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30961 Agoura Rd
phone: (818) 597-9463
(Place added by: Willinator on 07-29-2008)
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| Reviews: 27
quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | $$
Good selection but I hate to say I've never had good service here. I've been here multiple times (and with company that's bought a good amount of stuff) but we're feeling less inclined to go back because every time we go it feels like we're not good enough to be there. Ouch.
I mean at one point I just flat out called the guys out on it. I can deal with 'tude, but not when I'm a customer giving you my bucks...
We opted in for a wine tasting that was starting last time we were there and the guy running it not only ignored us each time the next pour was served, he also ignored any questions we had. I'm not sure how that method will help a business or customer base expand.
It's good to see the nice selection out in Agoura, but I'd hit up green jug or elsewhere instead.
06-30-2010 03:37:59 |
More by cambria
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$
Today I consulted Wades' website and found their beer list. I was really excited when I saw they had six Mikkeller in stock I'd never had (Mikkeller is me favourite brewery), as well as some Lost Abbey, Allagash, and Alesmith I hadn't tried.
I drove there from Los Angeles (an hour and a half drive - on a GOOD Sunday).
When I arrived, there was ample parking. The seemingly abandoned strip mall in which it's located is a strong contrast to the flurry of activity I encountered once inside. The crowd is mostly wine fanatics (some annoying, some tolerable).
Sadly, I discovered none of the Mikkeller listed on their website were stocked; this would be excusable if they were merely out of stock and I was too late, but alas, it's their error: they just didn't update their website. Moreover, only common Lost Abbey/Alesmith/Allagash was available; also victims of the bad website maitenance. I can't complain too much because I ought to have called ahead, but it was a big disappointment.
Also problematic is the store's lack of baskets or carts. I had to pull a bottle per hand, manoevre past the (long) line, set them on the counter, and return constantly. There's no excuse for this, and feasibly rarer beers could be snatched from your counter pool while you're not looking. This is a terrible system that they need to change.
There was a nice looking area for tastings off to the side; it looked really cozy but I didn't have the opportunity to venture in as I was driving.
Pricing was pretty high compared to my local LA store (Wally's Wine in Westwood), but compared to my Denver store, California beers were priced pretty low.
When I went they were hugely understaffed, resulting in a long line, but the service I got when at the counter was great. The clerk wasn't the "beer guy", but was very friendly and tried to be as helpful as he could. I spared them a snide remark about carts and baskets because I'm sure they get that all the time.
Overall, while the store strikes me as more of a place for posh housewives to throw down $200 for one bottle of wine on their way back from Whole Foods, it has admittedly good selection - even if they're terrible about keeping their website updated. I might return, but I'll call ahead next time to make sure the beer I want is stocked.
02-20-2012 02:59:05 |
More by kojevergas
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
I've been to Wade's quite frequently in the last year or so, and have found that they have an exceptional selection. This is definitely the spot to find some of the more obscure beers and some of the tougher to find selections that the bigger stores just don't bother to stock.
While this is primarily a wine store, they have a growing beer selection. It includes some of the finer domestic brews, in particular Russian River's beers, which can be rather difficult to find (to put this in context, Russian River will not sell to larger stores like Bevmo, in order to preserve the uniqueness and specialty that goes in to each of their bottles). To compliment this further, their imported selection is varied and plentiful. I've found beers that were virtually impossible to locate before. Like the Nogne beers from Norway, a vast array of the lesser known belgian brews or the Primator brand from the Czech Republic (although as recently as a few months ago Bevmo just began stocking Primator).
Wade's staff tries to be helpful, and for the most part they are. It may be the result of obscurity in my inquiries, but they seemed to have a more challenging time actually procuring beers upon request than originally portrayed.
But overall, the selection makes wade's totally worth it. It can be a little pricey to purchase beers here, but I guarantee you, you won't a better selection of good brands (like Dogfish Head or Castlemaine) in Southern California.
01-17-2011 21:42:32 |
More by great7dividers
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Wades Wines is an interesting little place.
As others have said, this place is nearly impossible to find. Without being very familiar with the area, or having a GPS (which I did, and it was still confusing) it will be a battle. When you do get there, it is absolutely packed with a wide array of all sorts of alcohol. Beer is the smallest selection.
The selection is very small, featuring some good imports, a lot of CA beer, and a few others. The selection is obviously carefully chosen, focusing on quality of quantity. I picked up some Kern River brews, including Just Outstanding IPA, Speedway stuff including the stout, Midnight Sun Including Treat, and Alpine Nelson and Duet. Overall I took 12 bombers out of here for a total cost of 100.02.
One thing that I really liked is that all of the hoppy beers are refridgerated. Also, the Just Outstanding IPA had a one bottler per person limit.
Service here was very strange. Not bad, attentive actually, but just weird. I walked in and one of the old guys working made an awkward joke before directing us to the beer. The second older gentleman came and asked if we needed help. I replied that I could use a basket or cart and he said "I'm a human cart, just hand things to me." This led to him making a few trips to the front of the store. When not walking to the front of the store, he stood as close to me as possible, just watching me.
When I asked about Russian River stuff, specifically sours, things got even more confusing. He said they might have something, but they might not. He said to name a few and he would tell me. I named every single beer Russian River bottles, and he just gave me strange looks and said maybe, but probably not. I get the feeling there is a stash in the back of this store with the rarer bottles that they hide from the general public. Whether this guy wanted me to bribe him, or if this stuff is just for locals, or if this guy is just plain strange, I have no idea. It was a little bit off-putting though. (I should mention that the store's "beer guy" was not there on this day).
Overall, after my research and traveling, this is a good place to go when you're west of the city because it is the best option. I would not go out of my way to check this place out unless you consider the service to have entertainment value, which you might.
01-19-2011 16:53:39 |
More by Hojaminbag
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
I wanted to check out Wades since I was in the area anyways. It's a bit of an odd location in that it is a suite within a business park and not a standalone location. Inside it is a bit of a warehouse atmosphere with wine, liquor, and beer. All of the beer is located in the back of the store with some in coolers and some on the shelf. They had a lot of different stuff for sale and the selection is pretty great. Service was average with a hello when I walked in and a "let us know if you have any questions" demeanor. Their prices seemed a bit high compared to other places in SoCal. Overall, a pretty good place to check out but be prepared to spend a bit more than you would like.
03-25-2012 00:43:46 |
More by UCLABrewN84
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Wades wines is a little gem in thousand oaks. They have a huge variety of great beers. They also have a huge tasting bar now which has a lot of great beer on draft. Service has always been very friendly though knowledge about beers is only a little above average. Some of the negative things about this store is i have frequently purchased old IPA's. Maybe i have bad luck but when it keeps happening it gets quite annoying. They do get in a lot of limited release beers which is a major plus! Though you will be paying a couple more dollars a bottle. The prices at this place is what really stops me from shopping here more often. This is a great store in an area that does not offer much to the beer community.
01-11-2012 21:06:17 |
More by mrbubbler
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Ale inventory recently relocated. Good prices on booze and beer, I don't about the wine pricing. Take the time to ask about special requests that you don't see. Some of the prime items are stashed away and limited 1 or 2 per customer. The younger sales people are more in tune. Beer tastings are normally on Thursday afternoons - evenings, call ahead for dates and times. Ladyface Brewing is just a few miles away. Check out their Wades website for available products and call to confirm, since it not updated quickly or often.
12-19-2010 00:00:21 |
More by TeamUgly
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Wades sits in the back of a small commercial complex, and doesn't look like much from the outside, but things change immediately the door is opened. The decor is warehouse chic with wood being the predominant feature. I got a mini tour right after walking in the door. Nice bar area with 41 taps, wine on tap, tables and a surprisingly long bar for just a "bottle shop".
Wine definitely dominates, with an extensive liquor selection taking a close second, followed by beer. I will admit, at first glance I was disappointed in the size of the beer area. Their selection, however, has no filler, like the majority of shops out there. A good mix of great new breweries and specialities. I found more bottles I'd never tried than most stores with larger selections. The whole beer room is at cellar temperature. I didn't have time to sit down at the bar, that'll have to be for another time, because I'll be back. It's a shame it's 40 minutes from my house.
01-13-2012 23:26:07 |
More by dbmernin83
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5 | $$
I love Wades Wines. My go-to place when I visit my in-laws. Great selection. Very nice bar area with knowledgeable staff. I like that I can make flights of what I want to taste and find they have some great stuff on draft. Even better is the bottle room. Good selection including some great stuff from hard to find Hair of the Dog and the occasional Russian River. Really great place to go in the Thousand Oaks area..
07-27-2013 02:37:05 |
More by ScottieD
quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
Thanks to this site, otherwise I never would have known this place existed.
Located in the very back of an industrial park, it doesn't look like much from the outside. Open the door however and the place is larger than it appeared. Mostly a wine store, the beer area is in the back left.
Quality of beers was good. A number of goodies we don't get in Vegas, and while the actual number of beers wasn't huge, it was a well chosen selection.
Service was very good. I didn't get the fellow's name who helped me, but he mentioned he was probably the world's biggest beer geek and he certainly did enjoy talking beer and knew what he was talking about.
Pricing was in line with everybody else. No incredible bargains that I saw, but also no gouging going on either.
This is just off the 101 freeway, but unless you're specifically looking for it, you won't see it. Even if you are looking for it as you drive on the freeway, you still might miss it. Print out a map or write down the address and then go all the way to the back of the industrial park. Worth a stop if you live in the area or just passing through.
02-14-2009 15:22:52 |
More by JBogan
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