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Colorado Liquor Mart

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

26 Ratings
Ratings: 26
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 12.53%
$$ - reasonable
[ Store ]

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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karlbronson

Colorado

5/5  rDev +18.2%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$$$

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+++

03-15-2010 13:48:22 | More by karlbronson
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Cavity_Crepes

Colorado

5/5  rDev +18.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $

This place is the best to buy all kinds of beer. I have not gone in here and walked out empty handed. The cashiers are super awesome and friendly. The walk-in part of the cooler has the prime selection. If you shop somewhere else, you're a pretty big fool.

07-31-2013 02:54:52 | More by Cavity_Crepes
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Blizzle

Texas

4.71/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

09-09-2011 00:19:17 | More by Blizzle
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11thFloorBrewing

Colorado

4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

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!

11-19-2009 20:43:13 | More by 11thFloorBrewing
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bleeng

Texas

4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

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.

12-06-2006 19:43:30 | More by bleeng
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diabecktic

Illinois

4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$

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.

07-21-2008 06:09:46 | More by diabecktic
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GilGarp

Colorado

4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

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!

12-15-2009 16:13:24 | More by GilGarp
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thirdeye11

Texas

4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$

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.

05-26-2009 18:23:30 | More by thirdeye11
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biking4beer

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

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.

12-13-2006 19:24:12 | More by biking4beer
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Rayek

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$

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.

01-09-2009 15:47:55 | More by Rayek
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Colorado Liquor Mart in Denver, CO
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