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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
3.05/5 rDev -24.9%
quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | $$
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.
09-28-2010 17:42:25 | More by hopstradamus
3.2/5 rDev -21.2%
quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
I used to use Liquor Mart as my go to store, and it's still good for some things (mainly cheap kegs), however since I refined my tastes, it has lost it's luster. While they do have a lot of beer, it seems that their coolers are mainly filled with the macros and imports that are common everywhere.
They have a decent selection of Belgian 750s, but are missing a lot of the harder to find beers, like Cantillon. They have all the Colorado microbrews which is nice and you can also make your own six-packs which is always a plus.
I don't know if I just go in on the wrong days or that they just don't have certain breweries, like Port, Lost Abbey or Russian River which seem to be available at almost every other store in Boulder. They also don't appear to have any micro bombers besides what's in that detached cooler, which is also kind of a let down, I always expect more from the size.
Some people say that the staff is helpful but every time I'm in there I never get approached to get help and rather I feel like I'm being followed around like a shoplifter, it's uncomfortable to say the least.
Liquor Mart definitely owns it when it comes to size in Boulder which can be useful when it comes to limited edition beers, they tend to get a larger allotment of harder to find beers than anywhere else does. They do seem to have some good deals but most of their beer seems to be a least a dollar more expensive then anywhere else in Boulder.
Overall it's worth a look but I personally wouldn't use it as my go to store for all my beer needs.
12-30-2008 07:44:31 | More by onecrazybreeze
3.3/5 rDev -18.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
My hotel was three blocks from this place. What a lure.
large space, deep. Old IGA feel to it. Reminds me of a modern day, beat up WalMart. I'm finding it hard to rate this place. Quality of the building, shelves, and format are less than average, but the quality of the beers they have is quite impressive. The beer section is split into three areas (actually about 4), so it was a bit tough to find anything. They have a large selection warm, 12oz single bottles, and a good price to make six packs. Their import section of single bombers is above average as well, although a bit hidden. Domestic bombers were mixed in with barley wine 6packs. Hmm. No worries. Service was bad. I at least saw people who worked there. I did see 12 packs (mixed) of twisted pine on sale. Cool.
Overall, a great stop in Boulder if you live there. If not, and are just visiting, hit the breweries first. Then if you're done with that and have time, hit the Pearl Street area. And if you still have time, go to Liquor Mart.
04-14-2007 18:32:11 | More by Mebuzzard
3.5/5 rDev -13.8%
quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Visited on 4/26/09, we actually parked right along the street this was one and did not even recognize the store until we were walking back from Pearl Street, first thing I noticed when I walked in were the bottles of La Folie for nineteen bucks, had some 2007 bottles left even, I had called this place a few days before and asked if they had Woodville #21, they said they had several bottles, when I got there and did not see any, I asked and I was told they have not had those bottles for about two years, that sucked but life goes on, looked around for a while and saw sevral beer fridges with a lot of Colorado brews, what this place had other liquor stores in the area did not were a few Twisted Pine four packs, this is expected as the brewpub is right down the street, the only thing I got was some Kerberos Tripel from Flying Dog as I have never seen it anywhere else before, not a bad store at all and probably the best in Boulder, would go back
05-10-2009 21:25:35 | More by Floydster
3.5/5 rDev -13.8%
quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
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
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
3.55/5 rDev -12.6%
quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped here after hearing about from a liquor store owner here in Estes Park. Went down there and was pleasently surprised. Mostly Colorado craft brews. Nice single selection...minimal dust on the warm bottle section. Nice selection of Colorado bombers. Very reasonable prices on 6 packs. Good Belgian, German, and English selection and not too pricey, all in the cooler. I picked up a couple bottles of Sam Smith Winter Welcome on sale for $1.49 each, typically $3.99/bottle back in Traverse City, Mi where I live. I would definitely stop here again. As good as LiquorMax in Loveland. Like others said, the service isn't all that great. I picked up $150 in singles and the clerk rolled her eyes and made some cranky comments because I actually made her work. On the plus side, one of the guys in the beer dept. let me break up a 6'er of Anchor Xmas for a single. 5 mins later I overheard another customer ask for the same single so I pointed her to the sixer I broke up. She was thrilled.
11-14-2005 22:32:26 | More by Mitchster
Liquor Mart in Boulder, CO
91 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.