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LCBO Store #217 - Queens Quay & Yonge
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$$ - reasonable
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55 Lake Shore Blvd E
, M5E 1A4
phone: (416) 864-6777
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vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 2 | selection: 1.5 | $$$
To understand my ratings on LCBO stores you need to understand that I'm comparing them against stores in other Canadian provinces and in the States. The LCBO as a concept can't hold a candle to privately run liquor and beer stores.
The one pro to buying at the LCBO is that in general for imported beer brands the pricing is quite good. That's because they're the biggest single alchohol purchaser in the world. A recent audit of this government run entity though shows that the LCBO doesn't know how to properly price its product. For now that means international import beer is well priced, in general, beer imported from the US is significantly more expensive than what you can get it south of the border.
Selection at LCBOs is dead poor but in recent years has been improving - still it is a travesty for Ontario beer lovers that this monopoly constricts our enjoyment of delicious beer.
This particular location gets a slight bump in selection relative to most other LCBOs because they tend to get more beers in (much larger location than most) and they tend to get new releases first as this is the store closest to headquarters. It has a long fridge section so you get a lot of colder beers than at other LCBO stores.
The staff know enough to tell you what beers they have in stock and they'll cheerily check the back for you if you need more quantity. I've been told that the beer manager is a beer enthusiast but I've never sought him out.
01-01-2012 23:24:58 |
More by PeerlessMark
quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Arrived here today expecting great things. I should have known better of course, this is just an LCBO afterall. Besides one or two tings, i wasn't blown away by the selection. Sure it has alot and plenty of the seasonals, (although not ALL of them at once, im sure they get them each spread out). Service was met with a bored but acceptable job. Seemed cramped and dirty, like its been run through by a million different people at any given time, and it has.
Overall I wouldnt make the trip again unless i know for certain a bunch of things I'd like to pick up are there.
10-30-2010 21:31:17 |
More by heebes
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Popped in here while grabbing my Central City order from the Freeland Street warehouse. It's no doubt the largest LCBO I've ever seen, with countless aisles of wine and spirits, a tasting center, and a sizable beer section in the back of the store. Lots of refrigerated craft beer and decent representation of local micros. There's several beers you can purchase here that are not available at most locations in the province. Service seems friendly enough as one of the employees helped me find the bathroom and pointed me toward the beer cooler. None of the LCBOs rival U.S. outlets, but this store and the Summerhill location are as good as it gets in Ontario.
08-21-2010 22:15:38 |
More by cratez
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | $$
This lakefront location of LCBO is easy to get to from the highway, much better than driving up Yonge traffic to Summerhill. But if you're staying in downtown Toronto I feel Summerhill is a better choice. The selection at both locations is somewhat meager, OK choices of Canadian beers at decent prices, but Summerhill seems to cast a somewhat wider net. The US beers are not well represented, what they do have is a bit overpriced. The Belgian and German choices are thin as well, albeit at competitive prices versus the USA. I'd like to see LCBO increase the depth of Candian beers in general, there are only 3 Unibroues represented for shit's sake.
09-19-2009 12:55:51 |
More by TurdFurgison
quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Cooper Street is a tight little place downtown that has a knowledgeable beer manager. Everything comes through here, beer and from what I understand everything, for a while. First place to go, if you can get here at the Southern point of downtown. Inventory on the lcbo.ca site is not very reliable, but ratehr an indicator. This and the Summerhill LCBO are your first places to go if a beer makes the LCBO system. You must be agile to reach and dive for stuff on the shelf, like shopping in a wholesale store.
03-15-2009 21:42:15 |
More by northyorksammy
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
This is one of the biggest LCBOs in Toronto. It might be the biggest.
The beer section is located in a corner of the store and consists of a large alcove of fridges and two rows of non-refrigerated beer. The selection is the best in the LCBO system because its located across the street from the main LCBO distribution center. All the good year round LCBO beers are here, Scotch Irish IPA, Anchor Liberty, Aventinus, Aecht Schenkerla Rauchbier, Czechvar, Brooklyn lager etc. etc. as well as the entire lineups of each LCBO seasonal release. The Harviestoun Old Engine Oil was especially enjoyed from this winter's release.
Prices are reasonable. On the cheap end you can get Czechvar for 2.50 CAD and Aventinus for 3.00 CAD. The seasonals are more expensive with Fuller's 07 Vintage Ale at 6.95 and St Ambroise Vintage Ales at 4.95 a bottle. The best beer available in Ontario, Scotch Irish IPA is always in stock and runs you 12.95 a six pack.
The services is pretty much non existent as the huge store is understaffed with non cashier personel. The people who you do find are generally ignorant of beer, with the exception of two or three of the beer section guys, who are very knowledgable and friendly.
This or the Summerhill LCBO is the best place in Ontario to get take home beer.
03-05-2008 04:22:10 |
More by CAMRAhardliner
quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | $
Latest vist was this past weekend, and I still don't understand what the fuss is with the LCBO Queen's Quay location. The aisles are cramped, and the selection is not that different to my local store (Summerhill). They do seem to get all the seasonals sent their way, but they are often cleared out by beer lovers as soon as they get on the shelves, and there is nothing there that I could not have picked up on release locally. I'll stick to Summerhill.
As for the service. I've never had any complaints. They're not beer people, and know very little about what's going on, so don't go with too many questions.
Pricing for LCBO products is excellent, and many bargains can be found.
01-16-2008 19:47:59 |
More by bobsy
quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
This is my favourite LCBO. I live in Niagara Falls, but I make trips to Toronto specifically to visit and stock up on Beer (usually spend between $90-$120). I do this because of the selection. The selection at this LCBO is the best that I've seen. The only one that could equal it's selection, would be the Rideau location in Ottawa.
They have a good selection of Ontario craft Beers, and other Canadian craft Beers. The selection of imports is impressive too, with the trappists, bocks, lambics, bottle conditioned from the U.K., etc
I have to say that in general, LCBO customer service is dispicable. However, at this location, I found someone who not only has knowledge of Beer, but is willing to discuss it with customers & help you find things.
05-21-2007 03:07:10 |
More by BrewSomerville
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quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
A decent LCBO but as always this is relative to what is offered in Ontario - take my grading with a grain of salt. Nice to see a wide selection of Ontario craft beer. The international choices left something to be desired - how many euro lagers do you really need. My other issue with the LCBO is why have all these cheap lagers not only in the fridge but the only beer you can buy singles of. Ontario has to get it together and allow consumers to buy singles of craft beer. Not sure if this is a volume, marketing, or some obscure bureaucratic decision but it sucks. Sure they offer mix six (or was it eight?) but who the hell cares when it's only good for the Faxe and Tuborgs of the world.
And of course there's the small issue of service - nothing says screw off I'm busy like an LCBO employee. Anyway this out of the way store is the best that I've seen in Toronto - is it because it's attached to the private orders offices? Heaven forbid you actually stock the stores that are in the neighbourhoods. Like the disaster of a store on Yonge and Wellesley - this place was a nightmare and actually smelt like my bottle recycling bin after sitting in the sun on a hot summers day.
Curses to the LCBO - I feel for my Ontario BA's.
02-21-2007 17:02:52 |
More by CBA
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Second best LCBO for beer behind Summerhill, although I prefer Cooper Street for new release beers, they always seem to have more in stock. Same for the Christmas release packages, Cooper Street is the place to hit. Big section in the back corner, most of it refrigerated, for beer. Lots of macro's, imports, and micro's. Fair selection of local micro's that are difficult to find. Definate stop for anyone visiting if you can't find what you're looking for at Summerhill, Cooper St. will probably have it. Especially visit here around Christmas.
08-25-2006 03:52:49 |
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LCBO Store #217 - Queens Quay & Yonge in Toronto, ON, Canada