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Liquor Mart

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BA SCORE
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65 Ratings
Ratings: 65
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.71%
[ Store ]

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

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Photo of mentor
2.9/5  rDev -29.3%

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.

EDIT:
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?

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.

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.

Photo of blogathan
3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

Photo of RickyBell
3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.3/5  rDev -19.5%
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.

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

Photo of bditty187
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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 don’t 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 couldn’t 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 weren’t 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 you’ll 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 wasn’t impressed but I wasn’t disappointed either. If in Boulder there is no reason not to come here for CO beer.

Photo of dauss
3.55/5  rDev -13.4%

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.

Photo of Mitchster
3.55/5  rDev -13.4%

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.

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).

Photo of Craig01890
3.65/5  rDev -11%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 1.5 | selection: 5

REcently i moved out of Boulder, but I used to live right by Liquor Mart. This store literally has anything in it that you could ever need, but you should be ready to pay a little bit extra for the convienance. However, the staff can at times be rude and unhelpful. I was at this store once with a friend of mine who aditted to having beer or two before we arrived and we were turned away at the register. We politely agreed to leave, and a man wiht a pony tail still grabbed my friend by his arm and fo4rced him out. I know the industry, and worked in a liquor store on the other side of town at the time and found this to be completely unacceptable. I havnt been back since.

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.

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.

Photo of DividedAvery
3.74/5  rDev -8.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

Their prices are pretty good overall. Their warm bomber selection is pretty fantastic but has been falling off of late. Someone there isn't fighting hard enough. The single bottle selection is good if expensive. It's nice to be able to buy one beer to try instead of a whole six-pack. Never had much in the way of customer service there, I wander around all the aisles and have been asked for help maybe 1 time out of 5 trips. But the important thing is that they have a lot of beer, and that makes me happy!

Photo of claytong
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

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.

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!

Photo of BadRockBeer
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%

On February 16, 2007 I had the pleasure of checking out the infamous Liquor Mart in the Republic of Boulder, Colorado.

Using my handy Google Map I found it a little difficult to find, never the less I did. I was shocked at the exterior appearance. It kind of reminded me of a grocery store that was built in the sixty and never renovated. It was missing siding from the front of the store and just appeared to be rundown.

Upon entering it looks the same, everything seems to have a dingy yellow hue. I was just waiting for the wood paneling to come jumping out. On the other hand this place is huge. The wine and liquor selection is probably the largest in the area, I didn’t spend any time in that area but I was still impressed.

I made my way over to the beer selection and was impressed to find 46 doors of heaven; about 12 were owned by the macro swill but still not a bad count. I looked around for about 10 minutes before being approached by the staff. I didn’t need any assistance but I did overhear him helping others, seemed to be a self proclaimed beer geek. Took me quite a while to find the selection of “Special Brews,” they are in a standalone cooler by the beer geeks desk. But they did have a nice selection. They even had several bottles of Bristol’s XXX warlock. I then wandered on to find the massive selection of singles, other than being warm and over exposed to the florescent lights I was extremely impressed. They had to have had several hundred singles.

In the end I ended up with a 12 pack of Dale’s Pale Ale and a bomber of Avalanche. The prices seemed competitive. Actually the Dale’s was the best price I have seen, $10.49/12-cans. All and all, I would stop back in. Other than the appearance and the shotty service that other BA’s have had it seems to be a good place to shop.

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.

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.

Photo of Jstonerock24
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Online order. Was timely and there was no limit on BB biscotti! +

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.

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.

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.

Photo of alexgash
4/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

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Liquor Mart in Boulder, CO
92 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.