West Lakeview Liquors

West Lakeview LiquorsWest Lakeview Liquors
West Lakeview LiquorsWest Lakeview Liquors

2156 W Addison St
Chicago, Illinois, 60618-6136
United States

(773) 525-1916 | map

Notes: Reopened 10/19

Wed. 5-7pm
Thurs. 5-8pm
Fri. 4-8pm
Sat. 12-8pm
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4.47 by Archfiend from Illinois on Oct 04, 2020
3.93 by Gambyt20 from Illinois on Jan 01, 2019
4.42 by cryptichead from Illinois on Sep 01, 2017
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4.64/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75
by VABA from Virginia

A very impressive store stocked with a lot of mid-west goodies! I stopped here just before going to Half Acre and stocked up on a lot of good beer, a definite place to visit.

Mar 24, 2017
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4.37/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5
by mrcraft from California

This review is based on an online order. The website was easy to navigate and place an order. The one glitch was the checkout system. I got a weird message which implied my charge didn't go through successfully but when looking at their automatically generated invoice and my bank statement, everything seemed in order. After a week or so of no notification from West Lakeview, I sent them an email asking for status. They responded right away. I think it was their online checkout system not synching correctly with their credit card processing vendor. Once they became aware of my shipping situation, they were very prompt.

I received my beers in good order. The packing was great. They were beers not distributed in California, so I'm happy with the beers I received.

Overall, a good experience. For a Californian, their selection is great. Three Floyds, Toppling Goliath, etc.

Mar 17, 2017
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4.63/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75
by chazmcbro from Wisconsin

After quite a few trips to Chicago and not stopping here, I can safely say that won't be the case going forward. I'm a fan of smaller shops that curate quality over stores that have everything and selected nothing, and WLV is clearly in the wheelhouse of the former.

I was hoping to find one or two beers from some of the more up and coming Illinois breweries like Mikerphone, Scratch, etc, and ended up walking out with multiples of each. Their import game is strong as well, with plenty of awesome Shelton Brothers stuff (no surprise given the Zwanze connection). The guy working was someone genuinely excited to chat and help me find cool stuff I may not have discovered on my own, so shout out to him as well.

If I didn't already have a cabinet full of glassware and closet full of beer shirts, my collections would've expanded here too, as they have plenty of eclectic glassware and t-shirts for sale.

Overall, a pretty great experience that will be passed on to anyone looking to do some bottle shopping in Chicago.

Nov 28, 2016
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4.44/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5
by Damian74 from South Carolina

Was skeptical at first because of bad reviews on trip advisor and yelp, for the online service. But notice a lot were 2014-2015 and said hell I'll try. Ordered on a Tuesday and beer was shipped Thursday, found out they ship Mondays and Thursday. Got the box following Monday. Beer was well wrapped and secure, all beer accounted for. The Furious IPA's are dated 9/3/2016 but I think'll that's fine for getting online beer.

Will try again to get the hard sought beers.

Oct 03, 2016
4.72 by Eman17 from Illinois on Jun 16, 2016
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4.01/5  rDev -12.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25
by Beginner2 from Illinois

Established in 1988, West Lakeview was a pioneer; opening a high-quality wine and beer store beer in a neighborhood that was less than 1/3 gentrified. (Today it is 100% and the store owner looks like a genius.)

But being a pioneer doesn't last forever. Several more craft beer bars have opened in, say, that half mile radius as have at least two other similar specialty stores in a somewhat larger area. So the question is, how does West Lakeview fair now ?

With more competition, it needs to change things up a bit more. It can still keep its niche of unusually good beer imports and very knowledgeable staff (although the last time of 6 times of purchased there, the guy at the counter was the spirits specialist.) Lakeview can also keep its spirits+wine vs beer 50-50 split of space. And it should strengthen that.

Two suggestions.

First... They do not offer a build-you-own-6-pack and absolutely should. This was immediately popular 5 years ago, so West Lakeview is giving business to its competition. Worse, many of Lakeview's customers buy in the one-and-down habit. So give the customers what they want. If they particularly want to expand their American craft trade (which is a good idea since Chicago is very fast becoming the largest metro producer), they need to offer build-your-own-6-pack.

Second (and this is work), but I'd do pairings with local restaurants. Get more crafts and imports paired with restaurant items and use it for advertising "Pairing done by West Lakeview" and get it on the menus.

As someone who knows he is over-paying by buying at Lakeview instead of Binny's, I just gave them some really, really useful advice. Compete with smarts.

10/23/17 Revisit. It was a big put off. The kid behind the counter knew little of beer and didn't even know how to pack it in a box so it didn't rattle going over the bumps. But I repeat my big complaint: they don't have a build-your-own 6 pack. The only place in the city that I know of that doesn't. A very stuck-in-its-ways-store. I reduced by rating accordingly. And having spent $145 this last time there, I may never walk in again !
I also noticed as I went through previous purchases that some beers were well past their time. Probably no inventory control. Bottom-line: over-priced.

May 24, 2016
4.43 by dannycohen62 from Illinois on May 23, 2016
5 by Davit from California on Apr 10, 2016
4.13 by Gorf_Minor from Illinois on Jan 20, 2016
4.33 by tillmac62 from South Carolina on Jan 18, 2016
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4.74/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75
by Barnoloid from Illinois

Outstanding selection of beers here at West Lakeview....have been past here many times but took my first trip in there today. Great service, friendly and knowledgable. I should have hung out and asked for more recommendations but I was on a time crunch. Fantastic foreign import options as well as local/national coverage. Chilled out vibe.

Dec 24, 2015
4.15 by jschott75 from Illinois on Dec 23, 2015
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4.36/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 5
by DoubleSimcoe from Pennsylvania

A small, neighborhood store with limited variety but packed with many rare beers, Lakeview is the place to go to find weird sh#t! Stuff from Chicagoland like Lake Effect, Pipeworks, Solemn, Spiteful, FFF; bombers galore from Dogfish, Hoppin Frog, FiftyFifty Eclipse, Bruery; beers from Switzerland and Spain; rare Mikkeller and Amager… even Brazilian craft! And fifteen different De Molen, the most I’ve seen in the US. Prices ain’t cheap but why should they for this kind of stuff, and the folks are nice and helpful.

A must in the Chi, along with the nearby Beer Temple.

Dec 18, 2015
4.5 by Iamjeff6 from Virginia on Dec 09, 2015
5 by petmoo23 from Illinois on Dec 06, 2015
4.46 by Canada_Dan from Colorado on Nov 12, 2015
4.37 by gatorlove from Florida on Sep 29, 2015
5 by SergeLowpz from Texas on Aug 26, 2015
4.7 by Bung from Michigan on Aug 23, 2015
4.64 by Jstonerock24 from Ohio on Jul 12, 2015
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4.82/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75
by eb1610 from Massachusetts

Stopped in today since I was told it was a must stop by some Chicago people that I've traded with and they were right. Great selection of beers from the area which is what I was looking for while on vacation. Staff was unbelievably helpful and even offered me some Zombie Dust. The male staffer took the time to write out bars/breweries that I should visit while in town. Pretty much my ideal store

Jul 11, 2015
4.6 by mojiboo02 from Illinois on Jun 20, 2015
4.75 by AndyEdgar from Illinois on Apr 11, 2015
4.61 by aussiebeer from Illinois on Apr 02, 2015
4.94 by puftdank from Illinois on Mar 19, 2015
5 by Monkeyknife from Missouri on Mar 19, 2015
5 by o221d from Illinois on Mar 17, 2015
4.61 by XmnwildX12 from Minnesota on Feb 26, 2015
4.36 by 30MinutesSouth from Indiana on Feb 20, 2015
4.76 by HartsyThaiFood from Illinois on Jan 30, 2015
4.37 by Irishace9 from Illinois on Jan 26, 2015
4.26 by Thirsty_In_Chicago from Illinois on Jan 11, 2015
4.57 by Sweffin from Wisconsin on Dec 22, 2014
4.14 by The_Beer_Shark from Illinois on Dec 18, 2014
4.5 by indianabeerman from Indiana on Dec 16, 2014
4.25 by drewone from California on Dec 06, 2014
4.33 by Soloveitchik from New York on Nov 29, 2014
West Lakeview Liquors in Chicago, IL
Place rating: 4.59 out of 5 with 192 ratings