Southern Spirits

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9989 Charlotte Hwy
Fort Mill, South Carolina, 29707-7134
United States

(803) 548-8888 | map

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Ratings: 16 |  Reviews: 13
Reviews by CBlack85:
Photo of CBlack85
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

This place has a decent beer selection, several beers that I had not seen at other places in NC. I like the fact that they sell singles (although I think they are a bit pricey on some of them). Quite a bit of thier floor space is dedicated to BMC products

They are not particularly friendly, or helpful.
Most of the staff know nothing, or very little, about beer. There is supposed to be a discount for cash or debit, when I tried to use my debit the wanted to argue that the discount is only for cash not debit. Even though I have been there a couple of times before and used debit and recieved the discount.

Not a terrible place, but based on the service there are other places I would rather spend my hard earned money.

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Photo of cptbenjamin
1.28/5  rDev -66.3%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1.5 | selection: 1.5

I rarely leave negative reviews because people are more than happy to do that for me but this place just is a mess. I was there today where they were charging Bell's Hopslam for $6.99 when it should be a $3.34 bottle. MSRP is $19.99. I have no problem with bottle limits but charging more that twice the price is absurd. This is not the first time I have seen them do this and was trying to give them the benefit of the doubt. I could add more details but this is more than enough to never go back.

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Photo of saowens_99
5/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of BeerBuzzGuy
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Soto
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of dvmin98
3.36/5  rDev -11.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

Southern Spirits is more known for its liquor selection. They are right across the SC border from South Charlotte, allowing for a better selection of booze.

On the beer/wine side, they have all the standard items, with a few decent craft beers. They recently started filling growlers, so that's an added bonus. Their growler filling selection ranges from the basic Founders IPA to Lion Stout, but rotates regularly.

Overall its a nice little place with the best beer selection in the immediate vicinity, but there are better places with a better beer selection within 10-15 minutes.

EDIT: Since Victor took over the beer section, it has done a 180. He has brought in a better craft selection, and has tried to turn Southern Spirits into a Westbrook Mecca...nice job! Plus, the growler station now has some really solid brews...

My original rating was 3.75, but since the 'takeover', it has gone up substantially

EDIT #2: Since Victor has left, the place has gone downhill again. The new beer buyer has a big attitude. If you ask her a question she thinks she knows before you finish, she will talk over you, and then you have to re-ask it because she didn't hear you out.

The selection has also gone down. Empty shelves. The only good thing is that Maine Brewing has hit SC and they tend to carry a few items from them.

But, now that the new beer chica has taken over and let her attitude proliferate all over the place, I will be taking my business elsewhere. Selection is paramount, but customer service is really important, and that aspect on the beer side has really gone away.

The liquor side is still good though, but I will support Elite across the street from now on.

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Photo of KevinZ2301
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

Southern Spirits in years past was a place I would think of when I wanted to grab some yuengling on the way to the boat. I was driving past them today and decided to see what they are carrying for beer these days. I am VERY glad that I did! Wow! They definitely have paid attention to the craft beer explosion and have adapted to it well. What a GREAT selection.

While I was there I met Victor who is the beer manager at this location. He was very knowledgeable and helpful. I have been in far too many stores where they have no idea what you are talking about, it is refreshing to have a knowledgeable person.

I live in Waxhaw and now will head here before driving to the further places that I have been driving to.

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Photo of APBT91
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

great place close to home. this is where i buy all of my craft beer and local beer. they very rarely dont have what i am looking for, most of the staff are craft beer drinkers themselves and are very knowledgable and very happy to recommend something suited to your style and taste or something new.

this is the kinda place where the staff are always friendly to everyone and knows their customers names. they also offer a VIP program open to anyone that rewards their customers. anyone living close to fort mill or on the nc sc border should try them out.

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Photo of beerbalance
4.59/5  rDev +20.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Hello, this is Keith Haze the new beer buyer for this establishment. I have done a near total reset and invite you to come and see. I am adding beers as fast as I can and will be happy to add any more by request. We have a rotating growler station and our selection is improving weekly. I am on the premise every day except for wend, I am getting my staff up to speed as fast as I can. We are having beer tastings every friday and saturday from 4-6

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Photo of Bung
3.64/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Enough space to get around the basic appearing store. Selection around the room was descent, starting with the foreign stuff. Smaller selection of American micros and locals. Quite a bit of the big stuff, but you can easily avoid it.

Reminds one a bit of Frugal MacDougals, though they seemed to have a few different brews. More Belgians here, though MacDougals has more in general.

Service was fine, got asked once if I could be helped, but I really don't require much help so this is not much of a point for me. Counter help had less personality, but they staff those like any store, same as MacDougals.

Prices looked good to average.

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Photo of oldhippie247
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

I forgot who told me about Southern Spirits (and it's proximity to Charlotte), but I'm glad they did. Living so close to the border is a great advantage--just a short drive to choose from beers not available in NC.

The selection of singles (all I ever buy) is above average, with ample choices of Belgian, German, American Craft, and others. Beer advocates stick to the outer walls, as the main floor is dedicated to the Big 3--I'll assume the buyers know their clientele better than I do, but it seems a waste.

I make my way there about once a month and always find something I haven't had. Discount prices with cash or debit.

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Photo of clemtig76
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%

I like to make a trip to Southern Spirits when visiting family in Lancaster, SC. The store is on Hwy 521 just before you get to the NC state line. Very clean and neat store. The clerks are always friendly and willing to help. Specials are usually on your left when you come in. Also on your left will be a wall of singles so you can mix and match your own six pack. Good selection for SC and it seems to get better every trip. Last time I was there they had Chimay, Bear Republic, Magic Hat, New Holland, Brooklyn, Boulder, amoung others. Worth the trip if you are in the area.

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Photo of GrandpaGeorg
4/5  rDev +5.3%

I'm not easily impressed by a beer store. But this was a really pleasant surprise. Dropped down while visiting family in Charlotte and found a huge selection of singles and 6-ers, with a lot of popular (and sometimes hard to find) imports and all the best local craft breweries represented. The staff was really helpful, and the store was organized to find just what you wanted rather quickly. We "made our own" six pack (two, actually) and tried a lot of great beers before the weekend was out--including many that I hadn't seen before up in MD. Nice place. And be sure to sign up for the VIP card!

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Photo of gabe
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Southern Spirits was a regular stop when I lived in the Ballantyne area. They have a great selection which I'm sure is now improved being that the cap in SC has been popped. Even so they have had high gravity beers here for quite some time. Service has always been top notch here and friendly. Store is split into two sides with liquor on one and beer/wine on the other. Not to mention you can purchase fireworks here as well. Occasionally on the weekends there is a guy out front that sells kick ass BBQ as well. There is something to be said for a place where you can purchase items fill your stomach, blow shit up and get lit all in the same stop. Overall they don't have the best selection in the greater Charlotte area BUT I have found things here that I hadn't been able to get anywhere else. Prices are very fair and you can find the occasional beer sampling here as well.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%

This store is right on Hwy 521 S as you work your way north toward Charlotte. The store just unerwent some rennovations so everything was very clean and neat and orderly. The clerk greeted me as I entered but she didnt seem like she was the helpin type. All of the beers are immediately to the left. There is a pretty good selection for SC standards. They offer a discount for cash paying customers as well, which is always nice. However, I would driver the extra ten or fifteen minutes to NC to find places with better selection. That was the only drawback about this place.

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Photo of kevinl6
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%

This place is very convenient for me. It is in SC, but is just over the NC line near Southeast Charlotte. It sells Beer/wine/liquor, but is still fairly small compared to a Total Wine or Frugal. Quality of the place is pretty good, with an average selection. If the store were larger, perhaps they would have more of a selection. Their wine section is pretty good, if you wanted a change, and the liquor selection is typical. On to the beers!....They carry the more common Rogues, Sam Smiths, Weihenstephaners, etc. I shoot over here when I want something better than what the grocery store has, but I'm too lazy to drive to Total Wine, which is better, but further away for me. It is worth checking out.

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Southern Spirits in Fort Mill, SC
Place rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 16 ratings
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