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Dobby's World Wide Liquors & Wine
$$ - reasonable
[ Store ]
15 S Brockway St
phone: (847) 359-0400
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(Place added by: GoCubsMatt)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 18
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
2011: Some recent renovations have opened up the beer area for case displays on the floor, and they got rid of the little corner nook of imports. Now the imports and craft singles/bombers/750s are all along the long front wall. There are windows high above, hopefully no light hits the beer.
Expanded import selection, including Fantome, De Ranke, Mikkeller, Nøgne, and more. Boulevard 4 packs and variety packs on one side of the case displays. Staff was friendly and greeted everyone walking in. The popcorn and suit of armor are still there, doubt they'd ever get rid of those. It was great to see lots of craft beer on sale, which covered a wide variety of crafts (JP, Bruery, and more) and imports ($15 Duvel Triple Hop). A solid option for beer, with Bauer's, Emmett's, and Durty Nellies also nearby.
Dobby's is worth a stop if you're in the area. Occasionally they have sales on craft and imports. When I stopped in, a case of Warsteiner was $10.99. Beer section is on the left-hand side of the store...once you swing past the suit of armor and around the checkout gauntlet.
Selection is good, their strong suit being american craft beer. Victory, GLBC, Goose Island reserve line (even singles of these), Avery bombers, Lakefront, DFH, 3F, Left Hand (limited releases), and others. Fall seasonals such as Nosferatu and Kaiser were around, which was nice to see. German and euro import selection is decent, and a few Belgians as well. German and Euro imports are in an odd little alcove, directly left and around the corner from the registers. Noticed a couple Belgian gift-packs with glassware, which was cool. In the coolers, there is a modest selection of import singles, and a walk-in case area around the doorway.
Apparently the selection of wine is decent and well-priced also, according to a family member of mine. Recently dropped by on a saturday afternoon, and there was a beer tasting going on. It felt kinda like an old boys club though. Rodenbach was the "nasty sour one" according to the group. Oh, and there's free popcorn...
Who remembers the giant bottles of Hopf Weißer Bock?
05-08-2011 23:05:39 |
More by emerge077
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 5 | $$
2012: After dozens of visits over the last few years, I retract the bit about ugly attitudes in my review. The staff has been helpful and friendly for years. I often find beers on sale, making this a good place to shop against Binnys.
2005: My parents live nearby and I stop at Dobby's every single time I visit. The selection is completely good. There are the major Belgians, some obscure Belgians, many American micros, and God knows what else.
My only problem is I've never seen a polite employee. I mean it, they are miserable. This is based on maybe 6 total visits, with 6 intolerable people at check-out.
But if you're in Palatine you must stop here to get your beer. Just close your eyes to the ugly attitudes (don't try for small talk either).
07-17-2005 16:02:07 |
More by TurdFurgison
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Bigger liquor store on a busy corner. It is kind of barren inside though. Much of the beer singles selection has been picked over. Yet there are still some ofests and stuff still out in big displays.
One other customer in there was displeasure at some of the prices and I tend to agree. There is a lot of expensive stuff in this place. The employee blamed it on the distributors and breweries but a lot of the stuff I have indeed seen cheaper elsewhere. The selection is decent, nothing mindblowing. Some beer in the coolers. Even hard arnold palmer if your into that.
It is okay if you are in the area.
11-12-2011 17:27:37 |
More by crossovert
quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $
The parking lot in front looks like a pay lot from the street but when you turn the corner the rows closest to the store are free. When you walk in you have to snake around to your right then to your left to get to the beer. I was not expecting much but was pleasantly surprised. They had new releases of Dogfish Head and Three Floyds along with a big pile of fat tire. The beer section is kind of scattered around. If you are looking out the front window you have a little nock of imperial pint singles from Germany and the Eastern Europe, which is a pretty good selection. Then in front of you two rows of 12 oz singles for mix-a-sixer. They had some interesting craft beers that I wanted to try but didn't what to buy a whole 6-pack only to be let down. On the other side of the isle they have Adjunct lagers to add to your 6-pack.
The last row in that section had the big bottles including a 3L German Bock that was pretty impressive. They had some good Belgian selections also. The next section tucked back to your left is the 6-packs, cases and about 6 cooler doors of beer. They had a good selection and it wasn't really dominated by BMC like I was expecting.
They had hand written labels give specials and sales which was nice and the prices were pretty good. I had two different clerks stop and ask if I need help on their way to the backroom so that was nice.
Some of the bottles were a bit dusty so that made me a little worried but it looks like they get a good turnover of stock on the popular craft beers. If I'm ever out this way again I will definitely stop to see what deals they have that I can't resist. After you pay you have to snake around to the exit and there is a popcorn popper making popcorn right there. Im not sure if this is for sale or for free?
05-01-2006 21:00:24 |
More by rhoadsrage
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
After suffering a few failures at other area stores (damn places not having things I want...I can't shake my fist hard enough!), I decided to seek this place out. I'm glad I did. To the left of all the other boozy goodness is a decently-sized beer section, featuring a very fine selection of world-wide crafty goodness. Hey, check that out: the name holds true! Heyuck (y'know, the noise Goofy makes...)! Along with the usual suspects, there were also occasional elsuives (at the time, some SA Chocolate Bock and a couple o' Belgian gift packs). There was also a small aisle of singles, but not as many as I would like (though the bomber selection is pretty damn nice). Most of the beers are stored warm, but there are a handful of coolers in the back as well. In addition, near the entrance is a shelf with some nie glassware. The service was pretty quiet, but was quick to help when I approached them. (It was pretty early in the day, after all.) The pricing depended on the beer, with some cheaper than elsewhere, some more expensive, and some about the same, without any rhyme or reason. Best of all, they offer some free popcorn near the door. Score! Go grab some 'corn, baby!
06-07-2010 08:22:33 |
More by TMoney2591
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
What have I been missing? This place carries an absolute wonderful selection of microbrews. Ironically, I've been coming here for years for wine and have never bothered to partake in their beer section (as it is kind of hidden from the rest of the store). However, while the beer section is small in comparison to the rest of the store, they offer an impressive selection of import and craft beers with a lot of what they carry being single releases or the "lesser known" offerings. Apparently, the way they're able to do this is by only offering a few six packs or a case or two of each beer.
Offerings include FFF (including Apocalypse Cow), SN Southern Hemisphere, New Holland, Tyrenea, Crooked Tree (they had double crooked tree, but were sold out), and many others. Check out their website for what is available.
Not all of the staff is entirely knowledgeable, but they'll point you to the staff member who is.
06-29-2009 01:10:36 |
More by Florida9
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
A bit of a sleeper, it looks like a traditional macro and liquor store from the outside and even a bit like one when you first walk in, that is if you don't take into account the knight in shining armor when you first walk in the door. Smells like an old bowling alley and looks like one two but it gives it some charm.
Much better selection than Binnys plus a mix a six section that makes it even more worthwhile. Lots of Imports and domestic micros to choose from a lot from # floyds, they had cases of Dreadnaught which Binnys is lacking. Really a place to go and seek out, friendly service and great and relativly cheap selection of beers. I will be making a trip out here again soon.
07-20-2008 01:02:49 |
More by bluemoonswoon
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
I can thank TMoney2591 for taking me here a couple of times. Before that I was unaware of it's existence.
This place looks like a traditional dirty liquor store from the outside. When entered is where the quality can be seen. I would probably say in this relatively small store 1/3 of the floor space is devoted to beer. The people who work there are very nice and friendly and know pretty well everything in stock. The selection at the store is the key. They have most everything that you can get at a Binny's in the area, but then there are some little extras. You can get singles of some bottles and create your own six-pack. There are some lesser seen Belgian beers. Some of the local craft brews that are hit or miss at other places are usually a hit here. If you're looking for the cheap stuff too, they got that in spades in the back (more so than at any Binny's I've been too). Overall a pretty nice place.
10-04-2010 15:50:57 |
More by Vdubb86
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
I love this place! Close to my house and full of goodies. They have a couple nice rows full of American craft brews (Three Floyds, Great Lakes, Goose Island, Two Brothers, Great Divide, Boulder Brewing, Founders, Arcadia, Left Hand, DFH, Rogue, and many others). They also have a good selection of bombers and limited release seasonals. They also have a whole other section of 12oz mix-a-six singles that you gotta love! The Belgium selection is very nice as well with the usuals and a decent selection of gueze/lambics. They have another whole section dedicated to European and German brews that is really nice as well. The service is awesome as there is always workers around and I'm always greeted when I walk in the store. I really like this place a lot and I'm really glad it's in my town!
03-28-2008 17:38:31 |
More by younger35
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
This is another beer gem here in the NW suburbs. I'm sure many beer geeks have driven past and thought nothing of this place, but you would be surprised. Friendly staff that are more than willing to help you find something.
They have a nice small singles selection. Good craft beer and import section. There were a few beers that were already sold out at local competitors, so either the beer guy here knows what hard-core beer geeks want or many people just dismiss this place.
If you are in the neighborhood, just down the street from Dirty Nellies (Palatine), this is worth stopping in.
SOLID BEER STORE, GIVE IT A GO!
04-28-2011 15:46:20 |
More by BeerLover99
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