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193 Harvard Ave
phone: (617) 782-3250
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(Place added by: Jason)
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| Reviews: 29
Reviews by taez555:
quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | $$
April '05 Re-review
Marty's in Allston has probably the best selection of beer in the entire Boston Area, PERIOD. Living less than 2 blocks away for nearly 5 years I've been into and purchased from them hundreds of times.
Marty's is a huge liquor store that caters mostly to college kids. Cheap macro beer and kegs are what they're in business for. They ID everyone who tries to buy like you're going through airport security. Only marty's managers are aloud to give the OK on ID's. On top of this, they have a gigantic selection of wine, eclectic food/cheese, and liquor as well. They also have a deli section which makes some of the best sandwiches in Allston.
Now let's get down to business and talk beer.
Selection: They have it all. 6 packs from almost every macro, micro, craft, and import you can imagine. The singles selection is even better. US Craft, Micro, Belgian, German, English, Russian and then some. They basically carry it all and all the varieties. Stone, Dogfishhead, Bear Republic, Rogue, Rochefort, Delirium, Fullers, Fantome, Westvletern(at one time), etc. You name the particular style from the brewery, they usually have it. They also keep up with the trends and bring in every new beer as soon as it comes on the market. New Harpoon 100 barrel, Stone Anniversary or Epic, Avery, Dogfishhead special beers, etc. Plus, they usually always have them right as they're released.
Quality Issues: Yes Marty's has some SERIOUS quality issues. They put old and bad beer on sale to liquidate stock. They have old, dusty, and even beers from out of business brewery's on their shelves, but... for the most part the good far outweighs the bad. The past few years they've really tried to bring up their standards. If you stick with the new beers and make sure to check dates, the quality can be outstanding.
As a regular I became very familiar with the staff. Yes they're assholes, but that just comes with the college aged patrons. Once they see your face a few times and know you're serious about beer they can actually be VERY helpful. The one manager, Rob, is quite knowledgeable and was always very helpful keeping me updated with whatever new beers they had coming in. The one time I had an issue I came back to the store and they quickly fixed the problem.
My general rule of thumb for Marty's is to be just be smart about what you buy. If it's covered in dust or has a "best by" label from 2 years ago, maybe you should stay away from it.
Marty's stays in business by selling cheap swill to dumb college kids. I guess it doesn't help they also make a substantial profit on selling good beer that's gone bad to dumb college kids. You can argue one way or another on this practice(turns people off to truly great beer, blah, blah, etc), but it does allow them to keep an inventory of beer that blows away everybody else.
Basically, Caveat Emptor. Be smart and Marty's can be your best friend.
04-22-2005 09:41:51 |
More by taez555
More User Reviews:
quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Well, for those that don't know Marty's in Allston is now closed. May 21st 2009 was the last day of operation and all of their goods will now be moved to the Newton location. Basically the landlord wanted to raise the rent for the next lease which pushed them to close altogether.
I'll miss their beer selection since it was the first place I always checked for no-so-easy to find beers. But I'll mostly miss them for their deli section and browsing their hot sauce selection.
That's because I won't miss the hit or miss service, the questionable freshness of their shelf beers, or paying more money for it.
I'm sorry to see it go, but in reality with other places increasing their selections at better prices I stopped going there as often. But don't get too excited Blanchards down the street, because you're not getting my money either:)
03-24-2009 03:34:28 |
More by JayfromBoston
quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Marty's is a staple-stop when I'm in the area because of the huge selection, but that comes with some caveats:
1) The service is usually not great. There isn't usually anyone on the floor in the liquor/beer areas offering help. You can usually get help in the wine department without even asking. They have a newer guy, David, who is good when he's there, and was extremely helpful on my last visit a couple weeks ago. But he's a newer addition and when he's not there...
2) Some of the beers are ageing on the shelves. This is both a good thing and a reason I do go there: you can find things that are out of season, out of stock in the "Beer stores," or gracefully aged; and it is also often a bad thing: Avery Maharajah from last year, The Beast from 2005, etc. Check the dates!
3) Friday/Saturday nights are not a great time to casually walk the beer isles. SUPER busy.
But, in the end, I always stop here and find some tasty and rare goodies. I'd recommend it, but buyer beware. Also, they're closing this store soon and moving it all to their other store.
03-12-2009 03:47:39 |
More by SFLpunk
quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
first of the head manager sucks. He wants his customers in and out no questions asked. Then there's the old creepy guy who pushes whatever the manager tells you to sell for liquor. Food is good not what I expected originally. Deli food is great nice selection of sauces, mustards, bbq, hot sauces.
Beer selection is good. they have Stone, Blanchard's does not. nothing too mind blowing about the selection. Staff not too willing to help. one was quite knowledgeable and even told me they had old gonzo's (the ones that were 9.2% ABV) around most staff is neither seen nor heard. Have not gotten Wine but I hear the Wine guy there knows his beer.
And if you want to save some money go to Blanchards. Also they once sold me a 6 month old box of killians. I still drank it but I'm pretty sure that's Illegal.
01-13-2009 19:28:39 |
More by drnknmnky
quality: 2.5 | service: 1 | selection: 3.5 | $$$$
I will start this review by saying I love Marty's Newton, it is a great store. The Allston location is a different animal however.
Stuff seems to sit on the shelves here a little longer than at other locations.
Absolutely with no exceptions the worst service I have had at a beer store ever. Anywhere. First you will find that people are unwilling to help and are not very knowledgeable about beer. Those two things I could discount, but complete rudeness is unacceptable. Beginning with a misunderstanding, the manager here proceeded to berate and patronize me. He went on to use abusive language, relying on the word fuck several times. Awful place.
With that said, the selection is pretty good but too expensive. Go down the street to Blanchard's and save yourself 1-3 bucks a bottle.
11-11-2008 03:55:55 |
More by Hojaminbag
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | $$$
Marty's is about selection. All about selection. More beer than any other liquor store in the area. Blanchard's carries a good stock, but not nearly as much as Marty's. Service and knowledge of the people here are average - don't expect anything mindblowing. A little pricey for beer (more than Blanchard's if I'm going to keep the comparison going) but I've seen worse in Boston. BUT it is possible to find stuff on sale, plus they have a good wine selection and best of all ... they make deli sandwiches... amazing ones. Beer and food. Can't miss.
04-22-2008 21:23:22 |
More by leif86
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
As with the other Marty's in Newton this place is loaded with beer . Yes they have the BMC swill but they also have plenty of great craft beer that you cannot get in other establishments . Belgians are located down the back with rows and rows of jolly good stuff . Stone , BBC , DFH , and my two favorite breweries Oskar Blues and Port Brewing company . This place is great for selection and I read that people are a tad pissed about the prices . For me it is not that bad . You get what you pay for . For the selection that they have, in the city of Boston , it is second to none Which make this place my " go-to " when I need good beer in the city . Service is where this place shines . I would go in about twice a month to stock up . After a few months Rob ~ their beer guy ~ would recognize that I am a fan of the dark beers during the colder months and IPA's during the spring / summer months . He would tell me what is new and what I might like .He is a pleasure to talk to and is a class guy . Cheers to Marty's .
Again you can't go wrong with either Marty's . They are both great places .
03-20-2008 23:24:43 |
More by Kudashov
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$$
I was introduced to Marty's when I began to adventure away from the confines of NH and into the more fruitful beer botiques of Massachusetts. My first impression as I walked through the door and into the beer section was 'Holy Crap!' The selection was amazing.
They had every type of Avery, Dogfish Head, Stoudt's, Stone, etc. In addition, they had what appeared to be an entire wall dedicated to Belgian beers. Being from New Hampshire we are lucky if we get a dozen different Belgians to choose from.
While the selection, qaulity and service were all good or very good I was not impressed by the prices. First and foremost, Marty's is one of the primary distributors (I believe it's Atlantic distributors which owns Marty's) of Dogfish Head in Massachusetts, yet the prices were higher at Marty's as compared with other places such as Bauer's and Julio's (I imagine that they have to buy from AD). I might have this whole thing wrong, but I believe that if they are the distributors then the other establishments have to buy from them thus making their shelf price more expensive. There has to be a reason why the prices are higher, but I wasn't going to get into a discussion of why. And I am sure that someone here at Beer Advocate will steer me in the right direction as to the "why".
In the end, this is a very good place to find a great selection of beer and if you don't mind paying extra then it is well worth the drive.
01-26-2008 18:21:54 |
More by TJP75Beer
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
I recently moved to Brighton and this place just happens to be just a mile or so down the road. It also takes all my spending money. Great selection, lots to choose from, the best I've seen in the area. Not much to speak of in the way of service but they've always been quite pleasant in my limited interactions with the staff. In terms of value this place can be a bit pricey but if you look around you're sure to find something good at a fair price. Also I'd make sure to check dates as I have seen some older beers here (but I do it no matter where I go). Overall, its worth a stop, especially if you're new to the area and haven't had access to many of the fine brews that this establishment carries.
01-25-2008 04:05:05 |
More by mnj21655
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I first happened on this place back in 2003 when I would come up for Beer Summit fests (gasp!). I had a list of beers that I wanted to take home with me. In calling around, Marty's not only had everything that I wanted, but they also told me that they were convenient to the "B" - Boston College line of the Green Line T. Convenient?!? How about DIRECTLY across from the Harvard Avenue stop? In the passage of time, I have begun routinely staying at Abercrombie's Farrington Inn Hostel, which is about three or four blocks from that same stop. It also means that both the Sunset Grill & Tap and Deep Ellum are on my way back to crash out. There is Woody's Traveler's Tip of the Day.
The Entrance/Exit doors were side by side on Commonwealth Avenue and the vestibule had a railing separating the two sides. Electric sensors opened the doors and the extensive wine selection was RIGHT there upon entering. Further back, still on the left side of the space, they had a delicatessen counter with a cheese counter to its left.
Continuing aft, the coolers lined the left side wall, but it was on the right side where the fun began. Metal rack after metal rack filled with beers. We are talking singles, people! Unheard of in PA and Marty's had an incredible selection of 12-ounce bottles, bombers, just every shape and size and an incredible range of selection. This is my "Go To" place for Berkshire BC beers, which I think are not only fantastic, but also ridiculously underpriced.
The staff are also very customer-oriented. Imagine the scene on a snowy February Saturday night as a drunken stooge in a monk's robe stumbled in, asking for some help in finding the BBC products. Not only was this moron not shown the door in one quick hurry, he was escorted directly to the proper shelves, assisted in loading his selections into a shopping basket, and helped back to the checkout counter. On my latest visit (June 2007), I wanted to scout some things to take to the monthly Free the Hops meeting in Birmingham, AL. I stopped in, experiencing a euphoric state following the ABF and struck up a conversation with the duty beer guy. I suddenly remembered just why I routinely recommend this place to people. Others may pooh-pooh it, but it was my "discovery" and I stick by it.
Did I remeber to mention the liquor selection? Hoowee! How about the POS sancks for those late-nite munchies? And the tobacco counter along the wall by the exit for those who so indulge? Fantastiche!
01-18-2008 06:18:07 |
More by woodychandler
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