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13 White Street
phone: (617) 547-3110
(Place added by: Lnedrive14 on 11-22-2005)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 24
quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped in here randomly on a Monday afternoon to check this place out. No greeting when I walked in, and just a grunt to my "thanks" on the way out. Oh well. Very long store, wine to the right, liquor to the left, and all the beer is at the back. Pretty expensive selection. All the major US craft breweries represented here, with a few small ones sprinkled in here and there. Even better selection of Euro beer. Some beers that I seriously have never even heard of. Nice. Six packs and bombers mostly. Prices were in line with what things cost around town. I didn't really see any "deals" to report or prices that made me jump. It was pretty much everything you can find elsewhere at the same price as everywhere else. That said, if I lived in Porter Sq, and this was the only place that sold beers, I would not be too upset. Overall, a well-above average beer store. I picked up a few singles (Heavy Seas Barleywine & and a Stouterik Belgian stout) for $5.75 total. Would stop in again if I was in the neighborhood.
02-17-2009 01:39:44 |
More by morebeergood
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
I've heard good things about this place. Even though I have way too much beer in my house I was at the Shaw's next door so I stopped in.
The store is typical size for an urban strip mall setting, so it's a little tight, but that's OK. Most of the beer is in the back 1/3 of the location. Coolers are full of good stuff, as is the left-size back wall and inner shelf. While selection isn't huge due to size there is a lot of quality in here. Good number of recent offerings from Founder's (Porter, etc.) and many other places. Prices seem to be inline with the rest of the area - maybe not utterly cheap but good enough to say "yup, that seems reasonable." The beer guys were attentive - frequently making the rounds but it seemed like they could tell who needed help and who was covered on their own so there wasn't that unnecessary "can I help you find anything" when you're deep in thought. That counts for something. This is right off the Porter Square T so location is convenient. I'll definitely put this place in the rotation.
02-01-2009 13:42:58 |
More by IBUnit63
quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | $
I upped my quality rating because it's so close to the Porter T stop. Few beer stores in the Boston area are this good and are this close to a major T stop. (The notable exception is Charles Street Liquors, which is by Charles/MGH has a definite edge over Liquor World in selection and service, but is more expensive.)
The good stuff is in this weird hallway in the back. Rogue, Southern Tier, Cisco's, Dogfish, Schneider, Weihenstephan, and sometimes even Founder's (among others) are regularly and widely stocked. FYI: Yes, I've seen the Founder's Breakfast Stout there on several occasions but never the Kentucky variety. Overall, the selection is good. That there are numerous places within a 15 minute drive from here with significantly better selections is a testament to how spoiled the Boston area is when it comes to beer.
Prices are actually pretty reasonable. Very few 22s cost more than $7, with many more around $5 or $6. Six packs and four packs are priced normally. Service is friendly but not very knowledgeable and, practically speaking, non-existent. There's usually one person manning the cash register, and that's about it. The place has a clean look, and is generally well-stocked. Unfortunately, if they're out of something, asking when it will be coming back in doesn't yield much beyond shrugs or I-don't-knows.
That being said, this is a great place to go for a few bottles or a good six pack if you're in Cambridge and don't feel like walking to Downtown (Davis T).
12-21-2008 23:15:16 |
More by applky
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Located near the Porter Square stop in a shopping center near a Shaw's grocery store. The place is small and easy to pass up as just another liquor store.
The very back has coolers with mostly six packs in it. There is another cooler that has a few singles in it that are broken from six packs. The main feature of the store for beer is a few shelfs of singles filled with bombers and 750mL bottles. If you walk through the narrow back hallway you will see a walk-in cooler and also another row of coolers with more beers (mostly big single bombers).
The first visit I missed the area in the back with the extra beers and gave it a slightly unfair review, but I have to say after seeing that selection it's definitely one of the best selections in the area.
06-07-2008 18:01:01 |
More by BeerSox
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
For those of you who go to Downtown in Davis Square, I recommend taking the extra 2 minutes to drive to Liquor World, as they have great beers that are usually a couple dollars cheaper than in Davis. Parking is a pain, but worth it. Store itself is small, but has lots to offer. Service depends on who you get. Theres one guy who will take your name and number down to let you know when a certain beer comes in. On the other hand, theres a middle aged cashier who usually finds something to bitch at me about every time I go in. Some brands they usually carry include Founders, DFH, Magic Hat, Smuttynose, Lost Abbey, Left Hand, Oskar Blues, North Coast, Berkshire...and lots of great imports such as six packs of Weihenstephaner Hefe. Worth a visit for sure.
03-09-2008 04:49:00 |
More by jamie2dope
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped here based on the buzz about KBS and BS being available. "Pimping" got me in the door, in other words. Would not have made the trip to Porter Sq. otherwise. I knew already there was no KBS, but didn't see any Breakfast Stout, either, though they had Devil Dancer.
Grubby looking inside, but grubbiness isn't listed among the items to numerically score. ;-)
It's a somewhat limited selection because of their size, but very eclectic, very responsive to people's actual needs. They had one cooler that had loose singles, the rest of the coolers were packs only (or single bombers). One of the employees broke a 4-pack for me since what I wanted wasn't in the singles, the checkout clerk was snarky about it. Weird vibe--don't they work for the same boss? I left totally satisfied, but was surprised by the attitude.
Regarding prices, I found that they were notably cheaper than other places inside 128. And they have a 10% discount for 6+ items.
I'll be back for the selection and the reasonable prices + discount. Another place I use close to home has a better selection but ripoff prices and no discount.
So far, the best place I've found inside 128.
03-02-2008 01:13:25 |
More by BattleRoadBrewer
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
As others have mentioned, despite the not-so-appealing look from the outside, this store delivers where it most counts - selection. Walking in, you pass through a lengthy aisle of wines, and then you hit the first of the beer coolers. They're full of your usual macros, but also many local craft brews, as well as some national ones. Around the corner from that is where the real fun begins - a shelf full of Belgians stands opposite 4 coolers of bombers with an excellent selection. Again, local and national craft brewers, as well as some imports make up the selection - Great Divide, Left Hand Brewing, Middle Ages, Rogue, Stone, and more. Price is average for the Boston area. Service was okay - was asked if I needed anything, but that was about it.
10-04-2007 16:06:43 |
More by YonderWanderer
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $
Don't be fooled by the cruddy looking facade. Liquor World is a top-notch liquor store that carries an array of the world's finest beers. They even have a "We sell good beer" sign out front to assure you of this. Because of the limited space that the beer section has here, the store tries to focus more of quality than quantity. The cooler that is first visible when you reach the back of the store is stocked with a good selection of macro brews and craft beer 6-packs. Most of the real gems however can be found in the "hidden" cooler around the corner. It contains a terrific selection of top-rated and hard-to-find beers (breweries include Southampton, Stone, Avery's, Thomas Hooker, Southern Tier, Two Brothers, Berkshire, Thomas Hardy, Boon, etc.), all at rock bottom prices. You simply will not find better deals at any liquor store in the Boston area (with the possible exception of Trader Joe's - but their selection is far more limited). There is also some shelf space filled with more expensive, cellaring-suitabe beers (Roquefort, Fantome, Oerbier, Rodenbach, Westmalle, etc.). They even make a point to stock highly-desired, limited offerings. (I have purchased both the Breakfast Stout and the Kentucky Breakfast Stout by Founders as well as the Imperial Stout Trooper by New England Brewing here.) The customer service at Liquor World is exceptional (when Joe and/or Tom are around). Joe (the beer manager) and Tom are the "beer guys" here. They are not only incredibly helpful and friendly, but they will give you their personal opinion on just about any of the beers they carry. Joe will even take your phone number and call you when a beer you want comes in. As for the store itself, it is a bit dingy and cramped (especially if you are browsing the cooler in the far back). Overall, however, this is one of my favorite places to buy beer in the Boston area. If you live in Cambridge, Somerville or Medford, I highly recommend you stop by this (relatively) hidden gem.
05-08-2007 15:06:24 |
More by Damian
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This has definitely become my neighborhood beer store for stocking up. The variety packed in this place is right up there with my other favorites in the city, Joe does a great job, and he and the other beer enthusiast at the register are always willing to talk up good beer, chat about views on beers mentioned on BA, and essentially take suggestions at will. I've seen a lot of flexibility in this store, and every time I go in there I suffer from "too much choice" paralysis. I LOVE getting that out of a beer store.
The prices here range from average/fair to a steal, and this is definitely one of the places I hit up when buying gifts for out of town friends. Beware the Saturday evening line at the register, and Sundays can be equally frantic close to closing.
03-13-2007 21:18:36 |
More by eveninghawk
quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Located in the Porter square shopping center, which is 1/10 of a mile from Davis square in Somerville. An easy walk from Redbones, Downtown W+S, etc.
There is a large parking lot for the shopping center, but be prepared to stalk and prey for a space.
The store itself is long and narrow, with the beer being in the back.
At first glimpse you might be dissapointed in the selection, as there seems to be only one cooler and a small amount of other shelf space devoted to beer....But keep looking, there is an additional shelf of Belgians, and further back there is more coolers filled with brew. It almost seems like you are entering the "employee only" back section of the store..
The stock looked well rotated 'cept for some HOTD Fred being blown out, and variety is decent, but probably not even a third of what Downtown stocks. However, the prices are much better than Downtown, and the beers certainly seem to get more love here.
Can't really comment on the service, as there was a guy chowing down in the back, and another younger guy stocking the shelves. I didn't ask for help and no one offered. Fair enough.
Cash up was quick and the lady was nice.
I'm not feeling the high "selection" marks that others are posting..
01-31-2007 16:03:56 |
More by brewandbbq
Liquor World in Cambridge, MA
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