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Whole Foods Market - Bowery
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Store ]
95 E Houston St
phone: (212) 420-1320
(Place added by: Billolick on 09-18-2007)
Ratings & Reviews
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quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$$
Along with New Beer Distributors, this is one of my go to places in NYC. A great selection in their beer room, both six packs and singles, domestic craft and imports. They also have a great growler station that does fills on about a half dozen beers. An excellent selection of lambics generally as well. My last visit, I picked up CL Nor'Easter and Goose Island Juliet. I almost always find someone on staff in the room as well very will to help out. A touch on the pricey side but not bad at all for the city. I usually leave this place happy and with a lighter wallet. Recommended if you're in the city and looking for a bottle shop.
03-29-2010 03:21:47 |
More by boatshoes
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Was in last night looking for some Alesmith IPA. Didn't see any on the shelves so I asked the guy behind the counter. Without hesitation, he said that they had some in the back and that it was cold. Perfect. I've been here many times and always had great service. One of the best places to find good and/or rare beer in the city. I have also gotten a few growler fills here, good selection with the 6 rotating taps.
I have not been to New Beer (2 blocks away) yet, but do want to check it out sometime to compare prices and selection.
02-09-2010 20:12:48 |
More by ccyr
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
I have been here a few times in the past, I would go more often if I lived in the neighbourhood. This is really a great place for Manhattan as there has been a need for a store that fills growlers like this. You can walk up and pick up a fresh 64oz of good local beer. They have one Sixpoint beer, the Eight days of week always on tap. Decnet beer and a good price at $7 a growler. They usually have another Sixpoint as well as Brooklyn, Capt Lawrence and a few other locals.
Bottlewise the selection is very good but not the best in the city. What I really like is there focus on local beers, they really highlight the region with Butternuts, Keegan, Souther Tier, Middle Ages, Brooklyn and some NJ and PA beers like Weyerbacher, Victory, Ramstein and more. The foreign selection is good as well, some jewels you wont find too many other places. My only complaint is you cannot split sixers and no Captain Lawrence bottles, but really that is getting picky as the selection is great. Their selection of west coast beers is good as well, Bear Republic, Stone's whole lineup, Hair Of the Dog, etc..
Servicewise they are great. They really went above and beyond to satisfy my craving for Yulesmith when it came in. I happenend to be in the area so I went in to see if the rumours were true. They went in the back and pulled out a case for me before they even knew what they were going to charge for it.
This is definitely a spot for good beer.
12-24-2007 02:52:52 |
More by sleazo
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$$$
The quality and selection of offerings at Whole Foods Bowery are pretty amazing. They have tons of specialty beers, from big guys like Sam Adams and DFH all the way down to small operation brewing like Hair of the Dog. The also host beer classes in their upstairs classroom about once and month and feature the beers of the guest brewery on tap in the beer room. The downside, however, is that the prices here are higher than I've seen anywhere else, bar none. Whole Foods puts a STEEP markup on their beer. It's worth it when you see special offerings that aren't widely available, but this isn't a place to pick up a bottle of something more common.
12-28-2009 20:09:03 |
More by PangaeaBeerFood
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$$
The Whole Foods on Houston st. takes up the entire block -- it's f-ing huge. The beer room is what really stands out though. There is an amazing selection of beers, both from the big brewers (Sam Adams etc.) to the smallest microbreweries. You can find beers from all of the world here. I personally got 15 different kinds last time, ranging from Trappist brewers to New York microbreweries to breweries in California and England. They also have between 7 and 9 beers on tap which you can take away in a growler.
You can't find everything here, but there's a good chance you'll find most of what you're looking for.
01-25-2010 16:45:12 |
More by BeerNemesis
quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
First, they have grolwer fills here, and with some pretty decent beer. Very sweet.
Second, the employees are great. I was directed toward some cool limited releases and regional-only breweries, and I received a description of some of the employee's favorite brews they had available. In addition, he was further knowledgable in providing recommendations for some of the best beer bars in the city. Very personable overall, making pleasant conversation with my girlfriend (hopefully not too pleasant :D), providing adequate distraction while I piled more bottles on the counter.
Speaking of the brews they had available, their selection of bombers and single 12-ozers filled much of a full wall, alongside a strong selection of Belgians and other imports. In additon, the varieties available in 6- and 12-packs was great. It seemed like there was a good emphasis on regional brews, which was cool to see.
Overall, a pretty awesome store.
08-05-2009 21:18:24 |
More by CHSLBrew
quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
Located on E. Houston and Bowery, the beer shop is located in the 1st floor corner of Whole Foods. Most Whole Foods have a nice but limited selection. The shop is rectangular in shape with the beer selection around the outside edges, some chilled, most not. In the center is a growler station that I believe has 5 taps. Growler stations are a must. Not a huge space but they utilize it well.
The Bowery's selection is much bigger and diverse. The American craft selection is standard for the better beer shops; good selection but nothing you can't find at another good beer shop. Their import selection is quite good; a bunch of stuff that I don't see make it out to LI. Their Italian beer selection is impressive as well as their Belgian assortments.
The service is good as they have several dedicated employees in the beer shop. The prices are a bit high but its to be expected in Manhattan.
Defitely a must try when in lower-ish manhattan.
12-22-2010 23:31:25 |
More by Gmann
quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | $$$
This is a great store with a vast selection- the most important attribute in my opinion.
Despite the small size of the store (which can really suck if it's crowded), I could spend all day in the place browsing their selection. They had nearly every beer I could want and, as a bonus, they sell homebrewing supplies in the store.
The service was okay, I suppose- I never asked for help, but was never offered it either. I can't really speak to it much. My total at the register was $22.01 and the cashier who was checking me out gave me my dollar back when I paid her $23, I guess that's a plus.
As far as pricing, some things were priced very well, while some seemed to be way overpriced, however, given the wide selection it may be worth it to overpay once in a while. To any BA living in or visiting Manhattan: this is a place you need to give a look.
07-06-2010 17:02:20 |
More by Mosstrooper
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Just right down the road from the awesome New Beer Distributors is Whole Foods on Houston. It's got its very own beer section, which is really quite a nice touch!
Right as you walk in, you're greeted by rows and rows of beers from all across the country and the world. There are coolers in the back and a central island with a growler fill station. Behind the island is a shelf exclusively for smaller single bottles, so you can make your own sixer. It's a bit bright, but that's a minor complaint. Everything is neatly labeled and easy to read.
Quality is good, with most beers being within freshness dates and not having the patina of dust that I'm used to seeing at shady bevy stores. Again, the light is probably not doing the beer any favors, but that's what reaching in the back of the rack is for. Selection is quite good for the area, with a lot of domestic and foreign breweries represented. Nothing too rare or exciting though.
Prices are pretty high for what I'm used to, but that's not surprising given that this is still New York City. Some things are reasonably priced, but a lot of the stuff is at least a few dollars above than I've seen elsewhere.
Staff is friendly and helpful. An associate saw me looking forlornly at the Goose Island bottles and asked if I was looking for anything in particular. I asked about GI BCBS and he offered to get me a bottle or two from the back. Quite a nice gesture.
On the Whole (hurr), this place is a great beer store. I think the nearby New Beer overshadows it quite a bit, but it's a very worthy establishment on its own merits. Definitely worth a look if you're in the area.
12-01-2010 23:14:34 |
More by r0nyn
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
When I was down in NYC visiting for a couple weeks, I definitely had quite a few whole foods to choose from to check out for brews. I chose this one because of the location to a couple other places I wanted to check out.
At first I was kind of skeptical after walking into the normal store and finding hardly any beer inside. After walking down Houston, I discovered that there was a whole other part of the building dedicated to just beer and wine! Jackpot
I walked in and they had a nice semicircle of taps lined up. Apparently it was Oskar Blues day or something because half of the taps were from them. Also had a rep there from the company giving out samples. Good first impressions right there.
They had some very large shelve on the left side of the store dedicated to bombers of a large selection of breweries stacked up at least 5 rows high. On the back wall there are open cooler with a ton of six packs, and further down they have shilled bombers sitting in the coolers.
There are a large amount of breweries represented on all of the shelves including locals like captain Lawrence and a few Southampton. Cigar city 750s were also quite numerous.
A lot of selection of imports as well, like Nogne O and tons of Belgians are very well represented. Basically, if it is distributes to NYC, then you will likely find a few or many offering from the brewery available at this location. Very nice and diverse selection of beer at this location.
I wish I would have rated this back when I visited, but overall this is definitely the type of place anyone would want to check out. A big diverse selection of offerings from many breweries; at a good price for being the fact that it is in the middle of Manhattan haha.
02-11-2012 06:09:17 |
More by superspak
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