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BA SCORE
89
very good

23 Reviews
Total Wine & MoreTotal Wine & More
PLACE INFO

Type: Store

6240 Little River Tpke
Alexandria, Virginia, 22312-1714
United States

(703) 941-1133 | map
totalwine.com

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PLACE STATS
Score:
89
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
34
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
8.4%
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Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 34
Reviews by Jimmys:
Photo of Jimmys
4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

I have been to this place quite a few times since relocating to the northern VA region. Since coming here, this has turned into my go-to craft beer to-go spot.
If Im gonna go to Total Wine (Alexandria) I usually go when I have nothing to do, because I will literally do laps around the beer isles picking up bottles and reading labels. The selection is fantastic. Especially for American craft brews. Other beer mecca's are represented well (Germany, Belgium, etc.) and even other countries (I remember seeing a decent amount of Asian brews, but not like the American craft section. You can buy cases, sixers, build your own, or just buy singles. Over the last few months I have started to collect/cellar and this is where Im sucked in. They will usually have a few finds and things that are worth setting aside. It is actually really hard for me to go into the store and not leave without spending at least $50.
I haven't had much experience with the staff seeing that I usually don't need any assistance, but there was one occurrence where I called another local (Total Wine Chantilly) and the salesman went and checked the store to see if what I was looking for was in stock. I know this is for a different location, but I am sure they would have done the same at this store. EDIT: Have started going Friday evenings and there is one employee that is very knowledgeable about beer and will help the amateur craft beer drinker or the seasoned pro.
Highly recommend checking this place out if you are looking for a solid selection at reasonable prices.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Sludgeman
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Each Total Wine tends to have a slightly different layout and feel. I like that. But then again I also like to be able to walk into a store and know exactly where to find what I need. (boy to I hate when my regular grocery rearranges the store.) This TW is an average TW. Always good to know where these stores are as you can always find something.

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Photo of TheBlueJerzzzz
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of MUTINY
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Photo of Barracudas
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

This is probably the worst Total Wine in the Washington DC metropolitan area. Very rare to find the newest releases and when they have them, it is like pulling teeth to obtain one.

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Photo of ArkyVaughan
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Photo of HookemHoos
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of ThaneMcC
4.36/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Location: in Alexandria, VA - one of only a few decent places to buy craft beer at a reasonable price.
- the traffic pattern and the parking lot is poorly designed and the flow of traffic is terrible - you may be able to enter the lot, but prepare yourself, as leaving is a real challenge

The Store: Great selection of wines, liquor and of course craft beers and imported beers. Large selection of multi packs, singles (mix a six) and seasonal releases. Great import section.
- bar with samples and with good rotating menu of beers. They wash and fill growlers for a reasonable price.

Overall: great place (for the Alexandria region), reasonable prices and great selection.
update: the craft beer selection continues to grow. The Growler filling station offers some really tasty and interesting stuff, staff are knowledgable and very friendly. Great place -

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Uf0T0fU
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Saudereth
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of DavidHume
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Badger6
4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

This is my local craft brew shop, and imports, and...well, anything beer. The selection is phenomenal, I'm going to make a wild guess and say 750+ regularly stocked, with seasonal and special issues rotating in continually. The management and employees are helpful, and ALWAYS friendly, though knowledge is hit or miss (more hit, though). At 2 miles from my house, this is worth the drive past the places that are much closer with a fraction of the selection that appears programmed by a distributor. Clearly TW chooses their stock on the basis of a beer knowledge. The atmosphere of the place is all warehouse...but if you a re in TW, you aren't there for the ambience.

Note on food, occasionally they do cheese and meat samples, never had any, but the stuff they do stock is nice comfort items to go with wine and craft beer. Small selection on these items, but that's not really their business, either, so they get a 5 rating on the beer selection.

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Photo of chiva
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of MattNelson
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of cnwillis31
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of 4thelvofbeer
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

This is the place in my neighborhood when I go to get beers (and wine too!!). Their beer selection is big, nice and they get in some rare beers every once in a while (KBS, 120 min IPA, etc.). They do a first come first served basis on their rare beers and reserve them to some super limited quantities. The overall beer selection is fantastic (hence the 5 rating). The store has dedicated two whole isles and most of the front displays in the store to beer.

If you like wine, the selection is HUGE! They mostly stock the newer stuff, but some older vintages can be found.

The store has wine tastings and some beer events on the weekends that are worth checking out.

My kind of neighborhood store!

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Photo of travisnd
3.3/5  rDev -16%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

My in laws live in Alexandria, VA and I visited them this past weekend with hopes of finding some brews there that I could not find back home at my local Total Wine. First off, this store is in the worst designed shopping center in VA and is crazy just to get in and out. The store is quite large and much bigger than the two Total Wines by me in Hampton Roads. I was not too impressed with the selection as I was only able to find 1 beer that I couldn't find back home. I did notice too that they had limitations on certain brews that they did not have limitations on near me which I found interesting. Overall, I would go back, but I'm interested in finding another craft beer store next time I'm near my in laws!

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Photo of Chaney
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Atmosphere: Typical Total Wine store, but a bit larger and well stocked than most. Alcoholic grocery store.

Quality: In addition to the standard fare (which this place pretty much carries it all), I've seen the occasional gem. For instance, I came here the week Black Ops was released and I applaud them for even putting it out on the shelf. Most places would keep it in the back as some sort of secret stash meant for the "privileged" and/or employees only. Also, they usually carry reams of Sculpin every time a batch gets released.

Service: Like most TWs, the employees run the gamut from craft beer lover, to the weekend Bud drinker. This model applies to this store as well.

Selection: Overall, I really like the selection here. The new releases/most popular brews are displayed near the front of the store, and on some island-style shelves displayed near the front.... and there are a lot of them!

Value: Whenever I hit this area, before going to Ricks and Whole foods, I usually go here first to see if they have what I want first due to their reasonable prices.

This is my favorite Total Wine on the NOVA side of the DC area.

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Photo of blackie
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

as far as atmosphere is concerned, well, it's a Total Wine, so they've got that whole sterile grocery store vibe nailed

selection is deep even for the chain, with a whole full-length aisle devoted only to singles, arranged by style, if something is distributed here there's a good chance of locating it at this store...

...and with such a large selection comes the chance that you'll pick up something out-of-date, a problem that seems to run within the chain, lots of light exposure, quality can be a crapshoot

service doesn't exist unless you ask for it, which is typical for the chain - as I wasn't approached and did not need it, I can't comment on the knowledge available at this particular store

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

My go-to beer store right here! This is a great stop here because they have a massive selection of singles from various states. On the other hand they did not seem to carry any exceptionally rare releases, but they do from time to time. You just need to stop by or call often to see when the releases come out (e.g., HopSlam). The wall of singles not only provided a chance to pick up beers from places like Saranac, Legacy, New England Brewing, Cape Ann and Legend but the prices are perfect anywhere between $1.49 and $2.99. This place gives you enough options to fill each evening if you do not want to pay the mark-up at more specialized beer stores. This place is stocked to the walls with wine and offers a wonderful collection of Virginia / local wines - perfect place for me and my wife! Cheers (keep the coupons coming)!

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Photo of Jesstyr
4/5  rDev +1.8%

My new go-to beer stop, this is a great place to have in the neighborhood...particularly with reasonable prices.

Overall this place has a great selection of beers, lots of stuff you cant find in the area for a reasonable price. Best part is the diversity of sixers, big bottles and singles - a great place to do a pick six with regular rotations. Lacks significant amounts of local brews, and unfortunately needs a bit more diversity in its belgian selection, while the rest of Europe is reasonable well represented. Staff is incredibly friendly, if just not knowledgeable, which you kind of expect in a wine superstore.

If you are in the area, check out a Total Wines, you will leave with a great haul...

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Photo of jayhawk73
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%

Total Wine is one of the better places in the DC area to get quality craft beer. The service is non-existent, but they have a ton of Belgian Beer and US Craft Beers. You'll be fine if you have an idea of what you're looking for. In addition to a bunch of 4 and 6 packs (in belgian and US craft beers) Total Wine has A TON of American craft brew singles. You might not be able to find super exclusive beers here, but they have a really good selection of most things, at a pretty good price. Definitely check out Total Wine in Alexandria if you're in the DC area.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.85/5  rDev -2%

Great thing about the store is that it contains a large selection, but much of that is from beers of the East coast area. Really obscured micros are hard to find, but there are some real diamonds to be found here.

However, it's a giant warehouse and it can hold a lot. Staff assistance is non existent very much Wal Mart like, however if you do run in to a staff member I am sure they will help you out (although I've never had to rely on this while visiting).

This also one of the few areas were you can get singles and an abundant choice of them. That is a huge plus. Also the singles are very nicely organized starting with foreign which are grouped also by style, and then the craft beer section which is grouped nicely by style also, Pale Ales, Stouts, Imperial Stouts, IPA, Double IPAs and so forth. This makes it much easier to find what you are looking for.

Prices are fairly reasonable, although if you want something obscure chances are it isn't going to be here, particularly if it's not made near the region (East Coast).

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Photo of katan
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%

I finally feel compelled to write a review for this place. And I will freely admit these are through out of state eyes where our local offerings are lacking.

I've walked to this Total Wine several times from the Hilton Mark Center while visiting DC on work. I am always outright amazed at the selection at this place. It is on par, and exceeds with regional flair, places like Binnys of Chicago, South Bay Drugs of San Diego, and Total Beverage of Denver.

Basically every beer distributed in the region. I particularly like it for the DFH, Victory, Weyerbacher, and Brooklyn selection. I am slightly annoyed that I live closer to Oskar Blues than Total Wine, but I still can't buy their products, but that is another story.

Service is good. Friendly - bit grocery store like.

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3.93 out of 5 based on 34 ratings.
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