Zipp's Liquors

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Zipp's LiquorsZipp's Liquors
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Type: Store

2618 E Franklin Ave
Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55406-1104
United States

(612) 333-8686 | map
www.zippsliquors.com

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Score:
93
Reviews:
54
Ratings:
93
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
7.38%
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Photo of ZAP
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Recently made my first stop here. I was very impressed with the prices on select items and on their basic items. Also, their staff was very customer focused. I happened to hit a day when they had a bunch of Founders for 6.99 a sixer...bought a case and wish I had bought 5 cases....also had Schell 12 packs for 9.99....looked for Schell Hefe and when they didn't have they said I could sub two sixers of Schell Hefe for the same price...(as a sidenote I ran into the same situation at a different place in MPLS recently and they said they couldn't do that)....

The beer selection in very strong and reasonably priced...Surly Hell 8.99....bought a four pack just because it was the first time I saw it reasonably priced....picked up a few other things which wreren't on sale just to support this place.

I don't get down that way often but will be looking for ways to do so in the future. My go-to TC liquor store for sure when you factor in selection, price, and customer service..

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Photo of zrab11
4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

A- Looks like a typical liquor store with everything u could ever want. they beer is in the back coolers and on shelves right by the coolers

Q-Quality is great. Looks like they do alot of business. Didn't see anything out of date

Ser- Was great. I didn't have any questions but asked if i needed any help and saw them helping other customers

Sel-Selection was great. Lots of beer in the coolers and then tons of 12oz and bombers on shelves. A really broad selection and if this wasn't near the end of my trip i would of spent more.

F- didn't have any

V-very reasonable. Nothing too expensive. Very pleased

Overall i stopped in to buy some surly and found just what i wanted. Bitter brewer just hit shelves the day before i came in so i was glad to be able to pick that up as well as some big john as we ran out in Indiana. So i was impressed wth the store and would frequent it if i lived in MN

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Photo of ncmussell
4.88/5  rDev +16.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Zipp's is my go to place when I am in the Mpls/St. Paul area for beer. Always getting new things in and frankly has just as good of a selection on new releases as many of the more specialty beer stores in the Twin Cities.

Lots of coolers with sixers as well as coolers with a mixed selection of bombers. Has one of the better selections of imports around town, and always carries the top domestic products. If you see a beer somewhere else in town chances are they have it here as well. Don't let the area that the store is in deter you either. Conveniently located right off Highways 94 for those not familiar with the area.

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Photo of hardy008
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I stopped in on Saturday, March 5th and found a nice selection of imports, including many I don't normally see in most stores. They had beers from De Dolle and Uerige, which I was looking for. They also had Trappist beers for $3.99 a bottle, which is cheaper than I usually find them for.

An overall nice selection of domestics and imports. Surly was easy to find, and they had some of the best Surly prices I have seen at $9.99 per four pack. Also a nice selection of craft singles. Stop by if you are in the area, you won't be disappointed.

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Photo of zeledonia
4.66/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I feel lucky to have this as my neighborhood liquor store. Fantastic selection of American and imported beers, all at reasonable prices. Spacious aisles, great variety, and helpful staff. I don't spend much time in the wine or liquor section; store is basically broken into thirds by those 3. A very mixed crowd; you'll often have one person buying a case of BMC in front of another stocking up on the latest limited releases.

Their mixed 6-packs are a little more expensive than some other places, but they often include things that you'd very rarely get in a mix-6 (for example, the last time I stopped by, it included 2009 FBS and '09 Founders Imperial Stout, plus every Bell's offering available, plus various Goose Islands, and so on). And they'll generally break packs up for you if there aren't singles already on the shelves. They get good supply of most of the limited releases, and often hold a bit back to pull out now and then. I frequently stop by just to see what's been pulled out of the cellar that day.

Staff are knowledgeable and very helpful, and often very willing to talk about beer or offer suggestions. And they recognize that their opinions are only opinions, and that other people might enjoy things they don't.

All in all, a great place. Only downside is that it's pretty popular among beer lovers, so the stuff that's in demand often goes faster than it does at other nearby stores.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.86/5  rDev +15.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Zipp's has a super huge beer selection. You should shop there.

And now to help me fulfill the character requirements for this review, ladies and gentlemen... Mr. Conway Twitty,

"I see the sparkling little diamond on your hand
It's plain to see that you've already got a man
I can see you're not about to fall for any of my lines
I see the want to in your eyes

Deep in your smile there's a quiet, soft desire
Like the embers of a once raging fire
You know I could light that fire again,
You know it isn't wise
I see the want to in your eyes

How strong's a band of gold
Is it strong enough to hold,
When a love has grown cold
And A woman wants a love, sweet
And warm
How many women just like you have
Silent schemes.
How many men like me do they sleep
With in their dreams
You can stay or you can go and
Although I sympathize
I still see the want to in your eyes
I see the want to in your eyes"

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Photo of garymuchow
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%

Was in the area so made an effort to stop by.
Nice store. Spacious. Good and varied selection. Good singles selection. Solid pricing across the board and good sales. Good parking environment, even in the winter with an excessive amount of snow.
The happened to be playing "Death Have no Mercy" from a 60's Grateful Dead concert, which may not please all customers, but it worked for me.
I didn't interact much with staff, but I also didn't need it.
I recommend a stop by if you are in the area.

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Photo of corcoranjc
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%

This is a great store. It's got the big liquor store feel which is really fun sometimes, and it also has a specialty store selection. There are some very knowledgeable and cool people who work there, so the service is always spot on.

Good sales...you can definitely spend a lot on beer here, but you can also find some incredible deals. If there is a limited release that makes it to the twin cities, you know that Zipp's will have it.

Finally...this is one of the best intersections in South MPLS....you can get a movie at Filmzilla, Thai food at True Thai, and some beer from Zipp's on a Friday night and bask in the warmth of a perfect evening.

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Of the few shops I hit up in Minnesota, this was the best.

Great selection.

Surly is ALL in the cooler. They still had some Smoke left in back, if you ask for it.

The rest of the beer is on shelves-- and it is quite a big selection. Tons of Midwest, Minnesota, and regional beers everywhere. A good selection of imports, especially Belgian (including sours).

The employees were friendly and polite. They knew their inventory and were great about answering questions.

The prices were good. Nothing seemed like it was a great steal-- except maybe the Petrus Aged Pale for $1.99 per 12 oz. (I love that beer-- and that's a great price for a sour!
Nothing really stood out as having a big markup either...

As far as it goes, I will happily come back to shop Everytime I travel through the twin cities.

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Photo of fragilehearted
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%

OK - was shopping here for some souvenirs to take back to Texas, & I went here solely b/c of the reviews here. And I am VERY grateful they didn't disappoint! So I figured I'd say some nice stuff.

It's a liquor store, so tons of stuff I wasn't going to look at anyway, but hey, if you're in the area, they look like they'll get all your drinking needs met. Was easy to take the rail+bus to get here. Which is good b/c it was freeezing out!

Tons of regional brews (Surly, Tyranea, Bell's, plenty of others), which was what I wanted. Lots of other US craft beers & Belgians too, though I didn't pick up any - not what I was there for. They even had a special area w/ some aged beers that were recently re-put out for sale. Bombers, sixers, & singles already broken up. They were also very eager to break up any sixer that I wanted broken, which was very nice! I asked a girl working there for help, and she gave me a few more recommendations after I'd already made my initial selections.

Prices were great. Markup on singles was truly not that much considering the quality of the beer.

And service was great. The girl helping me was friendly and helpful. I told the staff I was taking it home in a checked suitcase, & they let me electrical tape & bubble wrap my beers & pack them up right in the store on a separate counter that wasn't being used.

I'll definitely hit them up again next time I'm in the area. =)

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Photo of UMNbeerhunter
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%

Great selection of brews from all over. I was really surprised that there was such a great selection and no frills or extra BS to lure you away for what you came for... REAL GOOD BEER. Its almost like a cultural crossroads of drinking. I was standing in line with a 12pk of SN Celebration, the guy in front of me had some Mad Dog 20/20 and EJ brandy, the chick behind me had a few choice bottles of wine and then there was four frat guys arguing with one of their brothers trying to get him to buy another case of Natties Ice instead of the 4pak of Surly Wet that he wanted.. He won in the end thank god. Great place, any BA in Minneapolis should check it out.

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Photo of ccrida
4.85/5  rDev +15.5%

Great store. In for a biz trip, I wanted to stock up on some local goodies. They had a huge selection, tons of singles, and very good prices, and selection of imports and other rarities, such as fantome's between $12-14. I especially appreciated that I could get lots of 12 oz bottles and get more variety for my luggage space and dollar. Single cans also. Nice folks with a good laid back vibe, I'll definitely hit this joint again!
extrachars...need to pad...hmm, the owner is apparently a dead head, bonus points there. Tons of wine and liquor as well, just overall a huge alcohol selection.

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Photo of mactrail
4/5  rDev -4.8%

I think this is one of the very best beer stores I've been to, anywhere. It's hard to find fault, unless they had beer geeks engaging every customer in conversation, and maybe if the entire beer area was a walk in cooler.

Selection of regional beers was outstanding, and I saw many Belgians and beyond imports I have never encountered. But having a big selection of really interesting beers available as singles is a big one for me, the tourist. Beers outside the region seemed well chosen, like an excellent range of Great Divide and every New Belgium (both Colorado).

Finally, the place is clean for all the traffic, shelves perfectly organized. And I kept discovering new stacks and displays.

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Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Zipp's is a huge, no frills store with a ton of liquor and beer

the entire back wall features coolers filled with beer, in addition to a couple aisles of dry storage, lots of good Midwestern stuff, the Surly line of course, nationwide micros, and some pretty random findings to include a range of Mexican micro bombers on sale for 2.99 and bombers of French Broad Rye Hopper, also 2.99 (seriously, what's that doing up here?), lots of stuff to choose from, singles available, also a shopping cart full of questionable bargain singles at sub-dollar prices, lots of empty teaser bottles spread around that I'll assume were consumed by store staff

the dude at the register was friendly, but floor service wasn't really found (or needed, for that matter)

lots of light in here, but gonna assume that rotation is good due to high traffic, and quality is probably fine

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Photo of dirtylou
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%

good stop in Minneapolis.

The Twin Cities area has a lot of impressively rated beer stores that for the most part are very inconvenient to visitors. The fact that they arent open on Sunday really amplifies that inconvenience.

With Zipp's being really close to the city centre, I find it hard to believe that travelling to the suburbs is really necessary.

They certainly have all the Surly, Flat Earth, Summit, etc that you could desire and the prices seemed like they were likely on the low-end of the scale. Single Surly cans were available as well, which is nice.

The store itself reminded me of Riley's here in Madison - it's location brings in lots of students, riff-raff and probably beer dweebs as well.

There were tons of bombers and singles of varying quality levels - not sure how they have French Broad bombers...that was pretty ridiculous.

My eyes perked up when i saw russian river bottles, but they were empty (yet for some reason displayed with all the other beer). These empties were spread throughout the store- somebody clearly knows the drill around this place.

It's cheap with a good location - if you're staying in the city, start here, you probably wont feel the need to venture out further.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%

Popped in here after going to Town Hall for a few beers. Very impressive liquor store.

This is a liquor store, meaning that most of the place is filled with booze but about 1/4 of the store has beer, and 1/4 of this store is a big selection. Just about anything you could imagine available in MN is available at Zipps and the prices are not bad at all. I picked up some surly, some Central waters, and some out of market foreigns that I couldn't get in MD.

Most of the beer were out as singles but that's OK with me. There was an entire wall of coolers that had various beers chilled in there as well as in six pack / 12 packs. I'm OK buying singles, usually prefer it.

I can't remember the guy's name but one of the workers took us in back and offered us a rare Ommengang sour, Zuur. I had actually already had it but I picked up some Surly 4 that he had squirreled back there. Very fun. I wanted to go back but I would have had to ship a box back to myself...and I didn't want to bother with that.

a VERY GOOD BEER STORE!

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Photo of jera1350
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Recently ordered a keg here for a party. This is the place to go for kegs in the metro area. If it's distributed in MN, this place will have it. Upon returning the keg, I took a look around. They have a really nice selection of craft beers. There is about two eisles dedicated to craft beer with a couple of large coolers full as well. They had a really nice singles selection and even a spot in the back with some beers that were being clearanced out at really low prices. The help with the keg was great and when I was looking at the rest of the store, I was not approached by anyone, but did ask someone at the front register for a beer and he knew off the top of his head that it wasn't in yet. Overall, a very solid choice for craft beer in this area and a great place for kegs.

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Photo of pwoods
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%

This is definitely a nice stop. I visited this place while in MSP for Darkness Day. I was mostly looking to scorea bunch of Surly products and check out anything else that was interesting. They definitely had a great selection with a few hundred different bottles. Plenty of Surly to be had. Also stocked up on some Tyranena. The quality was very high, too, with the Tyranena, Surly, Boulevard, and some good Belgians. The service was pretty much what you'd expect from a liquor store. No one asking if you need help and a stoner at the register. Definitely worth a stop to see what's available.

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Photo of opwog
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

This is a very large liquor store. They had Odell reps doing a tasting when I was there, as this was the first week for Odells to be available in the area. I found the Kentucky Breakfast Stout and an extra Surly Four that I had been looking for. They have a massive selection and singles on a lot of the beers that they offer. I didn't shop for anything but beer, but given the size of the store and how deep their beer selection was, I can only imagine that it is equally as good for wine and spirits. Reasonably close to Stub and Herbs if you are in the area.

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Photo of gatornation
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%

located just east of cedar ave on franklin sits zipps its close to the blue nile..whats not to like at zipps?..they have a great selection of crafts and single/bombers of crafts they also have hugh selection of imports with singles and 750ml bottles ..they really have one of the overall best selection of craft single/sixer's brews in the twin cities ..the staff is helpful but not intrusive they are knowledgeable of the beers they sell and will direct you to or give you advice..their prices are very reasonable ..its a great store to go to and you will definitively find something here for your beer palate....its recommended for locals and a must go to if you visit the twin cities

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Photo of HerrFaust
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%

Stopped in here while in the Twin Cities for a wedding. Wow. Retro liquor store, but the beer shelves are front-and-center. Plenty of stuff in the coolers along the back wall. While looking for stuff not available in Chicago (Surly, Boulevard, etc), I ran into beer manager, Tyler. What followed was a tour into awesome. He pointed me to some winners and some special stuff. The rest of the staff was fun, too. If you find yourself in the area (it's near one of the cool kid neighborhoods), do make it a point to go here.

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Photo of jjanega08
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Good ol' Zipp's. This place is one of the best in the inner city. They have a huge selection of craft beers. If something new is coming into the Cities chances are Zipp's will have it first. They have a nice single bottle selection as well as a cooler filled with bombers. Nice 6 packs and 12 packs. Great belgian isle. The only problem with Zipp's is I've never been really treated great here but I've never been treated bad. It's one of those places that is so large that your sort of on your own with no personalization in the service area. The cashiers are nice nothing wrong with them but not much is ever said. The awesome selection keeps me coming back though and they have kegs on hand all the time. You can just walk in and walk out with a keg no preordering or anything like that. They also have awesome seasonal closeout sales. If you want a cheap keg they got great deals for seasonal craft beer toward the end of the season to clear out the stock.

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Photo of MPLS
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%

Zipps is always an interesting experience once you park in the cramped lot and maybe have to dodge someone insisting you buy them a pint of vodka before walking in the door.

Zipps has a pretty decent layout with none of the shelving requiring you to find a ladder. The craft beer selection is pretty well isolated from the "cooler beers" and is arranged in a decent fashion.

The staff is always helpful and they are willing to break up any 4-6 pack of beer for singles for a small mark-up. This is really awesome for the beers you're hesitant on buying a whole 4-pack of. Tyler is the "beer guy" if you have any questions. They put themselves on twitter but updates are sparse and the details are not always fully revealed. Dumb.

The selection here is pretty top notch, but sometimes has a tendency to move fast just by it's location and the large number of people who traffic here.

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Photo of kjyost
4.45/5  rDev +6%

They had some very helpful staff give me advice on different beers, and were quick to sell me Surly. They make a Surly mix pack, and even though they had none of them in they sold me the beers for the discounted price. They also had numerous beers I had never seen, and there are more beers than a Manitoban can ever imagine in their beer and liquor stores.

My one beef is that the majority of their beers are held at room temperature in full light. I know I wouldn't store beer like that for long, but the beer I did get from them in no way was spoiled.

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Photo of MysticX
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%

One of my go-to stores, especially since it is right off of 94 and right by the West Bank of the U of M. Not exactly located in the best of areas though. . .

Selection is pretty good with a pretty knowledgeable staff. If the person you ask doesn't know the answer to your question, there most likely will be someone else working who does. The mixed singles selection is pretty good, which also includes Surly singles for $3. They sell mixed Surly 4 packs as well, with some of the best Surly prices around. The prices are pretty good, and I personally don't feel like the mark-up on singles is all that much. Tyler, the beer guy, keeps a twitter account that keeps customers updated on all the new arrivals, many of which do go rather fast.

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Zipp's Liquors in Minneapolis, MN
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