Flair Beverage

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3857 9th Ave
New York, New York, 10034-3739
United States

(212) 569-8713 | map

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Photo of sleazo
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

The Beer Warehouse is a distributor serving the Northern reaches of Manhattan and is easily accessible over the 207th street bridge from the Bronx and Major Deegan. It is basically a wholesale warehouse selling all manner of beverages from soda to beer. Beer wise the majority of what they sell is BMC and Presidente. Having grown up near there I have been coming here for years for cases of beer for parties or stocking up on Sierra Nevada or Brooklyn. However having just gone, they have really increased the variety making it somewhat of a destination. I just picked up a 4 pack of Urthel Hop It, sixers of Sierra Torpedo and KellerWeiss, Southampton Alt Dogfish 60 and a 750ml of Dogfish Squall IPA(not seen in most supermarkets and bodegas around here). Also spied on the shelves were 120 minute along with a bunch of other Dogfish bombers with a few rarities, along with the full regular lineups for Brooklyn, Sierra, Unibroue, Southampton, Ithaca, Harpoon and some one offs from the same breweries. Also some interesting Belgians as well as some rarer Czech and German imports.

This is not the type of place to seek out really rare beers but they do have a decent selection that you can buy by the single to the case. For the Northwest Bronx/North Manhattan area it really cannot be beat though and you can pick up some good but not exceedingly rare brews. The best part about this place are the prices. Most American craft brews go for about $6.50-$7.00 a sixer with cases being slightly less per 12oz. I like to stock up from here and avoid the normal $10+ six packs you find throughout the five boroughs.

A couple of suggestions. It is much easier to drive here as the bulk selections are the main draw. If you do take the subway(1 train to 207th) bring bags as they don't supply them. Not everything is priced but everything is cheap. You can also pick up cheap cases of any other drinks you like, Gatorade, soda, Sparks, Goya malta, you get the point. Probably the cheapest location in Manhattan to get some quality beer.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Phigg1102
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Lfinder
4.76/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of ArkyVaughan
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

This really is the spot to buy beer. I'd always known that to be the case around Memorial Day or the Fourth of July when I needed to get a case or two for the barbecue in the park or the house party, but it wasn't until my most recent visit that I realized that beyond the great selection of beers from around the world and the super cheap prices, Flair HAS A GREAT SELECTION OF CRAFT BEER. That's right. Deep in the back, in a couple of unassuming rows flanked by the cases of beer from such rarely-found-in-the-US-beers as Tyskie and Cuzqueña, there are beers from The Bruery, Hitachino, Dogfish Head, Founder's and the likes.

And I'm not just talking six packs, there were single bombers abound. How long these have been available here I'll never know, since I was sort of late to the American craft beer game and usually came here for European and other international beers that you'd never find in any bodega uptown. But they're there now and at the great prices you expect from Flair, which speaking of which, I just learned was the name when I looked the place up on Yelp, because for all my years in the city it was just 'THE beer spot.'

Be warned that the place gets crazy around the big holiday celebrations and the line winds through the store with people pushing carts loaded with 10-15 cases of beer, cases of juices and sodas, and a generally chaotic atmosphere. If you're wise, you'll just cut all the cart-pushers and find your way to a cashier at the front who could care less where you came from as long as you're ready to pay. But be warned, THIS PLACE IS CASH ONLY! I'd forgotten this and had to leave behind a number of good beers I was eager to buy because I didn't have enough cash and wasn't about to pay the nearby ATM $3-5 to get more.

Also, be aware that the cashiers are very rough around the edges and really lack in decor and politeness, don't take it personal.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

After a visit to The Cloisters in nearby Fort Tryon Park and a stop at a wine store in Upper Broadway to buy some prized and precious Pedro Ximenez, I ventured down to this crazy-huge warehouse of all things drinkable located where Manhattan dies and the Bronx is so close you can almost touch it.

Suddenly it ain’t Manhattan anymore, what with the ample parking spots, big-box establishments and heavy car traffic. Not the most pedestrian-friendly area in town, and not much atmosphere at the store either- just a gigantic space filled with pallets of drinks, from Red Bull to cranberry juice to good beer.

The craft-beer selection is rather smallish but good (they have tons of BMC cases if you care for that.) I saw a whole shelf of bombers (Goose Island, Dogfish, Bruery, Allagash) and another shelf full of six-packs from Founders, Bear Republic, Victory and Lagunitas… quite a selection of German and Belgian beers too, plus a bunch of cans from Oskar Blues, Sixpoint, Butternuts.

Service was nice, there was a beer guy cruising the aisles who cared enough to go all the way down to the registers and back to get me a shopping bag. But the best part of it all at Flair is the prices: King Henry for $9.99, Lagunitas Capuccino Stout for $3.99, Dogfish Squall for $6.99, a 4-pack of Dogfish 90 for $8.69. Yeah!

Be aware that this store is cash only (doesn’t make sense, considering they are wholesale and sell huge cases) and it is far away from civilization. But if you’re around, why not. Man, they are cheap!

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Photo of unclejazz
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I have made the trek up to the bronx a few times to check out this place and I am always glad I do. Nothing is refrigerated here, but most of it moves so its not a huge issue. The last time there, I asked for a beer I didn't see and the guy found it for me. you can buy singles and they have a good not great selection. Some bombers, cork and caged, Belgian, Mikkeller, Ommegang, cheap Lambics, Founders, DFH, Rogue, Allagash, Jolly Pumpkin, Stone, Smuttynose, Cigar City, and many others. CASH ONLY!!!

Check it out NYers.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

What a discovery. A huge beverage warehouse. No frills but just about the lowest prices you are gonna find in NYC. You can buy singles out of any 6, plus full sixers, cases, kegs, large format bottles. Nice young beer guy named Ivan who is very helpful.

I left with 2 bottles of BCBS, 2 King Henry's and a Nightstalker for 45 bucks. Should have bought a case of Spaten Optimator sitting by the cashier; 5.99! Ivan said the owner didn't want to deal with 12 packs so he bundled 2 of them together and was practically giving them away.

Jolly Pumpkin bottles were 10 bucks, that's a great price. Lots of German brews, some English and Belgian stuff, plenty of Founders, etc. Lagunitas big bottles were something like 2.99 each.

Tons of macro and non-alcoholic beverages too, free parking. Don't miss this spot if you're anywhere nearby and don't be afraid to ask for things you don't see. There were lots of things hidden, way up above the shelves in cases, and in the back and not on shelves yet.

Cash only, make sure you stop off at the ATM ahead of time!

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Photo of Spazzznyc
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Visited on Saturday August 6, 2011. Large mostly non-beer beverages with great prices on some beer but okay on others. Six of Dogfish Indian Brown Ale $10.96 with tax and deposit ($10.50 before tax & deposit at my local store). Brooklyn Lager in bottles $7.00 and change before deposit and tax. No air conditioning and inside temp at least 85 degrees so maybe not so good for storing quality beer. Probably a better place to buy cheap beer and soda in bulk before having that backyard blowout barbecue.

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Photo of JSC437
4.28/5  rDev +14.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

This is my "secret spot" in NYC. I go to New Beer, Whole Foods Beer Room, and all the other good places down town. But I really like Flair Beverage. In recent months I have purchased Sculpin IPA, KBS, Goose Island Bourbon County Stout, Beer Geek Mikkeller (Weasel), 120 Minute IPA, Firestone Double Jack, Devil Dancer, Double Trouble, and lots of other stuff. I asked the guy who is charge of craft beer to increase the selection (he is a good guy BTW). So now they have Ballast Point, Firestone Walker, Cigar City, Founders, Jolly Pumpkin, Oskar Blues, Sixpoint, Mikkeller, Allagash, North Coast, Bear Republic, Goose Island and some other stuff. Yah this place is in huge warehouse. Yah this place is kind of in the "hood". But I like being able to walk in to a store and buy the hard-to-find beers for cheap prices and not being limited to 1 per customer. IMO this is the best secret beer spot in NYC. Totally worth a trip if you are in Uptown manhattan. I have a feeling that the craft beer selection will only improve in the future. The guy who does the ordering is really top notch. He is cool like that guy at New Beer Dist.

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Photo of goalie33
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%

Flair is a beverage wholesaler with a bunch of aisles stocked with beer. The Majority of the beer they have is BMC with a lot of Mexican and other adjunct lagers.
There are, however, a good 3-4 aisles stocked with American craft brews and imports from Europe. Although they don't have a lot of West Coast breweries, they did have offerings from Stone and Sierra Nevada as well as many other beers from across the country. That also had a good selection of Belgian, German and English beers.
The staff doesn't know much about beer and many barely speak English, so you'll have to help yourself, but their prices can't be beat. If you happen to be in their area (lucky for me they are 2 subway stops away) it is worthwhile to stop in.

Also, the don't accept credit cards and they don't have bags so keep that in mind.

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Photo of CharlatanSin
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%

Flair Beverages is a no-frills beverage warehouse at the Northern tip of Manhattan. Long story short, it provides the best beer deals in the city. Based on reading reviews from years ago, Flair has really stepped up their beer selection. There are about six long rows full of beer, and about three of those are worth looking at.

Last time I was there, they had around ten different Dogfish Head brews, a bunch of Ommegangs, a very wide selection of Belgian stuff, a bunch of new cases of Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout, a bunch of Goose Island stuff, almost everything by Sierra Nevada, a few different Long Trails, some Ithicas, and some Blue Point. That's just off the top of my head. There's next to nothing from the West Coast, and nothing super rare, but there's plenty to keep you busy.

The selection is good, but the prices are outstanding for NYC. Even better, the cashiers don't know anything about beer, so you occasionally literally get away with robbery. I bought a DFH 120 Minute there for $6.99, their listed price, which is very good to begin with. My girlfriend used a different cashier, and her 120 was rung up as a DFH 60 minute for $1.09. Even without to dopey cashiers, the prices are low, and you can buy singles of anything.

It's only a mile from my place, so it's a godsend for me. I still go to New Beer for a lot of stuff, but I make Flair stops more frequently.

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Photo of trpng0bily
2.15/5  rDev -42.4%

Good selection and great prices, but no air conditioning, no service (that speaks english, anyway), no shopping carts, no parking, and an unbelievable pain in the ass to get to. Best part about the place is that you can buy a single of anything.

My receipt:
Long Trail DIPA bomber - 1.99
DFH Squall bomber - 5.99
DFH 90 min. 4pk - 8.19
Gouden Carolus 4pk of classic and 4pk of triple - 12.89 each
Corsendonk 4pk - 13.99
Orval - 4.19
Kasteel - 3.29
DFH 120 - 6.99
Floreffe prima melior - 2.59
Urthel - 3.39
Satan Gold - 2.22
Karmeliet triple - 3.09

Despite the good prices, I never want to go back there again.

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Photo of jxhill
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%

It seems a lot's changed for the better at Flair since the last time it was reviewed. For starters, there is a decent Dogfish Head section now, and I even got myself a few bottles of Squall and a case of 60-Minute. I know there was a DFH tasting there a few weeks back, so I'm crossing my fingers that the current stock is not just leftovers.

There is so much of everything, including every non-alcoholic beverage imaginable as well as malt liquors and domestic adjunct lagers, that their selection of craft beers may not be immediately apparent. But I saw at least one aisle apiece of German, Belgian, other European, Caribbean, Mexican and American craft beers. They seemed to have Brooklyn Brewery's entire catalogue, as well as a good selection of Magic Hat, Long Trail, Sam Adams, etc. You won't be finding any rare gems or super-premium ales here, but it does have solid selection of decent brews.

While the service was, well, basically nonexistent, for those who know what they're looking for, Flair can be a cheap source for decent beers. Also, the ready availability of cases of almost anything at discount prices is a luxury in itself in New York. Especially if you drive.

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Photo of Brianmerrilyn
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Formerly a local BJ/Costco/Sam's Club type of place, Flairs, owned by Paul who has been in the business for over 30 years is now all beverages. This aircraft carrier hanger size edifice is a the best bargin and the best selection in the tri-state area if not farther. Many of the good beers you buy locally come from here. Located on the tip of Manhattan, right off the Major Deagan (I87) at the Fordham Rd/207th St exit. It is actually on 9th Avenue while 9th is on the west side further south for map geeks. "Two-seventh street by da bridge."

As far as American craft and import beers goes, Paul has been making leaps and strides. Yes, you can get Corona, Bud and all other adjunct lagers (as most bodega's and small stores do) as well as any other beverages you can think of(Orange/Grape Crush $3.75 a sixer!)

There are 4 "good beer" rows. Directly next to that you will encounter a massive wooden stick (bar) with 4-5 5ft rectangular mirrors side to side along with 2-3 taps. Ithica BC, Harpoon, Sam Adams, Dogfish all have tastings there, usually on Thursday's and Friday's.

While I didn't find much Rogue, Southern Tier, Franzenkaner or Hoegaarten, I did find a plethora of other excellent stuff at unbeatable prices. Think of Crazy Eddy from the 70's when you look at the prices. $31 for a case of Weishenphaner bottles!!!! Mini kegs of Paulaner for cryin' out loud! Kellerweis from Sierra Nevada is new along with their Porter, Wheat and Pale Ale. The full suite of Uniqbrouqe, several Kasteels, Kwak, Delirium Tremons. Paulo Santo Dogfish 60/90/120, Triple Karmelite, Chocolate Ommegang. You don't have to buy singles, the sixers and cases are so cheap your glad to work your biceps carrying 'em out to your car. Many more Belgians you pay humiliating prices downtown or at bars are basically 50% what you pay anywhere else.

If you want a beer from Thailand, Poland, Greece, Central/S.A, you will find it a few isles down.

(((CASH ONLY)))is something to keep in mind. ATM next door near the milk store. There are no labels on the bombers and "good stuff" but don't worry, you will be like that commerical "start the car, start the car...woo-woo" when they ring you up.

You can break up cases as well and as long as you buy stuff, Paul is very agreeable. An massive place to fill all of your beer requirements and the capacity to improve to beer lovers dreams.

Keep this place in mind if your throwing a party, going upstate to camp, the beach or if you want to save money in general.

Home-brewing clubs welcome.

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3.55/5  rDev -4.8%

So this place is really weird. A really huge warehouse that sells everything by single, sixer, and case. Not only beer , but soda, and water....and the list goes on.

This place has remodelled since the last person reviewed so here is an update on the layout. About mid-way back on the right side there is a big rack with Sam Smiths($2.78 for a 16 oz), Chimay, Ommegang(I think like $3.69 for the 25oz), Affligem(4.19 for 25oz), unibroue, fullers, and some others.

Across the middle of the building there are many rows with lots of beer. Lots of german(paulaner sixers for 6.50) and south american beers....near the middle but towards the left you find brooklyn six packs(5.99 including oktoberfest), Magic Hat(6.79 including jinx), Sierra Nevada(6.99 stout, porter, and pale), Anchor, Sam Adams(5.99 with lots of variety), among others.

The majority of the back half of the building is filled with full pallets bud, corona, guinness, and the like.

OK the selection is not super great, but for the price it is really hard to beat...if you drive past or live in upper manhattan or close by in the bronx definitely check it out. I live pretty close so when I need everyday beer(brooklyn, paulaner, SN, or magic hat) this is my stop....also they do not always know what you are buying at that works out in them ringing things up at way discounted prices. One down side is that they do not have clear prices posted on everything so if you have to ask(or use the computer located in the center of the store where you can look up prices yourself!).

Overall the cheapest place I have found in the city...a must stop for people throwing parties.

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Photo of Billolick
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%

As noted below, this place is huge! Just a block or two from the east river, the Deegan expressway and the good ole Bronx, this place caters to mostly, restaurants, small stores and bars, thats why the have no bags at the registers. Macro cases like you have never seen before leave this store loaded on u-boats and packed into commercial vans. For the thirsty BA looking for the "Good stuff" there is some stuff of interest, but its not exotic micros, its really the extensive selection they carry of Carribean imports. As for fine quality brew, they do have BKLYN, Anchor, SN, Chimay, Ommegangs, and some other worthy selections and they did have SHMPTon's secret ale and the usual cast of Belg. bombers. Also a few typical Germans, Brits etc etc, but NO Stone, Avery, Smutty, Bear Rep. etc etc. I enjoyed my visit, cuz its upper NYC, this place is differant and has authentic NYC attitude. They also stock a ton of sodas, juices, waters etc etc. If you are having a large party/event or if you want to stock a new bar/club/store this place is for you. Worth taking a look if you are driving thru the area or if you live or work locally.

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Photo of skar
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%

Pros: Huge store, best prices in Manhattan, solid selection of quality beers
Cons: Cash only, limited hours, beer ignorant employees

I've been buying beer here since I moved to NYC because it is within walking distance of my apartment. There is a lot to love and a lot to hate about this store.

First off this store is huge. I'm talking like Home Depot big. It has got to be one of the 5 largest stores of any kind in Manhattan. If you want Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, they don't have a couple of sixers on a shelf. They have a stack of 20-30 cases. Right next to that they have 20-30 cases of SN Porter, then SN Stout, then SN Celebration, etc. What I like about this is that I can rip into a case and grab a fresh 6 pack.

On to the selection. For micros they had Brooklyn (including Monster and BCS), Sierra Nevada (including Celebration), Anchor, Samuel Adams, Pete's Wicked, and a few others. I saw 12 pack samplers from Sam Adams and Saranac. For imports they had Dragon Stout, Mackeson, Czechvar, Spaten, Paulaner, Franziskaner, McEwan's, and Old Peculier.

Now the real gems are in a hidden room on the right side of the store. Quite a decent selection of quality beers here like Chimay, Duvel, Lindeman's, Unibroue, Ommegang, Samuel Smith's, Ayinger, Orval, Schneider, and Corsendonk. Once I found some aged Aventinus 2000 here (for only $2.99!).

Prices can vary, but only from normal to super cheap. Many of the prices are the best I've seen in Manhattan. Optimator for $5.49 a six, Old Peculier for $8.19 a six, Corsendonk for $7.50 a four pack, Ommegang for $3.29 a 750.

Some issues. They close early like 7 o'clock. They are cash only. They don't have bags for your beer. Most beers on the shelf have no prices listed. The employees at the registers always stare blankly at any beer I buy. They always have to call over a manager for anything more unusual than Brooklyn. The good news is that this can add to the deals. They have rang up Unibroue 750's as Ommegang 750's. Brooklyn Monster was the same price as Brooklyn Lager ($5.79 a six).

Bottom line: Although the selection isn't highly unusual, Flair Beverage has some great prices on some great beers. If you want to throw a party with good beer, this is the place to go.

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Photo of slander
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%

Guess what? The Deegan Southbound is a fricken parking lot at 230th Street and you know it extends well past Fordham Road down to the corkscrew for the GWB and the Cross Bronx. If you've got your wits about you, you're thinking the University Heights Bridge to 9th Ave to the tip of the Harlem River Drive and crossing back over the 155th Street Bridge or maybe the Triboro.
I pass this beer distributor at the foot of the University Heights Bridge every time I do this and have never paid it any mind until a pair of recent reviews caught my eye...
For starters, it's a "Bevee" (a beverage distributor). It's a giant, giant warehouse dealing beer, soda, juices, teas, and all that.
Now, they've got a little room halfway back on the right side that houses big bottled singles (Corsendonk, Lindemans, Ommegang) and decent imports (Sam Smith, Ayinger, Leffe, Duvel, Unibroue, Chimay, Orval, Schneider).
Back out on the floor, you walk up and down the long aisles and pick what you want off the pallets. They've got all the Germans (Hacker, Dab, Dink, Spaten, Warsteiner, Franziskaner) in one area and in the other corner they've got their American micros (Saranac, Anchor, Sierra Nevada, Brooklyn, Sam Adams, New Amsterdam). Limited in selection of micros but at $18 a case, very nicely priced.
Check this out. They have so many cases of Heinekin in the far back right corner, that they could easily do a recreation of Pink Floyd's The Wall, should Roger Waters need the money.
Service was good and they appear to be up on freshness dating in that the out of code beer is going for less.

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Place rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 19 ratings
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