Binny's Beverage Depot - River North

Binny's Beverage Depot - River NorthBinny's Beverage Depot - River North
Binny's Beverage Depot - River NorthBinny's Beverage Depot - River North

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

(312) 332-0012 | map

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Reviewed by jrallen34 from Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
I have been here several times now, mostly due to Rich the beer guy. Every time a special new beer comes out he blasts out an email, and then thankfully he's considerate enough to send out another one when it runs out an hour later. If it weren't for that I probably wouldn't come here. The selection and size of the store is much smaller than the Lincoln Park Binny's. The store is cramped and the set up makes it difficult to find things. When I'm here I just feel closed in. The selection is pretty decent, offering things that aren't most of the other stores, but its generally not stuff I would get. When I come for a special release I usually don't find anything that interests me.

Join Rich's email list, but shop at the other stores unless you're just in the area.
Jan 17, 2011
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Reviewed by Treyliff from West Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5
This place is located right in the middle of the touristy part of Chicago, which worked out well for me, as I could walk to it from my hotel. They have a solid beer selection with many regional beers that I was seeking. The liquor selection is even better. The only complaint that I ever have with Binny's stores is their nearly non-existent 'build your own six pack' section. I would have spent an additional $5 if I had the chance to buy singles of beers instead of having to commit to a 6pack or 4pack (had limited space in the luggage on the plane). Regardless, Binny's is always a store that I'll visit when in the Chicago area.
Mar 29, 2019
Rated: 4.14 by byronic from Canada (ON)

Sep 24, 2018
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Reviewed by Harrison8 from Missouri

4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5
The entrance to this store is off the side of the street, adjacent to a gated parking lot. It felt a bit odd, but perhaps that's the way it is in big cities. The beer is down the entrance hall and to the left. Inside is a rather standard looking retail space with open white, metal rafters with hanging fluorescent lights. Stacks and stacks of local IPAs sit closest to the door with a dry, warm shelf holding beers for mix-six packs (which didn't come off as a very spectacular selection). Then one long aisle holds beer on both sides, mixing in 4 and 6 packs from all over alongside large format bottles. Imports were all together and in the back left corner of the shelves. Just opposite the long shelf of beer is a row of wall coolers which hold both local and regional four and six packs. Overall, there is a great selection with a nice focus on local, but also offering up the work of plenty and plenty of regional and national breweries. Service was good. They asked several times if I needed assistance and were able to answer both in-depth beer questions, and make suggestions for recommended beers. A great stop to pick up beer in Chicago!
Apr 10, 2018
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Reviewed by JamesBondGA from Georgia

4.94/5  rDev +25.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5
talk about Chicago craft beer heaven!! Had a guy who helped me to make sure I bought the best of the kinds of beers I liked too. He even went to the back to get one that wasn't out on the shelf. LOVE this PLACE!
Oct 10, 2017
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Reviewed by The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5
This is a huge establishment with a wide variety of domestic and international craft beers. Pretty much every Chicago microbrewery that cans or bottles was available. Very good prices too.
Sep 27, 2017
Rated: 4.22 by cryptichead from Illinois

Oct 07, 2016
Rated: 4.6 by Nhmp105 from Georgia

Jul 02, 2016
Rated: 3.71 by Gambyt20 from Illinois

Jun 29, 2016
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Reviewed by FBarber from Illinois

4.39/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 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.
May 18, 2016
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Reviewed by pagriley from Illinois

4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
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.
Feb 20, 2016
Rated: 4.19 by Cpmitchno1 from Virginia

Feb 05, 2016
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Reviewed by DMcGirr from Massachusetts

3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
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.
Jan 25, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by Iamjeff6 from Virginia

Dec 09, 2015
Rated: 4.51 by Angerhaus from Rhode Island

Nov 25, 2015
Rated: 4.44 by Eman17 from Illinois

Nov 07, 2015
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Reviewed by jophish17 from Georgia

3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 2.75 | selection: 4
Warehouse style shop in the heart of the city. Many varieties of beer, including great local representation and beers from neighboring states (IN, WI, etc). Don’t expect great service.
Sep 20, 2015
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Reviewed by 98green from Michigan

3/5  rDev -23.9%
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.
Jul 31, 2015
Rated: 4.07 by muskiesbadgersnbeer from Minnesota

Jul 27, 2015
Rated: 4.09 by plaid75 from New York

Jul 17, 2015
Rated: 4.03 by Scott17Taylor from Iowa

Jul 11, 2015
Rated: 4.08 by SimcoeKid from California

Jun 15, 2015
Rated: 4.22 by StoutSnob40 from California

Jun 15, 2015
Rated: 4 by XmnwildX12 from Minnesota

Feb 24, 2015
Rated: 3.9 by AirBob from Massachusetts

Feb 13, 2015
Rated: 3.61 by JoelClark from Idaho

Feb 04, 2015
Rated: 3.73 by BeerOps from Illinois

Jan 26, 2015
Rated: 4 by BRami127 from Illinois

Dec 03, 2014
Rated: 4 by Jas45678 from Michigan

Nov 15, 2014
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Rated by surfcaster from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
Great selection, first come first serve no BS kind of place.
Sep 24, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by brandoman63 from Illinois

Aug 26, 2014
Rated: 4 by markgugs from New Jersey

Jul 25, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by dtomes from New York

Jun 24, 2014
Rated: 4 by GRG1313 from California

Jun 22, 2014
Rated: 4 by cadaugherty from Illinois

Jun 14, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by little_star from Illinois

Feb 09, 2014
Rated: 4 by JohneHoodlum from Pennsylvania

Jan 11, 2014
Rated: 5 by leprechaunandfatman from Ohio

Dec 12, 2013
Rated: 3.75 by Stevedore from Oregon

Oct 22, 2013
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Reviewed by TheSevenDuffs from Canada (ON)

3.9/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4
Selection here is great in terms of quantity and a couple of recent releases were still on the shelves but nothing overly rare or interesting was available when I stopped by. All the locals are represented well as well as many of the better out of state breweries.

The location is fantastic if you are staying in on or near North Michigan Ave.
Jul 23, 2013
Binny's Beverage Depot - River North in Chicago, IL
Place rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 79 ratings