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West Lakeview Liquors

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West Lakeview LiquorsWest Lakeview Liquors
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West Lakeview LiquorsWest Lakeview Liquors
PLACE INFO

Type: Store

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

(773) 525-1916 | map
wlvliquors.com

Notes:
Hours:
Mon. - Thurs. 10am - 10pm
Fri. & Sat. 10am - 11pm
Sun. 11am - 10pm

Parking: Y (in the rear of the store)
Mail Order: Y

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PLACE STATS
Reviews:
108
Ratings:
190
pDev:
6.75%
 
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Reviews by SpdKilz:
Photo of SpdKilz
4.7/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Huge Edit!

I went here for Zwanze day yesterday and was blown out of the water. The atmosphere was phenomenal, service exceptional, and selection amazing. Kristina brought up some insane beer from downstairs, and I was able to purchase my fair share of fun stuff. One of the most memorable beer experiences of my life. You could feel the passion for craft beer at this establishment.

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Met up with a fellow BA here to do an IP trade (got 2011 DL and KBS).

As stated in my other review, the day was a nasty thunderstorming Midwest experience. Despite this, the store was actually quite active. It is located on the corner of a nice residential area and by golly, I’d love to live there. The quality was top notch. I had heard this was the “place to get Cantillon”, however, as I’ve learned in the past week...no one freaking has this anymore (and if someone reads this and knows of a place that does, let me know! I’m just back from CA after three years and want my Cantillon fix). The service was good...bs’d with the two guys working. They knew a decent amount about craft beer so that’s always a plus. The selection was also pretty good – limited, but good. 3F, lots of JP (actually I think every JP that is not limited was there), lots of imports, etc. Currently drinking one of the beers I picked up there. The price was overall expected for the area. I see this has a really high rating, but to be perfectly honest, nothing here was “that” special or blew me away. I have hit up damn near 10 beer places since I’ve been home in the past week and I have seen more selection other places. Yes they have a great import section, but again, nothing that is crazy rare. As stated, I believe their name to fame was having tons of Cantillon, but they had zero when I was there. I may re-rate this in the future when/if they get stuff in, but as rarity goes, it was nothing to write home about.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of cryptichead
4.42/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of VABA
4.64/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of mrcraft
4.37/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

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.

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Photo of chazmcbro
4.63/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

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.

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Photo of Damian74
4.44/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Eman17
4.72/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Beginner2
4.01/5  rDev -12.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

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.

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Photo of dannycohen62
4.43/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Davit
5/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Gorf_Minor
4.13/5  rDev -10%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of tillmac62
4.33/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Barnoloid
4.74/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

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.

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Photo of jschott75
4.15/5  rDev -9.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.36/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 5

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.

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Photo of Iamjeff6
4.5/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of petmoo23
5/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Canada_Dan
4.46/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of gatorlove
4.37/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of SergeLowpz
5/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Bung
4.7/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

Photo of Jstonerock24
4.64/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of eb1610
4.82/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

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

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Photo of mojiboo02
4.6/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

Photo of AndyEdgar
4.75/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

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West Lakeview Liquors in Chicago, IL
Place rating: 4.59 out of 5 with 190 ratings
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