Plaza Market


52 Reviews
Plaza MarketPlaza Market

Type: Store

2400 Peck Rd
El Monte, California, 91733-2812
United States

(626) 444-4454 | map

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Added by Craftbeerkings on 07-19-2012

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Reviews: 52 | Ratings: 82
Photo of Catracho5
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Popped into Plaza Market the other night to check it out. They have most of their beers in the refrigerator. They have a great selection of beers, very extensive. But their beers are not organized very well, the bottom shelves look like they are crammed with leftovers. They have average prices, some cigars, a decent selection of glassware. I have two complaints, one is that they play very loud annoying techno music in the store, at least the night I visited. Second, I did not see any of the beers they sell online and I suspect that they leave these in the back just for online sells. I think it looks shady when you keep the good stuff in the back for online sells.

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Photo of Ngaier
5/5  rDev +23.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Dont know why anybody would shop online anywhere else? The selection is great and the service is better! Fantastic associates including Mike who answered every question I had over the phone. Wont shop anywhere else because there is no need.

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Photo of saliro5
5/5  rDev +23.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This place happens to be in between home and work. The selection is incredible and the prices are fair. Best part is the IPA's are kept cold and everything is organized well. Definitely worth a visit.

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Photo of trigoblue
5/5  rDev +23.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This is the place to go for beers from A-Z! Small family owned establishment with a passion for all things craft ale. Plaza market is an absolute gem of a craft beer store in the city of El Monte. Worth giving this place a shot if you're in the area.

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Photo of Kyasumura
5/5  rDev +23.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Forget BevMo or Total Wine and More! Plaza Market of El Monte is the real deal. There are literally TONS of choices for beer, with a specialization in craft beer. Plaza Market offers a wide selection of beer both in-store and online via their craftbeerkings website. The beer is fairly priced and the service of all of their knowledgeable staff is amazing. Make sure to talk to Mike, Moe, or Feras who will definitely hook you up with the latest and greatest (or anything in between) in beer.

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Photo of Mattygross44
5/5  rDev +23.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

What can i say this is my go to place for all the rare hard to find stuff.. These guys have welcomed me with open arms since day one and always are pulling rare and amazing beers out of the back for customers to try. There selection is ridiculous. All types of beers ice cold in there fridges.. Mike is the man and all the other guys are always willing to help you out with what ever style of beers you like. Great glassware section also. I don't mind driving 40 mins each way to come to this place. Go check them out if your in southern California you wont be disappointed.

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Photo of Vylo
5/5  rDev +23.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Ordered online. Gigantic selection, helped me out with a large order, good guys. The only drawback I could find to this place is the price . If you live across the country its fine to pay for things you can't find around, but I'm not sure I would be visiting this place if I lived locally.

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Photo of Hoptimist
5/5  rDev +23.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I really like this place because it carries all of my favorite craft beer brands but also carries regular beer(sometimes you gotta drink a 40). The workers there are always very nice, and the one guy with the long red beard is very knowledgable. He turned me on to some local brews from Hangar 24 and they are now my favorite brewery! I highly recommend this place and I tell all my friends about it, a gem in the middle of El Monte!

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Photo of Sixdollarhaircut
5/5  rDev +23.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

It's awesome to see a family place with brothers working together, you don't see a lot of that lately. Beer selection was great, lots of rare and hard to find beers as well as the local classics. I've been shopping there for over tow years now, they've yet to let me down.

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Photo of LethalChickens
5/5  rDev +23.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I have been dealing with these guys for a few years now. They have always been a pleasure to deal with and have a great selection of beers. I tend sometimes to have to curb my beer spending cause they always have stuff I want. They are one of my preferred spots to buy from. Knowledgable and friendly with an awesome selection.

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Photo of Rollzroyce21
2.79/5  rDev -31.1%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2.75 | service: 2 | selection: 4

They had a pretty nice selection, but the place was way too disorganized and cramped. Pretty sure they were violating a bunch of codes, but not uncommon in the L.A. area.
I just walked in, looked around, then walked out. Didn't get greeted entire time I was in there.

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Photo of DiscoDodo
4.71/5  rDev +16.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

A friend turned me on to this place when the new owner took over a few years back. This places selection is hands down better than anything else in the area with awesome prices. Along to go with that is a awesome, friendy and helpful staff. A must go to if your in the area.

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Photo of NPO
5/5  rDev +23.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Best online shipping prices in the market place! Best online order processing in the market place! Best online selection in the market place! Best customer experience in the market place! Very knowledgeable and professional staff! Thanks for all the great beers I was able to enjoy myself and share with so many others! Without Craft Beer Kings this would have not been possible!

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Photo of SLubeski
4.81/5  rDev +18.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

The only reason its not 5s across the board is because its in a part of town I wouldn't want to be left alone at night in, it has a very Kwik-E-Mart exterior, and the bulletproof glass divider. Selection is top notch, knowledge is even better. The real gems are what they carry behind the divider if you're willing to strike up some conversation. Whales bro. If you're not kicking it with Moe, then you're not really in the game!

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Photo of Bradthoc
2.67/5  rDev -34.1%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2.25

Stopped in the weekend of March 6th.
A friend and I were coming into LA for a bottle release and to visit a few breweries for the weekend. We stopped here as it was on the way down and we've both wanted to visit and check out their selection.

Exterior was not what I was expecting. It looked like a mini mart and nothing you'd expect to find a decent selection of craft beer in. There was plenty of empty boxes laying around outside and trash along the entrance.

Interior was crowded, cluttered with mini mart types of items (gum, candy, etc.) and aisles of food. The last two aisles were reserved for glassware, wine, and coolers of beer. Some beers and extra stock were also displayed behind the protective glass check out counter.

Staff was friendly and nice. There were no public restrooms on site but they were understanding in our just arrive after a four drive and kindly let us use the employee restroom behind the counter. Staff was courteous in looking up prices for me on some unmarked bottles I was interested in as well as letting us know if there was any specialty bottles we were looking for available behind the counter.

Selection was not what I had come to expect in my head. With a title of "Craft Beer Kings" on Instagram I was hoping to see floor to ceiling selection and several aisles of beer to keep me busy wondering for hours. Most of the bottles were kept in cold storage. However the selection appeared limited for a California specialty beer store. Prices seemed fair and only a few items I noticed were priced $1-2 higher than other places I'd seen.

Overall, staff was nice. Place was uncomfortable and crowded and selection seemed lacking and misleading from pictures I'd seen. I take time out of my travel to pull off here in the future any time soon, but if you're in the area it may be worth checking out.

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Photo of mrcraft
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

I visited Plaza Market for the first time today being in the area. Knowing Craft Beer Kings reputation from the forums here, this review is from an in-person visit perspective. From the outside barring signs that say they sell craft beer, you wouldn't think they have a large selection.

A lot of their beers are refrigerated (kudos to them!) in coolers towards the back. I did see some beers on shelves. I thought the selection was very diverse and solid. You have a representative sample of beers from Belgium, Germany, and craft beers being distributed in SoCal. I didn't strike up a conversation with anyone at the store, so who knows if they had any special offerings or rarities in the back or behind the counter.

The cashier area is walled off with a plexiglass partition like you see at a bank which kinda throws off a bad vibe. They did have beers on shelves behind the partition. I did a quick peek but didn't see any rarities.

I thought the pricing was okay, generally market pricing.

If you're in the area, they do have solid selection, and is definitely worth a visit.

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Photo of carlos89
5/5  rDev +23.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Great spot. Walked away with a few gems. one of which was a small cantillon kriek bottle. great selection overall. Most of everything is refrigerated. Staff was friendly. Checkout was quick. Def worth a drive

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Photo of jaeone
4.01/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Having been into craft beer for several years now and being a Los Angeles County native, it is only recently that I've learned of Plaza Market and the vast selection of rare, choice beer offerings they have. From Russian River, Cascade Brewing, Bruery to Cantillon - just to name a few, you'll invariably find something you're looking for. I dropped by today in-person to fulfill my online order and was offered a rare Belgian Kriek Lambic Bio, which I instantaneously scooped up. Thanks for the hook-up, Sam. The staff is knowledgeable and eager to help you find the beer you're looking for. A spot-on craft beer shop in my humble opinion.

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Photo of sheenisgod
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

This place is awesome. They have a pretty large selection of beers, proper glassware, t shirts and knowledgable employees. I actually found out about this place on Instagram and I'm glad I did. The last time I was there I picked up some Almanac sours. I will definitely be coming back soon.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Mostly positive experiences (all online through craftbeerkings). Had some confusion with getting a refund when the wrong beer was shipped. Have been able to get some beers I haven't found elsewhere. Would like to see the bottle limit policy changed. Makes sense to limit so others can get some to but 1 bottle limits when dealing with shipping too is a pain. Maybe make it in the 2 to 6 range?

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Photo of GJ40
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%

Lots of beer but poorly organized and quite a few duplicates in other sections. It's definitely a great place but it's not for me. I couldn't find anything I really wanted to take back to the east coast with me.

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Photo of misswill
4.9/5  rDev +21%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

This is a regular stop for me when I'm looking for specific bottles. I am very lucky to be local. All the guys (Mike, Moe, et. al) at Plaza are helpful and knowledgable. They take great care of their customers and can answer nearly any questions about beer. The best in the area, for sure.

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Photo of gmo_vr626
5/5  rDev +23.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This is the place to go for all of your craft beer needs in the San Gabriel Valley! I've been coming here for a while now and have never been dissappointed with the service or the selection. The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable, but the two that really stand out are Moe and Mike. Awesome dudes! The prices are very reasonable oh and did i mention that they ship to other states?! Check em out at or follow them on instagram @craftbeerkings to stay updated on their stock
Truely a hidden gem burried in the middle of South El Monte!

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Photo of seavercm
4.59/5  rDev +13.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

What a hidden gem buried in the, umm, neighborhoods of LA. I honestly thought I was at the wrong place when I pulled up as it basically looks like a quick-e-mart in the Hispanic community.

So much great west coast stuff to be found here that I almost had to buy a second suitcase. Be sure to ask for Moe - he was super helpful and offered some stuff behind the counter that I never expected to get. About 3 isles of fantastic, quality stuff.

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Photo of smitty5245
5/5  rDev +23.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

One of the best bottle shops in California! Amazing selection and very friendly knowledgeable staff. Shipping deals are great for folks like me that don't have the opportunity to visit the shop. World class shop! These guys really know what they are doing.

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