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Binny's Beverage Depot - Lincoln Park
$$ - reasonable
[ Store ]
1720 N Marcey St
phone: (312) 664-4394
Monday - Saturday: 9:00am - 9:00pm
Sunday: 11:00am - 6:00pm
(Place added by: emerge077 on 10-21-2009)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 28 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Fall/Winter 2010: Gotta give props to Vav, the local BA who tends the vast beer selection here. Endless rows of beer, the "kid in a candy store" feeling in full effect. Plenty of traditional lambics: Cantillon, Hanssens, Drie Fonteinen (though slightly too many mediocre sweetened ones, ie: Timmermans) German/English oddities, craft seasonals and one offs (Flossmoor Beelzebeer) and much more. Always fun to see what's new here, combined with a trip to Goose Clybourn and Whole Foods (for assorted taps and vast cheese/food selection).
Summer 2010: New remodel, fully stocked. Expanded aisles for craft & imports, extensive selection in all areas. Binnys is a contender again!
This is still pretty much Sam's as far as selection and store layout goes. I noticed a few gems popping up here and there that weren't there a few weeks ago. Nothing radically different as far as the beer aisle goes. Thankfully the cheese counter was still intact, and well appointed with bottles of La Bavasienne.
Hope they stock the cooler with more craft, that was the main thing about Sam's before that was lame (also the empty shelves). John the beer guy was on the floor helping out and answered my beer questions. Selection was good though I wonder how many dusty bottles are still lurking from Sams inventory (a lot). Noticed an endcap of Metropolitan, Half Acre, and Two Brothers, which was a good sign. Also another endcap of Christmas/holiday beers.
Checkout was friendly, and helpful. Hopefully the transition will be more complete in the future, and not just remain a re-branded Sams store.
11-14-2009 02:34:57 |
More by emerge077
quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Convenient to those visiting Goose Island Clybourn, also very close to 90. I stopped here many times when it was a Sam's location, now that it's a Binny's the selection is sort of unchanged. Like most Binny's you can't really go wrong, you'll find something for anybody's tastes and probably a few things you can't find elsewhere. On this particular visit, that something special was Flossmoor's Vinshu's Vice IPA, with a $1 price reduction for Binny's members too.
Hundreds of beers, if you've been to another Binny's you pretty much know what you'll find here. For real rarities you might need to go to West Lakeview or possibly even Armanetti's, but you can get much everything else here.
08-28-2010 16:11:58 |
More by TurdFurgison
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
As noted, right across the street from Goose Island so if you're in the area and from out of town, one could argue you're a fool for not dropping in. Selection was impressive, imports more broad than anywhere in Wisconsin. The prices were ok, and the service was good as well... I received recommendations on beers I hadn't heard of (not a schooled on imports) and given direction as to where beers were. Some beers were in coolers and some not. This would seem to be my go to place if I was in the area but alas I live in central Wisconsin, where we have some very good microbreweries, but a virtual wasteland when it comes to imports.
01-13-2011 18:14:07 |
More by MilwaukeeCrusher
quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$$
This store is about the size of a Kohl's. The selection is ridiculous, I think it might have even more than the South Loop Binny's. Probably nearing 1400 different choices of beer, ridiculous. despite being such a huge ass store they had good service, the long haired guy (Vav) is friendly. Cashier was friendly as well, and they even had an odd "security" guy at the door.
The prices are a bit high, but it is in the middle of Chicago so it is expected. It has ample parking too which is nice. It is also literally right across the street form Goose Island which is an added bonus.
08-09-2010 00:46:04 |
More by crossovert
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | $$
This was by far the better of the two Binny's locations that I visited. I also found it to be better than West Lakeview in terms of quantity and quality of the beer available. A massive selection of Chicago locals (Rev/Pipeworks), including a few that weren't at any of the other bottle shops I visited. The set up here is very much like a massive liquor store with long isles of beer, wine and liquor and almost every brand you could think of. A must visit if you are in Chicago.
07-23-2013 22:55:15 |
More by TheSevenDuffs
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$$
So Binny's took over for Sam's which was my favorite beer place around.
The biggest difference so far is that I notice that they don't offer as a good rewards card.
The beer selection is exactly the same as far as I can tell. They have 1 full owe American and Canadian craft beer, then one full row of english, danish, germany, and Belgium beers. They then have 2 rows of common, I'd say marco beers of 6 and 12 packs. I was hoping to get some different beers once Binny's took over, but basically the same. The staff is knowledge and always very helpful. Sometimes to helpful, its like dude, leave me alone!
12-06-2009 00:43:13 |
More by jrallen34
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Visited numerous times on my two trips to IL in 2010. Conveniently located to Goose Island Clybourn.
Lots of beer to select from. There are a couple of rows and a number of fridge doors dedicated to beer as well as a whole room for cases. It was frustrating that a lot of the beer wasn't available in singles. One employee explained that it had something to do with state law, which didnt make any sense because there were lots of singles to choose from, just not some of the stuff I was looking to try. Oh well.
The service is attentive and asks if you need help. They are happy to answer any questions that they are able to answer. On my last trip I ran into a character that goes by Vav. Real nice guy that seems to do everything he can to get some good stuff into the store. What I found interesting was that he knew who I was (at least he knew who t0rin0 was).
Prices are reasonable on most things, high on some. Will definitely return if I can get back to Chicago.
01-31-2011 00:32:21 |
More by t0rin0
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I have been to a few Binny's in my travels through Chicago in the last few years, and I have to say this one has the best beer selection I have come across. I'm not surprised, being right next to Goose Island Clybourn.
The four rows of bombers/6 packs/and C&C 750's was very impressive. I spent two separate occasions scouring the selection. With that being said, I didn't find anything that was very surprising for me. Sure they had Angels Share from Lost Abbey, and some other interesting brews, but it seems as though it gets picked over quite often. Their KBS allotment of one case was gone in an hour and a half. So they get some traffic.
On a side note, their whiskey selection is top notch. Not as good as the South Loop Binny's, but pretty close, and great prices. They still have some of the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection, and some rare hard to find Lagavulin 12 year. Worth a stop.
03-29-2011 14:35:06 |
More by MarcatGSB
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
This is a fantastic Binny's.
The first time I came here I was pretty pleased with the selection and dropped about $240-- luckily I convinced the wife to pull the car around so she didn't see the total!
It just so happened that as I walked around the beer section I saw an employee on beeradvocate on a computer-- I started talking to him and it was, of course, Vav. We chatted for a bit about any special beers coming out and he listed a couple beers he had just gotten in that hadn't made it to the floor yet... Needless to say I wanted a few bottles of them and Vav was kind enough to oblige.
Now everytime I find myself in the city I see if we can't wrestle up the time to male a stop here. I love the store.
They have all the midwest and north American craft you'd expect to find, plus a ton of Belgian and euro imports. There are not a whole lot of sours left over as it was explained to me, "the sours get snatched up pretty quickly. We can't keep them on shelves."
If you're hitting Chicago, and especially if you're hitting Goose, come here and shop a bit! It's worth it.
09-05-2011 13:47:32 |
More by AleWatcher
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
With friends living in Old Town, they tell me I need to come pick up some brews for the Halloween party that night. I was currently also on the phone with my cousin and he tells me I have to check out a place called Binny's while I'm in Chicago. Little did I know after getting off the phone with him, my buddy Trevor has Binny's on his agenda for the next place to hit! Coincidence? I think not!
Walking in, it seems this is the grocery store for beer AND wine! over 8 aisles are dedicated to beer alone and this wasn't even the beginning.... They also had over 10 coolers with already fridged beer and then a separate room with cases stacked upon cases of breweries like Three Floyds, Founders, Bells, and many more. Could not beat this selection if you tried!
The staff were either at the checkout lane or at their customer service desk. I wasn't worried about getting any help but they were very friendly when spoken to.
I applied to get a Binny's card and right then knew I was coming back this weekend! Before jumping on my flight, I walked from my friend's apartment to this Binny's again (b/c Goose Island was closed that morning) and picked up multiple brews before heading home. Will be back here when in town and could recommend this to someone who is a wine lover also!
11-07-2011 06:13:53 |
More by DCon
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