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Liquor Mart

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Liquor MartLiquor Mart
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

64 Ratings
Ratings: 64
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.95%
[ Store ]

1750 15th St
Boulder, Colorado, 80302-6338
United States
phone: (303) 449-3374

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @liquormart

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Photo of StoneTSR
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%

The people who work here seem to genuinely know and appreciate their beer, which helps.

The selection is pretty strong, they carry most Colorado standards and I have found that with several beers that are more rare Liquor Mart is often the only place in Boulder to find them. Most recently I found a couple of Crooked Stave sours there that could not be found elsewhere. I have also snagged a bottle of Tactical Nuclear Penguin there for $82, a steal by my Chicago standards.

The mix six section is also pretty solid, although as several others have mentioned the individual beers are on the pricey side. Some of the bombers are also pretty high on the price spectrum.

If you need to get that tough to find bottle, or if you're in town and want to grab a mixed 6er or two of some local stuff, this is the place to be. If yo just want a 6-pack of some Oskar Blues or a bomber from Avery, check out something else.

StoneTSR, Sep 27, 2011
Photo of claytong
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

So the selection is pretty nice and their singles collection is great but the prices are ridiculous. Thankfully they were doing promotion the day I went in so I just walked out with 4 beers for free. Most things were above normal price and some incredibly so. A few things were normal price. No great deals to be had. Alas selection, so I will probably use a coupon and do some shopping there one day soon. But only for things that are hard to find elsewhere.
The singles section was really great, but most things were one and a half times their normal price to two times, though you get 20 percent off when you buy 6 or more.

claytong, Apr 13, 2011
Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%

The best thing about this place was their singles selection. I found many smaller breweries here like Twisted Pine and the brewery in Castle Rock I can't think of right now... the building is an old sort of dingy place although that is not what I'm there for, really. I didn't receive much for service, but that might possibly be because the moment I walked in I walked to the beer section like a bear trying to get into a jar of honey. They might of figured I already knew just what I wanted and where to get it. While it seems you aren't going to find any more rare releases here than anywhere else, the bulk of regular releases of the smaller breweries make this stop for a traveler a MUST. My friend really likes it when I go on trips because he knows I would grab singles of everything I haven't tried (in the styles I like) and this is exactly the type of place that fits that bill.

MilwaukeeCrusher, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of hopstradamus
3.05/5  rDev -25.6%

Q. Nothing exceptional here, but still better than average. I didn't see anything out of date, but did see some rotational issues especially on their displays.

S. The service here was lacking. My buddy and I were there for nearly an hour between 10 and 11 AM on a Wednesday. We spent over $100 between the 2 of us, and never once were we asked if we needed any help.

S. The selection was great for me, as I was there to find things I can't get in Kansas. That's not to say that I didn't visit other stores in Colorado with better selection. The truth is we only went to this store because we had some time to kill. I was a little disappointed that they didn't seem to have any older vintage beers. I understand that freshness is important, but I like when stores maintain a section of vintage beers.

hopstradamus, Sep 28, 2010
Photo of alli4051
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%

I have to admit, every time I visit Liquor Mart I am less impressed. I was initially awed by the sheer size and selection but soon realized there really isn't too much out of the ordinary. They may have the biggest selection but not necessarily the best in the area. Don't usually find too many rare beers here but they will have some harder to find brews when everyone else has run out. They have a dedicated beer staff, I have seen them but have never been approached by them. Prices are reasonable but I had to add an extra $ as they tend to be a little pricier than most other area stores. A bit of advice, expect to be disappointed if you're here near a big holiday. Stopped by to stock up for Memorial Day and it was so picked over I wound up going elsewhere, wasn't looking for anything too crazy either. Overall a big store with a good selection, just don't expect to walk out with anything too out of the ordinary.

alli4051, Jun 13, 2010
Photo of GilGarp
3.6/5  rDev -12.2%

Stopped here a while back.

Grungy looking place from the outside. Not much better on the inside. I was ignored by the "greeter" who sat in the entryway.

Overall selection is above average. A nice selection of imports and local craft brews. Lacking in the Belgians other than the usuals. Poor layout means you're always looking around another corner to see if there's something you missed.

Service is completely lacking. Person who checked me out was polite but that's about it.

Everything was reasonably priced but, then again, no exceptional deals.

Overall a good place to visit if you're in Boulder but there are far better places in the Fort Collins/Loveland area (Wilburs, Supermarkets, and LiquorMax).

GilGarp, May 11, 2010
Photo of htomsirveaux
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%

Stopped in here on 4 Feb 2010. In the entrance way is a guy on an elevated platform checking IDs. He did not stop me and I walked right in, but he did ask to see the ID of a couple of others in our group (we are all well over 30)...

Beers are towards the right as you walk in. Selection was pretty good, lots of Colorado micros represented, including Twisted Pine, Bristol, New Belgium, Crabtree, Upslope and Ska. Found barrel aged Yeti here. They had reasonable prices on some glassware too ($2-5). Only real complaint is that a bunch of the singles we bought were very old (9-12 months). My fault for not checking the dates on the bottles, but still, no reason for a retailer to have pale ales that old. Did not ask for help, was not asked if I needed any.

Go, but check the bottling codes!

htomsirveaux, May 09, 2010
Photo of peterjk
4.7/5  rDev +14.6%

Liquor Mart how do I love thee, let me count the ways.

This is one of the best beer stores in the US, sure there are places that are cleaner or larger or have "more" beers or better service.

But for the true beer hunter this place is El Dorado.

During my two years in grad school and on numerous trips back to CO since, Liqour Mart consistently had a selection of numerous fantastic beers that I'd never seen before. For a while the buyer was on this quest for British porters, I got to try ten or so from small brewers across the UK. Then it was Scandinavian beers. Then they had an insane barely wine selection. One time they had like 12 different Belgian Christmas beers, Fantome Noel, De Dello Stille Natch, Gouden Carolus Noël, etc...

You won't be disappointed by the beer selection here or the wine, and booze selection for that matter.

The service here is good but does suffer a bit from the regular CU undergraduate mobs that assault the place on weekends and before games.

peterjk, Sep 15, 2009
Photo of Floydster
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Visited on 4/26/09, we actually parked right along the street this was one and did not even recognize the store until we were walking back from Pearl Street, first thing I noticed when I walked in were the bottles of La Folie for nineteen bucks, had some 2007 bottles left even, I had called this place a few days before and asked if they had Woodville #21, they said they had several bottles, when I got there and did not see any, I asked and I was told they have not had those bottles for about two years, that sucked but life goes on, looked around for a while and saw sevral beer fridges with a lot of Colorado brews, what this place had other liquor stores in the area did not were a few Twisted Pine four packs, this is expected as the brewpub is right down the street, the only thing I got was some Kerberos Tripel from Flying Dog as I have never seen it anywhere else before, not a bad store at all and probably the best in Boulder, would go back

Floydster, May 10, 2009
Photo of Billolick
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%

Just a few blocks from Boulder's main shopping/pedestrian mall, this place is booze heaven. Tons of wine, liquor, and, praise the lord, BEER. The stuff you are interested in is located to the right as you enter. There is a well stocked row of glass ware, micro/import singles and sixes and then a large wall of beer filled coolers along the rear and right side wall. Expect to find all the Colorado locals, national micros (does that make sense?) and quality imports. I was given super service, I found a mess of stuff I was interested in and an employee/BA user even put a bottle of La Folie away for me a few weeks before my visit. Great stop to pick up all those local beers you have heard about but cannot get out side of the state.

Billolick, Mar 02, 2009
Photo of onecrazybreeze
3.2/5  rDev -22%

I used to use Liquor Mart as my go to store, and it's still good for some things (mainly cheap kegs), however since I refined my tastes, it has lost it's luster. While they do have a lot of beer, it seems that their coolers are mainly filled with the macros and imports that are common everywhere.

They have a decent selection of Belgian 750s, but are missing a lot of the harder to find beers, like Cantillon. They have all the Colorado microbrews which is nice and you can also make your own six-packs which is always a plus.

I don't know if I just go in on the wrong days or that they just don't have certain breweries, like Port, Lost Abbey or Russian River which seem to be available at almost every other store in Boulder. They also don't appear to have any micro bombers besides what's in that detached cooler, which is also kind of a let down, I always expect more from the size.

Some people say that the staff is helpful but every time I'm in there I never get approached to get help and rather I feel like I'm being followed around like a shoplifter, it's uncomfortable to say the least.

Liquor Mart definitely owns it when it comes to size in Boulder which can be useful when it comes to limited edition beers, they tend to get a larger allotment of harder to find beers than anywhere else does. They do seem to have some good deals but most of their beer seems to be a least a dollar more expensive then anywhere else in Boulder.

Overall it's worth a look but I personally wouldn't use it as my go to store for all my beer needs.

onecrazybreeze, Dec 30, 2008
Photo of JMBSH
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%

I have going here for years so it's about time to review it.

Largest beer selection in Boulder. The beers are on the far right of the store. The far wall is cooler where beers are stored and displayed. If you start at the far right of the coolers and then travel left, they are arranged as such: malt liquars/coolers, then six-pack and larger of imports, then packs of micros, then packs of macros. Turn the corner you find import bombers and singles. Inside of the coolers you find some more import singles. In two two-door coolers off to the side you find seasonal bombers.

Near them is a sesion that has singles of mostly micro and some imports. Here they are not in coolers but you can make your own six pack and get a discount on the bootles. Customer service is very good. If for some reason you can't find someone around the coolers working, just go to custmer service and they will get someone quickly for you.

If you are looking for kegs then they have a big board over the coolers listing prices and some times specials on something different.

Their website offers different coupons each month on beer including kegs. It also lists different beer daily specials, events that they might be sponsoring, as well as info about their beer of the week club.

JMBSH, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of gford217
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%

Saw this one on BA before I made a business trip to Colorado.

Selection of beer is very good. Tons of Belgians, Germans, and lots of US craft selections as well. Plus, all the great Colorado stuff I was looking for. I also really enjoyed the extensive singles section as I could get a great cross-section of stuff I can't get in Atlanta.

The service was exceptional when I was there and Matt really hooked me up with some great Colorado brews. He was extremely knowledgeable and helpful.

The prices are very reasonable and I'd recommend a stop here to anybody even close to the area!

gford217, Oct 23, 2008
Photo of barefootbrewer
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%

Wow! What a nice selection of brews in this place. There was an entire row of singles that you could do the mix/match 6-pack with for a discount. There were also coolers filled with bombers and 750's. They had a large selection of glassware available as well. I got selections from Stone, Avery, Boulder, Great Divide and a ton of other micros and locals. Things were a bit hectic - it was GABF week, so the staff was a little swamped, but seemed knowledgeable. Great place to check out if you are in Boulder.

barefootbrewer, Oct 13, 2008
Photo of Zeckster
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Of course they have loads of liquor.

But once you get past that Liquor Mart also has a whole load of beer. They have an entire row of just singles, if you want to mix and match just do it. Also loads of sixers and sample packs. Theres one case of the 750mls there too, so not a whole ton of them, but they have a giant stock room. I suggest you ask.

On the row with the single beers they also have some appropriate glassware. Some of them have the microbrews, but Liquor Mart also has their group too.

Zeckster, Sep 07, 2008
Photo of Mnemosyne
4.65/5  rDev +13.4%

I love this store. Just break out your ID and show it to the ID man at the door and then you're good to go. I'm from California and am not used to the create your own 6 pack pack. I got the create your own 6 pack so I was able to try different CO beers. My mission was to try new CO beers, but if I was a local I'd probably wish to see more of a Belgium selection. Service is good here. While shopping, a few people offered help. You can even play in the refrigerated section. I recommend Odells IPA!!

Mnemosyne, Aug 25, 2008
Photo of waltonc
4/5  rDev -2.4%

I stopped here on vacation in Colorado after learning about Liquor Mart from the Avery beer of the same name. In fact, we found Liquor Mart thanks to the cross streets shown on the Avery bottle label.

The selection was very broad, both for micros and macros. And I really appreciated the ability to buy single bottles. This allowed me to pick up a ton of different Colorado beers I've never tried before. Although the selection was very good. I didn't see any real standout hard-to-find beers.

Lastly, I have to say that I loved all the Liquor Mart-branded stuff they were selling, even plastic cups with their classic logo.

waltonc, Aug 22, 2008
Photo of russpowell
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%

This was my first stop in Boulder. These guys do a good job of offering Northern Colorado craft beers. Their American & Import selection is above average. I almost gave a 4.5 for selection. They had crab tree, palisade, & twisted pine, three breweries that are not always easy to find.

Service was good. The layout of the placed sucked look around or you will miss coolers of single bottles, take your time & make sure you don't miss anything

Quality & price of said beers were also pretty good. The only anomaly was the $16 bottle of 750ml flying dog bock( a bit pricey ).

This and the brewery are the only 2 places you can get the Liqour Mart 40th anniversary ale. Better stores closer to Denver, but pretty good, none the less

russpowell, Jun 14, 2008
Photo of Big78CJ
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%

Liquor Mart is definitely the best beer/liquor store I visited in CO. Located on a corner with easy access, Liquor Mart looks like a large Walgreens or something. Grab a shopping cart as you will likely need it.

Out of 5 stores in CO, this is the only place I found a bottle of New Belgium's La Folie, and it was the last one. We scored some nice beers from Boulder Beer, Stone, and a few other good places. I never really ran into anyone offering help but I did run into our server from the previous night at Mountain Sun. He showed me where the special cooler with the La Folie was :)

If you are bringing beer back home from Boulder, this is the only place worth stopping.

Big78CJ, Apr 25, 2008
Photo of Rayek
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%

Liquor Mart is one of the best stocked stores in the state. They carry a very fine selection of US micros, plus an extensive list of imports. If you can't find it in the coolers, you're welcome to go behind them to take a look at the back stock. In the mood for something outside of beer? Their wine selection is exceptional.

Liquor Mart gets very busy. Especially when the college students are in town. The high traffic tends to overwhelm the staff, so it's best to go in knowing what you're looking for. Go in on weekdays to avoid the weekend rush.

Prices are decent, but not spectacular. There's always something good on sale.

Rayek, Feb 11, 2008
Photo of tsmo
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%

Liquor Mart is an enormous, humorless warehouse. Good thing you aren't there to hang out.

If you're looking for imports, Liquor Mart is going to disappoint you. There's about a door and a half each for Germans, British and Belgians, and what they've got tends to be the most common of each. Chimay: yes; Cantillion: no. Paulaner: yes; Schlenkerla: no.

If you're looking for domestics, though, Liquor Mart can't be beat. They've got everything you could want from Colorado, and a wide selection from all over the country; Stone, Victory, Deschutes, Dogfishhead, no problem. They've got singles, and there's usually something excellent on sale for $7/sixer or $13/twelve--the $10.50 twelve packs of Dale's were a favorite last summer.

The quality and selection rankings above would be higher if I hadn't moved from Chicago; I'm spoiled. Back there, Whole Foods has an outstanding import selection, and Sam's & Binny's make stocking every domestic beer distributed in the state look trivial.

Oh well--I'm in Boulder now and this seems to be as good as it gets. Liquor Mart seems to be well loved by the locals, but until they get their import act together, I'll have to continue leaving town when I need something exotic.

tsmo, Feb 11, 2008
Photo of rye726
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%

Ph the mighty fine liquor mart. Great beer selection as well and all other types of booze. An especially fine win eselection. Good service except for the pesky ID checke at the door. I gues this is to be expected though in a college town.

Good service and a couple employees who really know their stuff. A seperate Belgian cooler and a seperate English cooler. Also two seperate single bottle coolers. Good pricing though some sthing can be a little expensive.

Great place to find some rare brews. For example, last year I found an '01 bottle of Stille Nacht. Sorry, but it was the last one. Check it out.

rye726, Jan 28, 2008
Photo of satowns
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%

The largest liquor store in Boulder, but it's not overwhelming. Be prepared to show your ID at the door! The staff here is more than willing to help you locate whatever you need in wine, spirits, beer and cordials; and they have a lot of them.

Good beer selection covering Colorado, and the importable Cali beer (N. Coast, AVBC, Bear Republic, Stone, Green Flash, Lagunitas, etc), East coast beer (Dogfish Head, Victory, Allagash and Ommegang) and Pacific NW beer (Rogue, Full Sail, Deschutes, Hales). Great selection of pond hoppers in addition.

Dont forget to check the cooler right next to the "beer computer" opposite the main coolers. thats where many of the out of state bombers and 12 oz singles live. They also encourage creating mix packs, which is rare in Colorado.

Closed Sunday along with the rest of the liquor stores in Colorado.

satowns, Jan 25, 2008
Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Made my way in here for the first time on my last trip into town. I was not blown away by any means, but still impressed with the selection here. For some reason every store around here seems to carry everything brewed in Colorado, this being no exception. This is not nearly a bad thing, as I wish I could get every local even at my house, and being in town on buisness, heck I was looking for local flavor. Anyway great selection of singles which is hard to come by around here. Saw a few of the bigger midwest brews as well as a couple from Cali. Overall this is a decent store, but itf you can only make one stop I would pass there are better out there.

mikesgroove, Nov 19, 2007
Photo of BeerBelcher
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%

Last year I visited Denver and visited the best liquor stores I could find on this site and was largely disappointed. This year I returned to Denver and ventured up to Boulder, and Liquor Mart blew away the stores I'd seen previously in Denver in terms of selection and quality. It is a large store in the heart of Boulder, and was larger on the inside than I anticipated from the exterior. Looks like an old grocery store. Selection is good, but not awesome. There is decent sized shelf of 12 oz singles, unfortunately half of this shelf space is devoted to the same boring imports you find everywhere. Virtually all of the craft selection was CO imports, which suited me (an out-of-towner) just fine...in fact that's what I was looking for, although if this was your everyday store I could understand how you'd long for beers from other regions. The staff was friendly; a guy at a little desk asked me if I needed anything and we chatted for awhile about GABF (which I was in town for). I found 2 x six packs worth of singles and a handful of 24oz bottles to bring back to Milwaukee, so I would call it a successful trip. Huge walk-in cooler...biggest I've been in outside of a cold-storage facility I visited once.

BeerBelcher, Oct 16, 2007
Liquor Mart in Boulder, CO
92 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.