Varsity Liquors

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234 Nassau Street
Princeton, New Jersey, 08542
United States

(609) 924-0836 | map

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Added by CarbonBased on 01-06-2006

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Photo of Urk1127
3.52/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Photo of lstokes
3.2/5  rDev -9.3%

Is this the best beer store in the Princeton downtown? That's kind of sad, because although we found enough here to provision ourselves for a week, I wouldn't enjoy having to come back here week after week to pick from their relatively small selection--lots of Samuel Smith, some Unibroue and standard Belgians, RiverHorse, DFH, Smuttynose, Ommegang, some Terrapin (the exciting find of this particular trip), Victory, Troegs, Sam Adams. What every store ought to have (although very few do) with nothing particularly exceptional in the lot.

We didn't use the service, but the guy was polite enough, and the prices seemed a little steep for what we got. Lots of wine, though! Maybe the selection there is better.

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Photo of BeerNemesis
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

I'm partial to Varsity Liquors of all the liquor stores in Princeton because of its selection of craft brews.

I noticed that they had:
Ommegang Three Philosophers and Abbey Ale, Stone Ruination and Arrogant Bastard, at least 7 different Samuel Smith ales (including Taddy Porter and Nut Brown), varied Dogfish Head, Chimay Blue and Red, Aventinus, and a number of others I can't quite remember.

Overall, they have a relatively good selection of craft beers compared to other stores in the area. The owner is usually reticent, but I got to talking to him, and he was relatively knowledgeable about his beers.

There are certainly better selections out there, but unless you want to take a drive down route 1, it's the place to go.

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Photo of erz316
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%

I'm pretty sure this place is only in business because of the college kids and townee punks who like to get a case of miller and pound them away over some hoagie haven. gosh, doesn't that sound appealing. the store is small, clean and pretty run of the mill. some of the particularly good things are that they have the beer cold and cheap, as well as having a good selection of craft breweries for a place in town. dog fish head and ommegang were some of the more notable beers there. service is average and they dont really ask questions, cause there cant be that many with their selection.

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Photo of gkatsoris
3.2/5  rDev -9.3%

Stopped by on my way home from work one day and browsed for a good half hour or so.

Q: The store is very small and very clean. As organized as organized can get considering its size. They have some micros cold, and a lot in singles.

Ser: No came up to me, and they only asked me if I needed help as I made my way towards the exit. They did ask me if I needed something specially ordered (said they would do what they can which was very classy).

Sel: Was pretty decent because they did have some beer's and breweries I hadn't heard of. They didn't carry an extensive variety of the breweries they had; just a few from Weyerbacher, Dog Fish Head, Stone, nothing from Yards, nothing from Sierra Nevada, didn't see any Victory...and so on. They did have every Samuel Smith which was uber impressive!

V: I was surprised to see the prices for their singles, but it is in Princeton. I hate it when the area affects the market price. Major pet peeve.

I will stop back, and get a few of those never heard of beer's tho.

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Photo of aalappatel
4/5  rDev +13.3%

This liqour store is right in the area of Princeton that is chock full of BYOB restaurants (Kalluri Korner, Thai Village). Their selection of beer is definitely above average for its small size. The people behind the counter are very helpful. In fact, they do consulting work on the side for major corporations in the area. They have a nice selection of bomber bottles that are convenient. I usually only shop at this store when I am having dinner at one of the local Princeton restaurants. Its convenient not to have to lug around a bunch of beer.

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Photo of DrJay
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%

This place is a smallish liquor store right off the Princeton campus. Most of the space is taken up with wine and liquor, but there were a couple of coolers in the rear of the store filled with beer. There were about three dozen different six-packs of micros, things like DFH, Smuttynose, Red Hook, Wolaver, Ommegang, along with some macros as well. Large single bottles were available, but the selection was pretty small. A few single 12 oz bottles were up for grabs, but it looked like these were broken up sixers rather than standard selections. Singles available were things like Chimay Red and Blue, Kwak, Weyerbacher Insanity, a few Rogues, and various Sam Smith products. Decent quality of beers for such a small collection. The price was decent, better than I've been experiencing in PA and better than my trips to NY when I lived in Toronto. Service was decent, but there's only so much help you need when there's not much to look at. I wouldn't make any special trips here for beer, but if you're in the neighborhood it's not a bad little shop.

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Photo of CarbonBased
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%

When I grew up in Princeton I was obviously too young to check this place out. On a visit to my parents I decided to check out the local liquor stores. Of the four places I stopped by in town, this one had the best selection for cold six/four packs.

That being said, the selection is not extensive, but a lot of what they have is pretty high quality at good prices. For instance, they had about five or six different Unibroue brews in four packs/750 mL. 750mL of Don de Dieu and Trois Pistoles were $6.50. However, I should mention that I live in Philadelphia where beer costs considerably more, so I don't know how much it might cost in other areas.

They also had six-packs of the usual local breweries like Victory and Flying Fish. They also has some Brooklyn Brewery and a handful of germans. There Belgian selection was pretty lacking aside from the obligatory 750 mL Chimay Blue.

The counter folks were very helpful; they have a designated beer guru who is good to talk to. I ran back to pick up some extra Unibroue a day later and even though he wasn't there, the woman at the counter was friendly and asked if she could make any recommendations.

For single bottles though, I strongly recommend the place several blocks down the street next to Cox's market. If I can remember the name I'll post a review of it.

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