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Vinnin Square Liquors
$$ - reasonable
[ Store ]
371 Paradise Rd
phone: (781) 598-4110
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 17
quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
After settling in at the house we rented for the week, everybody hit the Stop n' Shop for groceries & i went across the street for my first of many stops at a beer store in Massachusetts. Very good selection of imports & domestics. Many six-packs & to my dismay (as i learned at other beer stores) breaking a six-pack was not possible. I had to hunt down an employee though, maybe it was break time? When i asked to purchase single, he showed me a spot in the refrigerator where they sold 6 for 6,95$. Good deal i thought, but upon closer inspection, many were seasonals that had past their prime or the occasaional Heinekein or Corona (no thanks). I declined & took a sixer of SN Summerfest & Smuttynose Shoals, both very good.
08-31-2007 14:42:13 |
More by papat444
quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4
Along route 1A right next to Whole Foods in Swampscott.
Pretty big place, stocked well with wines, liquors, and beers. An aisle of room-temp beers and then a wall of cold beers. Good selection, but spotty. Some rogues, but not all, some stones but only a few, etc. The only surprises are that they keep a number of Westy 12s and 8s in stock (Oh no! They will burn in hell! ;P ) A decent selection of local - Ipswich, Fisherman's, Harpoon.
Some of the beers seemed a little dusty, and the place wasn't beautiful or anything. Nobody was around when I wanted to ask about breaking up six-packs. The cashier was not very pleasant. This probably has the best selection that I have seen so far on the North Shore, but since I live right in Somerville the only reason that I might have to venture here again is the immoral Westies.
03-22-2005 03:40:39 |
More by waughbrew
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4
I've enjoyed this store for years and it's where I bought my first "good" beers some time ago. Some great finds can be had here, but that's partially because a lot of their stuff sits on the shelf for a long, long time. I bought a very dusty old Rodenbach Grand Cru Mag and several 1996 De Dolle Stille Nacht last time I was there (Couldn't believe my luck). They stock some great beers, but be carefull of the freshness, some stuff I've picked up form there are way past their prime.
08-18-2003 23:14:25 |
More by HighGravity
quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4
Vinnin Square Liquors on Rt. 1A is Swampscott has a large selection of beers. However, I found many of the bottles outside of the cooler to have dust on them and appeared not to be fresh. This is fine for some of the high alcohol beers, but they have past seasonal beers for sale as well. I felt the prices were also slightly higher than other liquor stores.
This store does have a large selection micros and imports, mainly from England and Belgium. I found several beers I never heard of including a stout from Japan. If you are looking for a particular beer or something different they just might have what you're looking for. Oh yeah, they have a very large wine and spirits selection too.
12-20-2002 11:53:06 |
More by WanderingFool
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4
A great place to get several seasonals, the occasional barley wine and odd import. They have fresh bomber of the Big Beer Series from Smuttynose, a decent vintage selection and several Trappist beers that are somewhat hard to come by. Be wary of freshness, there are some imports that have been there for more than a year or two but the domestics turn quick as far as I have seen.
07-04-2002 13:35:20 |
More by Jason
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Oh, did I stumble into a great find here. My wife and I were in Salem for the day, and she needed to do some grocery shopping, so when we punched in Whole Foods into the GPS, I found Vinnin next door. I was delighted to find a great selection of brews from all over the US, as well as a ton from abroad. I only got a chance to peruse the selections from other countries, as my basket was already full of Lost Abbey and Port beers that I haven't had since we lived in SoCal. I will be going back, and next time I will have more space available. The beers were arranged in a fairly straightforward and easy way to browse, and the selection was impressive. One of the better beer selections I have seen since coming back to New England. I can't realy comment on the service, because all I had for interactions was checking out at the register, which went without issue. Didn't buy any food there, either, but I saw some snack stuff, as well as a good selection of cigars, if that is your thing. They also have a huge section of wine and liquor. Truly one stop shopping for those who are thirsty! Prices were very decent, and I am already putting together a mental list of my next trip.
10-23-2011 04:24:57 |
More by GarthDanielson
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Nice store, again confirming that beer is more accessible on North Shore than in other parts of Metro Boston. Nice selection of imports and domestics, including some rare finds. A couple of displays highlighting individual breweries (Boulevard had one for a while, then Ommegang). Staff is helpful, when asked, but I would not call them friendly. Certainly unsolicitous, which can be a blessing sometimes, but not here. It is clear, though, that the buyer knows more about beer than most of their customers. Still, the turnover is good.
Like most MA stores, the selection is organized by principles known only to the owners, but, at least, they keep each brewery's offerings together. The store claims it does not discount as a matter of principle--no case/quantity discounts on wine, not a whole lot of advertised "specials". But, instead, they claim keeping low prices, which is, for the most part, true. End of spring saw an amazing price on mixed 12s. Some breweries' offerings are cheaper here than at Julio's by a substantial margin (but not all). Don't think they take special orders, but will certainly ask distro if you ask them. Also will call their partner store (Lynnway Liquors) to see if they have what you're looking for. Wine selection is solid, if understated, but they really shine on liquor--both prices and selection, especially of locals, are spectacular. Added bonus--shares a parking lot with Whole Foods which does not have a liquor license. Certainly the best store in the area for my money.
07-22-2013 14:53:03 |
More by VictorWisc
quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | $$
Just moved from Boston to the North Shore and stopped by Vinnin's on my way home to see if they had a decent beer selection. Holy cow was I impressed! Coolers in the back have a very solid selection of US micros, although there is a heavy dose of east coast breweries and not much from the western US. However, the shelf of beers is where the true gems were to be found.
The stock the pretty standard run of most of the trappist beers, but also have a huge selection of other and more rare Belgians. They are the only store in MA I've see who stocks the entire De Dolle line (although they were pricey), and had many, many other great beers like Tripel Karmeliet, all the St. Bernardus range (including magnums and a 60th bottle for only $13!). Their selection of domestics here was also pretty strong. I was shocked to find a bunch of 2001 Anchor Christmas Ale, as well as plenty of bombers from many good US breweries like Jolly Pumpkin, Allagash, etc.
Definitely worth the trip if you're in the area, and I'm psyched it's now my local store!
03-29-2008 23:31:18 |
More by Gerstensaft
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Vinnin Square Liquors is one of the best liquor stores on the north shore that I have had the pleasure of patronizing. It looks like a small warehouse from the outside with virtually no windows other than by the entry, a long way from where the beers are located at the rear left of the store so need to worry about bottles left sitting in the sunny window. There is a long aisle of bombers and singles and pretty much the entire back wall is beer coolers.
They have a large selection of domestic and imported craft beers with a full line of offerings from, Founders, Lagunitas, Pretty Things, Stone, Southern Tier, BBC, GI, the list goes on....picked up some shorts here as well. As large a selection of Belgians as I have seen anywhere in the area. i've picked up many different offerings from de struise, drie fonteinen, De Ranke, St bernardus, all of the trappist ales other than westvleteren are available as well.
The staff are courteous and seem knowledgeable of the inventory and the prices are competitive for the area.
Overall, I would say this is the place with the largest selection and most reasonable prices on the North Shore.
04-11-2011 05:35:15 |
More by Nuggethops
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Love this store! Great beer selection for Imported crafts and domestic craft beers. The employees are very nice, helpful have some knowledge of most of what they are selling. Vinnin Sq. Liquors also has a nice cigar humidor stocked with a nice variety of stoggies. I good one stop for me as well as for you.
My one gripe is that I left a phone # to be contacted when Sierra Nevada's Hoptimum was in and was never contacted. I wont let one blip stop me from my travel from Lynn to Swampscott.
Prices here are some of the better ones around. Most of the craft beers I find here are 5¢ to a $1 cheaper then most stores I have been to, so far.
03-31-2011 03:15:55 |
More by LynnHomeBrewer
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