Gimbel's Liquors

Gimbel's LiquorsGimbel's Liquors
Gimbel's LiquorsGimbel's Liquors

1637 Beacon St
Brookline, Massachusetts, 02445-4531
United States

(617) 566-1672 | map

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2.89/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2
by Adam_Hume from Massachusetts

Small local liquor store. Decent selection of liquor and wine for such a small store, but the beer selection is quite minimal. If this wasn't the closest place for me to buy beer, I'd never go there when looking for a 6 pack. Prices are pretty typical for Brookline; overpriced but that comes from the location. Can't fault them for that.

Aug 27, 2015
2.74 by slasich from Pennsylvania on Mar 08, 2015
3.25 by harsley from Massachusetts on Oct 08, 2014
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3.14/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3
by Mebuzzard from Colorado

Across from Publick House and down from The Abbey, this was a close, quick stop. I was looking for some rare stuff, but being from out of town I went with "rare to me" (i.e. local stuff).

Not a huge selection, but if you're in from out of town, it does have some nice brews. I picked up some Berkshire and Pretty Things(es). Not easily navigable, but it's a smaller place than it looks from the outside...I think. Beer is in 3 spots

Friendly service; I think they're Russian? Just off the Green line and quick stop

Aug 21, 2011
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3.14/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5
by TurdFurgison from Ohio

This store is close to the Washington Square stop on the green line, otherwise known to me as the Publick House stop. With the recent closing of the Publick House Provisions store I thought I'd try out a new (to me) bottle shop in the area. Unfortunately this is a poor one, and I'm reviewing so others won't feel the need to try it.

Poorly laid out, meager selections, slightly higher than normal pricing, there are no redeeming qualities here. Well, actually the guy who ran the store was nice enough, so friendly service has to mean something, but I was there to look for something to take home. I found a new Pretty Things bottle but paid $1 more than I found in another place before heading back to OH.

Short description: Don't go here, just a middling liquor store.

May 07, 2011
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2.4/5  rDev -22.6%
by jaygates from Massachusetts

Not impressed with this place. They seem pricey for the area, and not all that friendly. This place is more of a liquor store than a beer destination. Seems like whenever I go in there, with a specific beer in mind I'm not able to find it. Then, I'll ask a staffer if they have it in stock, which is met with a "No..." followed by a few moments of awkward silence, then a "Ok, thanks, uh... bye".

Once in a while, you can find good deals, though. Harpoon 12 packs for 11.99. Just don't go in there looking for a mixed pack!

I hear they do deliver though, so that's a cool service that I don't see offered that much.

Oct 04, 2007
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2.85/5  rDev -8.1%
by morebeergood from Massachusetts

Stopped in here on the way to a party to pick up a six pack for me and a bottle of wine for the host. The layout of the store is weird. If you have claustrophobia, don't shop here as the aisles are pretty narrow in this cramped store. The selection of beers was pretty average, coolers full of run of the mill sixers and a few decent 750mls to choose from. I was almost going to "just settle" for something boring when I spotted a mix six pack of Southern Tier. This was the only redeeming grace of this store. This, and the two cute girls behind the counter joking with the old man in charge while I stood in line. Just an average neighborhood liquor store.

Jun 08, 2007
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4/5  rDev +29%
by snilsen13 from Massachusetts

I shop here. This a an extremely convenient place for anybody passing by on foot, or willing to quickly double park or park on the corner beyond the meters. I lived on this corner for a year and I never noticed any cops tagging their customers. It's on a busy corner in Washington Sqr, it has large bay glass windows all around that prominanntly display it's densely packed beer/wine/liquor selections. The three guys who run the joint are all friendly to newcomers and cheerful to recognizable faces and it only takes a few visits to get recognized.

Beer selection is fair. They'r trying to accomnidate drinker into more complex beer (for example locals who frequent the fab Publik House across the street). Currently they carry Dogfish Head, that Canadian mock-Belgian brewer Unibrew (sp?), Colorado Brewing Company Mojo and Hazed and Infused, Baltika is in singles, Tremont IPA and your regulars including Duvel and Chimay. Not fab, but not bad. Most beers are chilled.

If you like wine they offer some options and they're fair with their prices but a little generous with their opinions on wine. If you drink the hard stuff they do a good job of stocking lots of options of every thing from 3 vermouths to over a doozen Scotches.

Prices may be fair for MA. Duvel is $9 per champagne style bottle and the six packs I like are around $9-$10.

Jan 07, 2006
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3.15/5  rDev +1.6%
by taez555 from Vermont

I stopped in here one day before heading over to Anam Cara just see what they had.

A somewhat small store with a ceiling that seemed almost as high as the place was wide. Rather dark with one door to enter and another door to leave. Shelves and walls of wine, liquor on shelves and behind the cashier. Cases of beer in the back with some random bottles on shelves.

The selection was pretty basic. Macros, micros, some nicer craft and imports. Not your typical “dive” brown bag 40oz sort of store. Some rarer seasonals and interesting imports. The kind of place that if I lived in the area when I had turned 21 would have been a decent place to start me on my way to better beer.

Basically though, with Anam Cara right across the street and a handful of package stores a mile or so down the street in Allston that have 10 times the selection, I’d probably pass on Gimbels.

Aug 10, 2004
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2.85/5  rDev -8.1%
by AllThingsNinja from Massachusetts

This is a rather poorly organized beer store. The warm beers are interspersed with the wine and liquor in a confusing arrangement.. There is a walk in cooler of six packs and cases, which offered a pretty standard assortment of regional and national micros. I didn't find much of the Russian beer inventory, although I picked up a bottle of something labeled in Cyrillic. I wouldn't recommend traveling far to visit this store, but if you're in the neighborhood and need a quick fix this store might suffice.

Mar 26, 2004
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3.7/5  rDev +19.4%
by scottum from Vermont

Across the street from Anam Cara in Washington Square in Brookline, Mass lies Gimbel's This place has the regular selection of macros, but they also have a bunch of local and regional microbrews. Certainly not the best place in Brookline to search for rare brews or discounts, but they do have one of the best selection of Russian beers in New England. Stop by when your waiting for the Green Line C train to come take you home. The singles are in the hallway leading to the back of the store. B e e r .

Dec 03, 2003
Gimbel's Liquors in Brookline, MA
Place rating: 3.1 out of 5 with 11 ratings