Liquor Mart

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1750 15th St
Boulder, Colorado, 80302-6338
United States

(303) 449-3374 | map

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Photo of Big78CJ
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%

Liquor Mart is definitely the best beer/liquor store I visited in CO. Located on a corner with easy access, Liquor Mart looks like a large Walgreens or something. Grab a shopping cart as you will likely need it.

Out of 5 stores in CO, this is the only place I found a bottle of New Belgium's La Folie, and it was the last one. We scored some nice beers from Boulder Beer, Stone, and a few other good places. I never really ran into anyone offering help but I did run into our server from the previous night at Mountain Sun. He showed me where the special cooler with the La Folie was :)

If you are bringing beer back home from Boulder, this is the only place worth stopping.

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Photo of Rayek
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%

Liquor Mart is one of the best stocked stores in the state. They carry a very fine selection of US micros, plus an extensive list of imports. If you can't find it in the coolers, you're welcome to go behind them to take a look at the back stock. In the mood for something outside of beer? Their wine selection is exceptional.

Liquor Mart gets very busy. Especially when the college students are in town. The high traffic tends to overwhelm the staff, so it's best to go in knowing what you're looking for. Go in on weekdays to avoid the weekend rush.

Prices are decent, but not spectacular. There's always something good on sale.

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Photo of tsmo
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%

Liquor Mart is an enormous, humorless warehouse. Good thing you aren't there to hang out.

If you're looking for imports, Liquor Mart is going to disappoint you. There's about a door and a half each for Germans, British and Belgians, and what they've got tends to be the most common of each. Chimay: yes; Cantillion: no. Paulaner: yes; Schlenkerla: no.

If you're looking for domestics, though, Liquor Mart can't be beat. They've got everything you could want from Colorado, and a wide selection from all over the country; Stone, Victory, Deschutes, Dogfishhead, no problem. They've got singles, and there's usually something excellent on sale for $7/sixer or $13/twelve--the $10.50 twelve packs of Dale's were a favorite last summer.

The quality and selection rankings above would be higher if I hadn't moved from Chicago; I'm spoiled. Back there, Whole Foods has an outstanding import selection, and Sam's & Binny's make stocking every domestic beer distributed in the state look trivial.

Oh well--I'm in Boulder now and this seems to be as good as it gets. Liquor Mart seems to be well loved by the locals, but until they get their import act together, I'll have to continue leaving town when I need something exotic.

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Photo of rye726
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%

Ph the mighty fine liquor mart. Great beer selection as well and all other types of booze. An especially fine win eselection. Good service except for the pesky ID checke at the door. I gues this is to be expected though in a college town.

Good service and a couple employees who really know their stuff. A seperate Belgian cooler and a seperate English cooler. Also two seperate single bottle coolers. Good pricing though some sthing can be a little expensive.

Great place to find some rare brews. For example, last year I found an '01 bottle of Stille Nacht. Sorry, but it was the last one. Check it out.

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Photo of satowns
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%

The largest liquor store in Boulder, but it's not overwhelming. Be prepared to show your ID at the door! The staff here is more than willing to help you locate whatever you need in wine, spirits, beer and cordials; and they have a lot of them.

Good beer selection covering Colorado, and the importable Cali beer (N. Coast, AVBC, Bear Republic, Stone, Green Flash, Lagunitas, etc), East coast beer (Dogfish Head, Victory, Allagash and Ommegang) and Pacific NW beer (Rogue, Full Sail, Deschutes, Hales). Great selection of pond hoppers in addition.

Dont forget to check the cooler right next to the "beer computer" opposite the main coolers. thats where many of the out of state bombers and 12 oz singles live. They also encourage creating mix packs, which is rare in Colorado.

Closed Sunday along with the rest of the liquor stores in Colorado.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Made my way in here for the first time on my last trip into town. I was not blown away by any means, but still impressed with the selection here. For some reason every store around here seems to carry everything brewed in Colorado, this being no exception. This is not nearly a bad thing, as I wish I could get every local even at my house, and being in town on buisness, heck I was looking for local flavor. Anyway great selection of singles which is hard to come by around here. Saw a few of the bigger midwest brews as well as a couple from Cali. Overall this is a decent store, but itf you can only make one stop I would pass there are better out there.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%

Last year I visited Denver and visited the best liquor stores I could find on this site and was largely disappointed. This year I returned to Denver and ventured up to Boulder, and Liquor Mart blew away the stores I'd seen previously in Denver in terms of selection and quality. It is a large store in the heart of Boulder, and was larger on the inside than I anticipated from the exterior. Looks like an old grocery store. Selection is good, but not awesome. There is decent sized shelf of 12 oz singles, unfortunately half of this shelf space is devoted to the same boring imports you find everywhere. Virtually all of the craft selection was CO imports, which suited me (an out-of-towner) just fact that's what I was looking for, although if this was your everyday store I could understand how you'd long for beers from other regions. The staff was friendly; a guy at a little desk asked me if I needed anything and we chatted for awhile about GABF (which I was in town for). I found 2 x six packs worth of singles and a handful of 24oz bottles to bring back to Milwaukee, so I would call it a successful trip. Huge walk-in cooler...biggest I've been in outside of a cold-storage facility I visited once.

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Photo of ihscout426
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%

This was my second time to the store. My family vacations in Lyons, CO and I take on eafternoon to visit to stock up on beers I cannot get back in MO.

This place fits my needs exactly. Big selection (one stop shopping); make your own six; almost all the local brewers are repesented; lots of seasonal and special offerings; and prices you can live with, although price is not my concern on this trip.

The staff leaves you alone, but is very helpful and friendly if you have questions. No frills, but who wants bells and whistles in a beer sotre. All beer is in store away from any windows and all higher end products kept in coolers. Beer care seems to be high priority. Also appears to have good turn over because all products with freshness dates were recent.

Do not forget that the belgium selection is aroung the corner of the cooler form the micro section. I can cetainly recommend this location. Fun place to look around and maybe find a gem to add to your beer cellar.

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Photo of drseamus
4.65/5  rDev +13.4%

I will have to disagree with most people on service. The guy in charge there was extremely helpful and gave us a lot help. He pointed out a lot of good beers and we ended up with some nice beers we can't get back in NY. They had some pretty rare beers there and I'll have to go back again before I leave. I found the beers to be a bit cheaper than back in NY also. They had most of the beers in cooler displays and some in the back of the cooler also. Their belgian selection is decent, but I think we have more at home. A good beer store all around though.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.3/5  rDev -19.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5

My hotel was three blocks from this place. What a lure.
large space, deep. Old IGA feel to it. Reminds me of a modern day, beat up WalMart. I'm finding it hard to rate this place. Quality of the building, shelves, and format are less than average, but the quality of the beers they have is quite impressive. The beer section is split into three areas (actually about 4), so it was a bit tough to find anything. They have a large selection warm, 12oz single bottles, and a good price to make six packs. Their import section of single bombers is above average as well, although a bit hidden. Domestic bombers were mixed in with barley wine 6packs. Hmm. No worries. Service was bad. I at least saw people who worked there. I did see 12 packs (mixed) of twisted pine on sale. Cool.
Overall, a great stop in Boulder if you live there. If not, and are just visiting, hit the breweries first. Then if you're done with that and have time, hit the Pearl Street area. And if you still have time, go to Liquor Mart.

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Photo of BadRockBeer
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%

On February 16, 2007 I had the pleasure of checking out the infamous Liquor Mart in the Republic of Boulder, Colorado.

Using my handy Google Map I found it a little difficult to find, never the less I did. I was shocked at the exterior appearance. It kind of reminded me of a grocery store that was built in the sixty and never renovated. It was missing siding from the front of the store and just appeared to be rundown.

Upon entering it looks the same, everything seems to have a dingy yellow hue. I was just waiting for the wood paneling to come jumping out. On the other hand this place is huge. The wine and liquor selection is probably the largest in the area, I didn’t spend any time in that area but I was still impressed.

I made my way over to the beer selection and was impressed to find 46 doors of heaven; about 12 were owned by the macro swill but still not a bad count. I looked around for about 10 minutes before being approached by the staff. I didn’t need any assistance but I did overhear him helping others, seemed to be a self proclaimed beer geek. Took me quite a while to find the selection of “Special Brews,” they are in a standalone cooler by the beer geeks desk. But they did have a nice selection. They even had several bottles of Bristol’s XXX warlock. I then wandered on to find the massive selection of singles, other than being warm and over exposed to the florescent lights I was extremely impressed. They had to have had several hundred singles.

In the end I ended up with a 12 pack of Dale’s Pale Ale and a bomber of Avalanche. The prices seemed competitive. Actually the Dale’s was the best price I have seen, $10.49/12-cans. All and all, I would stop back in. Other than the appearance and the shotty service that other BA’s have had it seems to be a good place to shop.

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Photo of handrail
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

I've only been to Liquor Mart once while visiting friends in Boulder a couple months ago. But, I'll just say this...our friends don't call it Liquor Mart...they call it Mecca.

We didn't experience any service issues, but only having been there once I don't feel I can comment on the overall customer service. The checkout girl was very sweet and yes we got carded...but that is no big deal to me. I don't blame them for carding everyone after having worked in a convenience store in a college town when I was a student.

Mecca has a very impressive collection of brews and wine. I found quite a few west coast beers I can't get on the east coast and I was able to add a few new bottle caps to my collection.

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Photo of blitz134
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%

I only had the opportunity to stop at two beer stores on my trip to Colorado. I'm certainly glad I stopped here first, this place was amazing.

The store is pretty large, supermarket sized really. The beer is located in the right hand side of the store on the wall with wine and liqours located in the middle. There was a TON of singles located on the shelves. The sixers were stored in refrigerated storage along the wall. The single selection was amazing and included an incredible amount of brews from Colorado microbreweries. I bought a fair amount of beer here, if it wasn't for the single selection I would not have gotten as much as I did.

Good service too, several people attempted to help me find several beers and made some recommendations. My only compaint was a weak belgian selection. Good prices really. Singles anywhere from 1.35-1.75 ea, and a 20% discount on a mixed-sixer.

A must stop if you have limited room to bring back a mix of beer.

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Photo of sloejams
4.8/5  rDev +17.1%

Stopped here on my trip across the country, sidetracking my way up to Boulder from Denver. Thankfully this place is open early (8 AM, I think), as I was just finished breakfast and wanted to load up on some fine Colorado beers on the way out. This had every CO beer I was hoping to come across. They also had a great selection of East and West Coast stuff and a decent European section. I loaded up on all of the La Folies they had in the cooler and asked if they had anymore. The staff was very helpful and found some more for me. The guy at the register was great, talking up some of the beers I was purchasing. There's a 20% discount for 6 packs of singles, so that was a no-brainer. If I'm ever in the Denver / Boulder area again, I'll swing by.

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Photo of MarcGetty
5/5  rDev +22%


Let me repeat that. WOW.

Simply incredible selection and it apeared that there was a guy stationed in the beer section just to answer questions. Just about everything was kept cold (a problem for someone in the middle of a 3,000 mi road trip, but not for anyone else) with a special section dedicated to Avery products (Avery is less then a mile down the way).

A know-it-all chatterbox of a customer was in front of me when I went to ask a question, but we are rating the venue, not the clientelle of the venue. Once I got to speak to the beer guy on duty he was knowledgeable and freely admitted that lambics and fruit beers were not exactly his specialty (fair enough).

Unfortunately I did not buy anything from Liquor Mart due to the cold beer and having 7 more states to drive through but I left very jealous of anyone who lives nearby.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.55/5  rDev -13.4%

Stopped here after hearing about from a liquor store owner here in Estes Park. Went down there and was pleasently surprised. Mostly Colorado craft brews. Nice single selection...minimal dust on the warm bottle section. Nice selection of Colorado bombers. Very reasonable prices on 6 packs. Good Belgian, German, and English selection and not too pricey, all in the cooler. I picked up a couple bottles of Sam Smith Winter Welcome on sale for $1.49 each, typically $3.99/bottle back in Traverse City, Mi where I live. I would definitely stop here again. As good as LiquorMax in Loveland. Like others said, the service isn't all that great. I picked up $150 in singles and the clerk rolled her eyes and made some cranky comments because I actually made her work. On the plus side, one of the guys in the beer dept. let me break up a 6'er of Anchor Xmas for a single. 5 mins later I overheard another customer ask for the same single so I pointed her to the sixer I broke up. She was thrilled.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Stopped here while in town on business. Found it on BA before the trip as per procedure.

There was an outstanding selection here. Quite a few German, English, and Belgian beers (including Westmalle in 750ml, a size which I don't see too often for this beer). Also many American micro's, all available in singles (or at least most).

I was really looking for New Belgium beers while in the area, and that's basically what I bought (some of the dubbel and some of the trippel, forget the fat tire). I would have liked to find La Folie, but apparently it's only sold from the source.

With reasonable prices and great selection, I recommend a stop here to anyone in Denver or Boulder.

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Photo of Quaffer
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%

I made it up to Liquor Mart in Boulder with a few friends on a trip to GABF. It is a huge store that has a lot more than just beer. Definitely worth the stop, in my opinion.

The beer selection is large, with a ton of Colorado beers and a large amount of other micros from around the country. The import and Belgian selections aren't the best that I've seen, but they aren't bad, either. All beers are singled out and most are available both warm and cold. Overall, very nice.

The store layout is a little funky, so keep looking around or ask someone to make sure you find all the beer. I was there a good 15 miniutes before I stumbled across the Belgians.

The staff that I dealt with was very helpful and, as a bonus, knew a thing or two about beer. There was at least one associate hovering around the beer section to lend a hand at all times. Even the guy at the checkout who admitted to me that he doesn't like beer was happy to talk about the subject and tell me what some of the best selling brews in the store are.

A great store that I will stop at again on my next trip to the area.

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Photo of bditty187
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

This was an old looking store, circa 1970s. It was easy to find, not far from downtown, and it did have its own parking lot. There is a big sign with specials on the external wall facing the parking lot. It is adored by Coors Light logos. Great! There is an ID carding station as you walk in. Big store, most of it was devoted to wine and liquor. I did not look around… I went straight to the beer.

Because Boulder is in Colorado and Colorado has breweries Liquor Mart carries Colorado beer. Because most Colorado micros are great the selection at Liquor Mart looks great. However, they don’t focus on good beer... sure it has good beer but that is simply by chance. Most of the good beer is Colorado micros. However, some were old and I couldn’t trust any of the beers in the (room-temp) single section. Most of the beers in the coolers seemed okay and I took advantage of that. The imports were lacking, badly. They did offer some beer glasses at good prices. For Colorado the selection, overall, was okay… plenty of CO beers but not much else.

The beer workers weren’t anywhere to be found. I wanted to ask them where their Belgian beer was but the employees were busy fielding moronic questions from college kids/homeless/hippie folks who just purchased the beer they knew anyway. I really was not impressed with the service here. Somebody asked about DFH 120 and they guy said “it is 20% (abv) and you’ll get drunk. Too bad it is so expensive.” He suggested on-sale 12-packs of Hazed & Infused. They skipped them too. Keystone Light was their drink of choice. I did visit here on a Saturday afternoon and the place was very busy. Still, I waited for help. I had questions. I left without them being answered.

All in all, this is a good beer source. I wasn’t impressed but I wasn’t disappointed either. If in Boulder there is no reason not to come here for CO beer.

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Photo of rowew
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%

Great selection of Colorado micros. Also seem to have most of the other us micros available in this state, and a good selection of imports. Huge walk in cooler with many many exterior doors so you can browse most of it from the outside. Many belgians and european imports consolidated together near the entrance to the walk in. Also has an aisle of room temperature singles to build mixed six packs. Nice glassware selection, and a great list of kegs available. Great prices, and the weekly sale always yields a great deal on something tasty.

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Photo of alexgash
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Had heard good things about this place. I wasn't disappointed. Stopped in to get my hands on some CO micros; I left with more than that. This place is like a little super market of liquor (oh, I get it, liquor...mart). Lots of coolers which you can access by opening doors, or by entering the cooler itself from a walk-in door. I was quickly filling up my cart, when I noticed an entire aisle of room-temp. singles. They have a deal where you get 10% off mixed sixers. Awesome. I filled up a bunch of cartons with some little-known CO micros. Service was fine, but not overly helpful. Selection was damn good, especially for US micros. They didn't have a huge amount of European imports, but I was here for the US stuff anyway. A few brands I remember: Left Hand, Twisted Pine, Ska, Il Vicino, Avery, Stone, DFH, Deschute's, New Belgium, Odells, Fort Collins, and lots more. Great place to stop if you're looking for consolidated CO micros. I'll be back.

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Photo of mentor
2.9/5  rDev -29.3%

Original Dec 2004, edited in July 2005, because the service sucks.

Goodness gracious. I was a bit leary when I parked my car in the tiny lot, as this place looks like a 1970's building that needs a major redo. Inside is a different story. In the breezeway, a guy asked for my ID before I even entered the store. Once inside, I was dumbfounded at the enourmous room and the amount of alcohol spread out before me. I'm talking the size of a high school gymnasium. This place was incredible. I found wine selections from places in Europe that I've never seen anywhere, other than Europe. Rows and rows of wine. "This here's the Argentina, Brazil, and Chile row. That's the Italy row..." and so on. The beer is found all the way to the right and consists of about a 30-door cooler with additional selections inside the cooler. Mostly 6- 12- and 24-packs in the cooler, but there is a small section of bombers. 12 oz singles are found warm on shelves one row over from the coolers and are organized by location. There is a decent import section (I've seen larger at many other places), an okay non-Colorado craft beer section, and a great selection of Colorado beers. If you are looking for regional beers while visiting Boulder, this is a good place to visit.

Now that I've moved to Colorado, I've visited several times. I've found ample staff to be working at all times, but ever-missing. They could be at the other end of the store or in some distant corner of the cooler hanging out and shooting the shit. All this despite them having a desk in the beer section they should be maintaining. And when I finally track them down to ask my question, I'm treated coldly, like I've interrupted something really important. My first visit had it right..."they were quite curt in their treatment". Screw this place. They sell out of limited edition/special production product before any other store and then look at me funny when I ask if they still have it in stock. The least they could do is suggest some other selection that's comparable.

In sum, they have a wide selection of standard beers. But, anything special, is touch and go. Don't expect anyone to help you find what you are looking for. And, god forbid, if you make them go over to the computer to check on something. Sheesh, that would ruin their whole fucking day. Who the hell are you anyway?

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Photo of SeanChouffe
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%

This place is singles heaven!
The appearance of this place is quite rustic for Boulder standards, but don?t let that sway you it has something offer. The selection of singles is exceptional , and reasonably priced. They offer a 10% discount for 6 or more if you pack them up in one of their white six-pack carriers. This is a beer reviewer?s paradise. The variety is good (microbrews and imports), but they fall short in the Belgian (and German) department. There is a selection of 750ml Belgians in a cooler toward the back of the store that is fair, but not exceptional. Some of the Prices for six-packs seemed a little high, but for the most part the prices were reasonable.

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Photo of GreenWBush
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%

Liquor Mart in Boulder. Or as an Indiana-boy used to puckering up his ass cheeks for a $10 sixer of anything above Sam Adams, fuckin' heaven!

This store looks like an old carpet store or something. It has an odd, old funkiness to it, but holds a treasure trove of goodness. Think about every west-coast beer you'd want to lay your hands on available in single and bomber format when available. For cheap. Special concentrations of Colorado beer. Huge, rows of wine and liquor, but a good 1/3 dedicated to our favorite tipple.

Deals that kick serious ass. I picked up 2 Avery Hog-Heaven barleywines for less than $6. Mix-and-match cases for ~$20.

Little lacking in the Belgian department. Very West Coast-centric in terms of beer selection, but i'm not complaining. After repeated visits I must say it sucks to not have a liquor store that seems more like a warehouse.

Nice glass selection as well.

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Photo of dauss
3.55/5  rDev -13.4%

This is a big liquor store with a large selection of about everything, including beer. I don't think many college kids buy the rare stuff because all they probably want to get are 30-packs of macros. I found some limited edition stuff like Rogue's Morimoto Imperial Pilsner that probably would have been sold out by now at other liquor stores in Denver.

They have good amount of coolers, probably 40+, and you are free to walk around behind the cooler looking for beers. Good selection of US, German, local microbrews, but their Belgium section was really small.

The best thing I love about this place is the build your own 6-pack. 20% off for every 6 12oz. bottles, and nearly everything you can stick in the 6-pack. Good thing because I'm not sure if I really needed 6 Grolsch Amber Ales(heard it was a good Alt). They also had a bunch on warm shelving, but worried me on how long the stuff has been sitting there. There were more germans sitting in the cooler so it made me feel more comfortable buying those.

The organization is good for everything that comes in a 4-pack or higher. The 22oz bombers or the 750's are a big unorganized and hard to find. I could probably walk around looking at everything for 10 minutes and find more hidden stuff elsewhere.

While I was there the entire time, no one was around to help, nor did anyone ask me if I needed help. I wonder if there is a beer manager. I never called for one because I know what to look for, but it would have been better if someone knowledgeable was walking around.

The prices are good. The discount on the 6-pack is great. Most of the other beers are about average, or maybe 50 cents to $1 more than other liquor stores.

I'd definitely come back, just because the singles selection is huge. Great for me, especially because I like to get something I've never tried before, but don't want to get 6 because I know its going to be crappy.

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Liquor Mart in Boulder, CO
Place rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 76 ratings