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Dinkytown Wine & Spirits

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8 Ratings

Type: Store

1412 5th St SE
Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55414-1502
United States

(612) 379-0299 | map

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Added by Mistofminn on 05-08-2009

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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 4
Reviews by Mistofminn:
Photo of Mistofminn
3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

For being a "college" liquor store, I have found many good brews here. Don't get me wrong, this is no Surdyk's or Blue Max, but in a pinch, this isn't a bad place to go.

The selection isn't the greatest, one side of an isle devoted to sixers, singles, bombers and 750 ml's and a cooler devoted to your common "college" beers. I have found some good stuff here, like SN Bigfoot, Southern Tier, Lagunitas, Boulevard, etc etc.

The service has never been a problem. The staff pretty much leaves you alone unless you ask. They are always friendly, unless your there on a Thursday or Friday night. It gets real busy close to closing time on those nights, and the staff can get stressed out. I'm not blaming them though.

Price is a little higher than competing stores, but they can be, because college kids usually don't know any better. Like I said, in a pinch, this isn't that bad of a store.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of mattmarka1
4.25/5  rDev +32.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of DissentFatsquirrel
2.98/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4

Photo of jarrgal
3/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of jera1350
3/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of zeff80
3.18/5  rDev -0.6%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3 | selection: 3.25

This is a very small store with a limited selection. It works in a pinch if you don't have a car and need to get some tasty Minnesota craft beer, but it's not a place I would actively seek out.

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Photo of mactrail
2.4/5  rDev -25%

Only one reason to have this store in the directory-- if you're at the University with no transportation and it's too cold to take the bus to Zipp's.

If you're in the area and need a six, you could find some drinkable beers here. If you want selection, go elsewhere. For the Surly freaks, they had four. Otherwise there were few regional beers, and I'm from Denver so I was looking for things I hadn't seen. Checkers are the bored college type. 22 oz bottles were on the warm shelf. Nice stock of odd malt liquors in the big cans and bottles, though, in their own fridge.

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Photo of Chaz
3.3/5  rDev +3.1%

Hard to believe I've been shopping here since the days when great imports like Dragon Stout would make my head spin -- almost before Micro! But I'm getting ahead of myself . . .

Service here is better than average considering how busy it often gets, but many of the staff have worked here for years. These folks are helpful and generally courteous, but are also happy to let you browse freely.

Despite its size the store is fully-featured, and has quite a bit of floor-stacking going on with wine, beer, and spirits. You'll usually find stack upon stack of import and premium-branded 2/12 and 4/6 cases piled-up in the front of the store, along with several offerings which are blowout-priced. Elsewhere, flats of Miller Lite and the like are often stacked ten cases high to create seasonal and promotional displays. Craft Tickers will be sad to know there's no mix-a-six selection, but it's easy to find a single bottles (bombers, 750s, Belgians, etc) to share, merchandised along with a dozen or so brands of sixers on a single warm shelf which is located in the rightmost corner of the store, fairly near the checkout.

The main cold box offers loads of imports, Light lagers, ciders, malt beverages, and enough Craft to impress any Beer Advocate in the making. BBC, NBB, Sierra, and Bell's are among the Craft breweries on offer and you'll even find 5 Liter mini-kegs of Oberon. On this visit, Ken and Fritz Helles Bock and Goose Island Demolition stood out for me on the warm shelf, while full cases of Deschutes bombers (priced to move at $15.99 a case!) stood out in the cold box.

There's another cold box (sandwiched between Dinkytown W&S's two entrances) with a selection of beer, soda, energy drinks, and mixers. This is one of the newer additions to the store, and has often come in handy when all I wanted was a quick single or bottle to pair with dinner.

The selection here is better than average -certainly better than when I attended the U- but finding an even better selection nearby will require a trip across the river to Zipp's, or perhaps braving Surdyk's infamous parking lot >: ) And while it offers nowhere near Zipp's selection of kegs, Dinkytown is still fairly good in this respect, and often features priced-to-move kegs: on this visit I noticed 1/2 barrels of Schell's Dark for $50 and something called 'Dinkytown Delight' for $40!

The proximity to the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus helps to keep the beer fresh and moving, but Dinkytown Wine and Spirits is also known for blow-out prices on past season beer. On my most recent visit I saw several summer beers priced at $2.99 a six, including Boulevard ZÔN and Spanish Peaks Crystal Weiss.

Prices are competitive all things considered, especially when you the variety of product offered here is taken into accout: the wine selection is nothing to sneeze at, there's a good selection of beer, and more than enough in terms of spirits to keep a weekend party well-lubricated. Altogether it's worth a look if you happen to find yourself in the neighborhood.

P.S. The new "Grain Belt" mural is also rather spiffy : )

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Dinkytown Wine & Spirits in Minneapolis, MN
Place rating: 3.2 out of 5 with 8 ratings
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