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Hi-Time Wine Cellars

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99
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98 Reviews
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PLACE INFO

Type: Store

250 Ogle St
Costa Mesa, California, 92627-3808
United States

(800) 331-3005 | map
www.hitimewine.com

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PLACE STATS
Place Score:
99
Reviews:
98
Ratings:
121
Avg:
4.53
pDev:
7.95%
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Reviews: 98 | Ratings: 121
Reviews by IntriqKen:
Photo of IntriqKen
4.85/5  rDev +7.1%

Wow...I felt like a kid in a candy store here.
Yes, they have wines and a wonderful selection with a tasting bar downstairs.
Yes, they have snacks, chocolates, olives, glassware, tableclothes and everything you would need for a wonderful evening.
But the beer.
OH MY GAWD.
The largest walk in cooler I have ever seen with an absolutely incredible selection of craft and import beers. In large volume, too. Large enough so that specialty and one time beers can usually be found there after they are long gone from other stores.
Store? Did I say store?
This is a beer supermarket!
Don't come here looking for macros....the macros occupied only one stardard cooler with Bud being one six pack wide and bud light being one six pack wide. The same amount of space they devote to the obscure and hard to find micros.
AND...
If that isn't enough, you can choose ANY beers as singles to make your own six packs.
ANY.
Just take one from a sixer....one from another...one from...
you get the idea.
I walked out tonight with a winter warmer I love that is long, long gone from the shelves elsewhere....two bombers of a Lagunitas one timer that I could find on where else....2 sixers of one's I've been looking for forever, and 6 single 12 oz. I've wanted to try.
And I had TWO people there who were very knowledgeable about beers eager to answer any and all of my questions and help me.
Oh, yeah...
I've found a new favorite.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.17/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Hi-Times serves up all kinds of unusual spirits, solid wine selection (with a wine serving area), and beer. On the plus side, Hi-TImes has a large refrigerated area for beers. However, the area is not well-organized and on the cold side (aka more like a cold ass fridge and not a cellar)... At times there are some interesting selections from all sorts of breweries (mainly CA based), but you really have to look. Moreover, there is an area off-limits to the public where other more rarer beer is stored and only a small number are allowed to purchase. Not providing an update of inventory is one thing, storing exclusives just for "friends" is a bit off-putting.

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Photo of mactrail
2.63/5  rDev -41.9%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 2 | service: 2.25 | selection: 4.25

On the plus side, there are a lot of beers. Most of them are cold. Most have prices on the shelf, though not necessarily cued to the bottled there are currently occupying the space.

On the minus side, the beer area is so messy, cramped, poorly and inconsistently lit it's just an unpleasant experience to paw through to find things. Then there are the random bombers on their sides in flat boxes under the bottom shelves in the cooler, and some that looked like they just rolled there some months ago.

On a Friday at 3 p.m. the shelves were randomly stocked, misplaced beers all over, some an arm's reach way in the back of the lower shelves. Like they weren't really expecting any business. But I find a dozen and bring my cart up to what looks like a clerk's station. "Where would you like this," I ask, indicating the cart. So I roll the cart to the end of the counter where he can get them and he looks at me, like it's so tedious that he's going to have to pick them out of the cart. This looks like the place for kegs, or better yet, unusual rums.

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Photo of Fern54
4.73/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Photo of JDean439
4/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of The_Jerk
3.25/5  rDev -28.3%

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3.96/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of dagubna
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Great place to get pretty much anything with alcohol in it. Killer beer selection, hard to find allocated beer. Nice group of guys though the one guy Trayce can be kind of a d-bag, I've had him answer the phone multiple times and when I asked what they got in that was new as far as beer was concerned he refused to give me a straight answer, made me come in which was kind of a hassle since I live in HB. When I came in there was nothing that special as he had alluded to. How hard is it to tell me what allocated beer you have in? Everyone else does. Still a decent place though.

UPDATE: Trayce got canned, place is better for it.

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Photo of fthegiants
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of trippytbta
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

Great selection of wine, spirit, anddddddd beer. Although their beer selection gets picked through real quick

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Photo of MonkeyKnfeFight
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Shandycan
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

Popped in here while on vacation at the recommendation of some family members and was not let down! Wish I would have checked the reviews prior to visiting though, so I would have known that I could have broken up 4/6 packs... next time. Great selection in the cooler for someone coming from the East Coast, didn't even bother asking to check "the back". Got into a great conversation with Trayce, who was friendly and very knowledgeable. Will visit again when I'm back in town for sure.

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4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -17.2%

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5/5  rDev +10.4%

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5/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of aoampm
4.36/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

This spot is perfect to grab some good brew or some quality food/liquor or even cigars. Their beer selection is high quality and they have an entire walking in chilled room with a great selection of beer. All the times that I've been in the employees are extremely helpful, and one employee really helped me out with my home kegerator issues and answered all my dumb questions with eagerness and genuine concern for me getting the keg flowing correctly.

Definitely recommend if you are in the newport area/costa mesa area and need a quality spot to stock up on beer.

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Photo of TrojanHopHead
4.82/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Great place that I would highly recommend to anyone in the surrounding area - very accessible from the 55 fwy.

Service was good, but not overly pushy/hovering. They have a great selection of glassware.

Most importantly, the beer! Big wall of coolers and a crazily-stocked walk-in that is loaded with domestic and imports. Also, being able to break into 4s or 6ers to purchase a single is a fun twist and lets you try new stuff that would only be offered in 6 packs elsewhere.

Great store...I'll be back!

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4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

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1.5/5  rDev -66.9%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

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5/5  rDev +10.4%

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Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, CA
99 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.
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