Star Liquor

very good

16 Reviews
Star LiquorStar Liquor

Type: Store

1209 Williamson St
Madison, Wisconsin, 53703-3754
United States

(608) 255-8041 | map

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Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 36
Photo of nflmvp
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%

Found this with a buddy of mine while visiting with him in Madison and then had it recommended to me by Cokes. THANKS!

Because I have to travel to get to STAR Liquor, I usually call in advance. One of their managers (Erin) has been great to work with. Not only does she cater to my needs, SHE KNOWS BEER! I've only been there three times and twice, my order has been ready for me when I got there....stored in the cellar!

Each time I've been there the bill has totaled over $200 AFTER I received a quantity discount of 10%. Add this to all of the other positives I've already listed and I find this place tough to beat.

It's not an overly large store but the beer selection is outstanding. I picked up a bunch of DFH...WWS, Raison D'Extra, Fort, Aprihop and Burton Baton. Also found plenty of North Coast, Founders, Sprecher, Lake Louie and many quality imports.

Top notch!

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Photo of petercmartin1
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%

Was down in Madison the other week, visiting my brother at UW. Didn't get a chance to stop by The Great Dane (bummer!), but stumbled across this little gem while driving down Willy St. It's a small store, with the majority of it focused on wine, but the back wall and 1/2 of one of the side walls is devoted to beer coolers (all the beer they sell is in these coolers, no warm beer). What I really liked about the store is the fact that 90% of their beers were micros and good imports. Very little macro stuff. Not much room, but they pack as much as they can into it. Great selection of Wisconsin and Midwest regional beers. Nice selection of singles also. May not be the greatest, or largest liquor store in Madison, but you are guaranteed to find a gem or 2 each time you go in, and the staff is great!

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4/5  rDev +0.3%

This is a nice little shop and its high point is definitely the service. If you ask them to find a beer or you, they usually will try and if they can't get it, they will somehow remember you the next time that you are in and tell you why they couldn't get it without you even having to ask. A good alternative is then recommended.

The selection is great for the size of the store but size is a limiting factor. On the flip side, the price is really very good for the size. This place can't be buying in bulk so I truly respect that they keep their prices down compared to similarly sized places.

This is a great place to buy Lake Louie beers. Their international selection is above average and their selection of Midwest brews is very good.

Star sells singles of many good brews including some from Great Divide, Bear Republic, Viking, Three Floyds, and BluCreek. From time to time they get in new top end international beers. Keep an eye out for them when you go to Star.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%

Stopped in while randomly cruising down Willy Street, never seen this little place before. Seems geared mostly towards wine but a decent wall and a half of cold beer cases. Good selection of Wisconsin Micros including Lake Louie, some regionals and a few imports. A small amount of singles, mostly imports, some Bear Republics too though. The jewel in my visit was one of the last three bottles of Dogfish Head's Liquor de Malt. Apparently this is the only place in the state to pick it up so I felt lucky stumbling in when I did. Not an outstanding selection but worth a look. All of Madison's shops have a little different selection and little gems to look for.

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Photo of nchrist13
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%

the guys that work here are great, they're always good for conversation when you hit up the store. it's a rather small space and most of it is dedicated to wine, but they do have about 1.5 sides of the store dedicated to beer coolers (everything is cold, which is a plus). i've had good luck in the past special ordering sixtles of lake louie, they were the only place in town that called me back about those (steve's sounded confused and uninterested), and adam (the beer manager) is a great guy.

i gave the store a 3.5 for selection as it isn't huge. local is well represented, but far away stuff not so much so. but hey, you're in wisconsin, drink what we do. most of the good stuff doesn't pass state lines.

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Photo of cokes
4/5  rDev +0.3%

A very nice little liquor store in Madison's eccentric Willy St. neighborhood. Out of the way (depending where you're at in Madison). But worth checking.
Staff is very friendly and knowledgeble. Willing to listen (and act) on suggestions.
It is a small store, so the selection is somewhat limited. But quality brews provail over swill. All the top WI micro make an appearance, as well as some other top breweries (Kzoo, Allagash, Dogfish). Some good vintages of singles as well.
Plus, it is one of the few places in town(1 of 2) that sell Lake Louie.
Quality all around.

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Star Liquor in Madison, WI
3.99 out of 5 based on 36 ratings.
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