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Liquor Mart

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Liquor MartLiquor Mart
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

61 Ratings
Ratings: 61
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11.98%
[ Store ]

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

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Photo of Billolick
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%

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 mikesgroove
4/5  rDev -2.2%

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 TurdFurgison
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Stopped here while in town on business. Found it on BA before the trip as per procedure.

There was an outstanding selection here. Quite a few German, English, and Belgian beers (including Westmalle in 750ml, a size which I don't see too often for this beer). Also many American micro's, all available in singles (or at least most).

I was really looking for New Belgium beers while in the area, and that's basically what I bought (some of the dubbel and some of the trippel, forget the fat tire). I would have liked to find La Folie, but apparently it's only sold from the source.

With reasonable prices and great selection, I recommend a stop here to anyone in Denver or Boulder.

TurdFurgison, Oct 27, 2005
Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%

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 Floydster
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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 shivtim
4.09/5  rDev 0%

Stopped by after a half day of hiking near Boulder.
This looks like your basic mega-liquor-mart, but happens to have a fantastic singles selection. A whole row of single beers, both 12oz and bombers. Lots of local and regional stuff. An OK European selection as well. Very impressive for an out-of-towner, with lots of Colorado and West Coast representation. An employee came over and helped me pick out a couple local options.

Overall this places isn't just focused on beer, there were a lot of people buying liquor and cases of Bud Light. But they do have a fantastic/huge selection and the employee I talked to knew his stuff. Certainly worth a stop if you're in the Denver/Boulder area.

shivtim, May 05, 2012
Photo of nickfl
4.5/5  rDev +10%

nickfl, Apr 17, 2014
Photo of bditty187
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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 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.

bditty187, Jul 21, 2005
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.3/5  rDev -19.3%

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.

Mebuzzard, Apr 14, 2007
Photo of russpowell
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%

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 BeerBelcher
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%

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
Photo of LittleDon
4.41/5  rDev +7.8%

This use to be a regular shopping stop when I lived in Longmont a few years ago. I still stop in regularly when I'm in town, about every other month. As beer merchants in Colorado go, you'll be hard to find any place that regularly out competes any others when it comes to price. Selection, however, is a different story. Local residents may not realize how good this place is when compared to others around the country. The bomber choices are phenomenal and while a build your own six may be pricey, there are few other places that offer the variety of singles (not to mention the advantage of getting to sample beers from styles from which I'm hesitant to buy a six). The service is usually good, depending on who is in that day. The biggest ding, as if it mattered, is the atmosphere. It still retains the old grocery store look and can feel a bit on the grungy side. Never the less, worth a visit if your in town.

LittleDon, Nov 07, 2011
Photo of williamjbauer
4/5  rDev -2.2%

williamjbauer, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of rowew
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%

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.

rowew, Jan 10, 2005
Photo of htomsirveaux
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%

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 Rayek
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%

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 GreenWBush
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%

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.

GreenWBush, Sep 09, 2004
Photo of mentor
2.9/5  rDev -29.1%

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?

mentor, Dec 02, 2004
Photo of drseamus
4.65/5  rDev +13.7%

I will have to disagree with most people on service. The guy in charge there was extremely helpful and gave us a lot help. He pointed out a lot of good beers and we ended up with some nice beers we can't get back in NY. They had some pretty rare beers there and I'll have to go back again before I leave. I found the beers to be a bit cheaper than back in NY also. They had most of the beers in cooler displays and some in the back of the cooler also. Their belgian selection is decent, but I think we have more at home. A good beer store all around though.

drseamus, May 25, 2007
Photo of cbcrunch
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%

cbcrunch, Sep 24, 2014
Photo of rye726
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%

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 dauss
3.55/5  rDev -13.2%

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.

dauss, Aug 07, 2004
Photo of GilGarp
3.6/5  rDev -12%

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 denver10
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%

One of the best things about Boulder. Very nice selection of 6 packs, bombers, and the best build your own 6 pack selection that I have come across in the state. If they carry the beer it is probably available as a single, just awesome IMO. And their beer selection is complete. Good chance that if the beer is carried in the market they will carry it. The building is older, not too large, but organized nicely. Service is fine, generally you need help you have to ask for it and seek it but the help is there to be found. Reasonably priced, on par with market prcies imo. My big complaint is that they don't have a Denver location.

denver10, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of barefootbrewer
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%

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
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Liquor Mart in Boulder, CO
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