BC Liquor Stores (Signature) - Alberni & Bute

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BC Liquor Stores (Signature) - Alberni & ButeBC Liquor Stores (Signature) - Alberni & Bute

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768 Bute St
Vancouver, British Columbia, V6E 4H6

(604) 660-4572 | map

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Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 6
Photo of gos42
2.7/5  rDev -21.1%

Fairly disappointed with this store. It's bright and shiny--obviously very new. But it is poorly designed, with registers that are placed so close to the front of the store, it's a jumble between those entering and exiting.

Beer selection wasn't anything to write home about. I was in Van for about 2 months on business. Was looking to this store for access to good domestics. Not much luck, as they placed a lot of emphasis on the big breweries. Could get Granville Island Brewing choices there, but very few other BC brews.

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Photo of joshuacavett
2.6/5  rDev -24%

Walked a good distance to visit this government run beer store and was very disappointed. They had almost all macro's and the selection was subpar. I would not recommend to anyone visiting the vancouver area. They have a very nice selection of wine in the store. Additionally, their selection of BC wines was great. If you are going to buy Canadian wine, be sure to get the VQA label which certifies that it is a quality wine. Most of the BC wines are grown on Victoria Island and not the mainland Canada.

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Photo of Graham5161986
3.05/5  rDev -10.8%

This is a pretty big store in the heart of downtown, Vancouver BC. I work in the area and have, recently, used this store quite a bit.

Their wine selection is great but their craft beer selection could be better. Not terrible, but there are better government stores out there in terms of finding a wide range of craft beers.

Service is pretty average - what you would expect from a government store.

One thing that is annoying is the fact that, because it is located in the heart of downtown, you get quite a few homeless people etc. harassing you for money on your way in and out - it can get very tedious. Not only that, but I know they have lots of issues with theft at this location as well. Quite simply, this problem is a factor of the store's location and it's something you just have to get used to in Vancouver.

Pretty average all around.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.7/5  rDev +8.2%

Has that well-ordered, brightly-light, spacious feel of your everyday government-run liquor store, which is fine, it just gives the place that feel of industriousness and coldness. But their beer selection was good, with a fine selection of Canadian stuff. Most of that was B.C. beers; it was especially nice to pick up Phillips' new tripel-style offering (best brewery in Canada next to Unibroue, to my palate anyway...).

Elsewhere there was a long wall of international beers, yet the stuff in the coolers was largely marginal stuff, whereas the fine Belgian, German and English beers were out at room temp. Even saw a couple Belgian and English offerings I had never come across in the states. Interestingly, they had only a smattering of U.S. craft brews (literally only saw a Pyramid 6-pack and something else I don't remember). My beer-loving host told me he hardly ever sees U.S. craft stuff in B.C., and I figured it would still be up to me to send him the U.S. goods occasionally--until we found a great store called Viti Wine & Lagers later in the afternoon (they had plenty of ales, actually...)

It was very busy in there, with the employees buzzing around stocking shelves as if it was a grocery store on the day before Thanksgiving. The checkout lines were packed, which made it feel even more grocery-ish. So, a bit impersonal but, hey, you'll walk out of here with at least a few choice offerings, if that's what you're after.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.7/5  rDev +8.2%

Stopped here when I arrived in Vancouver for a conference, looking for any Unibroue I couldn't find at home (knowing that the brewery is 2000 miles East). Turned out they did have Eau Benite, which would qualify as extremely rare for me.

Other than the Unibroue (maybe 5-6 beers), they had several Vancouver microbrews, maybe 20 Belgian beers, 15 UK, and 15-20 German beers (and of course large quantities of Canadian and American macro lagers).

I don't know the selection anywhere else in town, but this was good enough to satisfy me while in town.

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Photo of Citadel82
4/5  rDev +17%

The Family was heading off on a cruise to Alaska leaving from Vancouver. Saw Malto's review on Beerfly and knew that I had to stop and pick up some craft brews to enjoy while sailing along in luxury.

They had a great selection of Canadian Macros and a decent selection of Local Craft Beers. I picked up some Bombers of Granville Island, Some Unibroue and some ridiculously modestly priced Traquair House and Jacobite among others.

Received some compliments on my beer selection from the cashier and scored a complimentary Granville Island Glass. All in all a successful outing. The beers were a nice compliment to an unbelievable cruise.

As it was the only beer store I shopped in Vancouver I can't comment on how it compares with others but I would definitely put it on your list of places to go to grab some locals when in town.

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BC Liquor Stores (Signature) - Alberni & Bute in Vancouver, BC, Canada
3.42 out of 5 based on 6 ratings.
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