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Royal Liquors - Watt's Mill
$$ - reasonable
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1301 W 103rd St
phone: (816) 942-8888
(Place added by: Quaffer)
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| Reviews: 17
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
I was going atround place to place to find the Hopslam Ale that Bells brewery had released just recently. This place is amazing. They have almost everything you could ask for. They sell microbrews that are extremely hard to find. The guy i was talking to actually sold me one of his 2 mini kegs of hopslam that he had. THANKS!!! Overall this place has alot in the cooler and has alot to offer in single bottles. If you live in the Knasas City area it would benifit you to go to this place. You would be amazing to see what Missouri can sell but Kansas connot. Once again thanks to the people at Royal for giving me the Hopslam.
01-24-2011 01:47:30 |
More by HOPPYKC
quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
I really enjoyed myself at this establishment. When i first walked into this place i felt like a little kid at a candy store. But now the candy is more grown up and i am no longer a kid. The way they divided the liqour from the wine and from the beer was pretty good. Everything was very easy to find. The rums were all located in the same place. In the beer section they were divided by the freezer section, then the US microbrews. They had quite a few Belgian beers and also beers from just about anywhere else seperate into the propper location. The guy that handles the beer section is very knowledgeable and likes to talk about beer, which is good. He actually has been to Belgium, which i thought was great!!! I thought the selection was great (over 400 beers, 500 in the winter) and the service was superb.
01-10-2007 02:08:17 |
More by CU570M
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$$
If I had written this review a year ago, it would not be as "glowing" as I will write today. The guy in charge of the beer is really taking initiative to get new stuff in these days. He has shown me his list of stuff he can get and I must say it's quite impressive. Royal's used to have basically all the same stuff Gomers had, but now the selection at Royals is better. The prices are definitely higher than Gomers though. I can easily find $.50-$2 per-six-pack price variations between the two stores. But, like I said, the selection is top-notch.
Along with all the standard craft brews from Bell's, Schlafly, Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's, Berghoff, Bridgeport, etc (you know the list), they have an amazing selection of single bottles (imports) unavailable elsewhere. Just as an example, where else can you get a bottle of Cantillon Broucsella (1900) Grand Cru?
I also have a gripe about the windows; WAY too much light gets into this place. I frequently avoid buying beers I really wanted simply because they sit on a display rack in direct sunlight. That's one good thing about Gomers: that place is a dungeon.
I fill gas here as much as I can just so I can browse for deals; it's common to find a clearence deal on some good stuff.
Edit: Ok, looks like they're slowly but surely fixing the window problem. Windows are mostly covered around the beer area, although not completely. I guess it would be hard logistically to completely fix it so this will have to suffice.
09-26-2005 17:20:56 |
More by Gruntlumber
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This is a surprising store since it is also a gas station, You would not expect to get great beer but this is KC! You get great BBQ from a gas station after all. I like this store because it is a store you need to wander around to see what is there. You can find some deals if you look. I ran into sone Green Flash Le Freak on sale! Oh Yeah! They had Nebraska Brewing Hop God. It was pricey but well worth it. If you live on the Kansas side of KC, go visit as Missouri seems to have easier liquor laws for beer distribution.
Great store to visit whenever you are in South KC. Spend time looking as the organization of the beer is somewhat loose.
12-30-2012 06:12:41 |
More by Flatlands
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3 | $$
I have a handful of bottle shops I frequent in the Kansas City area, but Royal may be my favorite. The store carries a large selection of domestic and imported brews as well as a variety of wines and liquor. While I can find better deals with some searching, they can't be beat on selection. What really makes this place special is Brad, the beer guy. He frequently updates Twitter and Facebook with new arrivals, and has been known to randomly set out limited and rare releases. Great staff and selection.
12-17-2012 19:26:08 |
More by booyahachieved3
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
Several of the previous reviewers have noted "the beer guy," and in a favorable way. I'm sorry to report to you that Chris had his last day in the store today. He told me he's leaving for a paraprofessional job with the Shawnee Mission schools as he prepares for a teaching career. I will miss him, as his knowledge FAR surpasses mine. I asked him a not-too-easy question today: What have you got that's close to an Alaskan spruce tips ale, and he didn't miss a beat, and recommended Scots Pine Ale by Williams Bros. Brewing Co., in Scotland. What surprised me was that he said he'd tried all of the selections they offered (a mixed 6-pack), and that this one was the one he'd thought he'd favor least, but it ended up being one he favored most. That ability to be objective, but discriminating, was what made Chris valuable to customers. Sadly, he said he didn't think his employer would try to replace him. The counter service is nothing to rave about, so my guess is that while the selection may continue to be outstanding for this region, we'll be pretty much on our own in making our choices.
I will say that Royal is great for giving you a range of offerings from the brewers they stock. If you like one item you've tasted somewhere, they'll give you a chance to see what else they've brewed. I took advantage of this today when I saw the display for O'Fallon Brewery, on the St. Louis side. They offer a "Smoke" smoked porter, which I thought I'd buy for the Sept. meeting of the KC Bier Meisters (as I'm anxious to discuss Alaska, where the style is well-known). Royal is still a place you owe it to yourself to visit.
09-14-2007 21:31:55 |
More by GordonS
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $
This place is the go to spot for beer in the south of Kansas City or if you are along I-435. The store doesn't look like much and it is part of a gas station but do not worry, it is the place to be. A lot of selection in the cooler and even more in the front of the store. Basically has all the beer that is available in the state of Missouri. The beer manager is a very knowledgeable and very nice guy who will talk beer and let you know what to look out for in the near future. Like them on facebook and keep an eye out for the tastings they have from time to time. The prices are as good as anywhere in the city. If you are south in Kansas City you should look up this place and stop by to get what you need.
05-14-2011 01:09:45 |
More by mizzouguy
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Royal Liquors is, in my opinion, on equal footing with Gomer's when it comes to beer stores in Kansas City. While the selection might be a bit smaller (not to imply that it is small, because it is not), there are things there that I cannot get at Gomer's. For instance, I picked up four consecutive vintages of Lee's Harvest Ale at Royal. Plus, they have Lindeman's Cuvee Rene. That alone makes me stop by each time that I make a trip to KC.
As I stated, the selection is amazing. Don't be fooled by the weak cooler section. Go check out what they have on the shelves.
The employees were great each time I have been in. Some of the newbies have been a little inexperienced about all the brews, but they were excited about the world of beer and on the path to becomes true BAs.
It's just a short trip on I-435 from Holmes to State Line, so you might as well hit Royal the next time you visit Gomer's. I'm pretty sure that you will go back.
01-13-2005 00:35:44 |
More by Quaffer
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Had no idea what was inside this place, went in to maybe find some local KC stuff, but what I found astonished me and I spent more time and money there then what I expected. This place has everything. I picked up some Samuel Smiths of which that had about 10 differents styles and some Rogue which they also had a great selection of. The place is huge. They have probably 10 coolers of beer 2 or 3 which are full of craft beers. They have three aisles about chest high filled with great beers on both sides. They also have a huge selection of liquor. The service wasnt bad the clerks were nice but I didnt ask them any questions, nor was there any type of presence of the floor. The prices seemed really good too.
10-01-2007 01:05:45 |
More by crazybrody06
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Larger booze, wine and beer distribution spot the beer is to the right and up front as you enter the store, as well as in several cooler units along the back wall. Nice selection of the expected locals, regionals and then a better then average for what I saw in the area imports. Founders, New Belgium, Boulevard, O'Dells, Great Divide come to mind for some interesting stuff, but they had a lot more...Pleasant and informative dude helped me find the Saison Brett bombers from Boulevard and guided me around the place for a quick tour. Quite decent if not amazing place, worth a visit if in the area.
08-07-2009 23:03:50 |
More by Billolick
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