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Binny's Beverage Depot - River North
$$ - reasonable
[ Store ]
213 W Grand Ave
phone: (312) 332-0012
(Place added by: AudioGilz)
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| Reviews: 41 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by zeff80:
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Popped in here for a short visit while driving to supper nearby. It was bigger than I expected when I saw it from the outside. Beer makes up the left hand wall of the store. There was a nice selection of beers that I can't find in Missouri - like Port, Dogfish Head, Allagash, Victory, Lost Abbey and locals like Half Acre and Flossmoor. Service seemed rather disinterested and I would like to have a large order of beer placed in a box not in plastic bags. What I have sampled so far from there has been good quality. It appears the IPAs are fresh and they move product pretty rapidly. I did not have a lot of time otherwise I would have spent more time and money in that store.
07-03-2011 19:55:53 |
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10-22-2013 20:31:17 |
More by Stevedore
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | $$
Selection here is great in terms of quantity and a couple of recent releases were still on the shelves but nothing overly rare or interesting was available when I stopped by. All the locals are represented well as well as many of the better out of state breweries.
The location is fantastic if you are staying in on or near North Michigan Ave.
07-23-2013 22:51:47 |
More by TheSevenDuffs
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 2.75 | selection: 4.75 | $$
Was in Chicago over the weekend, visited this place after hearing so much about it. Wow, never seen a selection this big. So many beers I have been searching for, (La Trappe Oak Aged Quads, Ten Fidy, EVERY Michigan beer), maybe im just used to the horrible selection living in Tennessee, but even in SE Michigan not many stores come close to the size and selection.
The Belgian aisle was very impressive, every single trappist that is available in the US, they had. Many rare belgians that I have only seen in Belgium as well.
The domestic aisles were also very large, and pretty well organized. I checked a lot of dates, and while assuming their is a high turnover here, didn't find anything expired (or even close), which is awesome.
Not much service, I was browsing for a solid hour and not one person came up to me to ask if I needed help, then again, this is how I would like it, I hate being bothered unless I ask for help, but others may see this as a negative.
Also, it's pretty cool they have parking given their location in River North. Next time im in Chicago, I will be back!
06-19-2013 01:06:54 |
More by Roman5150
vibe: 3 | quality: 1 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I stopped into Binny's during a trip to Chicago last week. I am from Denver and was excited to try some Midwest beer that is not available in my distribution area.
A-Looked like most of the Big Box LQ's I've been to. Clean and well stocked. Kind of warm inside a problem I will get to next.
Q-Here is where I have a big axe to grind. I picked up Central Waters IIPA, Founders Centennial IPA, Stone 10yr ruination (sold out fast at home) and a few lambics. I was a bit concerned buying hoppy beers that have been setting warm (real warm) on the self, but thought they would be ok.
I get back to the hotel and look at the Founders IPA, bottled 2/XX/12, five months old, hot for five months... Guess what they tasted like cooked vegetables and stale grass.... Ok so I grabbed a bad six, so I move on to the Central Waters IIPA. Did not notice a date, did notice the awful DMS from cooking on the shelf. Ok that sucks but I've a bomber that is only a few weeks old. Once again, trashed, total drain pour. I just wasted $35....great....
Selection was really nice, however I would never buy another beer from Binny's again. Hopefully the 12 bottles of Fruet they currently are baking don't completely fall apart too.
I am far from a complainer, the Founders IPA was my bad, I would have avoided a five month old IPA had I looked. But c'mon 3 for 3 is pretty bad. More than anything I would be furious if I was one of the brewers who beer Binny's is ruining then selling. What the hell is the point of making a quality product when the retailer is just going to destroy it so bud light can stay cold?
S-Pretty standard... nothing great nothing bad
S-Good, but sort of hard to respect a huge selection of wrecked beers.
V-Prices were good for the product in quality form, the product just was not in quality form.
O-Avoid, seriously, they don't have enough refrigeration or sense to crank the a/c if nothing else to preserve the beers they have rotting on the shelf. I would rather have a mediocre IIPA that had been cared for than Pliny from Binny's.
07-17-2012 04:56:13 |
More by MinorThreat
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Good atmosphere here.
Quality is on par with other Binny's.
Service is good, pretty much all Binny's have employee's eager to help.
Selection is real good, differs from other Binny's somewhat, for instance, I found like 15 Santa's Little Helper from Port Brewing here, and none at the Binny's by GI Clybourn. Also, I found 2 Black Cauldren from Grand Teton, none anywhere else.Nectar Ales Black xantus were about 10 deep here, also. And Dampf Loc from Local Option was here, haven't seen it anywhere before.
no food here.
Value-great if you hit their sales, good otherwise.
05-22-2012 15:25:02 |
More by stouts4me
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
I’m pretty impressed by the selection at this place. Not only did they have a whole corner of the store devoted to domestic craft brew, they also had a whole aisle of imports, and plenty of beers in the fridge. But they didn’t have KBS! (I was there the day it came out—but too late for any.) I spoke with some knowledgeable staff/beer geeks who had some good recommendations to visit during my stay in Chicago. And—since their excellent selection goes beyond beers—I ended up picking up some bourbon too!
05-04-2012 22:28:53 |
More by elNopalero
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Well for a first visit to Chicago Binny's does the trick. This store is laid out well and very organized. Selection is quite good for domestic craft consisting of some good Chicago selections, and a mix of some basic and some obscure. Three Floyds though flies off the shelf here. I grabbed a pack of their Pride and Joy, hesitated, but it back, then came back 10 minutes later to purchase it making my mind up and it was gone.
Staff here is also quite helpful. Prices seem reasonable as well. The staff went in the back to grab something that wasn't on the shelf for us too. Selection is also good for foreign with a large variety including lambic and gueze styles, however a colleague didn't like the German selection that much.
Still there is mug to enjoy here, ny only complaint is you can't break up the six packs and mix them up. I wish I could have, there was so much here I wanted to try.
09-02-2011 22:47:13 |
More by smakawhat
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
I had the Binny's in Lincoln Park on my list of places to go, but it turns out this Binny's was just a short walk from our hotel. So we went and checked it out to kill some time.
As you enter and walk down the ramp you can see this one focuses on the wine. Wine takes up most of the (small) space. The liquor is off to your right and the beer is far off to the left.
The selection is much smaller than that of the Lincoln Park location. It's also very cramped in a corner. The import section is small, but included brews from all over (BrewDog and Evil Twin stood out). The craft section is about four short rows of 6 packs and bombers. Craft breweries were well represented: Goose Island (including their soda), Half Acre (no Daisy Cutter), Metropolitan, Two Brothers, Floosmore, Victory, Boulevard, Tyranena, New Belgium, Great Lakes, New Holland (all the Hatter selections).
As I said, it was smaller than that of the Lincoln Park location, but there were some things this location had over the other one. I was disappointed to find no Daisy Cutter or Three Floyds. Service again wasn't bad. We were helped in the wine department more than the beer section.
07-01-2011 17:58:14 |
More by thain709
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
This location is very close to work, so it's easy for me. Good selection here, but I wish they had more chilled. Only a select few crafts make it to the fridge area... Unless you are looking for Hard Lemonade, Bud, etc you won't find much cold.
Actual building is pretty cramped and small. Not a big surprise I guess, considering it's River North. I kept bumping into people while navigating the aisles.
I was able to pick up some Flying Dog and Great Lakes when I was there. They accept credit cards, which is great since the liquor store near my place is cash only.
Not much else to say...standard-ish Binnys.
06-09-2011 02:13:19 |
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