Central Market - North Lamar

Central Market - North LamarCentral Market - North Lamar
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4.14/5
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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Reviews:
21
Ratings:
43
pDev:
9.66%
 
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Reviews by kensuthe:
Photo of kensuthe
3.65/5  rDev -11.8%

Central Market is a grocery store that also has a nice selection of beer and wine. This review is for the S. Lamar location, not the N. Lamar location that is listed in BeerFly. The wine and beer sections are located towards the back right corner of the store in relation to the entrance.

Quality - All of the beer storage and display here was in refrigerated shelving units that formed an "L" around a portion of the wine selection. The temperature was not set too low, but it was cooler than the surrounding store in the beer area and should be adequate to keep the warm Texas weather from affecting the beer. Some of the beer that we purchased from this store had gone bad by the time we opened it, unfortunately. I do not know if that was the result of transporting it back home, storage conditions at home, old supply, or some other storage conditions previous to purchase. Luckily it was only a portion of the total purchases that were bad, but it was definitely a disappointment.

Service - While we were shopping, we happened to run into the managers of the beer section who were running inventory and getting ready to order the next season's seasonals. Both guys were very knowledgeable and helpful, and didn't mind answering any of the questions we had about their suppliers.

Selection - There was a good variety of beverages available, with an entire row of shelving reserved for local Texas brews like Shiner and Independence. There was a decent selection of Belgians from Affligem, Leffe, Rochefort, Chimay, Koningshoeven, and others, as well as a nice variety of Youngs, Wells, and other English breweries. Most beers were in three, four, or six packs and couldn't be broken down individually, but there were multiple larger single bottles available too. The prices were a little high for some things, but very reasonable for other items.

The trip to Central Market capped off our weekend in Austin quite nicely. The next time I'm there visiting with friends, I will definitely have to stop by the N. Lamar location and see if it is as good an experience as the S. Lamar location was.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of jdimento
4.14/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of dasotelo50
3.74/5  rDev -9.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Photo of bluesyasian
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Photo of gilgar
3.67/5  rDev -11.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

Photo of JamLand
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
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 -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of Fabiand
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of mamaraza
5/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of alexaustin
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Dogleg
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of brett606
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Paulie_Maroni
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Texas_T
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of bccocx
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Jame515
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of mgr78704
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Bstrickler
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of charleslueg
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of greenspointexas
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Getalegup
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of blue_eyed_fury
5/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of elNopalero
4.51/5  rDev +8.9%
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 -1.4%
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
Place rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 43 ratings
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