Binny's Express - Hyde Park


18 Ratings
Binny's Express - Hyde ParkBinny's Express - Hyde Park

Type: Store

1531 E 53rd St
Chicago, Illinois, 60615-4509
United States

(773) 324-5000

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Reviews by zeff80:
Photo of zeff80
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I stopped by here after a visit to the Science and Industry Museum. It's a few blocks away. It is small as the name would suggest. And there aren't many beers in coolers. It is fairly cramped and the beers are in the back corner. The beers appear to be well taken care of. They were re-stocking while I was there. The service is quite nice. An employee noticed I was a beer nerd and handed my the last Dogfish Head 120 they had. Nice. The selection isn't huge but they had some stuff that I did not see at other Binny's locations - like the 12oz Stone collaborations. This place worked out really well for me since I had been busy seeing the sites of Chicago and had not had much time for beer shopping.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Eman17
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of emerge077
3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

July 2016: It was announced that this location will be closing by next year and moving to a new building once the construction is finished. Stay tuned...

Pretty good selection here, a few seasonal things sold out elsewhere were available.

Parking sucks on 53rd, and the surrounding blocks. Circled several times and lucked into a spot right in front eventually. Inside the store, it's very cramped, and luckily beer is in the back, considering they have shelves right up in the front windows in full sunlight (sake and liquor).

Turnover seems fairly low. They still had some Todd the Axeman, which I would have jumped for, but it was 2 months old already. Selection in general though was pretty good, noticed Coffee Dino Smores, various Almanac sold out elsewhere, Clown Shoes Luchador, a wide range of crappy Lithuanian novelty beers, not much craft in the cooler. The recent selection "ratings" here are pretty laughable. Doubtful you can find JP, Almanac, Bruery, De Cam, Boon Mariage Parfait, etc. elsewhere in the area. No, it's not a sprawling suburban Binny's, pretty far from it.

Service at the register was very friendly, the dreadlocked lady and gentleman took care of everybody in a prompt and friendly way. Overall i'd return if in the area, but things tend to linger and i'd check the dates for sure.

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Photo of Pennyleslie7
2.39/5  rDev -34.9%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 1.5

This is a Binny's Express. Very small, very limited selection.

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Photo of slee196
3.47/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 2.75

Narrow selection but staff is friendly

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Photo of GJ40
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of JIMTRK16
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

Photo of enelson
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Etan
4/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Between Binny's Express and Kimbark down the street, Binny's has a smaller but better craft selection. While Kimbark has a large stock of a bunch of good breweries, some decent imports, and a small fridge with bombers, Binny's selection focuses on high-quality 4-packs, 6-packs, and bombers, lining the back wall. This includes a lot of hard-to-find Belgians, Germans, and British beers.

The prices are pretty good, sometimes a little too expensive, sometimes reasonable, sometimes cheaper than Kimbark. The beer guy is usually out and about, and seems friendly. Overall, a great place to go for bombers and harder-to-find packs, with a small but very good selection.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

Glad I found this spot on Google Maps while looking for a bunch of Mies van der Rohe-designed apartments nearby around Hyde Park.

Judging from the reviews, I expected much worse from this joint. But I was so surprised and impressed by their selection!

The place is small, cramped and disorganized. Add to that the fact that they were restocking the shelves so a lot of the beer was hidden behind boxes being unpacked. Hopefully that doesn't happen all the time!

The mess and chaos is something to behold. The store is mostly wine, but suddenly you go from seeing Riesling and cheap jugs of table wine to stumbling upon a trove of craft beers.

Some names... Harviestoun Ola 12, Harvest Ale 2002, Red Hook Barleywine '09, Fort Collins, Grand Teton, Reaper Ale (from California), Port Brewing (Older Viscosity, Mongo), Flossmoor, Lost Abbey, Ska Decadent DIPA, 3Floyds (Dreadnaught, Arctic Panzer, Gorch Fock)

More Belgians than I will ever care for, and some other cool imports like Mikkeler Black Hole Rum and Wine Barrel, Struise/Mikkeller DIPA, Mikkeller US Alive.

AND! Parabola (two bottles) + Abacus (one bottle). $14.99. not bad. Whaaaat!!?? I dig this place. Barrel Aged Gonzo too.

Most beers here are warm, only a limited number are in a cooler and those are rather boring. There are some six-packs (not a lot), from Bell's, Dogfish, Flying Dog, Rogue...most at ridiculous prices (like, $14.99 for Raging Bitch?? I pay $9.99 in NYC!!).

The price of those aged/barreled single beers is not bad, though, and overall, I think the selection here is just outstanding. Service? Fuggedaboutit, which is fine with me. Nice at checkout and that's it.

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Photo of sgoro
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Super small Binny's where the beer is located all the way in the back corner. I was actually surprised to see any craft beer in there at all. However, what this Binny's lacks in selection it makes up for in quality. I was able to find some limited FFF Behemoth well after the release date that I didn't see anywhere else. There was also some other limited beers that I was able to get that were unavailable at other Binny's locations. Overall, a pretty solid place but you probably will be on your own as there wasn't anyone walking around offering help.

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Photo of wschmit
4/5  rDev +9%

This Binny's competes almost exclusively with Kimbark to the west for Hyde Park's booze bucks. They're quite different stores, however. Binny's easily wins in terms of selection, particularly imports. I picked up two different beers from De Dolle and a Schlenkerla Eiche just the other day from Binny's--Kimbark sometimes has Schlenkerla Urbock, but its Belgian selection is limited to Chimay, and maybe Affligem.

That said, prices are a bit higher at Binny's on the whole, although 6-ers of Hopslam were a bit cheaper at Binny's this past week.

Turnover is an issue at both stores--they just don't move a lot of beer. Hyde Park is wine country, by and large, and the students at the College don't consume enough craft brew. I tend to get less common, less hoppy Americans and Belgians here.

I occasionally take issue with service at this Binny's. The staff can be stand-off-ish on a good day, but the beer guy makes a noble effort to keep track of comings and goings.

Overall, Binny's Express in Hyde Park scratches the itch of imports and rarities, trumping the selection at most any beer store south of the Binny's South Loop location. You'll pay for it (a bit, but never unfairly), and won't have to make a mad dash for the latest releases.

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Photo of EricCioe
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Binny's is my choice of place to buy beer in Hyde Park. I live between this store and the Kimbark Liquors down the road, but unless I'm buying macros, I almost always go to Binny's. The selection is decent, but not great. Prices are decent normally, but get a free Binny's card and shop for stuff on sale, because there is always something on sale. I just bought Moloko bombers on sale even though it just came out, for instance. Their single malt Scotch selection is also pretty good for the limited space they have, and they run great sales at times.

I'm kind of shocked that people have said the service is bad, because I've never had that experience. The guy with the knee pads is extremely helpful with wines and has had a few good beer recommendations for me. I also called ahead to see if they had Moloko and they offered to put as many as I wanted on hold, and they were ready and waiting for me when I got there.

It's not a world-class store, but it's certainly the class of Hyde Park.

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Photo of Agold
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

So the first time I came here I was amazed looking at a huge wall full of craft selections. I was really excited to find such a great selection. That was till I saw the prices, which were almost uniformly higher than the beer store down the street. Turnover seems to be quite high. Almost every time I am there there is a guy in the beer aisle restocking the shelves. After speaking to some of the employees it seems that they get shipments in on Wednesday and Friday. Some stuff definitely gets better turnover than others though. As I have become a more regular customer I have become better acquainted with the staff. They are quite helpful and nice, much better than the first few times I showed up. Best store in the area.

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Photo of mrandolph
2.25/5  rDev -38.7%

I live in Hyde Park, and have been increasingly dissatisfied with Binny's. They have a fine selection, especially for Hyde Park, with a lot of turn over. Unfortunately, this can usually be seen in the stacks of boxes blocking parts of the beer aisle. Despite the turnover I have had numerous skunked or stale beers (about 1 out of 5). Binny's is better on imports than local beers and the staff, though knowledgeable, tends towards condescension. Despite the joy of hunting for a beer in jungle of bottles at the shop, I've moved my beer buying a bit to the west.

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Photo of scalffd
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%

Binny's is a decent place to go in Hyde Park, but considering that it is Hyde Park, this is not saying much. Staff is generally friendly and they have helped me on many occasions. The beer selection is rather average, in general, very few out of the ordinary beers though there is a suprise now and then. There is a better selection of wine and a fairly nice liquor selection. They do a have few cigars, but I mean few. As an express, it is clear that this Binny's is small and more beer can be found to the west on 53rd street. Still, if you are in Hyde Park, you can find some decent beer.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
2.7/5  rDev -26.4%

It is easy to miss this little corner store so look for the big borders across the street to the east. This place is packed to the roof with isles and they are using every inch of space. Make your way to the back of the store and you will find the 8 cooler doors. They have cases of bottles on the bottom and 6-packs on top. Most of the beers are run of the mill imports and craft beers. You will find random stacks of 6-packs at the end of the rows facing the coolers and the isle of warm beer is all the way to the west wall.

I got the impression from this Binny's express that the express refers to how quickly they had to set up the store. The 6-packs aren't in any real order with Imp. pint bottles of British and German beers on the top shelf and 750ml down a bit further. They also had some craft root beer and soda pop mixed in aswell.

They had a good selection of Lagers from around the world and I thought that is there big seller, "exotic lagers". They had the likes of Guinness, Grolsch and Sea Dog with some more solid Belgian beers mixed in.

The guy in working there saw me but was to busy with his personal call to be bothered, he actually turned away from me so I couldn't here the conversation. It didn't really bother me because I could see the whole beer section from where I was standing.

If I was going to a party in Hyde Park I might stop in for an emergency 6-pack but otherwise I would find another spot with better selection.

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Binny's Express - Hyde Park in Chicago, IL
3.67 out of 5 based on 18 ratings.
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