Binny's Beverage Depot - River North

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88
very good

45 Reviews
Binny's Beverage Depot - River NorthBinny's Beverage Depot - River North
PLACE INFO

Type: Store

213 W Grand Ave
Chicago, Illinois, 60654-7673
United States

(312) 332-0012 | map
www.binnys.com

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PLACE STATS
Score:
88
Reviews:
45
Ratings:
73
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
7.22%
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Reviews: 45 | Ratings: 73
Reviews by Realale:
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3.85/5  rDev -0.8%

A compact, and not particularly well conceived beer collection is available at this Binny's. Most of the cooler space is full of macroswill and alco-pops, but craft beer and quality imports now have taken over a few of the doors. The majority of the good beer is still confined to several small mini-aisles near the checkout. Lights were off in this part of the store, but I don't know whether that was a preservative effort or merely poor housekeeping. :-) On subsequent visits they have been off, so it seems to be on purpose - good on them!

Belgian selection was interesting, with the trappists, including Westvletern 8 and 12, all on the shelf (not seen since Fall of '04). Five Cantillons, but they were some of the more esoteric selections with Fou Forne, and Lou Pepe Gueuze among them. Some interesting Hanssens too. Lots of the shelf space was the more industrial Belgian producers, however.

Very good U.S. micro selection with plenty of Goose Island, Rogue, Victory, Three Floyds, etc. Pretty basic U.K. and German selections.

Quality of all beers purchased has been fine. There was a particularly knowledgable beer person working while I was browsing, and I've seen him on subsequent visits. He was able to direct me to a couple of limited release Goose Island selections based on what I was looking at in the Belgian section. Very nice. Last edited 6/12/2006.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Nhmp105
4.6/5  rDev +18.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Gambyt20
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of FBarber
4.23/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

One of the smaller Binny's size wise, yet consistently has one of the better craft beer selections. They get all the big ones and are always on top of limiting bottles to be sure that people have a shot at getting it. The staff is for the most part helpful, friendly and ready with good selections.

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Photo of pagriley
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Packed a lot of different beers into a tiny store. Service is good too - very helpful staff
Wide selection of Belgians and other non-US non IPA/stouts.

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Photo of Cpmitchno1
4.19/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of DMcGirr
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

A very good liquor store for someone self-sufficient. Service is okay in terms of the basics (e.g. helping you find where something is), but the main attraction is the selection. Great beer, wine and spirits selection. Relatively good pricing too.

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Photo of Iamjeff6
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of Angerhaus
4.51/5  rDev +16.2%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Photo of Eman17
4.44/5  rDev +14.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of jophish17
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 2.75 | selection: 4

Photo of 98green
3/5  rDev -22.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3

During a recent trip to Chicago, I hit both this location and the flagship in Lincoln Park. This location pales in comparison to the other. much smaller place and not nearly as much selection (at least as far as local breweries). There is a dedicated parking lot, which is a plus for a location in this area.

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Photo of muskiesbadgersnbeer
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of plaid75
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Scott17taylor
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Bwagner1122
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of dwagner003
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of XmnwildX12
4/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of AirBob
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of JoelClark
3.61/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

Photo of BeerOps
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

Photo of BRami127
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Jas45678
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of surfcaster
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Great selection, first come first serve no BS kind of place.

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Photo of brandoman63
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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Binny's Beverage Depot - River North in Chicago, IL
88 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.
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