Palm Springs Liquor

Palm Springs LiquorPalm Springs Liquor
Palm Springs LiquorPalm Springs Liquor

4301 Palm Ave
La Mesa, California, 91941-6504
United States

(619) 698-6887 | map

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Reviews by srandycarter:
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srandycarter from California

4.16/5  rDev -11.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Checked this place out because I was running errands in the area. It wasn't until I pulled in that I realized that I had been here years ago to buy a Utopias.

Booze and beer in spades! Place is not huge. However, tall, tall walls, filled to the ceiling with beer. You could get neck strain trying to see what is on the upper shelves. Lots of refrigerated. Lots of stuff I cannot get a Bevmo, or even some of my other favorite liquor stores in the area.

The guy said they even had a case of Kern's Citra, but was all taken in advance orders.

Picked up some favorites in St. Bernardus, etc, and a few I haven't tried. Even Pretty Things!

Did not break the bank, either. My kind of place.

Feb 08, 2012
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mrcraft from California

4.65/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Palm Springs Liquor is located in the suburbs of La Mesa outside of San Diego. It's located in a stand-alone lot with a large sign, so you should easily find it from the street. There is plenty of parking.

Once inside you see coolers and shelves full of quality craft beers. It's one of the best I've seen. You have special releases, local craft beers, and your imports. I ended up purchasing a new Russian River sour that I believe they bottled for the first time. You can spend a lot of time just perusing their inventory stacked high up to near the ceilings.

If I lived closer, I'd be here all the time. Great bottle shop!

Aug 04, 2019
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Yermomsfavorite from California

4.64/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Apr 15, 2016
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VDubDJ from Arizona

4.66/5  rDev -0.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Randy is a great dude! Cool little place you would miss unless you knew about it on your way in or out of San Diego proper.

Jun 24, 2015
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rawfish from California

4.59/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

This store looks like a shady blue shack on the outside but it's also a craft beer gold mine.  The largest selection of interesting domestic and international bottles stuffed into every nook and corner of the damn place.  It also has a large clientele of people buying Bud and 40s as well as being a quickie market for the locals so traffic is fairly high. 

Ask the employees about new stuff in the fridge if looking for IPAs and they can always help you get to those hard to reach bottles. Give yourself about half an hour to just browse around and be amazed, look high and low there are always interesting beers to be found. Ultimately the best bottle shop in the East San Diego region.

Jun 03, 2015
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aoampm from Hawaii

4.75/5  rDev +1.3%

Sep 06, 2014
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iSrALE from Mexico

5/5  rDev +6.6%

Jul 18, 2014
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James_NelsonIV from California

5/5  rDev +6.6%

Jul 15, 2014
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nebuchadnezzer from California

4.75/5  rDev +1.3%

Jul 09, 2014
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StoutSnob40 from California

4.39/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Apr 12, 2014
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heffIPAlover from California

5/5  rDev +6.6%

Jan 22, 2014
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abach1179 from California

5/5  rDev +6.6%

Nov 26, 2013
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EyePeeAyBryan from Arizona

4.12/5  rDev -12.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

I enjoy stopping here when doing my rounds from AZ. One thing I hate is how the guys working there want to take me by the hand and show me everything new in the cooler from CA. Guess what guys...I don't care. Please let me shop in peace!

Selection is always some of the best in SoCal and while the guys do want to push new brews on me, they are very nice about it and I know it's coming from a good place.

Be sure to look HIGH and LOW because you could miss some stuff!

Sep 10, 2013
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ShimberShanks from California

5/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Not much else to say besides this is the best selection and bargain for kraftbier in town period. To have all the latest and exclusive brews at your disposal just come here: Bear Republic Cafe Racer 15, Stone 17th, Stone R&R Coconut Collaboration, and of course Pliny the Elder. Quick, hands-on workers, who actually sample the product, are there to make sure you get what you came for. Mos def going back again and again.

Aug 21, 2013
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Saint-Amour from California

4.98/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

It's absolutely stupid this place should ever rank low in service and in stock. They have every newest IPA in San Diego. For the German enthusiasts they carry all the varieties of Aecht Schlenkerla (Authentic Rauchier). Ask Hector! He does have it. I dare anyone to ask if they carry "it" or not. They probably do.

Aug 15, 2013
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Carnasses from California

4.85/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

This is the place we consider our hidden gem. If they don't have it, they'll look for it and try to get it for you. The prices are a little below most places that have the rare beers. They limit the rare stuff so everyone has a chance to get some. If you ask the owner for a specific beer, he goes out of his way to try and find it for you. Be careful when asking for recommendations or you may leave with more beer then you expected to purchase.

Aug 11, 2013
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DoubleJ from Wisconsin

4.55/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Looks are deceiving. There's an oddly placed painted mural covering where the windows of the store should. It gives me the feeling that I'm at one of the many small Mexican joints around my house. Except I was at a liquor store. But with previous comments already known, I knew I shouldn't be fooled by a first impression.

Call this is medium sized store, but with an inventory that can rival the bigger stores, and then some. The aisles can seem small at times, especially when people are trying to get passed you as you admire the beer selection. Along the back walls is where you'll find the beer. Much of the beer is kept cold, and you can tell there is an effort to do so. There are even tiny Red Bull-like fridges housing bottles of beer around the store! While I did find a few dusty bottles, in general the bottles are clean and not too old.

Let's get to the meat and potatoes. Palm Springs Liquor is loaded with beer. In addition to what's in the coolers and on the shelf at room temp, don't forget to turn your head upwards, as there are additional bottles of beer located near the ceiling! There are literally hundreds of brands available, and among them are Knee Deep, Alpine, Bear Republic, Bootlegger's, Schneider Weiss, Reissdorf Kolsch, Black Diamond, Yeastie Boys(!), 8 Wired, Baladin, and Erdinger. Obviously there are more brands, but I won't spoil the rest of the list.

Another strong point is the service. I was approached by a few employees on the floor if I needed help, and the guy at checkout was easy to converse beerinese. Pricetags on the all the beers adds the finishing touch to an excellent service score.

Was it worth the trip? Totally! Now I need to find more excuses to drive out to east San Diego County.

Jan 29, 2012
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dimce from California

4.6/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

As the last reviewer stated, from the outside, does not look like much of a store. However once you go in, man is it packed! Yes, lots of beer, but jam packed.

A lot of beer selections, however too closely packed all into the store, narrow aisles w/stacks of beers on shelves. Diff. to get a good view of everything since your literally standing about a foot in front of everything esp. when other customers are walking past you.

Prices seem about on point not marked up.

Lots of sours, belgians, locals, some imports. The worker up front, average service, just bring your stuff up, pay and go. No small talk. Nonetheless, well worth going to, just watch your elbow room.

Sep 06, 2011
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BdubleEdubleRUN from California

3.25/5  rDev -30.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 4.5

Doesn't look like much from the outside, but when you get inside you can tell its definitly a beer place. The store is extremely crowded and almost difficult to navigate around the shelves of beer. Lots of beer in the coolers and on shelves, but the store did feel air conditioned.
On to my customer service problem. I had been calling every shop in SD to make sure I got some Citra, I got a call back Friday from Palm Springs and Holiday Wine, Palm Springs called first, I told them I was out of town and won't be back until Monday. The employee responded by telling me he will hold it for me, I was impressed with the offer and accepted. When Holiday called they offered to take my card info and place it in the back until I got there, I declined and told them to go ahead and put it on the shelf so someone who hasn't gotten it can have a chance, as I thought I had one at Palms. Get to Palms Monday after work and the guy behind the counter, who appears to be the beer guy, doesn't know anything about holding beer and tells me that Citra is long gone. I understand the demand of this beer and if they would have told me on the phone I'm sorry we can't hold it for you I would have understood. Don't lie to me, or if you made a mistake call me back and let me know.
They do have a very good selection of beer, but I doubt I will be shopping there anytime soon.

Aug 30, 2011
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FARGO619 from California

5/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Have been in here a few times in search of some htf stuff and they usually come through. This is a nice place and worth checking out. Their selection is wide and their prices are reasonable. Always surprised to find the things that I do. Their stouts are cooled and always next to something good. Love this place. Like a cool candy store for kids. Keep an eye out as their beers are spread out in a few coolers and on different shelves as well. Good variety and they have almost everything. Have fun in this place and go with cash 'cause you'll most likely see a few things that you need.

Aug 01, 2011
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Cisco619 from California

4.78/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Great shop. Great selection, helpful staff & reasonably priced. What more can you ask for? Definitely worth the trip. Definitely go when you have some time to kill cause you'll be here a while. It's easy to pass this place by as the facade is non descript, no idea that, as it's name sake, it's an oasis. I routinely find things I haven't seen on shelves for a while. That alone makes it worth the trip to me. I really like the environment, no stuffy beer geekery. Just friendly people who are more than willing to lend a hand. Stop reading. Go there. Be merry.

Jul 19, 2011
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badboyrsl84 from California

4.88/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This store is the best bottle shop in east county San Diego. I love coming here just to browse and most of the time I can't leave empty handed. The bottles selection is one of the best and the pricing is beautiful. Very very reasonable. the guys in charge have always been super nice and are always willing to help me out if I'm looking for something. I love that I can come here and get bottles sold out in most places. I almost feel like writing this review will kill my little secret. I hope not .

May 16, 2011
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bs870621345 from Iowa

4.74/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Went here because of a recommendation from a guy at the PtY tapping last glad I did

Its a liquor store jammed full of beer. Mostly everything is in coolers and there is really no rhyme or reason to most placement, so spend time looking around.

Quality was great. Saw some RR sours and some other things and asked if there were more and got my fill.

The person helping me was great, very helpful and went digging and looking for all kinds of things.

Selection is vast. Lots of sours, belgians, locals, and things of all sorts. Its worth the trip 100%.

Its a short walk from the trolley orange line, but bring a large backpack or something.

Mar 16, 2011
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domtronzero from California

4.7/5  rDev +0.2%

Lots of bottles, most of them in coolers away from sunlight. Some more bottles up above on the racks. Great selection. Nothing too hard to find, but it is a little hidden gem that carries Alpine, Russian River, Lost Abbey, as well as Deschutes and a great selection of Belgians. Prices are reasonable, nothing noticeably marked up. The guys working are really nice and some of them know a little bit about beer. I can almost always count on them getting the slightly harder to find releases such as Dissident, Lost Abbey, and others. Definitely worthy of my money.

Jan 10, 2011
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sise from California

5/5  rDev +6.6%

I had driven by this place before and didn't think anything of it -- the bright blue exterior with colorful art made me think it was just another beer store. Husband said he had heard good things, so we went on in. Came in expecting to find the usual local Stone and Green Flash -- was amazed to find a GROWLER of Alpine's Hoppy Birthday hiding in plain sight. The growler was not labled, but we had to know what it was. Then, we heard the magical words -- "It's Hoppy Birthday!" and it was all over. New favorite beer store! Beers as far as the eye can see, and all the staff that we encountered were genuinely friendly and helpful, unlike some big chain beer stores *cough*bevmo*cough*. If you're in the area, DEFINITELY come here. You will NOT be disappointed. Great selection of Russian River and Lost Abbey. We'll be back soon!

Oct 31, 2010
Palm Springs Liquor in La Mesa, CA
Place rating: 4.69 out of 5 with 29 ratings