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Connecticut Avenue Wine & Liquor Deli
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Store ]
1529 Connecticut Ave NW
District of Columbia
phone: (202) 332-0240
Closed on Sundays.
(Place added by: frimairist on 06-24-2009)
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Reviews by Dreadnaught33:
District of Columbia
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$$
I have to echo what some of the other BA's have already said about this store: It's definitely the best kept secret in the whole DC area. It looks very unassuming from the outside, but any thoughtful craft beer fan will notice immediately upon walking in that Al and Bobby have done a great job making sure that top quality stuff from around the country makes it to the store, even if its in a small cramped space. (Which they definitely make the most of)
The guys are very nice and so far I have built a great relationship especially with Al, the main beer guy. Everytime I walk in and he always seems to be there just to say hello and see if there is anything special that I'm looking for or letting me know about things that are coming in. I think that that kind of friendly service alone already raises the value of the place.
The do a great job stocking up on the best seasonal releases and year round releases from companies in the US like Dogfish Head, Founders, Bells, Duck Rabbit, Jolly Pumpkin, Goose Island, Great Divide, Avery, Stone, The Bruery, Troegs, Weyerbacher, Hoppin Frog, Coronado, etc. and also harder to find imports like Mikkeller, Brewdog, Cantillon and others. Awesome stuff, just one word of warning, make sure you check the dates on some things sitting on the shelfs, because some hoppy beers or others that dont do well sitting may be a little old because the shelves are so tightly packed it seems hard to regulate, though I havent had a problem with this so far.
All in all a great place, highly recommended. Just be aware that the prices are DC Dupont Circle area level, but trust me there is some stuff you wont find anywhere else and its usually worth paying a little extra for.
09-21-2010 18:47:14 |
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More by BillRoth
District of Columbia
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
I stopped by the store on a day off today to see what was available. They didn't have all of the brands mentioned in earlier reviews of the shop (no RR, cigar city, floyds) but I still call what they had 5/5. Long gone from other stores Evil Twin, bunch of Surly, awesome Oude/ Gueze selection. Of the stuff they had that I 'know the going rate for' for available Bruery, Firestone, etc I thought their prices were more than fair.
It was a weds morning so I didn't get (or request) much by way of service, as they was only a security type guy and the cashier but both friendly and helpful.
I'd say they wine selection appeared great if you're a >$50 a bottle type shopper. Not many places put $80 Burgundies on 50% off closeout but I guess space is tight. Also one of the more extensive vintage champagne selections I've seen.
I'll definitely make this place one of my stops in DC especially if I'm hitting the P St WFM, as a nice parking spot is appropriate for both. Fun old city neighborhood (at least during the day) with old book stores etc taboot.
07-24-2013 18:21:59 |
More by Prince_Casual
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | $$$$
Extremely amazing selection of beer here that you should not be able to get in the area. I dont know how they had Surly, Alpine and RR when i went there but they had tons. I was shocked. Prices were very high but considering you cant get this selection anywhere else i didnt mind. if you dont mind paying top dollar for rare beers then this place is for you. They have mostly unrefrigerated bombers / 750mls bottles, as the emphasis is on rarity and not sixers/quantity. If youre in DC and a beer enthusiast you must stop here.
05-27-2013 17:56:28 |
More by Axnjxn
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$$
Atmosphere - Pretty straightforward liquor store atmosphere, pleasant place. It does have a great location, it's literally across the street from the DuPont Circle Metro station, so it's easily accessible from pretty much anywhere in the city.
Quality/Service - The service is great, the staff are really friendly and their beer guy is helpful with questions and knowing when/if certain things are coming in.
Selection - Ridiculous. Their beer section is small but very well-curated. I seriously don't know how they get some of this stuff, but I've seen Russian River, Alpine, Three Floyds, Pipeworks, Deschutes, The Bruery, Surly and Cigar City on their shelves. There's also a section for six packs in the fridge that has a solid selection as well.
Price - It varies, but generally slightly pricey, although there are more expensive places within walking distance of here. Local/broad distribution stuff is reasonably priced for the DC area, but the crazy stuff like Alpine and Three Floyds are extremely expensive and I usually only buy those if it's something I'm dying to try.
Overall this is one the best places for beer in DC, despite the price their selection is unbeatable and is probably one of the only places on the East Coast that gets some of the stuff in their selection, definitely worth a visit if you're in the DC area.
11-02-2012 05:28:26 |
More by WillCarrera
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$$
I am very fortunate to have this place just around the corner from my office in Dupont Circle. It's a small place and their selection is not huge, but it's big-time quality over quantity. They get stuff that no one else in DC gets, such as Pliny the Elder and beers from Surly. They also have a great selection of Belgian beers. Supply and the rarity of some beers certainly dictate the prices, which can be high, but everything is relative. Al the beer guy is great, and sends out an email to let customers know when new stuff comes in. He'll even hold a bottle for you if you call and ask. The store is right across from the Dupont Circle Metro station North exit, so if you're in town, it's easy to get to.
07-27-2012 13:19:31 |
More by gglammi
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Was visiting the DC area and looked to the tried and true BA ratings for guidance. This place hit my top three "must visit" locations but was the last for me to visit due to the location of my hotel. Of the three I visited, Connecticut Ave Wine and Liquor easily had the smallest selection, but of what they DID HAVE, good lord!
Parabola, Sucuba, Juliet, Supplication, Fruet, and on and on. The beer department manager, Al, was both very knowledgeable and just a plain cool dude. He said they work to get the good stuff in and don't really have any limitations on the distributors they can bring in. He explained that if it was in their network he could get it. If it was outside, they still could but had to buy at retail, which explained the $29.99 price point for Supplication. But hey, I'd personally rather see them bring it in an make their margins than not bring them in at all.
Scored a Parabola and a Sucuba for $16.99 a pop and left VERY happy. Thanks again to Al for hooking me up.
In my book, the best bottle shop I found during my visit to DC!
06-20-2012 01:16:24 |
More by Mscarpen
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
In my opinion, this is one if the better places to find beer rarities in the DC area.
First off, it's quite small, so on busier nights, expect to be a little cramped. There isn't a huge selection - but you can usually count on finding several great harder-to-find beers here. I found some RR Supplication - but it was $30, so I didn't bite the bullet. I did bite the bullet on bottles of Sucaba and GI Juliet, though (both $17). For lulz, they even offer a few BMC choices, and of course, they have a very solid wine and spirits selection, as well (I briefly considered getting a bottle of EC12 bourbon).
In general, their beer prices are on par for the DC area - but if you ever see something out of area like Three Floyds, AleSmith, or Russian River, expect to pay out the ass for it. Personally, I'd rather learn the basics of trading when I get the opportunity to do so, but it's damn good to know I can just ride the Metro up here and snag something special.
If you're looking to do beer shopping in bulk, look elsewhere - such as the Whole Foods Market nearby on P St. between Logan Circle and 16th St. If you're hoping to snag some of the latest hard to find beers, this is the place to go in DC. I'll definitely be back when I get the chance.
06-18-2012 17:24:14 |
More by ThisWangsChung
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