Lowertown Wine & Spirits

Lowertown Wine & SpiritsLowertown Wine & Spirits
6 Ratings
Lowertown Wine & SpiritsLowertown Wine & Spirits

Type: Store

262 E. 4th Street
Saint Paul, Minnesota, 55101
United States

(651) 222-3661 | map

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Ratings: 6 |  Reviews: 5
Photo of XCBeerDrinker
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of zeff80
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

This place is walkable from the St. Paul Hotel. It's about 8 blocks. I didn't see any parking but that wasn't an issue for me. It is a small space with beer in the back and on the right. There were some bombers and 750s on a warm shelf and a couple in a small cooler. There was a nice sized collection of six packs and 12 packs in along the back wall. A nice blend of Minnesota craft beers with other well-respected craft breweries. They even had Surly. I didn't buy much but everything I had was good quality. Service was friendly and helpful even on New Year's Eve. All in all, it works in a pinch if you are downtown and need some beer withing walking distance of a hotel.

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Photo of loytomaki
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%

This is my "local" store, I live a few blocks away. It is nice enough, and they have a good selection of some hard to find Micro-Brews, however they do not carry some you would expect (like Surly). I asked about this and was told that when they try to call to order some Surly they are just greeted with a recording telling them they are at capacity and can not sell any more. It sounds reasonable, but doesn't change the fact that they should be getting the local beers.

That said, they have some beers I do not even remember seeing anywhere else. Their prices are occasionally very good (like a buck cheaper on a bomber) and a few beers later, they just as bad (like a buck more then average). So as far as value goes, it is a bit of a wash. They do have a decent selection for a store of its size though.

The service is really good, it might be because i am a regular but they are always friendly and willing to talk as much or as little as you want.

Overall I wish the selection was a bit better, but it is by no means bad, I just think not having Surly is a crime. I do like going in there and seeing new beers that I have not even heard of (occasional quite good ones).

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Photo of happygnome
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

I walked into the store and was surprised about the good size selection that they fit in their small store. I was amazed by the selection great regional and hard to find micros. Like all stores, macros take up the most room. What i didnt like is how cramped the store fealt, also that they didnt card me. Parking is hard, seeing as how its in downtown right next to the farmers market. Atleast the meters in st paul are only enforced until 4:30. It really is great to see a nice beer store in down town seeing as how there are so few liqour stores in the downtown region.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.35/5  rDev +22.2%

I'm with Andy all the way (see below). He pretty much caps all that needs to be mentioned. So I'll attack some parking issues (if driving) because it can be dismal, if not nil. It's located in the Master Framer's building, a.k.a. 262 Studios building kitty corner from the farmer's market on the south west corner; appartently they have a few reserved spots in the lot just next to them, but at the time being with all the construction going on its nearly impossible to navigate a parking spot. You could always take your chances at the Farmer market lot, but if you happen to park in someones pay spot, they'll boot ya within 10 minutes or so, so make it a quick stop. Otherwise any other street parking will do if an open spot is available.

The selection is getting better by the week with the addition of Viking, Big Sky, Bell's, Pyramid, and others with Summit, Schell's, Lake Superior, and James Page for local stuff and the usual find anywhere imports with fair pricing. But the fellas who run the place are extremely friendly and will do whatever they can do to get something for ya. They're a little new at the distribution game, but I suspect within the years' end they should have established some more space for micros, Belgians, and other imports. I'm actually hoping to help em out some with some organizing of beer tastings and giving them the low down on what to get for lowertown. I'm only a block and a half from them so I'll be popping in at every moment I can to help em on their way to becoming a small but reputable liquor store for this community of lowertown artists.

And as Andy stated already, its nice to have something in town again after far to long of a hiatus.

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Photo of ADR
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%

Another downtown foray into the liquor store world. Its been a few years since Liz's Liquors closed in Galtier Plaza, and there has been nothing since then, a kind of embarassment for a supposedly major US city and a state capital. Located on 4th Street, one block south and one block east of Mears Park. The interior is bright, clean, and a little spartan. So far, the beers are in a short built-in refrigerator case covering the far wall with a bank of glass doors. Simple selection for now, local micros, basic offerings like some Sierra Nevada, Paulaner, Kalamazoo, Full Sail, and similar brews (and some limited surprises, in some cases unique but only a few isolated beers at a time). I talked to the managers, and they are committed to more fully stocking items as they start up -- they mentioned about 30 more brands to start. So while this place is low on selection now, it deserves a shot and is the ONLY place that a traveler to St. Paul as a downtown destination can walk to pick up some beer that represents the region. Thanks to tavernjef for entering this, I'll probably re-rate for score as the business progresses.

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Lowertown Wine & Spirits in Saint Paul, MN
Place rating: 3.56 out of 5 with 6 ratings
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