Buster's Liquors & Wines

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Buster's Liquors & WinesBuster's Liquors & Wines

Type: Store

191 S Highland St
Memphis, Tennessee, 38111-4501
United States

(901) 458-0929 | map

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Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 33
Photo of cvm4
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

I visited Feb. 3, 2015

I'm just going to do a side by side on Buster's and Joe's.

V - Buster's wins hands down. The area it's in seems hopping and more vibrant. From an outsider, Joe's seemed in more of seedier or rougher part of town.

Q - I'd give the nod to Buster's again. The beer was stacked up on the floor or deep on the shelf. The beer at Joe's had empty pockets where it looks like someone just didn't do inventory. Also, at Joe's I saw more than a few beat up or dented in craft cans that should have been pulled and not left in the fridge.

S - Both were pretty much equal here. But, I'd give the nod again to Buster's as they helped me bring the beer to my car. I bought more than a case at both stores.

S - TN has weird beer laws that splits the abv between liquor stores and grocery stores. Selection is what it is in both stores as it West TN seems to be forgotten when compared to East TN. I went to both stores on the same day and Buster's was definitely cheaper by a dollar when comparing the same beers of the same format.

Notable finds on the shelf at Buster's was Brooklyn Blacks Ops and Rodenbach Caractère Rouge.

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Photo of bditty187
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Mind you this review is coming from the perspective of a Nebraska where our liquor laws are like the wild, wild west…

So… only having beers above 6.whatever% OBVIOUSLY hurts the selection. I stopped at Busters twice during my stay and nothing jumped out at me as “must buys” but I was looking for more sessionable beers (off to the grocery store for that!) but if you are in the mood for a nice high proof bomber/750ml you are covered. While the space dedicated to beer is small they did have plenty of variety to satisfy: Belgians to DIPAS to Imperial Stouts.

Prices on everything (beer, wine, liquor) is higher than I am use too… but par for the area (retail)???

Friendly people, ample help.

On-site parking.

I will let the locals tell you if this is the best in Memphis but I’d say it’s worth a stop for a local and out-of-towner alike.

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Photo of memphischas
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%

Good selection for Memphis but the staff (except for one person, Kurt) don't know a damn about beer. I'm tired of coming in here and getting blank stares when I try to talk to the kids standing around in the beer area, they're basically just shelf stockers. Busters, educate or hire better beer staff! A few bottles I've found here are higher in prices compared to other stores.

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Photo of estlinska
2.99/5  rDev -22.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3

I drove to Buster's to get my hands on the Ruination 10th Anniversary, and I had planned to get a few other things. The selection is okay, but they lacked any real variety. They had tons of Belgians and tons of IPAs, but outside of that there was almost no variety. I got all the Stone I could want and some Yazoo Sue, which is fine; I love Stone. But, another customer asked me what a good wheat beer was, and in the process, we found they had no wheats anywhere that we could find. It's summer; you'd think at least a SN Kellerweis would be there (they only had hoptimum, torpedo, and SNPA). My local bottle shop in Little Rock, which I complain about regularly, has a much more impressive stock. Anyway, I will probably stop here whenever I drive through (I'm in Little Rock, family is in Birmingham), but rather disappointing. Nevertheless, good customer service. One of the guys had good knowledge about beer. We mainly lamented about DFH pulling out of TN.

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Photo of FanofHefe
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Have stopped here a few times while in Southwest Memphis to check out the selection and pick up a few beers.

Nice store atmosphere - strong selection of spirits and wine. The craft beer selection is decent for a Tennessee store. The crazy TN laws dictate this store will only have high abv brews.

Good service from the staff and fresh releases of available beers when I've visited the store. Decent selection of imports to go with American crafts. Solid offering for those shops I've visited in the area.

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Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

This place should be linked together with Raffe's somehow for tourists since they are only like two blocks apart and compliment each other quite well due to state restrictions on ABV. I found a good selection of stronger stuff here like Yazoo Sue, some Red Brick Bourbon Barrel beers, and a good selection of out of state stuff. Cashier seemed rather surly, although stock clerk helped me find the Yazoo Sue (originally had a single, but wanted a four pack). The store had a nice appearance... it is a place worth checking out for traveling beer geeks, and probably most of all available could be picked up here and at Raffe's

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Photo of jsprain1
3.41/5  rDev -11.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5

A- It's just a standard wine/liquor store that has a couple rows/coolers dedicated to beer. Nothing is offensive or inviting about the place.
Quality and Selection- These kind of have to be reviewed together due to Tennessee's crazy laws. Buster's is only able to sell high-gravity beer so their selection is relatively limited by law. With this in mind, the quality of beers available is pretty good, with DFH, Stone, some SN, Unibroue, Victory, and a large variety of Belgians being the most notable products.
S- The staff is friendly enough (usually), but in the several times I've been, I've never been offered assistance or advice.
Price is maybe a bit high due to taxes and such, but for the area it's reasonable.

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Photo of arkansastroy
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Nice selection at Busters. This is a nice store in a nice area, and the prices were better than those at Joe's. This along with Joe's are the two places in Memphis to find high Gravity brews. Each had some beers that the other didn't have so it's worth stopping by both. Can't remember what all they had but there was Victory, Ommegang, Rogue, RJ Rocker, Dogfish Head, Yazoo,Innis & Gunn, Maybe a dozen Belgian beers Including Deirium, Hopus, Westmalle, Kasteeel, Meredsous and St. Augustijn. Will shop there again next time I'm in Memphis.

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Photo of bstaffor
3/5  rDev -22.1%

if you live in memphis and you enjoy beer then you know that buster's is one of very few places to buy high abv brews. store is extremely large and conveniently located at the corner of poplar/highland in the shopping center there. as you walk in, the beer section is straight ahead with 5 fridges full and a large room temp selection on the right. the 2 big negatives about their beer is that date/freshness is usually an issue, and the prices are usually the highest in the area. selection includes, to name a few: stone, dfh, north coast, victory, and a large variety of belgians. staff is usually very friendly but i've yet to get any help in beer section so i'm not sure if they have anyone that specializes in beer. another reviewer commented that this store is more for the liquor/wine buyer and i'd have to agree. i would always recommend either natalie's in cordova or joe's in midtown over buster's but if you're in the area and need something convenient then buster's will probably hit the spot

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Photo of hangh
3.85/5  rDev 0%

If you are looking specifically for liquor, Buster's is perhaps the most well known place in Memphis. It overshadows its decent beers though as well. Buster's beer selection is mostly high end beers and others you won't find in your average store. On the other hand, there is not a huge variety nor many "standard" beers you'd find in other stores.

For high end beers the prices are very nice though and you can find several beers that you won't find in most other places. The staff is very friendly and helpful but their primary sale is liquor and wine.

Buster's is a great place to go occasionally to see what rarer beers are available; however, I wouldn't go unless you were primarily looking for wine or liquor.

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Photo of NavyGuy
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%

Just moved to Memphis from the Northeast a month ago and have to say that Buster's has the best big beer (and wine for that matter) selection in the city. Three rows of full coolers and the same stock at room temp behind it. Micros, belgians and other european big beer stock were plentiful when considering the selection at other locations in the city (see post below, this relates to 6% abv beers and above only per TN law). Friendly staff and prices comparable to the Northeast, which I fully understand might make it expensive for this part of the country, but still a good deal to me. This will be my place to get big beers.

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Photo of Vancer
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%

After checking the previous reviews, I was got the wrong impression about on what Buster's entails. Yes, it is a big place, mostly wine and liquor - but the beer selection is behind the cash register and is pretty small (20' X 5" area) with a limited amount of mostly "high end" type beers - Belgium's, DFH, and a very small amount of Stone (which was disappointing for a Stone addict).

In fact, when I asked about the more "session" type craft beers, they referred me to Raffe's - where I got the low end type beers - Abita, New Belgium, Lazy Magnolia, etc.

Service is just college kids at the cash register - friendly, but not going to come over to assist anyone either.

Oh, bought a can of Evil Eye there - which stopped the entire cash register group in their tracks to warn me about drinking it too fast, lol.

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Photo of TheBear11D
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%

Buster's is incredibly enormous, yet while you can find nearly any wine or any liquor, they have a small beer section. With that said, the beer you can find at Buster's is typically better than most places. The staff is fairly helpful, but can be almost too helpful sometimes when I just want to search for what I want and be left alone. The selection is one of the best in the town, however, the Memphis beer scene leaves much to be desired. Buster's has a good amount of room temperature and cold beer. The thing I like the most about Buster's is that they are not bad with their pricing. They do have some of the more expensive beers, but from the other places I have seen, they are not overpricing them.

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Photo of Tilley4
3.85/5  rDev 0%

This place is fairly average in my opinion. Caesars over in Arlington has everything this places has plus some. Not a bad selection but nothing different than the rest of the places in town.

There was some Dogfish Head, Stone, several Belgian varieties, and a few others. The service was a bit spotty at best. I was the only one in the store and was basically ignored the entire time. I would rather spend my money at Caesars. A decent place for the normal stuff. The prices here seem a bit more reasonable.

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Photo of AlesALot
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Buster's is a very wine focused liquor store, but they do a good job of keeping rare beers in stock and offering a decent selection. The could do a better job by making more space available for beer. Of the square footage I would say they only have 5% or less invested in beer.

They don't seem to understand that those of us who are the for beer are there to buy different items to try and also buy some old favorites on the same visit. I say this because they recently added a number of new beers that are good, some that are not so good, but they droped some others to make the room. Expand, don't replace!

The service is okay. On two different occasions I asked for an item the didn't have in stock. Both times a young stock boy tried to be helpful and took my number and the item I was interested in, but I never got a call. But they items did apear on the shelves eventualy, so I guess that's good enough.

If you're in the mid-town, U of M, or downtown areas it's worth a look. Raffe's Deli 1 block west is a great plce to get your under 6% beers. The two stores compliment each other nicely, but both are pricey.

Update to earlier list:

Dogfish Head
120 min. & 90 min. IPA
Imortal Ale

Three Philosophers
Ommagang Abby Ale
Rare Vos

Trappistes Rochefort

Samichlaus Helles
Dopplebock Dunkel
Urbock (?)

and others

Dlerium tremens & nocturem

Left Hand 22 oz. various

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Photo of rokoch27
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%

A Memphis institution, Buster’s has the best selection of big beers, wine and liquor in the city. Service is amazing, but prices are above average on the beer. Some beers in a cooler while some are just on the shelf, but all in good condition. Right by the University of Memphis, it is about 15 min from downtown (east on Poplar). They have the option of singles on some of the big beers. You can see a complete list of what they have in a past review, but check out Raffe’s Deli a block or so west on Poplar for a wider selection of micros outside of the big beers.

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Photo of HardTarget
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Close to the University of Memphis, this liquor store had a good selection of the "Big beers" as they are known in TN (higher alcohol, over 6%).
A quick note, you will have to stop at a Liquor store and a Beer store to see everything you can get in TN.
The Manager Steve gave me a list of beers they had by email before I showed up so I knew what I wanted to get and haul back to Texas. I'll list that below (list given Feb. 2005).
The beers were well presented, seemed fresh (no dust noted) and the staff was friendly enough. The selection, while not huge, was large enough and had variety that it made it worth while for me to stop by, if only for the Thomas Hardy Ale alone.

Here's the list:
Indian Brown Ale
Raison D'Etre
60 Min. IPA
Old Stock
Old Rasputin
Arrogant Bastard
Ruination IPA
Russian Imperial Stout
Trois Pistoles
La Fin Du Monde
Imperial Pilsner
Old Crustation
Russian Imperial Stout
White Hawk
Red Tail
Blue Heron
Eye Of The Hawk
Black Eye Ale
Old Nick
Special London Ale
Thomas Hardy's Ale
Sierra Nevada Big Foot
Paulaner Salvator
Spaten Optimator
Chimay(Red,White, & Blue)
Corsendonk(Pale & Brown)
Belhaven Wee Heavy
Broadway K-9 Cruiser
Old Jock
McEwan's Scotch Ale
Ayinger Celebrator
Pyramid IPA
Amsterdam Explorator
Old Foghorn
Samuel Smiths Imperial Stout
Mongoose Malt Liquor

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