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Main Party Store

Not Rated.
Main Party StoreMain Party Store
BA SCORE
87
very good

30 Ratings
Ratings: 30
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 8.42%
[ Store ]

201 N Main St
Ann Arbor, Michigan, 48104-1412
United States
phone: (734) 769-1515

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Reviews by Billolick:
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

I'm suprised by the mediocre ratings for this place. I was BLOWN AWAY by the selection. They have tons of differant and unusual brews. The two rear rooms, one refregerated and one not were home to a boatload of new and interesting brews. Bells Galore, Founders up the ying yang, Arcadia etc etc etc this place is one I would go back to if I were a local. I kept seeing more and more interesting stuff. The selection of Belgians, closer to the cash registers was impressive. Having an assortment of corresponding Belgian glasses was another nice touch. Only a few doors down from the also very interesting Heidelberg.

Billolick, Feb 20, 2005
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3.82/5  rDev +0.5%

This store is nothing impressive from the outside; in fact, it looks to be as ghetto as Ann Arbor gets. While that's not particularly ghetto at all, it still didn't look like much. It's in a great location, though, particularly for visitors. It's right on the way into town coming off 94 from Toledo, and is directly next to one of the town's main parking garages. Inside, it's very large but looks essentially like a giant convenience store. The difference is that all they sell (besides some cigarettes) is alcohol. The selection is huge, with a cooler down a very long wall dedicated to beer as well as two long aisles, and when I reached the back of the store there was a large walk-in cooler with more craft beer. Prices are high, but I chalk that up to being MI for the most part.They may have been just a little higher than some other stores around, though. Still, it's a great place to find lots of stuff I'll never get in Ohio. There were about 8 different beers from Short's as well as Vivant, etc. and some small guys that don't do distro outside the state. It's definitely a good place to go.

Brenden, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of cratez
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

When I visited: March 2012.

What I bought: Nothing, the prices were shockingly expensive.

What I liked: lots of rarities, as I saw all types of beers from Rogue, Mikkeller, Samuel Adams, and Founders that I had never even heard of. The clerk offered to help us as soon as we walked into the beer section, so the service was pretty good.

What I disliked: Prices were nearly double what I paid for comparable beers at Wine Seller and Plum Market.

Would I go back? Not unless they become more affordable.

Overall Rating: 66

cratez, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of Zymus
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%

The Main Party Store has an impressive selection of beers, both domestic and foreign. They also have a large walk-in cooler where a large proportion of the selection can be found. They have several special beers that I can find nowhere else. The people behind the counter are friendly. The place is a bit cramped inside, but this is not really much of an issue. The only downside of the store is that their prices tend to be higher than everyone else. Indeed, for some of the special limited release beers, the prices are unreasonably high.

Zymus, May 24, 2012
Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.16/5  rDev +9.5%

This place doesn't look like much from the outside, and I definitely didn't expect much with a name like "Main Party Store." I was thinking that there would be a bunch of BMC beers and some snacks. I thought wrong. They had a very wide selection of beers and a big walk-in cooler. I appreciated the fact that you could buy a single bottle from any 6-pack in the store. They also had a pretty large selection of bottles only in the single variety, as well as a number of bombers. It is pretty tight inside, especially when the place gets busy, but the selection makes up for it. The only people working in the store are the cashiers up front, so if you're looking for a place to ask someone questions about which beer to buy, this doesn't seem to be the place for you. However, if you have an idea of what you're looking for and want a good selection of local and other beers, this is a good spot.

BlackBelt5112203, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of alampear
3.16/5  rDev -16.8%

This place has very tight quarters. A pretty good selection of just about everything. Very nice walk in cooler with 6pks and 12pks. Large row of coolers with tons of craft and import bombers. Facing the coolers is a dry shelf with more singles, bombers and lots of odds and ends. There were lots of old seasonals laying around, and in general a lot of older beers, but no real gems to be had.

Overall, the prices were a little high, selection is pretty good. Nothing too rare, but a good selection of local beers, US craft beer, and imports. Definitely worth returning to.

alampear, May 08, 2011
Photo of gboy515duo
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%

I didn't expect much from this place. We entered to see 4 bums carrying 40's to the counter. The idea was to pick up some beers before we caught a concert in Detroit, and figured this was the closest place to where we were staying. After perusing all the wine we head to the coolers and BAM! To our surpise, it's not a cooler filled with OE and Hurricanes, but 22oz bottles of Rogue, Sam Adams Imperial, Victory, Stone, and much much more. There was a walk in cooler with 6 packs of so many different types of beer, from Flying Dog to "Beer:30".

The Beer:30 had us laughing for awhile.

The selection really is top notch here, and everything seemed pretty fresh. We picked up a 30 of PBR because we were afraid of the Beer:30 and also got some singles and a 4pack of Unibroue Trois Pistoles, as well as a party pack of Flying Dog. We stayed pretty safe, to say the least. We didn't really get too crazy. It was very inexpensive in my opinon, the 4 pack of Unibroue was only 9.99$. The worst part about it is the deposit on the cans & bottles.

The service was the worst part. Nobody could really help us with anything, there was no parking really, and the two people working the counter seemed to have trouble figuring out actually what the heck was going on.

Overall, a pleasant surprise.

gboy515duo, Jul 29, 2010
Photo of MbpBugeye
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%

This was probably my favorite shop that we visited while in town for the beer fest.

The downtown area is pretty awesome with walking distance to lots of beer destinations including another really good shop.

We were here after dark so there was a bunch of drunk homeless asking us for money. It doesnt really bother me too much, just slightly annoying to be asked for money all the time.

This place is pretty tight inside, Its hard to see what youre looking at since you have to stand so close to the shelves. There is one very tall, long shelf holding warm singles and large bottles (including a huge, huge Double Bastard for $80) Mirroring that is a line of coolers with yet more singles and large bottles and some 6 packs. In the back is a little walk in cooler that holds only 6 packs and cases.

The rest of the shop is full of liquor and two rows or so of wine.

This place had my favorite selection. A few Kuhnhenn singles, Short's that I havent seen anywhere else, lots of Belgians, Germans and British beers, Arcadia, Arbor and lots of other stuff. Kinda overwhelming for me.

MbpBugeye, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of jrallen34
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%

We stopped by this place after leaving Beer Depot because we were searching for a Westmalle Trippel to clone. First time in Ann Arbor and I was surprised again with in five minutes to find two really nice beer stores and selections. Main probably has Beer Depot beat on selection, but overall Beer Depot is probably a little better due to all their beer brewing stuff...Main had a long row of craft, a long row of chilled craft, and then a big cooler in the back with some craft and a lot of macro stuff...The selection was really nice, had lots of staples Belgians and some harder to find ones, and tons of Michigan locals, including three bottles of Kuhnhenn.

This is a place to checkt out if you want to buy some Michigan locals.

jrallen34, Jul 24, 2010
Photo of akorsak
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%

Ann Arbor is a whore! Now that that is out of my system, I can get on to the review.

Quality: Main Street looks unimpressive from the street, a corner liquor store from the looks. Parking in front, not a lot though. Inside, three aisles of wine/liquor and one of beer, along with several coolers dedicated to beer.

Service: I neither sought out nor received any help.

Selection: A wide selection, especially in the Belgian realm. I was keenly intent on Michigan breweries (read that as Shorts) but came up empty. A less discriminating drinking will be pleased with the selection. Prices are moderate, in line with the rarity of the beer that is desired. Mad Hatter, Arbor, Founders, and Bells runs through the Michigan list.

akorsak, Jun 11, 2010
Photo of dirtylou
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%

Muck Fichigan.

visited on a Friday evening - minimal parking out front but a spot was easily obtained. there is a big garage right next to the joint and i'm sure theres free street parking in the vicinity.

very narrow beer aisle - if you can dodge sigma chi chotchbags buying cubes of natty lite, you'll find coolers full of jolly pumpkin, stone, southern tier, great divide and many other bombers. i noticed some obscure arbor brewing beers with hefty price tags. after a few minutes i realized i had not found any sixers, which was my primary reason for visiting

eventually i found the walkin cooler. the first thing i spotted was a bottom shelf full of shorts sixers. i was pretty excited about this since i wasnt sure they were distributed this far south. i scooped 2 sixers of the ipa, a sixer of the brown, and a sixer of the soft parade. i chuckled that they had mishawaka sixpacks. there was also some arbor stuff and lots of other michigan micros

while this place gets a b+, it is absolutely worht a stop if you are coming from out of state. We get a lot of this stuff in Wisco - but there is plenty that doesnt leave the borders.

pricing seemed a tad high, but i guess i dont really know. no service present

dirtylou, Sep 15, 2009
Photo of lamarr04
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%

This is my go to store if I am in search of something rare, or if I am in the main street area. Good selection of singles bottles both in the fridge along the far wall(mostly 750 ml bottles) and on the shelves facing the fridge (mixture of stuff from all over the world). Also really good selection of six packs in the walk-in cooler. Staff is friendly enough although I have never really tested their beer knowledge. Only draw back is they price things like a campus liquor store (meaning everything is expensive).

lamarr04, Jun 08, 2009
Photo of emerge077
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%

Centrally located AA spot, unassuming facade, typical party store with some hand painted windows out front with the Fransiskaner monk and Spaten paddle logos. We were greeted and offered help right away, and the clerk gave an answer to a beer question.

Beer was in the long narrow corridor on the right side of the store, 40s and crappy wine coolers first, then local micros and bombers. Noticed 4 Flat Earth bottles here, also Frog Island, fairly obscure for the area, also of unknown age. Leelanau, including the pricey Petoskey, which I was hunting for. Fairly broad Belgian and English shelves, stacked deep and high. Limited lambic selection, though there was an old Lou Pepe from years past. This applied to several dusty vintage English ales too, such as Lees Harvest, Harveys Elizabeth, Gales and a few others dating back to the late 90s. There was a vintage Harvest ale boxed set even, toward the back on a low shelf. Some nice glassware on a high shelf towards the front. Back walk-in cooler was nice, a good selection of local craft from Arbor, Founders, Dark Horse, Bells, Arcadia, etc. Some MI-exclusive oddities back there, such as Mad Anthony's Pale from Erie Brewing in PA, (not the Ft. Wayne, IN brewer). Magnums of Anchor OSA were in the back walk-in also. Cans of Keweenaw in the front cooler.

Overall prices were generally high, $20 for Expedition for example. Limited my purchases to things I didn't see elsewhere, like Keweenaw, Petoskey, and a couple random things. Couldn't find the latest batch of Hop Rocket yet, though the clerk insisted the singles they had from last year were available (year old DIPA, no thanks). For the area this is definitely the best import selection, now that Bello Vino is closing.

emerge077, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of botham
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%

The Main Party Store in Ann Arbor is a decent stop for brews, with a decent selection and an entire stock of single bottle offerings. the beer is tucked away against the far wall and along the whole store as one enters. many of the notable offerings were quite dusty, with most of the staples that one would find in a typical beer store.

service was present, but not needed. the offerings were pretty standard overall.

selection was good. many things that this BA could not find in Chicago, but the dusty conditions were a bit off-putting.

botham, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of erok
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%

This is the kind of liquor/beer store I love. Upon entering you're greeted by 3 tight corridors between 6'-high steel racks stuffed to the gills, maximizing the use of space. The back wall is lined with cooler doors full of 40's, macros, micro-sixers and singles (mostly bombers). There's a large selection of singles, 4-packs and sixers on the shelves with a great mix of imports, particularly from Germany and Belgium.

However the prices are generally high and all over the map. I though my eyes were going to bug out of my head when I saw 12 oz singles of Dogfishhead 120 minute and Raison-D'etre Extra for $10.49 EACH! I thought I was mistaken, but then I looked above and saw 4-packs of their oak-barrel aged IPA for nearly $20.

Bombers of some micros were priced fairly, on the other hand. A 22 oz bomber of North Coast Brother Thelonius was $8.49, and bombers of Ommegang were $7.49.

Overall, if you know what beers are price fairly, this is a worthy establishment. But buyer beware, the pricing is inconsistent at best.

erok, Aug 16, 2008
Photo of zdk9
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

My favored place to get local Michigan brews in AA. Certainly cramped and crowded with party supplies (including the first two coolers filled with 40s and macros). A decent selection of Europeans and bombers, along with an entire back walk-in cooler of 6ers. As mentioned, generally higher prices but a good place to find rare finds (I got my Founders KBS there). Service is sporatic. Sometimes the employee on duty seems to know the world about beer and sometimes it's just a teenager looking for a job.

zdk9, Apr 05, 2007
Photo of alexgash
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%

Conveniently located within walking distance to my house. Looks like a gas station only with less interior space! Cramped, packed to the gills with liquor, wine, and, of course, beer. A dozen fridge coolers house good singles, bombers, German beers, English ales, and some macros. Long, tall shelf of Belgians stored at room temp. is impressive. Fantome, Cantillon, Drie Fonteinen, etc., you name it, it's likely there. Decent-sized walk in cooler in the back houses many six-packs of US micros. Most MI beers are available here, with lots of Dark Horse, Atwater, Bell's, Arbor, New Holland, and Founders. Have never seen Kuhnhenn though. Anyway, you can also get Victory, So. Tier, Stoudt's, Rogue, Stone, etc. Best of all, they let you break up sixers (but they charge you more per bottle!). Service is pretty-much non-existent and the prices might make you cry (very expensive, just like Beer Depot). Still, I stop by here every now and then because they often have hard to find brews in stock (e.g. I found some Breakfast Stout and Dark Horse Fore and Double Crooked Tree last week!).

alexgash, Mar 08, 2007
Photo of macpapi
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%

Located at the end of the downtown Main Street strip, this store is hard to categorize. From the outside, it looks like the typical party store, more commonly seen in the State and University areas on campus. The generic atm machine on the outside is typical to that genre. On the inside it is a mix of cheap junk foods, sodas, wine and a pretty large selection of beer. The beer aisle is long and narrow--too cramped really. It is very hard to move around and feel comfortable while perusing the shelves and coolers. What is in stock, however, somewhat makes up for shortcomings in atmosphere. There is a very good selection of Belgians and local brews. All the major Michigan breweries and most requisite Belgians are normally in stock. Also a good selection of other American craft and internationals--some not so well known. Along the main wall, the cooler contains many singles, 750s and bombers--to go along with the too extensive selection of forties. The back room is a cooler with a multitude of six and twelve-packs. Good selection on the whole. Prices vary. Most sixers are a buck or so more than you can find them elsewhere. But there are some pretty decent deals on Belgian bottles and a variety of other singles if you spend the time browsing. Watch out for out of date bottles though. Service is, well serve yourself for the most part. The employees are a bit rough on the surface, but warm with time. Actually considering the shady characters who often stumble through the store, I can't blame these guys for being a bit rough around the edges. This is by no means anywhere close to the better stores in Ann Arbor. But for those living close to downtown, it is a convenient stop every once in a while to pick up a quality beer or two.

macpapi, Feb 23, 2006
Photo of Frozensoul327
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Right in the heart of Downtown Ann Arbor you will find the Main St. Party store. Went there with low expectations, as it looks like a haven for 40 oz's and nudie magazines, which is what nearly every other Ann Arbor party store offers nearly exclusively. I was pleasantly suprised when I found that there was a nice wall of coolers stocked with Michigan and regional micros, Belgians, and some quality German offerings. There's a nice walk in cooler towards the back of the store which looked promising, but upon entry, a stock person was smoking in there and looked rather confused as to what was what. Needless to say, the smoking was enough of a turnoff to make me want to do a 180. Once it cleared, I went back in and found an impressive collection of micros and of course macros. Not bad. Additionally, this store had a respectable selection of glassware, something that is overlooked in many beer / liquor stores. The prices were a bit on the high side, but considering I got my grubby paws on Founder's Breakfast Stout (!), I kind of overlooked that fact. Overall selection was good. I'd stop here again, but only if I was on my way to Big Ten. Worth a visit.

Frozensoul327, Oct 23, 2005
Photo of DrJay
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%

A small liquor/wine/beer store right in the middle of downtown Ann Arbor, I wasn't expected much of a selection. Well, I was quite surprised by the excellent selection of Michigan, US, and import beers. I picked up Founders Devil Dancer and Kuhnhenn Fourth Dementia, and there were other excellent selections from these breweries as well as Bell's, Great Divide, and Rogue. There were more hard-to-find Unibroue beers here than I found in a recent trip to Montreal as well. The selection of Belgian and other European imports was quite nice for someone living in Toronto. About half the beer was refrigerated. The service wasn't great, but it wouldn't stop me from coming back again. FYI, a friend of mine was also quite impressed with the wine selection (and the price). I'll definitely stop by again when I'm in the area since they stock some hard to find items, but I'll probably stop by some other shops first for the more common beers since the prices are a little on the high side.

DrJay, Sep 25, 2005
Photo of Gaisgeil
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%

Okay, first off, this place is pretty expensive, like as in the most expensive spot that I've come across in Michigan, everything seemed to be $1 than anywhere else. Combined with the fact that most everything (except for a bottle of Susie's Sweet Stout from Bell's) I can find somewhere else and not have to deal with venturing into downtown A2.

Selection was pretty good overall, lots of quality and selection for such a small place, sort of cramped however. They did keep a good deal in coolers, which is a definate bonus in my book.

Not a bad spot to look for the occasional treat, but based on price I'd just go to one of their lower priced competitors.

Slàinte!

Gaisgeil, Aug 02, 2005
Photo of aaronh
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%

I was happy to find a large local selection at this store. Unfortunately, most of them were in six packs. After talking to the guy at the counter, I assembled 3 mixed sixers of local beers. Dark Horse, Founders, and New Holland made up the bulk of my take (pretty well versed in Bell's offerings). Some say the prices are higher, but at an average of $2 a beer for my singles, and $8 for sixers, this PA resident was thrilled with the prices. I'd stop by here again, because even after buying 18 different beers, I feel I could easily return and do the same, just with local stuff. Then there's a good selection of JW Lees, Thomas Hardy, and a host of other vintage beers, and also a good selection of US Craft and solid import offerings, this is a nice store. Not much beer knowledge for the staff, though.

aaronh, Mar 29, 2005
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Main Party Store in Ann Arbor, MI
87 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.