Bine & Vine Bottle Shop

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Type: Store

3334 Adams Ave
San Diego, California, 92116-1820
United States

(619) 795-2463 | map
bineandvine.com

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Added by KingG on 04-10-2012

PLACE STATS
Reviews:
15
Ratings:
57
pDev:
6.83%
 
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5/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I had been meaning to go to South Bay Drugs for a long time but just never got around to it. Thankfully I don't need to now that it's been reborn as Bine & Vine in Normal Heights! Went there a couple days after they opened and what little stock they had had a chance to put up was already brilliant - lots of hard to find stuff and a surprising number of vintage bottles, all very reasonably priced. And Geoi is really cool and knowledgeable. Even though it's still a bit of a drive for me, this is going to be my go-to location now.

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4.9/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Photo of LoneWolfMcQuade
4.88/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Bine & Vine, formerly known as South Bay Drugs, is definitely one of the best, like top three, bottle shops I've been to in in the greater San Diego area. The shop relocated to a more central area in SD, so getting great beer is only a short drive away, and plus they ship beer!

Their selection is huge, with many of the top names and hard to find brews. Brews like Pliny the Elder, Fifty Fifty Eclipse, various Cantillon, a bunch of SD brewers, etc. are often available. They do sell wine, mead, and sake too, but their selection of craft brew is hard to beat. Its a friendly atmosphere and the staff is willing to help you find a beer to your liking or just talk about beer. If your in the Normal Heights area of San Diego, you should definitely check this place out

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4.88/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Floydster
4.86/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

This place is very conveniently located in Normal Heights near Blind Lady and Zia Pizza. Joey has done a great job with this place and it is even better than his old spot South Bay. He is a great guy and is very knowledgeable. So is Carlos, one of the gentleman that works there in the afternoons and evenings. On my last visit, I picked up the new two new barrel aged Sudwerk beers and a rare cider from Spain. In prior visits, I have gotten some Alpine gems, great stuff from Almanac, a bunch of Knee Deep IPAs, and all the San Diego standards. Their beer is in nice vertical coolers. They also have a great variety of glassware and some rare Reverend Nat's ciders I have not seen anywhere else in Southern California. I also like that you can get stuff online through their web shop. This place has it all. My one complaint is that it is popular and things tend to sell out very quickly, but that is a good thing for their business and not for my selfish beer geekery. Bine and Vine along with Bottlecraft are my two favorite spots in the area and I plan on visiting each time I make it down south.

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4.84/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Went down to San Marcos for a wedding on the 22nd and got the go ahead to drive to San Diego to visit this place after I saw them online.

I live in an area with good breweries (Firestone and Figueroa Mountain), but not a lot of bottle shops. This place was like beervana to me.

Walls of beers I’ve never been able to find locally. Once I started loading my basket(s), the gentleman in the store (Mike he said) ran off into the back and brought out a PtE and asked if I would be interested. I said yes!! Wound up spending upwards of $240 and couldn’t be happier. Wonderful place with a great selection.

Only caveat is that there’s not much in the way of parking. I parked 2 blocks away, but after I brought my car back and parked in the red in front of the store Mike helped me load my boxes.

Had a great time here, wish we had a place like this near me.

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4.84/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Took a while to re-open but looks like it was worth the wait. Was able to stop buy and check out their selection. Might not be quite as big a selection (yet) as a few other stores in San Diego, but it is a quality selection, for sure. Considering the emply shelves I saw in coolers and out, I am guessing they are gearing up for an even bigger selection that was on display. They only opened about a week ago or so. Anyway, friendly people who obviously know a thing or two about good craft beer, simply by their selection alone. I will be stopping by whenever I get the chance to.

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4.82/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

I wanted to keep my favorite bottle shop on the down low a little longer but they deserve mad props for the business they do here.

Bine & Vine is a smaller sized bottle shop right below the Normal Heights sign and please note parking here SUCKS! Expect to park a block or two away at night or take your chances in a handicap stall for 10-15 minutes. These guys feature a nice wine selection in the center of the store with some craft soda and sake on the right wall and excellent selection of glasswares but the beer is what keeps me coming back.

The selection here is rotating but fresh and they have a blog which accurately updates which beers have just arrived, they will even heavily discount beers to clear older stock but their clientele seems fairly knowledgeable so old beer is rare unless it is truly poor. The prices are better than most, given the selection and they sell singles of alot of 12 oz. beers and if you buy 6 it's 10% off.

The man to talk to about beer is Geoi he's always engaging and knowledgeable about the beer scene, I believe he's had every beer he's stocked or at least intends to try them to give his customers an honest review.

I make the trip down the I-805 least once a week and it's always worth the drive.

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4.72/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

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4.69/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

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Bine & Vine Bottle Shop in San Diego, CA
Place rating: 4.54 out of 5 with 57 ratings
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