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3345 Commercial St SE
Salem, Oregon, 97302
United States

(503) 391-6028 | map

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Added by olmatty on 02-03-2009

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Photo of tylerstravis
2.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of beerdedpunk
2.3/5  rDev -13.2%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2 | selection: 2.5

Upon walking in I was overwhelmed by the smell of smoke, being that it is a tobacco store I wasn't surprised. However, it was unpleasant. I went there because they had a sign out front saying they have the biggest beer selection in South Salem, I did not find that to be the case. They have about 3 coolers half full of craft bombers, the other half full of domestic tall cans and cheap malt liquor. They also have I believe it was 5 coolers with 6 packs of craft beers as well. The selection was not huge and I did not find anything that I couldn't find anywhere else. They have the basic NW brews i.e Deschutes, Rogue, Redhook, and Bridgeport but that was about it. Definitely not a place I would go to find something new or out of the ordinary. I did however find the pricing fairly good. Bombers of Rogue were 2 dollars less than most other places I've gone at only 3.99. Others seemed equal to or a bit less than other places in town. The service, well I guess I did not have any however the cat behind the counter was nice and friendly. Overall not a place I would frequent unless I was going for a specific beer that I knew they had cheap.

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Photo of cdkrenz
2.25/5  rDev -15.1%

While in Salem last week I decided to take in some of the local talent. Habits was a spot I had seen on BA but paid no attention to due to the poor reviews up to this point. I can see why.

Walking into the place put me off immediately. I can enjoy the aroma of good tobacco, the place smelled like the home of a man who smokes 2 packs a day while keeping all his trash indoors until the garbage man comes... once every three months. The place is nasty.

As for the service... service... can I get some service over here. Ridiculous! I was made to feel like I was inconveniencing the attractive (I'm serious about that) gal hanging out on the phone talking to a friend while the other guy working did his best to ignore my inquiries by pretending to get some work done in the office area.

As for selection compared with other places, like grocery stores a half block away that don't smell and treat you like a dead rodent, they just don't cut it.

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Photo of velosuds
2.5/5  rDev -5.7%

This a cigarette store that also sells some beer, mostly swill, although there were six packs of NW microbrews common to most stores in Oregon. The predominant characteristic of the store is cigarette smoke. It was quite offensive, actually. I could only endure a minute or two. Parking is poor. Selection is small and of lower quality than most area supermarkets. I didn't notice anything extraordinary. But, I may have been biased by my disgust for the smell of the place. Only visited because of the prior review. I saw none of the same quality. I won't go back.

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Photo of olmatty
3.7/5  rDev +39.6%

Habits, in Salem, offers beer and tobacco in equal share and has a reasonable selection of beers. Macros represent approximately half of the beer space and imports and micros the other half. As with most beer retail places in Salem they seem to carry a few things that no one else carries, without an overwhelmingly huge selection. Maybe seventy five brands/styles overall. The store is clean, seemingly well run and the prices are reasonable.

I stop in every now and again because apparently their wholesale rep must talk them into some unusual things every now and again. For example I was able to buy some Goose Island Bourbon County Stout there recently. (now $4.25 a 12 oz. bottle) I noticed the price went up when I went back to buy more. Perhaps someone tipped them off that this is somewhat of a rare beer. One interesting note, when I went to buy some the guy behind the counter said it tasted like cough syrup. Hmmm? They usually have some sort of sale on a couple of micros at any given moment. I'd say they're worth a look from time to time and a decent quick top off if you're on your way to a party and just need to grab some beer, but You won't be stocking your beer cellar from this place unless they really tune up the selection.

Review updated 10-26-10-Sometime recently Habits has revamped and expanded their beer selection and importantly they've moved the bomber selection out of the walk-in box so they can finally be seen. It seems as if most customers did not even know they were there, judging by some of the other reviews. They now carry roughly 120 different bombers, mostly craft and import as well as a decent selection of other beers. Picked up Widmer's Burrbon Barrel winter ale for $9.45 a bomber and also picked up six bottles of last year's Goose Island Christmas Ale at the blow out price of only $2 each.
Deschutes Hop Trip, also cheaper than any place in town $4.59. Overall, prices here are lower than Capitol Market across the board. I'll definately be coming back more often. They've tuned up their selection and now I've tuned up my review grade. Nice work!

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Habits in Salem, OR
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