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1 West Dupont Circle Wines & Liquors

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1 West Dupont Circle Wines & Liquors1 West Dupont Circle Wines & Liquors
PLACE INFO

Type: Store

2012 P St NW
Washington, District of Columbia, 20036-5916
United States

(202) 293-9463 | map
pstreetwines.com

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Added by TheMistler on 11-26-2008

PLACE STATS
Score:
79
Reviews:
25
Ratings:
38
Avg:
3.27
pDev:
23.24%
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Reviews: 25 | Ratings: 38
Reviews by circus_cat:
Photo of circus_cat
3.51/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 1 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5

I don't know what one would say about the atmosphere of a liquor store. It's safe and in a good neighborhood (Dupont) but yeah...I'm going to give it a 1 because I think that will bring the rating I give it down to size (the selection part is going to skew it).

The service is okay. The people that work there are pretty nice but they are a tad all up in your face and follow you around a lot which is super awkward (they do have a huge store I guess, but still).

This place has the best beer selection in DC, maybe followed closely by De Vinos in North Dupont/South Adams Morgan. Period.

The problem is they think they can charge out the a$$. It's actually kind of infuriating. Skip this place unless money is no object for you--and then still skip it because it's contributing to their notion that they CAN charge this much and get away with it. They are a good 20-30% more expensive than the other stores in the area. It's not just beer either. I was comparing prices for a particular bourbon recently and it was $60 here and $40 at another place right down the road. I'm always tempted to go here because I live sooo close by but recently I've been annoyed enough with the prices to walk further to Connecticut Ave. Wine & Liquors.

NOTE: I REALLY wanted the average to go lower because the pricing is THAT ridiculous, but I can't say without being disingenuous that they don't have a really good selection of quality beers.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of smb
2.1/5  rDev -35.8%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 5

Photo of Squire123
4.4/5  rDev +34.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of IndridCold
1.83/5  rDev -44%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 4

Bottom line: do not shop here.

The selection is great, yes, but as others have said, the prices are comically high. Beers other than the things you find in a supermarket are commonly priced between 100%-1000% (yes, one thousand) MSRP. While the selection is amazing, it's irrelevant - it's just not worth it to buy anything they have at the prices they charge.

Pliny (warm, unrefrigerated, over a year old) - $45
Heady Topper (warm, unrefrigerated, over a year old) - $45
2015 Bourbon County Stout varieties - $189
2014 Bourbon County Stout varieties - $300
2015 Bourbon County Rare - $300
Hunahpu's Stout - $189
Dark Lord - $189

The list goes on. Screw this place.

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Photo of flashpwb
2.1/5  rDev -35.8%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 5

The selection is top notch... but nothing else is... the prices are horrible. It's just a tease. NEVER GO HERE.

It's the worst because they have almost everything you want, but it's 2x more than the most expensive price you have seen online. They are also really obnoxious about it.

I saw this review online, and it's pretty good:

https://newbourbondrinker.wordpress.com/2016/02/13/boycott-this-store-in-dc/

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Photo of Iamjeff6
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.25

Photo of benzalman
3.1/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 5

OK, so the selection is insane. But, at anywhere from 300%-600% markup! Its worth a trip just to see the $130 dark lord or $60 shelf saison from Hill Farmstead. $30 bottle of Bomb! - sure, why not?!

Worth a trip just to look at the price tags and walk out.

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Photo of italianstallion
3.45/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75

Photo of needMIbeer
1.96/5  rDev -40.1%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 4.5

This shop has things you'd be unlikely to find on the shelf anywhere else but it comes at a steep cost.

$130 bottles of Black Tuesday, Dark Lord or Vanilla Rye. $30 bottles of warm Pliney.

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Photo of chippo33
1/5  rDev -69.4%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 1

They sell over priced and expired beer

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Photo of polopaul20
1.49/5  rDev -54.4%
vibe: 1 | quality: 2.5 | service: 1 | selection: 1

wanted $250 for a 6 pack vertical of BCBS.

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Photo of Sludgeman
2.76/5  rDev -15.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 1 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

Way expensive unless of course you think $130 for a bottle of hanapuah stout is ok.

Everything is old - which is fine for the stouts but not for many other styles.

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Photo of lorenwhite7
4.71/5  rDev +44%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I give these guys a high rating. Here's why:
Service is A1. The store has about five guys working at given so you never have to wait to get assistance and at least two of them are extremely knowledgable about beers and when and if they will be getting them in. They are willing to go the extra mile to assist you and they do waiting lists for the more rare beers. They will special order stuff for you (they just special ordered a hard to get brandy for me).
Selection is great. They have 6 different years of dark lord and BCBS. They have Russian River beers, Darkness, Black Note, and more. So quality and selection are unbeatable.
The vibe is ok, but let's be honest...its a high end liquor store in DC. The fact that it isn't completely pretentious and douchey is actually pretty amazing.
So in all the categories of the review it scores really high and that is why I give it such a high score. They isn't a "value" rating category which there should be, so they don't get marked down for that by me.
That said the prices for the rare beers are truly laughable. Charging $30 for Pliny the Elder is both excessive and stupid. It makes the beer a shelf turd and it losses its freshness. Who wants a 6 month old DIPA? $100 for darkness is insane...but there are plenty of rich dc lawyers that have the money (they used to carry $21k a bottle Louis XIII Reserve and they told me they sold the entire case!) and if I was one of them I might consider paying these prices if I really wanted to try it.
Sorry for the long review but I thought the ratings were excessively harsh given how helpful they are and I wanted to balance it out with what I think is a more objective review.

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Photo of N17shelfside
3.69/5  rDev +12.8%
vibe: 1.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 2.25 | selection: 5

I tried to give an honest review in a way. I really don't care for the vibe here given that they are clearly selling at a slightly higher than avg pricepoint for beer that normally makes it through DC and a through the roof stuff that they somehow bring in through somewhat salacious means. We all know that FFF, Westy, Russian River, etc are not distributed to DC but they have them and more! If you are willing to pay the price. If you have no desire to pay for flight, hotel and potential hassle of Darklord Day then the 100$ bottle is actually a good deal all things considered. That said, it isn't kept in the fridges, exposed to outdoor light and the store is bit warm, even in winter. So you may not get the full experience.

I should add that I cannot condone these kinds of sales outside of normal distribution rules. I believe that part of the whole beer experience is actually participating in the madness of releases like Darklord Day, even if I don't really care to participate in hyped releases anymore.

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Photo of DCgolfpro
2/5  rDev -38.8%

Good selection, horrible services, laughable prices. This place is the laughing stock of DC

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Photo of bigred89
3.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of Minnesota_beer_guy
3.3/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.75 | selection: 3.75

Went here while in DC on a business trip. Bottle selection was pretty good, they had some Russian River bottles and even a couple bottle of Westvleteren Blonde, but I laughed out loud once I saw their prices. They were selling 12 oz. bottles of BCBS for $20 and dogfish head Worldwide Stout for $20 also! Single bottles of Devil Dancer were as much as the 4 packs back homes. They had a few of the Goose Island "sister" bombers and they wanted $40 buck apiece. Virtually every bomber in the store was at least $8 to $20 more than I have spent elsewhere. Although pretty rare, I still think $50 for one bottle of Westvleteren Blonde is crazy. This is easily the highest price beer store that I have been to in the country. Don't waste your time!

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Photo of clayrock81
3.6/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Decided to kill five minutes in here during a walk around DuPont and was not disappointed with the selection of beer or spirits (funny enough, I bought no beer but a bottle of absinthe that I can get cheaper in Manhattan but decided what the ----). That being said, I had a "doorman" watching me at the beers and then when I walked to the liquor section I had a second guy asking me what I wanted and he will walk me to there (which he did and was nice about it so I can't really knock the service). The only thing that prevented me from splurging (OK, the one bottle of absinthe was a splurge but I live in Va Beach so I can't just somewhere close to home to find good stuff) was the price on everything. They had bottles of beer that I can't get anywhere else not only in sunlight/high temps but priced so high that sticker shock was my first reaction. I guess it's worth going at least once if you're an out of towner like me.

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Photo of Saudereth
1.25/5  rDev -61.8%

Photo of DavidHume
2.5/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of HuntDaddy540
3.5/5  rDev +7%

Photo of DCLAguy11
3.48/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Nice selection of beers but that's probably due to the fact that they charge 20% or more compared to other places so you will find hard to find bottles but who knows how long they've been sitting on the shelf for. They're all about making the sale so you can't just browse around without getting hounded. If you are in a desparate need to find something like I was, then give them a try. Otherwise, I think they are just too overpriced.

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Photo of yourefragile
2.5/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of jtladner
2.5/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of Cubatobaco
4/5  rDev +22.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

I stumbled upon this store while walking through Dupont Circle. I was hoping to find a 6pk of OTWOA, but they had sold out. They still had BCBS and also had it on tap for growler fills (2012). The prices are outrageous, but the staff is very friendly and willing to help. I'd only hit this place for beer if I was in a pinch. Still enjoyed visiting and saw Russian River Supplication there crazily enough.

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