Total Wine & More

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1001 Main St
River Edge, New Jersey, 07661-2011
United States

(201) 968-1777 | map

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Reviews by r0nyn:
Photo of r0nyn
4.35/5  rDev +18.9%

As I was in the area, I spotted Total Wine & More right off Grand Ave, so I decided to pay this store a visit. I'm certainly glad I did!

Looks just like a regular supermarket from the outside, complete with parking lot and carts. Once inside though, it's packed to the gills with wine, liquor and most of all, great craft beer. The shelves with beer are in the back as you enter the store and are filled with some pretty good craft brews. The first row of shelves is full of six and four-packs and towards the back is where the single bottles are kept.

Quality is very good, as most bottles are well within their freshness dates and all have clean, undamaged labels. The lights are a little bit bright in the store, but most of the beer is kept out of it directly. Selection is great for the area. Lots of quality American breweries represented, including DFH, Rogue, Stone and more. Lots of good foreign stuff too, with a wide selection of Belgian brews. They had quite a few bottles that are hard to find across the border in New York, so I was suitably impressed.

Service is good, from what I experienced. I was greeted by a manager-type person when I entered the store. As I was perusing the craft brews, an associate popped his head in and asked if I needed help. It's the proper amount of service I expect from a good store and I got it, so no complaints there.

The price points are really where this store does well. The single 12 oz bottles are priced pretty cheaply and the bombers are marked down significantly from what I'm used to in New York. Plus, since it's New Jersey, there's no pesky $0.05 bottle deposit. A bomber of Stone IRS for $5.29 flat? I will take that every time, thanks!

Definitely a quality store for the beer enthusiast living in the Bergenfield/River Edge area. I was impressed by the TW stores down in Florida and this one in NJ did not disappoint either.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Partese
1.63/5  rDev -55.5%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1.25 | service: 1 | selection: 3

TERRIBLE PLACE! My fiance & I went in to purchase a bottle of wine for a family occasion.. when we reached the register so my fiance could purchase the bottle they asked for his ID understandably & then ask for mine.. which made no sense because I'm not purchasing anything.. because I didn't have my ID on me the manager kicked me out & told me I had to stand outside in the cold (mind you I'm pregnant) & wait for him to purchase the bottle..DISGUSTING!

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Photo of Samlover55
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.75

Like the name says is a wine store with a couple aisles in back left dedicated to beer. Pretty decent selection with most of it separated by style, and available in singles. They have glasses for those styles in those sections which is pretty cool. I spoke to one employee he seemed pretty knowledgeable about beer. Not in my immediate neighborhood but overall pretty good place to shop for suds.

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Photo of bbpro47
1.96/5  rDev -46.4%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 1 | selection: 2.5

Not a fan of the sales staff here very pushy trying to sell other items than what i went in for

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Photo of WhiskeyTangoMike
4.58/5  rDev +25.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Love the larger new location with a bigger beer section. Unfortunately the cooler isn't any bigger, but they still stock it with a decent range of beers if you need something cold right away. Staff has always been friendly and helpful. The pricing has always seemed to be the best around, for beer as well as liquor and wine.

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Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of TongoRad
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

I've had mixed experiences with this store, although ultimately the good outweighs the bad. I do love the new location and look of the place, though, that's for sure.

First, the negatives:
1- Even though there are two full aisles (and then some) dedicated to beer, the selection isn't really as deep as it seems. Many 'slots' for bottles or sixers are doubled or even tripled to keep the shelves from looking empty.
2- Freshness is definitely an issue throughout the beer section, but more prominently in the singles aisle.

1- Price. This is definitely the place to shop for cases or sale items, especially if you are having a party.
2- Hidden Gems among the singles that you may not see anywhere else locally (I've gotten Furst Wallenburg and Pike 5X Stout bottles).
3- Buying Power. especially for certain limited releases. My last trip there was an entire shelf of Victory Wild Devils and others. Previously there were at least a half-dozen Stone displays throughout the store featuring Enjoy By and Ruin Ten. They get a LOT of these types of beers when they get them.

Just stick with the far aisle against the wall, where the seasonal and recent releases are displayed, and you will get some fresh beer at a good price. Otherwise you could lose a lot of time checking dates.

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Photo of markgugs
3/5  rDev -18%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of BethanyB
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.25

Like a huge beer/wine/liquor supermarket complete with the fluorescent lighting and staff stocking and stickering items everywhere you look. Not a real cozy place, but clean and full of beer! I always thought of this as mainly a wine store, so I was shocked by the size of their beer selection, which consists of both six-packs and single bottles.

Everything is labeled nicely by both country and style, which makes it so much easier to find what you're looking for. And find it, or at least something similar, you likely will. Imports and domestic craft beers alike are in vast supply.

I've had a few bad bottles from this place, but no more in comparison to other beer stores. The prices are reasonable. Middle-of-the-road, I'd say.

Staff isn't incredibly knowledgeable. They know where in the store you should look to find a specific beer (not necessary since the beers are already easy to find due to excellent organization), but they can't tell you much else. Maybe they're more well-versed on their wines. I've purchased wine here too, and you can get decent advice...although they do tend to push certain brands. Everyone is friendly, at least.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.66/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

A: Very crowded/cramped liquor store. Craft beer and
imports are on the back left.

Q: Solid selection, but not huge. Chilled, 6 packs, and
1 aisle of single bottles organized by region and style.

S: The staff were available for questions, but also
not hovering either. When I find a good or regular,
beer place, like to put a name to a place (get
a beer guy) don't see it happening here.

S: Same as the quality. If someone is looking for
a quick stop in the neighborhood to grab
respectable beer for a party, this is a great place.
If you are not a newbie to the scene, you may grow
tired of it quickly. Lots of East Coast breweries, but
also some fine US national standards: Stone, Founders,

F: N/A

Value + Overall: Solid prices and selection;
would recommend.

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Photo of bogus564
4.06/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

This location is 4 miles from my home, so it's the liquor store that I visit with the most frequency.

When you walk in, it does not seem as big as the view from outside leads you to believe it is. I have never been there when it's not chock full of customers, and I visit a lot and at a lot of different times.

There is a rather large and impressive wine selection, multitudes of styles, from many different countries. Reds, whites, roses, the whole shebang. The same applies for their whiskeys and spirits.

To the beer section, located in the back left - is that what liquor stores do? Put their beer sections in the back left? - there's one aisle devoted to beer. Nearest the registers are packs and cases, and the NASCAR beers are mixed in with the craft beers. The refrigerators have packs and cases only, no singles, unless a pack was dropped.

Near the back wall, you find your craft beers in singles. I was surprised to find how many styles and countries and states were represented; they don't have a whole lot, but they do have a lot of my favorites, like Laughing Dog's The Dogfather, Great Divide Yeti, Stone Ruination IPA, Weyerbacher Double Simcoe IPA, Paulaner Hefe-Weizen, Southern Tier 2XIPA - the list goes on.

The staff is polite, albeit not that helpful when it comes to beer. If you want to talk wine, though, they're all over it. Interesting.

The cashiers are friendly, and quick to grab empty cases to put your supplies in if you need.

Overall, a good shopping experience. I'm lucky to have it as a local haunt.

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Photo of kennylopez
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

This place is a good stop and I have found quite a few good brew here. They have a larger uncool selection then cool but that's cool with me :) About half of one aisle is devoted to singles and bombers. They have some good stuff at reasonable prices, but it seems like the local brews are more expensive than other stores, but whats a buck when your buying good beer. There are a few of guys there who drink good beer that they sell, but only a few. Its kind of a place where you go for what you know you want and you end up walking out with more because they always are rotating their stock.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.66/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

the last aisle in the back was dedicated to beer. first section is six packs, then singles. empty six pack holders to make your own six packs.

Organized in a logical manner, with beers grouped by region or country. pretty decent selection, and really good prices. Some of the singles were the lowest for a single bottle I've seen anywhere else in PA/NJ/NY/DE.

I wasn't asked if I needed help, but I was also only in the store about 10 minutes as I was in a hurry. But the cashier was friendly and polite.

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Photo of richbrew
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%

Stopped in over a dozen times on the way to the inlaws. Last complete aisle is all beer. Fairly decent selection overall. From 4/6 packs, Bombers/750's and 12oz singles. They have the largest 12oz single selection compared to anywhere I go. Nothing out of the ordinary, but I never walk out empty handed.
If you stop in on a late Sunday afternoon, be prepared, the store tends to look like a shitstorm do to the trafficing of alcohol. Store does a crazy business.
Help is never there, unless you track down someone with a "headset" on.

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Photo of Bergenboy1981
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Been going into this place for a few years now, and as other reviewers say, it IS mostly wine and booze here, and beer has been an afterthought for a while...however since Whole Foods moved into Paramus, most of the local shops have had to step up their game to keep up and Total Wine has DEF improved.

The selection here is big and growing. You will find all of the big breweries (snore) represented, but also MANY European Brews, Local Brews and a lot of Micros/Craft brew's available.

Also, this place serves MANY of their best brews BY THE BOTTLE if you don't want to buy a whole 6 pack and risk 8-13$ when you can try it for 3$ first.
One of the downsides here is that most of the craft beer is NOT refrigerated. They have the big breweries in the fridge case and a small selections of craft.

This shop also surprises us sometimes....for example at the moment they are selling a 4-pack of St. Bernardus Whit Celis Collection....a great great brew and hard find in general...but a 4 pack?! I'd NEVER seen 1 of those before....and 13$ isn't bad for something that's usually 10$ for ONE bottle.

Prices here aren't that bad (when your comparing to whole foods)...we come to this place more and more lately.
If you live in the area, this is one of your best bets without having to drive up by Wayne or down to West New York areas to find a good micro.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%

August 9, 2008:

As a frequent consumer of the Total Wine and More stores both in Union and West Orange, I was very curious to see what the River Edge location had to offer...
Out of all three stores, this was the weakest in terms of overall beer selection, yet it ranked high in quality and was very reasonable with respect to price...
Picked up a brand-new, 2008 Sierra Nevada Anniversary Ale here...
A neat, large store mostly devoted to wine as the name implies, yet the best thing about this place is that they allow you to mix and match your own six packs, which is always a plus...
Definitely worth a stop-in if you're in the area...

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Photo of dherling
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%

About 2/3 of the place is dedicated to wine, leving the last third of the store split up between hard alcohol and beer. This place is pretty big, probably around 5,000 [/]. they have a decent selection of cases and six packs, a pretty full fridge with all the mor common beers, and then half an aisle's worth of single bottles. you're not going to fin the rarer stuff here, but in a pinch this can satisfy the curiosity of most craft brew seekers. There are some staff members who know their stuff, but like the name of the store, they're here to sell wine, not beer.

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Photo of yelterdow
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%

This store is primarily geared towards wine aficianados, so it's no surprise that the suds are sort of an afterthought here. Fortunately, the people who run the beer department do capitalize on our local faves, namely Victory, DFH, Troegs, Flying Fish, and Ommegang. Notable new arrivals as of June '05 include Hop Hog and Brooklyn's Monster Ale. There is almost no represention of some of the classics like Rogue and Stoudt's, however. You can purchase singles towards the back of the aisle, but your wallet will smack you for doing so.

Anytime I shop here, the ladies and gentlemen always greet me and offer help in any possible way, which is excellent and deserves high praise. I do buy all of my wine here because the price/selection ratio is extraordinary, but for beers I do have an alternate choice.

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Photo of TomN
3.55/5  rDev -3%

They have a decent selection but if one comes to this store expecting great things, they'll most likely be dissapointed. I'm sure wine fanantics love it for the huge selection but the beer area is somewhat lacking. When they first opened they hinted they would expand their beer selection but It's been a few years now and I don't think it will happen too much. Last few times I went their wasn't anything I hadn't tried (worthwhile at least!) or wasn't there last time. I guess they are a wine specialty store but for a place that used to be a supermarket, you think they could broaden their selection and still have plenty of room for wine.

They have a catalog they mail periodicly which you get off their mailing list which breaks all beer they sell down to major/micro, domestic/import & price per size as in single, six, case. Thats kind of an helpful feature if you ever wondered what a case of Chimay would set you back. They offer a lot of product from US breweries like Brooklyn, Dogfish Head, Stoudt's, Troeg's, ect. The imports have a wide selection but nothing too hard to find in smaller stores. Wychwood & Skull Splitter are a few of the uncommon things but I can still get them at my smaller, local favorite place.

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Photo of slander
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%

Located just paqst the Riverside Square Mall off of Rte 4 westbound, you just missed it, quick, look over your right shoulder down that street, you see the sign? Yeah, there.
It's pretty much totally wine, but wait, there's more. It's beer. And the last aisle is where they keep it. It's separated out first by micros, then imports, the swill and then singles and big bottles.
Starting with the micros, they decently represent some of the local New Jersey brewers (Heavyweight, Riverhorse, Flying Fish), but do better with the regional brews (Troegs, Yards, Victory, Stoudts, Brewery Hill, Dogfish Head, Brooklyn, Mendicino, Magic Hat, Wolavers, Otter Creek, Harpoon, etc). They have the usual German & English suspects and a good handful of beers from Mexico and beyond. They play the "make your own six pack game" and they stock big bottled Belgians (Kwak, Affligem Double, Corsendonk, Ommegang, Chouffe, etc). Good place to stop in and grab a six or two and the appropriate snacks.

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Total Wine & More in River Edge, NJ
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