Martignetti Liquors

Martignetti LiquorsMartignetti Liquors
Martignetti LiquorsMartignetti Liquors

1650 Soldiers Field Rd
Brighton, Massachusetts, 02135-1111
United States

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3.51 by mickyge from Massachusetts on Aug 21, 2017
4 by costanzo_mike from Massachusetts on Jan 03, 2016
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3.42/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3 | selection: 4
by 20holmbrew from Massachusetts

This is my go to place for my everyday value beer. For example, Sierra Nevada and Smuttynose are available for $12.99. Solid selection overall.

Don't expect to get any advice or much help. Staff stays out of the way, which is fine for me because I know the layout for the most part and know what I am looking for. Pay attention to the dates prior to buying as some inventory sits around a while. I have been burned a couple of times so have learned my lesson.

Dec 29, 2015
4.25 by ZDSmith87 from Massachusetts on Oct 15, 2014
4.25 by TheAnk from Massachusetts on Sep 16, 2014
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3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4
by stephenjmoore from Maryland

A big store with a pretty large selection of beers in coolers and beers on shelves. I was pretty impressed with the selection. Not being from the area, I thought there was a very good selection and the prices seemed to be about average. Really no complaints from me, you will be able to go in and find something you want. The only thing I noticed that some people might not like is that it seemed the import selection was somewhat limited. Macros and craft selections were there though.

Mar 22, 2014
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4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5
by mcguirmn from New Jersey

This is a fantastic store if you are looking for a quality import 12-pack, micro-6pack, or if you want to buy singles. They have a great selection of beer, though most sits on the floor. If you are looking for nice beer though, don't expect to find it cold. Most of the fridge space is occupied by macrobrews.

The customer service, I've found, is a little lacking. I asked someone in the beer department for help finding a beer, and he said they had been out for weeks. After a little walking around I found a whole pallet of the beer I was looking for. Obviously I found what I was looking for, but it was a little weird to ask the beer-area employee for help and him not being able to.

Also, if by any chance you are looking for quantity over quality for a party or some other gathering, you should look elsewhere. When it comes to import and quality 12packs, Martignetti's is the place to go. But if you are looking for cheaper, light beer, their prices are $2 over what you'd find at rival liquor stores.

Apr 07, 2012
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3.41/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4
by sjverla from Massachusetts

This is my go-to store. It's nearby, and the selection isn't bad. My biggest complaint is that beer that sits on the shelves stays on the shelves. I'm a big Oskar Blues fan, and a big Imperial IPA fan, so I was excited to see packs of Gubna there. However, these cans were at least 6 months old. Same goes for the Hop Wallop I got there, and probably the Mad River Jamaican Red Ale, too.

However, their selection of Dogfish Head, Sierra Nevada, and Ithaca Beer Co. are solid and always stocked. Their special/bomber selection is also pretty good.

Bottom line is, if it's an unlimited release in an undated bottle, you're taking a gamble here. If there's something special you're looking for though, there's a good chance of finding it.

Feb 26, 2011
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3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
by OtherShoe2 from Massachusetts

Haven't been here in years, so it was a nice return. Big store, with a huge wine and booze section, and a very good sized area just for beer.

Lots of warm beer by the six, plus a decent selection of bombers. Cases are stacked up all around and there is plenty in the cooler.

Some good rare selections from common names, and some oddities I've never seen before. Not alot of singles offered, but I pulled some from broken sixes and no one complained. In fact, no one spoke. The place is big and they leave you alone. Lots of room to move around, and no dusty bottles. Stuff moves here.

Got me a gruit...didn't expect to see that here. Good belgian selection (good, not great).

Some things were priced very good, and others a little pricey, so it balances out.

Worth the stop. Lots of college kids buying cases of Bud, but plenty of register and help cashing out.

Apr 22, 2010
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4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
by skylark012 from Massachusetts

I'm a big fan of Martignetti Liquors. I live in Oak Square and I probably do about 80% of my shopping here.

They have a very good selection of beer, wine and liquor (although I generally only go for beer). You won't be digging up any impressive rare finds but you will have no problem finding something good with variety to choose from. And it will be reasonably priced. If I can find it here it's probably the same or cheaper than any other store in the area.

Especially love their $11.99 Harpoon and Sam 12 packs, and even the occasional $11.99 Sierra Nevada 12 pack!

Also love how the store is set up. Beers are all organized by region or US State. Makes it very easy to navigate and find what you're looking for.

They don't have a "beer guy" walking around, and the only person you'll probably talk to his the cashier, but I don't blame them for that and I've never had any trouble getting some assistance when I needed it.

Overall great go to store! Oh and some of the older review below are very dated. They must have expanded their selection significantly since 2005/2006ish.

Mar 31, 2010
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3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
by BetterDarker from Massachusetts

Martignetti's has a good selection of beer, especially in cases. Their "regional" breakdown area can be amusing, especially when you find the Long Trail in the California section. Good place to go if you know what you are looking for, and floor staff is friendly.

The prices here, for the most part, are great, especially for local beer, you can usually find a case of Harpoon for $22. They also are heavy on their Leinenkugal selection, which is interesting, but a bit pricy during this recession.

Updating this as I made a pleasant discovery here last night. On some of there micro and craft beers they are posting Beer Advocate reviews; very nice touch!

May 22, 2009
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3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
by jaygates from Massachusetts

This is my default beer store. Big selection of New England/Northeast beers, both in the coolers and on the shelves. Someone mentioned lack of Smuttynose, which was curious, but they recently added their IPA. Prices average around 7.50 or so
for a decent 6 pack. They seem to run specials on 12 packs, you can usually grab a 12 of SA or Harpoon for 11.99. Score!

The employees on the floor seem to be more trained in wine than beer, but I usually know what I want when I head in there. Counter help is usually friendly.

Oct 04, 2007
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3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
by morebeergood from Massachusetts

Stopped by here on this past Saturday afternoon with a friend to pick up some afternoon brews. This place is a large, warehouse type store, with plenty of floor space. The selection is decent, they have lots of macros and micros, but not a lot of the stuff that a true beer geek would be looking for. This place is know for quantity over quality. Prices were pretty good, with a lot of six packs in the $7.99 range. Service was ok, the guy by the coolers asked if I needed help, but the guy at the register didn't say a word to me. This is a good place to get in, get what you want, and get out. Not a place to "shop" for beer.

Sep 25, 2007
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2.85/5  rDev -23.2%
by YonderWanderer from Colorado

Martignetti's was my go-to liquor store for a while before discovering Marty's in Newton. They have a huge selection of wine, mass-produced swill, and liquors. Their craft and microbrew selection is limited, with all of the standards you can find in most Boston-area liquor stores. They have a section of shelves that are beers from around the world and the country, and are broken out as such. However most of them are the more mainstream ones - i.e. DFH, Duvel, Ommegang, etc. Not much in the way of west coast brews here either. Pricing is average for the area, though bombers can sometimes be a little bit more than you might want to pay.

Service can be spotty - I went there to recycle beer bottles (had 2 shopping carts worth), and about halfway through, all the machines were full. I went and told someone and they kinda shrugged it off without doing anything.

Not a bad place to stop if you're looking for decently priced beers that are easy to find, but there are better stores in the area.

Aug 02, 2007
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2.85/5  rDev -23.2%
by bignick from Massachusetts

This is place has a very average selection with a lackluster staff. When I asked where the bombers of beer were, the staff person looked at me like I'm from Mars. O well. There are some six packs all the way on the back, including the regulars and few surpirses, although mainly unimpressive random stuff. They carry extensive cases that have been sitting around for who knows how long. What's most impressive about this store is the huge stacks of thirties on the left wall. I wouldn't consider this place a regular stop, it decent if in the Watertown area and looking for beer.

May 08, 2006
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3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
by petemoss14 from Germany

I stop by here for beer every once in awhile, since it is on a route that I travel often. The beer selection is decent. They carry some of the more popular quality imports (Chimay, Westmalle, Sam Smith, Schneider). Though I'm surprised at the lack of certain things -- Smuttynose for instance. The layout is clean, though I feel there is a lot of under-utilized space. There is actually more floor space here than at Marty's in Newton, but they are lucky if they carry half the the beer selection. Pretty solid, but could be much better.

Jan 27, 2006
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3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
by bjohnson from Massachusetts

This one has a descent selection, however, if you're looking for something out of the "ordinary", you're not going to find it here. Great selection of 12 packs and the place to go for a New England micro case, but singles and those hard to find brews are lacking. Huge selection of wine and booze. It looks like a stop and shop--the size of the place is enormous. Service was not bad, although I think they are more focused on wine sales than anything else--there is actually a desk where a wine guy sits at.

Stocked with the usual, Long trail, Magic Hat, Casco, Cisco, Newport Storm, Harpoon, Otter Creek, Concord, among others.

Dec 05, 2005
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3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
by brewandbbq from New Hampshire

I've stopped in this place probaly 6 times in the last 2 years, most recently last weekend,probably my last time.
It is a huge building which is located convieniently on the way to Marty's in Newton, but for the sheer size of the building, it has a very unimpressive selection of beers.
Most of the store is wine and liquor and the beer section takes about 5 minutes to scan. Lots of cases on one side and a somewhat dissapointing selection of sixers and big bottles on the opposite. They don't even carry any Victory! No newer beers to speak of, no Lagunitas,no Avery,and a Belgian section that has the bare bones basics.
When I inquired about Victory the response I got was "I don't know,I work in the wine section.."
Whatever, I'll just go down the street and drop my $89.
Oh, yea, and the bathrooms are no longer open to the public.

Jan 21, 2005
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3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
by waughbrew from Massachusetts

This place is big but is mostly wine and some liqour. Beer selection is pretty good, with some rare regional selections. They appeared to have the whole Paper City line-up as well as the Hyland beers from western MA, which can be hard to find in this area. The typical imports were there - Fuller's from England, the wheat beers from Germany, Chimays from Belguim, etc. Not too many rarities, but certainly an above-average selection. The people were rather friendly, but beware! They do not take non-MA licenses as proof of ID so bring your passport if you need to. They let me buy only after talking to the manager.

Oct 13, 2003
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4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
by JMH_ from New Jersey

a great, great find out in brighton. it's pretty much a pain in the ass to get to if you are sans vehicle, but try to grab a buddy''s car and head over to soldier's field road if you can. the place is friggin huge, with a massive wine selection dividing two beer sections: warm six packs, singles and cases on the left, cold and some singles on the right. always check the cold stuff...there's usually a six pack or two that's not over in the warm section, but other than that, the two usually match up pretty well. the warm section is great, with six packs broken up into rows by state and country. there's a decent amount of selection amongst the cases as well.

Oct 02, 2003
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4/5  rDev +7.8%
by Admiraldinty from Massachusetts

Much better than I expected. Huge store. Wine and hard alcohol on one side, beer on the other. The beer selection was divided between cold stuff and shelved stuff. The selection was pretty good for one of these chain stores. Beer is divided by country and region of origin. Good selection of American microbrews, pretty good selection of imports. My one complaint is that they don't have very many singles. Almost everything is six-pack. Also, their Belgian area is lacking.

Sep 18, 2003
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4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
by scottum from Vermont

This place is huge! Reminds me of NH state liquor stores. Big wine selection. The beer selection is split. Coolers of singles and sixpacks on one side. A long treck to the other side of the store gives you a big selection of cases from all over new england and the world. You can find some good deals here. Right on Soldiers Field Rd (Storrow Drive, but further out)

Feb 01, 2003
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