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Liquor World

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BA SCORE
89
very good

24 Reviews
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PLACE INFO

Type: Store

13 White Street
Cambridge, Massachusetts, 02140
United States

(617) 547-3110 | map

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Added by Lnedrive14 on 11-22-2005

PLACE STATS
Place Score:
89
Reviews:
24
Ratings:
32
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
9.18%
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Reviews by taez555:
Photo of taez555
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%

Located in the Porter Square Shopping Center/Strip mall across from CVS, right next to Radio Shack, Liquor World might be hands down the most deceiving liquor store in the entire world. Camouflaged from the outside as ghetto, 40 in a brown paper bag, type liquor store where you might be lucky to find Sam Adams, is quit possibly one of the best liquor stores in Cambridge.

Small long narrow store with only 2 aisles, it starts with your typical shelves to the ceiling liquor and wine with what at first appears to be only a couple beer coolers against the back wall. Upon further investigation there is actually an entire extra set of coolers to the left side heading back toward the storeroom packed with the most craft singles I’ve ever seen in a cooler. On top of that there’s a shelf to the left of that with a huge selection of Belgians beer, and then.... there’s even more Craft singles in the middle on the aisle.

So how’s the beer selection? Well... this place isn’t a Warehouse, but they pretty much have it all and then some. Craft, Belgian, Unibroue, German, English, Micros. Founders, Stone, Dogfish, Oscar Blues, all the Trappists and Abbeys, I mean honestly the list goes on and on. On top of that prices seem to be fairly cheaper than most of places in town. Pretty much everything was a dollar or two cheaper than Downtown Wine and Spirts right down the street.

This place might win as the hidden Jewel of the decade. Fantastic selection, good prices and parking. I’ll definitely be coming here a lot more in the future.

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Photo of scxcrunner
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

decent selection with staff who are willing to help. often have brewer tables set up for samples. Almost always swing in when in porter square

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Photo of SveNss0N
3.96/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Dicers
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of rjp217
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

Photo of tikk
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of dubdrop
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of dental
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of BostonHops
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

off the top, this place gets a fair amount of press from MA BAs, which likely led to my being somewhat disappointed: my expectations were too high. personally i found the selection to be decent - above average - but nowhere near what i was expecting after hearing numerous glowing reviews.

they hit on the usual suspects - DFH, founders, pretty things, lost abbey, ommegang, stone, southern tier, et al., and a few belgians, but really nothing out of the ordinary. picked up a DFH WWS, and Brix from element brewing co. much, much bigger selction at downtown wine and spirits a stone's throw away in somerville. don't get me wrong, you could do a lot worse, but with plenty of equal - if not better - places around the Boston area, this isn't one you need to go out of your way for IMO.

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
4/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Originally went here to find De Dolle (anything)- they have the Oerbier and Dulle Teve (which I picked up on my last visit). They have a nice selection of Belgian beers (including De Dolle, St. Bernardus, Chouffe, Rochefort, and others) and a pretty good selection of domestic- Stone, Victory, The Bruery, DFH, etc. If you a frequent redline user this will be a very convenient stop for you as it is RIGHT off the Porter Square stop. However, it is not convenient for me as I live in JP unless I'm going to/coming from the Homebrew Emporium.

The De Dolle I bought at $6.95 a bottle and I bought Weihenstephaner Heffe for $11.95 a 6-pack. A little pricey but not outrageous.

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Photo of mlazzaro
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

People that work there have helped me pick out beers based on personal experience, that's really rare and helpful. I appreciate it. Small but quite good selection. They play NPR. Ever now and then I find the most ridiculous nugget, like a 10 year old J.W.Lees for $10. and Fantome <$13. They seem to intentionally buy rare beer which make my life easier. Good old high ABV beers for decent prices. Considering the location, I've left feeling like I got some serious deals. Check it out and don't miss the back cooler.

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Photo of celticfutblclub
4/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

so first things first i think the new look in liquor world has definitely enhanced the feel of the place. its a minor note as one doesnt go to a liquor store for the feel but for the selection .. but still its a nice touch.

the selection for such a small place is quite good six pack selection is small but i think they cover a good range of beers with the space they have. the selection of bombers is much better. some appear to have sat for a bit but picking up a pretty things or something local you will find that they arent too dated.

the pricing is definitely much better then any other place in the area they beat downtown by about a buck a bomber/sixpack and the same can be said of the local liquor store thats a bit closer to me. also conveniently located off the T which is nice.

all in all a good dependable liquor store.

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Photo of Fluke828
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%

Checked this place out the other day due to the other BA reviews and I have to say, everyone is pretty spot on about this place. Somewhat of a small space in the Porter Square shopping center but the selection is pretty impressive for the amount of room they have.

Very nice variety in the sixpacks that are in the first coolers you come to in the back. However, the 3-4 coolers around to the left were strictly reserved for bombers and was really terrific. Reasonably priced overall even though just picked up a few local bombers. Nice to see Three Philosophers on the shelf as well, good to know. I would reoccommend this place and definitely will be back due the proximity to the Porter Red Line T Stop (literally across the street)

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Photo of zackcg
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

I'd under appreciated Liquor World for almost a year while living in Somerville, but as time went on I came to realize they are a force in the Cambridge-Somerville circuit.

The selection is always well balanced as far as styles is concerned. You'll always be able to find bear republic, founder's, DFH, lost abbey/port and many other cross-coast offerings. They always do a good job competing with highly sought after beers i.e - nemesis, KBS, gandhi-bot, nugget nectar, sculpin, older viscosity, etc...

The customer service is exceptional as well, promptly answering email inquiries time and time again (they now have a very informative and frequently updated twitter page - hugely helpful). They even toss in quantity based discounts for those who make a decent sized haul on craft stuff.

There isn't much in the way of makin mix sixers, and you can't split anything up, its something I like to be able to do from time to time, but not a deal breaker by any means.

To those who plan on going or have never been, the beer is in the back. Thats all you need to know.

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Photo of gfreed
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%

A nice find in Cambridge in an unlikely locale. You'll usually find someone arguing with him or herself outside the store. Inside it's narrow and deep, and the floors aren't very clean. The beer is logically grouped in the coolers, and off to the side are the big bottles and unusual things, both warm and cold. This is the only store in the Boston area I've been to that regularly stocks Weihenstephaner lager, which is reason enough to visit. However, also note their prices: almost always a dollar below those at nearby stores. The staff tend to be heavily tattooed and can appear off-putting but if you ask a question they give knowledgeable answers in complete sentences. Definitely worth putting up with the difficult parking lot, where the spaces are narrow and the drivers elderly.

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Photo of MrDanno96
4/5  rDev +2%

I stopped in here on Sunday before heading home from EBF 2010. I was a little disappointed initially because the place is kind of small and the beer is stuffed all the way in the back. After looking around for a bit, however, I realized their selection is pretty impressive. Everything you would expect, plus some rarer finds. They had three different Founders beers and I was delighted to find some Lost Abbey as well, including Bbl Angels Share. They had tons of singles in the coolers, which is always nice. The guy working up front was helpful and it turned out he had actually been at EBF too. Since I'm not from Boston I'll probably check out some other Liquor stores the next time I come, but this seems like a great option for local beer lovers.

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Photo of albern
4/5  rDev +2%

I can't add too much beyond what everyone else said, but this is an interesting, tucked away sort of place in the Porter Square shopping center. I had been here years ago and the place has definitely kept up with the times. There is a cooler on the back wall facing front that is full of the typical stand bys and a bunch of macro junk. Go around the corner and they have singles in the cooler, and lots of them. I definitely appreciate singles in the cooler and this place will not disappoint. They have some harder to find beers, such as Fuller's, Coopers, and many more. This is a nice store, unpretentious, decent prices, much cheaper than Elm Street Liquors in Davis Square ... but isn't that just about universally true.

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Photo of BeerutalTruth
4.65/5  rDev +18.6%

Liquor World is like a hidden gem in Cambridge. Very unassuming form the outside, you'd think they specialize in Jack Daniels and 30 packs. Upon entry head to the back left part of the store and plan to spend 20 minutes going through their craft beer section. It seems like there's something new every week. They have at least five cooler doors and two large shelves of strictly craft beer. Bombers, 6 packs and they will even special order kegs for you!! If you have any questions just seek out the guy with all the tattoos and he will drop some knowledge and send you in the right direction. No pretension here. It's one of those stores where if you're buying a case of Sierra and for some reason 2 12 packs ring up cheaper they will tell you to go for the 12 packs.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Stopped in here randomly on a Monday afternoon to check this place out. No greeting when I walked in, and just a grunt to my "thanks" on the way out. Oh well. Very long store, wine to the right, liquor to the left, and all the beer is at the back. Pretty expensive selection. All the major US craft breweries represented here, with a few small ones sprinkled in here and there. Even better selection of Euro beer. Some beers that I seriously have never even heard of. Nice. Six packs and bombers mostly. Prices were in line with what things cost around town. I didn't really see any "deals" to report or prices that made me jump. It was pretty much everything you can find elsewhere at the same price as everywhere else. That said, if I lived in Porter Sq, and this was the only place that sold beers, I would not be too upset. Overall, a well-above average beer store. I picked up a few singles (Heavy Seas Barleywine & and a Stouterik Belgian stout) for $5.75 total. Would stop in again if I was in the neighborhood.

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%

I've heard good things about this place. Even though I have way too much beer in my house I was at the Shaw's next door so I stopped in.

The store is typical size for an urban strip mall setting, so it's a little tight, but that's OK. Most of the beer is in the back 1/3 of the location. Coolers are full of good stuff, as is the left-size back wall and inner shelf. While selection isn't huge due to size there is a lot of quality in here. Good number of recent offerings from Founder's (Porter, etc.) and many other places. Prices seem to be inline with the rest of the area - maybe not utterly cheap but good enough to say "yup, that seems reasonable." The beer guys were attentive - frequently making the rounds but it seemed like they could tell who needed help and who was covered on their own so there wasn't that unnecessary "can I help you find anything" when you're deep in thought. That counts for something. This is right off the Porter Square T so location is convenient. I'll definitely put this place in the rotation.

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Photo of applky
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

I upped my quality rating because it's so close to the Porter T stop. Few beer stores in the Boston area are this good and are this close to a major T stop. (The notable exception is Charles Street Liquors, which is by Charles/MGH has a definite edge over Liquor World in selection and service, but is more expensive.)

The good stuff is in this weird hallway in the back. Rogue, Southern Tier, Cisco's, Dogfish, Schneider, Weihenstephan, and sometimes even Founder's (among others) are regularly and widely stocked. FYI: Yes, I've seen the Founder's Breakfast Stout there on several occasions but never the Kentucky variety. Overall, the selection is good. That there are numerous places within a 15 minute drive from here with significantly better selections is a testament to how spoiled the Boston area is when it comes to beer.

Prices are actually pretty reasonable. Very few 22s cost more than $7, with many more around $5 or $6. Six packs and four packs are priced normally. Service is friendly but not very knowledgeable and, practically speaking, non-existent. There's usually one person manning the cash register, and that's about it. The place has a clean look, and is generally well-stocked. Unfortunately, if they're out of something, asking when it will be coming back in doesn't yield much beyond shrugs or I-don't-knows.

That being said, this is a great place to go for a few bottles or a good six pack if you're in Cambridge and don't feel like walking to Downtown (Davis T).

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Photo of BeerSox
4/5  rDev +2%

Located near the Porter Square stop in a shopping center near a Shaw's grocery store. The place is small and easy to pass up as just another liquor store.

The very back has coolers with mostly six packs in it. There is another cooler that has a few singles in it that are broken from six packs. The main feature of the store for beer is a few shelfs of singles filled with bombers and 750mL bottles. If you walk through the narrow back hallway you will see a walk-in cooler and also another row of coolers with more beers (mostly big single bombers).

The first visit I missed the area in the back with the extra beers and gave it a slightly unfair review, but I have to say after seeing that selection it's definitely one of the best selections in the area.

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Photo of jamie2dope
4/5  rDev +2%

For those of you who go to Downtown in Davis Square, I recommend taking the extra 2 minutes to drive to Liquor World, as they have great beers that are usually a couple dollars cheaper than in Davis. Parking is a pain, but worth it. Store itself is small, but has lots to offer. Service depends on who you get. Theres one guy who will take your name and number down to let you know when a certain beer comes in. On the other hand, theres a middle aged cashier who usually finds something to bitch at me about every time I go in. Some brands they usually carry include Founders, DFH, Magic Hat, Smuttynose, Lost Abbey, Left Hand, Oskar Blues, North Coast, Berkshire...and lots of great imports such as six packs of Weihenstephaner Hefe. Worth a visit for sure.

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Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
4/5  rDev +2%

Stopped here based on the buzz about KBS and BS being available. "Pimping" got me in the door, in other words. Would not have made the trip to Porter Sq. otherwise. I knew already there was no KBS, but didn't see any Breakfast Stout, either, though they had Devil Dancer.

Grubby looking inside, but grubbiness isn't listed among the items to numerically score. ;-)

It's a somewhat limited selection because of their size, but very eclectic, very responsive to people's actual needs. They had one cooler that had loose singles, the rest of the coolers were packs only (or single bombers). One of the employees broke a 4-pack for me since what I wanted wasn't in the singles, the checkout clerk was snarky about it. Weird vibe--don't they work for the same boss? I left totally satisfied, but was surprised by the attitude.

Regarding prices, I found that they were notably cheaper than other places inside 128. And they have a 10% discount for 6+ items.

I'll be back for the selection and the reasonable prices + discount. Another place I use close to home has a better selection but ripoff prices and no discount.

So far, the best place I've found inside 128.

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89 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.
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