Binny's Beverage Depot


11 Reviews
Binny's Beverage DepotBinny's Beverage Depot

Type: Store

5100 W Dempster St
Skokie, Illinois, 60077-1801
United States

(847) 674-4200 | map

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Photo of Sammy
3.49/5  rDev -15.3%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 2.75 | selection: 4.25

GOOD though not great bottle shop. New local releases of Pipeworks etc. that did not sell out. Lots of national releases. Prices not bad. Virtually 0 service.

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Photo of crossovert
4.08/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

This Binny's looks older than most from the outside. Inside it is slightly smaller than average.

It is well-stocked with craft beer though. Typical Binny's selection. They also have a mix 6 selection and plenty of coolers of beer.

They don't seem to have the bottle dating system that other Binny's have implemented but a decent bit of it seemed fresh

I didn't really need help but got a little bit so that was nice. I wasn't there for long but overall not a bad Binny's to go to if you are in the area as I might e for my future job.

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Photo of Treebs
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

I usually go to several other Binny's around the Western Suburbs but this one happens to be a mile away from where I work so I said what the hell and went in. Boy was I glad I did. Once you navigate through the maze of seasonals at the entrance, which is a pretty huge selection in itself, there are two very large aisles of craft beer. Lining the shelves are bombers and 750 mL on the top two shelves with some more popular brews on the end caps, with all the 4,6, and 12 packs filling out the remaining shelving. The aisles are divided into North America and everything else. I was lucky enough to find one of the workers putting out a case of FFF Dreadnaught so I picked up a few of those. Service was very friendly although the worker I talked to didn't know much in terms of releases dates. I really enjoyed my trip here and will definitely be making many more pit stops after work from here on out.

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Photo of Avantyawn
4.7/5  rDev +14.1%

When I come back home to Chicago the first thing I do is drive over to Binny's, which is a few minutes from my childhood home. The beer selection is amazingly large and comprehensive. Before I had my beer enlightenment I'd spend a lot of time trying to decide between Old Style, PBR, Strohs, or Hamm's 30 packs for 10.99. But as fun as that is, and it is fun, what is much more fun is their huge craft beer selection. Bell's , Founder's, Three Floyd's, Belgians, Germans, etc etc. You couldn't walk out of here with a bad beer if you had any idea what a good beer was, because it is here. They also have a wonderful liquor and wine section with awesome prices. The beer prices are reasonable with some sale prices peppered in, and the liquor prices are usually as good as it gets. To me coming here is like a beer field trip, I usually spend way too much, and am glad I did when leaving. There is so much good beer here that I have a serious problem just getting a few 6 packs at once, ( and maybe a 30 pack of PBR for 10.99)! Awesome place.

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Photo of samie85
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%

The service can be anywhere from great to borderline annoying. I'm a frequent shopper here, yet I get carded every time by the same two cashiers. I understand the policy, but get to to know your clientele. On the flip-side, I just returned a sixer I bought from the Niles Binny's with no questions asked(I just had to have my receipt.)

As others have said this Binny's has quite a nice selection packed into a tiny space. They have a full row each of American craft, Belgian and Euro imports. They also have some assorted glassware(a little overpriced).

The best part is that they tend to break up some of the more rare 4 and 6 packs to sell as singles. Granted, they're sold at slightly inflated prices, but it's worth it to pay $2-3 for a single of Bell's or Founder's rather than buying a $16 four or six -pack.

A pretty nice store with a great selection and very convenient as I'm in the area quite frequently.

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Photo of robbyc1
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%

This is my go-to Binny's, is has broad selection of beers, including Midwest micros (deep selection) FFF's, Jolly Pumpkin, Arcadia, Dark Horse, Goose, Flossmore, etc., other US micros (good selection), strong bomber selection, a few single 12oz micros (Dogfish, etc.), good Belgian section, and three full non-cooler shelf rows including English, German, and others plus end-cap specials. They have a full 4-5 cooler sections with macros and micros. Usually some limited Midwest micros, overall a rounded selection plus all the wine and hard stuff you might seek.

Some old stuff, watch out for the dusty ones. Good service, always a guy around to ask questions.

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Photo of sacullen
4/5  rDev -2.9%

This location is closest to my neck of the woods and I enjoy going here. They have their own lot, but the store is showing a little age. The aisles are also cramped, with barely enough room for people pushing carts to pass each other.

The service is about average, but it depends on when you go. My last visit was on a busy Saturday afternoon and it seemed the employees gravitated more towards wine and spirits buyers. It's not an issue for me, though, and on weeknights I am usually asked by multiple people if I need any assistance.

The selection is great. My only beef is the various Binny's don't all carry the same selection. This has been the only location of 4 Binny's and 3 Sam's that has (had?) Backwoods Bastard, but I don't normally find the same selection of sours here.

Prices are standard for the Chicago area; they're neither a bargain nor outrageous.

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Photo of emerge077
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%

Summer '08: Selection was as good as ever, "new arrival" tags on a few things. Issaquah, Victor's Memoriale Alt, 3F FR XI, and some new Belgians on the shelf. Most of the glassware from last year was gone. Deli counter is right by the beer, if you're inclined to do cheese pairing.

Original review:
This Binny's impressed me, alot more than the Lakeview location closer to home.

Why you ask? Well, selection is very impressive, despite the awkward layout of the store. Once I made it to the designated beer area, I realized a basket would be necessary to haul all the goodies. Getting back to where I started was like running the gauntlet, but they make use of the space they have. Some seasonals near the entrance, and glassware here and there.

The beer selection: above par for the area. Service is a more hands-off approach, but the buyer definitely knows what's up. Plenty of domestic and import goodness, my only gripe is not much cooler space for the good stuff. Good Belgian, German, and Euro selection. A couple rarities here and there, had to put a couple back due to impulsive behavior. Strong domestic, 3F (5x), Founders (5x), Jolly Pumpkin (5x), Allagash (many), Goose (5x), Summit, Rogue, etc. OCT. 2007: O'Fallon sampler packs, glassware gift boxes, and a sweet lil rack of branded glasses.

Checkout was great, very sweet lady with braids was helpful and snagged a box for all the singles I was carrying out. Recommended for you northern ex-urbians...

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Photo of ntorch
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%

When visiting the Windy City I usually stop in various stores looking for beers from back home to introduce to my in-laws. (Now that you can't take bottles on planes its the only way to go).

I was quite impressed with the selection at Binny's - for a store that carries Wine and Liquor (which have a much higher mark up), Binny's still had many aisles devoted to beer. I even noticed BA tags on certain brands with comments and ratings.

The beer selection was quite diverse with beer logically organized either by Country, or producer. I was happy to see Pete's there which I had never seen outside of the Northeast.

If you are in the Skokie area or can stop off the Edens its worth a trip.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev -2.9%

This place has a nice liquor store feel that is well lit and clean with a nice layout of craft beer, imports and BMCs. It was nice to see a few BA hang tags around but they were placed on random beers that didn't have that good of a score.

The isle of imports had a nice selection of big bottles and a few singles with lots of six-packs. The other side was the craft beers and it was nice to see a good representation of a lot of breweries. They had some things that had been wiped out in Chicago a while ago. They had Two Brother's Cane and Abel, Bell's whole line of Wheats (2, 4, 6,8, and love) with a good selection from Unibroue.

The cooler section had a good selection of 6ers with lots more BMCs. There was a nice stand of minikegs of to the side that I don't normally see in the Chicago area. It was nice to see little red signs that showed if a beer was new and that helped me decide to try some beers I haven't had before.

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Photo of jackndan
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%

Binny’s in Skokie, just East of the Edens Expressway at Dempster Avenue. This is probably my most frequent stop, due to its convenience. The selection is definitely better than most package shops, and they are not afraid to get new products. There is one long row devoted to European imports one to American Micro’s, another devoted to Canada, Australia and Latin America. nicely organized by Country and region. With stacks of marco’s and a full cooler, at least half of which is devoted to micro’s/ imports, this can be any BA’s one stop shop. I’ve been going here for years, and have not come close to sampling the entire selection. The staff is very helpful, and I constantly see them giving advice to shoppers looking for “a good Oktoberfest” (answer Spaten delivered that week) or similar requests. They have really done a fine job in updating and rotating the stock. On the downside, they are a little weak in Belgians (I have not seen Orval in years), and their selection is not as large as their Niles Milwaukee Avenue store or Sam’s. Nevertheless, you will find something you like here.

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Binny's Beverage Depot in Skokie, IL
4.12 out of 5 based on 24 ratings.
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