Central Market - North Lamar

BA SCORE
90
outstanding

43 Ratings
Central Market - North LamarCentral Market - North Lamar
PLACE INFO

Type: Store

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

(512) 206-1000 | map
centralmarket.com

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PLACE STATS
Score:
90
Ratings:
43
Reviews:
21
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
7.69%
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Ratings: 43 |  Reviews: 21
Reviews by OldTex29:
Photo of OldTex29
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%

Central Market is an upscale grocery store with a very nice beer selection. It is my regular beer (and food) stop as I live in close proximity to the N. Lamar location. The Grapevine is widely regarded as the best beer store in Austin, but I just don't see it. The beer selection and prices are essentially the same at both places. I would recommend going to whichever store is closer to you.

selection - Caveat: I've only lived in Texas for about 5 months now. That said, I believe that if it's available in Texas it's available at CM. Good sized beer selection, and they get all the seasonals. One interesting note about CM is that they don't sell any of the crappy American Macro Lagers. There's no Budweiser, Coors, Miller, Natural, Busch or anything like that. First store I've ever seen do this. Pretty nice import selection as well, with a good number of Belgians, Germans, and English beers. They also sell Unibroue from the Great White North.

service - I only occasionally see employees in the beer selection, but then I never need any help picking out beer, either. There are enough employees around that if you somehow needed help you would probably get it quickly.

Edit: I am updating my review to point out an all-too-frequent problem with Central Market. Parking can be *insane*, especially on weekends. It's not horribly crowded inside on these days, but the general lack of available parking spots is very annoying. Come here at your own risk during the afternoon.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of jdimento
4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
4.07/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of dasotelo50
3.74/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Photo of bluesyasian
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Photo of gilgar
3.67/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

Photo of JamLand
4.07/5  rDev +1%
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 -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of Fabiand
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of mamaraza
5/5  rDev +24.1%

Photo of alexaustin
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Dogleg
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Paulie_Maroni
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Texas_T
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Bstrickler
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of charleslueg
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of greenspointexas
4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of blue_eyed_fury
5/5  rDev +24.1%

Photo of elNopalero
4.51/5  rDev +11.9%
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 +1.2%
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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Central Market - North Lamar in Austin, TX
4.03 out of 5 based on 43 ratings.
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