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Type: Store

5010 34th Ave S
Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55417-1543
United States

(612) 721-6686 | map

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Added by Chaz on 09-22-2010

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Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 4
Reviews by Buebie:
Photo of Buebie
3.75/5  rDev +3%

My buddy took me up here today in our epic quest for The Abyss. Looks like a neighborhood hole in the wall from the outside. Located in a good neighborhood of south Minneapolis. Plenty of parkin that wraps around the back of the building.
Automatic doors when you walk out, great when carrying handfuls of beers.
Walk in to see a decent craft section. Its not the best of the best as compared to other metro establishments, but the offerings are generous. There were some 40 or so bottles of Abyss on the shelf, marked several dollars lower then what 've seen it at other locations. My buddy managed to swing a bottle of Darkness from here just a couple weeks ago.
Large coolers containing the usual inbev items, as well as many craft brews and a large stockade of Surly.
Service is ok. There was a guy stocking stuff onsite, but he ws not approachable and there really was no one around to answer questions, other then the clerk up front.
I picked up a case of Brrr and a few bottles of Abyss. Prices were reasonable for sure. The Surly stuff was prices around average to below average.
A good store when in a bind to find an item that everyone else is out of, but definatly not a destination spot.

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Photo of gatornation
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

across from town hall lanes so i had to stop in and take a look. its a neighborhood full service liquor store very big inside but somewhat dated from the 80's feel loads of beer directly to the left front,a couple rows of import,domestic bombers,750's on shelves they have a large cooler fullof beer and carry most all brands available help is scarce if your looking for that but pleasant upon checkout,reasonable prices but also check dates on your purchases,not a store destination for me but if im across the street i will always take a look

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.64/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

McDonald's Liquor has a slightly above average selection of craft beer. They carry all the big names from the region, but might not carry everything from each brewery. They do, however, seem to be up to date with breweries that are new to the area, and seem to carry all available beers from those breweries. The service is friendly, and outgoing. Prices are slightly lower than most places in Minneapolis. Overall, I would stop by McDonald's Liquor if I was in the area, but I wouldn't make it a destination.

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Photo of Chaz
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%

Having made two recent visits to McDonald's since recently re-discovering them, I'd call 'em a 'diamond in the rough'.

While the vintage exterior and wood-paneled interior is hardly au courant, the spacious interior houses plenty of standalone beverage coolers, floor-stackers and end cap displays brim-full of new items, sale items, and plenty of old favorites. Signage is good here, and it's easy to find your way around.

The tasting area near the front of the store immediately drew my attention upon my first recent visit, and I imagined the sort of fun a beer tasting here might be. And while wine is indeed a major focus here (and local wine at that!) the beer selection --and most importantly Craft Beer-- is hardly lacking from the standpoint of a neighborhood retailer.

On my most recent visit I found Sierra Nevada's Tumbler stacked alongside two tasty summer seasonals -- the former at full retail, the others at closeout prices. In fact, throughout the store I found a number of great deals on Craft offerings from big and small producers, as well as promotional literature for the brands showcased. Worth noting, for example, was a Schell display themed around their 150th Anniversary.

Cold box selection is rather extensive for a neighborhood retailer, with over twenty cooler doors and a mix-a-single selection (I rarely focus on the discount offered for a 'mix-a-six', but did notice that some singles were sale-priced).

The selection on the "dry shelves" was even better than the cold box, and I noted a pretty good swath of all the newly-arrived Craft and True Micro brands offered by the Usual Suspects at local wholesale. Most interesting to me was finding a couple of six-packs of Moonglow from Victory, a bit dusty, but otherwise quite drinkable when I enjoyed some later at home. Aside from this, I didn't see much old stock, and the place is quite clean.

McDonald's is about a mile from Buster's on 28th, and might be worth a visit the next time you stop in for a pint -- I'm already looking forward to my next visit to the neighborhood!

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McDonald's Fine Wine & Spirits in Minneapolis, MN
3.64 out of 5 based on 4 ratings.
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