1 West Dupont Circle Wines & Liquors

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

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

(202) 293-9463 | map

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Reviews by yourefragile:
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yourefragile from District of Columbia

2.5/5  rDev -20.4%

Mar 26, 2014
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PrestigeWorldwide from Michigan

3.19/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

Dec 10, 2017
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DoubleSimcoe from Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.75 | service: 3 | selection: 4.75

Jan 25, 2017
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mig100 from Texas

2.1/5  rDev -33.1%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 5

Nov 07, 2016
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Squire from Mississippi

4.4/5  rDev +40.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Jun 27, 2016
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IndridCold from Washington

1.83/5  rDev -41.7%
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.

Jun 03, 2016
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flashpwb from Connecticut

2.1/5  rDev -33.1%
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:


Feb 14, 2016
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Iamjeff6 from Virginia

3.25/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.25

Dec 09, 2015
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benzalman from California

3.1/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Oct 03, 2015
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italianstallion from Wisconsin

3.45/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75

Sep 02, 2015
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needMIbeer from Virginia

1.96/5  rDev -37.6%
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.

Jul 16, 2015
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chippo33 from Vermont

1/5  rDev -68.2%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 1

They sell over priced and expired beer

Jun 25, 2015
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polopaul20 from Maryland

1.49/5  rDev -52.5%
vibe: 1 | quality: 2.5 | service: 1 | selection: 1

wanted $250 for a 6 pack vertical of BCBS.

May 14, 2015
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Sludgeman from District of Columbia

2.76/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Apr 20, 2015
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lorenwhite7 from Virginia

4.71/5  rDev +50%
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.

Mar 28, 2015
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N17shelfside from California

3.69/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

Mar 17, 2015
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DCgolfpro from Maryland

2/5  rDev -36.3%

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

Dec 01, 2014
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bigred89 from Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +19.4%

Aug 23, 2014
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Minnesota_beer_guy from Minnesota

3.3/5  rDev +5.1%
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!

Jul 29, 2014
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clayrock81 from Florida

3.6/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Jul 24, 2014
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Saudereth from Virginia

1.25/5  rDev -60.2%

Jun 22, 2014
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DavidHume from Virginia

2.5/5  rDev -20.4%

May 18, 2014
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HuntDaddy540 from District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

Apr 29, 2014
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DCLAguy11 from California

3.48/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Apr 10, 2014
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jtladner from District of Columbia

2.5/5  rDev -20.4%

Mar 09, 2014
1 West Dupont Circle Wines & Liquors in Washington, DC
Place rating: 3.14 out of 5 with 40 ratings