Tipsy's Liquor World

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Type: Store

5869 S Alkire St
Littleton, Colorado, 80127-1447
United States

(303) 551-7000 | map

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-29-2008

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Photo of ControlVolume
4.68/5  rDev +20.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Practically had to fight off floor people asking if I wanted help or recommendations. I can't comment on the quality of their service since I like to browse around by myself, but they're definitely putting in major effort into revamping their reported image of being hands-off and unhelpful. Selection is massive, having shopped at Lukas, Davidsons, and Applejack I'd say these guys are easily at the top, especially for imports from Germany and Belgium. Craft ciders have the largest selection I've seen as well. They have a nice sign indicating rarer brews that are limited to 1 per person in their bomber cooler.

I'll stop by other shops for rarer, less seen stuff but this definitely seems to be a good place to go if you want to actually shop around for beers.

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Photo of EvanRobertson
5/5  rDev +28.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I go slightly out of my way to go here because of the great prices and service. Well worth it

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Photo of Spaceman_Jer
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of sporklift87
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Great selection, very helpful and knowledgeable staff. Cozy, but kind of corporate vibe. Average prices. One thing that bothered me a lot was the sun beating down on all the top-shelf spirits for hours every day. I'm not sure if they are aware that sunlight and alcohol are enemies. I will not buy anything top-shelf from here for that reason. Otherwise, great store.

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Photo of jaydoc
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

This is simply a huge store. I visited from out of state. I didn't ask for any help finding beers. I've noticed in other reviews that customer service has been bad, but I can't speak to that other than the cashier I dealt with being average. Overall the selection was very good, but was hoping for some more rare selections.

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Photo of DucksFan16
4.16/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Mile_High_Brewer
4.59/5  rDev +18%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Great shop in my neighborhood. Variety of craft selections is as good or better than any Denver-area store, and everything is cold-stored in the big walk-in cooler.

Service-wise, here's what you need to know. It's a BIG store. I mean huge. If you need help with finding a beer, or getting recommendations on a style, try to locate someone in the front as soon as you walk in. Staff is always willing to help, but they aren't constantly patrolling the beer cooler. They'll help you find what you're looking for, and if they don't have it, they'll order it and call you when it's available.

Overall, highly recommended.

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Photo of Tlloyd417
4.61/5  rDev +18.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Large store with many beer options. Make your own six pack for ten dollars with choices from six coolers. One large walk on freezer with a wide selection of beer both domestic and international.

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Photo of MarQuiQui
1.94/5  rDev -50.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 3.5

I worked there for almost a year. Not only is the management and owner just downright horrible, but the store is falling apart. They do not offer their employees direct deposit, and cut employees hours more than half without telling them ahead of time. I was promised when I was hired, that after 6 months of working that I was to receive a raise. I had been there almost a year, and not had so much of even a meeting with a manager. On a weekend, while I was not scheduled to work, the main manager, Paige, calls me on the phone, while I am in New Mexico, to tell me that they were "letting me go". They didn't even have the balls to tell me that I was fired in person. The managers at this establishment fail to actually "manage" and instead, sit on their asses all day(playing darts or just screwing around)not giving their employees much attention, so that they can grow as a business. I do NOT recommend shopping at this establishment because they mark up the price of a lot of items, more than most of their competition, and if you have any issue, more times than not, a manager will not even bother to find a decent solution. I feel like this business is running out of money and trying to cut costs. Seeing as they have fired about 6 employees in the past few weeks. They also can't even afford to replace the lights that have burned out(some have been out since I started working there), or fix any of the leaks when it rains or snows. Do NOT try to be employed here, as they will just end up screwing you over.

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Photo of IPAandGreenChile
1.83/5  rDev -53%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 4

Plain and simple this place does not respect beer and is by far the worst experience of my craft beer life.

Do you like a good selection? Do you like consistently rude and clueless employees? Do you like prices that are 10-25% higher than other places?

I live less then one mile away from this place and I love craft beer. Sounds like a match made in heaven, right? I spent thousands of dollars here and it was like they were begging me to stop spending my dollars there. Every time I go to pay some surly employee just stares at me like a goon. I know they're staring because they want to see my ID. That's fine. But, if you need to see my ID you're going to have to ask for my ID. I'm sorry, train your employees. Don't try to train your customers to automatically present their ID. This happened every single time I was in.

Do you need a pack of smokes? No problem, just ask and a surly employee will throw them on the counter and roll their eyes. One time an employee literally threw a pack across the counter and hit my girl friend. It really made me mad but the employee was so mean that I was afraid to say anything.

I still shopped their because I liked the selection. I started to feel like I was sacrificing my dignity by shopping there. The last straw was when Chad Bro Chill told me my infected stout which smelled and tasted of rotten garbage. "Was completely fine, and was obviously not infected." Really? I didn't get the memo about Christmas Bomb tasting like rotten garbage.

I have gotten bad customer service there no less then 20 times. This place is an insult to Craft Beer. By far the worst experience in my beer history.

Cheers!!! Have a Blue Moon and a shot of gummy bear vodka on me!!

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.31/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75

Well, this place looks like a ski lodge, and with the foothills/mountains so close, it's a good vibe. Cavernous inside, high ceilings and open spaces. Looks more like an REI or outdoor sporting goods store the way it's laid out. Not many aisles or stiff sections.

Beer selection is large, yet not the biggest. BMC and import/craft are separated and the walk-in cooler is nice. There were a few staple breweries missing in order to complete a "5" rating and no single-buys (although a mix-six is available).
Import bomber section is smaller than I would have thought walking it, but it's by no means small.

Friendly service, although some clerks were watching the games on was I. No worries there, really, unless I needed something.

Overall a great place...too far for me to visit, though.

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3.9/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of SamN
3.42/5  rDev -12.1%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 2 | selection: 4.75

Monstrous liquor store, absolutely huge. Beer selection is mostly first rate. Their six-pack selection doesn't have a huge amount of rare or hard-to-find beers, but just about every domestic year round you could want is here. The real gem here is the stupifying walk-in bomber cooler. So much here; domestic, int'l, seasonals and limited releases. Truly the place to find some cellaring ammo. Mix six wall is pretty good, too, but the selection doesn't seem to change that much that often

Service sucks, everyone seems to hate their jobs and the one beer person was pretty ignorant or just assumes everyone is a beer noob ("this one is an IPA, it has a lot of hops in it" wow, thanks for the breakdown...). Fortunately I don't usually need help. If you know beer and what you like, head here and blow all your money. If not, prepare to be overwhelmed by the selection and underwhelmed by the service.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of spoony
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.5

A-Tipsy's is located in the western suburbs of Denver...and is absolutely, freaking, incredibly gi-normous. Seriously, this place could be a Home Depot or Super Wal-Mart. The hugeness means that the atmosphere is a bit phone and cold, but there are weird mannequins to welcome you at the front door, so there is that. Anyway, it is just strange-feeling in the place.

Q-Both times I have visited Tipsy's, almost all of their craft beer has been in one of the many (like a dozen or more) coolers or in the large walk-in bomber room. I guess one advantage of being a huge store is that you can store your good beer cool. As for the quality of the beer, most of the stock was fresh or close to fresh the last time I dropped in, but my first visit was a little more suspect with some old, dusty bottles hanging around.

Ser-The service here is hands-off. I've been twice and was never once asked if I needed help. Maybe I just looked like I knew what I wanted, but it still would've been nice to have the option of assistance. Also, the last time I visited, I got the always-annoying, "Wow, that is an expensive beer" from the check-out guy.

Sel-Selection is where this place shines. They have a massive stockpile of Colorado craft bombers and smaller format, a pretty good selection of imports (including less common imports like Japan), and a huge mixer-sixer selection. The mixer-sixer selection is probably the biggest in Denver. I don't think of Tipsy's is on the cutting edge of rare bottles, like a Mr. B's or Mile High, but they did have a few harder-to-find brews.

V-Tipsy's prices are in-line with what you would find at other huge liquor stores in Denver. The giant store must mean lots of overhead because, contrary to what you might expect from a mega-store, the prices are not very low.

O-This place impresses by shear size, but falls a bit short of the truly great bottle shops we have in town.

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Photo of DougSyno
2.8/5  rDev -28%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 4

Worst keg experience ever.
- Ordered an 8-gallon keg over a week in advance. 3 days later, was told there were no 8-gallon kegs, so had to switch it to a 5-gallon keg.
- Then a day before I was to pick up the keg, I was told the beer was out-of-stock. Shouldn't they have known this a lot earlier? So I was offered a discount on a lesser beer.
- A few hours later, I received another call saying they were able to get my original beer. How's that possible? Weren't they out-of-stock? I'm guessing someone just forgot to place the order.
- I finally get the keg, drive an hour out-of-town into the national forest with no cell reception, only to find they had given me the wrong tap. The tap they gave us wouldn't fit the keg. Drive miles to find cell reception. They swear they gave us the right tap. I have friends go and pick up a new tap, and we get the keg working. Yes, they had given us the wrong tap.
- After that entire nightmare of an experience, I return everything fully expecting a comp of the keg, for all my wasted time and the wasted time of my friends. The beer manager, Brady, refuses and offers a token of a free 6-pack, and also refuses to allow me to speak to the store manager, Page. BS. Keep your 6-pack. You'll receive negative reviews instead.

UPDATE: A week after posting this review, one of the managers called and refunded the keg.

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Photo of iSip
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Tipsy's has a great selection of beer offerings. The highlight for me are the first 6 coolers, which offer a huge variety of singles that you can mix and match into a six pack. This is a boon to the beer explorer who is looking to sample a wide range of beer and beer styles without committing to a six of any single offering. Want to try six different New Belgium offerings, no problem. Want to try six IPA's from different brew houses, no problem. Want to compare three Belgian beers to three American made Belgian style beers, no problem.

Access is easy from C-470, so if you are driving by, think about stopping in and mixing a six pack of something you have never tried, or whatever hits your fancy.

Great idea!

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Photo of DividedAvery
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

If you like bombers and are in the area then you need to be here during their tastings. Every weekend 8 different bombers get tasted between Friday and Saturday. Just this weekend the lineup was: Deschutes Hop In the Dark, Firestone Walker DBA, La Chouffe Gold, Dry Dock Vanilla Porter, Boulevard Two Jokers and some others I can't remember. But the tastings are 5-7 Friday and 4-6 Sat and they put the products that are getting tasted on their facebook page a few hours prior. Really awesome stuff. Don't miss the bomber room either while you are there. Really impressive selection...

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Photo of JoeAmerican77
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Tipsy's right across from a glowering white church and the foothills. Standing an impressive form over the highway luring all who come by with its size and depth. It really is a decent atmosphere here. I usually come by on Fridays and Saturdays and often they are doing free liquor tasting, which always includes beer. Well lit, enormous. The biggest selection I've ever seen anywhere. And heyo! make your own sixpacks for 10 bucks... I do all the time thank you. There is also a deli within that is quite pricey but the food is delicious. The value is reasonable because you can always find something interesting on sale. I support small time brewers, not necessarily small time liquors stores and this really helps me support that sentiment. There are many workers here, some are booze geniuses, others can't see beyond there own Bud light lime goggles, that is kind of a toss up but if you say "hey is there anyone here considered a beer expert and can they help me?" You should find the man or woman you need.

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Photo of WhatsNewinBooze
2.85/5  rDev -26.7%

I was not impressed with this place. Sure it is huge and they have a lot of stuff to choose from but good luck finding somebody that actually knows what they are talking about their. It's just like davidsons all flash with nothing to back it up. It is nice to see one other big store on that side town but it is a little excessive, their overhead must be enourmous. I left there feeling like they could care less that i was a customer there, especially since I only walked out of there with a six pack.

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Photo of Domingo
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%

Was in the area so I stopped in after knowing about the place for a few years. With Lukas and Davidson's right up the road, it seemed like an odd decision to put another liquor superstore in the same neck of the woods.
After walking in, it should be noted that there's a deli and a wine bar inside of it, so that's kind of a cool extra. Nobody else really has anything like that.
Also, this place looks really nice. The decor is the best I've ever seen. Interesting choice to have weird life-like mannequins scattered around. I think it makes the place look better staffed than it really is :P
The entire back wall is dedicated to multi-packs and quite a bit of it is made up of craft and solid import beers. Overall, it's on par with the better stores I've seen. There's a create your own six-pack option, too...which most other places are missing. Another bonus.
In addition, there's a pretty large walk-in cooler area with singles of all kinds, including Belgians, Germans, US crafts, and even some obscure items I haven't seen much of.
Overall this might be the #1 or #2 place in the whole metro area...except for the prices. Everything's about 20% higher than the others. There had to be a catch. Oh well. It's still a good store with a great selection, I just wouldn't ever make it my go-to store for everyday items.

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Photo of Rayek
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Tipsy's sure is big. That's the first thing I noticed. It sits all alone in a parking lot right off the highway. If you can't spot Tipsy's, you probably need your eyes checked.

To me, selection here is on par with Total Beverage in Westminster, but not quite up to the standards of Davidson's over in Highlands Ranch. Quality is quite good, as the majority of the beer is refrigerated in a giant wall of coolers that line the back of the store. As an added bonus, there's a deli attached to the store, but I didn't take the time to check it out.

With lots of dark wood and big stone columns inside, Tipsy's is more aesthetically pleasing than most stores I've been to. Paying for all that eye candy seems to have been pushed into the prices, as beer here seems more expensive than other other places I've recently visited.

Service from the plentiful staff was good.

Tipsy's is certainly worth a return trip next time I'm in the area.

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Photo of natasharai
3.85/5  rDev -1%

I was on a trip in Denver and made my way to this beer store. Absolutely beautiful! This is the largest liquor store I have ever seen! Great selection, had a ton of bombers in a large walk in cooler room. Including all of the breweries I was looking for... RR, Lost Abbey, New Belgium, etc. Also had a very large section for mix 6 choices, and 6 packs.

The staff was not incredibly knowledgeable on the beer, but they did know if they had a certain beer and where it was, which is all I really needed. No recommendations, which would have been nice but not necessary.

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