Parti-Pak Liquors

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Parti-Pak LiquorsParti-Pak Liquors
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58 Ratings
Ratings: 58
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: n/a
[ Store, Homebrew Store ]

2633 E Stop 11 Rd
Indianapolis, Indiana, 46227-8810
United States
phone: (317) 889-7452

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Reviews by mynie:
Photo of mynie
3.25/5  rDev -25.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

EDIT:
I'm a' keep giving props to the selection, but good god is this place awful when it comes to stocking and selling stale beer. I've been here twice, and each time I've bought at least one bottle of a beer that hasn't been produced in over two years. They rub out and tear off expiry dates, too.

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If you were to ask me about this neighborhood, how it was, I'd think for a second and say "it's quaint." Only I'd say so with a look on my face that made you know that by quaint I meant kinda dodgy, only not in a way that was dangerous so much as it was just unpleasantly weird. A guy wearing a really nice pair of shoes and slacks asked me for a dollar when I went in. He wasn't homeless, obviously. Just wanted a dollar.

All the beers can be bought in singles. That's wonderful. Most of the domestic are really reasonably priced, too, but only a handful are kept cold.

This is the widest range of Belgians I've seen in this state. It's actually the only range of Belgians I've seen in this state. Not as big as John's or Discount Liquors in Milwaukee, but probably the biggest I've ever seen after those two. The thing is, though, that *none* of the Belgians are priced! You have to take each one up to the counter to see how much it costs, and then their computer system is run on an old Coleco ADAM, I guess, so it takes them a full minute to find each price. So fuck. Don't shop there if you're on any kind of budget, I guess.

There was a good selection of domestic rares and one-off's, and like I said the Belgian selection was good, if flawed. The staff was kind of surly, but I guess that's excusable since the Belgian dilemma is an even bigger pain for them than it is for the customers.

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of W9820
4.08/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I've been to this store many times. From the outside, it looks like a typical liquor store but the inside tells a different story! While cluttered and difficult to navigate, the store boasts one of the largest selections of craft beers I've seen. The staff is very knowledgeable and quite helpful. They're great about taking your personal information and contacting you if/when a particular beer you've been searching for arrives in their store. They also offer beer and wine tasting sessions throughout the year.

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of jeremiahoden
4.83/5  rDev +11.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Thanks to the best craft beer store in Indianapolis. Bob was able to get me my # 1 want and another amazing brew as well. I wish I was much closer to this place. Im on the north side of indy and Party pak is on the south. Visit this place if your in Indy!

Photo of MSandahl23
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of tsauce2
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

A: A regular liquor store, nothing fancy about the atmosphere. Spacing is a little tight to manueveur through.

Q: Stock is rotated regularly. Everyting I have bought from this location is of excellent quality.

S: Very friendly staff at opening, which is the only time I go. The owner and his wife are very friendly and personable, the owner and his sons are knowledgable and pretty well informed as to what is coming in to distribution.

S: Selection if AMAZING! Widest selection in town. They usually have most of the smaller release stuff. The selection of foreign beers is staggering. Coolers line 1/4 of the store in addition to room-temp product on the shelves. Very nice liquor and nice wine selection.

F: This location does not serve food, but munchies are available for purchase.

V: Price is a bit more than other locations, but this is a family business, the owner is a cool guy, and they have awesome selection, so I don't mind. Their prices are still very fair. I shop at this location once a week and will continue to do so.

Photo of PorterForMe
4.19/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

The atmosphere is essentially that you are walking into a beer hoarder's shed. Organization is lacking and there is nothing fancy about the place, but who cares?! We're looking for some good brew. On the whole quality is pretty good. My only criticism is that their inventory is so large that some of their beers have become expired and they have failed to replace them. The staff seems to be generally knowledgeable and they were willing to start a FCBS list for me over 2 months before the release date. The selection is the most diverse that I have encountered in the area. Huge selection of American offerings with many specialty and a few rare releases. There is a sizable foreign stock as well which I have yet to delve into... If want brews you can't find anywhere else in Indiana, go here, but you may have to 'dig' to find the gems.

Photo of racens
4.54/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Probably my most frequented bottle shop in the Indy area, and definitely the widest selection I've seen anywhere near here. Always a huge range of choices and they get their hands on all the releases you'd expect them to in the area. Service is variable. Most of the time, they'll have at least one knowledgeable beer person working, but there have been times when that wasn't the case. The only reason the atmosphere lacks a bit is because it's in a bit of a shady area of town, so you can imagine there's a wide variety of visitors with varying levels of caring about the quality of the beer (or whether its beer at all) that they're buying. Overall, I love this place if nothing else than for its selection and being able to count on them to hold a bottle of the next special release for you. Definitely worth a visit if you're in the area.

Photo of cosmonick
4.21/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Today was my first trip to Parti-Pak and I was very impressed. While the store is cramped with narrow isles because it's so full of beer... the store is crammed full of beer! They have an incredibly wide variety of beer from all over the world that borders on overwhelming. It's one of those stores where I'll need to set a dollar limit before I enter because I could easily get carried away. The staff continually offers their assistance and the prices are fair.

One thing that I found odd was a stash of beer behind the counter that is basically just for display / lusting after.

Overall, I was impressed and I will definitely return.

Photo of jisom123
3.38/5  rDev -22.1%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 5

Widest variety of beer in Indiana. Not the highest quality, but they say "yes" to every beer the distributors offer.

I get the feeling that the owner orders the beer, loves beer and is never there. His Daughter and her son work the counter. Both are nice. The rest of the employees are slightly helpful.
This place is next door to a check cashing place.
Slightly whiskey Tango, but they're got everything.
GOOD LUCK finding a price tag on anything. Just get a cart, fill it up and take it to the counter and say, "give the price for each one of these please."
Thats what I have to do. They expect it.

Photo of Badbobx
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

I read a review of this store on BA and today was able to get over there. It is about a half hour drive from my house so it is a little bit of a trip. I was amazed by the selection. I Crooked Tree DIPS, New Holland -The Poet, Avery - The Beast, and Stone Russian Imperial Stout.
I only shopped the American craft beers. The selection was impressive. The foreign beers were very strong and well represented.
The organization of the store is a little confusing. The clerk understood my questions and made a couple of good suggestions.
I will definately go back to this store.

Photo of mdvatab
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I visited Parti-Pak on my day off on my 2nd stop of 5 of Indy's best bottle shops, and was not let down. The outside of the store looks like a ghetto packaged liquor shop, complete w/ check cashing/payday loan shop next door. A sign on the outside caught my eye, which said something to the effect of, "Largest specialty beer selection. If it's available in the state, you'll find it here.". "Allright, it's on," I thought as I walked through the doors.
The store has a pretty packed feel to it. Lots of shelves filled w/ LOTS of beer! Left side of the store is wines/spirits, middle shelves and back coolers are domestic macros & FMB's. The right side is beer heaven. The selection at Parti-Pak appeared to be even slightly better than Kahn's on Keystone. Right perimeter of the store is cold bottle storage. Fantastic selection of brews in the coolers. Running perpendicular to the right (north) wall are 5 or 6 full double aisles of craft 6 packs & bombers, and import 6 packs and single bottles. Some items are priced in the same ballpark as other stores in town. Other items are slightly cheaper. A friendly store clerk in his 20s was quick to ask if I needed help, and was able to tell me whether they had some specific brews I was looking for, and when others might be coming in.
Again, I was truly impressed w/ the selection, and the friendliness of the staff. The store is a good 30-45 min. drive for me, but I'll most definitely be back!

Photo of Luckytiki
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5

Visited on 5/16/2011

A: Area doesn't seem like the best area in Indy and you wouldn't think this place had the best selection of beer by looking at the storefront. But we're not here for aesthetics, we're here for beer right? As you walk in you're greeted by a wall of beer and you immediately forget the outside world...

It's a bit difficult looking for things, because it is cramped- My girlfriend said "don't back up" several times when I was trying to get a look at the lower shelves. Everything is sorted by brewery, which I normally prefer, but it does make it hard when you're looking for a certain style that you're new to.

Sel: Easily the best selection I've seen around. Lots of local, Rogue, Stone, Breck, Great Divide, Avery, etc etc etc. The best part is that not only do they have a lot of breweries, but they have a lot of variety with each one- not just 2-3 or offerings per. Great offerings in american and import, 6pks and 22oz+, and I like the idea that you can purchase 12oz singles. I spent most of my time looking at the shelves, but they have a cold section as well, but I'm not sure what the difference is in selection. I would've liked to have seen a better selection of FFF, but that's going to be a tough get anywhere.

Q: I didn't see any issues with dust that have been mentioned before, but because there's so much stuff I would worry about turnover and shelf life. I would limit myself to things I know I can drink right away or store for a bit.

Serv: This is the one thing that disappointed me. I wasn't approached at any point and when I asked for help the person behind the counter admitted they knew nothing about beer. This was frustrating, because I was looking to try a sour, but couldn't find anything easily. This is equivalent to being asked to climb Mt. Everest alone, not really, but you get the idea.

Another thing that irked me was the display of several FFF behind the counter "not for sale" because it's the owner's personal collection of "retired" items- But I'm sure what they really mean is: "Give us a high enough offer and we'll sell them" Most of the FFF I saw up there I've had recently, so it is available, just not easily obtained.

$$$: They were overpriced on some things, but honestly I'm happy to pay 20% more just because they have it. Once again the single bottle pricing is fair and is a bonus.

O: I can't see myself going anywhere else now that I know this place is here. I'm hoping that they have people there that know about beer next time I go. It's a bit of a drive for me, but worth it.

Photo of cwcolby74
4.51/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

I visited this place a bit by accident, as I was looking for one of the Crown Liquors that's not too far away. I just decided to stop in on a lark, and I'm glad I did.

Tremendous selection. Almost without parallel, certainly on the southside. The coolers are stocked full, and the shelves are huge, almost as tall as they are wide. Tons of variety. The aisleways are very narrow, which makes browsing a bit of a challenge. But it's worth it.

Perhaps the highlight is the individual pricing on each bottle. You can take a bottle from any six-pack in the store and pair it with anything else to make a mixer. The manager, a nice, honest guy, agreed to charge me a regular six-pack price when I asked if I could combine two beers from three six-packs from the same brewery.

Highly recommended.

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Parti-Pak Liquors in Indianapolis, IN
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