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Capone's Liquor & Food
$$$ - a bit pricey
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3678 N Elston Ave
phone: (773) 583-0240
Sunday- Thursday: 9:00am - 12:00am
Friday - Saturday: 9:00am - 2:00am
(Place added by: marmora on 10-26-2011)
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vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
If you are looking for the best selection of craft beer in Chicago, look no further than Capone's. The guys are friendly, knowledgeable, and definitely know how to throw a party..or help you throw a party! Capone's is a definitely a place where you can find the best/freshest selection of Chicago's very own breweries. Capone's is open late too and they have a nice selection of craft beer in the coolers, so it is ready to enjoy right away...at least when you get to where you are going (don't drink & drive). Capone's is a place you do not want to pass up!!! Cheers!
10-22-2013 16:25:56 |
More by mrpape
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 4.25 | $$$$
Bottom line, I only buy beer from stores I trust, and Capones is not trustworthy.
The bribed shill reviews aren't fooling anyone guys. Real classy...
All you have to do is look past the surface to notice the shady tactics employed here... bribing customers for online reviews, posting bait & switch prices on beermenus, selling old beer, etc. You're wasting your money paying way over MSRP here (triple in some cases) for things available much cheaper elsewhere (not to mention being gullible).
Now that Beer Temple has opened on Elston, I don't have a reason to come here anymore. Fresh beer at fair prices is all I ask... Outdated beer with jacked up prices, no thanks.
After shopping here for about a year now i've noticed a few things, that maybe you wouldn't notice at first glance. Many beers are $2-5 more than what you'd find elsewhere. Zombie Dust purchased here twice ($14.99, not $13 as listed on beermenus) has been faded both times... that should never happen. Caveat emptor.
They update beermenus at least twice a day so they're always at the top of the "recently updated" list, which is frankly annoying (never thought i'd say that about a place on beermenus). More egregiously though, items listed (and updated same day) may or may not be in stock, or are a different price than listed online... shady. Stuff isn't always on the shelf and sometimes you have to ask, or they flat out don't have what they list on beermenus.
They have cleaned it up a bit inside, and added lots more beers in the front of the store. They do have a great selection, and keep up with new releases. Just be sure to ask prices and check dates on hoppy beers. High prices, misinformation, and lack of imports keep me from stopping in more frequently.
Stopped in today to check out the current selection, thanks to Marmora for the tip! Had been in a couple times before, but neglected to add to beerfly.
They boast over 300 beers, and that may be true. From the outside it looks like any other forlorn, run-down neighborhood bodega, but the craft beer posters, and even a hand-painted sign for Half Acre and Argus outside hint at what's inside. This area is fairly underserved beer-wise, so Capone's definitely covers a niche for area residents. The closest store is Golden Leaf at Elston/Irving, and Avondale Armanetti on Milwaukee, south of Belmont. West Lakeview is 1.5 mi. east, and serves a different area.
Inside it's tile floors, florescent lighting, and many cooler doors full of beer. There was a rack of Bells seasonals up by the register, including Cherry Stout, Double Cream, Winter White, and TCOA ($19/sixer). Straight ahead was a full pallet of Schlitz tallboys sitting in the middle of the floor. To the right was about 8 or more beer cooler doors, with many 750s, bombers, and singles. Towards the back were craft sixers, and straight ahead was a bunch of macros and alcopops. Hiding in between the coolers was a cardboard cutout of Snoop Dogg pimping Colt 45 Blast. Towards the back was an overstock area with Half Acre cases on the shelf and a warm island shelf of Bells, FFF, and Founders.
In the coolers: Firestone Walker, Jolly Pumpkin x4, Founders x5-6 including Breakfast Stout and Double Trouble, FFF x6 (APW, BrooDoo, Gorch Fock), Great Lakes x4-5, Uinta, Lagunitas, Southern Tier, Great Divide, Metropolitan, Two Bros, SN Ovila, Moylans, Grand Teton, Goose bombers, Unibroue, Victory, Anchor Brekle's Brown, Hop Slayer cans, Ska cans, Half Acre cans (no seasonal bombers). Imports from Steigl, Hofbrau, Sam Smith, etc. Not especially extensive import-wise. Selection was broad though it seemed limited to full lines of specific breweries. Prices were $2-3 higher than elsewhere, the typical bodega "convenience upcharge".
Counter clerk was a nice guy, when I asked about Founders Harvest Ale, he mentioned they got one case and it had come and gone. Then he mentioned they had Backwoods Bastard singles (behind the counter) for $6 that had just come in. (that's $24 a 4-pack, instead of $15-18 elsewhere).
Overall a decent shop for the area, an oasis in the craft beer desert of Avondale.
10-11-2013 20:48:04 |
More by emerge077
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
This is the go to bottle shop in the city of Chicago. I'm not just saying that because its down the street from me, its because the selection and amazing service.
Come in and talk to Freddy the shop owner and you will be blown away by his passion for craft beer and the industry and his dedication to his patrons to connect them to the beer and the brewers who make it. Right by the counter is the newest and freshest local Chicago beer often on sale the day it is bottled from the brewery. Capone's is usually the first stop where the new releases drop and are posted within minuets of arrivals on facebook/twitter.
Not only is the beer vast and customer service excellent, Capone's often hosts free events where local brewers come to pour beer and meet and greet.
All in all there are many good bottle shops in Chicago but Capone's is a cut above the rest and has and will be my one stop for craft beer.
10-11-2013 20:43:58 |
More by Rajasbrewing
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | $$
I stopped by here on my most recent trip to Chicago for Lollapalooza. I met a fellow BA for an IP trade and we hit up a few bottle shops. I had Capones on my list to visit as I was trying to find some of the Citra Ninja that was just released. The owner said he was all sold out buy expected more to come in on the day we were to leave. I called him that morning before heading out and sure enough, he got some in and made sure there was one there for me to pick up before I left town. He was one of the nicest shop owners I have had the pleasure of doing business with. Just like some of the other top bottle shops in town (Beer Temple, WLV & Castle VAV), he knows craft and is more than happy to help you out.
Selection is not as large as a Binnys, but it holds its own with the Beer Temple and id say has more inventory than WLV. All are a must stop, but I wanted to give an idea on size. It seems that there are bottles here that were long gone at some of the larger bottle shops around town. I guess its because it isnt a mega store or isnt central for a location, but for beer geeks, its a pleasant surprise to find something in stock here that youve had a hard time locating. There is a large refrigerated section that takes up a couple walls to the back and right. I noticed that it was full of IPAs kept at proper temps. I give them props for that.
This will be a store I come back to every time I visit Chicago, which seems to be about every two to three months. I look forward to returning!
09-23-2013 07:05:37 |
More by HopsMatt
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Was in Chicago for work yesterday and happened upon this place while grabbing an Italian Beef at Munchies next door (one of the things I miss most about living in Chicago!). I checked out the reviews here on BA and realized I had stumbled upon a gem.
I went inside and within 2 minutes realized I was going to blow well past my beer budget for the month! It's a fairly small shop; it doesn't have quite the wall of beer you find at some of the big stores, but they had nearly everything a BA visiting Chicago could want - Pipeworks, Half Acre, Revolution, FW, Dogfish, etc. And for what you might miss from the slightly smaller selection than a big box liquor store, they make up for and then some in service. As other reviewers have mentioned, Freddy is a great guy and was really friendly and helpful. He even pulled a few goodies out for me since I was from out of town and was picking up quite a haul.
All in all, this a great shop, and more than met my expectations for a great Chicago beer stop! I'll definitely be back next time I'm in town!
09-07-2013 16:37:59 |
More by will1256
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
If you forget to look, you might miss the place, but then again, The 300 Beer signs all over the store front will catch any eye. Walking in, your eyes light up. This isnt your every day run of the mill craft beer store. Freddy has it all, and a lot of it.
The obvious selections or Half Acre, Pipeworks, Goose Island, Revolution, 18th Street, etc. is something that you would expect from a Chicago liquor store, but not the amount or variety Capone's has. They are the first to mu knowledge to get beer from all the local breweries, including bottled one-offs from Half Acre. He also gets the most wanted beers from the breweries first, sometimes even days before other stores.
On top of that, Capone's gets the beer that big craft beer nerds, as myself, are looking for. If there is even a slight chance that the Chicago market received even a few cases of a certain beer from across the US or even overseas, bet your money that you'll see it at Capone's.
The best part about all of it, besides drinking the beer you purchase of course, is Freddy himself. The guy knows his stuff on beer and is not afraid to talk to you about it. Even if you arent a huge craft beer guy or are just getting into beer, he will help you. Very approachable and just an overall nice and genuine guy. You can even come to one of their free tasting events during the year, when they open up some bottles that you cannot even find around the midwest.
Next time you're in the Chicagoland area, make it a point to visit Freddy over at Capone's. You wont regret it one bit. Cheers!
08-13-2013 20:52:45 |
More by Pidzik12
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | $$
This is what you're looking for in a beer destination store. No ambience, just walls of beer. Encyclopedic American craft selection, the greatest hits in the imports alongside some rare gems (if I ever find some Vicaris or Thornbridge, it's a 5 for selection), reasonable prices -- but what puts it over the top is Freddy. He's a Chicago icon, in my book. If you ever wanted to "know a guy", and you're into beer, this is your store. Freddy knows the local players, he gets whatever he wants from his distributors, he gives local beer star billing, he responds to facebook messages and phone calls, he knows what you want before you ask for it, he's happy. He's a force of nature. Dealing with Freddy reminds me of Hot Doug down the street: Once he knows you, the prices are just a guide, and if you pay in cash...well, he appreciates it. He won me over. Anything is possible here.
08-09-2013 01:30:32 |
More by gregdafdxguy
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Capones beer selection is top notch. One of the best selections in the city, if you are looking for Pipeworks, Spiteful, Begyle, Half Acre, Revolution, and any other fine craft beers this is the place to come. They have stuff that is rare to find and the owner will even post on Facebook when the new stuff comes in. Having a nice spacious parking lot also helps! They have had beer events on it in the past and when you go to Capones you know you can get free parking, which is a big plus in a city like Chicago. The customer service is what tops this place over other beer stores that have great selections as well, the store is run by Freddy who is always more than happy to recommend a few brews is your having trouble picking some out. The store is always a must hit up spot for me and my friends when we are looking for good beers to share and pass around at our next gathering.
08-05-2013 17:53:34 |
More by Chiefilliniwek
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | $$
Great neighborhood liquor store in a dessert part of Chicago. Capones prices are competitive with some of the smaller local area liquor stores and they have a parking lot (which is rare) to boot. They have the best selection of local microbrews/craft beer in the city and promote as much locally as possible (don't know how many of the actual brewers I have run into that shop here and drop off their beers by hand).
Freddy, the owner, loves talking about beer and local beer especially. This is a destination stop for people trying to find local Chicago beer and Midwest beer. The European selection isn't fantastic but that's not why you go here. It's for the local stuff. Always ask about some of the harder to find local options. They might have some one hand or be able to direct you to a place to find it.
Been coming here for years and I have never had a problem with the service or quality. Great rotation on the selection and have never been disappointed. The only place I have ever been to that the customers are always bringing in their own personal beers from elsewhere in the country (had a Heady Topper here!) just to share. The customers also bring in their homebrews. Great community place that will continue to support the locals and the local brewers.
07-02-2013 23:27:33 |
More by awattysiu
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3 | $$
this place is one of the best bottle shops in the area. They have pretty much everything, no joke. Freddy, the owner, is making lots of friends with his distributors and the local guys, so he has tons of rarer things and access to lots of the best local stuff.
05-22-2013 04:43:22 |
More by GimmeGumballHead
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