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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 jamescain:
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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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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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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 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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Photo of vdread
4/5  rDev -1%

one of the best beer spots to hit in Austin. much better selection and sometimes price than any Specs or other grocery store in the area.

during my last short trip there, the 'beer guy' was walking around and helped two other people make their selections. i didn't need any help, but he was there anyway, and he kept a good distance once i told him i didn't need help. this is a big plus, as i have been literally followed or watched by (i can only assume bored) beer managers before. from what i overheard, however, he was very helpful to the other customers and knew what he was talking about.

selection is one of the best in town. they have a ton of seasonals (even some that Whip In didn't have). i saw no bud, miller, or coors, which was somewhat surprising. there were a few beers there that i haven't seen anywhere else in town like DFH Fort and a full line up of Stone. they even have a Texas beers section at the front, which i like, because i like to support local breweries. this is where they keep the Saint Arnold, Shiner, Real Ale, Independence, and a few others.

prices are average, and they have a mix six option for a flat $1.99 a beer, which is an overcharge for some beers in my opinion (my girl loves drifter pale ale and wanderlust cream ale), is quite a deal for other beers like Stone and DFH. i guess it all evens out at the register, though.

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Central Market - North Lamar in Austin, TX
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