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Monaghan's Liquors

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Type: Store

1617 Route 37 East
Toms River, New Jersey, 08753
United States

(732) 270-6060 | map

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Reviews by RonfromJersey:
Photo of RonfromJersey
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Stopped by for the first time in a long time, and was happy to find it more or less the same.

Don't let appearances fool you, the weather beaten outside hides good things.

The set up is a little different from most stores, a single, usually empty, bottle representing each beer in stock, but it certainly aids in space issues.

Selections made for a good cross section of American beers available in NJ, even if a particular brewery might have only some, or one, of thir products available on a given day. For instance, this visit they had Stone Vertical Epic, but no others from Stone. Several Victorys, but no Hop Devil. Anchor Steam and Porter, but no Liberty Ale (sadly, the quest I was on). Throw in some Troegs, Smuttys, Sams, Brooklyns, and many more, and you can see its in good shape.

Staff was friendly and helpful, a good thing since they have to retrieve your purchases from storage.

If there's a better beer store in the Toms River area, please let me know. This is my stop when visiting the area.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of bobv
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of AltBock
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Monaghan's Liquors is located on the east bound side of Route 37. There's not much around here. It's not too far from the K-Mart or the Big Lots on the other side of 37. It's on the other side of town where you can find Ocean City mall and Basil T's brewpub. It's situated next to a crab shack in a small dumpy shack of a building. On the inside, it's still a dumpy little shack. Basically it's just a small liquor store with a beer fridge and one wine/liquor aisle. I've never been (or you either) to a liqour store that has 2 12oz. single bottle shelves filled with old empty bottles. If you want a single, you have to turn around and ask the man behind the counter if they have it in stock. I must be missing some kind of security issue here. What's stopping me from opening up the fridge, taking out a Baltic Thunder and running away from it compared to if I tried to steal any of those single 12 oz. bottles if any of them had any beer in them? It just seems weird and a hassle.

I've been here a couple of times and their beer selection is about average every time. There's a few imports and Belgians laying around, but I guess their micro selection isn't too shabby. When I was there the last time, they had Victory, Lancaster, Weyerbacher, Avery, DFH, Brooklyn, Founders, Troegs, Stoudt's, Stone (regular and seasonal offereings), Flying Fish, River Horse, Smuttynose, and a few others I can't remember right now. If you're lucky, you'll be able to find a 4 pack of Ten Fidy (when it's back in season).

In the end, it's a place that I wouldn't go out of my way to visit. You might be able to find a surprise, but that would be very rare. If you're going to the beach and and heading east on 37, then I'd might stop. If I was going in the other direction, I wouldn't turn around to visit this liquor store.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%

One of the better places I have wandered into along the coast to date, and worth the drive off of Long Beach Island if seeking craft brews.

Mentioned by others already, the 'single bottle on the shelf' is a great idea for saving the space they can - in addition to providing that little extra security against theft, I suppose, though the register is right by the door.

A nice little selection of Unibroue, which was nice to see for Canadians instead of the Molson Light, Golden, XXX, Canadian, etc... that is the norm. Some nice American micro selections, with some Founder's Dirty Bastard on the shelf on this visit and offerings from Troegs, Victory, Brooklyn, some locals for example. Prices were quite good - Stone 12th Anniversary for 5.99, as compared to up to $8 that I pay in Virginia.

Service was decent enough, offering assistance though it wasn't ultimately needed too much. Other stores have given a glance at the door, so it was superior in that sense. Worth the drive, and I might end up making another stop in there before the vacation is done.


Update from March '09 - The selection appears to have dropped a bit, with just a few odds and ends, which is unfortunate. Not much available this time around, and staff behind the counter were having a discussion about bratty kids, so not much service was provided.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%

I like Monaghan's more and more after each visit. First and foremost, be prepared for a shock on your first trip. When you walk in you see a pretty small store packed with wine and liquor. No beer to be found. If you turn right you'll see their beer selection, and it won't look like much at first, but at closer glance you realize that they have set out one bottle of each available brew as a display for you to make your selection. The pros to this: It keeps the beer fresh adnd cool in the back where its not sitting out exposed to light. The cons are that it just doesn't seem like they have much (although they do) and because they rotate a good chunk of their selection farily often, you have to look through everything at least five times to make sure you didn't miss anything.

Selection is very nice, with all the standard NJ, PA, DE, etc locals represented, and some other local and non-local stuff rotating in and out on a regular basis that you can't find anywhere else in the area. There are a couple of coolers behind the bottle display that are filled with 22's and other singles that they rotate on a regular basis. Selections usually include Rogue, Avery, Heavyweight, Anderson Valley, Lancaster, Troegs etc. They also tend to take some of their seasonal brews and make up mix sampler 6-packs, which is a nice touch as well.

Service is friendly, quick and farily knowledgeable overall. It's a bit of a pain for me to get to this place even though its fairly close, but its worth the aggrevation of some traffic. Definitely the best store in Ocean County that I know of.

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Photo of Beastdog75
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%

When driving past this place on Rte. 37, my first reaction was that this place was gonna be a stinker, big time. Walking in, it is indeed a very small store. The wines were straight ahead, and that was about it. I had to ask where the beer was, and the guy behind the counter directed me to a shelf full of empty beer bottles. This was basically a sampling of what they had in stock. In one of the more less common setups I've seen in NJ, you have to ask the guy behind the counter for what you want. As for the selection, they have all the common macros and micros, along with some more off the wall imports (I thought I recalled seeing some Aass Bock on that shelf). They also carry some of the more common Belgians and craft imports. I picked up a mini Chimay and Lindemanns glass there as well, and the counter guy asked me if I wanted the beers that went along with them. All together, pretty knowledgable and friendly people, with a surprisingly decent selection.

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Photo of beerluvr
3.86/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

This was THE only place that sold beers featured in my bible back in the early 80's (All About Beer) I remember the sign out front boasting "Over 75 Beers Sold Here"! Man, I remember walking in and seeing fabled beers such as Orval, Sierra Nevada and the like offered. Anyway, this is a review...not a trip in the way-back machine, so...excellent selection, WAY more than the 75 beers they bragged about years ago. The young-ish counter guys are well versed in beer, and can sell you a single bottle of anything they have in the cooler, in case you don't want to shell out the cash for a six of something you're not sure of. A great place to go, ask questions about the beers...they'll guide you to great choices if your not sure what you are looking for, which was much appreciated by this at-the-time newbie way back when.

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Monaghan's Liquors in Toms River, NJ
Place rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 7 ratings
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