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Colorado Liquor Mart

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

29 Ratings
Ratings: 29
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: n/a
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865 S Colorado Blvd
Denver, Colorado, 80246-8006
United States
phone: (303) 744-9500

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @coliquormart

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(Place added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-05-2005)
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Photo of hopfacebrew
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

I can't tell you how many times I drove past this place before I made it inside. Very accessible right off Colorado Blvd by King Soopers. It can be a bit tough to get into at the light due to the grocery store but easy if you take the next turn south on Colorado. For the size a pretty solid beer selection. Nice collection of bombers and singles. The guys who work there are extremely helpful. A couple are beer dorks just like me so it's easy to get stuck in there for a while. They have gone out of their way to help. If they get something rarer in they typically update the dry erase board up front to save time. Prices are in line with what you would expect elsewhere. Nice little shop.

Photo of waltonc
2.4/5  rDev -43.7%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 3 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3

Re-reviewing this as it's been a few years since my prior review. Unfortunately, CLM has gone down hill a bit. The service is hit-or-miss, with occasional situations where the employees are clearly uninformed about the beers they offer. For example, I was once encouraged by a CLM employee to purchase a "Great Divide La Folie." Selection is decent, though I personally find there to be too much emphasis on mediocre Colorado micros.

Overall, I find CLM to be a bland liquor store that probably would not exist if not for Colorado's protectionist laws designed to restrain competition.

I'd suggest avoiding CLM and steering toward one of my two favorite places - Mondo Vino and Mile High Wine & Spirits - instead. Great atmospheres, great service, and great selection.

Photo of Blizzle
4.71/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

First stop on my hunt through Denver for things i cannot get back home. Mom and pop feel which I like. I was almost immediately approached by a very helpful employee. He walked me through case by case with all of his recommendations which I lead him down my hop head ways. Make sure to ask whats behind the coolers and they will literally walk you into their stocked walk-in. Few things there that are not on the shelf. Was about to check out and remembered to ask about the infamous 120 min. This guy cracks the biggest smile and reveals that they received some just the day before. I asked why he did not mention that on my tour of beers and he replied "For those who know only". This place immediately earned my respect with that. Limit was 1 bottle per customer, but I walked out the door with a smile on my face and will make sure to come back every visit to Denver.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Stopped in here on my trip to Denver trying to get some beers to send home.

This place has a small mom and pop feel to it with a good selection on various alcoholic beverages. The cashier was very helpful and we talked for a few minutes about shipping beer back home.

They have a very good selection of a wide variety of styles and breweries and everything was fresh. I was able to pick up a few Sam Adams Barrel Room beers, some Ska, DFH WWS, etc. to send home.

I was also able to get a few loose 12 oz. beers from their mixed 6 section (bonus points) that I didn't want to get an entire 6 pack of.

Prices are reasonable for the beers that I saw.

Overall, this is one of 2 beer stores I actually visited (the other was Argonaut) and this one is the better store in my opinion.

Photo of corby112
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

This is basically a decent sized liquor store that has a nice beer section in the back right corner of the store. Five or six coolers of bombers, a walk in cooler of other harder to find beers and a decent selection of local four and six packs.

The guys who worked there were very helpful, answering all of my annoying questions.

The selection is decent but nothing is available room temp. Not that big of a deal but would have been nice. Good selection of Boulevard Smokestack Series, Odells, Avery, Uinta 750s(!), as well as some Belgians(Hannssens Oude Kriek), Japanese and German beers. I was able to find a Woodcut #3 for $20.99 which was a very nice find.

Overall a pretty cool place. Small but good selection. Nothing too rare but a nice selection for someone from out of town.

Photo of Sammy
3.55/5  rDev -16.7%

A decent beer store in most cities I have ever visited, though abit disapointing for a city the size of Denver. Still, likely 300 or more beers to choose from. The best selection were the Sam adams new series. Mixed six packs, and the availability of some Russian Rivers and several Port Brewing/Lot abbey were pluses. Decent though not exceptional Belgians and import selection. Not much in service. The best is their good selection of smaller Colorado breweries. Prices were a bit higher than expected for a bottle store.

Photo of codewarrior
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%

I was turned onto Colorado Liquor Mart by an employee at a rival Denver Liquor store. Particularly I was sent there because they supposedly had Black Albert in their walk-in bomber cooler, and Black Albert is supposedly one of the best stouts in the world. They did, and it is.

Q: The frontage at the Colorado Liquor Mart isn't much to look at. A smallish (by Denver standards) stucco cube island sitting on a massive parking lot off S. Colorado Boulevard. Upon walking in, you run first into their walk-in champers and white-wine cooler, and then ... 5 doors of bombers. While everything about this liquor store is stuck in the 1970s, one thing bumps them up into a 3.5. The day before my first trip here, they got in 3 cases of Pliny the Elder. They had a sign on the bomber door holding russian river's Barrel-aged beers "Pliny at the front counter." Upon inquiring, the beer guys told me there was a limit of 3 (500 mL) bottles per customer, no exceptions. They imposed this rule themselves, in response to customers poaching cases of Pliny the Elder at a time, and putting them up on eBay, and expressed disgust for other liquor stores who did not impose limits, and more disgust for liquor store employees who raid their selections. A good first impression, I'd say.

S: The beer guys here are excited about beer, and knowledgeable. When I asked to see the walk-in cooler, I was given a guided tour of the thing -- which was a true pleasure -- replete with personal anecdotes about particular beers (a particularly rare barrel-aged high-gravity great divide that he had on cask that one time at Falling Rock, etc.). Every recommended beer has been phenomenal (e.g. Oude Kriek spontaniously fermented lambic), and every beer I purchased in the face of a warning has been a disappointment (Sarafijn Donker).

S: The bomber-doors are amazing here, they have a good supply of domestic craft (Russian River, Avery, Boulevard, Port, Stone, North Coast, etc.) including rareities (had Saison du Buff from each of Dogfish, Stone AND Victory ... in stock) and a great selection of imports as well (several BrewDog experiments, Belgians for days). The real gem here is the swalk-in cooler (behind the doors) ... good lord. 5 - 10 amazing spontaneously fermented lambics, black albert, a goodly amount of Shelton Brothers imports, and a hell of a lot more. I mostly care about bombers, but they lose points for having a poor 6-pack selection ... really poor. Only 3 doors of craft 4 and 6-packs, lacking some fairly regularly available locals. All-the-same, their 6-packs are overpriced, so it's no tremendous loss that they lack them.

V: 6-packs here are $1 - $2 more expensive than at Argonaut on Colfax, bombers are similarly priced, however, and the selection is amazing. Not an every-day liquor store, for this reason, but worth a trip every month or 2 to stock up on tasty-tasty belgians, and rare domestics.

Photo of Conk
3.3/5  rDev -22.5%

I was a huge fan of this place because of their great beer selection and helpful Andre until I leaned on them in my time of need and the let me fall flat. I special ordered two different products for a party and the management completely dropped the ball and did not order the first item while they ordered and sold the second yet most important item. When we arrived to pickup our order they had nothing of our $300 order and not only didn't offer to make any calls to help us find what we needed, but they offered no appology. Super disappointed.

I guess it's just another liquor store, if you keep that in mind your experience will be alright, but if you are looking for professionalism or service, you might be better off lowering your expectations altogether if you stop here. I have been using this liquor store weekly to buy beer and booze for reviews on my Denver Bartender Examiner blog and was gladly telling everyone about Colorado Liquor Mart, but now I fear that they will also let others down.

Final Words: great beer selection, severely lacking in persoanized service. If you want something they don't carry, go elsewhere , DON'T special order from Colorado Liquor Mart!

Photo of karlbronson
5/5  rDev +17.4%

CO Liquor Mart is great. As the review below mentions, Andre is awesome. He knows his stuff and is more than a valuable resource. The only thing to mention about CO Liquor Mart, is the crown jewels aren't always visible to the general customer population. Given the 1,000s of cars/people that go by there daily, this is probably a good thing. They in essence allocate the really limited stuff for their regulars. I appreciate this as it helps my chances of getting some.

The entire staff is friendly and helpful. They also have a great selection of high end bourbons.

AAA+++

Photo of GilGarp
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%

I had some spare time yesterday and I was in the area so I decided to stop by and see what Colorado Liquor Mart is all about.

From the street, you would never guess the treasures that lie within. It's a white cinderblock building amongst many more flashy car dealerships and mega chain stores on this stretch of road.

Once inside, I was greeted, almost immediately, and asked if I needed help. This came as a total surprise as most liquor stores around here don't seem to know what customer service is. So I thanked him but said I was just looking around.

A very nice selection of American craft beers and a large number of imports, especially Belgians. Prices seemed very reasonable with many things on sale including all of their Christmas specialty beers.

I noticed that they had a walk-in cooler with a sign that says something like 'ask for assistance.' I found the guy that offered to help earlier and asked if I could go in. What followed was easily some of the best service I've ever had in a liquor store. Andre walked me through the cooler, pointing out and describing almost every bottle in intimate detail. His knowledge and easy-going personality made him a pleasure to talk with. We left the cooler and he continued to point out the unique and interesting beers as we walked down the row of cooler doors.

Needless to say, despite all of the great offerings this place has, the thing that stands out is the customer service. If I could give it a 10 out of 5, I would!

Photo of 11thFloorBrewing
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%

I have at least 6 liquor stores within 5 miles of home, but when I say let's go to The Beer Store this is the place. They pack a lot of variety into a relatively small space and being right next to a grocery store is a nice perk. This is where I go for all of my singles, bombers, 750s, etc. I've been able to pick up quite a few of the more rare beers here without a problem (La Folie, O'Dell Woodcut series, Avery Brabant) and they check the back for anything I don't see on the shelf. Lots of staff and they're very helpful. Not all of them know their beer, but there's always at least one person who does. I manage to see the same guy almost every time I'm in and we talk beer although he's more of a wine drinker. That kind of effort to connect with your customer and get feedback on new products goes a long way. They have a pretty big wine and liquor selection too including Redstone meads and Leopold Brothers liquors, but you didn't come here for that!

Photo of thirdeye11
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%

I really love this place. I fear that because one particular store on BA did SO well it will be hard for other places to score as highly because it was just that good. I won't mention it here but suffice to say this is a GREAT place to get some beer in Denver.

This place advertises 700+ beers on their front window and it was easy to get to.

Quality: What they have is pretty awesome. I like the fact that the first coolers you come to are craft beer, Belgians, and rares. The BMC stuff is kept at the very back coolers. This is obviously a beer lover's shop. Not a huge place, but again the quality is there.

Service: I was approached quickly, helped efficiently, shown to the back when I admitted I was a beer nerd, and allowed to buy as much rare beer as they had and I wanted. I wouldn't have minded a bit more help or talking about the beer more, but it was very solid service and fast.

Selection: Again, because I've seen how truly exceptional a beer store can be, this one rates very well but not the best I have seen. It by far beats most stuff in Dallas, but for a Denver store I think they could have more. All the stuff I wanted though they had. Lost Abbey, Russian River, Pliny the Elder less than 4 weeks old, Boulevard Saison Brett, Deschutes Mirror Mirror, tons of Belgians. A great selection for sure.

Value: No discount mentioned or given for BA's which immediately for me knocks it up a notch, but it wasn't outrageous. I just think some of the items were priced maybe a bit higher than they should have been. I would shop here again though, but probably would have spent more if the prices were lower.

Photo of bonsreeb85
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%

I was unaware that this place existed until I was told about it by a fellow BA member. I decided to take a short trip to check it out, and was surprised that this place had been previously under my radar.

While the store isn't all that huge, and there weren't that many really good bargains price-wise, the staff is quite helpful and very friendly.

As i said, it's not that large of a store, but the selection of beer is pretty decent. There are definately some gems, and if you are lucky, you may even get taken to the back cooler and shown some of their private stock of rarities that apparently only get shown to those who truly care about good beer.

The best part is the build your own sixers of micro and imports. They constantly rotate the stock of singles, so there is always a good selection of seasonals and limited releases to choose from.

All of the staple micro-brewerys are represented as well as some hard to find ones. THe belgium section is very respectable, as well as the bomber/specialty beer section.

Everything is very well organized by region, and the cooler is rather large, so with a few exceptions, most of the beer on hand can be purchased cold.

All in all a good place to check out if you do not have to drive to far.

Photo of Rayek
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

I decided to swing by here after reading the other positive BA reviews. It's nice that the Denver area has so many good stores. This is yet another one of them.

First off, this store has one big plus: almost all the beers are in the beer cooler. There were a handful of bottles (maybe two dozen) of beers on clearance that were out on the floor. Everything else was cold.

This isn't that large of a store, but selection is still quite good. I found a couple of harder to find brews in Pliny the Elder and Jenlain, but there were also some notable absences. But overall, selection was better than many stores I've been in recently.

Service was great. I was asked multiple times if I needed any help finding things and checkout was quick. Prices are on par with other stores in the area. It would have been nice to see a few more beers on sale, however.

All in all, this is a really nice store that is worth a revisit next time I'm in its part of town.

Photo of diabecktic
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%

Let's put it this way - I'm in Denver for an internship and I've already christened Colorado Liquor Mart as "my" liquor store. The location is incredibly convienent, as it's right near a King Soopers and the south-bound bus stop for RTD Route 40. The area isn't too bad either; this was a major concern, since there are plenty of liquor stores in the Denver area that are in some rather shady areas. The staff are very friendly and definately helpful (if you need it, that is). Beer and liquor prices don't seem to be too bad, however I'm not sure how much of this is due to differences in taxes between Colorado and Illinois. They usually have a great "beer-of-the-month" special; these beers are usually located near their wines towards the front of the store. The one thing that I truly like about this store is their "make-your-own-6-pack" deal. Being from out of town, I wanted to sample a number of local beers that I may not get to try back home. This deal allows me to get a good selection with each haul without having to buy a 6-pack of one type. The price isn't too bad considering that you get to choose from a wide variety of local/specialty brews. I would definately recommend this place to anyone who is in the area. If you're looking for something, they probably have it (this store has one of the most immense selections that I've seen to date) and if you don't know what you're looking for, someone will surely help you.

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.87/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

This place is located just beside a King Sooper's market and the parking is dangerous. Watch out for the big bump coming into the parking lot. Ouch!
I think they're only open until 10pm on weekdays, not good considering its size and location.
Once inside the options grow. Nice selection of wine, a walk in wine cooler, and some decent spirit selections. But let's get to the beer.
Many micros in sixers. Most from Western regions. Only two doors of singles, but looks as though they are they due to breakage, and no rhyme or reason to the selection. No discount on mixing a sixer w/ singles.
Stacks of macros. About 30 doors total for beer. Service is above average. Nice place if you live in the area, but with Argonaught, Davidsons, and even Bonnie Brae, this selection isn't worth a long drive.

Photo of biking4beer
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

I'll start with WOW. I had been to this place once before when I was a little less versed in all the beers out there. I didn't take much note then. I decided on a whim to swing by again, and I was blown away buy all the beers they had.

It's no Davidson's or other super store, but if you are in Denver proper, this place is probably hard to beat in terms of selection. It probably comes close to rivaling Davidson's. I can't believe it took me so long.

The store employees were friendly. I don't know if they have much in depth knowledge of craft beer, but the two I talked have had the 120 Minute I bought. However, they had not had the Samael's.

The prices seem reasonable. My 12 oz bottle of 120 minute was 7 or 8.99. From what I can tell, that is much cheaper than what some people pay for the stuff. The other prices I noted definitely were cheaper than some of the other places in town I frequent.

For the size of this place, they have a great selection. Several beers that I've been trying to locate elsewhere.

Photo of bleeng
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%

I was in Denver last week and expected to do major beer hunting-unfortunately the snowstorm put that idea to rest. But fortunately my hotel was just down the street from Colorado Liquor Mart. I had a decent sized list of beers I was hunting down, all the while knowing that I could only buy as many as I could fit into my large suitcase-approx. 15-20.
I went in around 1pm and starting looking and asked specifically about the Oaked Arrogant Bastard. I spoke to Bill and he was as helpful as any employee in a liquor store as I've ever run across. I practically got a tour of the place! I managed to pick up a few favorites but no OAB. "Hey, no problem" said Bill. "We have a truck coming in around 3 and it will have two cases-come back then". I went back around 5 and picked up a sixer, plus some Thelonious and a few more that came on the truck.

They had a great selection of Xmas ales and quite a few Belgiums that you don't see often. This would definitely be my first stop for beer if I lived in Denver.

Photo of jsimon816
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%

My local liquor store which which covers all bases. They have a great single serve door with many items you only see at the big guys. My growing appreciation towards crafts & belgiums can be accredited to this package and this store. They also feature about 6 doors of crafts and another 4 towards imports in 6pk & 12pk's. Large selection of Colorado micros & regional brewers. Large bright cooler doors make it easy to shop. If you live or work in the area this is the only store you'll need. Competitive pricing with the larger stores and has a great selection of wines from around the world.

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Colorado Liquor Mart in Denver, CO
94 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.