Chevy Chase Wine & Spirits

Chevy Chase Wine & SpiritsChevy Chase Wine & Spirits
Chevy Chase Wine & SpiritsChevy Chase Wine & Spirits

5544 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, District of Columbia, 20015-2610
United States

(202) 363-4000 | map

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sweethome from Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +3%

A great place if your a beer fan. They sell singles, have a wide variety, good service most of the time. Selection includes belgians, germans, and a wide variety of US beers. Includes some you won't find elsewhere in the area - including Russian River and Green Flash from CA. Avery, Brooklyn, Penn, Victory, Bell's to name a few. Come here, pick out some singles...enjoy. Don't forget to look above the cooler - a lineup of recent beers from the best of U.S. brewers - I found Smuttynose Maibock, Green Flash Barleywine, Otter Creek Maibock - tend to be seasonals.

If you ask, they will sell singles of just about anything.

Jun 28, 2007
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andypeters1971 from Georgia

3.99/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

it's all about the vibe because they don't make package stores like this anymore and this is what they are supposed to look, feel and smell like. On top of it all, the selection is at the very least slightly above average

Jul 25, 2019
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DC907 from District of Columbia

3.28/5  rDev -23.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3

Truly puzzled by all the great reviews. The beer selection is nothing special, didn't see anything that I can't find at a bunch of other places in DC. Can do better for special finds at Rodman's and even Whole Foods has more nice stuff. The guys who worked there were friendly but not especially knowledgeable about beer. A world class rating for basically an average liquor store?

Oct 23, 2016
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HunterPGH from Pennsylvania

3.31/5  rDev -22.5%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75

Found some decent items (GI sour sisters) but nothing that doesn't get wide distro. European selection was above average, however. I inquired about something special and was directed towards a sixer of Sam Adams Summer Wheat and not sarcastically. Staff not super knowledgable.

Jul 13, 2016
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Squire from Mississippi

4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Jun 27, 2016
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VABA from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

A very good beer store with an above average selection of beer, which covers all the basics. Every once in a while the will have hard to get beers which sell out very quickly

Oct 07, 2015
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Marraybay from District of Columbia

4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Neat bottle shop, that definitely has a vintage vibe / feel to it. Somewhat interesting hours, in that the place is open until "8:55pm" Mon-Sat. (Was there during the last hour of business on a Friday night and the place was pretty empty.) Parking was convenient and you can enter the space from either the rear parking lot or the main store-front on Connecticut Ave. It's definitely not a gigantic space--when contrasting to a Total Bev or the Perfect Pour--but they do cover the major bases with respect to styles / countries. Some have suggested the stockage is a little confusing to navigate, but it wasn't much of a struggle. A couple of guys were avaiI to assist in terms of checking to see if they had a particular brew: One guy seemed to be a bit more of an enthusiast--and was interested in chatting beer--the other not so much. Didn't find the prices to be any better or worse than then the bigger area bottle shop players--total bev, perfect pour--and was able to locate a fair number of offerings--beers-brewers--not in these stores; (Founders, Bells, Lakefront to name a few + some interesting offerings from Brooklyn, Dogfish H, + some interesting bombers, etc.) To me, these "finds"-- which are outside the bounds-scope of my usual shops--would probably be the sole motivator for making the trek. I.e. doubtful I would venture down to buy a 6-pack of "Dogfish Head Brown Ale," but I could definitely see popping in here once a quarter, etc. All and all, a good overall impression and a nice/welcome addition to the repertoire.

Sep 26, 2015
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sokol_1993 from California

4.67/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Jul 25, 2015
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Highbury09 from North Carolina

3.72/5  rDev -12.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Jul 06, 2015
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Eziel from Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Apr 15, 2015
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DCgolfpro from Maryland

3/5  rDev -29.7%

Decent selection but not as good was what you'll find at Magruders, Rodman's, or Whole Foods. Rodmaneque prices. What really causes problems with this place is the abysmal customer service. It's so poor that I've written it off no matter what beer I'm after.

Dec 01, 2014
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Shootpassbeerme from District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Aug 02, 2014
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razorsdescent from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Jun 06, 2014
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threedaggers from Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

May 18, 2014
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bigred89 from Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Feb 28, 2014
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SUP3RDAV3 from Maryland

4.07/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75

Very friendly staff, clean and organized store. Decent selection though most beers are sold as singles. Prices are typical for DC. Will definitely go back if in the area.
Note : if making a special trip for something seen on their website call first to check availability.

Jan 03, 2014
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polopaul20 from Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Nov 15, 2013
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BillRoth from Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Nov 11, 2013
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GJ40 from North Carolina

4.04/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

I stopped in based on a BA search while visiting a friend in the area.

Feel is like a typical old school liquor store. Nothing special in the decor or presentation. But they clearly put a lot of work into it with each bottle individually labeled. The only down side to that is that it blocks your view of the bottle itself. They have a good selection of Belgian, British and German beers with the US supply leaning heavily to northeast breweries.

A nice local shop with a good commitment to craft beer.

Jul 14, 2013
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jaheussner from District of Columbia

4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Like everyone, I'd heard great things about CCW&S, but it didn't quite live up to my expectations. It's a bit cramped and the layout of the place (i.e. all singles with some broken sixers in the cooler) is a bit hard to navigate. The selection is very good, though, which is truly the main thing. They had a ton of Black Ops and a decent amount of BCBS (albeit for a limited time). The staff isnt particularly knowledgeable, with the exception of their "head beer guy", but if you've got a decent beer brain, you'll find your way around. The one big drawback is the price, though around DC, it doesn't get much cheaper, so you may as well avail yourself of the selection. It's not my favorite place around DC, but for Goose Island, Great Lakes and some of the smaller, northern breweries, Chevy Chase is necessary. It's definitely in my rotation around the area.

Jan 03, 2012
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jdense from Oregon

4.44/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Visited during DC Conference Beer Sojourn, November 2011.

Located on the far north end of Connecticut Ave. near Chevy Chase Circle, I had to ride the bus up here (the Metro Line veers off over a mile from the store) and on a late Friday afternoon after the conference it was a very long ride, about an hour to go 4 miles. There's a small parking lot in the back off the street, very little street parking to speak of.

This isn't a beer store per se, a very good selection of wine and liquor. The key, of course, is the beer, and while it took me a while to understand the shelving/organization of the place, I can see why this is considered the best beer outlet in DC. I had my heart set on a 6-pack of Bell's Expedition, and a phone call confirmed availability. The website is pretty accurate re inventory, but I'd be careful to venture up here without checking. Staff was quite helpful, willing to answer any questions (didn't really have any other than checking on Bells/Founders/etc location).

Certainly could have hung out here for quite a while. Prices are a bit on the high side of average prices for DC area, but given the quality of the selection, especially hard to find items, I was glad to pay the preacher. If you're looking for hard to find items (from a PNW perspective) this place and the Whole Foods on P certainly top the list. Deserving of its lofty status. Highly recommended.

Nov 27, 2011
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Chaney from District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I've seen amazing reviews of this place... and subpar reviews here. I think my review will be somewhere in the middle.

Atmosphere: Once you walk in, there is a distinct musty smell here the is inviting for the average beer geek. However, many may be turned off by this aspect. The beer is situated in the front part of the store, and the wine (and there is quite a bit), on the far back half.

Quality: I've never bought brews from here that were past their prime, and no one I know has ever either. There are very crude paper price tags situated on the individual beers, but still the quality of the overall beer selection is quite good.

Service: As many times and I've been here, it never fails. Once I ask a beer question, the person yells to the head beer guy, "HEY, COME HERE!" I think his name is Larry... and he's great!

Selection: Not as great as others have mentioned. I can get most of the stuff on the Virginia side of the DC area, but there are a few gems that are worthy.

Value: Meh... I guess this place is good, but it seems average overall to me. I will give them a pass overall compared to the Whole Foods (Whole Paycheck) up the road.

Sep 13, 2011
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mi6234 from District of Columbia

3.93/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

I just started going to this place a little more often. Rodman's use to be my go to store in the District but that place has gone way down hill in terms of price and never gets the really tough to find stuff.

The place is kind of cramped. It's old and a bit musty. I've heard they will sell old beer but I've never bought anything that would be hurt by age so I can't speak to that.

There's only one guy there that seems to know about beer (I'm always referred to him when I ask). He seems knowledgeable but no one is super friendly. I'm not there to make friends though so it's not an issue.

You can get really hard to find stuff here. I was able to get Parabola, Hanssens Gueuze and Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti all within the last month. They have a very impressive selection of lambic which has been great since I've really gotten into them recently. Their selection in general is awesome but as I said, I really only go here for the really tough finds because I can just stock up at Total Wine for year rounds and major seasonal releases.

Defiantly worth your time if you're looking for something specific but not a place I would go to stock up on everyday beer.

Jun 09, 2011
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CuriousMonk from District of Columbia

2.45/5  rDev -42.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 3

This little joint is situated in NW DC. I heard about this place through various reviews. While the selection is quite impressive, but every bottle there is covered with dust and off-putting. Prices are stupid expensive and make no sense. It's sort of a creepy place to visit. I'm not a fan of this place and have gone about three to four times and have never bought anything, okay except an awful $18 bottle of la jolla pumpkin 750ml bottle which was terrible per se. Mostly because they don't have anything worth buying (6 month old DIPAs anyone? $30 DuClaw Colossus?) Nobody offered their help. I asked one guy for a Belgian beer, he said talk to that large looking dude and he knows his stuff. That so called dude didn't know anything not even De Struise stuff. Don't waste your time jaunting over to this place which is not metro accessible. Don't believe the website, which says it's like in the Top 10 of ____. No way. Head to Whole Foods instead for FRESHER selections and more reasonable prices.

Feb 23, 2011
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.44/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

This is probably the only place in DC where you can buy single 12oz bottles. Not only that, there is an incredibly varied selection of US craft choices, showing producers that are common around here (Dogfish, Duck Rabbit, Great Lakes, Great Divide, Lagunitas, Stone etc...), to having a great selection of imported.

The best is there imports are by the bottle and you can save yourself from spending a lot of money on items that you would normally have to fork over bombers and packs for. There are also beers in this store that I have NEVER seen anywhere else in the area. Staff is pleasant as well. Great place to shop in candy store like fashion. Keep in mind though, some bottles have been sitting so check for freshness dates.

One good suggestion, if you can't find parking out in front, or want to skip the meters (who doesn't) go park behind the store by turning down McKinley ST NW, they have a lot.

Feb 22, 2011
Chevy Chase Wine & Spirits in Washington, DC
Place rating: 4.27 out of 5 with 96 ratings