La Bodega Wines & Spirits


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La Bodega Wines & SpiritsLa Bodega Wines & Spirits

Type: Store

3512 Central Ave
Riverside, California, 92506-2701
United States

(951) 683-3307 | map

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Reviews by vacax:
Photo of vacax
4.15/5  rDev -5.7%

I have heard of La Bodega from my friends in the Inland Empire, and stopped in today as a diversion on the way home from Palm Springs.

All of the beer is right in the front of the store in a small wing to the left. I like how there is a nice little beer section, but I also noticed this section of the store was about five degrees warmer than the rest of the store with the wine in it. There was a cooler with Pliny and Blind Pig and a few selections (props for sticking locals like Krash and Hangar 24 in the cooler) but it was only about one door wide. One mentionable item was a list they had posted in the beer section of rare and barrel aged beers they had available.

As far as service goes, the only employees I noticed were behind the registers, so they were not on the floor asking if I needed help. They did make a comment that the Nogne-O Sahti I had selected looked good.

Despite the relatively small beer area, the selection was impressive. Good selections of Belgian, German, Scandinavian and a few up and coming Japanese breweries I was excited to see. Unfortunately I didn't find any Belgian sours, but they had an expansive American craft selection with some nice items such as Bruery Papier, Russian River Temptation, Port Older Viscosity, and the entire New Belgium Lips of Faith series (La Folia, Biere de Mars, Transatlantique Kriek, and Le Fleur Misseur). I was actually most pleased with their support of local beer including relatively unknown Krash Brewing, to Hangar 24, The Bruery (had a case of the brand new bottles of Hottenroth), and Mission.

Prices were slightly more than average. The more a beer costs, the more they marked it up. For instance, Temptation ran $26 vs. $21 in a store close to me.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of mrcraft
4.32/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

This is a nice beer shop in Riverside off the 91 Freeway. In terms of quantity, it's not as large as some others, but the stuff they carry is quality. After you enter, the beers, mostly on shelves are located to the left. There were some in coolers. I bought me a bottle of Council sour and Christmas Bomb!

The staff was very friendly. Nice spot. I'll be back when visiting the area again.

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Photo of Chrismathew
4.88/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Rivcabeerlover
5/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Great selection and very helpful! Be prepared to spend some money because there are a lot of really great beers available.

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Photo of Chandee
4.56/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Catracho5
4.75/5  rDev +8%

The best place in Riverside to find those great beers. The people are friendly, knowledgeable and there is always a fresh rotation of beers in the store. You can find all types of craft beers, drink ware, and cigars if you like them. They beat some of the other stores with their prices. The only problem, which is a good thing, is that special releases go fast, so if you come in, catch a rare beer snatch it up because it might not be there the next time. A place to visit if you are in the area.

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Photo of FutureMan91
5/5  rDev +13.6%

Top notch bottle shop. Friendly staff and will guide you to good beers. Lots of sours and Belgian beers. Kim is the main beer geek on site but the staff knows generally what's crowd pleasers. Best bottle shop in ie for certain

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Photo of GlassHound
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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5/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.92/5  rDev -10.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of hoppyhour
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of mjstern70
5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of dranthony2012
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Rckmo10
3.93/5  rDev -10.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

Many nice beers, with lots of bottle limits. The prices are on the higher end, but not much competition in Inland Empire distribution area. Pricing has improved from a few years ago. The staff is very helpful, however, the beer lady does not place all the beers on the shelves, she holds limited releases for her 'special customers'. Especially annoying when her emails state that there will be no holds. It is always worth stopping by when in the area, as they have a nice selection.

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Photo of chaski101
4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Great Spot with many limit 1 selections. Pro on this is you have opportunities to purchase stuff before some dbag buys it all up in 1 shot! Found some goodies, plus you can get on an emailing list and they will let you know when rare stuff is released!

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Photo of Beersnake1
4.61/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

This is my favorite shop in Riverside. Kim is incredibly knowledgeable and willing to help out. She will answer emails in a heart beat, and will always help out the faithful customers. Selection is amazing - one of the best that I have experienced in California. Kim commonly puts out special releases unannounced and hidden among the other beers. She really wants to get the beer to as many people as possible, and I appreciate it. Vibe is fine - it's a liquor store with limited space. Beer is overflowing and it would be great if they expanded the beer section. Overall, an amazing place and should definitely be visited when in the area.

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Photo of paulmarquez10
4.75/5  rDev +8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.21/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

I stopped in at La Bodega recently as I was in the area for business. It's a fairly historic looking spot with an old school vibe inside. The beer area is fairly small compared to the rest of the store, but what the have is absolute quality. They had lots of hard to find bottles and beers I had never even heard of before. They also had a lot of local breweries represented with Hangar 24, Ritual, Packinghouse, Craft, and Black Market bottles for sale. The prices were reasonable for things compared to other SoCal stores. I highly recommend a stop in here if you are in the area, and I know that I will for sure be coming back myself.

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Photo of 4kbrianb
4.8/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I recently started working in the Riverside area, and have been passing by La Bodega for a few months now. 2 weeks back i stopped in for the first time... before reading all of the reviews here. Needless to say I am glad I stopped in. They have all of the bottles off to the left in their own section of greatness. No massive rare whales, but from what I hear, they are available at specific times, and upon request. Regardless, they had everything I went for and then some. Even some special releases and seasonals that I had not seen/heard of before. I didn't catch her name, but the lady who was working was a huge help. My first trip in, she dropped some recomendations and hints about a few that they don;t get often.... and my second trip in she gave me tons of recs on sours, and some other good bottles and breweries to try. Tons of local stuff, and a lot of regional options also. I am sure the selection in the rest of the store is epic, but I seriously didnt get out of the beer or glassware sections. In 2 trips I managed to drop like 200 bucks... whoops. But ya, I reccomend this place to everyone that asks. the prices seem reasonable and even below what I expected on some of the bottles I got. Most, if not all, are labaled with flavoring, styles, ratings, or at least pricing/basic info.

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Photo of DonDirkA
4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Some of the people that work here are especially helpful (I believe the woman who was awesome for me was Kim.. maybe?). She set aside some Cantillon for me to come back for and she went in the back and pulled me out some Russian River Supplication. Every time I visit Riverside I stop in here and spend waayyy too much money. But its so worth it for the rarity of some of the stuff they get in there. Well, rare to me at least being from Arizona. My last visit I dropped $180 on 12 beers. Crazy but awesome.

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Photo of ohtheguilt
4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Since I was in the area for a work trip, I figured I would drop La Bodega, seeing as the reviews here were very favorable. Needless to say, I was extremely impressed. Great selection of locals and imports here (plenty of stuff that, obviously, isn't available back in Georgia). I was greeted when I walked in and took my time to peruse the pressure. After one of the ladies (probably Kim) saw that I was having difficulty deciding, she offered some help...and as always, I asked about local brews, rare beers, and unusual stuff. I was very impressed with the response and suggestions that I received considering that I am from (way) out of state. I ended up picking up a Heretic Evil Cousin and an AleSmith Decadence (one recommendation and one beer that I have wanted to try). Either way, it was a massive selection.

Anyway, I truly enjoyed my visit to La Bodega and if i ever make it back to Riverside, I will certainly stop in again.

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Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

This is a regular stop when I'm up in that area. I can always expect to find something good that I want when I go here. Everytime I'm there, the same girl seems to be stocking beer endlessly. She is very helpful and always asks if there is something specific I am looking for. The prices here are usually very fair and they do a pretty good job of having IPA's in the coolers while the majority of the selection is on shelves. This is the place to go if you are looking for glassware, they have a ton. I saw 3 different Duvel tulips, Lost Abbey stemware and a ton of others. Very solid store that is worth a look if you are in the area.

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La Bodega Wines & Spirits in Riverside, CA
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