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Total Wine & More

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89
very good

24 Reviews
Total Wine & MoreTotal Wine & More
PLACE INFO

Type: Store

1820 Ashley River Rd
Charleston, South Carolina, 29407-4750
United States

(843) 763-7034 | map
www.totalwine.com

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PLACE STATS
Place Score:
89
Reviews:
24
Ratings:
39
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
8.65%
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Reviews: 24 | Ratings: 39
Reviews by jameaterblues:
Photo of jameaterblues
3.85/5  rDev -2%

So selection wise total wine really cannot be beat in charleston. But the main reason for this is the amount of space they have. Only the last two rows of the giant store are devoted to beer, but hey pretty much cover everything available.

Although on my last trip their beer guy was not there....has has been on several visits...he is extremely helpful. But the store is easy to navigate on your own. They have all your macro's and just about every micro, import and craft that I have seen in the state. Price wise I have to say inexpensive just because they have everything as cheap or cheaper than anywhere else(once again this has to do with the size of the opperation).

They also sell just about every beer as a single. If you are afraid to pay that money for the $10 or $11 dollar six pack...you can buy one to try it first.

The experice at the cash register this visit was out of the ordinary, they item I was purchasing rang up at a different price than was marked....it took a good 5 minutes to get it taken care of, but they were very nice about it.

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Photo of toolbrew
4.31/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Large retail space and a lot to choose from! Stopped in while visiting Charleston from Chicago and the guy working the beer section was very helpful with locals and other offerings not readily available to me - COAST, Westbrook, Unknown Brewing Co., to name a few. Would certainly stop here again.

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Photo of redfish2942
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 4.75

Photo of rmank
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Pretty large selection. Service is usually good. Have attended a few of their beer classes/pairings which turned out to be fun and worth the price. ALWAYS make sure to check IPAs and other styles that are more time sensitive. I have found plenty of past-their-prime beers on the shelves and never leave before checking the Enjoy By/Brewed On dates.

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Photo of TheDoctor
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

Big grocery store-like store. They do have a good selection, though, and a growler station if you are so inclined. No personality, individual touch, etc. but a decent place to stock up with stuff from all over the place.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.81/5  rDev +22.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Just a fantastic selection of beer here. They break out the imports into singles so you can purchase just about everything as a single. All the local beers are here AND they have a giant growler station with many of the local beers (and some other out of state beers) are on tap. The staff is extremely knowledgeable and helpful, both up in the wine and in the beer aisles. A definite go to when on the west side of town.

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Photo of jshusc
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of steveheady
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Good selection. Staff there are hit and miss.

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Photo of Beerparrot
4.63/5  rDev +17.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of WckdVbz
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 2.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of rongcsc
4.01/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Typical big box store. Good selection.

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2.5/5  rDev -36.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of SCanthony
4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of Mikeg051
5/5  rDev +27.2%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Wrigfen
4.41/5  rDev +12.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

A great beer/wine/liquor super store. The liquor store is separate from the beer and wine. As a beer drinker I go here almost solely for that with an occasional wine selection. Huge selection of beers of all types. Prices are fairly reasonable and the service, regarding finding things is excellent. I like this place for a large stock up. They seem to have growler fills too, but I am not positive as I never tried it but I see the taps. This is strictly a store as CBX and not a hang out such as Taps or Homegrown. For what they do and offer they do it great. Let's just say those of us that live in the Charleston Metro area are blessed to have a multitude of places to go for craft beer. Some focus on shopping some on restaurant, some on drinking and some on a little of everything. I really hate to rate nyone over the other. They all have something to offer. I am a regular here too as well as other places I have reviewed. This store is great and the staff and cashiers are nice people. Come in and load up. Or go to Taps or go to CBX. But go!!!

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 4.75

If you’ve been to one of these places before, you probably know what’s up, but I’ve been here enough that I thought I should review it. The atmosphere is typical of these large chain liquor stores – a warehouse of liquor, wine, and beer. Here they have two long aisles filled with packs and singles of beer, plus a half-aisle of limited bombers, fridges of local offerings and other stuff, pallets of seasonal 6 packs near the front of the store, a nice growler station, and beer scattered throughout. The selection is really very good and prices are comparable. The main things that set other places apart from Total Wine are quality and service. I know that they don’t rotate their selection as often, so you may want to stay away from IPAs that aren’t flying off the shelves. As far as the service, some of them are knowledgeable and interested in beer, but most of them are just regular old supermarket workers that happen to work at a supermarket filled with alcohol. I’ve had lots of problems with newer beers not ringing up at the cash registers because they’re not in the system yet. Some employees handle it very well and figure it out. Others…well, let’s just say I once was waiting 10 minutes for them to figure out the situation.

Nevertheless, this isn’t a bad place to get beer. I’d rather support locally-owned bottle shops like CBX, but if I’m in the area or if I’m looking for limited stuff that disappears from CBX in minutes, I’ll swing by.

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Photo of psicelt
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.75

Total Wine is a chain store across half the country, so I knew what to expect, for the most part. Forgot about the local laws, so distilled spirits are separated from beer/wine, even in this day and age. Eh, no big deal. What I saw of the liquor section was nicely done, with prices about average compared to what I see at home in FL.

Stepping over to the beer aisle, I was impressed with selection, for the most part. Not as many regional brews as I would have thought, but I still pulled two boxes' worth of bombers. Unlike most TW stores I've been in, this one focuses HEAVILY on imported stuff. Usually the ratio to USA-import is about 50-50, but this one seemed to be more like 70-30. Not a bad thing, just saying. Had I not been constrained by limits on my vehicle's trunk and my bank account, I could have bought another 150+ brews that I've never had before; that's not a situation I encounter very often!

My only real complaint was the (obviously) very busy employee who almost ran me over with nary a "oops, sorry" or an "excuse me". no big deal, but polite service personnel are always a plus. The checkout girl was friendly and helpful, though.

Given the other stores available, I'd opt for one of those for regional beers(at cheaper prices, too), but I saw nothing to compare with the selection of imports that TW had.

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Photo of skm
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4.5

Stopped in one day when headed back from the historic plantations out on 61. I found this place to be the Toys R Us of alcohol...fine if you want the selection and all, but it was overwhelming and staff seemed a bit put out when I asked for help. Checkout clerk was even rude when I tried to use the wrong coupon by accident. I was also surprised to see certain beers on sale cheaper at Harris teeter the same weekend, so I don't really plan on driving all the way across town to shop there. Impressive stock, though. Maybe a Saturday isn't the best day to go.

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Photo of thadbme
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Total Wine has a pretty good selection, and was where I started getting into Belgians. I asked some of the employees there for recommendations, and they pointed me to someone that was more knowledgable in that area. Boy did he start me on some good stuff. The stuff they have there is more popular and available, but they have a TON of different things that you would have a hard time finding. You won't see the more rare beers like you will at the beer exchange, or the really personal experience, but its worth a stop if you are nearby.

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