Simone's Beverage

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4.27/5
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PLACE INFO

Type: Store

18414 Detroit Ave
Lakewood, Ohio, 44107-3313
United States

(216) 221-2221 | map
simonesbeverage.com

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PLACE STATS
Reviews:
18
Ratings:
36
pDev:
11.01%
 
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User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 36
Reviews by AltBock:
Photo of AltBock
2.95/5  rDev -30.9%

Simone's is situated on the corner of Detroit and Riverside Drive in a tiny plaza with a H&R Block and a Papa John's Pizza. It's around the corner from the bridge to Rocky River. They have plenty of free parking in the front so you don't need to mess with those meters or somebody hitting your car while it's parked on Detroit. Do you know what an unkempt big city liquor store looks like? If you do, then you already know what Simone's looks like. The booze and few snack foods is on the right (when you first walk in), wine on the far left and the beer in the middle, the back in refrigerators, and on a metal shelf in front of the refrigerators. BA says that it has a deli, but I failed to see one there. If there was one, I guess I missed it and it was way in the back toward the wine. They keep the beer 12 packs in the middle, while they keep a few craft beer bombers and six packs in the refrigerators. A majority of the bombers and 750s are on the metal rack.

The service here has the same hospitality as a run in run out macro beer selling gas station convenience store. I only saw one person and he was up front watching a little TV. He only got up from his TV watching when somebody went to check out. I was walking around for about 10 minutes and he's the only one I saw. I got the feeling that they don't know much about the beer they sell, but I guess I could be wrong and got the wrong person on the wrong day.

I came on the beer refrigerators from the right and wasn't impressed. All I saw were a few bombers of Stone and a couple of Bell's, Pyramid, Great Lakes and Victory six packs. I kept walking and there I found their sale rack that contained some old bombers of Buckeye Brewing, Weltenburger, Ommegang, Unibroue, singles of Corona, and clear bottles of Greene King's "The Beer To Dine For" for only $2 a bottle. It's more than likely it's oxidized, but still, it was only $2. There was more bottles on that rack, but I can't remember them because I was amazed to see an English beer for $2. I took a right and went down the refridgerator/metal shelf aisle and walked past a few Lambics and a couple of American craft beer six packs, like Bell's and Stoudt's on the lower bottom shelf. The beer refrigerator down that aisle just a few craft six packs, like Lagunitas and Sierra Nevada, and six packs of Yinpu for $3 a six pack! It tastes like crap, but here it's cheap crap. Might make a decent cooking beer then. When I got down to end, I thought this can't be it. So I took a left and I found the big beer metal rack aisle that made Simone's be added to BA's Beerfly guide. That beer aisle contained Stone's regular and seasonal bombers, Magic Hat, La Chouffe, Hoppin' Frog, Unibroue, Ayinger, Goose Island, DFH, Delirium, St. Bernardus, Weltenburger, Moosbacher, and tons of Russian and Eastern European beers that you've probably never seen before. Most of Eastern European beers came from the Czech Republic, while the others I couldn't read where they came from. There were plenty more American micros and non Eastern European imports on that aisle that I can't remember right now.

Simone's is a decent place to stop if your in that part of Lakewood. If you're looking for some kind of Russian or Eastern European beer that you can't pronounce or to see what they have on sale (Yinpu for $3/6 pack) then stop here. Simone's also comes in handy if you want to buy some of the hard stuff with your beer. Most of the beer stores in that area don't offer that.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of CopperMtnPlowboy
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75

In a decent neighborhood, felt pretty safe on a Sunday afternoon. It has a small parking area up front with tight turnaround to get back on to the main road. The store itself looks a little dated from the outside, though mostly clean.

On the inside, it has the same "just a bit dated" feel, though clean.

Right in front, there's a row of the standard 12 and 24 pack fare - BMC, Pabst, Hamm's, Genesee and the like. (But no Old Milwaukee!?!? Does ANYONE sell it anymore??? Can't give the place a 5 without Old Mil.) Walking back and to the left and WOW! there is a very large singles selection of local craft beers, mostly canned selections, from head to floor on two separate shelving units. There's another lengthy stack of craft cases stacked on the floor alongside the shelving units. If its local to Ohio, you can probably find it here.

I rarely remember to check the dating on my purchases, but the couple I've had so far were fresh. Some of the coolers looked like older stock - particularly a case of BL that looked like the cardboard had stuck to the ground and peeled off some of the label.

As for the service, I wasn't approached other than saying "hi" on the way in - and I like that. The checkout person was very friendly. I bought 14 cans (plus 2 sodas for the wife and kid) for $45, so pricing is about what you'd expect in the area.

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Photo of Muss42
3.53/5  rDev -17.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

Photo of TK14444
4.61/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Traveling through the area and a server at a local restaurant recommended this place. Quite the selection. Good selection of bombers and tons of sixers. At the time they had a bunch of three floyds in stock. Ended up with a good haul. I don't know if it was the owner or manager but he made sure I found everything I was looking for even though they were busy at the time. Overall good selection and friendly service. Definitely worth a stop.

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Photo of CanDan
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

The craft beer selection is the best I've found in the area; especially the seasonal varieties, which to create your own six-pack is an entire shelf. The staff is very helpful if you need it, but just browsing the isles of this place is a lot of fun!

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Photo of _morandi_
4.11/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of ChrisMon02
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Great selection but this place is pricey and the owners can be pretty cocky.

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Photo of WGhopped89
4.94/5  rDev +15.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

The place is stuffed with awesome beer. They had a rare IPA I'd been all over town trying to find. When I get to the register, they pull out some zombie dust outta nowhere and blast my world away. Very friendly on the phone and pleasant workers that know their inventory. I'll be back!

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Photo of Warman73
4.64/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

They are always accommodating and willing to answer questions. very knowledgeable. really know how to take care of folks that know beer and those that don't.

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Photo of jsgpu90
4.76/5  rDev +11.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

For what is available in Ohio, Simone's always has them well represented. If you get there on time, you should be able to get them.

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Photo of mikepcarney
4.94/5  rDev +15.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Beef_Curtains
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Photo of RayOhioFelton
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75

This is a very solid bottle shop with a great suggestion however I choose to shop at the other stores in the area as Simone's marks up bottles $1 higher than other shops. For example any Jackie O's barrel aged beer will cost $13.99 while everyone else sells them for $12.99. Other than that no negatives to speak of. Staff is friendly and selection is as good as it gets.

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Photo of primrose54
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Best selection on the westside of Cleveland, hands down the best around.

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Photo of LandPhil
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5

Regardless of your personal feelings towards service and aesthetics, when it comes to Simones, the bottom line is this:

The selection is next to none within the general area.

Even in the rare event they didn't have what I was looking for, by the next time I came back, it was usually in stock.

If you're looking for that select brew, or want a place that offers a wider variety of craft beers, look no further than Simone's.

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Photo of imdabuzzard
3.94/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of AndrewRivera21
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of clayman57
4.84/5  rDev +13.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of robshowalter
5/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of MattPfeifer
5/5  rDev +17.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Simone's Beverage in Lakewood, OH
Place rating: 4.27 out of 5 with 36 ratings