Once Upon a Vine

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4009 MacArthur Ave
Richmond, Virginia, 23227-4050
United States

(804) 726-9463 | map

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Reviews by Proteus93:
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Proteus93 from Virginia

5/5  rDev +9.9%

Update: June 09/'08

I feel the need to up the service on this one, as it's top notch. I've returned a couple of times since the first review, and Bob has been there both times. He's always quite enthusiastic about conversing about beers, and has been at it for a long time, so he knows his stuff (add to the fact that he's also got history as a distributor).

I've become quite fond of this location, and have started to make a point of trying to get up there at least once a month to pick up a couple things I can't find in Charlottesville. A nice bonus to this location is that he'll go out of his way to drive and pick up some things not readily available otherwise, and bring him back himself - thus, cutting out the middleman and offering some very competitive prices. He's all about providing the best to his customers. Fantastic place, and perhaps the best I've been to.


Orig Review: Apr. 19/'08

Just arrived back from here, so I'm going to go about the review with it still fresh in my head.

What a nice little store, nestled in a little neighbourhood area, and VERY close to the highways, both 64 and 95. It's a matter of a couple turns after exits for the out-of-towners.

A fair selection of the stock is similar to that available in Charlottesville with a couple exceptions... picked up some of the Smuttynose Imperial Stout, Stone IRS, Russian River Damnation, Fullers 2004 Vintage, Victory's Doppelbock, along with Southern Tier Unearthly & Hoppe. Of those, only the Stone is currently around C'ville, so it was pleasing.

Prices were comparable to other places I've gone - some higher, some lower... c'est la vie, and the differences were minor/ignorable. A nice little selection of Germans, English, Belgian all available, along with the nice American choice there and some other interesting nationalities. For those of us glassware fans, they have a little selection of brand glasses there as well, at typical prices.

The legendary Bob I read of in other posts wasn't there, but there was a nice guy named David that was in there, and was good to deal with, too. He actually found the Russian River for me after I overlooked it (even after scanning over the selection a good half dozen times!) Wine selection looked quite expansive from what I saw, for those who are fans.

All in all, a nice experience, and a place I look forward to returning to. It was well worth the praise it has received from my experience, and I'd recommend it to anyone looking around the Richmond area!

Jun 10, 2008
More User Reviews:
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vabeerguy from Virginia

4.4/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Feb 16, 2017
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epyon396 from Pennsylvania

3.97/5  rDev -12.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Jul 14, 2016
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papat444 from Canada

4.01/5  rDev -11.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Has a Nice selection, very good service. They let you break open most of the six packs. Watch the dates a bit as I found somr dust on some shelf beer. Still a great place, about 5 minutes from highway.

Jul 09, 2016
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uvachief from Virginia

4.4/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

May 11, 2015
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tridge85 from Virginia

4.6/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

May 03, 2015
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Spreetaper from New York

4.14/5  rDev -9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Feb 23, 2015
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EJXL from Virginia

4.7/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Feb 22, 2015
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Drifter1 from Virginia

4.27/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75

Jan 28, 2015
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LeeEvolved from Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

Dec 14, 2014
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embass from Virginia

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Great selection. I've been twice and both times I only meant to stay 10-15 mins at tops and got lost just looking around.

Dec 04, 2014
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RyanGuynn from North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -23.1%

Nov 09, 2014
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qchic from Maryland

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Fave place to buy beer when in Richmond. Tucked away in a residential area, and the beer while occupying a smaller area than the wine is packed with goodies. I can always get my Michigan beer fix (when will they come to MD!?) and last time I also got some Hardywood Park and Cigar City. Bam! Folks are generally helpful and prices fair. The thing I always think of, though, is how someone once forgot to pull their e-brake and their car drifted across the parking lot while I was in there. Thank god my rental car was not in its path! We all had a good chuckle. Maybe you had to be there...

Oct 30, 2014
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Soto from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

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JFear from Virginia

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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Links41 from Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

Jul 24, 2014
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julielynndubee from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Jul 21, 2014
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Precog640 from Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

Jul 17, 2014
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joegard from Virginia

5/5  rDev +9.9%

Jul 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Jun 28, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

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Cody101 from Virginia

5/5  rDev +9.9%

Feb 22, 2014
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Jackbiersh from Virginia

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Dec 22, 2013
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garuda from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Oct 09, 2013
Once Upon a Vine in Richmond, VA
Place rating: 4.55 out of 5 with 80 ratings