West Lakeview Liquors

West Lakeview LiquorsWest Lakeview Liquors
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4.6 w/ 190 ratings
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
Liked:
188
Avg:
4.6/5
pDev:
6.74%
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Ratings: 190 |  Reviews: 108
Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.36/5  rDev -5.2%
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 emerge077
4.8/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

I've been putting off this review for awhile now, West Lakeview is practically a weekly stop for me.
What can I say, this place is fantastic, guess the secret is out.

They have hosted some unique tasting events in the last year that were very exclusive, including Bells, Mikkeller, and Eisenbahn. Beer tastings happen every Friday. Service is great and helpful. The owner is very knowledgeable and friendly, and she takes new beer requests/special orders.

Best import selection i've ever seen. They have been expanding their shelves lately, and they are grouped by country of origin. Certain items can be pricey, but there is enough selection to have something for every price range. Some items can be found cheaper elsewhere, however quite a few things are rare here, and deserve their premium. They pack alot of quality into the limited area of the store, hopefully the expansion next door will allow for even more volume in the future. I've had the seldom outdated import, but that's fairly rare. They really go above and beyond to have the most eclectic/creative selection around.

Hopefully this long overdue review pushes WLV into the #1 spot for IL beer stores here on BA. They deserve the distinction for their serious devotion to craft beer and the local beer scene.

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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -13%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Ranked the best store in Chicago, it likely is. Very good Shelton brothers selection, as well as twelve Percent (Evil Twin). Several US microbrews not available or sent here by distributors that were available at other small stores I visited. Looked like 700 different selections. Some overflow bottles were in the front window which was not a good idea. No breaking up of 4 or 6 packs. Service was a bit spoty but also only one server this night and I was keeping him hopping.Attached to a small deli-like store with some good snacks that go with beer.

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Photo of sholland119
4.35/5  rDev -5.4%

The first stop on my beer store journey in Chicago.

West Lakeview is a nice corner beer store with a large, diverse selection. They have a real strength in European beers spanning Belgium, UK, Germany, Finland, etc. The Belgian lineup was particularly strong. The American craft selection is moderate in size but high in quality. Good selection of FFF and Goose Island especially.

Service was fine; prices were reasonable. My expectations were very high for this stop. While they were not met, this is still a very worthy stop.

HV

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Photo of GJ40
4.5/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

West Lakeview Liquors is a dedicated shop that focuses on presentation, selection, quality and service. I stopped in looking for something I couldn't find back in NC. The guy behind the counter suggested a beer by Mikkeller brewed only for their shop. Hopefully it'll be a good one.

They have lots of everything but seem to be particularly deep on Belgians. They have the usual six packs displayed in the coolers with the more serious beers nicely displayed on wooden shelves that cover the back of the store. They unfortunately didn't have much from FFF but it seems like everyone in the area was out or running low.

I definitely recommend this place to anyone traveling to Chicago.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.7/5  rDev +2.2%

This place is kind of small, a corner grocery store, but they fill the available space with a very good selection of beers. They must keep a lot of stock in some back room, as each beer had maybe 2-4 bottles on the retail shelf (I assume to maximize selection space). The Belgian selection was as good as I've seen in any US location, probably as good as the best stores in Boston, NYC, or San Francisco (that I've visited anyway). Lots of other Eurpoean selections too. The USA micros were represented well enough, but maybe not as many as you can find at Sam's. For imports this place almost can't be beat.

On top of all I got very good tips and information from the 2 girls working there, they know their stock and they are friendly.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.65/5  rDev +1.1%

i have driven by this place 100 times...its right on addison in between wrigley and i-90. the rogue sign in the window always suggested that what was inside was worth seeing but i never made it in.

i visited this in between hopleaf and piece - a 3 leg tour that you can navigate in 15 minutes or less

i'm not sure who was working but he was extremely on his game - apparently they just had some mikkelier folks in and were excited about that. i saw some interesting beers from holland that i just consumed a few days before (in holland). Small space but emphasis is strictly on quality.

Lots of midwest fare present - jolly pumpkin, three floyds (including 11th anniversary, rabbid rabbit, blackheart), some standard capitol brewing stuff, two brothers, whats left of kalamazoo brewing, etc.

Southern tier has a full representation including jahva, heavy weizen, creme brulee, etc.

You'll find a full stash of saison's, and a huge selection obscure scandavian breweries, as well as a ton of belgians.

6 pack selection was kind of beat, especially compared to madison, so come here for your single serving gems only

prices are a bit high, but its chicago, and the stuff is hard to find elsewhere.

i came away with a 22oz three floyds 11th anniversary, 22oz hoppin frog black and tan, and 16.9oz Haandbryggeriet Dark Force

service was exceptional...shopkeep knew his shit and was quite attentive - great experience, will return every time i hit wrigley

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Photo of GRG1313
4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Canada_Dan
4.46/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of mrcraft
4.37/5  rDev -5%
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 greenspointexas
4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.46/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

WLL didn't exactly live up to the hype for me. The bottle selection was very good but there was very little that I couldn't find at other bottle shops in the city and in many cases WLL seemed more picked over than the two Binny's stores that I visited.

The service was outstanding though; very helpful and informative. Worth a visit if you are in Chicago but not the first place I'd stop.

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Photo of Iamjeff6
4.5/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Bung
4.7/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

Photo of spointon
4.2/5  rDev -8.7%

I visited on 2/21/2009.

This was my first visit to this place and I was very impressed. Its not a very large place, but they combat that by wasting zero space on wimpy beers! The wine section is right inside the door, and the beers are in the back. Coolers line the left wall with about 6-8 doors dedicated to craft beer 4 and 6 packs. The warm beer was across from the coolers on a mishmash of curving shelves and display islands.

Selection was pretty diverse for such a small place. There were easily over a dozen countries and a bunch of serious US craft brewers represented with 5+ beers from Nogne, a few from Baird, some Jolly Pumpkin, a bunch of German stuff that seemed fairly obscure, an excellent lineup of Belgians, plus a full line of Great Lakes, Bell's, Founder's, etc. I couldn't begin to list it all, but believe me it was impressive.

Service was fine, the one question I asked they had a ready answer for.

Prices were ok, with a few things being a bit overpriced compared to other stores in greater Chicagoland. Still, the rarer stuff is worth paying a premium to get...

All in all a great store that I will visit again I am sure!

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Photo of VABA
4.64/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of mattmarka1
5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of BarrelAgedG
4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of DaPeculierDane
5/5  rDev +8.7%

West Lakeview Liquors is probably going to become my favorite liquor stores very quickly. I’m at the point where I typically walk into a liquor store, even a rather good one like Riley’s or Steve’s here in Madison and only find one or two new beers to try. Not so at West Lakeview! Nearly every beer at West Lakeview is rare or exceptional. Most are the type that you’ve never seen and want to try, or the kind that you have tried, but only once because they are so rare, and desperately want to try again. The standouts from my visit are really too many to list but I’ll try to give some idea of the caliber of beers, both in terms of rarity and quality, that one will find at West Lakeview: Nogne Dark Horizon (and everything else), St. Bon Chien, Jadwiga, Pannepot (both versions), De Streuss Wheat, Alpha Kong, 07 Barique, Jenlain Printempts, Fantome, Beer Geek Breakfast, and about 30-40 Belgian and French beers that I haven’t tried and in many cases, never heard of. West Lakeview also carries a boat load of meads from Wild Blossom and I look forward to trying them all over time. The staff is really excellent. The owner’s knowledge and attitude were unparalleled in the business. The other employee I spoke with was great too. Highly recommended shop that will become a must stop for me whenever I’m in Chicago.

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Photo of spycow
4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of crossovert
4.66/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

This shop is located off Addison, in the back there is a lot for maybe 4 cars.

It is a tiny place and I was immediately greeted by the cashier who was also the beer guy. He was extremely friendly and asked if I needed help. I saw that the Mikkeller Brett was sold out on the shelf but he went down ad got me some bottles form the basement. He also offered his own suggestions which were awesome. Best service of any beer store I have been to yet.

The selection is very worldly, the American craft selection is actually really tiny. The store is really tiny, a hole in the wall but it is stacked to the top with beer. It is mostly focused on rarer imports, some of which I've only seen here. The prices were a bit tedious, but al in all it was because they trimmed away a lot of the fat form their beer selection offering mostly just the "grand crus" of each brewery. I it is between a 4 and 4.5 for selection, might be closer to 4, it is hard to guess since there are lots of beers up on the shelves with only 1 or 2 more in stock. The thing about the selection is there are just a bunch of rare beers here that I literally have not seen anywhere else in Chicago.

This is a great place to shop in Chicago especially in the area.

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Photo of jera1350
4.05/5  rDev -12%

My second stop upon arrival in The Windy City. The store is pretty small, but they make good use of the space. A refrigerator section with some sixers and a few bombers and then another wall dedicated to singles of craft beer. A ton of bombers and 750's. Lots of Lost Abbey, Goose Island, Port, Flossmoor, etc. Seemed to be lots of high end beers here. I found tons of great beers that I don't have access too in MN. I was asked if I needed help and then allowed to look around and make my selections. Prices seemed to be pretty good. A good beer store and worth the stop.

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Photo of beerwolf77
4.3/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

I made an online purchase from these guys recently and I must say thank you.

They carry many things that don't quite make it to Wisconsin. Their website is easy to navigate and non cluttered.

So made an order and was informed via email they were out of one of my selections. No problem. The sales person suggested something along the same lines and I agreed. Well I got another email stating that another of my selections was out of stock. No problem. The sales manager felt bad this time and offered up a bottle of 09 Juliet. To which I replied "hell yes!"

My order arrived on time with no incident. I will definately be going back.

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Photo of markgugs
4/5  rDev -13%

Photo of Eman17
4.72/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

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