Nespor's Wine & Spirits


1338 Westloop Pl
Manhattan, Kansas, 66502-2842
United States

(785) 539-9441 | map

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Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 9
Photo of layinbrix
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Nespor's is my second favorite bottleshop in Manhattan.

It's located nestled into a quiet storefront in the back corner of the Westside Dillons shopping center. It's the same shopping center that contains Little Apple Brewing Co. Unless you already know it's there, you probably won't stumble upon the store. My only complaint of the store is that it looks like it was placed in an old tax office. It's a long rectangle shaped room, complete with old crappy short carpet, with a small island counter in the center of the store. There is a lot of wine to the right, and the beer is located to the left.

The manager and other staff are very friendly. One of my buddies will go in and just spend an hour talking about beer. They're open about what's coming up from the distributor. Every time I've been in just browsing they will check to ask if I need help and offer to hold the bottles I've picked up for me at the counter.

There are two sections of beer: one set of shelves against the windows and one set of coolers inside the left wall. There is a large selection of both American and Foreign craft bottles. Some notables include Great Divide Yeti variants (which are sometimes on sale), Evil Twin, Stillwater, and Cuvee Des Jacobins Rouge. There is also a dedicated section for the Boulevard Smokestack Series (BBQ, Imp. Stout, Grainstorm, etc). Prices are very competitive, even on the more selective brews. If a limited release hits Manhattan (like
BCBS), this store will get some.

If you're in the Westside area and are looking for a place to shop, make Nespor's your first choice.

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Photo of carl
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%

This store remains the best option for beer in Manhattan in my opinion. The hours are good and the location is easy to access with reference to parking and traffic etc.

Quality: Other reviewers have commented on the fact that much of the larger bottle selection is near the front window and therefore subject to light. I have noted that they continuously expand the shelving devoted to beer further into the store so this is getting better. Additionally, the store has a front overhand and a number of posters in the window which may add some protection. I haven't noticed a taste problem.

Service: Although I haven't really quizzed them with questions, the service is usually prompt and friendly. Also, they leave you alone if you don't have questions. They are willing to look in the back if you need something and will check on future deliveries if something is out of stock.

Selection: They have an average to decent selection of American micro six-packs. They rotate the offerings a little but generally cover the main breweries available in Kansas. Their selection of bombers is quite good with an especially good variety of Belgian beers. Most of the bombers are not refrigerated (see above). They have recently begun offering a small variety of 12oz bottles as singles, but these tend to be the less desirables rather than interesting new beers. As everywhere in Kansas there is a shortage of beers from some great breweries.

Overall: I am rarely disappointed when looking for a specific beer or something new. Every store's selection could be bigger and better of course.

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Photo of Zundo
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%

This is my favorite place to go in Manhattan. It does not have the selection of the Library, but its service is great. I am guaranteed to have a good conversation about nearly every time a I head their way. My main complaint is where they stock their bombers. They leave them out of the cooler in front of the window. Some of the bombers even have some dust accumulation on them, though it does not take long for this to happen in Kansas. Other than that, they bring in new beers fairly often and I normally get to hear what people think about each before I pick a new one up.

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Photo of zhanson88
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4

This liquor store is located in a strip mall on the west side of Manhattan.

Quality: Looks like a lot of the stuff here has slow turnover. Lots of dust on bottles, and they have a rack sitting right next to the window as has been noted in prior reviews.

Service: I thought the service was pretty good. They have some people that obviously are into craft beer, which is an area that I find is hit or miss even with better known beer stores.

Selection: Pretty good here. This place and The Library have by far the best selections in Manhattan. They have a big rack reserved for Boulevard Smokestacks, a large selection of good Euro beers, and tons of good stuff from the midwest.

Overall: Will absolutely be returning here when I get the chance. Overall, I'd call it a push between this place and The Library. Can't go wrong with either.

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Photo of indiapaleale
4/5  rDev +4.4%

I think maybe some things have changed since the last time Nespors was reviewed in 2008.

Beer is on the left and there is a LOT of it. They've got a ton of stuff that made this New Englander happy (Ska, New Belgium, Odells, Tallgrass, Big Sky, Boulevard etc...). A very large, very attractive Boulevard Smokestack Series display greeted me when I came in as did one of the employees.

They had some singles for sale but not a lot. The prices on the six and four packs were excellent as were the bombers. They had plenty of specialty bombers as well.

If you only have time to go to ONE liquor/beer store in town than this should be it. I went to the others listed on BeerFly and they all had the same big beers but less of a selection overall.

Very good store.

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Photo of bditty187
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%

This was my first stop during my recent trip to Manhattan. Since the Little Apple wasn't open yet I popped in. I didn't know this place was in Beerfly until after the fact.

Moderate sized store, most of the space is devoted to wine and spirits. The employees seemed like local college kids. There was something about the atmosphere, set-up, and staff that reminded me a lot of N Street Liquors in Lincoln, NE.

Before I even walked in the door I noticed they carried good beer because I seen rows of bombers and 750ml bottles sitting right next to an exposed window! I wouldn't buy any of those beers but, sadly, almost all the warm beer was sitting next to a window. That is no way to handle beer. Yes, they did have some goodies in coolers, mostly six-packs of craft and imports plus BMC.

I only bought a bottle of Avery 15 and Maharaja. There was good beer to be had, no doubt, but the window exposure and the massive amount of dust left me concerned. While I didn't see any overly (and obvious) old beer it was still concerning.

On fact value the selection was good but if this is the best Manhattan has to offer then it is second fiddle to Lawrence by a mile.

Still, being so close to the only brewpub in town it would be silly not to stop in. Granted, I won't be back until the Huskers are in town in 2010

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Photo of zeff80
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%

By far the best beer store in Manhattan. They have the largest selection of craft beer in town. They carry the typical craft breweries available in Kansas: Great Divide, Avery, Boulder, Lakefront, New Belgium, Boulevard, Odell's, Anchor, etc. Good selection of bombers and other extreme beers (Avery's Grand Cru & Mephistopheles). Pretty good selection of Belgians: Chimay, La Chouffe, and a few other that I fail to recall. It has a small mixer sixer area. Service was pleasant but I usually don't need help while beer shopping. The location is great because it is in the same shopping complex with The Little Apple Brewing Company.

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Nespor's Wine & Spirits in Manhattan, KS
Place rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 9 ratings