Market street is In my top two for places to buy beer and absolutely the top in terms of a knowledgeable staff that can help you track down particular beers. Neat space and great location by the downtown mall. Check out the free beer tastings Wednesday nights with Clinton! Great mix and match single bottles available and large VA beer section. They also have a surprisingly good grocery section with cheese, meats, bread and other picnic goods. Of course, their Friday night wine tasting is a charlottesville institution.
Market Street is located in a cool (in both senses) little basement right on E Market, there's some 2 hour street parking here and a garage nearby as well, it's also just down the road from Feast (go there)
it's a bit of a combination store that covers a few bases - wine, beer, and a selection of gourmet foods and snacks...cheese, bread, coffee, sauces, etc...with the most space dedicated to wine
as previous reviewers have mentioned, the selection is modest, but what's there is, for the most part, quality; small single selection, beers arranged by origin with American, Belgian, German, and UK breweries all represented, a few chilled selections, yeah there's some good stuff here, but there's just not much of it and I feel that anything here should be readily available at other establishments with more to choose from
of course, they're working within the space limits they have, which is totally understandable and not a reason to avoid a place at all, but unfortunately the service didn't feel the void
the clerk working didn't even make eye contact when I walked in the door, and I was left for a second wondering which of the two people in-store was a customer and which worked there, he then helped the existing customer with his beer and immediately retreated back to the wine room to work on computer inventory or something, forcing me to go snag him in order to check out, and not particularly exuding geniality
quality seemed good, everything was clean and the basement environment tends to keep light and heat away
honestly, I think that the lower-rated Beer Run is a much better beer store, I'd stop in again if nearby, but wouldn't go out of the way
An awesome little place buried under the streets of Charlottesville's downtown area. Fantastic ambiance with old wooden floors and cavernesque passageways. The main draw of the place seems to be its completely righteous wine selection, and it IS righteous, but Market Street Wineshop and Grocery also boasts a bodacious beer selection - running the gamut of Belgians, IPAs, local micros, American micros, and the like - all packed into a tiny little corner of the store. The selection of food is lacking, but what they have is very interesting. Gourmet cheeses, breads, and imported jarred foods abound.
The service is friendly, but sort of unhelpful when it comes to beer knowledge. The employee seemed to know a lot about wine though.
It's easy to overlook thanks to a tiny sign and the fact that it is in a basement, but it is definitely worth a visit if you are in the Charlottesville area.
Nice place in the basement of a building near Charlottesville's downtown mall.
Nice selection of breads/chocolates (and wine of course) to go along with their beer.
A really good selection of Virginia beers, something that I appreciate it. Nice selection of US and International beers. I can't really speak to the service as I didn't ask any questions while I was there, but the guy who rang me up was very nice.
Good selection, and the prices were more reasonable than I expected from a small shop like theirs. Definitely have a return trip in my future.
I've been here before and picked up some Nugget Nectar - a couple of years ago. Just stopped in recently and really noticed the beer stocked a little on the haphazardly side. They have a decent selection but there's not a great deal of differentiation from other stores in the area; not that beer's an afterthought but this crew seems to definitely focus on the wine. That's not a problem.
There's an entrance into the side of a building on the bottom floor that gives it a wooden basement or "below deck" feel to it. 80% of the store is occupied by wine; no surprise there. 20% has the beer in a walkway with a large number of shelves in the back...as well as a small cooler.
I recall having decent service at my previous visit related to wine; this time I really didn't see anyone venture back to the beer section. No big deal, 'cause they have what they have.
It seems to be a smidge pricier than other local outlets - maybe 50 cents to a buck higher per 6er. Maybe it's the downtown rent; who knows.
Overall, not a bad place. If I worked downtown this would be a great place to stop and grab something on the way home for dinner that night, be it beer and/or wine. Maybe not quite necessary to go out of your way to check out though.
I like this place a lot. The wine and beer selections are eclectic and the owner, Robert, is extremely friendly and helpful. This is entirely a nicer place than the newer location out on Route 29. The beer selection isn't vast, but it is thoughtful and includes a nice mix of East Coast and West Coast standouts and a few beers that you won't find anywhere else in town, like the Speakeasy line from San Fransisco. The cold case isn't huge, so most of the selections are warm, but there is enough of a cold selection to make you happy in a pinch. They have a decent selection of large bottles and a reasonable, but not vast, collection of Belgians and other imported choices. They seem to do a good job bringing in seasonal offerings from major craft brewers.
Another great source for beer needs, though the location does put preference on the wines, as the name would apply, so it's to be expected.
The selection is still quite nice, regardless. Not as large as Wine Warehouse, but they have a decent selection. It's split into German, English, American, Belgian, with a few more placed in the center of a little square room. They also have a little singles collection available, which is always a highlight for me.
Aside from having the beers, there are some nice food items available for pairing - an added bonus. Nice dark chocolates, some cheeses, and so forth.
The lighting isn't overly bright, so it's a kind atmosphere for the beers... if anything has happened to a bottle to spoil it, I wouldn't think it was something that would happen while in there.
Staff is knowledgable, and it's been my experience that they are typically quite enthusiastic and are there because they are genuinely interested rather than being there for a job. It makes for an all around wonderful experience, and is one of the places I'd highly recommend.
//edit: after further frequenting of location with another in town, I've discovered that this location will carry some beers not easily available elsewhere... thus, I feel I need to boost the 'selection' a bit
I've been going to this shop for a while now, I feel bad I haven't written a review sooner. Market Street Wineshop is located in the basement of a old building along the downtown mall. The interior makes you feel like you're at home; complete with homemade shelves and the smell of foods like cheese and coffee right when you walk in the door. Every nook and cranny is stocked with either beer or wine.
The beer room is about half the size of the wine cellar but this in no way diminishes the number of beer choices. They carry an excellent assortment of German, Belgain, British, and American microbrews to chose from. Although not all the people who work there are beer experts (the other half are the wine experts), the staff is always friendly and willing to help you in any way they can. Market Street is my favorite place to buy beer in Charlottesville.
I don't remember who found this place first, me or my girlfriend(could've been a joint effort perhaps), but this is the place to get good take-out beer downtown. This store, which also features imported and local gourmet food, is located on Market St. just one block off of C-ville's Downtown Mall. A large part of the store is devoted to wine from around the world, but there is also a sizeable room devoted to beer. Domestic beers such as Victory and Old Dominion are well represented, as too are the beers of Belgium and Germany. The latter two countries have their own shelves on either side of the archway in the big beer room. Needless to say, their selection is impressive (about 150 different beers) and this is one of the reasons I keep coming back. The service is great, and you definitely can't beat the location. As a former student at UVA I can't tell you how much of a pain it was to schlepp beer back from Harris Teeter on the University bus. With the Market St. Wineshop you only need to walk across the street and catch the free CTS trolley. Less hassle in a nicer location! The only drawback are the prices, which are on the high end of reasonable. The Wineshop usually runs about 1 or 2 dollars more than Teeter. However, I still make it a point to come here every time I'm in C-ville.