Drink Store

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87 Manor St
Dublin, 7

+353 1 671 9760 | map

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-23-2009

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Ratings: 5 |  Reviews: 4
Photo of 22Blue
4/5  rDev -9.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of bareju
3.88/5  rDev -12%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

VERY small store that carries a remarkable amount of stock. I was looking for strong Belgians and Bocks, and they had some of the best in the world in their store (Aventinus, Rochefort, St. Bernardus, to name a few), as well as a plethora of American beers and Irish craft brews. My personal favorite thing was their online shop, which listed all of the beers they carry, and I was able to find exactly what I wanted before I even went in. I did have to wait about ten minutes for them to collect everything, but had a pleasant conversation with one of the guys working at the store. They weren't in the most talkative mood regarding their stock, but perhaps this was because I went in knowing exactly what I wanted. Next time I go, I'll have them make recommendations for me. Pretty standard pricing, not many good deals but I was looking at more expensive stock.

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Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Visited Drinkstore on my trip do Dublin. It's a tiny, cramped little place and boxes were stacked everywhere, as they had just got their shipment. Liquor, wine, and macro stuff was present and accounted for, but you can tell they have a soft spot for craft beers.

The micros were sold towards the back, sixers and Irish crafts in the fridge and by the bottle across the way. All the Irish crafts were there, which is great. PH, Carlow, College Green, Whitewater, etc. They also had a good 4 bottles for €10 deal on the Carlow brews.

There was a surprising amount of American Micros: Goose Island, Brooklyn, Great Divide, Dogfish Head, and more. The Belgian selection was good and the English/Scottish selection was solid too. There were also a few surprises, such as some rarer sours and a solitary GI Bourbon County Vanilla bottle. Prices were fair and uninflated.

However, the service, not selection is the real strong point at Drink Store. I spoke with the owners and their passion for good beer was all-too-apparent in their conversation. The shipment that came in contained a bunch of Great Divide sixers and a good 1/4 of the shipment was broken bottles. I asked if this ever happened before and they told me it was pretty common.

These guys are shipping and eating the cost on loss product, just to bring good beer into Dublin...that's commitment. Solid store and really great people running it. Hit it up whenever you get the chance.

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Photo of Graeme24
4.8/5  rDev +8.8%

The Drink Store is a small off licence located in Stoneybatter Dublin. The store itself is little cramped, it really is a small store in itself, and you could hardly envision them having such a phenomenal selection. It is an off licence that goes up in my estimation by the week. Great staff, great service.

The beers are located toward the end of the store, with a large open fridge on one side and a large shevling area on the other. All full of beer of course! Great selection of Irish Craft beers including - (Porterhouse beers, Whitewater Brewing Co. College Green Brewery, Hilden Brewery, O'Hara's - several of each) Vast selection of Belgians including Abbey's, Trappists, lambics, fruit beers. Some impressive 750ml corked bottles (Westmalle, La Chouffe, St. Bernardus, Golden Carolus). More of the same with the German & English beers. Vast and colourful selection, many of which I have never seen in any other beer store in Dublin before arriving here.

Quite a good selection of US micros too. Sierra Nevada, Goose Island, Victory, Dogfish Head, Anchor, Brooklyn, Speakeasy. I've be grateful enough to get hold of beers I have long been chasing such as Goose Island Borboun County Stout & The Dogfish Head range. What I truly admire about the Drinkstore is the ever changing line up of beers. As with most US micro's that find their way to Ireland they won't stay around for ever, but Drinkstore always manage to intorduce a new range, almost every week or two. I'd strongly recommend visiting this place and spending quite some time trying to figure out what you want!

Also, Drinkstore now has an online delivery service. I have ordered from them several times. The service is fast and efficient and the delivery charge is extremely reasonable. Ken (manager) is always up for a good chat about beer and it's clear he has a passion for what they are trying to achieve. My opinion - best off licence in Dublin at this point in time. Rivaled only by McHughs.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%

A tiny store in a shifty neighborhood with a pretty amazing (for Dublin) beer selection.

Just a few bottles recently seen include the full range of Adnams ales, Saison 1900 - the first time I've found any saison in Ireland - and SN Anniversary, Celebration, and Torpedo.

The brothers who run the place know their stuff and are glad to talk beer.

With new internet ordering and delivery - the first in Ireland as far as I know - they are poised to jump ahead of every other player.

One warning: while they do have high turnover (like the previous review stated) they also play fast and loose with their expiration dates. I've never seen a discount basket for expired beers like in several other Dublin off licenses, so check your Best Before stamp.

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Drink Store in Dublin, Ireland
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