Five Points Bottle Shop

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Five Points Bottle ShopFive Points Bottle Shop

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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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Photo of thagr81us
4.65/5  rDev -0.2%

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 +4.1%

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 -3.4%

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 +4.1%

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 +7.3%

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 +7.3%

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 +7.3%

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 -13.3%
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 -0.2%

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 +4.1%

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 -9.9%

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 -3.4%

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 -3.4%

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 -3.4%

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 +7.3%

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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Photo of MaxM
4.35/5  rDev -6.7%

The only place I go in Athens. It's no Green's, but the selection's better than anywhere else I've seen here. They have a big standard selection of imports, Belgians, and US craft brews, and they rotate out a fair amount of seasonal stuff from places like Dogfish Head. The staff have been knowledgeable in my experience, though never extremely forthcoming. It's certainly cramped, and often busy, but I've never waited long at the register, even on a Friday night when the joint's full of boneheads buying kegs. The only place in the area I know of worth stopping at.

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Photo of ncvbc
4.45/5  rDev -4.5%

Looks pretty interesting from the outside and then you go inside. I saw the reviews so I sniped out the good stuff right when I came in. They still had a couple bottles of Donkey Punch and I also found Dark Force there, both of which were a little pricey but I can't complain. They also had Lagunitas, another beer I can't get. The Dale's and Old Chub were very well priced at $7.99, so it kind of balanced things out. The guys working there were willing to help with whatever I needed and did answer a question when I had hoped the carried Hercule Stout from Belgium because they had a couple other beers by the brewer. Fairly crammed in but stocked with beers from all over the place basically from floor to ceiling. Recommended and a nice surprise.

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Photo of Procrastinator
4.35/5  rDev -6.7%

Prior to leaving on vacation to Northern Georgia, I scouted places on BA, knowing that I would travel through Athens. I tried to visit Copper Creek Brewing, but found it closed at noon on a Saturday. Thought that was strange. I also scouted out Five Points Bottle Shop and was glad I did. This looks to be a former convenience store with doors centered on the front. I walked in and was quickly lured to the back of the store by what I perceived as beer coolers. This section was obviously for the college macro-drinking crowd and not what I was looking for. In a haze, I remember walking through aisles of wine and liquor, but again, not what I was looking for. My wife calls to me from across the store at the right side of the entrance. Through cramped 1-person aisles, I found a nice selection of micro and import beers in bottles of various sizes along with a cooler full of choices. I could have easily spent an hour here, but my small children were easily bored at what was my "candy" store. I left with some JW Lees Harvest, of which they had several different years. I also bought some Victory Storm King, some Lagunitas and a few Belgians. Definitely worth a stop if you're in the area.

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Photo of tburkhart
4.65/5  rDev -0.2%

Stop here on a recent trip to Georgia. Found this place right here on Beer Advocate. My first impression was "Wow, that's a lot of wine, that sucks", but that would soon change. Found our way to the beer selection and couldn't believe my eyes. Before I knew it my hands were full and I was borrowing the hands of my friends. I got talking to one of the guys working and he starting making recommendations after asking what type of beer I like. He made several good recommendations, then passed me over to Will. Will (if you are reading this Will, I was the guy from Ohio who came in tonight) made even more recommendations. Next thing I know I have a nice pile started at the corner. I finally decided to check out and was very surprised at the price ($96 for a lot of beer, great deal)

If you are ever in the Athens area you need to stop. Looking forward to my next trip to the area so I can come back.

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Photo of nickfl
4.65/5  rDev -0.2%

Very impressive selection. I was thrilled that they had 7 or 8 different Cantillion beers (although they seemed a bit expensive even for Cantillion). The whole store, and the beer section in particular, is very cramped and that makes it kind of difficult to browse... but it's worth it considering their selection. I didn't talk to anyone because I don't like people, but one of the employees was helping a couple pick some beers for a party while I was looking around and from what I heard he knew his shit (and enjoyed his job). My only complaint is that the prices seemed a bit high, but they weren't unreasonable for an independant retailer.

After visiting the store several more times, I have increased by score for selection to reflect the fact that this store is constantly expanding its selection with new and exotic offerings. I am particularty impressed by their commitment to finding vintage beers, even going so far as to offer discounts on vertical lineups of some beers.

They have recently expanded their beer area vastly. It is no longer the cramped maze of cases it once was. Much of the beer is now in coolers and it is a lot easier to find what you are looking for and find out how much it costs.

After living near this store for six months, I can honestly say that it is, by far, the best beer store I have ever been to. I can go in there every week and find five or six new items that I have never seen before.

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Photo of jdubjacket
4.6/5  rDev -1.3%

Service: I called a couple of liquor stores in Athens asking around for a particular beer that no one had. Five Points didn't have what I wanted but the guy on the other end made some very good points. We talked about PUMPKIN ALES for at least 5 minutes. That's a fairly obscure beer topic and he knew what he was talking about. He sold me on Post Road and I was in there later that day picking up a 6-pack...Needless to say, I went back the next day and bought a case getting ready for Fall. In short, service was knowledgeable, helpful, and courteous.

The selection is outstanding. Along with the great liquor selection, the beer selection is top notch. At first, I was looking in the back section for beers - that's where they keep the Natty Light, Bud etc. When I asked about premium beers, I was directed to a whole other section of the store. They were so overstocked with good beer, they had some on display on the floor. The selection was excellent, ranging from various U.S. Micros to Belgian Trappistes. In summary, the selection is excellent. There was an overflow of good beer and it was apparent that they were having a hard time finding places to put all of it. There's something for everyone. If there's not, you shouldn't be drinking beer.

All in all, I highly recommend this place for all the above reasons.

A nice little feature: When you're checking out, all the fake I.D.'s that have been taken up over the years have been taped to the wall behind the register, with little quips written on each one. Fun to read while you're waiting in line.

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Photo of tigerdoc
4/5  rDev -14.2%

Very small from the outside but they sure do pack in a good selection in a small area. I was especially impressed with the belgian and trappist selection. I'm not sure where they get some of the stuff but it is definately a good place to browse. Large selection of chilled beer as well single bottles. Service was the only slightly lacking but they were helpful once I was able to get there attention. Definately a diamond in the rough. If you are ever in Athens, this is a must visit just for the sheer selection packed into such a small area.

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Photo of Big78CJ
4/5  rDev -14.2%

Although they are now cheaper than other stores in town they are still a bit pricier than I would like. However, I invite you to consider that even with the exchange rate Cooper's Best Extra Stout is actually cheaper here than it is in Brisbane (according to my friends from AU)

Don't walk in here expecting help but if you prod enuogh someone might chat with you. The owner is actually quite knowledgable but the place gets so crowded on weekends and evenings that I would be prepared to look around on your own.

The store is small and only about 1/3 is dedicated to beer but in true European beer shop tradition there is beer packed everywhere from floor to ceiling. They have a lot of variety and things you won't find elsewhere in Athens (like all Aecht Schlerkla brews). Other than the sheer horror that is parking there at 5:00 PM and the fact that I bought a cellared Sweetwater Festive Ale that was skunky, I have no complaints and only compliments to this place.

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Service has vastly improved at this place. Now it is sometimes hard to look at beer without being offered help. So many retarded frat kids sit there confused looking at the lambics that I understand why they offer to help so much. The owner Sachin as well as some of his more loyal guys behind the register all know about beer and will point you to what you want, even if you didn't know you wanted it.

I can't seem to leave this place without something I didn't come in there to get.

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Photo of timtheenchanta
4/5  rDev -14.2%

The place isn't bad on a weeknight but it could easily get extremely crowded. I didn't get much assistance or even attention for that matter. The selection was great. They have pretty much everything you can find in Georgia. Being halfway to Greens for me and near a better beer scene, I think I'll take Five Points most days out of the week. They also have all of this year's Terrapin Monster series. I would gladly rank this one higher if I got a tad better service next time. Still a good store with good prices.

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Photo of bobbyc881
4.8/5  rDev +3%

What an incredible store. Took my first visit there last Saturday. Great selection of Belgians, domestics, & plenty of local stuff. A little tight on space when there were a few people looking, but it wasn't too bad. Absolutely exceptional service kicked in minutes after I arrived. They were pulling stuff from the back... putting together cases at the front counter... and making excellent recommendations. One of the owners (I assume) was very knowledgeable and great to talk to. Reasonable prices plus a few sale items. I'll definately be making trips back here!

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Five Points Bottle Shop in Athens, GA
Place rating: 4.66 out of 5 with 68 ratings