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Hi-Time Wine Cellars
$$ - reasonable
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250 Ogle St
phone: (800) 331-3005
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Hi-Time Wine Cellar is beer heaven for people who live in Southern California. Besides Beverage Warehouse in Culver City, this place is amazing. Their single bottle selection is enormous and their keg selection is great. They have a homebrewing area in the store also, so it is one stop shopping for most beer people.
They do beer tastings every now and again and their wine selection is quite amazing. I go down there to pick up a few beers, taste a few wines and enjoy the company of people who really appreciate what they are selling.
They stock the shelves with great Craft beers, a HUGE selection of Belgian, English, German and other assorted beers. The selection really is amazing.
This is a MUST STOP for anyone who is visiting and trying to pick up a few new beers.
04-18-2006 23:03:28 |
More by PuckLSHS
quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
First off, many thanks to xlperro for leading me in the direction of Hi-Time on my recent trip to SoCal. Turns out, I went to visit a friend who lives in nearby Newport Beach, and she lives just a few blocks from Hi-Time. Who knew? She sure didn't, but I was fired up.
Upon walking in, I immediately realized that this place can satisfy just about any vice you may have; various tobbacos, smoking things of all natures, liquors, lots of wines, and in the back, the walk-in cooler of sweet sweet beer. They have an excellent selection of brews from around the globe, but those I can get back here in PA. I was here for SoCal beer, and SoCal beer I got indeed. A full selection of Alesmith (ho shit!!!) which I of course grabbed quite a few of, Stone, and some other interesting CA breweries that I'd have no chance of finding anywhere but in Cali. Hoppy Brewing, Belmont...a couple others. Really great finds. Service was friendly but not outstanding. Prices ranged from $3-11 for the beers I got. Pretty reasonable. Loved seeing Victory beers here too...a little bit of home so far away. Great place, and I expect I'll be back in June '06.
02-26-2006 00:51:50 |
More by IrishRedRock
quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
One of the best selections ever. Plus they have virtually all their beer chilled in a walk-in fridge, so you know the stuff hasn't been sitting out baking as in many other places. Their selection of wine & liquor is just as impressive. Staff is quite knowledgeable, although you usually have to go find them if you have questions. But all in all I don't mind that, as I love to just wander around and check out all their beers. Prices are slightly higher than places like Liquor Warehouse, but still reasonable and definitely worth the cost when considering the extra expense of proper storage. Best beer/liquor/wine store I have ever been to. And only a 10 minute drive for me. How lucky am I?
02-24-2006 09:15:14 |
More by rallison
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
After carousing this place on the internet for a few years , I finally got a chance to visit this place in person. I was in near by Laguna Beach visiting relatives when wha lah, the subject of beverage stores came up , and Hi Time Wines was only 10 -15 minutes away in Costa Mesa, so, of course the next morning we were on our way.
The store is huge, divided into three sections, liquor, wine, and beer. The beer section actually looks the smallest, but it didn't lack for selection. Most of the beers are in a large walk in cooler, with maybe 10% of the displays at room temperature. Lots of mostly local California brewers for sale here including He'brew, Speakeasy, Alesmith, Bayhawk, and Hop Town among others, with a decent selection of imports. Not many Midwest or East Coast craft brews, though.
Back to their web site for a minute, they have way more beers available in store than the site has listed, just call and ask.
They also have kegs for sale, and prices are reasonable.
Overall this is a great place to shop for beer, and bonus points for most of them being stored in the cooler.
01-27-2006 05:19:16 |
More by beerceller99
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
While on a short visit to Southern California, decided to check this store out based on the reviews read here. Located in Costa Mesa, the store looks relatively easy on paper to get too, but was a little more challenging on Saturday afternoon, due to the aggravating numberof red lights after the freeway poortion of 55 southbound ended. The store is big and well lit, but the beer part only occupies a fraction of the floorspace. The invenorty is located in standard cooler shelves and a large walk in cooler. There were some room temperature beers in the corridor, but I think they were also in the walk in cooler. The invetory outside of BMC is heavily focussed on California microbrews, and imports. Not too many out of state micros to be found here. The import selection was good, but not stellar. There wasn't a single import here that I couldn't also get in Georgia. The big California micros (Stone, Alesmith, Moylan, Marin, Bear Republic, Anderson Valley, etc.) were all here, and make this a must stop if you are travelling to the area. Service was business like and courteous, but nobody went out of their way to ask me anything. I liked the fact that they also sold some homebrew kits, which although were not what I was looking for, seemed like a good product to offer. They also have an online shiop and will ship to you. I liked to store, but they seemed to be missing a bit of that loving touch that I like in places like Green's and Brawley's.
01-23-2006 05:14:10 |
More by rajendra82
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
I did some xmas shopping here so i thought i'd finally review it since i'm here almost every week.
You cannot get better than this place. It used to be an old Pacific Bell Central Office and now it's been turned into a wine cellar per se. But there's not just wine. You can get cigars, glassware, literature, cheese, caviar, candies, and of course liquor, beer and wine.
The beer cooler is in the back and you walk in. It has one of those automatic sliding doors. Wear a jackeet because you will be spending time in here looking at all the brews. Domestics, belgians, flemish reds, baltics, italian, german, bavarian, local breweries... they pretty much have it all. From the 6oz to the jeroboams. The staff is very helpful and will help you any way you ask. Talk to Mike the beer guy and he can suggest for you or let you know whats's new. Actually, anyone will help you with that. You can also mail order. Pretty much if you cannot find it here, it probably cannot be found.
Make it a point to stop by here!!!
12-21-2005 18:25:09 |
More by SwillinBrew
quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Thanks to all on Beeradvocate as I would have never found this place without beerfly reviews. It is truly a gem and a cant miss if you live anywhere in So Cal. I traveled 50 miles for this and was not dissapointed. $200 dollars later I was on my way home with tons of Glorious beer. I will make this journey again in a couple of months when my relatives will be in town as it has the largest selection by far of any place I've been to in or near LA. It makes bev-mo's look like a 7-11. lets put it this way I've been searching LA for 2 years to find a kristall weizen and I found 1 variety at bev-mo in west hollywood. At Hi-Times I found 4 varieties and I didn't search that hard as the saison's caught my attention and had to move on. Perfection.
08-22-2005 15:05:20 |
More by DogFood11
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5
I just received my first order from Hi-time and I could not be more impressed. I ordered 6 12 oz. singles and when it arrived and I opened it up I knew they would be in good shape. They pack this stuff so it could survive being run over by a truck. The selection on the website was great, at least 90% of the stuff is unavailable in Georgia, if not most of the Southeast. The service is wonderful too. The day after I placed my order, an employee (Tre maybe) called to let me know they were out of one of my choices and helped me pick out something else and was happy to answer all my questions, some of the best service I've ever had. My one gripe is I ordered a full-sail amber ale and was sent a saint louis obispo amber, oh well. I'm not sure where I would dock points since the whole experience was so nice. I will order from them again for sure.
02-10-2005 16:16:19 |
More by Southernbrew
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5
This was my first stop as soon as we moved to LA. Luckily it's a relatively short drive. Store has a very eclectic selection - very easy for my signifigant other to entertain herself with chocolate, wine, glasses, etc while I stared slack-jawed at the beer cooler. Nice selection of liquor, wine, and obviously beer. They also have a decent humidor and some cigar accessories. Nice to combine several vices all in one store! Several hard to find imported beers and a solid collection of craft brews. Helpful employees and several check out counters make for a nice shopping experience.
01-10-2005 16:54:10 |
More by rowew
quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5
This place is full of random junk on one side, then huge aisles of hard liquor, then a wine cellar downstairs. At the end, there is a walk in fridge, not too huge, but stocked with lots of beer. Lots of west coast brews, but nothing that BevMo wouldn't have. Huge German beer selection, but mostly dunkels, hefes. A couple of bocks and a kolsch. Belgian section is pretty nice. I grabbed Hanssens Oude Geuze. English section is pretty expensive. Several singles that I haven't seen before, but they were pretty expensive -- $4-6 for a regular strength ale, 16 oz size. Maybe when my curiosity gets the better of me I'll dig in.
Overall: Good Belgian selection. I won't be making the trek back though..
01-10-2005 07:39:11 |
More by oggg
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