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Liquor Depot

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4 Ratings
Ratings: 4
Reviews: 4
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 11.86%
$$ - reasonable
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1010 Washington Ave. S.
Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55415
United States
phone: (612) 339-4040
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spoots

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -15.3%
quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | $$

First, the good: Liquor Depot's wine department is actually pretty good, with a friendly, savvy staff and a very good selection at aggressive prices.

The bad news is that the beer department remains pretty grim. And the overall atmosphere is as spartan as any liquor store I've ever been in. I've been a customer here since the 80s and they haven't put any significant effort into improving the shopping experience in all those years.

On the beer side of things, they do carry a lot of beer--but it's 90% macro and 10% craft and micro. And from the looks of the craft/micro stock--pretty dusty, a little aged--there aren't a lot of takers.

So I suspect Liquor Depot is in a "chicken and egg" situation where they figure they can't afford to stock a big variety of non-macros because the market in that area doesn't support it. Of course, it could be that there is no market for micros/crafts because they do such a modest job of stocking/displaying/selling it.

Either way, it's unfortunate to see LD squander this potential market because 1) the abundance of wealth moving into the 1000s of new lofts in the area is significant and 2) the proximity of Town Hall Brewery means there actually are serious beer drinkers in the area.

Sadly, most of those buyers are heading either to Surdyk's or Zipps for their quality beers.

[Note: I will give kudos (and extra points) to Liquor Depot for hosting an amazingly good scotch tasting night every year. It's a great way to sample many, many single malts without spending a dime--although I always buy 6-8 bottles during each of these events.]

02-20-2006 19:40:16 | More by spoots
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TastyTaste

Minnesota

3.35/5  rDev -5.4%
quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$

Stopped in after picking up a growler at Town Hall. A fairly large store which seems to focus on hard alcohol rather than beer. The selection they do have is towards to the back, and has a fairly good variety of 6 packs of regional brews, Schell, Summit, Bells, James Page, and many more. There was also a fairly good selection of imports, but nothing you can't find at most respectable liquor stores in the Twin Cities. Staff was pretty much non-existant in terms of customer service, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing in some situations. If you are in the area, it is a good place to stop, but not worth a special trip.

02-16-2006 02:39:07 | More by TastyTaste
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev +17.2%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Once I realized that the Depot had a damned good selection, and carried some brands and brews that I wasn't seeing at other stores, plus that they always sale some brands and bargains ain't hard to find, this became a fixture in my beer-buying travels. When I figured that it was easier to get at of all the nearby quality stores, it became my go-to bottle shop.
Walk in, turn around, and navigate past all the wine and liquor until you get to the far left, where you want to be, the beer. The West side wall is all one cooler that begins macro, tapers into local stuff, and spreads out. On the floor, various displays of cases and shelves of locals and imports. The North wall shelf is dominated by American and local craft-brew, and again, there's always something marked down, just right for affordable sampling. Next we have a few coolers, for the more reached-for micro stuff, then some shelves of various Belgians. Turn around and find bottles from UK, Europe, Asia, everywhere.
And once more, if they want to move something, they DO, and mark it down significantly. Service has always been friendly and attentive, never had a problem there.
Anyone shopping for beer in Minneapolis owes it to themselves to give the Depot a try.

12-30-2003 08:55:05 | More by feloniousmonk
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tavernjef

Minnesota

3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Located only 2 blocks from the Metrodome on the Washington Ave stretch into downtown Minneapolis. They claim to have the largest selection of Malt Scotch, if that interests you. Its not a bad place to stop in for. The beer selection is no better or no worse then most big liquor stores. I tend to find they have more imports then micro American craft beers and also happen to carry lots of the macro swill to keep the visiting metrodome folks happy. Its a bit run down, the floors are an industrial cement with cracks in it in some places. Their carts are run down as well with sticking wheels and noisy. It has some staff that haven't a clue when trying to ask about specific beers. But as before, it can be worth stopping in, but you may have much better luck heading over to Surdyk's which is only 5 to 10 minutes from there depending on the lights.

06-14-2003 12:07:30 | More by tavernjef
Liquor Depot in Minneapolis, MN
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