LCBO Store #217 - Queens Quay & Yonge
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Ratings: 15 | Reviews: 15
3.45/5 rDev +3.3%
quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
This is my favourite LCBO. I live in Niagara Falls, but I make trips to Toronto specifically to visit and stock up on Beer (usually spend between $90-$120). I do this because of the selection. The selection at this LCBO is the best that I've seen. The only one that could equal it's selection, would be the Rideau location in Ottawa.
They have a good selection of Ontario craft Beers, and other Canadian craft Beers. The selection of imports is impressive too, with the trappists, bocks, lambics, bottle conditioned from the U.K., etc
I have to say that in general, LCBO customer service is dispicable. However, at this location, I found someone who not only has knowledge of Beer, but is willing to discuss it with customers & help you find things.
05-21-2007 03:07:10 | More by BrewSomerville
3.7/5 rDev +10.8%
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
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
3.85/5 rDev +15.3%
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Best selection in Toronto, although Summerhill is a close second. Definitely better service than most of the LCBOs -- there's actually an older gentleman at this place who seems to be genuinely interested in beer and know something about what's there and what's coming in.
You can get most Ontario microbrews here (with some notable exceptions), as well as a decent selection of Belgian and UK imports. A lot of Eastern European pilsners and lagers as well, although that's typical for Toronto. Whenever the LCBO has a seasonal release, this place seems to get the most stock of the new stuff.
Prices are typical LCBO -- standard for Ontario beers, jacked up a bit for imports.
My preferred beer store in Toronto.
03-26-2006 19:44:09 | More by crwills
3.35/5 rDev +0.3%
quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$
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
1.41/5 rDev -57.8%
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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LCBO Store #217 - Queens Quay & Yonge in Toronto, ON, Canada
82 out of 100 based on 15 user ratings.