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Utobeer Borough Market

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Utobeer Borough MarketUtobeer Borough Market

Type: Store

8 Southwark Street
London, England, SE1 1TL
United Kingdom

+44 20 7378 6617 | map

Located at Unit 24, Middle Row.

Added by wl0307 on 10-28-2005

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Reviews by soulgrowl:
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4.05/5  rDev -3.1%

Utobeer has its faults, but in spite of them it is still the best beer store in London. The shelves here are packed with American extreme beers, a very wide variety of UK microbrews ranging from 3% ABV milds to big, thick barleywines, a sizeable and somewhat unusual selection of German and Belgian beers (with perhaps too much emphasis on fruit lambics and not enough on saisons), and a smattering of odd novelties from around the world. They have some weird Mexican beer that comes in a suspicious blue bottle I've been meaning to try. For sheer selection, most beer geeks will not go wanting; where else in London can you find Mikkeler Beer Geek Breakfast, Stone Vertical Epic, Rothaus Hefeweizen, Brigand IPA, and Asahi Black in one place? Nowhere, that's where. This is the only game in town for anything hard to get.

Beers seem to be well-kept here; the beers are a bit exposed, and I have found some very dusty bottles, but even so I've never had a lightstruck or past-its-prime bottle from Utobeer. The two main drawbacks to this place are service and prices; service is knowledgeable but also very surly, and the prices are sky-high, even for London. If you're just shopping for standard English or Belgian ales, it's best to go elsewhere. For example, a standard bottle of Duvel will cost you almost £2 more here than at a well-stocked Sainsbury's.

Of course, the prices don't stop me when it comes to the more obscure ales, because, like I said before, I can't get them anywhere else - and believe me, I've looked. Definitely worth stopping by regularly.

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Photo of Funkwich
3.28/5  rDev -21.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3

Small stall at the market. Nothing there of interest when I stopped by

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Photo of parpalapelix
4.88/5  rDev +16.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Raime
3.57/5  rDev -14.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25

Photo of SFCraft
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.92/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of johnyb
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.93/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Photo of captaincoffee
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

About 15 feet by 8 feet, this is a stall in Boroughs market and not a full size store. For what it is, the selection is good and varied, although I didn't find any Cantillon or 3F that I was looking for. Worth peeking into if you are at the market, but not worth making a trip to visit on its own.
If it was a full size store and could scale up, it would be great.

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Sam-VW
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of Stillyman11
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of drtth
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Reviewed from notes taken during a recent visit to London. Was staying nearby and after dinner my friends and I were wandering about the market space when we discovered this place, an excellent shop.

The vibe is basically food market modern but the selection and variety are outstanding.

Service was just fine and the prices seemed reasonable for London.

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Photo of westlaunboy
4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of flyingpig
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.5

A greate wee stall with plenty of selection, particularly from the US and Belgian but I found that a lot of the beers were from larger breweries as opposed to harder to find offerings. For example there was about 6 different version of Leffe in the Belgian section and the US section had a lot form Anchor as well as a limited edition Blue Moon. Still some very good beers available from the likes of Meantime, Nogne and Brooklyn as well as a bottle of Racer 5 IPA from Bear Republic that I hadn't seen in the UK before. I will go back the next time I'm in London though. Well worth a visit. 10p extra for a bag was a bit annoying though given the nature of the purchase.

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Photo of adamant1912
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Stumbled upon UTO when bustling through Borough Market yesterday. Needless to say I was really impressed with the selection and couldn't have asked for a better atmosphere. Prices were pretty fair, as I picked up a couple Cantillon and a 3 Fonteinen for about 16 pound and was surprised they even had a few American rarities such as BCBS sitting around. The staff was also quite helpful and knowledgable. A must see if you're looking to grab some bottles while in London.

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Photo of jgasparine
4.56/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Located in the center of Borough Market, you can't go wrong with the atmosphere-- you're surrounded by amazing purveyors of produce, meats, cheeses, seafood and more. The Utobeer bottle shop is a gem stuck in the mix of it all, with the best world beer selection I have come across in London.

Quality- For what it is, this store packs a ton of quality into a very small space. Their shelves are stocked with great beers from around the world, and no shelf space is sacrificed for macro brews.

Service- The employees were very helpful there, willing to dispense loads of information on their products. They were prompt and friendly.

Selection- The selection of beer was fantastic-- loads of beer from England, Germany, Belgium, USA, and a few singles from other countries as well (I picked up a dopplebock from ICELAND no less). Fantastic selection in a small space- similar to the Spuyten Duyvil Market in Brooklyn.

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Photo of thepeter
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%

This is one of the best places to buy craft beer here in London. the selection is not what it used to be a couple of years ago but it still is very good and one of the few places that gets in most of the newer releases that are available. Service is pretty good, staff are friendly and most of them are knowledgable. They have a nice varied selection of British, Belgian, German and US beers. THe fact that it is only open when the Market is open makes it a bit unfortunate but if you go on a Thursday they will have new stock in and it will not be very crowded. Prices are not great but when in central London, you can't expect any less.

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Photo of belias
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%

By far the best beer retailer in London. Runs every week in Borough Market (which itself is fantastic and worth a visit for anyone who enjoys consuming anything) UTOBEER has a very wide selection of US, Canadian, Belgian, German...pretty much everything. Most of which I never saw in other retailers, or even specialty beer bars.

Most were reasonably priced. There were a few ("rare" US ales like Double Bastard/120min IPA) which were upwards of £6 a bottle, but I'm not sure how much these will cost in the states so I couldn't say whether they were particularly expensive.

Also worth checking out is "The Rake" which is a pub run by the same people, and just a short walk away from the market. It's very small (key word being very) but is surely the best pub in the area when it comes to what's on offer.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%

Open stall opposite Roast-To-Go in Borough Market. (Or straight down the aisle on the right coming out of the Market Porter!)

The best selection of American beer I've heard of in London, including Stone, Rogue, Victory, Caldera, Steamworks, Schmaltz, and Dogfish Head.
I got Coronado Idiot IPA and Odell's Cutthroat Porter, neither of which are available in NY.
Also has Mikkeller, Nøgne Ø, Ellezelloise, a bunch of German and a good range of English, though not definitive on that last one.

Attractive wooden shelves, staff are amiable without being overbearing, not cheap but that's because they know what they have.

Definitely worth a visit, especially for an American craft fix.

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Photo of corby112
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Stopped by here with my wife on a recent trip to London. This is a stand located in the Southwark Market. They have a very large selection of bottles from different parts of the world but nothing too rare. A lot of these beers aren't available in the States which is a big plus but a I had a list if rare beers from the UK that I wanted to try and they didn't have any of them. Very nice selection of Belgians and Germans but lacking in beers from the States. Not that I was looking for them but it kind of hurts the selection score. The gentleman working the shop was knowledgeable and helpful and overall provided good service. This was the only bottle shop I went to in the county so I don't have a basis to compare but I was pretty impressed with this place.

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