Jungle Jim's International Market - Eastgate

Jungle Jim's International Market - EastgateJungle Jim's International Market - Eastgate
Jungle Jim's International Market - EastgateJungle Jim's International Market - Eastgate

4450 Eastgate Dr
Cincinnati, Ohio, 45245-1591
United States

(513) 674-6000 | map

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IMFletcher from Kentucky

4.19/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75

If all you are doing is bottle shopping, drive around to the back entrance like everyone else says.

Then, buckle up and grab a shopping cart, because the beer selection here is huge. As usual with large stores, date check your IPAs, and don't buy if you can't find a can date.

Also, you can find Schramms, Melovino, Superstition, and many other meads here. Even a few Berry Whites if you have the coin.

Feb 24, 2020
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jkblr from Indiana

4.24/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5

I've visited this location many times over the years when my kids were playing sports in Cincinnati. It's a massive supermarket that's laid out in areas by product and requires a map to navigate.

Pro tip: The Ohio "state" store for liquor and beer/wine area are easily accessed from the back of the store by driving around the end of the strip mall and locking for the signs.

I am always floored by how much beer they have and how a lot of it is fresh. Biggest import section I've ever seen. Laid out by country. An entire wall of singles. Shelves are laid out by state of origin. They have high end singles and always have seasonal beers priced to move at the end of the seasons ($5/12 packs etc.) Worth a stop no matter what your into and you can take the family because there's plenty to see in the grocery (an entire deli counter of cheese, because they have 8 or so around the store specializing in something).

Jun 13, 2019
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.29/5  rDev -24.5%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

I had to pick my jaw off the floor after finding myself walking into a zoo, I mean grocery store. This place is goofy and gigantic, and I'm still not sure if I was just weirdly hungover. Do they really have jungle music playing outside, and a rhino, and a giant spinning bee hive, and bumper car candy shelves, and like a whole ass train coming out of the entrance? Well, the answer is yes. Or is it?

First off, this is a gigantic ass grocery store, and sort of like a mall version of one, with a lot of specifically focused sections not just on food and clothing products, but sections you never thought were necessary (and they probably aren't when really think about it, but hey, it's their investment).

If you don't know where it is, getting to the beer section is actually a bit of an ordeal. Once you get there, it becomes apparent that they really have an impressive, massive, extensive collection of beers that even your secret little in-the-know bottle shop may not be able to obtain. The downside is that the bottles are all stored poorly, especially the IPAs. Also, people that work there are totally over the cheesy concept.

There is a bar in the beer section with, as with the rest of the place, an enormous amount of space between hightops, and a pretty decent tap list and TV screens playing the sports flavor of the day.

Nov 11, 2016
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Rodosman from Pennsylvania

4.01/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3 | selection: 4.75

Huge grocery store that sells not just craft beer but also cigars, cheeses, wine etc. Huge selection of bottles beer, nothing super rare but very well organized. Also have crowlers and howlers. It's a must stop for anyone in the area.

Apr 04, 2016
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Brian_L-2056 from West Virginia

4.86/5  rDev +11.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

I have gotten to go there twice and have just been blown away by all the beer they have, about 4000 in bottles to choose from. Have a great tasting room with plenty of seating area. I can't say enough good things about it, love it!

Mar 14, 2016
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West_Chester_Ale_Tester from Ohio

3.83/5  rDev -12.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Much newer and fancier than it's more established brother. The selection is huge, the food selection is even bigger. Same let down when you get a beer from the bar. It just never seems to be that great. There's a lot to choose from, and buying beer while drinking a beer is pretty great. I just don't enjoy it as much as I thought I would.

Aug 09, 2015
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khargro2 from Tennessee

4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Jungle Jim's is a foodie's Disney World! The wide variety of hot sauces, cheeses, and European chocolates rivals or perhaps surpasses their beer selection. I have had no problem spending more than I expected both times that I have visited. It is definitely worth the 10 minute drive if you are visiting Cincinnati.

Specifically, Jungle Jim's offers singles for about 300 different US beers and has great international and US selections such as AleSmith, Deschutes, Epic, Jackie O's, Boulevard, etc. One small let down is that singles are only available for certain beers, and it can be hard to get a great collection of local Ohio beers without buying 6 packs. They do have a growler bar as well that only charges 25 cents for each tasting.

Jul 01, 2015
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UrbanCaveman from Illinois

4.19/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Much like the original Fairfield location, this ridiculous grocery store has pretty much any food item you might be looking for. If it's considered food somewhere on the planet, they likely carry at least one type or brand of it. The craft beer section is as massive as the Fairfield location as well, and as I have been told by one of the distributors for the place, if a beer is sold in Ohio, Jungle Jim's gets it. That includes AleSmith, The Bruery, and tons of others. If you want to see a partial list of what they carry, just look at the "Brands" and "Beers We Sell" sections of the websites for Premium Beverage Supply and Heidelberg Distributing. JJ's orders every single beer each of those distributors carries, plus more.

Unfortunately, the staff aren't exactly renowned for their beer knowledge, and can generally just offer advice like "the aisles are by region". They also at both locations have a habit of storing their beer out in the open, on unrefrigerated shelves, under fluorescent lights. That being said, their selection is unparalleled in Ohio, anywhere. This location seems to focus less on certain imports than Fairfield, such as German beers, but does offer more sours and more of a focus on harder to find American craft brews.

Dec 09, 2014
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Beersnake1 from California

4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Always an enjoyable experience when in Cincy. It's a circus on many fronts, but the beer selection is great. Nothing incredibly rare, but they have a lot. I found a number of vintages of J.W. Less on my last visit, which was a very nice surprise. Definitely worth a stop when in the area.

Dec 07, 2014
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cferg88 from Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Huge selection of beer, wine, cigars & food. Whatever you need. If you call "the beer guy" in advance he will try to make sure they have what you are looking for before you go.

Nov 11, 2014
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Rice_Nate_25 from Ohio

4/5  rDev -8.3%

Very diverse selection of beers and a pretty knowledgeable staff. They have a tasting bar to offer a variety of samples to prospective buyers. The only local place that carries hard to get imports like Tusker. However, they are restricted from importing any beer, specifically Kenyan and Tanzanian beers like Safari and Kilimanjaro. Not sure if they are reluctant to purchase them or if they actually are unavailable in the United States.

Sep 15, 2014
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screamking from Ohio

3.59/5  rDev -17.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5

This place has one of the biggest beer selections in Ohio. if it drops in Ohio you can be well assured that JJ's is going to get it and most of the time get plenty of it. the only downside is that have grocery store like customer service. Most of the beer employees have no idea what any regular beer geek is talking about. the best they can do is say," if we got it, its out here".

Aug 14, 2014
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DoubleSimcoe from Pennsylvania

3.57/5  rDev -18.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4

I made a quick stop at Jungle Jim's Eastgate after checking out The Party Source on the other side of the Ohio River. This place is truly massive and it's got aisle after aisle of gourmet and not-so-gourmet food.

As far as beer goes, they have hundreds of singles and a nice section of Ohio beer (Mt Carmel, Thirsty Dog, Fat Head's, Brew Kettle, Rockmill). You'll also find the usual names in American craft, including Dogfish, Weyerbacher, Smuttynose, Clown Shoes, Troegs, Victory and Southern Tier. Some Bruery and Revolution as well, and a couple of good Euro brews like De Molen Kopi Loewak.

All in all, there about seven aisles dedicated to beer at this store. Alas, I didn't see any refrigerated beer. I didn't see a beer nerd either.

The growler bar is pretty neat, 12 taps and they give samples. I'm not sure I would come back here but if you happen to live nearby, then it sure is a good option.

Aug 01, 2014
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UcDru from Ohio

4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Really cool grocery store with a large selection on everything beer included. Have a growler/pint station although they require you fill their branded growlers. The beer selection is as good as anyone in the city but there is so much traffic through the store that limited releases generally go quick. The service is average at best but definitely a cool store to browse.

Jun 06, 2014
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gusdabrew from Ohio

4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Reasonable prices - but the best deals are the closeouts and clearance skids of great beers, wines and spirits. Typical craft beer savings 16.99 12 pack - 7.99. The rest of the store is a foodies oasis. Two awesome locations. One of a kind experience. Check out their website for special events. If you haven't been - you gotta go.

May 23, 2014
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deadonhisfeet from Kentucky

3.41/5  rDev -21.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 2 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Excellent store with a truly unique atmosphere. Very friendly, helpful staff. The selection is outstanding and constantly changing/expanding. Good deals on glassware too.

Three huge gripes:
1. They do not store hoppy beers at cold temperatures. They are (carelessly) left on the shelves.

2. This place is AWFUL when it comes to letting old beers sit on the shelves. DO NOT take a chance on buying a hoppy beer from them unless it has a bottled-on date. It is not uncommon to find 3-month-old IPAs polluting their selections. For such an otherwise stellar retailer, I think this is shameful.

3. They never seem to have their act together when it comes to handling limited releases. Come on, people. You have to keep in touch with the beer scene so that when a beer like KBS or Fat Head's Hop Juju shows up, you have a plan for fair sales. Decide on a policy, explain it to customers who call, and adhere to it.

Mar 29, 2014
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williamjbauer from Colorado

4.31/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Stopped here with the wife after hearing good things.

The store is huge! Wife looked at food stuffs as I went on the beering adventure. The have one large shelf with singles and then 8ish shelves of sixers and mostly bomber but a few more singles. Even had some nice glassware. The selection is great, you wont find any uber whales, but a ton of high end quality beer. I picked up pipeworks, Oskar blues, kettleworks, fat heads, the bruery, founders, FFF, 3F just to name a few. A nice diversity of styles, everyone should find something they like. Prices were pretty competitive. Nice selection of craft kegs as well in the large refridgerator section.

Huge food choices, I wont dive deep here but you could easily make a whole day out of your visit.

I will hit this up anytime I am in the area, though I need to check out the party source as well next time to compare.

Sep 23, 2013
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BuckTuckian from Kentucky

4.36/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

I found out on a road trip they had opened a second Jungle Jim's on the Eastide of Cincinnati. This is an automatic stop for beer, wine, liquor, cigar and foodies alike.
This place is HUGE!

On to the beer. There are alot of beers stocked here warm, singles, and a big cold beer cave.
Some of my grabs were from Brew Kettle, Great Divide, Troegs, Green Flash, Ballast Point, Bear Republic, Fat Heads and some others. Their selection for an out of towner was nice.

Make plenty of time to check out the grocery side of the store as well. There is a great bakery that makes awesome pretzel bread and bacon cheeseburger bread. They have 100's of different hot sauces and and bbq sauces. The produce section is bigger than some farmer's markets I've been to. They also sell exotic meats, kangaroo, elk, bison, alligator.

Feb 18, 2013
Jungle Jim's International Market - Eastgate in Cincinnati, OH
Place rating: 4.36 out of 5 with 64 ratings