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Binny's Beverage Depot - South Loop

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

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
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:
114
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
6.57%
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Reviews: 49 | Ratings: 114
Reviews by roadhouse:
Photo of roadhouse
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

I have only been to this Binny's once, but felt I should review it. I was there for the initial release of BCS.

The best part about this place is that not only is it a beer store, it's a fucking bar as well! You can sit at the bar and admire thousands of bottles of beautiful beer. As for the selection itself, well, it's blood amazing. I haven't been to a store yet that even comes close to the selection at this place. They basically have everything that is possibly available in Illinois. A huge aisle full of European imports and another aisle just for Belgians. Then there was at least another two for bombers and six packs of American crafts. I could have easily spent hundreds of dollars at this place if I had hit the bar first. Keep that in mind: Don't drink at the bar before you shop! Unless you want to. The service was good, someone asked if I needed help once, but I didn't so I don't have much else to say about that. This is the best Binny's, and probably the best liquor store I've been to. The prices are pretty solid, not over the top but not cheap. Highly recommend a visit to this place if you're in Chicago.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of SlightlyGrey
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

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

Photo of BeerOps
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

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

Photo of aussiebeer
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

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Binny's Beverage Depot - South Loop in Chicago, IL
4.26 out of 5 based on 114 ratings.
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