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Marty's Big Buys
$$$ - a bit pricey
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103 North Beacon St
phone: (617) 202-0385
quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Stopped in here on Saturday evening to pick up some beers for a BBQ. Looks like a warehouse inside. No really charm at all, just stacks of boxes and metal shelves. Huge selection though. They have just about every brewery, country, and style represented in the store. Full lineups from some breweries too. There are only a few coolers in the back, so expect to find 90% of their stock to be warm. Prices seemed all over the place. Some prices seemed dead on. Other bombers I saw were literally double what you'd be charged elsewhere. Then they had clearance beers at questionably low prices. I bought a six pack of DFH Indian Brown for $9.99 (normal) and a four pack of Weyerbacher Fireside Ale on clearance for $3.99 (old? worth a shot at that price). Service was OK, greeted and smiled at while at the register. This place could be hit or miss. You might find something you haven't seen anywhere else, which is great, but then the price might be totally out of whack. But, this place is worth a stop in to see the massive quantities on display.
08-22-2010 19:27:18 |
More by morebeergood
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
marty's big buys may not the creme de la creme of area beer stores, and for my money it doesn't measure up to the newton marty's, but still stands as a solid outlet for one's craft needs. tons of space is divided fairly evenly between spirits, wine, and craft beer, the latter occupying considerable real estate toward the back of the warehouse-like building. shelves of bombers, 4- and 6pks from many of the big regional and national brewers (founders, stone, DFH, lost abbey, ballast point, great divide, weyerbacher, port, dark horse, etc), a decent belgian selection, coolers, and a discount area (usually on beers past their primes, or close to it - just be wary of the style and bottle date) are all worth perusing.
as for cost, there are a few deals to be had but more often than not expect price points that are average to high. service is generally friendly and helpful. overall, big buys is more an asset to those of us who live in the area as opposed to someplace worth a trip to get to, but it's a solid beer store definitely worth checking out. insider tip: ask to check out the "secret stash".
05-17-2012 13:56:14 |
More by BostonHops
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
a welcome return to the allston area...
really great selection, IMO. nice range of locals, out-of-staters, and imports... at various times i've picked up offerings from lost abbey (including angel's share and older viscosity, which i loved), avery, bear republic, stone, ballast point, hoppin frog, dogfish head, great divide, weyerbacher, et al., and they have a good (but not great) belgian selection... in the few times i've been in since opening i've always been approached for help, and the staff has been friendly and reasonably knowledgeable. prices are ok, moderate to pricey but pretty standard for the area; they also had sales on various cases. definitely worth a visit.
08-01-2010 04:02:24 |
More by perrymarcus
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
I used to go to this place all the time when I first moved to the area and before I explored some other establishments. The selection is decent, but the prices can leave you a little surprised sometimes - both high and low. Some of the older stock they're selling down is damn cheap and often worth the risk. It won't be perfect, especially if you're going for a Double IPA, but it probably won't be that bad.
The six'ers are fairly normal priced, if not slightly more expensive than other nearby places (usually $1.50 - $3.00 increase). It's when you get in to the bombers and big bottles that things can get expensive fast.
The selection is good, but not outstanding, but for the size it's alright.
The people are always friendly to me, and at least one of them is a Belgian/Trappist enthusiast who's fun to talk with.
Overall, it's pretty good, but there are other establishments I pass on normal errands/commute that I prefer.
01-05-2012 01:58:20 |
More by sjverla
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | $$
The atmosphere is nothing to write home about but that doesn't really bother me. I mean..it's a liquor store. I'm new to the Mass/Boston area so I thought the selection was great. I've never seen any Lost Abbey stuff so that got me pretty excited, but I'm not sure if that's typical for the area. They actually have a good amount of beers I have never seen sold at other establishments, also a solid amount of local beers, and a great Belgian section. As far as price goes it seemed pretty normal, I never got any sticker shock. The service was pretty typical..greeted me on the way in, were more than willing to talk if I had any questions, and were friendly at the register. All in all I think this place is solid and I'm definitely looking forward to my next visit.
02-19-2013 01:44:31 |
More by GotWad629
Marty's Big Buys in Allston, MA