Binny's Beverage Depot - South Loop

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94
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49 Reviews
Binny's Beverage Depot - South LoopBinny's Beverage Depot - South Loop
PLACE INFO

Type: Store

1132 S Jefferson St
Chicago, Illinois, 60607-4426
United States

(312) 768-4400 | map
www.binnys.com

Notes:
Hours:
Monday - Saturday: 9:00pm - 9:00pm
Sunday: 11:00am - 6:00pm

The "South Loop Tasting Room" bar is located inside this Binny's:
http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/17044

Added by katiecoggins on 01-02-2008

PLACE STATS
Score:
94
Reviews:
49
Ratings:
112
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
6.57%
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Reviews by bluemoonswoon:
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4.55/5  rDev +6.8%

Stopped in here today on a day off work. It's a bit of a drive from the suburbs but I believe it was worth the trip. Lots of parking in the area, which also seems to be a strange place for a big box liquor store, even though UIC is only a few blocks away, it just seems a little out of place in the neighborhood, but then again the neighborhood has changed like crazy over the past coupled of years so maybe it's not so strange afterall. Anyways, onto the store.

Just about the biggest liquor store I've seen, well Sam's is bigger, but I really like the layout of this store better. Beer is to the back and left of the store, a few banks of coolers keep a number of beers that you can find on the shelves cold. Followed by this are three long rows of shelves that hold all the domestic and imported craft beers. The import selection was extensive, and while it may not match a place say like West Lakeview in terms of rare beers, they still do have a lot to offer. Some beers that I've only seen offered as 750s I can find here in 11.2oz bottles. The domestic section was just a bit lacking in my opinion as they had a lot of beer here that any Binny's in the suburbs has, the only difference being there is a whole hell of a lot more of it around. They did have a few four packs of Founders Harvest Ale, which I haven't seen at Sam's or other suburban Binny's so that was nice. Oh yeah, they also have a bar (though it was closed when I went) a walk in humidor and a whole room dedicated to rare liquor. So if you are ever in the area or have some free time I would highly recommend stopping by here just for the sheer novelty of it.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75

The wife and I were about to have dinner at EL Ideas, an avant-garde restaurant in Chicago. We debated whether to bring a bottle of something. We got to the restaurant, talked to the dude and he told us to drive to Binny’s, not far away. Well, between Chicago traffic, street closures and assorted bullshit, it took us forever to get there and back to the restaurant. We held back dinner service- I am surprised the chefs weren’t pissed at us.

But back to Binny’s! I am sad I didn’t have more time to peruse this truly ginormous store. Two levels and escalators, need I say more? Turn right and then another right as you exit the second-floor escalator and find a sheer amount of beer. Old Stock, Port-Lost Abbey, the Eclipse series, Bruery, Almanac, Cascade, 4 Hands, Jolly Pumpkin and many more… obscure brews from all over the US, plus all the customary packs and bombers from every big name in American craft brewing. I owe this place another visit, and then some.

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Photo of psoriasaurus
4.6/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Photo of Gambyt20
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of FBarber
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Wonderful selection of beer - especially on the import side, tons of European beers here. Standard Binnys pricing - pretty fair with the occasional sale. Staff is ok, if I need help I generally have to go find someone, but they're helpful once asked. Also there is a bar here with a nice tap list that occasionally offers some sought after options on draft.

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Photo of cryptichead
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of PUbeer
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5

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3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of jschott75
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Canada_Dan
4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Inglewood
4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of muskiesbadgersnbeer
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of ackeeper
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of johnyb
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of socon67
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Stopped here while at a conference. Great selection of local craft and all the solid domestic\import bottles. Picked up some Three Floyds and Pipeworks stuff. They really take craft seriously, and pricing is fair enough. Must go to Binny's if in the Chicagoland area.

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Photo of robgutie
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of puftdank
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Photo of cubs943
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Very nice, even held stuff for me.

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Photo of Jeremy328
5/5  rDev +17.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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4.64/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

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4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of HookemHoos
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Photo of jshusc
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of XmnwildX12
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

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4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

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Binny's Beverage Depot - South Loop in Chicago, IL
94 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.
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