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3.5/5 rDev -13.8%
quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
This was an old looking store, circa 1970s. It was easy to find, not far from downtown, and it did have its own parking lot. There is a big sign with specials on the external wall facing the parking lot. It is adored by Coors Light logos. Great! There is an ID carding station as you walk in. Big store, most of it was devoted to wine and liquor. I did not look around I went straight to the beer.
Because Boulder is in Colorado and Colorado has breweries Liquor Mart carries Colorado beer. Because most Colorado micros are great the selection at Liquor Mart looks great. However, they dont focus on good beer... sure it has good beer but that is simply by chance. Most of the good beer is Colorado micros. However, some were old and I couldnt trust any of the beers in the (room-temp) single section. Most of the beers in the coolers seemed okay and I took advantage of that. The imports were lacking, badly. They did offer some beer glasses at good prices. For Colorado the selection, overall, was okay plenty of CO beers but not much else.
The beer workers werent anywhere to be found. I wanted to ask them where their Belgian beer was but the employees were busy fielding moronic questions from college kids/homeless/hippie folks who just purchased the beer they knew anyway. I really was not impressed with the service here. Somebody asked about DFH 120 and they guy said it is 20% (abv) and youll get drunk. Too bad it is so expensive. He suggested on-sale 12-packs of Hazed & Infused. They skipped them too. Keystone Light was their drink of choice. I did visit here on a Saturday afternoon and the place was very busy. Still, I waited for help. I had questions. I left without them being answered.
All in all, this is a good beer source. I wasnt impressed but I wasnt disappointed either. If in Boulder there is no reason not to come here for CO beer.
07-21-2005 00:08:35 | More by bditty187
4.15/5 rDev +2.2%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5
Great selection of Colorado micros. Also seem to have most of the other us micros available in this state, and a good selection of imports. Huge walk in cooler with many many exterior doors so you can browse most of it from the outside. Many belgians and european imports consolidated together near the entrance to the walk in. Also has an aisle of room temperature singles to build mixed six packs. Nice glassware selection, and a great list of kegs available. Great prices, and the weekly sale always yields a great deal on something tasty.
01-10-2005 17:28:56 | More by rowew
4/5 rDev -1.5%
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Had heard good things about this place. I wasn't disappointed. Stopped in to get my hands on some CO micros; I left with more than that. This place is like a little super market of liquor (oh, I get it, liquor...mart). Lots of coolers which you can access by opening doors, or by entering the cooler itself from a walk-in door. I was quickly filling up my cart, when I noticed an entire aisle of room-temp. singles. They have a deal where you get 10% off mixed sixers. Awesome. I filled up a bunch of cartons with some little-known CO micros. Service was fine, but not overly helpful. Selection was damn good, especially for US micros. They didn't have a huge amount of European imports, but I was here for the US stuff anyway. A few brands I remember: Left Hand, Twisted Pine, Ska, Il Vicino, Avery, Stone, DFH, Deschute's, New Belgium, Odells, Fort Collins, and lots more. Great place to stop if you're looking for consolidated CO micros. I'll be back.
12-16-2004 20:19:33 | More by alexgash
2.9/5 rDev -28.6%
quality: 3.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Original Dec 2004, edited in July 2005, because the service sucks.
Goodness gracious. I was a bit leary when I parked my car in the tiny lot, as this place looks like a 1970's building that needs a major redo. Inside is a different story. In the breezeway, a guy asked for my ID before I even entered the store. Once inside, I was dumbfounded at the enourmous room and the amount of alcohol spread out before me. I'm talking the size of a high school gymnasium. This place was incredible. I found wine selections from places in Europe that I've never seen anywhere, other than Europe. Rows and rows of wine. "This here's the Argentina, Brazil, and Chile row. That's the Italy row..." and so on. The beer is found all the way to the right and consists of about a 30-door cooler with additional selections inside the cooler. Mostly 6- 12- and 24-packs in the cooler, but there is a small section of bombers. 12 oz singles are found warm on shelves one row over from the coolers and are organized by location. There is a decent import section (I've seen larger at many other places), an okay non-Colorado craft beer section, and a great selection of Colorado beers. If you are looking for regional beers while visiting Boulder, this is a good place to visit.
Now that I've moved to Colorado, I've visited several times. I've found ample staff to be working at all times, but ever-missing. They could be at the other end of the store or in some distant corner of the cooler hanging out and shooting the shit. All this despite them having a desk in the beer section they should be maintaining. And when I finally track them down to ask my question, I'm treated coldly, like I've interrupted something really important. My first visit had it right..."they were quite curt in their treatment". Screw this place. They sell out of limited edition/special production product before any other store and then look at me funny when I ask if they still have it in stock. The least they could do is suggest some other selection that's comparable.
In sum, they have a wide selection of standard beers. But, anything special, is touch and go. Don't expect anyone to help you find what you are looking for. And, god forbid, if you make them go over to the computer to check on something. Sheesh, that would ruin their whole fucking day. Who the hell are you anyway?
12-02-2004 05:00:19 | More by mentor
4.15/5 rDev +2.2%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5
This place is singles heaven!
The appearance of this place is quite rustic for Boulder standards, but don?t let that sway you it has something offer. The selection of singles is exceptional , and reasonably priced. They offer a 10% discount for 6 or more if you pack them up in one of their white six-pack carriers. This is a beer reviewer?s paradise. The variety is good (microbrews and imports), but they fall short in the Belgian (and German) department. There is a selection of 750ml Belgians in a cooler toward the back of the store that is fair, but not exceptional. Some of the Prices for six-packs seemed a little high, but for the most part the prices were reasonable.
10-18-2004 22:36:06 | More by SeanChouffe
4.2/5 rDev +3.4%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4
Liquor Mart in Boulder. Or as an Indiana-boy used to puckering up his ass cheeks for a $10 sixer of anything above Sam Adams, fuckin' heaven!
This store looks like an old carpet store or something. It has an odd, old funkiness to it, but holds a treasure trove of goodness. Think about every west-coast beer you'd want to lay your hands on available in single and bomber format when available. For cheap. Special concentrations of Colorado beer. Huge, rows of wine and liquor, but a good 1/3 dedicated to our favorite tipple.
Deals that kick serious ass. I picked up 2 Avery Hog-Heaven barleywines for less than $6. Mix-and-match cases for ~$20.
Little lacking in the Belgian department. Very West Coast-centric in terms of beer selection, but i'm not complaining. After repeated visits I must say it sucks to not have a liquor store that seems more like a warehouse.
Nice glass selection as well.
09-09-2004 00:13:52 | More by GreenWBush
3.55/5 rDev -12.6%
quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5
This is a big liquor store with a large selection of about everything, including beer. I don't think many college kids buy the rare stuff because all they probably want to get are 30-packs of macros. I found some limited edition stuff like Rogue's Morimoto Imperial Pilsner that probably would have been sold out by now at other liquor stores in Denver.
They have good amount of coolers, probably 40+, and you are free to walk around behind the cooler looking for beers. Good selection of US, German, local microbrews, but their Belgium section was really small.
The best thing I love about this place is the build your own 6-pack. 20% off for every 6 12oz. bottles, and nearly everything you can stick in the 6-pack. Good thing because I'm not sure if I really needed 6 Grolsch Amber Ales(heard it was a good Alt). They also had a bunch on warm shelving, but worried me on how long the stuff has been sitting there. There were more germans sitting in the cooler so it made me feel more comfortable buying those.
The organization is good for everything that comes in a 4-pack or higher. The 22oz bombers or the 750's are a big unorganized and hard to find. I could probably walk around looking at everything for 10 minutes and find more hidden stuff elsewhere.
While I was there the entire time, no one was around to help, nor did anyone ask me if I needed help. I wonder if there is a beer manager. I never called for one because I know what to look for, but it would have been better if someone knowledgeable was walking around.
The prices are good. The discount on the 6-pack is great. Most of the other beers are about average, or maybe 50 cents to $1 more than other liquor stores.
I'd definitely come back, just because the singles selection is huge. Great for me, especially because I like to get something I've never tried before, but don't want to get 6 because I know its going to be crappy.
08-07-2004 05:30:43 | More by dauss
4.05/5 rDev -0.2%
quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5
My business travels recently have been taking me to Longmont, CO and I'm glad that I've found Liquor Mart. They have an enormous selection of US beers, along with some foreign brews. Their selection of local micros is impressive. What I liked best was that you can make your own six pack. It cost me around eight dollars for a variety of Colorado Micros.
If you're in the Boulder area on business, this is the place to pick up some good local brews
09-19-2003 02:35:12 | More by jcalabre
Liquor Mart in Boulder, CO
91 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.