Bauer Wine & Spirits

Bauer Wine & SpiritsBauer Wine & Spirits
Bauer Wine & SpiritsBauer Wine & Spirits

330 Newbury St
Boston, Massachusetts, 02115-2739
United States

(617) 262-0363 | map

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Reviews by Brad007:
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4.15/5  rDev -3.9%

Stopped by this place while in Boston because it was close to my hotel.

Selection isn't huge but they have a lot of beers on the BA top 100.

Prices are on the high side but I scored some really nice beers and total came to under 60 bucks for a bomber each of expresso oak aged yeti, mikkeller beer geek, avery maharaja and about 3 or four other bombers.

Atmosphere is nice but catered more to the wine crowd.

Not a bad place but I've seen bigger selections elsewhere. Still worth it for what I picked up.

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Brad007 from Vermont, Mar 21, 2009
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5/5  rDev +15.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

There is a wonderful cat next to the beer inside. Pet a cat while buying beer (or wine)! Dude who works there is hella nice.

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egrandfield from Massachusetts, Jun 01, 2018
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3.97/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

For a tiny shop, this place has a nice selection. A bunch of coolers along the back with a lot of good stuff plus a couple shelves for some bigger bottles. The prices are actually not bad at all considering the Newbury St location. If you are nearby and need some beer, it is definitely worth a stop.

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Glider from Massachusetts, Feb 09, 2018
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4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts, Dec 19, 2017
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

GRG1313 from California, Feb 01, 2017
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4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

jtk21351 from California, Jan 13, 2017
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4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Squire from Mississippi, Jun 27, 2016
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2.73/5  rDev -36.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2

Really don't understand why this place is rated as high as it is. Selection was the most disappointing; seriously nothing impressive about what was in stock. A nice location and service was fine, but I thought a very poorly ranked location via BA standards was far superior to this. Nothing world-class here at all.

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4.8/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Love this place. It's the closest to my work office, but that's not why I go. Small beer selection, but nothing but quality beers. New items are in weekly, so you never see the same things sitting around. Plus, the staff are great guys. Howie, Colin, and Jeff are always lively and down for a quick chat. With the addition of the single beers shelf in the front, this place got even better.

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Seakyden from Massachusetts, Feb 17, 2016
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3.94/5  rDev -8.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

benzalman from California, Nov 13, 2015
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4.41/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

A nice little place. Close to the convention center. Not a large beer selection, but a good mix of cold and shelf beer. A fair amount of harder to find beers, but nothing really rare though. Staff was helpful and friendly. A little on the pricer side and they only sell a few individual beers. Worth checking out if in the area.

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drrone from Utah, Oct 04, 2015
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3.8/5  rDev -12%

WoostaBia from Massachusetts, Oct 31, 2014
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3.86/5  rDev -10.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

groleau from Quebec (Canada), Aug 16, 2014
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4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4

For a city liquor store, Bauer is a hard place to beat. It's located on pricey Newbury Street (between Massachusetts Avenue and Hereford). It's an underground location which makes it easy to miss. It's location requires it to be somewhat expensive, but it is also convenient for the Back Bay residents.

For a small store, they back a lot of interesting and unusual brews (and wines/spirits). One of the great features they have is mailing list for new and unusual arrivals. This gives one a great chance to catch the latest (rare) offerings. I also like that they have many unusual imports--it would be very easy for them to focus only on domestic craft beer.

I would not describe this as a "go to" place, but if you are in the area, it's worth checking out.

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smcolw from Massachusetts, Jul 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.4%

mdaschaf from Washington, Jul 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Ant4711 from South Carolina, Jul 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

pisano from Massachusetts, Jul 03, 2014
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3/5  rDev -30.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

doremite from Vermont, May 29, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

afi4lifer from Colorado, Jan 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

RblWthACoz from Pennsylvania, Nov 10, 2013
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4.89/5  rDev +13.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This place is conveniently located in the Back Bay and is worth a trip from further out. There's a lot of Belgian and European beers and a pretty great selection of American beers. What's on the shelf may underwhelm you at first. The first time I went I left without buying anything and I didn't speak to anyone. When I came back I spoke with their beer guy, who was really helpful, and found a lot of the things I was looking for. If you ask him about a beer he'll either bring you a bottle, discuss it, or tell you where to find it. A great place.

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Wukk from New York, Oct 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

selection here is relatively small (modest-sized Newbury St shop with only so much room able to be devoted to craft - as brew clearly plays second-fiddle to wine) but the beers seem to be thoughtfully appointed. locals are well represented along with an nice assortment from some of the well-known national brewers. you can tell the beer manager put some thought into the selections, going a bit beyond the usual craft staples. decent assortment of Belgians available as well. again, not the type of place in which you'll spend an hour just poring over all the options, but definitely some quality beers to be had. service was friendly and helpful. prices were about average for the area.

bottom line: I wouldn't go out of my way to get here the way the way I might with Julio's or Marty's (or even Charles St liquors just over in the Beacon Hill vicinity), but if you're in the Back Bay? worthy of a stop... definitely one of the better options for craft in the downtown Boston area.

obviously Bauer is a wine and spirits vendor too; review is strictly for the beer.

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BostonHops from Massachusetts, Sep 06, 2012
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4.64/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Great little shop located on Newbury Street in Boston. I stopped in when visiting Boston for a few days and staying at the nearby Sheraton. I probably stopped in about 6 times over the course of 3 days (kept making new space in the luggage or drinking my bottles!). It's a great break for beer fans who are not as excited about the other shopping options along Newbury.

The place is small due to their location, but everything they carry is high quality. Picked up some nice stuff I can't get in MN, including Heady Topper, Maine Brewing, Pretty Things, and some imports I haven't seen before (my first beer from Iceland). Their beer guy Tom is very friendly and knowledgeable.

I can't compare to other Boston area options first hand, but it was a great stop as a visitor. Prices seemed reasonable to me, especially considering the location. Only improvement would be getting rid of some of that wine to make room for more beer!

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4.66/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

I just found out about this place and wish I had known earlier. They have a relatively small collection if beers but almost all of them are top notch and things you wouldn't see very many other places. I came away with a bottle of Boulevard chocolate ale and another of Three Floyds (!!!) Boogoop. Prices were reasonable- nothing is cheap in Boston but you should be able to find something good in your price range. Not too much in the way of six packs but if you're looking for something you haven't had before and you're in back bay this is your store. I saw De Dolle, Boulevard, Allagash, lots of German and Austrian lagers, and other beers of interest.

Update: Have been back numerous times to great success! Tom the beer guy is exceptionally nice and very knowledgeable.

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Hopdaemon39 from New York, Feb 05, 2012
Bauer Wine & Spirits in Boston, MA
Place rating: 4.32 out of 5 with 92 ratings