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 kbub6f:
Photo of kbub6f
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%

Central Market North has an excellent beer selection (micros and imports). Most of it is available as singles, though sometimes you have to hunt through the mixed up "miscellaneous 12oz singles" section at the far end of the refrigerated aisle. I've heard that some locations of CM don't let you break sixes. I've broken sixes and paid for them at this location without hassle, but I don't know their official stand on it, so you might want to be discreet.

CM North is my second-most visited beer store in Austin (I probably go there once every two months). On any given day, I'd say the selection is almost as good as Grapevine. In fact, once or twice, I think I've found a seasonal at CM after Grapevine had sold out.

I have not had many encounters with the staff. The few times I've asked questions, they seem to be a little out of their element. (Anecdote: they recently had the Avery Ten, but not the White Rascal. When I asked about it, the guy said he didn't know anything about WR. When I said Central Market San Antonio had it, he said: "oh yeah, that's right, I think we're getting some in... check next week". I bought it at Grapevine the next day).

For me, Central Market gets the vote for "Best place to buy beer when you need fresh produce too". An excellent store.

(Footnote: the parking lot tends to get crazy, especially on weekends when the seniors from small-town Texas show up in their tour buses).

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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%

Photo of brett606
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%

Photo of bccocx
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of mgr78704
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%

Photo of Getalegup
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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