U Liqours

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Type: Store

901 Washington Ave SE
Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55414
United States

(612) 331-8006 | map

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Added by Mistofminn on 05-08-2009

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2.6/5  rDev 0%

There are two liquor stores that feed U of M students. Dinkytown Wine and Spirit and U Liquors. Depending on where you live, you would go to one or the other.

Quality isn't the greatest. It's not in the best part of town with lots of traffic and sometimes hard to get to unless your on foot. If you live nearbye you could easily walk there and grab Burger King on the way back.

Service hasn't been a problem. Despite being a busy college store, the employees are helpful and friendly.

Selection isn't anything special, but surprisingly not terrible. Jam packed with BMC and cheaper beers, but they have lots of Summit and Leinie's among other psuedo-craft beers.

Prices are a bit pricey, because they know that most of their business is college students who don't know any better or don't have access to another store.

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Photo of Chaz
2.85/5  rDev 0%

Boy, do I have fond memories of this place from college: special orders of Alpha King (no kegs, just five cases I splurged on once : ), blowouts on the first couple of releases in All Saint's Brands proprietary line of ales, and other beer-y things including Pete's Wicked Ale, the mid-1990s return of Augsburger (with the ginchy Robert Burns promotional artwork), Lake Superior "party pigs". . .

But alas, this place is a shadow of what it once was. Chock-full of Malt Liquor and things named "Tilt", Joose, and Earthquake, along with enough energy drinks to make Cold Spring blush!

Ghetto wine? Check. Big stacks of BMC cans? Yep, and even some of the silos and new-fangled Schlitz "Tall Boys", but if you are looking for Craft Beer, the pickins are slim. To be fair there were a few bottles of Chimay White, Saints be praised!

All that said, this place has held its own over the years, and that says something (owing to both ownership changes and the dramatic change in selection of Craft/Micro/"True Micro" in the twenty years I have been shopping here).

U Liquors should rate a "C" when factoring-in nostalgia and the better-than-average customer service*. But fact is, all the empty rails in the cold box and mostly-bare dry shelves make me wonder how this place keeps going: I guess between the students and the nearby plasma center a regular client base looking for run-of-the-mill offerings (and a few Craft offerings) they keep above water.

If you're a savvy customer you might find a deal or two, but if you're even savvier you'll skip this place, save your frustration with respect to the perpetual traffic jam that is the U of M campus, and just go to Zipp's.

* The proprietor or dude-behind-the-counter of the moment was helpful in securing a flat of BOXER Lager, but maybe I shoulda told him that 36-pack cubes were selling for the same price down the street ; )

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U Liqours in Minneapolis, MN
2.72 out of 5 based on 2 ratings.
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