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Central Market - North LamarCentral Market - North Lamar

Type: Store

4001 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, Texas, 78756-3733
United States

(512) 206-1000 | map

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Reviews by Bonhoeffer:
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

The review below this one states: "The place reminded me of a less flashy Whole Foods with a slightly smaller selection." And that surprises me, because I went to both a Whole Foods (the one across from North By Northwest Brewpub) and this Central Market, and Central Market had a markedly superior selection. Lots of good options from DFH, Stone, New Belgium, Bear Republic, Unibroue, Great Divide, etc. etc. Where the Whole Foods only had one or two options from most of those breweries, Central Market had four, five, six or more. There is another WF south on Lamar which I didn't make it to. No idea if it's much better than the one off Capitol of Texas Highway.

In addition to a huge cooler with both singles and six packs there were quite a few beers interspersed on the wine shelves, and case displays piled up over quite a bit of real estate. And it was a nice touch to have a separate cooler section just for local brews.

There was no employee monitoring the beer area offering assistance, so I didn't have any experience with service, good or bad.

I didn't hit a lot of places in town, but the prices here seemed to be about on par for the area.

Note that this place is huge, with lots of stuff to interest a spouse who doesn't care much about beer, which is a nice plus for me.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of dasotelo50
3.74/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

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4.08/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

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3.67/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

Photo of JamLand
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Typically a good selection, however, you will get less beer knowledge out of the staff than you will at the south store.

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Photo of menezes
4/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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4/5  rDev -1%

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5/5  rDev +23.8%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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5/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of elNopalero
4.51/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Between Central Market and Whole Foods Austin grocery shoppers have everything they need in one place! This place has a fairly decent selection which I would say is fantastic by Texas standards—certainly leaps and bounds above the regular HEBs I’ve visited, with half the selection devoted to micros and the other half to imports. There’s also a cooler at the end of the section with Texas-only brews, predominately from the Austin-area. I picked up some Jester King goodies here off the shelf, even. Best part about my whole visit, tho, was the ‘beer guy’ working the day I was there—super friendly, helpful, and as eager to suggest beers as I was to talk about them.

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Photo of tjkinate
4.08/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Another good place in Austin to get craft beers.

As for atmosphere, it's in a grocery store, I prefer a quite place where I can chose my beer patiently, but what can I expect. Was surprised to see the amount of beer available especially 22oz bombers. Most grocery stores seem to stock up heavily on 4 and 6-packs with only a few big bottles. Prices I thought were also very fair, especially on a recent release, Life & Limb. They were only charging $8.99 when I have seen it going as high as $12.99 elsewhere.

Overall experience I felt was better than Whole Foods downtown, and will be going here again in the near future.

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Photo of jamescain
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Not too far from the Draught House is this central market. They have a very good beer selection, there are other places in Austin that have better selections, but for a grocery store it is very good. This specific location has a better selection then the south store. The problem with Central Markets in general is that they some what over charge for their products. I've noticed HEB brand products at Central Market before and they were more expensive then they were at HEB (HEB owns Central Market). Their beer has the same issue. A lot of times they have beers that other places sell and they are slightly more expensive. The nice thing about Central Markets is that every now and then they have a sell on beer. I believe it's 25% off of $25 or more in beer, 15% off of $25-15 and 10% of $15-10. I don't normally shop there for beer, unless I'm leaving the Draught House and I know they have something I want and I know it's the same price elsewhere.

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Photo of Fenris244
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%

Well I stopped in because of a tip from a few fellow BA's and I have to say I wasn't at all disappointed. They had a great selection although some of the areas seemed really disorganized but I could still easily find everything I wanted.

The staff seemed to do their best to avoid me which was kinda annoying but when someone finally talked to me he seemed like he knew his stuff.

Central markets prices were also pretty competitive and I found some stuff that was long gone from the other stores and aside from most of the staff trying to dodge me it was a pretty good experience, if I'm downtown and wanting to pick up some beer this will be my first stop.

Note: I like that the beer is right next to the cheese section, makes it super easy to grab a beer and pair it with some cheese.

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Central Market - North Lamar in Austin, TX
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