Willow Park Wines & Spirits

BA SCORE
95
world-class

25 Ratings
PLACE INFO

Type: Store

10801 Bonaventure Dr SE
Calgary, Alberta, T2J 6Z8
Canada

(403) 296-1640 | map
willowpark.net

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PLACE STATS
Score:
95
Ratings:
25
Reviews:
21
Avg:
4.4
pDev:
11.59%
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Ratings: 25 |  Reviews: 21
Photo of BigBry
4.85/5  rDev +10.2%

Its a good thing Willow Park is far enough from where I live, otherwise I would be there everyday, spending way too much money. I would say this is the best beer selections in the city. All beer stored in the large walk-in cooler, none getting warm on the shelves. Great selection of beers from all over the world, but what I like most is hte number of local and Candian choices. Some stores have a few, but Willow Park seem to have everything covered. We spent lots of time just checking out the selection, lots I have read about on this site, but never have seen available for sale. 100$ disappeared quickly on this Saturday. Only small complaint was that they only had 2 of the 5 tills working on a very busy Saturday afternoon, so the wait in line to checkout was a bit long. (I didn't mind, but customer behind me with 1 case of coors light seemed a little annoyed with my basket full of singles)

Edit: Willow Park has recently undergone a renovation. No more walk in cooler, but lots of coolers. Several shelves still beer only. Just a re-arrangement of space to make it cleaner and easier to get around. No change in number or quality of beers available.

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Photo of 3Vandoo
3.1/5  rDev -29.5%

Irondjinn brought me there with my coaches while on a football tour of Calgary.

Beerwise I loved the selection of western microbrews avalaible there, because we cannot get them here. Also a totally different type of establishment compared to here. Price wise for alcohol, way quite cheaper than Quebec, I saw a scottish whisky I know cost 160$ in Montreal, the same bottle was 80$ in Calgary.
Also the space of the store was kind of nice, usually in SAQ, or LCBO I feel uneasy walking around as im a very big guy, there, it was fileld with space.

Now I must say, why I put "1" on service, when I paid by "debit card" for a bottle of Wild Rose Pilsner, the cashier told me "sorry sir, the text will be in french, press english" I replied "Hey no worries, im french"
he replied back "then you might correct it, you're the damn french"
on a very sarcatic note, not a funny tone! I really did not appreciated.

I should have bought more stuff there tho

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Photo of Cwrw
5/5  rDev +13.6%

A beer heaven in Calgary, and I try and make pilgrimages as often as I can. I first went to Willow Park's main store a couple of years ago, and I was very impressed. Stepping into their large cooler can make a beer advocate drool. An enormous selection of beers from all over the world, and of course all the local micros. The biggest selection is Belgian, followed by UK and German beers. They even stack some Unibroues on their sides, which is how they should be stored if they are corked. The great part of it all is that they have always had something new every visit, and the beer man, Dave, a jovial younger chap who is extremely enthusiastic about beer, is diligent in trying to get any new Belgians. Usually when I go in and he is working, we end up talking for about half an hour about what is new and what we have tried lately. In fact, when Edition 2004 first came out, he took us upstairs to the tasting area, popped the cork, and let us have some. Very friendly and very helpful staff. They even helped bring all my beer out to my car. All the beers have good dates, and are stored very well. They even film, through Corkscrew Media, a half hour show called "Beer Cheers" upstairs, aired on Access station locally, and they hold numerous events throughout the year, including Oktobeerfest. A world class store. (Note: massive selections of rare wines and Scotches too.)

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Photo of LaSalle
4/5  rDev -9.1%

I actually work at Willow Park and although it's good, Royal Liquor on 17th S.W in Calgary carries a comparable selection. They seem to have a knack for carrying what Willow Park doesn't. They also don't have a few Willow does, but they have quite a few Willow doesn't. Especially in the Unibroue catagory. The had "Terrible" over a month and a half before willow, and have been much more reliable when it comes to keeping enough stock to last longer then 12 hours. Willow, is still probobly bigger, but Royal makes a point of offering pretty much all of the alternatives. Between the 2 of them you'll find pretty much all Alberta has the capability to offer.

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Photo of IronDjinn
4.85/5  rDev +10.2%

I consider this the mecca for serious beer hunting in Calgary, I've yet to come across another store that matches both the sheer volume and quality of selection for imports and micros on a long row of shelves that stands apart from the mountains of macros also available. Domestic micros are grouped together, and then there is a seperate shelf for imports of each country or region represented. This is where I first discovered Young's, as well as the many fine classic ales of Scotland. All beer is contained in a massive walk-in cold room, which is truly a sight to behold after it has been fully stocked. New brands are constantly being introduced, and seasonals and limited editions are always prompt to make a first appearance here. Willow Park also has a scotch selection that brings tears to my eyes. Highly recommended for almost whatever you're looking for.

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Willow Park Wines & Spirits in Calgary, AB, Canada
4.4 out of 5 based on 25 ratings.
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