3103 14th St NW
Washington, District of Columbia, 20010-2402
United States

(202) 234-0044 | map

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Photo of Stevedore
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Small shop, not far from the Metro stop. Crowler machine is a nice touch, but for the most part it is a small shop with a decent selection. I think it is certainly worth a stop if you are in the area, but I would not go out of my way to stop here if visiting DC. There are better places to find beer.

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Stevedore from Wisconsin, Mar 22, 2018
Photo of grover37
3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

This place has really fallen off in recent years as they focus more on liquors (due to higher margins.. seriously). They tend to get some good stuff, but they will gouge for rare bottles. A decent stop, but there are better shops now - arguably used to be the best in DC 5-6 years ago.

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grover37 from District of Columbia, Oct 07, 2017
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4.14/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

D'vines is a clean, well organized beer and wine shop that has a very intelligent, if not extensive, selection of domestic and imported beer (they have a lot of good stuff). Staff is helpful and knowledgeable when asked. Prices are high relative to some other beer and wine stores in the area; expect to pay a few dollars more for a six pack here than at some of D.C.'s other leading beer sellers. Also notable is the excellent selection of craft kegs that D'Vines has available at www.dcgrowlers.com. Until recently, they also dispensed growler fills. This has been temporarily shut down, but I understand a legislative fix from the D.C. council is in the works.

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malloyca from District of Columbia, Dec 20, 2011
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3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

I hit this store in DC from time to time. They have a pretty solid selection or American micros. They also have a smaller section of imports. The store is pretty small but it is nice and clean. They have a good selection for the size of store they have. There is some locals represented there. You have to really look when you are browsing as it is easy to miss something, especially on the top shelves. Overall this is a good store.

They did let me down a bit recently. I called several times in the weeks leading up to the BCBVS release. I called at least once a week starting a good 6 weeks out. I kept calling and they said they didn't have it. Then one day I happen to be in the store, just a few days after my last call, and they say all bottles are spoken for. They said they started a waiting list a couple weeks back. They could have mentioned there was a waiting list one of the many times I called. I let them know that was pretty grimy. That is the only negative experience I have had with this store.

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BigTomZ from Virginia, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of shivtim
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%

Located right in the heart of Columbia Heights, by the metro station. It looks attractive and upscale from both the outside and the inside.
There is a small but good beer selection in refrigerators along the back wall, and a few Belgians and other bombers to the left. It's an eclectic selection, and you're sure to find something you like. New Holland's Mole Ocho, Dogfish Fort, Six packs of Bells... a random assortment. One complaint is that many beers are available only in 6-packs... they could use an expanded individual bottle selection.

I didn't ask for help and didn't receive any.

As others have mentioned, this place is a bit pricey on some beers. Worth a stop if you're in the area.

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shivtim from Georgia, Aug 31, 2010
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3.85/5  rDev -6.1%

This, along with the whole foods on P street are where I buy most of my beer from. They have a solid stock, and sometimes a few surprises are mixed in.

A couple of hints first off: 1. Sometimes they are overpriced, unless you are really worried about not being able to find a beer somewhere else, good to price check at another place. Case in point: $18 for a bottle of SN 30th Anniversary, going for 10 at whole foods. 2. The bottles on the shelf above the cooler are for sale, and sometimes there are some fairly hard to find beers up there. And because people don't realize they are for sale, they stay around.

For the selection, they run all the regulars and have a lot of offerings from bells, founders, and goose island. They have everything else you'd expect in a mid atlantic store, and then some. For a while their selection of Jolly Pumpkin was the best I'd seen in DC. Sometimes you can stumble on a gem: a couple bottles of Mikkeller 2008 Santa's Little helper going for $9 each, or year and a half old bottles of Allagash Curieux.

A solid store, and certainly worth checking out if in the area. If you live around here you'll find yourself stopping in almost weekly. Staff is helpful, but not very knowledgeable. They do tastings every once in a while, but not anything that is a must go to.

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jslot38 from South Carolina, Apr 04, 2010
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3.85/5  rDev -6.1%

I go here probably biweekly, This place has by far the best selection in the Columbia Heights area: cases of DFH, SN, Founders, Brooklyn, Great Divide, Bell's etc routinely in stock. Consistently has a good variety from other top notch brewers like Avery, Stone, Victory, North Coast, Troegs, as well as plenty of other stuff. Solid selection of Belgian singles and bombers.

Stock is generally very fresh, although I've had a handful of exceptions (my fault for not checking) on some 8 month old amber ales I paid full price for.

The staff is always really friendly, polite, and eager to help. But (from my 3-4 attempts to engage them on advice) at least every one of them whom I have spoken with is pretty weak on the beer knowledge!

For example: "What's a rauchbier? Wow, a beer that tastes like bacon? That's cool!" (I myself searched around and found that they had Rogue Smoked Ale in stock, which i was happy with)...I purchased some Duvel, and the checkout guy, who I'd been joking around with about football, said, without a hint of sarcarsm, "Dude, that's a pretty bottle, but not my fave beer, I can't take the bitterness of all those hops. But I know a lot of other folks dig it."

I also called about a keg, and they said they would research it for me and call me back. They never did.

I've seen three instances of tastings. These were really weak:
- Negro Modelo (super boring, but actually I love this beer)
- BL Golden Wheat (seriously!?! actually it was better than expected, but come on!)
- Peak Organic Amber Ale

Prices are well, perfectly fair for the area given recent gentrification, but still a bit pricey.

Overall, great selection for a small store in DC, and I'll continue to go there, but feels more like a beer/win store for yuppies than beer geeks. Can't speak at all to the wine selection. Very happy to have them in the neighborhood, but they should invest in some liquid professional development for the staff : )

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lenin2040 from District of Columbia, Jan 31, 2010
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4.2/5  rDev +2.4%

D'Vines was the last stop of a 3-hour Circulator bus free-transfer marathon, clean little store in the concentrated shopping center just north of 14th and Columbia, the floorspace is clear - with most of the wines on wall racks and the beer in a large cooler along the back of the store, tastings are held on occasion

making good use of limited space, a concentration of good beer is available, notables include the Goose Island big beer line of Bourbon County, Matilda, and Pere Jacques; Founders Breakfast Stout; Brewers Art 750's of Ozzy and Resurrection; Stone Bashah, Self-Righteous, and VE; Dogfish limiteds, and a good bit more, one full cooler cell devoted to bombers, and another with various Belgian singles and 750s - the rest was mostly six-packs, be sure to look on either side of the counter as there were beers on display there as well

the shopkeep was friendly, and displayed a willingness to help anybody in the store

prices were on par with the area, and a few items cheaper (GI BCS was a full $5 more expensive at Whole Foods)

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blackie from Oregon, Nov 07, 2009
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3.85/5  rDev -6.1%

Popped into this place on a whim on my way back to the subway station after eating at Redrocks pizzeria. Its a smallish shop with a mixture of wines and beers. The selection was mediocre until you get to the back wall of coolers. I was thrilled with the overall selection of bombers.

There were plenty of beers in the coolers from Founders, Stone, Troegs, Smuttynose and the prices were reasonable. I was happy to see VE 090909 and I asked the only employee there how much it was. He said 8$. A little high, I debated and then decided to get two. He went to ring it up and they were 6$. He apologized for not knowing off the top of his head but I was happy, 6$ is way better than 8$.

Nothing too odd or unique here. Just a really solid craft beer selection for a mid-Atlantic store.

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drabmuh from Maryland, Oct 23, 2009
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4.35/5  rDev +6.1%

Saw this location in Columbia Heights while walking to Julia's Empanadas and decided that I'd go check it out. The shop was relatively small with a bare concrete floor, some wine and beer racks, and a cooler in the back. Not at all run-down though, in fact, fairly chic. For what beers they had, they were all of good quality. I especially noticed that they had a great selection of German single bottles on a rack, as well as a decent assortment of American micro-brews. Staff was extremely friendly and attentive. Overall, a good place to shop if you're in the area.

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thekanna from Maryland, Aug 25, 2009
Photo of bbarrows
4.65/5  rDev +13.4%

This is my regular beer store. The staff are very knowledgeable and good at recommending new beers based on what you've liked in the past. The selection is very good, they have many Belgians and Belgian-style ales in individual 330mL bottles as well as 750mL bottles. It seems like they rotate some of the less common beers so the selection doesn't remain the same from week to week. The selection is well balanced among the typical types of styles of beer (i.e., lagers, wheats, stouts, IPAs, etc. are all adequately represented). The prices are typical for DC, meaning that they are high, but what are to be expected.

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bbarrows from California, Jan 02, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

I work in the neighborhood and it's a welcome addition. Before D-vines, the only place that carried Dogfish Head was CiCi's Liquors.

There's probably 75 Beers. maybe 100. I wiah you could buy singles of everything like you can at Chevy Chase, but you can't. There is a selection of beers that you can buy singles of, but not the entire stock.

There is usually a recent arrivals section that has something good. However, they don't seem to be on top of the beer game as they could be. There is usually a lag of a couple of weeks before they get a particular beer that other shops in the area get.

For instance, I got Great Divide Fresh Hop and Sierra Nevada's Harvest Ale at Chevy Chase before it popped up at D'Vines.

The prices are alright, but a little on the high side.

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easement from Georgia, Nov 06, 2008
Photo of timtim
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%

a much needed addition to the columbia heights neighborhood. staff is okay, but ownership/management is quite friendly and fairly knowledgeable. the times i've been in, no one asked me if i needed any help, and not all the beers had prices on them, so i was left wondering about a few things. i've found fantome, mikkeller, de ranke xx bitter, jolly pumpkin and a host of other hard to come by stuff here. they do charge a bit more than some of their competition, but the hard to get aspect plus convienience makes is more than worthwhile.

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timtim from District of Columbia, Sep 13, 2008
Photo of dreadnatty08
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%

This has and will become my local beer store. (I'll be moving to the area in a couple weeks). I work just across the street and visit 2-3 times a week after work. Beer selection is pretty good for the space they have with a nice selection of Belgian singles. The owner is constantly trying to get in all the newest stuff, but they are just cramped for space. Good selection of canned brews, Wiitkerke, Brooklyn Lager, Oskar Blues. If you're in Columbia Heights or even Adams Morgan, it's the best store in the area for craft beer. Their wine selection looks nice too. Plus: it's open on Sunday. Minus: due to an alcohol cap, they can't carry beers (and no fortified wines) at/above 15% abv.
Update: This place has gone to shit. Prices are just so out of line with the rest of DC's already high prices. Better bets are Whole Foods on P St or The Wine Specialist. Since Pat, their previous and original beer buyer has left, selection has also gone down. No more exclusives like their big selection of Jolly Pumpkin and some Belgians. Just a sad state of store.

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dreadnatty08 from District of Columbia, Jul 09, 2008
d'vines in Washington, DC
Place rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 22 ratings