ABC Fine Wine & Spirits

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3950 E Ocean Blvd
Long Beach, California, 90803-2817
United States

(562) 434-7407 | map

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Photo of fthegiants
3.42/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Photo of slowmodemjohn
1/5  rDev -70.8%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 1

An unusually bad experience for a store in Long Beach. It is a great area with lots of great shops, restaurants, the aquarium, and the beach, but this place is a dusty, poorly stocked, and horribly staffed. I drove about 10 miles to get there because the gentleman who answered the phone said they had a bunch of single-bottle wine-carrying bags, and I needed one for a gift that night. When I got there I had to dig under ancient dirty plastic bags of other depressing accessories to find the only one in stock. OK. I needed it immediately, so I brought it to the counter and was happy to hear they took Apple Pay. That was the only good thing that happened. The clerk, probably the guy from the phone, did not mention the 85¢ charge for using a credit card, and did not offer a receipt that might reveal it, but my credit union's service pinged my phone as I left the store, and I noticed I had been charged about a dollar too much, so I went back in and said, "I think you may have accidentally charged me $9.99 instead of $8.99." The man behind the counter began digging under a pile of papers on the counter and said, "It's says right here ..." and began to explain the extra charge that was completely hidden as though I should have known. I would have paid cash if I had known, but he had deliberately concealed the charge. I know it's silly. It's only 85¢. Still, I left feeling like I needed to take a shower to get the grime off my hands and the slim out of my memory. No, I would never recommend anyone patronize this place. It is horrible.

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Photo of SanFranJake
3.64/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

You walk in to a bunch of great bottles on wine racks that are like "trophy beers" but not for sale. Pretty much set the tone for a poor experience.
Solid selection of bottles but at $2-4 more than retail (if not more) I gladly passed on bottles that I can't even get here in NorCal.
Decent tap list but even that was over-priced.
Save yourself the trip

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Photo of aoampm
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of getkrunkhoe
3.5/5  rDev +2%

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.66/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

On the inside, ABC Liquor has a lot of interior space with many beverages on the sales floor. The beer is located towards the back of the store, some of refrigerated, some of it displayed at room temperature. The multi-packs and single bottles are marked well with price stickers, so at least you won't have to price guess when you take it to checkout. That's a good thing, because the beer is typically $1-2 more per bottle or 6-pack than the average beer store, with the $11.99 pricetag for Ballast Point's Sea Monster being the most extreme case. Along with Ballast Point, brands of beers sold include BrewDog, Lagunitas, St. Louis Gueuze, Rodenbach, Firestone, and Kern River. In a pinch this would do for beer (if you're willing to pay), but if you have time there are other places around Long Beach with more beer and lower prices.

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Photo of Hendershot737
2.73/5  rDev -20.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3.5

I was actually rather offended with my experience:

I walk to the counter with 2 bottles in hand. One Ballast Point Sculpin IPA and Kern's Simply Outstanding IPA. I asked politely if they had any Pliny to add to my purchase. The cashier pauses for a bit and says they're out. I then ask for Alpine's Nelson to see if they had any. He walks to show me where it may be, but it turns out that they are out. On our way back to the register he stops and quietly questions another man behind the counter (who I didn't notice until that point and who I will now name "Owner"). The two men then walk over to me and the Owner asks me if I'm looking for some Russian River. I take a moment to decipher his Armenian(?) accent and say that yes, I am looking for some Pliny. The Owner says that he can part with one or two bottles. I say happily, "Sure." The owner than says, "but it'll be $13.99 a bottle." I take a moment to comprehend the price and say, no, I think I'll pass.
Now, while the selection is decent, I found the experienc to be dreadful. I've been to other markets who sell Pliny who didn't treat it like it were some illegal purple koosh that you could only buy during a full moon in Septober. Now, I understand the greatness of Pliny, but I find it hard to fathom why it would be marked up so much since it is almost $10 less than that normally. I am disgusted in a vendor who wishes to take advantage of a craft brew fan such as myself. Sin e this is America, I fully respect their freedom to price things in such a way, but I found it necessary to notify you all of my experience and to persuade you to shop at other markets who treat their customers with...dignity (for lack of a better term). Go to Stearns Liquors instead or Farmers Harvest in Huntington Beach for your Pliny (or other brews). I ld rather push business to the stores who were happy to help and share their stock without gouging the consumer.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.28/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4

I have been here a few times over the past few years - most recently was yesterday.

The first thing you need to know about this place is that it is VERY expensive. I mean some beers are ridiculously overpriced compared to other stores.

Example: they want $19.99 for a bottle of Ballast Point Victory At Sea. I bought a bottle at the same place a few months ago for $11.99. I hear people have been able to get them other places for $8 or so. As you can see, this place jacks up prices on beer the older it gets. I saw a bottle of 2009 Abyss yesterday for $19.99. They had a bottle of Firestone Walker 13 and I bet it was over $30.

The place has a deli, wine, liquor, and the beer. They have a good selection of beer, but again it's very pricey. You can find some rare and vintage stuff if you are willing to pay the price for it.

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Photo of drewmprs
4.28/5  rDev +24.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

I don't buy much beer here because prices are very high. However, there is a benefit to that because some of the beers that sell out everywhere else sit on the shelves alot longer at ABC. For example, I missed the whole FW 14th anniversary train and by the time I started looking it was out of stock at all my usual stops. I went to ABC and they had a full 25.99 a bottle. Most places had it for 18-22 a bottle and it sold out quick. Also, I was able to snag a couple bottles of PiaPT well after they were gone.
The manager holds back some of the vintage stuff but he wants a lot for them - more than ebay prices.
Decent deli and cigars on premise as well. Near Belmont brewery and yankee doodles.

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Photo of danrodrigue
3/5  rDev -12.5%

I have been here twice now and both times I came across beer that is harder to find or that I've never actually seen before. The downside is the pricing.

Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary was $5 more per bottle than other places I've seen it and Firestone Parabola was $10 more per bottle. Sculpin is $10, a small bottle of Supplication was $13 and some of the easier to find Socal beers tend to be $2-$3 more per bottle.

All that being said, I'm torn. I would probably go back for things I can't grab anywhere else nearby, if not for...

The other thing to watch is the total on the cash register. They like to mark up the beer even further without mentioning it. Don't believe me, go by and grab a couple of bottles. Do the quick math in your head and compare it to the register.

So, if you go be prepared to spend more than you should and do your own math.

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Photo of WOTO97
3.85/5  rDev +12.2%

I think the overall grade on this place is pretty deceiving. Riding back from coffee, I stopped by here on the way to my buddies place, and I think he described it best. Their selection is pretty solid but of those harder to find beers they generally only carry a couple.

I picked up a Sculpin, which I haven't seen in quite a while in OC, and a Southern Hemisphere. I noticed they had a solid selection of more rare brews. The prices are a little steeper than your average spot but by no means vastly more than your average bottle shop.

The service field didn't get many points here but that is largely due to the fact that I was in and out. An older guy there chatted me up a little and appeared to be more than willing to help me out if I had asked.

If you are in the area, this place is definitely worth your time.

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Photo of Swimsum
3.85/5  rDev +12.2%

I've been to ABC a few different times now and I have to say that I do find it to be a very interesting store. It is a liquor store with a little deli in it. The deli is pretty good but I've only had it a few times. They also have liquor, cigars, and wine. They have a decent glassware selection. The prices vary, some of a few bucks cheaper then other stores and some are more expensive. Only bought two pieces of glassware here.

Now onto the beer. They have about 3 coolers devoted to craft beer. Can find bombers, singles of some beers, and six/twelve packs. Most of the beer that is in the cooler is also right in front of the coolers on the floor. There are a few things that aren't but for the most part they can be found in both places. Many CA breweries are available but also have some midwest and east coast but not many. The bottles that are sitting out are a little dusty, but I've found some good stuff there. Have found some older Stone bottles such as 12th Anniversary, 08 Double Bastard, 08 IRS, 08 Epic.

I have found some rares ones here as well. They have the Sam Adams Millennium (maybe multiple bottles, have never asked because the price is probably off the chart), 07 Abyss (wish I could have gotten that), AleSmith 07 Decadence, and just recently....Firestone 11.

The prices here are a bit more expensive for some of the beers. Some of the older stuff if a dollar or two more but I'm guessing that's because the owners know they aren't being distributed. Service is pretty nice. I can't figure out how much they know about beer but they seem to have a decent knowledge. But like I said, the guys are pretty nice.

All in all I like this store, and I'll be making many trips back to it. I'd recommend stopping in here if you're in the area, but just know the prices are a bit higher then some other stores in the area.

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Photo of vacax
3.4/5  rDev -0.9%

I didn't go into ABC Liquor with very high expectations, but I walked out a little intrigued. A store of gentlemanly vices, they stocked everything from fancy cigars and liquors to craft beer and the finest pornographic magazines. It has a lot of charm to it. Craft beer is in the rear of the shop, and about evenly split between coolers and shelving. They had some cheap beer in the cooler with a note on it saying "Probably the most horrible, awful beer ever made. Give it to your boss." I love it.

The service here seems to be pretty average. Not sure if you would call it a high-end convenience store or what, but that's about how the service plays out. You could go ask the casher a question I suppose but he didn't really say a word to us. Prices were a little on the high side from what I saw. They don't specialize solely iin craft beer.

Selection was interesting for a number of reasons. Relatively small, seemingly random selection. It seems like going here is a roll on the dice. I picked up a Moylan's Hopsickle, and they still had some 2008 Bigfoot in the middle of summer. My brother found a 2007 Stone IRS still in the cooler. They even had stuff like a Chimay gift set. It seems like they pick and choose on a whim which brands to get in. One of this, one of that.

My overall feeling is that this is the kind of place I might stop in once every year or so just to see what I can find. I am rating the selection as average since they make some surprising choices, but this isn't somewhere I would go if I wanted something specific. Stop by if you just happen to be in the area, don't have high expectations, and you might find something that pleasantly surprises you.

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Photo of udubdawg
3.7/5  rDev +7.9%

I'm a little torn - I've found some good stuff here that I expected to be long gone from the shelves, but it was also a little more expensive than when found elsewhere fresh. So I suppose the higher prices were reasonable for what I was getting.

Selection isn't great, but points for quality. Some dusty bottles, although I tend to enjoy looking through those anyway - never know what I'll find if I don't look!

Reasonably helpful service, who may not know a ton about beer but were eager to help me find what I was looking for. Friendly and quick at checkout, not fazed by beers that don't scan.

Not a lot of focus on craft beer versus the rest of the products and especially liquor, but we need places like this where the gems may go unnoticed long enough for those of us visiting from out of town to show up and get one before they are gone!

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Photo of sloejams
3.8/5  rDev +10.8%

I have some friends that live right around the corner from ABC, so it's always an easy spot to stop on the way. They have a decent selection, some refrigerated, some not. It seems like a lot of things stay around for awhile - just this weekend I was able to pick up a Stone RIS 07 and a VE 7/7/07. That made me happy. They had some other beers that I don't see too often such - Jolly Pumpkins and some others that escape me right now.

Definitely worth checking out if in the beachfront side of LBC.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.9/5  rDev +13.7%

Found at the corner of Termino and Ocean adjacent to a Jack in the Box and Vons, ABC Liquor doesn't look like much on the oustide, but inside it is a different story. The beers a located in the back. They have a large selection of U.S. micros and imports, and some beers I never seen before in CA, such as Genesee Cream Ale which surprised me. They also had some old bottles of R.R. Supplication, but at $12.99 a pop, I wasn't buying. The only downside of this store is the pricing. The beers there are quite a bit more than what I'm used to seeing in So. Cal. 7.7.7 was $7.99 a pop, and the single bottle of Old Rasputin I bought was $2.99. Other than that it's a good store, they have some stuff that you're not likely to see around here, just be willing to pay.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.7/5  rDev +7.9%

Located on Ocean Boulevard, almost on the seafront, ABC Liquor is situated on the ocean-side of the road that runs between downtown Long Beach and Belmont Shores. Next door but one to the local Vons, and just around the corner from the Belmont Brewery, it is easy enough to find, but Parking can be very difficult at times with only a 2 car length 20 minute zone outside, and a Hitleresque mustachioed Security Guard goose-stepping the nearby Vons Car Lot for “non-users”.

An old fashioned Liquor Store, like so many other quality establishments, it is much more than a place to pick up a 6-Pack of you favorite Macro-Lite beer. As well as the beer, it stocks and sells high end Cigars, Fine Wines, Champagnes, fancy Liquors and some specialist food, indeed it has its own Delicatessen just to the right as you enter the store.

The beers are all located at the back of the Store in Coolers as you enter. Usually a few beers are on display in aisles, or nearby on the floor, but if you want a cool version of these they are usually somewhere to be found in the Coolers.

This is more of a specialist liquor store, and as such the beer fights for room with other libations that probably offer higher margins to the Store. The beer range is not huge by any means, but as well as the usual domestic micro stuff, there are many micro/craft beers from the US. It has something from the UK, Belgium and Germany as well as a few other “odds and sods” from around the world. They seem to sell a lot of Bud here, but thankfully it’s the proper stuff, albeit with a different name for the US market, perish the thought people would get them mixed up!! Simply put it has around 100+ beers and there is something here for everyone, but not that many special beers. However, this can work to your advantage, as I have often picked up “seasonals” and “specials” from the Stone Brewery when they have long disappeared off of the shelves of more popular stores. So not being popular is not always bad news. Indeed I picked up a couple more ‘older’ Stones this afternoon including some ‘03 Old Guardian and Double Bastards. Prices are slightly above average and service is friendly.

I don’t come here that often, but I always pop in for a beery perusal when I sometimes go for a walk down the Beach towards Belmont Shores on a lazy afternoon, or just before I hit the Happy Hour in the Belmont Brewery on a Sunday afternoon. Worth a look, just don’t park in the Vons Car Lot if Hitler is there, you’ll get towed away.

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ABC Fine Wine & Spirits in Long Beach, CA
Place rating: 3.43 out of 5 with 18 ratings