Chan's Wine World

BA SCORE
95
world-class

36 Reviews
Chan's Wine WorldChan's Wine World
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery, Store

4424 Commons Dr E
Unit 3E
Destin, Florida, 32541-3486
United States

(850) 269-2909 | map
chanswineworld.com

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PLACE STATS
Score:
95
Reviews:
36
Ratings:
52
Avg:
4.36
pDev:
7.34%
 
 
Taps:
6
Bottles/Cans:
500
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 36 | Ratings: 52
Reviews by TXHops:
Photo of TXHops
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%

I don't do a lot of reviews anymore, but Chan's deserves some attention. Most BA's know that traveling to a tropical beach destination means switching from beer to either liquor drinks or maybe Red Stripe if you're desparate. The selection along the Southeast and Gulf Coast is pretty paltry for the most part. However, Chan's seems to have assembled just about all the quality beers available in FL and stocks them all. Ken, the beer manager even campaigns out of state micros to distribute locally. He was successful with Sweetwater and was working on Brooklyn when I was there in June '06.

I found a nice selection of Trappists, Belgians, Central European lagers (lots of Polish beer for some reason) and a decent selection of American micros. Prices were a bit higher than back home in Texas, but the selection justifies the cost. A must visit if you vacation in Destin.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of GSUEAGLE
4.64/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of donspublic
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Drove 45 min to get there and it was worth it. Rainy day at the beach so took my youngest daughter with me and we went beer shopping. Was very impressed with the selection of beer that they had here, way better than anyone else in the panhandle. Took a break from shopping and went next door to the bar/restaurant. They had about 20 taps and a pretty nice diverse selection. Nice thing is they can do crowlers of anything on tap. Next year will go back and eat lunch there before shopping, food looked pretty good
Note: I did this review back in June of 2016, my son went to Spring Break in Destin so I called here to see if they had any Fat Head that I could have my son pick up. Jonathan told me he could get me some, had some at his other store and would call me back later in the week if he picked it up or got some from his distributor. He called me a few days later to inform me he had the beer, but pulled it off the shelf because it was expired. Said FH wasn't distributing to Florida anymore until they finished their brewery expansion. I want to give profs to him for not sticking my son with expired beer. When asked he then proceeded to give me some recommendations of some beers in their distribution I might like. I told him what I wanted and he pulled it and boxed it for my son to pick up. Will be going back here in a few months when I am in Navarre, worth the drive to get there. I bumped the quality and service due to this.

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Photo of FBGordon
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

The Florida panhandle is a neglected island of beer distribution but Chan's is a place that makes due in a spectacular fashion. You can find some great beers here and the staff really know their stuff. This is my go-to spot for beer; it's always the first place and the last place I go.

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Photo of CincyHopMan12
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Overall I have to give this place a strong rating because they score well in the listed areas. I've been to Chans twice now. I have been pretty happy with the selection but I wish they had a bigger variety of 12 oz singles. Staff is friendly and on both occasions I was approached by someone amd offered help. Nate is very knowledgeable and when I asked about some CCB beers he even took me next door to the Craft Bar and gave me some samples to see what I like.

Unfortunately I do have one rather big issue with this store... their prices are high. I went to grab a 6 pack of Jai Alai and noticed it was $12 when I just bought one of these from another store for $10.50. That's a pretty big difference in my eyes. They DO price match so keep that in mind. I then noticed Boulevard's Aztec stout going for $16 when it was about $13 back home. A bottle of Prairie Bomb was $10 each... I typically pay 6-7 each elsewhere. I LOVE Bomb but refuse to pay that sort of markup.

Overall I will be back but I'll be careful what I buy especially if a liquor store down the street has the same beer for lower prices

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Photo of Boone757
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of JamesStreet
4.19/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Pretty good sized store with a vast array of bottles and cans. Was able to find some DFH WW stout, some good selections of Stillwater, some White Oak Jai Alai as well as some other stuff. Staff was rather friendly and didn't bother me instead of letting me peruse at will. Definitely a must stop for vacationers in the area.

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Photo of Texasfan549
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of lemmy187
4.31/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of WesMantooth
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

It is always hard for me to rate on selection in Florida because my state has better distro, but this is a fantastic store and a world class bar. Beautiful, with an easy to read chalkboard that I would say had about 2 dozen taps from memory. I would venture to guess that they get the harder to get releases in town. Picked up some Prairie Bomb while here. They have a great tap list and do crowler fills. Did not get a chance to eat, but the menu looked very good. Staff was very helpful and friendly.

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Photo of MarshallBirdhouse
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of jbarker7070
3.73/5  rDev -14.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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5/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of IPA_Weather
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Pearlstreetbrewingco
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of hop4RE
4.51/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75

The selection of draft beer is usually the best in Destin. Only 6 taps ,but better than the places in town with 50 taps.

Feb 26,2014: Bell's Hopslam, Dogfish Head Olde School barleywine, Goose Island Bourbon County Stout, B. Nektar Zombie Killer mead, Ballast Point Indra Kunidra stout, Hoppin Frog Frosted Frog. Unfortunately it cannot be this good all the time. Beer tastings on Wednesdays from 6 till8 pm.

The staff is friendly and most are beer geeks. Great cheese available to enjoy with beer. The menu is small and the daily specials on the chalkboard are the best choice for food. Good wine list for those with partners who prefer wine.

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Photo of JDizzle
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of memphischas
4.03/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Check the freshness date!! I was not aware that they typically don't rotate and I got two IPA bombers that were skunked and when checking the label of one of the "Fresh" Hop beers discovered that it was 8 months old. The other thing that bothered me is the bomber selection is displayed on a big rack directly covering a giant window letting massive Florida sunlight into precious beer. Other then that a pretty good selection. Got the last two six packs of CCB madura brown and when I asked an employee if they had any more CCB selection she said they didn't at the time but she could call around a few other stores in the area, I thought that was nice but I didn't have the time so I declined her hospitable offer. Here is a list of the breweries I saw that Wine World carried: Southern Tier, Bear Republic, Evil Twin, Straight To Ale, Hoppin' Frog, Bell's, Oskar Blues, Dogfish Head, Weyerbacher Double Simcoe, Smuttynose, Ballast Point, Sweetwater, Green Flash, Terrapin, Saint Somewhere, Victory, Stillwater, CCB

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Photo of manutdfan
5/5  rDev +14.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Best place in destin hands down for beer selection. Randy is the man, gets tons of stuff that nobody else can get. Lots of belgians, good selection of sours if you are into them, plus all the seasonals and regular brews you depend on. Food is fantastic here as well, liked to always grab a bite after the wednesday night beer tasting, mac and cheese was damn good!

Hopefully they will be expanding the draft capabiltiy and putting in some more lines in the future.

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Chan's Wine World in Destin, FL
4.36 out of 5 based on 52 ratings.
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