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944 Patricia Avenue
phone: (727) 734-3068
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vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Best bottle shop in the Tampa/St. Pete/Clearwater area. Great selection of singles and tons of bombers. Total wine probably has more singles, but Luekens has better and harder to find singles, and definitely a much larger selection of bombers. Plus, the price is significantly lower that Total Wine. Definitely the place to go, albeit fairly out of the way for most people.
Side note: the Luekens in Dunedin is far superior to the one in Clearwater on Rt 19. That one has a much smaller selection. If your doing to Luekens, go to the original in Dunedin.
03-02-2012 20:53:09 |
More by zac16125
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Stopped in here on my lastnight in Clearwater. I called looking for Marshall Z by CCB. The guy over the phone was very helpful, so I decide to head over. They have a lot of craft beer! Plenty of selections to chose from. Bottles maybe a little dust but that didnt scare me. I ended up finding over 5 cases of Marshall Z. I couldnt find this stuff any where in FL. and here it all was! I had a worker walk past me twice with out asking me if I need help. That was my only negative about this place. Overall a well worth stop if your in the area.
01-26-2012 19:03:00 |
More by RTrain12
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
I frequent Dunedin fairly often but never heard of this place until the HOB Beer Fest where these guys had a tent. I talked to the guy in the tent (the owner perhaps?) and mentioned a few beers that caught my attention so after the event my friend and I went there.
The place looks better than the standard liquor store, the beer is found at the back. The selection was pretty good, not Total Wine good but good enough. What made this place stand out for me were some hidden gems such as CCB's Marshal Zuhkovs (which is a seasonal release and not longer brewed this year so I picked two bottles up) and Souther Tier Creme de Brulee (which is a bit hard to find down here).
I'll will definitely be sure to stop by this place more often and see what they have in store.
09-27-2011 15:56:39 |
More by olimpia84
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Well this one shocked the hell out of me. When I first walked in I went to the left an into the back this was a bad mistake. All I found were some Sam Adams six packs and whole lot of ciders. After wandering aimlessly for a bit I thought to myself that was it ? I went all the way to the right of the store and found some fridges in the back and jackpot. Many different beers some I've never heard of or seen before. Finally someone who carries St. Somewhere. Many different Cigar city beers that most other stores did not have like their papaya IPA. So I grabbed that and Lectio Divine and Pays du soliel. Not too much help around the store just cashiers up front asking if I found everything ok. Which is still a step up from some stores in PA. Anyway very nice to find a place with such a good selection so close to home.
09-04-2011 15:49:37 |
More by TheFightfan1
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
On my recent trip to Tampa I visited two places for beer, Total Wine and Leuken's. Leuken's offered the better selection.
Tucked away in the back right corner is the beer. At first I only saw a single 4' wire shelf with what seemed like close-out beers on it. They were marked down, and seemed to be winter seasonals (in August). All of the beers would have held up though, and I thought about picking up a few. Then I realized there were more around to the right. I was looking for local beers and was a little bit disappointed to find that they were mainly Belgian, German, and English imports. Some good stuff though, and I thought about buying a few, but with shipping I decided that it wasn't worth it.
And then I realized that the coolers along the back wall held more beer, and that halfway down the six-packs turned to single bottles! Oh boy! Again, however, I found imports. There were quite a few that I've never had before, and I thought I'd have to get at least something to ship back home. But wait, there they were, beers from Dunedin, Cigar City(!), and even some from Florida Brewing. There must have been 16' of single bottles in all, and probably just as much for six-packs. Still, there was nothing really special. I'd seen all of the seasonal Cigar City beers at Total Wines. Or had I...?
To the left there were more shelves of beer, and, lo and behold, the specialties I'd been looking for!!! They even have a "vintage" beer section (although most of that was what I'd consider just 'old' beer - everything else I checked was in code). But I found many more interesting items here that Total Wines didn't have. And the elusive Cigar City 110K + OT that I so desperately wanted to try.
As for other beers, there was a pretty good representation of outside states (I grabbed some Terrapin), and there were even beers from the north that I found a little bit odd (Erie Brewing, for example, is barely found in Philadelphia, PA - ?). The imports were well represented as well, and I found the prices to be quite good. There was no gouging going on!
I also looked at the wine and liquor, and made the same observations. Nice selection of rums and tequilas, to be sure, but then again, I guess that's what they really sell in that neck of the woods.
I didn't need service, and I didn't encounter anyone, but I was greeted with a smile, and service was quick at check-out. My impression was that this was a very friendly, almost neighborhood kind of place where they'd get to know you and remember what you liked and wanted.
So, although it didn't knock my socks off as far as beer stores go, it certainly beat Total Wine for selection. The trade off is that it's a bit dingy. Hmmmm? I'll take better selection :)
09-07-2009 19:48:39 |
More by NeroFiddled
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Wow. I was very surprised. I had heard mixed reviews about this place, and when I walked in I saw 3/4 of the elderly population of Dunedin buying vodka in bulk (weird), but in the back is the beer.
Damn! They have a few seasonal finds, lots of Terrapin, Bell's, Brooklyn, Belgians, Stone, Christmas Beers, Sour Beers, Jolly Pumpkin, etc. I was thoroughly impressed. They even had a vintage beer section (mostly picked through), but they had a lot of beers unavailable outside of bars in the Tampa area. The closest thing to Knightly Spirits in Tampa, with a beer section about as big- but more focus on American Micros. Prices are, for the most part, very reasonable. I will be back.
02-01-2009 16:10:06 |
More by markwise
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $
A pretty good beer (and wine) store in the town I grew up, who woulda thunk it? Living in the PA/Philly area I have access to most of the available beer here but the prices are almost universally 20-40% less than what I pay (thank you PA & the 3 tier system) I did get to have some Terrapin that's not available here.
Arrangement is a little unorganized so that I took a little longer checking things out. I didn't need help but was asked if I did.
There are many American micros, lots of German and a pretty fair selection of Belgian beer. I bought a Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor 750 ml for $8.99 where a small bottle of it cost at least $6.00 in area bottle shops. It was nice to see $4+ bombers too, you don't see that in Philly. Where I could tell, the beer seemed pretty fresh except for their shelf of "aged" selections which was another surprise. If you're in the area and looking for a pretty good selection at, to me, a good price Luekens is worth a stop.
01-03-2009 19:03:58 |
More by meatyard
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Enormous liquor store with a sizeable beer selection. This is the kind of place you could wander around and find all kinds of oddball beers that you weren't expecting. Wide and varied selection of imports, domestics and locals. They seem to run a lot of sales but the regular prices weren't bad either. Lots of singles which is always a plus in my book. Looked like there was good turnover as everything was fresh.
Service was friendly and the place is open late.
Fun place with some nice surprises. Wish I had a place like this in my town.
09-10-2008 21:25:34 |
More by ViveLaChouffe
quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
Had some friends in town from Denmark so I took them over to Dunedin to try some beers. Since it was around 3 and Dunedin doesn't open till 4 we headed over to Luekens.
It is located just off 580 on the corner where a KFC sits. It's right next to a budget grocery store...Save a Lot I think.
The selection was pretty impressive. I found 3 beers I'd never had...a Belgian Bock and a Scottish Ale. That doesn't happen for me often in the Bay Area. The beers are shelved randomly and the arrangement doesn't make a whole lot of sense, but search around and you'll find some gems.
Most 12 ozer are not availible as singles, but they carry a large selection of bombers and 750's and the selection runs the gambit from imports to micros.
I'd say it is definitely worth a stop if you are in the area. I was impressed with the sheer size of the place...on par with the cavernous Total Wines and More in Tampa.
04-06-2006 23:47:28 |
More by Jredner
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
A great stop over while Vacationing each year in Dunedin. Located in a strip center at the corner of Main Street and Patricia Avenue, this store is larger and higher quality than it appears from the outside. Of course they have all of the run-of-the-mill stuff that all liquer stores have. But here I found Dogfish Head beers up to 90 min IPA, Beilzibub, Samiclaus, Unibroue, Chimay, and quite a few others within this range. Not only this, but they often have beers on sale that are not past their expiration date. If they were, these beers can handle it. I also found local beers from the Dunedin Brewery and Ybor. Their same beer philosopy carries over to their liquer and wine seleciton. The help is quite helpful. They have no other reasons for visiting, but these few are worth it.
08-23-2005 17:40:37 |
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Luekens Big Town Liquors in Dunedin, FL