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
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 woodychandler:
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5/5  rDev +17.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Transcribed from notes dated 12 and 16 August 2010. Why? Because one visit was not enough on my way to Madison, WI and I just had to stop back in on the return trip.

What CAN I say about a place that has both a spiral staircase as its entry as well as offering valet parking? I liked that it was not far from CANal Street and as I ascended the steps, there was the South Loop Tasting Room! It does not begin service until 1500, so plan accordingly.

Looking aft, the right side began with a walk-in humidor followed by aisle after aisle liquor, neither of which really do it for me at this juncture. Since such was not my focus, I checked my bags at the Customer Service counter and headed for the multiple shelves of beer, pushing a cart as I proceeded. Beer in bottles, beer in CANs, beer in mini-kegs, singles, 4-packs, 6-packs, 12-packs, cases of 24, even 30-count cubes! Beer at room temp., beer in a bank of coolers that ran down the left wall, just past their "Gourmet Grocery". Yes, they had meats and cheeses for sale as well as a "Custom Gift Counter" for wrapping of presents as well as creating gift baskets. I grabbed a cart in order to really do things right and wandered around the store armed with my CANQuest (TM) list, looking for new CANs to feed the madness. I signed up for their club card at check-out and saved some cabbage by doing so. The staff was my kind of people - unobtrusive, as in leave me alone unless/until I have a question. Nobody stands over me when I am grocery shopping, so why must I be shadowed when buying beer?

Having satiated my quest, I headed for the South Loop Tasting Room to relax and have a beer.

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More User Reviews:
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

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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

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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

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

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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

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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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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

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

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

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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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