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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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waltonc

Colorado

2.4/5  rDev -43.3%
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.

10-16-2011 15:32:51 | More by waltonc
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Conk

Colorado

3.3/5  rDev -22%
quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$

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!

05-03-2010 17:02:06 | More by Conk
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -16.1%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$$

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.

02-11-2011 01:43:56 | More by Sammy
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

3.87/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

12-15-2006 23:26:36 | More by Mebuzzard
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

05-28-2011 01:48:03 | More by corby112
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GRG1313

California

4/5  rDev -5.4%

01-26-2014 03:40:31 | More by GRG1313
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$

From the outside, it looks like a Jiffy Lube. Way on, I believe the southside of town, we were a little iffy about going all the way out there (we were by Coors Field). Parking was easy.

Quality was good, I purchased all 750's and bombers here, the six pack selection, while vast, just seemed to be a little less diverse and priced slightly higher than Argonaut. If you like all your beer refrigerated, this is your place, its all there, and don't forget to walk back into the cooler (that's where the Russian River is, if its there).

Service was excellent, dude pulls us out of towners aside and says he just got a case of Tart of Darkness (one of my all time favorite beers). I grabbed two bottles, other employee says one bottle limit, I'm cool with it, that is, until I watch one guy buy the entire stock (over a case) of Consecration, and nobody says anything. . . so I dunno how it makes sense, but not a big deal.

I think this place is worthy of a drive across town, my brother, koufax21 was hesitant at first, but pleasantly surprised to score more tart of darkness. Lighting is good, organization decent.

08-13-2012 22:29:25 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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codewarrior

New York

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$

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.

09-24-2010 20:52:50 | More by codewarrior
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

06-15-2011 06:05:12 | More by UCLABrewN84
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spoony

Colorado

4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | $$

A-Colorado Liquor Mart is a medium to large store located on a busy stretch of Colorado Boulevard on the south side of the City of Denver (not to be confused with the souther suburbs...). The store is usually clean and is well-lit, but the parking lot can be a pain in the ___, so watch out for that. Vibe is friendly and not overly geeky unless you go digging around in the cool.

Q-All of the beer that I care about is stored in the big cooler, which is nice. There is a long series of fridge doors on one side of the store dedicated to craft and a walk-in cooler behind the doors with piles of random craft beer and keg taps and boxes laying around. The beer brands are above-average and I can always find some random import or out-of-state craft that piques my interest, but I never seem to find the rare or special release beers here.

Ser-The service is pretty hands off on the few trips I have made here. Most of the time the employees just let you browse at your own pace, which is fine by me. When I have asked about a certain beer, the guys have been helpful and enthusiastic if not totally up-to-speed on their inventory.

Sel-We are spoiled by good distribution in Colorado, but even by my standards, the range of mid-level craft is pretty impressive. There are a few doors of big bottles that span a range of countries and styles. There is also a good variety of Colorado brewers represented. The walk-in cooler is always sort of a mess, but I manage to find something amongst the big selection in there.

V-The prices are reasonable to slightly high.

O-This is a very solid store with a big selection of craft. Maybe I have never been there at the right time, but they don't seem to follow the special releases very closely, which is perhaps the only thing holding the store back.

06-06-2014 04:09:46 | More by spoony
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Colorado Liquor Mart in Denver, CO
93 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.