Crown Liquors #14

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4.4/5
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51 Ratings
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PLACE INFO

Type: Store

150 N Delaware St
Indianapolis, Indiana, 46204-2524
United States

(317) 638-3720 | map
crownliquors.net

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PLACE STATS
Reviews:
29
Ratings:
51
pDev:
10.45%
 
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Ratings: 51 |  Reviews: 29
Reviews by MbpBugeye:
Photo of MbpBugeye
4.65/5  rDev +5.7%

I was staying downtown, and went to eat in the vicinity of this shop. I saw the amazing reviews and had to make a stop. I was in brief contact with sprinkle, the GM. I tried to come in time to meet him, but I didnt make it before he had to leave. Regardless, the people working were very nice and helpful, it was surprising considering that I was there 15-20 min before closing. They still greeted me and asked if they could help, I had a question about Behemoth Blonde dating and one of the young guys looked it up for me. In all I felt quite welcome here.

The store itself is very new and nice looking. Very clean, especially since many liquor stores are dusty, cramped places. The area that got my interest is the beer area. It is comprised of a long wall of coolers housing 6packs. Across from that are the shelves that hold large bottles and some singles.

The rest of the upstairs is liquors and other things. There is a downstairs that looked to be a huge wine cellar style shop.

The selection was pretty large and very unique with many rarities. Lots of Three Floyds, Mikkeller, Boulevard, The Bruery, De Molen (which was a nice, rare surprise), Indiana locals.

The coolest bottles were two vintages of Behemoth Blonde (08, which I got the last of, and 09) and a Cuvee de Tomme. I just couldnt afford $52.99 for a small bottle of a probably flat LA beer.

Prices are a tad high for some things, but they offer a 10% discount for BA members.
I recommend this store, I would like to have the chance to stop back again.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Harrison8
4.48/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Wandered by this store while downtown and stopped in for some to-go beer. Selection was fantastic, with a long wall of coolers holding craft beer in all formats. A few dry, warm shelves housed even more to-go beer. Selection was focused on quality, not so much local, imports, etc. A few rare bottles were left on the counter for people to purchase as they checked out. Both staff members inside were somewhat helpful, but not very out going in offering their assistance. Great spot with loads of great beer.

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Photo of hoosier222002
4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Thirstygoat
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of wisegreensoul
3.99/5  rDev -9.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of toolbrew
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Excellent selection and easy to navigate. Different selection in the cold case and on the shelves. Solid pricing. Found a deep selection of FFF and even some 18th street bottles. Plenty of local brews too. Would visit again.

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Photo of Bones10
4.37/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of costanzo_mike
4.71/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of jzeilinger
4.72/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

'Stopped by here at the recommendation of a BA friend and it was one of those, "So glad I stopped moments". When you walk in the beer is off to the left and there is a nice selection of wine downstairs for those traveling with people who prefer wine over beer, everybody wins. The selection is VERY good and although no one approached me about needing help I actually prefer it that way which is why I rated the service high ... I like to shop, leave me alone.

We walked out with some really nice finds that we either can't get or are hard to find in PA which makes it all the more better. My only "beef" with this particular location is the parking situation which is not their fault, it's the city ... but would love a dedicated parking area in a perfect world.

Overall ... well worth the stop.

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Photo of neckbracesub
3.66/5  rDev -16.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Photo of Cynic-ale
4.14/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of TargaFlorio
3.83/5  rDev -13%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Jstonerock24
5/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of halo3one
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of jrborchert74
3.52/5  rDev -20%

Photo of baybum
4.75/5  rDev +8%

Photo of spycow
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Enochase04
4/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Ohiovania
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of LodiRigglesbee
3.5/5  rDev -20.5%

Photo of gordavidson
4.75/5  rDev +8%

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
2.5/5  rDev -43.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 2.75 | selection: 4.25

Since I work downtown, this location is easy to pop into. They have a great selection of craft beers in the coolers and on some packed shelves facing the coolers.

The store itself is very nice, but I have two issues with the place:
1) Service - The staff hardly acknowledged I there. When I asked if they had some specific Mikkeller, they just said "No". They didn't say anything about trying to get any or looking at other Crown's inventories (which they can do), or even suggesting something similar. Overall they just seemed unfriendly

2) They put "rare" beers on a pedistal. Example: Near the counter, there is a small display of FFF Robert the Bruce, Pride and Joy, and Alpha King with a sign that says "Limit one six-pack". WHAT? This is standard stuff here, why limit or try to make it seem rare.
I asked about the FFF/New Belgium collaboration, they were keeping it in the back and selling it at $10/bottle when lots of other liquor stores had it for $8.

If you in town for a conference and limited to the downtown area, this place will work but I would suggest you check out the Big Reds near by first. They at least have a friendly staff.

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Photo of sholland119
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of target88
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75

Prior review: This is truly my go-to location in the city to find beers, wine, and alcohol of all sorts. One of the most extensive beer selections I've found, it manages to stock a number of satisfying craft brew options from the West Coast and elsewhere that are hard to find at other spots around town. The staff are friendly, and the location is incredibly convenient for me to swing by right after work.

Re-review: I am adding a note here because over the past 6 months, during a number of visits, my experiences have changed. The place remains solid for selection, and its quality remains generally top notch, but I am somewhat disappointed by the service. It is not by any means universal, but I've had several negative experiences. I've asked a few fairly pedestrian questions about coming releases, and rather than address them reasonably, I've gotten several curt reactions, and less than helpful answers. First, it was that releases were long gone (with a tone that suggested that I should know not to ask). I found most of the bottles I was looking for at other stores, so it seems long gone may have only meant at this location. Then, trying to get out front, I asked before releases about their anticipated arrival and got responses like, "it's purely a choice of the distributor" and "it follows the same pattern every year." Not too helpful, and my only conclusion is that they are not too interested in retaining my business. The convenience and selection means this location will never drop completely from my list of sources, but I've found myself looking elsewhere first, and it all comes down to the fact that I don't always feel welcome at this store.

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