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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 CortexBomb:
Photo of CortexBomb
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%

Stumbled across this store while visiting a friend in Ann Arbor and while not blown away by any means, I was still happy with it.

Have an impressive array of not only local micros (including some rarer ones, Bell's Rye Stout for example) but Belgians, and other semi-difficult to acquire items.

Staff seemed to have a decent knowledge of their beer since I was able to get into a conversation about Dark Belgians, but I wouldn't put them up on a pedestal by any means, they know enough to get by in a store that serves beer snobs as an aside though.

CortexBomb, Jun 01, 2004
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Drk93TT, Dec 18, 2013
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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
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Main Party Store in Ann Arbor, MI
87 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.