They've just expanded their variety of beer quite a bit, at least doubled, it looks like. Until now, I'd only stop there if it was on the way, now could be a go-to place instead of trekking all the way to Newton.

Saturday afternoon, and no beer geek there to help me with my selections.

They're short on space, so it's tight squeeze and hard to browse.

Prices are stupid high, and no discount as far as I can tell (might have missed a sign).

Worth a visit.

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Photo of YonderWanderer
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Gordon's on Main Street is a fascinating view into a vastly confusing liquor store. Though their wine and liquor are organized neatly, and even the fridges for the beer are as well, much of their stock of beer is in a huge pile in the middle of the store, left in cases, or cases that are partially opened. It's very odd, since the rarer or seasonal stuff is usually in this mix. A shelf of bombers is also crammed in there, but there's barely room for two people to be looking at it at the same time. It's an unusual tactic to say the least. The selection is decent, with a wide variety of micros, and decent imports. Cost is on par with the area, and service has been decent. Worth a stop, since it's one of the better places in the immediate area.

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Photo of Lnedrive14
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

I was stuck in Waltham for 4 miserable years and this was about the only place to get a beer. Well, luckily it doesn't horribly suck, but it isn't Bauer Wines either. They actually have quite a large beer selection, but they just don't have anything terribly interesting! They don't really rotate their beers. It's the same stuff, day in, day out. They have all the major micros from the area, but only their standard brews (e.g. Smuttynose Pale, Magic Hat 9, Ipswich Brown). Very little in the way of singles, basically nothing. They have quite a large import selection, but again, it is all pretty much the standard stuff. Chimay Blue is about the best thing you'll find.

N.B. The kegs are really expensive. Go down main street another half mile towards Watertown and hit up "Skechy" Steve's for your keg needs. They dont really have much of a selection (bud light, that's about it) but you'll save a good $15 over the same thing at Gordon's (although Gordon's does have a selection of better kegs).

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Photo of rousee
3.7/5  rDev -11.5%

Pretty nice liquor store in Waltham on Main street about a mile from the highway. The place is big so you would hope that they have a decent selection of better/craft beer and sure enough they do. A tremendous selection and very good pricing on Rochefort, Westmalle, etc. For American beers, they had a very good selection also. Here are some I remember: better than avg selection of Boulder beers, all the DFH, Smuttynose, Long Trail, Paper City, all the Berkshire brewing offerings. Plenty of Sam Adams, Sierra Nevada, and some of the more readily available craft brands. Also a decent selection of German beers too like Ayinger, Schneider, Weihanstephaner, etc. Overall, an excellent selection especially for a suburban location.

The staff were not able to handle the line that formed while I was there very efficiently and thats why I am scoring that low. Overall, quite a good store if you are nearby.

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Photo of phyfe99
3.7/5  rDev -11.5%

I've decided to edit my review of Gordon's Main St. Waltham location because I may have been a little harsh on particular people at the store, which in hindsight is unfair and probably has done more harm than the number of laughs it was designed to invoke.

Gordon's as an establishment is a fantastic group of stores...each location has it's own personality...and therefore suits some people better than others. The Main St. location in Waltham is the flagship location, the biggest, the most "big-box" feeling of the stores and understandably has the widest range of pluses and minuses. The prices there are great, the variety is pretty good (there's ALWAYS room for more beer), and the service in general is good.

Joe, the GM of Gordon's does a bang-up job captaining the Gordon's ship, and Nate, the Craft Beer guy is always bringing new and exciting beers to the store...not to mention a wealth of knowledge. Keep up the good work guys!

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Photo of Resuin
3.76/5  rDev -10%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of IBUnit63
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%

This must be the elder of the Watertown location. Their service is always solid in the wine section; beer is prevalent but maybe not their primary focus here.

There's a decent amount of craft offerings here but I do see a fair amount of dust on a number of bottles.

Prices are on par with other locations. Some higher than others, a couple of select items (Rochefort, for example) run $1-2 lower.

Definitely a place to stop when you're in the neighborhood, especially if waiting for a cheesesteak take-out order from Carl's.

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Photo of Jcorn
3.82/5  rDev -8.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Decent selection, nothing crazy though. Cannot break up 6 packs.

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Photo of j37geogaddi
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%

Good place...Excellent selection and good prices. Not too many in-store sales typically, though.

I have to say the guy in charge of the beer dept needs to leave customers alone. If you dare make eye contact with him, or even if you don't, he will relentlessly and forcefully try to tell you what you should buy, regardless of your opinion or if you just want to browse. And he doesn't seem incredibly informed either.

Regardless, this place is very good, and that's great considering they are mostly known for their great wine selection.

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Photo of tigg924
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%

Stopped by this past weekend. The layout is a bit odd. There are a bunch of warm beers in the front of the store that are in two parallel l shapes. There are also several coolers along the outside wall of the store. Another nice feature is a discount rack that had several quality beers, that were just slight past season but not expiration. They have a very good selection of most every beer that is available in the Boston area. Schlafly, White Birch, Jolly Pumpkin, you name it. All non-discount beers were priced about what I would expect to pay around Boston. I was not approached by anyone while mulling my selections, but the cashier was friendly. Overall if I lived closer to the area, I would stop here more often without thinking twice about it. A very good store.

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Photo of rjp217
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of bilyboy65
4/5  rDev -4.3%

This is a nice variety store for different types of alcohol. The beer is a little crammed into a corner though. There is a wall of coolers that is spaced out, but that only really contains the staples of good local selection. There is an area of bombers and singles that is cramped. The selection is very good. Some of the bottles seem really old, but the selection seems to be rotated as every time I go in, there is a new item. Prices are a little expensive, but not by much and certainly still reasonable. It's a very nice place to have within 5 minutes of home.

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Photo of pikemark
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Probably the best place in Waltham to pick up quality beer believe it or not, even though it is a chain.

They do sell singles which is cool and they have a fridge of just growlers which is also cool. Alot of local stuff, Sam Adams Chocolate Bock, Harpoon 100 Barrel Series, Paper City.

This Gordons had a nice range of everything from unibroue to Hi.P.A to Big Foot Ale.

They have wine tastings some days and there is always someone around to make suggestions. Actually one time a guy suggested Erdinger for a good Hefe and it turned out to suck. Next time Im sticking to BA for advice.

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Photo of Kevincredible
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of scxcrunner
4.14/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of bags6lax
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%

Just wanted to make some general comments...i've lived in the area for 3 years, and shopped here regulary for the ordinary stuff. Recently things have been getting much better. Bigger selction, fresher beer and some excellent people to talk to. I met Kurt (bad with names) and he was a great guy, showed me a bunch of good stuff, and gave me the 411 on what was going to be coming in etc...

Overall I'm very happy with the way its coming around. It was a little disorganized a while ago, but has changed significantly.

Its nice and close to home!

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Photo of Bilco
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Dicers
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of costanzo_mike
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Reagan1984
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%

Kurt the Store Manager makes this place awesome.

He becomes a personal shopper for you and takes all the time you need to help you find some treasures. He will literally talk beer with you as long as you'd like. Be sure to ask him for what he has in the "Manager's Stash" Some nice rare items. Their selection is very good and Kurt is ready to order you anything he doesn't have.

I've been here three times and have enjoyed myself every time and left with some nice brews.. If you are near Waltham, this is a must stop for your beer needs.

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Photo of Sammy
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%

Very good selection for a travelling man, well organized beer selection, with breweries I have been hunting down. Prices were fair for what I was getting, with the quantity discounts I think they are on par. Exceptional attention to getting the entire lineup, so the Moonlight from Lost Abbey, which who knows if I would otherwise try and is exceptional for a style not everyone appreciates.Kurt the manager stayed with me beyond the call of duty and gave me a 12-packer. Parking is a bit of an issue compared to the universe of stores I have been at.

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Photo of rowingbrewer
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%

stopped here on the recommendation of a friend while looking to pick up a beer he mentioned they had on sale.

The quality here is very good, and I did end up getting a great deal on the beer I was looking for.

The service is good, they were willing to answer questions, although they did seem busy when I was there and seemed to be in a little bit of a rush to answer my question and get back to what they were doing.

The selection here is the best out of the three stores that they have. they have a lot of imports as well as some of the harder to find beers from the US

definitely worth going to if you are in the area

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Photo of DrJay
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%

This was the first place I hit for beer when I moved up to the Boston area, since I was in temporary housing a couple miles away. I've been back several times since, due to excellent experiences each time I return. Each time I step into the beer section of the store it takes about 30 seconds for someone to check on me and ask if they can help. They let me know about new arrivals and check to make sure that I've had other standards that part of my stylistic preferences. Very helpful. They also remind me each visit about the wine and beer tastings that go on from time to time in the rear part of the store. They have a good selection of beers from New England as well as some personal favs from PA (Troegs), NY (Brooklyn) and Cali (Lost Abbey, Stone, Bear Republic, and The Bruery), plus lots more Belgian and German imports. Great spot to find some interesting bottles.

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Photo of Jayli
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Stopped by Gordon's during a lunch break. I grew up in the area, and work right down the street - have always driven by but never went in.

The layout of the store is slightly odd - coolers and racks jut out, however it allows for more storage space. Gordon's has a rather large selection of beer and wines. I didn't peruse the wine section, but was pleased with beer selection. There was a decent selection of 6packs and roughly 4 six or seven tier racks with specialty beers. Good selection of Stone and Southern Tier beers. Finally found a place that sells the smoked porter - which SO made my visit worth it! Not only do they have a decent selection of styles but they have decent stock in those selections.
Wasn't approached by anyone, however the cashier struck up conversation about Stone Brewery and let me know about the Octoberfest tasting this weekend.
So far, proximity to work or proximity to stores around where I live, this has the best selection, decent prices without a drive.

** Edit: After a few more trips here, Kurt, the store manager, is quite knowledgeable about beer and takes all the time in the world to talk to you about beer. He'll ask your preferred style and make recommendations based on that, let you know what is new that has come in, and also let's you know of specials going on. He's also offered to get items. I already enjoyed Gordon's, but Kurt continues to kick up this place with each interaction I have with him.

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Gordon's Fine Wines & Liquors in Waltham, MA
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