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The Party Source

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The Party SourceThe Party Source
BA SCORE
97
world-class

90 Ratings
Ratings: 90
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.01%
[ Store ]

95 Riviera Dr
Bellevue, Kentucky, 41073-1337
United States
phone: (859) 291-4007

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.21/5  rDev -3.7%

They bill themselves as something like "the biggest beverage store in America". I wouldn't doubt it! This place is truly massive. Their bourbon selection (we're in Kentucky after all) is enough to keep me perusing the aisles for hours. They also have a tasting bar where you can get pours of unique spirits ranging from rare bourbons to expensive mezcal varietals.

The beer selection is quite outrageous as well. I saw 16 different types of De Molen brews. SIXTEEN! Plus dozens of Mikkeller bottles and a section called "creme de la creme" that has rare stuff like Mikkeller Black Hole, Barrel Aged Black Weasel, Mikkeller George Calvados, De Molen Barrel Aged Hel & Verdoemenis and more.

Besides these goodies, Party Source has bombers and six packs from pretty much every major brewery in America. The beer guy is nice and helpful, and just past the retail store you'll find Eight Ball Brewing! Too much boozy fun, I'm telling you.

DoubleSimcoe, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of gunmetralRED
4.66/5  rDev +6.6%

I used to drive past this place all the time, but never went in due to its exterior. It basically looks like a Walmart of party supply places, and their logo doesn't help. I figured it's all plastic leis and metallic streamers, right?

Wrong. It was recommended by a friend that I go inside, and man I'm glad I did. They have a bunch of sale wines and spirits at their entry door, which is a little overwhelming for hitting you the moment you enter. I usually pass right by them. The first few aisles are that Walmart party supply I mentioned, but walk past those and you're finally in alcohol heaven. There are rows upon rows of wines, ranging from a few bucks a bottle to hundreds of dollars a bottle. If they don't have it, they'll get it for you.

I'm a spirits girl, and their spirits selection is second to none. They of course have all the national brands, all the national brands' varieties (Laphroaig Quarter Cask, zomg!), and a hefty selection of craft brands. They employ several conoisseurs on staff, and the last time I was in they were doing an $8 bourbon flight tasting (which included Pappy van Winkle, mind you). The guy was extremely knowledgeable of all things bourbon, scotch, and oddly enough, mezcal (which we actually ended up buying, $60 a bottle for some fantastic stuff, and I'm not even a mezcal girl). They also have a great selection of mixers, syrups, and bitters.

Their beer section is equally formidable, covering an entire back wall (that's a Walmart sized wall), plus its own little section including ciders and so on. The selection is fantastic, randing from singles to six-packs (or four-packs) to bombers and kegs. There is also a huge cold storage section in addition to room temperature display. There is an onsite brewery (which is expanding) where they hold tastings and other events. I like to stop and just pick up a random new beer to try periodically, if I haven't already blown my budget on liquor before I even reach the beer section in the back.

As I mentioned before, if they don't have it in stock, they'll get it for you (or give you a really good reason why they can't, such as the distillery/brewery losing its distributor). They're also very active on their Facebook page and will answer a question the same day. Check the place out, and make sure you budget for it. You'll find a lot!

gunmetralRED, Jun 03, 2014
Photo of Dogbrick
4.8/5  rDev +9.8%

Party Source is right across the river from Cincy in Bellevue, KY. They have a large private parking lot out front. The overall feel of the exterior is a grocery store.

The interior of the store stays with the theme, and it is an agonizing walk past aisles of party supplies, wine and liquor before getting to the far end of the store where the beer is. There is a growler station and kegs at the front, room temperature beer shelves in the middle, and cold beer in the back. Good selection of glassware too.

The beer selection is excellent. The growlers included goodies from DFH, Chimay, Moerlein etc. As for bottles they carry a staggering array of beers both in singles and packs from Schlafly, Bell's, Moerlein, Lexington, BBC, Mt. Carmel, etc. A great selection of imports from the UK, Belgium, Germany is represented too. Literally too many beers to list. The only possible problem with this is some stock looks like it might sit a little longer than it should, and some items are haphazardly stacked around in odd places.

Service here is very good. An employee pointed us to the beer section before we asked, and the staff was very helpful in tracking down specific beers and filling growlers. No complaints there.

All in all this is an absolute must-visit for anyone who finds themselves within a 2-hour radius of Cincinnati for any reason.

Dogbrick, Feb 11, 2008
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.85/5  rDev -11.9%

I stopped by here with kmpitz2 on my trip to Kentucky. This is a huge party supply store with a big selection of wine, beer and cigars as well. In the back right corner of the store there is a huge wall with lots of micros and imports. There's a touch of everything here including lots of Rogue, Dogfish Head, Stone and many more. The import selection is quite nice as well. The store is bright and the aisles are big and open. It's easy to get around and check things out.

They don't let you break up six packs here...however if you go past the plastic curtain into the huge cooler in the back you'll see a huge selection of singles. The only problem here is that they are not organized well and some of them seemed to be sitting there for awhile. Make sure to check for dates on the bottles if possible. Other than that, the selection is quite massive. While I was there I didn't see any associates and no one asked if I needed help. So I can't say much for service. The store also had a nice selection of glassware. I picked up a solid Delerium Tremens glass for only $1.99! If you are in the area I recommend a stop by The Party Source!

orbitalr0x, Mar 22, 2005
Photo of kmpitz2
3.7/5  rDev -15.3%

This is a big warehouse party supply store with everything from gag gifts to beer to hard liquor. I stopped in twice on Friday. The place is very clean and shiney. It looks like they are either expanding or remodeling. The beer section has a large selection of imports and domestic micros. They do not allow you to grab warm singles out of six-packs, but they have a gigantic walk-in cooler with singles, though its not all that well stocked or taken care of. The whole time I was there, noone offered any help or even paid attention to the other folks in the ber section. Pretty lacking in that department.

kmpitz2, Mar 21, 2005
Photo of TheyCallMeYukon
5/5  rDev +14.4%

TheyCallMeYukon, Nov 05, 2014
Photo of UrbanCaveman
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

I'm fairly certain this place was recently considered the largest liquor / beer store in the continental United States. And it probably is. It's easily the size of most grocery stores, carrying nothing but beer, wine, liquor, mixers, glassware, and some party food items. I'll just put it this way - there are multiple aisles for just bourbon.

There's a distillery in the parking lot now, and a brewery and taproom in the back (which I have yet to try out, which is on me). When you're looking at a place that carries virtually every whiskey ever distilled and over 70 different types of gin, you're also looking at a mighty fine place to stop in and grab some beer - especially if you're used to Ohio, where if a beer is over 12% ABV, it can't legally be sold.

I would put the craft beer selection here up against any other location in the US, easily, except perhaps the grounds at GABF during said fest (and maybe even then, there's a serious array of imports as well). And the keg selection in the walk-in (more like car dealership garage drive-in) is completely unreal - sixth, quarter, and even full kegs of all manner of craft beer. Ridiculous.

UrbanCaveman, Oct 10, 2014
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.5/5  rDev +3%

TheSevenDuffs, Oct 05, 2014
Photo of rden4654
5/5  rDev +14.4%

U can't go wrong here...Great Selection Thanks For all yoour help Danny!!!

rden4654, Oct 01, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

TurdFurgison, Sep 19, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

Enochase04, Sep 19, 2014
Photo of meanmutt
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

The Party Source is a fantastic store. Incredible beer department with a massive variety. They also have an onsite brewery and taproom (Ei8htBall Brewing). Huge liquor department and a walk-in cigar humidor as well. A must stop if you're in the area.

meanmutt, Sep 19, 2014
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The Party Source in Bellevue, KY
97 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.