Five Points Bottle Shop


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Five Points Bottle ShopFive Points Bottle Shop

Type: Store

1655 S Lumpkin St
Athens, Georgia, 30606-4742
United States

(706) 543-6989 | map

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Added by AlexJ on 05-03-2005

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Reviews: 48 | Ratings: 67
Photo of kylehay2004
4.94/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Bottle shops don't get much better than this. Selection is excellent and quality is just as good. The service may have been the best I have seen. These guys are knowledgeable, affable, helpful and shared some of their more limited items with the their more beer savy customers. The shop itself was a little crammed but that just means they have more stuff. The prices were great as well. All items were either same as others or 50 or so less with some beer cheaper than I have seen directly from tap rooms. This is a must stop for any beer lover. I will definitely be stopping in next time I am up this way.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.86/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

I had a beergasm. Single best beer shop I've ever been to. Enormous selection of quality stuff.

I've been to Specs and Whole Foods and other non-chain specialty beer stores across several states and this is by far the best selection of beer I've seen so far.

You wouldn't even be able to tell by the shabby (though artistic) exterior, but inside the shop is a beer geeks heaven. Shelves all the way up to the ceiling with bombers of beers I've never seen in most places. The sour beers section alone is pretty impressive. Three different vintages of Rodenbach Grand Cru. Every single Trappist beer, except for the Westvleterens.

Refrigerated and unrefrigerated six packs, single bottles, bombers, huge novelty sized bottles (notably, Chimay)... I even saw a growler from Rogue.

They also sell fresh growlers to go (3 different sizes) each priced at $4 for the bottles themselves and fill-ups are priced individually by beer. Around 20 beers on tap to choose from.

The staff were clearly beer geeks and knew their stuff in and out. Unlike what you'd find at a national beer chain like Specs.

Finally picked up a bottle from Achel (the last remaining Trappist brewery I haven't sampled). They didn't have KBS, but said they've had it before and even had a 3-year vertical keg tapping before... 3 vintages side by side on tap at their bar. Insane. They said when they do get KBS in bottles it tends to last less than a month.

No Dogfish 120 or Dark Lord, but it was worth asking anyway. Chances are if there's some beers on your want list, they'll have a few of them here.

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Photo of awalk1227
4.78/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

My favorite beer store.

A tiny, cozy place packed to the rafters with beer. They're always up to date with new releases, and do their damnest to keep holes filled.

I'm most impressed with their selection of foreign beers. It seems like if it's produced, they'll carry it. I've never seen so many Mikkeller beers on the shelf at once. Also, this is one of the last places I can remember in GA still carrying Cantillon. (All gone now, sadly.) Looking for something adventurous, I was recommended an Austrian barleywine aged in Calvados barrels. It was incredible.

The staff are all craft beer lovers and any of them can give great recommendations. Prices aren't quite as cheap as some places in Atlanta, but then again, not many other places are either.

I'm most fortunate to have acquired my 750ml bottle of Fou'Foune here. They only got three bottles!

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Photo of sgsmfdoom
5/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Literally the perfect bottle shop. The other location has growler fills, so I guess there's that, but the selection in this store is phenomenal. I never knew how amazing this place was until I moved away from Athens. This shop is the hidden gym of the south, I'd absolutely put it up against Brawleys or Sam's any day. Literally any beer in Georgia's substantial distribution plus some vintage ales. It may not look like much from the outside, but this place is a monster for excellent brews. I'd say it's worth at least a 45 minute detour.

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Photo of Lillie1128
5/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Five Points is by far my favorite place to buy beer in Athens. They've got cool window paintings of different beer logos and a really chill atmosphere.

Their selection is out of this world, I find something I never knew they had every time I go in.

The staff are really friendly and helpful, too. They're very knowledgeable about the beer and willing to help. I had a broken wrist for a while and one of the guys asked if he could sign my cast. They also always insist on helping me bring my purchases out to my car. But maybe that's because I'm girl.

It's an awesome little shop and if you're ever in Athens, check it out.

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Photo of dbhall
4.78/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Wow. honestly one of the best beer stores anywhere. i was told to go here by some friends, and wow i was blown away. the place is cool, kinda feels like a converted laundry mat. this is the place to go if you need anything alcoholic, but the beer selection is out of this world. the service is good with 3 or 4 employees always willing to help. they have anything you would want from a beer store from a solid selection of sours (i think they have their own section) to an awesome local selection. this place is crazy. that's all i can say. it is a must stop. i drove 3 hours one morning before class just to be able to be there when it opened to get a beer. great, great stuff here.

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Photo of bobertkuekn
5/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Stopped into Five Points Bottle Shop on the way down to the Hunahpu's 2011 release in Tampa. This place has a great beer selection! The staff was very knowledgeable and very helpful. The owner came over to start a conversation because he could tell from my beer choices that I was from out-of-town and we ended up talking beer for a a good 20 minutes. Charlie at the counter was also very helpful as well. He mentioned a place within walking distance that had Lost Abbey Angel's Share Brandy Barrel on draft. Fantastic beer and the mention was much appreciated!

If you're in the area, do yourself a favor and stop by Five Points Bottle Shop. You will not be disappointed.

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Photo of jimixr
4.18/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Very impressive selection The whole store, and the beer section in particular, is very cramped. The beer selection is made up of two ceiling height shelves and a full wall beer cooler. The area between the shelves is just very cramped. But considering the selection it's worth it. The staff is very knowledgeable and seem to genuinely love their jobs. They are very helpful if you have any questions, but aren't pushy and wont bother you unless you ask for help.I like the original store, but it is a little to cramped and crowed for me. However they will still get my business, but maybe more at their other store.

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Photo of FishHeadLover
4.8/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

This place looks like a whole in the wall (like so many other great beer shops). The selection was great for the area. The only reason I do not describe it as exceptional is the lack of RJ Rockers (a brewery only a couple of hours away). I would have also liked to see a larger warm selection. Almost everything (except bombers was cold). We were traveling so we would have purched more if we could have purchased beer warm. The staff was very helpful and everything that was recommended has been very good. We think they gave us some sort of a case discout because our purchase did not add up to as much as we thought it would.

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Photo of baerb69
4.88/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I live in Augusta, so this place it is an hour and a half each way. Why do I do it? Because 5 Points makes monthly visit worth every mile. The shop is small and mostly filled with wine/liquor. However, their craft beer selection is the largest I have seen in all my travels, which is saying something. If you have never been there, plan on spending at least an hour looking over their selection. The staff are extremely friendly and are very knowledgable because they are beer geeks themselves.

I have always been able to get a full selection of Terrapin, Sweetwater, Mikkeller, Founders, Avery, Lost Abbey, The Bruery,etc. This includes the rare stuff. If they can get it, they sell it. I have also been at events that they supply outstanding kegs, like KBS, Brandy barrel Angel's Share, etc.

I travel a lot and go to new shops weekly, but 5 Points remains my "go-to" guys.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.65/5  rDev +2%

First a warning... Do not attempt to go anywhere near Athens during a UGA football game. I found this out the hard way. Anyways, on to the review... The location was very easy to spot from the road with a nice large sign out front. A decent amount of parking as well. From the outside it appears to look like an old style gas station (minus the pumps obviously), but with beer logos all over the place. Looked like my kind of place. Opened the door and WOW! Tall wooden shelving everywhere stocked to the ceiling. The majority of the left store was liquor with the right portion of the store selling beer. The selection at this location was EPIC. I could have easily bought a lot more bottles but had to limit myself (I still bought QUITE a bit though). Just about anything that is available in the area was there, including a few things that aren't so available as well. Lots of individual bombers, sixers, and 750 mL's to choose from. Prices were pretty reasonable as well from what I have seen in the past. Made my selections (which basically covered half the counter) and went to pay. Upon checking out the cashier told me to pick out two glasses for free for my large purchase. Definite plus on this one... After I was done, the cashier helped me carry the beer out to my car. This bottle shop is top-notch and is a definite must visit. Even made sitting in traffic for an hour totally worth it to visit this gem.

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Photo of feetralph
4.85/5  rDev +6.4%

This is by far the best beer store within hours. Their selection is as good as or better than any store in Atlanta, and all the employees know all their beers. The management shows an emphasis for finding new beers and bringing them to Georgia. They carry many seasonals and many bombers, including many unique brands that I haven't seen anywhere else. They also have a great wine and liquor selection. The two locations also sometimes have different items, so we make sure to frequent both of them.

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Photo of GJ40
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Five Points is a moderate sized store with a huge selection of alcohol packed in it. Most of the store is wine and spirits but the beer selection is pretty comprehensive. They make great use of the space and the displays are very neat and organized.

They have a wide array of beers from the east coast, west coast, Belgium, England, Germany among others. I saw good representation from Terrapin (obviously), Stone, Rogue, Anchor and Sierra Nevada. I was particularly impressed with the coverage within some of the better breweries. They seemed to have everything that Stone and Rogue offer. Much of the stock is refrigerated as well. I'm sure they need it with that Georgia summer heat.

Five Points shows a great commitment to craft beer. It's well worth a visit if you're in the area.

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Photo of FlyingRabbit
4.85/5  rDev +6.4%

I had always heard great things about Five Pts. but since I live in Maryland, there wasn't much of a chance to see if the rumors were true.

This summer, my wife and I ventured into Bulldog country, and eagerly made this a stop on the schedule.

Upon walking in, you are immediately overtaken by rows and rows of various beverages. The store itself is not a showplace, but the amount of quality and hard-to-find liquors and beers makes this place every bit of essential when traveling in the south.

The beer area is gigantic. With a huge refrigerated area stocking many local favorites--Terrapin and Sweetwater, to some great smaller craft beers. That's not all though. There is a huge buy-by-the bottle section, which is great for picking up new beers or maybe finding the illusive craft beer you've heard about but have never seen.

They also have an "instant" beer cooler thingamajig. Place your beer in the water and in 5-7 minutes you've got a crazy-cold beer. This is perfect for those lose bottle section I mentioned earlier.

The staff is very knowledgeable and definitely willing to help you in any way--including recommending some beers based on your taste.

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Photo of uga760
5/5  rDev +9.6%

In response to Anthony1's comment about kegs, Five Points Bottle (5 points location only) carries a large number of craft beers in kegs. Whether they are torpedoes, 1/2 barrels, etc. There is always a list located at the far end of the register closest to the beer cooler. So if you are looking for a keg or something special for a wedding or a party and bottles are just not the answer, Five Points does have a large number of craft beers on their keg list...not just High Life, Miller, and Bud Light!! The link below is their keg list, I do not know how updated it is.

I love 5 Points and The staff there is wonderful! The beer selection is a-m-a-z-i-n-g, and the largest in town. The amount of time put into the selection of beers is well thought out and extensive. As a resident of Athens this is a place if you are driving through, staying for a weekend, or just moved to town that you need to stop and visit, you will not be disappointed.

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Photo of mtstatebeer
5/5  rDev +9.6%

I've been to this place quite a few times and finally decided to rate it. This place was a must stop for me when I visited Athens the past few years. In just the three years that I shopped here, the selection got better and better. Each time I visited I typically spent a good bit of time and money, but always worthwhile. Service is awesome, Sachin and the crew were always willing to help. I can't say enough about the folks who work here. They love beer and were always helping beer geeks like me and regular folks who were just there to try something new. Selection is great, last time I was there they were adding Founders to their selection and had a complete 4 or 5 shelf section dedicated to their Mikkeller selection. There were many Belgians, English, German, and a ton of American crafts. If you are ever in the Atlanta area or driving on I-85 in that area, it is well worth the stop.

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Photo of Anthony1
5/5  rDev +9.6%

This store looks like everyone other gas station liquor store from the street, but is most definitely NOT! Located in 5-point of athens, this store has everything you can need.

I love five points. Their selection is MASSIVE. Definately the place to go in Athens or surrounding areas for a quality selection of beers, wines, and liquors. The store is also the main supplier of kegs in the area if that's what you are into (although you most likely aren't if you are on BA).

The store has over 5500 items in stock! The selection is massive and the staff is very knowledgable. They are also very helpful. My last trip, they helped me find all of the bottles on my list and helped me with suggestions for related beers based on preferences.

Thanks five points bottle shop

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Photo of jophish17
4.04/5  rDev -11.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5

Found this place on my way out of town.. on accident, I swear!

The exterior made me question the reputation. Looks more like a run down convenience store that you'd avoid at night. However, the Dogfish and Allagash signs in the window relieved me.

Walking in, I found the beer to the right, but not before noticing the impressive Single Malt selection as well. The beer aisle is incredible. Hundreds of beers from around the world - possibly everything we can get in Georgia. Locals, American micros, British and Euro beers, you name it and chances are its stocked here. Even some rarer stuff from Italy and Scandinavia that I haven't even seen at either Green's in Atlanta.. whoa, a beer store in Georgia that has a better selection than Greens! And without tons and tons of crap mixed in!

No quality issues whatsoever, and the staff is very helpful and friendly. Prices are a bit higher than in the city, but the place was busy on a Saturday afternoon and beer was flying off the shelves. Bonus points for a seriously good glassware selection and you have one of the best bottle shops around. Great place to spend paychecks. This is more along the lines of Bruisin Ales or Healthy Spirits... which is a good thing

EDIT: I do not like the new "atmosphere" guidelines, Five Points is an awesome shop, deserving of a higher grade than what I've given it. But I can honestly give the place an atmosphere rating higher than 3 because, like I said, it looked like a ghetto convenience store

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Photo of soupermirl
4.65/5  rDev +2%

WOW, not sure where to start. The selection was awesome, almost overwhelming. I went in to buy about $100 worth of beer and ended up getting $200. I just couldn't stop looking at the wall o beer. The coolers full and the boxes in the corner. I want to go back... Bottles and bottles of high gravity beers from floor to ceiling. Singles, 4 packs, 6 packs, cases... So much beer at 5 points and so little time. I have to go back. The staff was very helpful and knowledgable. We probably spent about 45 minutes in the store just trying to decide on what we wanted. I am going back.

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Photo of bhalter8
4.85/5  rDev +6.4%

Having visited 5 Points a few times over the past few months, I can say it stands up well to any GA bottle shop. It's nice to see this store mature from the macro only shop I remember in my college days. Sachin has done a fantastic job of creating a good mix of craft beers, including some truly hard to find ones (in GA that is), in addition to a solid Belgian selection. Pricing is very reasonable. The service is fantastic, very knowledgeable, although, I must add, most recently I was being helped by Sachin, so how could the service be anything less than fantastic? A must stop if you are in the area, you'll definitely find some things you hadn't seen elsewhere in the state, and be treated well.

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Photo of gabeerfan
4.2/5  rDev -7.9%

After several trips to Athens in the last few months, the wife and I finally were able to stop by for a look.
Once you walk in, the craft beers are to the right, against the wall and on the shelf across the coolers. There are cases of beer scattered throughout the store.
Service was only ok because no one asked if we needed help with anything. Luckily, my wife and I don't really need help choosing a beer, but I imagine they would be helpful if asked.
Selection was outstanding. We found a 2006 Sweetwater Festive and several other beers we cannot find in Atlanta. Lots of Belgians and other imports and huge magnums of Belgians were available too. No mixed 6 pack offerings that I could see.
Prices were pretty good. Some offerings were higher than what we are used to paying, but only by $1 or $2. We did see a few beers that were less that what we are used to paying.
This is THE stop if you are in Athens and it is a great rival to Green's in Atlanta.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Great beer store in Athens. In some ways this is as good or better than Green's in Atlanta. Same list of craft beers, and a better selection of British and German beers, and they usually have a huge stock of Terrapin products. There are also usually a few surprises on the shelves. I'd say their belgian selection is a little weaker than Green's though, so it's a bit of a toss-up. The service is friendly and knowledgable, and prices are fine. I hit this up every time I'm in Athens, and with Trapeeze and the Terrapin facility open there now I even take a road trip just to hit up beer sites in Athens ocassionally.

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Photo of everetends
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Went here to pick up some great brews before I headed back to the Bama. This place is awesome. To tell you the truth, it looks like ass from the outside. Kind of an eye sore considering the buildings surrounding it. Just walk in the place and you will forget what you saw from the parking lot.

Rows and rows of wine and liquor hit you first but if you go to the extreme right wall you will find the great beer selection. A full wall of coolers, a full aisle of bottles, and random bottles and gift sets cast about. The beers were amazing with lots of Belgians, micros and craft brews. Limited releases were everywhere and it didn't hurt that they had all four monster series brews from Terrapin in full supply. Odds are if you want it, it is there.

The service shines in this place. I talked to Will over BA and he got me down there. Apparently there are two locations owned by the same guy, but Will told me to go to this store over the one he works at because the beer selection is far better. He could have easily sent me to his store to get sales and such, but he did me a solid and that is awesome. He even spent time with me to recommend places to eat in Athens. Awesome guy. The gentleman I talked to at the shop was awesome also. He is a budding beer geek and seemed to be just excited to be able to talk beer with me. He recommended a few brews that I never would have brought home on my own and I look forward to trying them.

The beers are all very well priced and reasonable. They cut you a break if you pay in cash (around 10%) and the shopping center above them has an ATM. I will absolutely be making the trip back to Athens and this bottle shop has a lot to do with that decision.

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Photo of glid02
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Hands down the best package store in Athens.

Five Points recently expanded their store, and they have even more selection than they used to.

They definitely try and stay on top of breweries that add Georgia to their distribution list. I'm not going to say you can find anything there, but if they don't have it they will be happy to order it.

The service is usually great, I took off half a point for the odd times when the cashier is a bit surly. Overall though, they know beer and are happy to help out. The owner is in from time to time and he will talk your ear off if you're not careful - but in a good way.

The prices are very reasonable, you can usually find some good beer on sale.

Again, this is the best place to buy beer in Athens, if you're in the area it's definitely worth a stop.

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Photo of edamjohnson
5/5  rDev +9.6%

Five Points Bottle Shop is the only truly great bottle shop in Athens. They have pretty much carried the banner for great beers in this town. The selection is amazing and you always find something you have not yet tried. The staff is knowledgeable and well versed in both beer and wine. If you are looking to buy great beer in Athens this is the only stop that is guaranteed to not be a waste of your time. I have been by numerous times this month and have always found another beer that is world class. Keep up the good work guys.

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