City Market / Onion River Co-op

BA SCORE
84
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42 Ratings
City Market / Onion River Co-opCity Market / Onion River Co-op
PLACE INFO

Type: Store

82 S Winooski Ave
Burlington, Vermont, 05401-7407
United States

(802) 863-3659 | map
citymarket.coop

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PLACE STATS
Score:
84
Ratings:
42
Reviews:
20
Avg:
3.67
pDev:
6.27%
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Photo of Tmyhre802
4.41/5  rDev +20.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of scottum
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%

They have a nice selection of McNeill's! Also available are Magic Hat, Trout River, Rock Art, Otter Creek, and Long Trail. Growlers of Rock Art and Shed Mountain Ale. Sierra Nevada, Anchor, Smuttynose, Shipyard, Woodchuck, and more! A solid place to stock up on beer when in burlington area. Certainly on par with Pearl Street Beverage. The selection at Winooski Discount Beverage is a touch better though. I love seeing McNeill's Imperial Stout and Old Ringworm at a low low $3.25 after deposit per bomber. Worth a stop when in town!

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Photo of Duffman79
4.34/5  rDev +18.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75

Photo of UnionMade
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%

Located somewhat in downtown Burlington, this is pretty much a fancy grocery store featuring a lot of vegan, organic and crunchy food. I'd kill to have one of these places around me. It's pretty easy to find, as Burlington is not too congested or complicated a town to drive in, and the parking lot is fairly spacious. The beer selection takes up a short aisle near the deli area, with an impressive selection for just a supermarket. The selection is mostly craft beer, with lots of locally made stuff, and pretty much just a token macro beer selection. Right in front is a big selection of single bottles in larger sizes, mainly bombers and 750ml sizes. Some McNeill's, Allagash, etc. A small selection of singles lines the bottom. The six packs are displayed around the rest of the aisle. The pricing is pretty good, about average for anywhere else. The stock seems to be well rotated, and I wasn't afraid of accidentally getting anything old. The employees are friendly and a little crunchy, which is endearing to me. I was actually asked if I needed any help whilst making some McNeill's selections.
A great stop for take home beer if you find yourself driving up to Burlington for a beer adventure. I'd recommend this place, for sure. Lots of tasty food in the deli area, as well.

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Photo of Phigg1102
4.14/5  rDev +12.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of Billolick
4/5  rDev +9%

"Crunchy" food market, just a few blocks from the pedestrian mall in downtown Burlington (just a few more blocks to American Flatbread and the Vermont Pub). Has a mini whole foods feel to it. Great place to get a healthy bag of groceries or a bite to eat for lunch. Tons of cheeses, sandwedges, veggies, and of course all the Vermont locals and ample worthy (mostly domestic) others beer wise. They have a pleasant area to sit down and enjoy your meal, with windows out onto the bicycle riding, music playing, lovin life streets of great to visit Burlington. Always have a good time when I visit, and this place is well worth making a part of your day.

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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of RichJamz
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of bahnfire
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of acurtis
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Photo of HamdenHector
3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

There are definitely better options for beer selection in Burlington, but they do have a nice variety of VT beers. The rest of the store is what makes the place stand apart.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

The City Market / Onion River Co-op fits right in with the hippie vibe of Burlington. It's kind of like a Whole Foods, and they have a lot of organic items. They concentrate on local items. It is a small store, and it's kind of beat up, but I'd rather shop here than at a larger grocery chain. At the very least they have a great selection of cheese that you won't find in the bigger places. They're currently open from 7 - 11 daily. But on to the beer. Roughly 32 feet of space is alloted to beer, with a few free-standing displays as well. The selection is based in local beers, and as such changes. They didn't have any beer from The 3 Needs, for example, on my last visit. And the growlers from other breweries varies as well, obviously due in part to the season. There's a pretty wide selection of 22 ouncers as well, but most of it's six-packs (as would be expected). Every Vermont brewery is represented, and a few from the surrounding states as well. It's certainly worth visiting.

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Photo of zotzot
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Really a good grocery
Really good beer selection

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Photo of jeed
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%

Photo of kool-aid
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.75 | selection: 4.5

Otherwise known as 'Shitty Markup', this place has an ever increasing beer selection and a great hot/cold food bar. Unfortunately, you can't drink on premises but grabbing food and cans to go picnicking on the waterfront is always a great idea. The downsides are that navigating the weird aisle layout is awful, the parking lot is a nightmare, and the other customers are generally rude (either huffing at you being in their way or driving their carts right at you). The cashiers aren't friendly, helpful or efficient either. Expect your hot food to get cold while waiting for the gossip sessions in line to end. At least they sell quality goods, but it's generally a last resort stop for me personally.

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Photo of TBonez477
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Photo of chippo33
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of ChipMurray
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Goldorak
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

We were there at around 10am on a Saturday morning, just before heading down to the Brewer's festival.

Plenty of free parking, quite surprising in the parking-meter infested Burlington dowtown core. This place seems fairly new, I've been to Burlington many times and never noticed it before. Looks very clean, lots of vegetarian/organic/environmentally friendly fare. If I had a store like this in my neck of the woods, I'd probably do my weekly groceries there. Too bad we were stressed for time, I would have enjoyed browsing through the isles a bit.

The Beer fridges are at the back end of the store, next to the wine and snackbar. Apparently, visitors here in town for the Brewer's festival pretty much bought everything out, and the store didn't have time to restock their shelves. A cart with cases next to the isle suggested that they were about to get to it, but no store clerk was in sight. They still had a few McNeil's bombers, but not too many. A couple of Rogues, but only the ones I'm not too interested in shelling out 4 bucks to try out. They still had plenty of Rock Art growlers, and the most common NE breweries (Magic Hat, Long Trail, Harpoon, etc.) were well represented. The Beers looked nice and fresh, even the McNeil's, with their ultra cheap, half unglued labels didn't seem like they were sitting there for months, as I suspect is the case at other places in the area.

***Edit, July 2005***

Finally had a chance to check out the isles a bit, I really liked everything I saw. Great cheeze selection, I also liked the bulk section that had a lot of teas. Beer selection is similar to my last visit, and I was a bit dissapointed that little to no ciders were available. I did get a bottle of Dupont's Foret, the organic saison.

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Photo of scottg
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%

City Market has a great selection of local and organic veggies, bread, cheese, etc. as well as a deli and prepared food bar and is conviently located one block east from Church Street, the pedestrian mall.

The beer is all the way at the far end of the store. All of the major VT breweries are well represented in six pack and 12 packs as well as others including Brooklyn & Shipyard, refrigerated and at room temp. They have growlers of Shed and Rock Art and a solid selection of 22s-lots of McNeils, Stone, Rogue, Berkshire, etc. They also have a couple of Unibrou on rotation. In addition they also carrying local mead and hard cider and have one of the best selections of wine in the city.

Prices are on par with others in the area. The staff is usually friendly, but their beer knowledge isn't great, although not terrible considering this is a full market and lots of the staff are members.

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Photo of NEhophead
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%

Located right in downtown Burlinton, this place is a nice alternative to the usual Super-grocery stores you can find anywhere. There is a bakery on site, loads of fresh produce, and a great selection of organic products as well, not to mention the beer. The beer selection includes: almost anything brewed in VT (Rock Art, Hornpout, Long Trail, Magic Hat, McNeil's, Trout River, Otter Creek and a few others that are usually a little tough to find); they also offer brews from Anchor and few other micros from around the country. Maybe I was lucky, or if it's policy, but I didn't happen to see any macros at this market. Woo-hoo! A nice little surprise in the middle of Burlington.

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Photo of bobv
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

Photo of Digimaika2
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

As other BA's have pointed out, how best to describe this place is of a scaled-down version of Whole Foods (but with better advertised sales from what I've noticed). Conveniently located in the downtown core with ample parking available.

A lot of Vermont and NE staples are available in 6 and 12-packs in a long open cooler, with seasonal and mixed 12-packs a plenty (grabbed a Wolaver's mixed 12-pack last visit). On the endcap of this cooler is an area devoted to singles, with some pretty decent regional offerings (and acouple Belgian options) but nothing too rare or outstanding. I've picked up some Stone, Ommegang, Dogfish Head, and once found a reduced 4-pack of Old Rasputin.

Probably not necessarily worth a visit for the beer alone (better places in the area), but if you're into amazingly good and fresh sandwiches made-to-order in front of you or want a variety of lunch options, then I'd stop here.

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City Market / Onion River Co-op in Burlington, VT
3.67 out of 5 based on 42 ratings.
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