Connecticut Avenue Wine & Liquor

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36 Reviews
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PLACE INFO

Type: Store

1529 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, District of Columbia, 20036-1103
United States

(202) 332-0240 | map

Notes:
Closed on Sundays.

Added by frimairist on 06-24-2009

PLACE STATS
Score:
94
Reviews:
36
Ratings:
52
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
8.92%
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Reviews by ThisWangsChung:
Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

In my opinion, this is one if the better places to find beer rarities in the DC area.

First off, it's quite small, so on busier nights, expect to be a little cramped. There isn't a huge selection - but you can usually count on finding several great harder-to-find beers here. I found some RR Supplication - but it was $30, so I didn't bite the bullet. I did bite the bullet on bottles of Sucaba and GI Juliet, though (both $17). For lulz, they even offer a few BMC choices, and of course, they have a very solid wine and spirits selection, as well (I briefly considered getting a bottle of EC12 bourbon).

In general, their beer prices are on par for the DC area - but if you ever see something out of area like Three Floyds, AleSmith, or Russian River, expect to pay out the ass for it. Personally, I'd rather learn the basics of trading when I get the opportunity to do so, but it's damn good to know I can just ride the Metro up here and snag something special.

If you're looking to do beer shopping in bulk, look elsewhere - such as the Whole Foods Market nearby on P St. between Logan Circle and 16th St. If you're hoping to snag some of the latest hard to find beers, this is the place to go in DC. I'll definitely be back when I get the chance.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Squire123
4.43/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of stevoj
3.79/5  rDev -11%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4

Small, but excellent selection of higher end beers. Prices match rarity. No bargains to be found, but all top notch. Easy to get to, very convenient to Metro and downtown businesses and hotels.

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Photo of Iamjeff6
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of ChrisinRI
3.75/5  rDev -12%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of NickyHouHou
5/5  rDev +17.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

For any newcomer to the craft beer scene, one hopes to find a retail outlet that has very knowledgable staff, an eclectic selection of readily accessible and hard-to-find brews, and the patience to help aforementioned newcomers. That place is Connecticut Avenue Liquors, right in the heart of DC's famous Dupont Circle. It's no wonder DCBeer.com lists them as a prime location to purchase beer. On a search for a limited release brew, I phoned them for an inquiry. Not only did they have it, but they said they would put it aside for me. After I got there, I ended up finding some other fantastic limited release items. I also ended up talking with the manager, and... Well, let's just say that I ended up walking out with an EXTREMELY rare find! If you're ever in the DC area, it is worth the trip to Connecticut Ave. Liquors!

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Photo of djhowell
3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of lorenwhite7
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of 31Sam13
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of DCgolfpro
3.4/5  rDev -20.2%

Of the dozen times I've been here I've only had a good customer service experience once and that was 5 years ago. Their selection has dwindled significantly now that the don't bother with the gray market items anymore. You also often find that the good beer is reserved for "regulars", although they won't define what that actually means. My guess is that it means, "employees".

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Photo of GeorgiaBeerGuy
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of amstokesdb9
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

I guess this place used to be better than it is now. I have been a few times and yes they do have some rare things but nothing to get really excited about, no out of distribution beers here anymore. I have never found the staff to be particularity friendly either, in stark contrast what past reviews said. The bottle shops in VA have better selecting, service, and pricing anyway. Overall, it's worth a stop if you are in Dupont but don't make a special trip.

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Photo of doremite
3.75/5  rDev -12%

From Boston. Gave it a shot curious what I might find in the DC market. Wasn't blown away by the selection. Walked out with some decent bottles but don't expect any rarities. Selection didn't strike me as overly creative but that said plenty of good stuff to choose from. Just nothing that really excited me. Jolly Pumpkin, Allagash, Bruery, Mikkeller, Goose Island respectable larger production type inventory. Also found price points pretty high. Perhaps 10% higher than I am used to at pricey bottle shops in Boston.

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Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Shootpassbeerme
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of LukeMarson
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3

Obviously not the beer stockist it was, the selection was reasonable but nothing great. Some nice rarities hidden between some 75cl bottles and Belgian beers. Not many rarities (I did get Maine Beer Zoe and Founders Devil Racer TIPA) and not wide selection. However, if wine and liquor are your thing then you've come to the right place!

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Photo of threedaggers
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of jtladner
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Tsar_Riga
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of alexk307
3.45/5  rDev -19%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 2

Dragged my girlfriend all the way across the city to this place with the promise that they would have a good selection of rare beers and stuff I cant find around the area.

I was extremely let down. They didn't have ANY Founder's or Bell's. Nothing that interesting there and no traces of any of the other rare beers that have been mentioned in other reviews.

Good for a quick six pack of beer if you're in the neighborhood, but overall, a waste of time.

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Photo of Packlifenc
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of CuriousMonk
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of polopaul20
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of BillRoth
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Prince_Casual
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

I stopped by the store on a day off today to see what was available. They didn't have all of the brands mentioned in earlier reviews of the shop (no RR, cigar city, floyds) but I still call what they had 5/5. Long gone from other stores Evil Twin, bunch of Surly, awesome Oude/ Gueze selection. Of the stuff they had that I 'know the going rate for' for available Bruery, Firestone, etc I thought their prices were more than fair.

It was a weds morning so I didn't get (or request) much by way of service, as they was only a security type guy and the cashier but both friendly and helpful.

I'd say they wine selection appeared great if you're a >$50 a bottle type shopper. Not many places put $80 Burgundies on 50% off closeout but I guess space is tight. Also one of the more extensive vintage champagne selections I've seen.

I'll definitely make this place one of my stops in DC especially if I'm hitting the P St WFM, as a nice parking spot is appropriate for both. Fun old city neighborhood (at least during the day) with old book stores etc taboot.

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Connecticut Avenue Wine & Liquor in Washington, DC
94 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.
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