Five Points Bottle Shop


48 Reviews
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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Photo of jdubjacket
4.6/5  rDev +0.9%

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 -12.3%

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 -12.3%

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.

=== UPDATE ===

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 -12.3%

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 +5.3%

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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Photo of Hopsedge
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Five Points Bottle Shop is next to Mellow Mushroom and the Mean Bean off of Lumpkin Street in the Five Points area of Athens. If you don't know where you are going, ask anyone how to get to Five Points and they will tell you. Beer selection here is really great and new things are added all the time. There are numerous high gravities and more Belgians than anywhere in the region unless you want to go to Atlanta an hour west. Staff is very friendly and helpful, but this place is popular and gets crowded on the weekends. Do yourself a favor and don't miss this shop if you are in the Athens area.

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Photo of AlexJ
3.7/5  rDev -18.9%

I stopped by here while in Athens for the Classic City Brewfest and before the cap was popped here in North Carolina. A decent sized store, they carry wine, liquors, and a wide selection of craft and import brews. I would say the main emphasis here is on fine Belgian ales, with plenty of stuff like St. Bernardus, Westmalle, Rochefort, Augustijn, Unibroue, Gulden Draak, and manym many more. I snagged a few bottles of Quelque Choise which I have never seen before. They have plenty of micros as well, both local and from the West Coast. Prices are very reasonable, bombers of Great Divide were $5 and most sixers were $ 6-8. I was dissapointed to see that they were no longer carrying Three Floyds brews and were out of several other things as well. I spent about $150 and stocked up nicely. I would definately go back next time I'm in town.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.85/5  rDev -15.6%

The Five Points Bottle Shop is located in Athens and looked pretty easy to find on the mapping program. A bazillion turns later and it seemed pretty obscure. Close to the Mellow Mushroom is probably the best way to use a landmark to find it. Map it out well prior to going to it. If heading past Frat Row, turn right on Lumpkin (South) to get the Five Points and it will be on your left.

The place is a liquor and beer store with fairly reasonable prices on both. The back wall as you walk in is the BMC section with a few micros thrown in. If you walk right you will come through a passageway that has beer on either side, mainly Belgians. Turn left and many more Belgians await. Then begins the coolers. The cooler on the left wall is single bottles of mainly UK and Germans and the the other wall is sixers. I saw workers stocking shelves and cleaning bottles which was good, but then in the cooler I noticed some older beers from last fall which made me check a bit closer. Upon further inspection it appears some of the beers do not move well, so choose carefully.

A nice store. A bit on the grungy side, but the shelves were extremely neat and care was taken in staging the brews. The staff really didn't offer any assistance and when a guy asked about some Tequilla I had to step in. By the way, if you are the guy who bought the Don Julio Reposado, let me know how that Batchelor Party turned out.

I found one single beer in the place I had never tasted before and purchased it. Also I picked up two other beers since I had driven and hour out of my way and a bottle of that Don Julio since we don't see it in NC. A very good store, I won't be back however unless I am in Athens.

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