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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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 Mantooth
5/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

The best beer store I've ever been in.

Athens is a killer college town, we hit it once a year for a fun weekend. It's loaded with pubs & restaurants and everyone is laid back and cool.

I only discovered this shop on my last trip and can't believe I've missed out on it before now. I literally spent an hour and a half poking around the store and ended up with a very reasonable tab for the amount of items I bought.

In the same parking lot there's a draft building with 20 taps of quality brews you can purchase in three different sizes of growlers.

They have a second store in town too that I have yet to visit.

This place is worth a trip, make a weekend of it and be sure to stop at Trappeze Pub. You'll be happy.

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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 pelesf1re
5/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Very impressed with this store. I had found it after doing a search on this site and after reading the reviews decided this would be the place to start for some beers I can't find in Ohio. I was not let down. The selection was huge and some nice choices I thought I may only read about and never get to try. The find I was happiest with was the Westbrook Mexican Cake. Very friendly staff, couldn't have asked for more. Hope I can make it back next time I'm travelling to pick up some more gems.

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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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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 slayer13
5/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

The best beer store in Athens, and one of the best in the SouthEast. A phenomenal selection with new beers coming in almost every week. The staff is great with people specialized in knowledge for beer, wine, and liquor. The everyday beers are a little pricier than usual here, but the specialty and craft selection are about on par with every where else.

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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 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 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 watsonmd
4.97/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Wow. I went in while visiting the town, just to see if I could find something to have at the hotel while we were visiting, but wound up discovering the most extensive collection of bottled beer I have ever seen! Started at the far cooler, where there were three full shelves of Stone bombers, including the vertical epic from 09-12, old guardian, smoked old guardian, and RIS. Moving through the store, it was organized by geography, and the staff were very helpful in locating whatever I thought I would like to find.

As has been stated in other posts, I didn't even know that Mikkeller made that many beers! There had to be 6 full shelves, over 40 different Mikkeller products. The sours section was impressive, and the Belgian Aisle also had quite a selection.

Asked about a couple mythical beers, and while I found the Rodenbach Grand Cru and Sierra Nevada 30th anniversary, they didn't have Westy XII, Black Ops, Black Note, BA Bigfoot, or Biscotti Break.

Great selection of glassware in the Growler shop, and an amazing selection of taps (Enjoy By, Siren Noire, etc).

Will be back next time I'm in town.

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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 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 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 JamesBondGA
4.86/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Killer selection, probably the best of ANY store I have ever been in. Lots of friendly, knowledgeable help asking if you need anything. Saw tons of foreign beers I have never even heard of. Place looks like a hole in the wall, but don't let the looks deceive you,,,,this place rocks.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 tburkhart
4.65/5  rDev +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 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 nickfl
4.65/5  rDev +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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