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Connecticut Avenue Wine & Liquor Deli
$$$ - a bit pricey
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1529 Connecticut Ave NW
District of Columbia
phone: (202) 332-0240
Closed on Sundays.
(Place added by: frimairist on 06-24-2009)
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District of Columbia
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$$
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 - $$$$
Something bizarre has happened beerwise with what used to be a despicable store full of horror stories to become this prized nugget of rarities in town.
In essence the store seems to have a clandestine hook up that enables it to receive some brews that are not available elsewhere in town, such as Cigar City, Lost Abbey etc. And it also stretches the gamut to quite a few iconic and sought after brews where it also may seem to have an early lead. This stuff is clearly overpriced, and unless one has a strong fancy for a particular choice it is tough to feel very much attracted by the overall set up. Some things are on sale, with reduced prices but make one wonder if they might be trying to get rid of some skeletons. Quite a bunch of reduced single hop Mikkellers for instance... This selection while good is not particularly extensive, and is completed by a generically speaking macro fridge that may help to cover the other range of customers.
On these morning return visits the staff behind the counter was correct but not particularly helpful, or seemingly knowledgeable.
I dunno, as for me if I were nearby and needed a fancy pick I might use it. Other than that...
And sure enough I´m still mesmerized by the consensus of glowing reviews. What I had here preceding this rewrite was the last and only critical note of them all. I wonder about the missing reviews, plenty I seem to remember. Were they flagged or considered outdated? Weird...
01-25-2011 20:12:20 |
More by Daniellobo
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$$
The Connecticut Avenue wine & deli shop is quite small. Walking around the place you better not bring a backpack cause chances are you will knock something over.
As for the beer selection though, it is a small selection but focuses on quality. Most of it is contained on one tiny shelf and packed tightly, with some items on the floor (watch your step), and also some things in a cooler. This was where I was able to find some Fantome, B.O.R.I.S. and Mephisto out of the blue. I even found and obscure bottle of Damnation here. If you do look and notice everything that is offered you realise it's a little bigger selection than it looks. The one guy who orders and works there is also very knowledgeable on the beer and can answer questions on styles, recommendations, and what he can get you. (Al is his name by the way).
Prices though depending on what you want are a bit high, this is after all the Dupont circle neighborhood and it isn't cheap. Thing is there probably are not a lot of beer fanatics in the area so items tend to stick around on the shelf and you can get them, although sometimes you have to pay for it.
There have been times though I have gone in here, and the prices have been jacked on items that are suddenly becoming popular. The other good thing though is this one of the few stores that gets in real obscure domestic craft items that don't show up anywhere else in the DC/MD/VA area.
Also as an update they remodelled the store, and took out the deli and the beer section sits there now which is MUCH better, larger, easier and accessible. I am in here often.
01-04-2011 17:00:26 |
More by smakawhat
District of Columbia
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
So, this is my first review, but this is definitely a gem. I may not have much experience with liquor stores, nor do I have a long history with beers, but I do know service when I see it.
I couldn't find wheatwine anywhere, this place included, so I asked the service staff. They ordered a case right there, emailing me when the beer arrived.
Selection is good: as our other reviewer notes, there are some rarities and a lot of standbys. But, if you can't find something, they'll order it and put the part of the case you don't buy on the shelves.
Value is just as good as someplace like Whole Foods, but they take much better care of their customers.
01-20-2010 21:41:40 |
More by OctaviusIII
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Stopped in here following a holiday sojourn to Pizzeria Paradiso, where they were pleasing the thirsty populace with a Year-End Jubilation. While their mainstay is wine, of which there is plenty, there were some very wonderful surprises beer-wise. Walked out the happy bastard hauling a Schlafly Imperial Stout, a Bell's Batch 10,000 as well as some damn fine cookies. While it is out of my way as I seldom get up to Dupont Circle, this is a respectable beer store that offers quality as opposed to quantity.
12-25-2010 01:45:29 |
More by jjboesen
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$$
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
District of Columbia
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This place is conveniently located in Dupont Circle, right by the Metro and next to Kramerbooks. The place itself is small and a little cramped, with alcohol from floor to ceiling.
Staff is friendly enough, with someone checking to make sure you've found everything if you're searching for a while.
Superb selection of 22 oz. bottles, and pretty good in the way of six-packs. They go pretty heavy on the seasonals. There are several shelves stocked only with abbey ales and Imperial stouts.
Prices are very good considering their variety and the neighborhood competition. The store at 1 West Dupont charges $17 for a six-pack of Bell's Double Cream Stout, but it's only $14 here. Ayinger Celebrator was also several bucks cheaper for a four-pack.
11-01-2011 06:14:22 |
More by fountainofyouth
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
I went to a conference at the Washington Hilton last week and some research on BA led me to this quaint little store. I'm certainly glad I found it.
Simply put, this place is all about quality over quantity. There really isn't a lot of beer here, but what they have is remarkable. There are a lot of brews here that should not be in DC. For example, they had RR Damnation, some Cigar City beers, and some Ballast Point beers I did not know existed. I was very happy to find a 6-pack of Two Hearted in one of the fridges. There is a lot of (somewhat) rare and good beer in the store and not a lot of padding. Everything in the little beer corner was worth inspecting.
The actual store was not as cramped and small as some reviews led me to expect. I went into the store wearing a backpack and I did not have any issues staring at the beer selection for about 20 minutes or so. There is somewhat of a side room for wine that seemed pretty cramped, but I did not bother checking it out.
Some of the beers were ridiculously overpriced, but most were pretty fair. The service was good. The woman at the register scraped off the price tags on my beer - very unexpected!
I hopefully won't be staying at the Washington Hilton anytime in the near future (unrelated rant), but if I am in the area I will check this place out again.
05-03-2011 01:00:35 |
More by angrybabboon
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Dropped in for the first time yesterday afternoon, May 16th 2011.
First of all, the shop and specifically the beer corner is extremely small. I've seen some tiny bottle shops before, but this one may take the cake. It is very clean, and well organized considering.
Luckily though, the selection was really top notch. I can't say they had everything you'd want, but what they specialize in is carrying the hard to find. Looking for Lost Abbey? How about CCB? Yeah, they've got 'em - and more. But as I said, they don't have everything you'd want, though they do make a concerted effort to carry the more popular items from each out of town brewery they stock.
I've heard some horror stories about the customer service here, but I certainly didn't see it. In fact I was very well taken care of. There was a really nice gentleman who seemed to be really knowledgeable about the beers they carried, and extremely proud of being able to stock some of the things you won't find in many other places around town. We talked for some time, and I'll be returning for not only the brews, but to chat with him again.
Because their selection is almost unattainable within city limits, you'll be paying for it. Literally. A 375mL LA Angel's Share for example retails for $27.99 plus tax. Their 750mL Serpent's Stout is about the same. But if you want it, and have the cash, it's certainly cheaper then most of the trades I've completed to secure said bottles.
Overall this is a hidden gem I plan on frequenting. When speaking of high quality DC bottle shops, Connecticut Ave. Wine & Liquor needs to be in the conversation. Quality, not quantity.
05-17-2011 16:38:57 |
More by Rhettroactive
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
In DC for business and researched beer stores near my hotel. Connecticut Avenue Wine & Liquor did not disappoint, nor the reviews which led me here. The selection isn't broad, but the offerings are pretty top notch. Al knows his beer and is very friendly and helpful. Upon speaking with him, and learning that I was looking for some things I couldn't get where I live, he was all kinds of helpful. The mark-ups were a little steep, but you get what you pay for, as the saying goes. Conveniently located in DuPont Circle, this tiny shop is definitely worth a visit if you are in our nation's capitol.
03-05-2012 00:56:11 |
More by DWolf
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
After stopping (again) at Church Key DC, I made my way to Dupont Circle trying to find Pizzeria Paradiso. The crowd waiting for a table was INSANE. So my European friend said, "forgetaboutit" and we went to Kramerbooks & Afterwords nearby (review can be read separately). After that, and on our way to the subway, I stumbled upon Connecticut Avenue Wine Deli.
I vaguely remembered reading about this place here on BA, but wow! I sure was not expecting the jewels I found here.
The place is tiny, cramped and hard to navigate. One person only per aisle, please. And- the beer section is only, like, two shelves.
But what a selection! Tons of Heavy Seas bombers (at discounted prices), Sierra, Dogfish packs (Burton, Olde School), AND Russian River Damnation (what!!??), Ballast Sculpin' and so on. Lost Abbey. Three Floyds Gumballhead and Alpha King.
Mostly liquor and wine, but when you find the aforementioned treasures, who cares? They also probably have some foreign brews, as I ran into some Spaniards looking for their bullshit Bud-like Euro lagers and apparently found them.
Sure, a lot of beers are damn pricey, but- wouldn't you pay a premium to get 3Floyds or Russian River in DC? Yeah.
Service was nice. Despite all the customers and tiny store, a guy said hi and offered help. Good enough! I rarely get as much as a "hello" at booze stores like this one.
If you live in DC, you MUST come here. If you're visiting... well, you MUST come here too! :-)
01-13-2011 03:17:22 |
More by DoubleSimcoe
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