Daveco Liquors

Daveco LiquorsDaveco Liquors
19 Ratings
Daveco LiquorsDaveco Liquors

Type: Store

16434 Washington St
Thornton, Colorado, 80023-8906
United States

(303) 951-3820 | map

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Added by mentor on 11-07-2006

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Reviews by GilGarp:
Photo of GilGarp
3/5  rDev -2.3%

I stopped into Daveco Liquors today after work to see what it's all about. I had no idea it was the world's largest but I was amazed when I stepped inside.

The place is absolutely huge. It's not as big as a Lowe's or Target but it's probably as big as our local mega grocery stores like King Soopers (Kroger).

The only disappointing thing was that the beer selection was (relatively) small. I usually shop Wilbur's in Fort Collins and I still believe they have the better beer selection.

That being said, I did like the case prices on everything and the discounts were pretty good. It seems like most places have the same markup but there were some deals on 12 packs and even better if you bought two.

Service was average and, by that I mean, not that good. No one offered to help or said hello. The girl at the checkout was friendly though.

Overall a very decent place for beer hunting but the really rare stuff is still only at Wilbur's and LiquorMax.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of bulldogg915
4.25/5  rDev +38.4%

Photo of thedonnafrom1945
2/5  rDev -34.9%

Yesterday we were at Daveco. There was a sale sign above the Deschutes beer display.
It said Deschutes Beers Case price $26.99, 12 packs $15.99. We picked up a case of Obsidian Stout. Along with about $70.00 worth of other items. The case rang up at $29.99. When we questioned it, the stock man got involved, and proceeded to tell us the "case" we picked up actually had 4 six packs inside (it was sealed), and therefore was more expensive. Wh-a-a-a-a-a-t?!? Last time I heard, 24 is a case. Be it cans, or bottles. They told us they don't carry Obsidian Stout in a 2-12 pack case..which would be the sale price item. (This was not included in the sale sign info.) When we shopped at Total Beverage, they would honor the 12 pack price on 2 six packs, or the case price on 4-six-packs, if they did not have a case.
We will not be shopping here in the future. Bad customer service, bad store policy!!
Yeah, this is a huge place...and it is stacked with pallets and pallets of yellow rent-a-beers.
Not much in craft beer, and staff is not responsive for requests from us to get particular craft beer in.

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Photo of Beer_Borg
4/5  rDev +30.3%

They have a good beer selection, one of the best liquor and wine selections in the midwest, and no one beats them on price. This is one of our yearly stops when we pass through Denver on vacation. Its worth a stop if you are in the area.

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Photo of Robloc303
3/5  rDev -2.3%

I stop in from time to time... The craft selection is very slim, mainly a mass amount of domestic package. A slim selection of craft and bombers, a few rare gems if you look hard. Lots of out of date stock, empty shelves, etc. Nobody to help, so don't expect help AT ALL. The staff are rude too! However, I did leave with a 2012 BA Ruffian. Yes, 20 bottles sitting on the shelf so that makes up for the lack of everything else. On occasion I do get some Russian River, but you have to peak through the cooler in the employee only area and ask someone, if you can find them.. Basically a corner store selection, but 100X the size.

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Photo of alli4051
2.65/5  rDev -13.7%

I drive by here once a week for softball and decided to stop in and see whats doing. Should have listened to the reviews here as they are spot on. They do have a decent selection of quality beer but nothing to write home about. What is impressive is the sheer volume of beer they carry, there's a whole section of the store with pallets of beer. However, this volume is something of a downfall as well as they apparently have a tendency to let their stock get out of date. I was going to check out a few random bottles to see how fresh they were out of curiosity but a row of Summit winter variety packs answered this question for me (note that it is almost June). Service was pretty bad too. There was a dude working in the beer section who looked at me and went back to whatever he was doing, no acknowledgment, no hello, nothing. I know I'm not writing anything earth shattering here but decided to add a review just to increase the sample size.

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Photo of Rayek
3.21/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Daveco sure is big. It's located way north of Denver in a shopping area full of big box stores. This store is huge and fits in perfectly.

Inside Daveco, you'll find what is essentially a warehouse of liquor. In the back of the store is an L shaped section of beer coolers. It's filled with at least one of everything. Of the nice selection of imports, Belgians are the highlight. The US craft brews are nothing out of the ordinary, but they can be had in tremendous quantity. I was worried about the age of some of the stock, as there were an awful lot of "Winter" beers on the shelf for late April. If you wander around long enough, you'll find more US craft, plus imports out on the floor. What really frightened me were the humongous displays of Bud Light and the like. There were enough suitcases of the stuff sitting around to intoxicate a small army. How much BMC do these people sell in a day?

Prices here have big variability. Import and craft prices were on par with other Denver area stores, but low end beer prices were; well, low end. If I needed to stock up on PBR, this would be the place to hit.

The staff at the counter was nice, but no one was out on the floor to help. The guy at the checkout noted that I was buying some of the "fancy" beers, so I'm guessing that the big stuff is their stock and trade.

I came away from Daveco rather conflicted. The import selection was nice, but I was really questioning the quality of the stock. Quantity doesn't always equal quality.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.05/5  rDev -0.7%

Okay...obviously a bit of bad info on my part. Daveco is Davidson's Liquor? Okay...now that I've grasped that I'll be okay.

Big store, not a whole lot of rare beers, the ones that are rare are pretty hard to find too. Really nice layout though. Definitely a huge volume of beer. Parking is terrible. For a building that large, you'd think it would be an easier parking lot to get in and out of.

Service was subpar to say the least, I had a quick question, and was re-directed to 3 different people before asking the question to quickly be ignored, I asked the question twice more, before being told I had to talk to one more person. Once I met up with said person, my problem was resolved (Searching for an 08 bottle of The Abyss). Really inefficient and frustrating. Also having to talk to the right person that will get you in touch with the right person to take you back to the secret stash (not that impressive really), was just ridiculous.

The selection of beer was pretty large, lots of beers that I had seen just about every where else in Colorado, but the overall volume is huge. As far as singles/limited release stuff, not a whole lot on the shelves that struck me as wow! never seen this before/i've really been looking for this. A fair selection of imports and craft beers though.

Overall I think the store is a little too upper crust for me. People in there were pushy, snobby, and not helpful. I think when it comes to hitting up Colorado beer stores I'll stick with Wilbur's and Liquormax.

Also...online ordering, it absolutely does not work, they won't reserve beer for you, they didn't even acknowledge the online ordering until I talked with the guy who led me to the secret stash, who said, "Don't even bother, its a waste of time and doesn't work"

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Photo of jacobseyb
3.55/5  rDev +15.6%

My first and only visit to Daveco at this point and after reading the reviews I was not sure what to expect.

Went in and was virtually unnoticed, my son is with me so sometimes I appreciate that.

Easy to find the beer though at first it seemed like a lot of pomp for what I was seeing.

After wading through the displays and getting to the coolers (should have gone there first) I began to see what I was looking for.

Good selection of sixers as well as singles in the cooler.

Virtually no assistance while in the store, though that is better than someone who doesn't know what they are talking about trying.

Service improved when I made it to check out, everyone was very nice and even were attentive to my son.

All in all, I would go back for the selection not necesarily the service.

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Photo of TexIndy
3.1/5  rDev +1%

Visited during my trip to Denver back in early December. It was pretty close to my buddy's place so went here instead of the usual place I visit when in town. The store was huge. It was easily double the size of what you get in Dallas. Unfortunately, most of the space went to wine and liquor. They do have a large beer selection but with all that space it could have been much better. The beer coolers are along half of the right hand side way and then about a 1/3 of the back wall. They had a good selection of bombers but really didn't see any that I hadn't seen in other places. They barely had a singles section which sucked as I was wanting to pick up several singles to ship back. The other place I normally hit has a great singles selection so I was disappointed that due to time limitations this would be the only store I could hit. Loaded up on bombers but missed getting my Ft Collins Brewing fix.

Bought about 20 bombers and all had good dates and appeared to be in good shape.

An employee who claimed to be the beer manager came over about halfway thru our 45 min visit to see if we needed help and mainly to tout his selection and beer knowledge. Seemed very full of himself. He also made several claims about certain beers leaving the state and that we better buy them now or we'd be out of luck that turned out to be untrue. He claimed that Russian River was a one-time allocation and wouldn't be sold any longer in Colorado. The next day we went to Falling Rock and talked with Chris and mentioned that and he said that was completely untrue (and since he was instrumental in getting RR here he'd know) and that they were here to stay.

Overall, a good but not great store. Visit if you are already close but don't go too far out of the way.

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Photo of onecrazybreeze
1.7/5  rDev -44.6%

We made the trip out to Daveco from Boulder because we just had to see it for ourselves. Wow what a waste of gas. The place is huge alright, but what's the point of having a huge liquor store if what you're going to do with it is make some 1,000 case display of Coor's Light... It's a little ridiculous.

Rumor around the GABF was Daveco had all sorts of great beer that couldn't be found anywhere else in Colorado, if by great beer they meant "old and been there since Daveco opened" then yes they did. I didn't see anything exciting or new, but rather stuff I can find at the 27 liquor stores in Boulder. There was quite a bit of outdated stuff sitting around on the shelf and not really any of the new and exciting things I expected.

I tried to ask someone about their selection; I had to wander around the massive store for quite a while before I found someone who worked there and when I finally did, he was incredibly rude and short with me. It really wasn't appreciated at all. When I went to make my purchase, I was rudely snapped at because apparently they have a credit card limit, that's not posted anywhere, and I didn't know that. On top of being rude, the staff didn't seem to know anything about anything in their store.

I guess if I lived by there (which nobody does it's in the middle of nowhere) I may go back again if I needed a keg of Bud Light or something, but seeing as how I don't, I wouldn't come close to wasting my time going in there again. The rudeness of the staff was enough for me to take my business elsewhere.

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Photo of rowew
2.95/5  rDev -3.9%

I'm in here quite a bit as its close to home. The beer selection is pretty good, and has gotten better since opening. Being huge doesn't mean they have any better selection than the other big stores in the area, just a larger display of each. They are a bit slow to get new releases, and a singles selection would be nice. My main complaint would be the service. There are a couple guys in the beer department who are friendly and helpful, but when it comes to special orders you are referred to management. At best, they seem annoyed - at worst, outright rude. Even the presence of the managers in the store is unfriendly.

Teach your managers some people skills, add a singles selection - and Daveco could be top notch. As it is I'll still shop there out of convenience, but would prefer other places.

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Photo of mentor
3.35/5  rDev +9.1%

Check the prices as the ring up on the register or on your receipt. On several occasions, I've had the price ring up $1 more than advertised on the shelf tag. One time, it was on an item that I had earlier pointed out the price discrepancy to management. Jerks.

Located in the development on the southeast corner of the intersection of I-25 and Highway 7. Right along Highway 7, in front of the Home Depot. Upon entering a long line of registers runs down to the right. Stacks and stacks of beer and wine sit on display, warehouse style to the left. Past the registers is a huge selection of liquor and wine, with probably 50 doors of beer in the very back and stretching around to the right. From the entrance, I like to head right, following the registers to that end of the store (you will pass a cigarette counter for those interested). At the wall, hang a left and check out the tasting counter. They hold wine tastings quite frequently. If nothing is happening at the tasting counter, continue on as the aisle of beer coolers begins. They have a nice selection of singles. Not stellar and certainly not that of Total Beverage, located ~5 miles to the south. Colorado, west coast, import, and some vintage JW Lees. At the corner of the store, the coolers turn from singles to larger packaging. You name it, they've got it...any type of macro in any type of packaging ()can or bottle), in any size packaging. Decent selection of craft products, too.

If you've only got time to stop one place, I recommend Total beverage, off of 104th. Sometimes, they will have limited-release beers at DaveCo that are sold out at TB.

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Photo of woodychandler
4/5  rDev +30.3%

Walking in, my jaw dropped and this time, I did begin to weep openly for what we lose out on in PA because of our laws. Fortunately, Mentor was there to console me and to remind me that I was free to indulge myself as I saw fit.

To the right, up front and along the wall, was the "Wine Cellar", followed by "The Tasting Room", and finally, the beer coolers, which began with singles of a lot of local beers that I rarely see on the east coast, and then wrapped around to the back wall, where 12-packs and cases were stored. I also made it a point to look at their nice selection of rye whiskies, including a (prohibitively) expensive 17 year-old bottle. Oh my. I settled on several bombers of beer and we made our exit.

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Photo of satowns
3/5  rDev -2.3%

Huge Big Box type liquor store. pretty extensive selection...they have the major belgian and english imports including Cantillon. Fairly out of the way for Denver and Boulder residents and most likely isnt really worth the drive considering AppleJacks and Liquormart respectively.

Pretty extensive wine a spirits selection.

Head out on a weekend before 5pm and there is probably a tasting being conducted on the south west side of the store.

id say if you are in the area, check it out but its not necessary to make the drive in from the city or front range.

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Photo of ArrogantB
2.7/5  rDev -12.1%

Daveco is a huge warehouse of a liquor store off of I-25. Unfortunately, their selection sucks big time. They don;t stock as many beers as Davidson's. Bomber selection is deplorable. Service sucks balls. I called about Bigfoot the week it was released and they told me "it is sold out until next year". Riiiight. Someone came in and bought ALL the Bigfoot the day it was released? I don't think so. Don't waste your time if you are looking for craft beer; go to Total Beverage instead.

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Photo of BadRockBeer
1.7/5  rDev -44.6%

I stopped by the infamous "Daveco" in search of Rogue Breweries HazelNut Brown Nectar. Not only did they not have it but they only stock about four varieties in six packs and about six in bombers.

I found a sales person and asked them if I might find it somewhere else and they were incredibly rude as if they had better things to do than help a customer.

I found that they have an extremely large building but the selection is pretty weak. They take shelves that are about four foot wide and load them up with the same product, thus giving the illusion that they have much more than they really have. When it comes to quantity they have do compete with all the other giants. I also found there prices to be quite a bit higher than the competitions.

As a beer drinker I would not recommend this liquor store to other beer drinkers. The selection is not that great and they surly do not appetite your business. They make it rather apparent in there advertisements that they do not cater to they person picking up a six pack of beer, they cater to the person planning a two thousand dollar party. I guess I am usually the guy picking up a six pack.

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Photo of RevDru
3.74/5  rDev +21.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

I had heard a great deal about Daveco being the "Largest Liquor Store in the World", so I had to stop by to see what all the fuss was about. They had been open for only an hour or so when I stopped by, so the place was fairly empty. I was able to check the selection at a fairly leisurely pace, but if I had needed to ask any questions, I would have had to really search for any help. The selection of beers consists of 60+ cooler doors, with 9 of these being singles bottles. Numerous items I had not seen before, so for me, the selection was pretty impressive. I picked up a couple of Young's items I have not yet tried, and several German imports. At the check-out lane, I inquired about mixed packs, and I was told that it is something that is in the works. I don't know if this was just a blow-off, but with their selection, it wouldn't be a bad idea. I did not take the time to look through all their liquor, but from what I saw, there is much from which to choose. I would not travel out of my way to visit this store, but if I am in the area, it is definitely worth a quick stop, if even simply for the novelty factor of seeing a liquor store with a car parked in the middle of it.

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Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.45/5  rDev +12.4%

Went to Daveco on a busy Saturday afternoon, stopped by the wine tasting area and started asking about beer selections. The beer guy was there, and he really perked up. I had brought a list and he asked to look at it. He seemed thrilled to be talking to someone about something besides multiple cases of Coronado Light, or the 30-packs of Busch Light they had for $11.39 apiece. We walked and talked beer for several minutes, as he showed me the fifteen different kinds of Lambics they had. Of course, during this time I got fantastic service, while everyone else in the beer area was totally neglected. My guess is, if you know beer and want to talk beer, the beer guys will jump at the opportunity.

Of course, this place is indescribably huge. By my count, they stock several hundred singles, with a huge selection of Belgian imports. As of our visit there (December 9, 2006), they are still somewhat in disarray, and still trying to get stuff in -- for example, they received lots more Cantillon than Stone (!) in their first shipment, and New Belgium didn't send them ANY LaFolie at all.

Prices were very good (e.g., 330 ml of Rochefort 10 for $5.49, sixer of Great Divide Hibernation for $6.99), but they don't offer mixed sixers, which is a huge disappointment.

For wine and spirits, the selection is simply astonishing: e.g., I saw more genuine vintage ports here than I've ever seen any kind of port in one place before. I also like the fact that they do both wine tasting AND an occasional beer tasting.

Edit, April 30, 2007.

Selection is still pretty good. However, service sucks. I mean sucks hugely. The beer guy I talked to today (and the two folks I checked with at the cash registers) didn't even know what Avery Maharaja was! He asked *ME*, "Do you know if we even stock that?" So my service number hereby drops to a bit fat *1*. Oh, BTW, they do have a great selection of wine.

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