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LCBO Store #217 - Queens Quay & Yonge
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$$ - reasonable
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55 Lake Shore Blvd E
, M5E 1A4
phone: (416) 864-6777
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| Reviews: 15
quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$
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
British Indian Ocean Territory
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: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5
I was able to convince the wife to stop here on our way out of town during our all-too-brief visit to Toronto. Thankfully, this place had a dedicated parking lot we could swing into, rather than try to find a scarce parking space.
Huge selection of all sorts of alcohol, including a vast wine section and assorted liquor, with a small focus on beers. Decent selection of refrigerated beers, most available in singles. Always nice when you don't want a 6- or 12-pack of something you've never had before. Room temperature beers are stacked on shelves and on displays, though I will echo the sentiments of a previous review on the issue of "keep refrigerated" beers being stored at room temperature.
Some nice local offerings were purchased, as well as a few from across the pond that I can't get in Richmond.
Prices, when you take into account the 28% discount, weren't too bad.
Service was lacking. I stood in the refrigerated section for at least 10 minutes while a frantic employee unloaded cases of beer and stuffed them into the cooler, passing me many times without so much as a greeting or a "can I help you find something?"
Despite the small selection, it's always nice to be able to visit another town (in this case, another town in another country) and find a decent beer store to stock up on those local brews otherwise unavailable to me.
07-23-2004 16:40:05 |
More by OldFrothingSlosh
quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | $$$
Well, let's just say right off the bat - finding good beer in this part of Canada isn't the easiest or cheapest thing to do.
This place had a decent selection, but nothing to write home about at all. Tons of Canadian micro's (which I was totally burnt out on by the time I got here) and a few selected American imports.
Funny thing was PBR and Schlitz were like $8 CAN a sixer, while a bomber of Anchor Steam or Liberty only set you back $3. You do the math.
Service wasn't as bad as some other reviewers found but surely not cordial.
I walked away with two bombers of Anchor and a fresh six-pack of La fin du Monde. And didn't think about coming back for more.
07-01-2005 18:53:19 |
More by GreenWBush
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
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