1 West Dupont Circle Wines & Liquors

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

Type: Store

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

(202) 293-9463 | map

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Added by TheMistler on 11-26-2008

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Photo of Linoleum87
5/5  rDev +59.2%

Based on a review here I sought out this place while I'm working in DC. The selection is fantastic! As soon as you walk in the door you realize its not just another store. A lot of good Belgians I had not seen since actually being in Belgium. The staff was helpful and friendly. They even offered to try to locate a beer for me and try to have it shipped before my contract expired and I left town.

The prices are definitely not the lowest you will find. I bought a Deus here, then found it not too far away for $6 less. Others that they have you might not find anywhere else however, so you might just have to bite the bullet.

There are plenty of micros available, and even some glassware.

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Photo of lorenwhite7
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.

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Photo of ChimayCC
4.45/5  rDev +41.7%

I recently found this DuPont Circle place (just west of the Cirle on P St.) and have been pleased with their terrific selection of Micros and Belgians. The service is great - very friendly, and they deliver free anywhere in DC. And while they don't have the best prices in town, but the selection alone is worth the visit.

They also have a good wine selection, as well as a moderate selection of cigars and even cheeses.

The drawback, like all other DC liquor stores is that they are closed on Sundays.

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Photo of fountainofyouth
4.45/5  rDev +41.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

This is probably my favorite place to go hunting for craft brews. They have a very wide selection that shifts with seasons but not too much. (Great selections of imperial stout even in summer and IPA even in winter!)

They carry things I never thought I'd find in a corner liquor store. For instance, I stopped in today looking to get six-pack of Bell's Kalamazoo Stout, since I know they carried it. I was delighted to find next to the Kalamazoo Stout, six-packs of Bell's Cherry Stout, Double Cream Stout, and Porter. They also have a lot of 22 oz. bottles from around the country.

The staff are very friendly and offer assistance when you walk in. They also offer to take the beer you've selected and keep it on their counter so you don't have to search with heavy six-packs on you.

The only drawback is that the beer they sell is expensive, and because few places carry those brews, they sell at highish prices. Safeway sells a six-pack of Dominion Oak Barrel Stout for about $1.50 less.

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Photo of tgatort
4.41/5  rDev +40.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Might be the best selection I've seen so far in DC. The staff is also very friendly and the store is always clean. However, the prices are outrageous even for DC. I live right down the street but find myself go elsewhere to. I frequently find 6 packs at this store for 14.99 that can be had at other liquor stores in the neighborhood for 9.99. Bottom line is if you want a great selection and don't really care about price then this your place.

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

Photo of nycjaacks
4.3/5  rDev +36.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I’m in DC for work and found this joint through BA. I found their selection to be outstanding, well displayed and easy to find just about anything one could want. The prices were kind of high but it was worth paying a little more. I purchased a 6 pack of Palm for about a $1.50 more than I pay at home. The 750 ml’s were also a couple dollars more but I was here for quality not quantity. The one beer that I was disappointed in was Orval , they were asking $7 and some change. They also had the Oberon 2011 mini keg as well as some beers I’ve never seen before.
Overall the store was well worth the 5 block walk and confusion of Dupont circle. If you like clean well stocked stores this is your place. If you’re looking to save a few bucks, stay away.

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Photo of Cubatobaco
4/5  rDev +27.4%
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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Photo of glid02
3.95/5  rDev +25.8%

This has been my go-to spot while in DC after The Wine Specialist was somewhat of a disappointment and Chevy Chase is too much of a haul.

Quality is good however there is a lot of beer near the front windows. Most beer is near the front of store and there is more in the coolers in the back. Be sure to sneak around and check out the side coolers as I somehow missed those the first few times I was there.

Service is good. I had a different experience than the gentleman below me as every time I've been in there I've been greeted and asked if I needed help finding anything. I've yet to ask for any advice so I can't speak to how well they know their stuff.

Selection is very good. Large numbers of bombers up front with a few six-packs and more six-packs, bombers, and a few singles in the back. As I mentioned before this is the best selection I've seen on the southwest side of town.

Value is not the best, it seemed about $3 too expensive to me however I have to adjust that for the slightly higher prices in the District in general.

Overall it's a bit on the pricey side but the selection makes it worth it.

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Photo of blackie
3.8/5  rDev +21%

located a stone's throw from Dupont Circle, and just across the street from Paradiso

the fellow working the desk and the guys stocking shelves were pretty friendly, offering help and whatnot

selection was quality, numerous interesting bombers and 750's, as well as a very respectable lot of six-packs, both warm and cold storage, lots of light exposure for the room temp beers

prices pretty ridiculous imo, some items were a good 3-5 dollars higher than elsewhere, and essentially all of them ranging high

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Photo of bigred89
3.75/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of N17shelfside
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.

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Photo of clayrock81
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.

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Photo of jonmacklin
3.6/5  rDev +14.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Holy bajeezus is this place overpriced and expensive. quick examples: 120 minute was $25. yeah 25 effing dollars. UNREAL. De Vinos & the place directly across the street from them, Virginia Market, both have it for $10 - $11. Russian River Damnation was $28, I know RR beers are super hard to get but where available the beer sells for around $11. lastly sixpoint resin was $15 a 4 pack. connecticut ave liquor has it for $10

Bottom line, the place has some rarities and hard to finds, but you will pay a pretty penny for them. even the regular stock stuff is usually $4 - $5 more than anywhere else in town.

I would recommend steering clear of this place b/c its just waaay too overpriced and instead checking out De Vinos, Virginia Market & Connecticut Ave Liquors for also great selections with far more reasonable prices.

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Photo of ryannaman
3.55/5  rDev +13.1%

All I can say... is I am thankful to have experienced what true beer stores are.

I know good beer stores and this one is just average. I wish I could give much more accolades ... but when I was in DC I had much more a run in with good beer with better service elsewhere. I would like to see this store step up their beer game and I would stop by again if I were in the area. The one plus for me was that I could walk to this place. The place is nothing horrible... just not great.

If I could suggest one thing... be more personable behind the counter. I didn't even care to learn your name and I was in the store 4 times while I was in DC. Sad.

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Photo of circus_cat
3.51/5  rDev +11.8%
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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Photo of HuntDaddy540
3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of DCLAguy11
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.

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

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

Photo of Smakawhat
3.31/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 4.5

As things are with Dupont it's a pricey neighborhood.

The good thing though when you enter 1 West is that it's a very well organized store and extremely clean. That's the first thing you notice.

The second thing is there is an incredible amount of variety here, and there are some odd items that you may find here and nowhere else. Selection is actually excellent. However, there is a reason why there is a good bit of variety.

This is the most expensive store in the DC/MD/VA area I have ever been in. Everything in here is WAY overpriced, and that reflects often in the beer which has bottles that have in many cases been sitting way too long. Things here are also ridiculously overpriced, even worse than Olney Fine Wine and Beer (such as a 6er of GI Summertime for 13 dollars). However, there is a possibility you may find some hard to find items (at the time I write this, there were many bottles of Nightstalker still here, but they were way overpriced at $22 dollars!!!). I bought mine for $10 months ago.

If it's a beer that will keep no problem, but ecspecially for what they are charging?? I'd say it's not worth it. It's not just the beer, even the liquor prices here are outrageous. You can find the items they sell here in other places in DC without any trouble. Service here is non existent also. I remember at one point I asking for a product and they had no idea what I was talking about.

Besides that, there is outrageously overpriced and expired Russian River here on top of it.

I wouldn't buy anything here unless it was a real obscure hard to find and worth it to me, and it wasn't expired. Looking for something you really want?... you just might find it here, but you'll pay through the nose to get it. My advice? shop somewhere else.

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Photo of Minnesota_beer_guy
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!

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Photo of Iamjeff6
3.25/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.25

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

Photo of benzalman
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.

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