Bottles and Cans

Bottles and CansBottles and Cans
Bottles and CansBottles and Cans

4109 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, Illinois, 60618-3259
United States

(773) 857-2270 | map

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Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 62
Photo of Jangoon24
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

You really can't beat a bottle shop that carries all of the most recent releases, and lets you pick cans/bottles off of them to create your own 4/6-pack. The better whisky they carry is priced pretty aggressively, but that tends to be the norm nowadays, so it's not much of a knock on them. Even if the really rare beer they just posted on social media is sold out by the time I get over there, I've never left unsatisfied due to their great selection, and knowledge of everything!

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.23/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

North Center's craft beer, fine wine and spirit shop. They hold frequent tastings. You can build your own mixed six pack from anything in the store. They have over 800 beers, 250 wines and 150 spirits to choose from.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.57/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

This place is neat, clean and bright. That immediately puts it ahead of about half the stores out there. It is well organized by state and then by brewery.
Service was friendly and helpful without being obtrusive.
The quality is top-notch. Most, if not all, of the IPA's seem to be quite fresh. A few were just days old.
Great selection, especially with local beers. Mostly room temp shelving with a smaller cooler. Nice selection of singles for mix-a-six.
Prices are a touch high but about in line for such a shop.
Excellent bottle shop.

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Photo of dogbert617
5/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

One of the absolute best beer stores in Chicago, for sure. When the store owner or one of the employees is always glad to answer any questions you may have over a beer, do tasting events often upon many of my visits here, or even is willing in most cases to substitute a beer not in the create your own 4 or 6 pack area that's in the regular shelving part of this store into a CYO 4 or 6 pack, that means a DARN lot to me how much they'll go out of the way to satisfy their customers.

And the way they do a random ticket raffle for their Goose Island Bourbon County Stout release rather than having to camp out FOREVER late some night and early some morning till a store opens, is another plus. Hope this store never changes a thing, since it is an amazing store as it is! There are some wine and spirits/liqueur options they sell too, but since I don't drink those as often as I do beer, I can't comment on how good those sections are.

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Photo of pagriley
4.15/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Great little bottle shop. Good selection, helpful staff and eclectic offerings that the bigger stores don't stock.
Limited / special releases tend to get held and they do an event / release at a time when more people can make it which is nice too (rather than selling mid week to the truck chasers).

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Photo of petmoo23
3.8/5  rDev -14.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

Fair bottle shop. Not the greatest service, but decent selection. Gets picked over quickly.

If you ranked Chicago bottle shops they would be in the 8-16 range.

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Photo of RavenForBeer
5/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I don't get to visit good bottle shops until I travel. But when I do travel, I make sure to hit one or two shops. On this occasion, my plan was to visit two.

Bottles & Cans was my first stop. Immediately upon entering we were greeted by one of the owners, Carly. She was very friendly and helpful throughout the short time I spent there. Also, she was highly perceptive and stated upon entering, "Didn't you just follow us on Facebook". It was like walking into the Cheers Bar and being Norm! Even if she blatantly stated that she is a Facebook stalker!

The selection was outstanding, but this could be due to not being able to find many of these beers at my local shops. There is a large selection of local craft from Michigan, Ohio, and the Chicago area. The store is very clean and bright, which is something I look for in a store. Nobody wants to buy their beer in a dungeon that smells musty!

Finally, upon checking out a rep from Pipeworks had stop by for a drop off and was able to meet and exchange short conversation with him. At one point, Carly disappeared into the back before completing my check-out, which I thought was odd but maybe she needed to show the guy where to put the boxes. I was floored when she returned to the front of the store with a bottle of beer just brought in from an Ohio brewery that I had not heard of and presented the beer to us as a gift.

Overall, this place is truly world-class and I will be visiting again upon my next trip to Chicago! Prost! Wish I lived closer to these fine folks.

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Photo of Indybier
3.88/5  rDev -12.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Nice & friendly little spot w/decent options. My concern as is with most Mom/Pop shops is handling inventory, meaning: as word spreads and BA's and neighborhood folks start to flock in, will there be more empty spots on the shelves than not? I saw about 6 people studying the shelves hard in my 10 minute stay. Time will tell.

But, if they stay pleasant, keep informed on current stock and future releases, and please do not go the way of another local beer/wine that went south and angered alot of their local customers w/a shiddy and snobbish attitude - they should be fine.


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Photo of emerge077
4.22/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

2019: A convenient location, near Half Acre and Dovetail, so I keep shopping here. Typically i'll see something here they don't have at Beer Temple and vice versa. They post new arrivals on Instagram, so that's an improvement. Support local independent shops that actually care about beer!

2017: Stopped in and the owner was very helpful answering questions and finding a beer I was looking for.
Singles selection is great, much more varied than Binnys. Bumping up service & selection score.

I wish they'd post current stock/new arrivals somewhere other than Facebook, since their FB page isn't public and not everyone uses the site.

Stopped in here on opening day this past Thursday... the store is a great addition to the North Center neighborhood, not far from Half Acre, and near the Irving Park brown line. The store is in a small space on the ground floor of a newer condo building.

The cashier was right up front, along with a bottle chiller (great idea) that they explained was semi-temporary until their coolers arrive next week. To the left are a couple of high backed chairs, a rug, and flatscreen tv on the wall, kind of felt like a new home, complete with the "new home smell" of fresh paint and sawn wood. The space was utilitarian with a grid of shelving in the center of the store, the majority being craft beer, along with some wine and craft spirits along the walls.

Beer selection was good, full lines from Boulevard, Oskar Blues, Founders, Bells, and more. Spotted an Argus London Porter that had eluded me, and current seasonals lke Breakfast Stout. A wall of singles were individually priced, set up for mix & match six packs. The prices were fair and competitive on the beer, which was US craft focused, with a few shelves dedicated to quality imports also (Timmermans Oude Gueuze for example).

The couple running the store were friendly, and took the time to help customers while busy stocking the shelves. Check back in to see the progress and to support a new independent craft beer business in the neighborhood.

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