The 16th Street Liquor Store


220 16th St
West Vancouver, British Columbia, V7V 3R5

(604) 926-1339 | map

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Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 7
Reviews by dirtylou:
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4.14/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

I don't even want to review this...

Located a bit outside of the city in a cool area, but a little buried from the street view. Interior feels very ABC/BC liquor store.

Acknowledged for holding onto coveted items from Cantillon, 3F, and BC one-offs (Driftwood, Parallel 49, etc) - I found this to be very true and the prices were definitely fair.

I'd tread lightly in purchasing anything hoppy, but when loon-hunting, I think it's a must stop.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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4/5  rDev -7.2%

I live on Vancouver Island where the range is high in quality but miniscule in scope. Trips to Vancouver usually involve several trips to the stunning Brewery Creek beer store on Main. Prompted by BA reviews I checked out West Van Liquor Store and I was mightily impressed.

The store is large and has a government liquor store feel to it: warehouse-style, high ceilings, bright lights and stacks of bulk wine and beer. However, the perimeter of the store features the fullest scotch selection I'd ever seen, and about 50 foot of refrigerators stocked with some quality beers.

The single-bottled collection is nearly identical to that at Brewery Creek: heavily featuring Pikes, Rogue, Molyans, Souther Tier, and other NA brews with decent distribution. Even featured brews (Rasputin XII and the Hitachino range) were the same. Brewery Creek probably tips West Van for range, but West Van had more in stock.

The service was so-so. The first sales-guy who approached me launched straight into a promo of Innis and Gunn (which I find crap) without gauging my interests. After I politely dismissed the suggestion, citing "a preference for hoppier stuff", he pointed me towards some japanese wheat beers... The next guy was young, but seemed to know his stuff. He pointed me to some Stone brews hidden in the cooler. I lamented the lack of any Ruination, to which he disappeared and returned from the warehouse with a "the last sixer of ruination" in the store that he was allowed to sell. That was a big plus.

Sadly, almost all of the single-bottle brews are inexplicably kept out of the cooler. I bet some of the rarer beers have a low turnover, so I fear that keeping them on the shelf won't aid their freshness. This seems a silly oversight for such a well equipped place.

Overall the store has an excellent range of beers and is matched only by Brewery Creek in this regard. Recommended.

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Photo of oly1981
4.85/5  rDev +12.5%

This store happened to open up just as I was getting into good beer and also happened to be right on my way home from work, much to my girlfriend's dismay. It has an excellent selection that gets bigger every couple of weeks and the lowest prices of any private liquor store I've been to (FYI, in canada, most liquor stores are government run and private stores are typically a third higher in price but this store is usually right around the government store prices and sometimes even less). During regular hours, there is always knowledgeable staff on hand; however, late at night, this is not the case but after talking to the staff and managers, it is clear that they are constantly educating staff through staff tastings of new products. While stores like Viti and Brewery Creek sometimes have beers that are not available at the West Van Store, this store has an overall larger and better selection at far lower prices (especially compared to Viti, which is a complete rip-off). Beer lovers who are tired of BC liquor stores should definitely make the trip. This is a great addition to the Vancouver beer scene that seems to be growing all the time.

ps my price review is based on Canadian prices, which other than import beers are far higher than American beers

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Photo of canucklehead
4.7/5  rDev +9%

This is a private store located in the old Ambleside Government store near the beach. When you walk in you notice that this is a big private store and the flats of North Coast and Anderson Valley stacked on display at the front are an indication that these guys play big. The beer is at the back on both a side wall and a huge row of coolers. I can honestly say that they have almost every beer in BC here. Shelves of Rogue, Green Flash, North coast , etc. All the harder to find locals including special releases, lots of Belgium, British , German and other great Canadian beers such as Pumphouse, Paddockwood and Propeller. They have great prices on everything including $12 Gordon Biersch sixes. I was very impressed by both quality, price, ambiance and also the staff is helpful( though no real experts ). With steamworks in Park Royal this makes West Van a beer destination( and of course the government store in Park Royal north)

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The 16th Street Liquor Store in West Vancouver, BC, Canada
Place rating: 4.31 out of 5 with 7 ratings