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Argonaut Wine & Liquor

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64 Ratings
Ratings: 64
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.83
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760 E Colfax Ave
Denver, Colorado, 80203-2006
United States
phone: (303) 831-7788

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Photo of spoony
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

A-Argo is a pretty good sized store with a slightly gritty feel thanks to its location on Colfax. The old building was a bit dumpy (but kind of charming) and the new building has really improved the layout. That being said, the organization is good, the place is clean, and there is always a lot of action, which is kind of fun.

Q-The beer selection includes a good assortment of sixers from Colorado brewers, a broad array of high-end imports from the old world, and an OK collection of beers from other craft hot-spots like California, the NW, and NE, as well as a pretty good mix of high-quality bombers and larger bottles. I rarely find rare beers here (and not all of the bombers are chilled), but I can always count on finding something decent when I visit. Turn-over is high, which is good because you'll probably get fresh beer, but bad because the more limited production beers don't stick around the shelves very long.

Ser-As others have mentioned, you will be left alone unless you seek out assistance. However, I have never had trouble finding an employee and the few times I have asked, the employees seem knowledgeable, if a bit gruff and curt.

Sel-Argo maintains a broad array of beers from here in Colorado and abroad. They could do better with a mixer-sixer selection and better with non-Colorado craft, but for sheer volume of different brands from Colorado and outside of the United States, they are near the top of the list.

V-Argo's prices are in line with the rest of the market. You can find an occasional sale that makes Argo really competitive, but the good stuff rarely gets marked down.

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Photo of GregJ
4.72/5  rDev +23.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Really nice store, outstanding selection and great advice from the staff. I wish I had one remotely this nice in LA

Photo of jera1350
4.6/5  rDev +20.1%

Customer service here was awesome. Told them we were from out of state and they brought me into the back to show me the limited/special release items in the back and also made solid suggestions for great local beers. Terrific store.

Photo of samoht9000
1/5  rDev -73.9%

Whoever their manager was on halloween night was a total douchebag. I came in in costume (because it was halloween) and within seconds of me coming in he descended on me to inform me that I had to leave as they had a no shirt no service policy and most of my torso was exposed because of my costume. I assumed policies like these were in place to keep out vagrants, but whatever. It seemed to me he was just itching to exercise whatever tiny shred of power he had, stemming from, I theorize, something else tiny in his life. I said something to the effect of "come on dude, really? It's halloween. It's a costume." He was adamant about the policy, which whatever, some peoples' minds can't function outside a set of rules, and I even said to the girl I was with before I came in, something to the effect of "if there's a rule nazi in there who says I can't be in there because of my costume, you're gonna have to go in." So, having already considered this possibility, I calmly say something to the effect of "whatever, you f@cking nazi," and walk away without another word. Or try to walk away. Rulenazi McNeverbeenlaid's microscopic ego (again, stemming from other microscopic issues) was so deeply wounded by these four words that he, in a fit of high school principal-like rage and indignation starts yelling at me to "get back here," presumably so he could scold me? Teach me a lesson? I'm not really sure by what right or for what purpose he so desperately wanted me to come back after telling me I would not be allowed to spend my money there. Anyway, I respond with a well-deserved over the shoulder middle finger and an equally well-deserved "f@ck you @sshole." Assuming the situation to be over, I fall back on plan B, which is to have my companion go in and spend my money at this store. Had it not been so late and we were running out of options for alcohol, I would have voted with my dollars on the spot and never set foot in the place again after that childish confrontation. Anyway, the situation was apparently NOT over because the 50-year old virgin then pursues me INTO THE PARKING LOT WITH A POLICE OFFICER yelling like a godd@mn maniac "That guy! him right there! He's permanently 86'ed! Nobody with him is allowed in here!" So the cop, doing his job at the request of this douchefairy, explains that I have to leave and I'm like "uh, duh, I'm getting in the car right now. I don't understand why this toolbox is having such a meltdown over here," to which the cop shrugs his shoulders. Anyway, I ended up going to Paul's Liquors just a few blocks east with no issue whatsoever because the managers there do not have sociopathic microp@nis syndrome, and I suggest you spend your money there, or anywhere that doesn't employ that jack@ss, as well!

Photo of sidewaysscott
2.25/5  rDev -41.3%

meh. dick head staff and preferential treatment. no thanks, there's better places in Denver to go.

Photo of bsinger45
3.37/5  rDev -12%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75

They have just about everything you would expect to find in a store this size, and they don't seem to discriminate in terms of what they bring in. Sometimes you can find something special lingering on the shelf, but its better to be prompt if you know what you're looking for.

Photo of JamLand
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4

A - This is your typical local, big liquor store. They had a pretty large selection of beers, but also large selections of wine and other spirits.

S - Service was below average, with no one offering help, but nobody was openly rude.

S - Selection was nice, but I'm from Texas so we don't get nearly as much CA or Belgian beers in our state. So what may be shelf turds to people in Denver are new and exciting to me. There wasn't anything rare just hanging out on the shelves, but a nice overall selection.

V - Prices all seemed pretty reasonable.

Overall a good bottle shop in Denver, but nothing anybody from out of state needs to go out of their way to check out. If you happen to be near, by all means check it out.

Photo of BigbROB
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

It is BIG! But most of it taken up by 5000 different flavors of Vodka, which I am pretty sure none of us care about. At first I thought this place was awesome. Pretty good selection, but then I realized it rarely changes. They always get the rare stuff, but everyone goes here so it does not last long. Also they have a 1 bottle limit on most rare stuff, which helps everyone get a chance, but if I am in from Chicago I need more than one bottle of Pliny. Come on how about 3? Overall pretty good selection worth stopping in. Prices are right around where they should be. Dont expect to make some sort of awesome beer haul though.

Photo of Splints
2.69/5  rDev -29.8%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 1 | selection: 3.5

At first glance this liquor store seems great. Huge selection. If you continue shopping there you realize the beer selection does not change very often and you can find the majority of the same beers in smaller liquor stores. Most employees seem very unhappy which kills the vibe very quickly. I once asked a cashier if they ever carried a specific beer and he answered by telling me he does not know because he does not drink anymore. Another time, I called ahead to reserve a keg. If you look online they keep a list of all the kegs they "may" carry at any given time but there is not a list of what is actually stocked, which is fine I get that. When I got someone on the phone I asked how I should go about reserving a keg and that I was interested in a keg of local craft beer. He paused for a few seconds and I had to ask, " do I need to come in there?" He said "uhh yeah that would be the easiest way." Did not fully understand why that was so difficult for him to answer until I got to the liquor store that night. When I walked up to an open counter I asked who could help me with reserving a keg. I was pointed to a different counter. He pulled up a giant list on his computer which had every beer that was on the list online, but there was another column with a quantity. Only problem was, they have about 1 out of every 30 kinds that are listed. So he scrolled down showing me for about 5 minutes. They did not have much outside of your standard Bud, Miller, Coors products considering their extensive list online. I then asked if it is possible to order something that they do not physically have in stock. The employee told me I would have to ask a manager (with no offer to do that for me). Seeing that they clearly did not care to help me any further, I agreed to take one they had in the back. The employee told me I would have to go to a different counter to finish reserving it. I walked over to that counter which had an employee standing behind it but his register clearly was not open. I told him what the other employee said and he looked at me like I was ruining his day. He even asked me why the other employee sent me to him. He did take care of me after that, but I was very close to walking out. Pretty simple solution to keep a printed rolling sheet of their keg list like other big liquor stores. Finally, I had another bad experience that I will save for another day. I was upset about the experience and gave my feedback to their website. It has been 2 weeks and I have received no response. I would much rather give my money to a place that even remotely cares about their customers experience. Do not fall into this popular liquor store trap!

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Another Colfax Avenue location, other than it being hipster and porn central, this is actually a good neck of the woods for people interested in beer. Cheeky Monk, 2UP & Argonaut.

A big huge store. Beer everywhere, tons of it in coolers. This place might have more cooler space than any other place I've ever seen. Really good pricing, lots of stuff you won't see anywhere else. And they tell you right up front on the sticker price if there is a bottle limit, not as much wondering if the limit placed upon you at the counter is because you aren't some ass kiss to the guy working in retail.

Service is good, guy went and looked if they got Tart of Darkness for me, told me when it would be in, price etc. . .

Kind of surprised at the relatively ho hum ratings for this place, I was nothing but impressed, spent way too much money, and just really thought this is the top notch Colorado beer destination. Must visit says I if yalls in the area.

Photo of denver10
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Not sure what to say for atmosphere regarding a beer store, an older building, big and spread out, organized well. Broad selection of 6 packs and bombers. The one thing they are lacking is a Build-Your-Own-6-Pack option. That would put this place over the top and easily make it my favorite liquor store of the Denver area and my main spot to shop. But if you are looking for a 6 pack of a specific bomber this is the spot I tend to go for those options. Priced to market with some good specials going on all the time. Service is kind of spotty...workers do their own thing and you have to seek them out and make sure they got your attention to be of much help. But there's generally always someone walking around that can be of help. Personally, I tend to prefer this type of shopping rather than having to be checked in on by every passing employee to see if I am finding everything alright (which I do consider better quality of service, I just tend to prefer my own space until I ask for help).

Photo of Flounder57
4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

This place was huge and overwhelming. Nicely lit, everything on racks or end caps, and refridgeration units to the left.

The quality of the beer was good for local stuff and hard to get breweries like Russian River even though they were out of Pliny. We didn't walk around the store too much, but got what we were looking for. The employee we asked looked out back for some Plliny only to find nothing. He then showed us some rare beers that they got that would only be gone within a few days. We thanked him for his help and grabbed what looked good to us. Very surprised to see Shipyard distributed out here amongst all the breweries from this part of the country and west coast.

This was a nice store, but a but pricey plus and 8% sales tax on top of the beer you were buying. Next time in Denver, looks like it would be better off to visit the breweries themselves like we have done since Thursday. The majority of the time we got the beer for a very good price. Make sure to bring a lot of money or your charge card. Things added up real fast for the beer we purchased.

Photo of Blizzle
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Stopped through here after discovering 120 minute at another spot in town. If one place just got it, the good ones all got it. Walked in and immediately asked for that. Computer showed 11 yet "they might not have any". Just got a weird vibe but an employee did go on the hunt. I did browse this enormous spot and all the beer is to the right. Decent selection but no help with numerous people walking buy. For the size I wasn't too impressed with the selection of beer. I did get my 120 min so I am VERY thankful for that, but I enjoyed other places around town more.

Photo of zrab11
4/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

A- Very nice new facility. I had never been in the old one but the new one looked sweet. This place has a ton of alcohol and wine and beer. The beer is located on the right side of the store and in coolers and on shelves behind u as ur facing the coolers

Q-Very good. Never saw anything out of date

S-Was ok. Everyone looked really busy. So when i asked a question the guy showed me where the beer was i was looking for then left to do something else. Would of liked him to asked me if i needed anything else but o well

Sel- Selection is ok. Alot of 6 packs and a few bombers in the cooler. I was alittle dissapointed as i didn't see any lost abby of Russian river sours. But as i was heading up to pay for my beer. i noticed a big long huge isle with tons of warm bombers from Russian river. So i picked up some supplication and looked at al else they had for another 20 min or so. So there selection is very good IMO

F- didn't have any

V- thought there prices were a little high buti exspected that as they are a chain and Craft beer is not there main focus or where they make most there money

Overall this place was great if ur in the denver area. I will frequent this place often whenever i go back to visit family in denver as my families house is only 5 blocks from this place

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.6/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

I stopped in here while on my trip to Denver trying to locate some beers that I can't get in CA to FedEx to myself.

This place has a lot of liquor, wine, and beer.

The atmosphere is very business like and professional. The service was average. I asked one question and the worker was very curt about it.

The selection and quality of beers was good with a good stock of a wide variety of styles and breweries. I picked up a few bombers due to their no mixed 6 policy which was pretty disappointing as there were tons and tons of beers I wanted. There is no way I would buy an entire 6 pack of something just to try it out.

The prices were reasonable for what they offered. I walked out with 2 bombers of beer I can't get in CA for $10.

Overall, a pretty good place to stop in at but the no mixed 6 policy is disappointing.

Photo of corby112
3.26/5  rDev -14.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

Stopped by this place during a recent visit to Denver. This was basically a nice liquor store that has a surprisingly small selection of beer considering the size of the place. On the far right wall there are a bunch of coolers with standard six packs and a few singles of beers that you can find anywhere. In the very far back corner there is one cooler with a decent select of bombers but nothing too out of the ordinary. In addition there is a small aisle of room temp bottles. This is where the best beers are to be found. A decent number of European beers and they actually had a good amount of Odell 750s. Only two kinds(Friek and Woodcut #4) but they had plenty of bottles.

This place was decent but the selection was a bit of a disappointment. The place is huge and there is basically a few coolers and half an aisle of craft beer.

Photo of TheeBruery314
2.56/5  rDev -33.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2

I stopped off here after work after hearing rave reviews from many people. As I walked in I was impressed by the size and the cleanliness of the store. However, I was rather unimpressed by their selection. They had a great deal of Colorado beers. However, their bomber selection was lacking and they did not have many hard to find beers or beers outside of Colorado. I was hoping to find some steals and this was not the case. There are several other stores I have encountered since moving to Denver that offer quite a great deal more than Argonaut. I will probably return for convenience, but I will not seek out this store when I am looking for rare releases or out of state gems.

Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Stopped here in hopes of picking up some things I couldn't find in the suburbs. Prices were slightly higher, but not much. It has a broad selection and is a good starting point if you're in Denver. Had some hard to find beers... I was happy to find some Pliny here. The facility is nice and as others have stated pretty new. No notes about service, but then again I didn't ask for any. They also have some coolers to keep some of their beer cold. If I'm downtown and want something, this is a place I would definitely check out.

Photo of codewarrior
3.6/5  rDev -6%

The picture here is of the old Argonaut, this review is of the new Argonaut (new pic soon).

Q: Coming from brooklyn, Argonaut seemed for a brief moment like heaven. 3 doors of bombers, 6 doors of domestic craft, 2 doors of import craft, 12' shelf filled with bombers out of the cooler. Of the 40K square feet in the new Argonaut ... that's all that beer gets, unfortunately. And for each cooler door of craft, there are 3 packed with 24-packs of Genny, Mickey's (I still love you Mickey's) and every Coors product known to man (at least they have the courtesy to not put Blue Moon in the Craft doors).

S: The staff is amazing. The beer guys will come right up to you and let you know what's what, in no uncertain terms (one beer guy who will remain nameless mercilessly chastised me for wanting to pick up new belgium. $100 in various bombers later, I realized exactly how much I have to learn ... and every drop of my education was tasty). Helpful, and passionate. Just wish that extended to the buyers. The only thing that stops the service from being a straight 5 is that the beer guys here have a reputation for picking over the selection before anything hits the shelves (understandable, but I will selfishly reserve a half-point).

S: Best 6-pack selection in denver. All the local stuff you'd expect (avery, great divide, etc) plus the best from california (green flash, north coast, port, stone, etc.), as good as I've seen out here from the east coast (dogfish, victory, etc.) and some goodness from the midwest (goose island, boulevard, etc.). Bomber selection is large, but ultimately disappointing. Good import selection (Achel, Rochefort, Panil, etc) with solid representation from the Shelton Bros. Good domestics (the entire avery bomber line, everything ommegang we get this far west, Stone, Port, the whole Woodcut series from Odell). But I've seen a lot better selections in Denver (South Colorado Liquor Mart) and Boulder (Liquor Mart).

V: Definitely cheaper than any other spot in Denver, with this selection. Boulevard 6-pack is $7.99, Great Divide 6-packs $9.99 ... Avery Bombers for $7 - $8.50.

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%

Stopped in here on Sunday afternoon, following GABF and its associated festivities.

As woodychandler pointed out, Argonaut Liquors has moved from its original location (currently pictured) into a bright, new, brick building next door. It feels a lot like a BevMo! inside, with row upon row of beer, wine, and spirits (not in balance; most of the space is occupied by wine). The vast majority of the beer is stocked along the right (south) wall of the building, in coolers and on adjacent shelves. A smattering of limited release bottles can also be found upstairs.

JustinA1 and I were initially blown away by Argonaut's selection. Not only did we spot a ton of Colorado craft beer, but we also found Russian River sours, a few offerings from The Bruery, a good selection from Mikkeller, and a fair amount of tasty Belgian ales. The beer selection really wasn't that deep, but it certainly kept our attention for a good 15-20 minutes.

Argonaut was very good about listing the prices or their beer, and a lot of those prices had been considerably marked down (e.g. 375mL of Supplication for $10.99). Many of the beers at Argonaut were also tagged with their score on RateBeer, which sort of eased the decision-making process.

We hardly talked to the staff while we were there, but we weren't in need of any help either. I assume the staff at Argonaut is much like the staff at most BevMo!s: nice enough, but not too knowledgeable about craft beer. The young lady working the register was quick and friendly.

This was a nice way to finish our trip to Denver. Don't go out of your way to visit this store, but check it out if you've got some time to kill.

Photo of woodychandler
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Transcribed from original notes taken Sa, 01 Aug 2009.

The original building at 700 East Colfax is now for sale since the new residence is 760 East Colfax. The difference is night and day! The new place is like a BevMo! in terms of both its layout and its cleanliness. The main attraction here, for me, was the bank of coolers along the far right wall. I found a couple of new CANs on my visit and I CANnot imagine a better place to go on a beer run while in Denver. I did not take note of wine or liquor although both were in abundance.

Photo of Floydster
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%

Visited 4/29/09 right before going back to the airport to see if they had anything else worth bringing back with us, this place was pretty close to the state capitol, this place reminded me of a BevMo back home just with heightened security, literally guards all over the place, next to an older version of itself which is the other one shown in the picture, place seems very new and clean, big long aisles, beer is on the right side of the store in various fridges, lots of Colorado stuff available like Oskar Blues, New Belgium, Ska, Left Hand, Boulder, etc., beer was certainly not the focus here, did grab some Barrel Licked Bock from Fort Collins before getting on my way, prices were average, lots of people working there so I sure any questions you might have will be answered by somebody, not as good as some other selections in town but decent, from a beer geek standpoint, they need to concentrate more on specialty bombers rather than the run of the mill six packs, might go back in the future, still worth checking out

Photo of jacobseyb
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%

Stopped in while running errands since I had not been in the new store.

Good selection of bombers, and a willing and knowledgeable staff.

As I was wandering, not really intending to buy anything, another gentleman mentioned that they had the Elder in stock. Staff was more than willing to go back into the back to retrieve on multiple occasions, and for multiple clients while I wandered.

Good standard selection for the Denver area, Belgians, Stone, Russian River, etc.

I will definately be back.

Photo of bonsreeb85
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%

The Argonaut Liquors, a long time staple and landmark of the Capital Hill area of Denver has a new and improved location. It's located next door to the old location and now offers 2 floors, and a ton more space.
Thanks to the new level and more floor space, the organization of everything has greatly been improved. The beer is organized by Region/country/style. Also thanks to more fridge space, all of the beer can be found cold or room temp. The upstairs offers tastings and other give-aways.
My experience with the staff has always been great, everyone that works there not only seems to enjoy it, but is also quite knowledgeable and willing to help.
The selection is pretty good, but could be a bit larger, better than all other stores in this area. The prices are pretty reasonable as well, with sales changing frequently on lots of items.
This place is also good to turn to if you are having a party, buying in bulk, or are in need of a keg or keg refill. With a ton of parking space and a shinny new building, if you are in need of spirits, I highly reccomend checking out this place.

Photo of Rayek
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Note: This is an update of my previous review. The review of the old store is at the bottom.

I was at the grand opening of the new Argonaut last night. It's right next door to the old store.

The new building brings two improvements: it's cleaner, and the increase in cooler space means more beer is stored cold. Other than that everything I've said previously applies.

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It's been a good ten years since I last set foot in Argonaut. The neighborhood has certainly improved. There aren't people hanging out front asking for money anymore. The adult bookstore is still across the street, but otherwise things are much better.

Selection isn't as good as I remembered. There are a lot of local micros on the shelf, but you won't find anything obscure from out of state. Imports are pretty standard fare. Nothing really unique. There is no build your own six-pack option.

On the up side, prices are great. They seem to have a lot of beers on sale at any given time. I was able to grab a couple of really good deals. The staff was plentiful and helpful.

I was disappointed by the amount of beer that was sitting out on shelves and not in the cooler. I'd say half the beer was being stored at room temperature.

The current store is in pretty sad condition at this point. Very dirty. A new store is under construction next door, so I imagine that the owners haven't budgeted much for the upkeep of the original building.

Argonaut remains a Denver landmark, but isn't worth making a special trip. I look forward to the opening of the new building.

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Argonaut Wine & Liquor in Denver, CO
87 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.