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Zipp's LiquorsZipp's Liquors

Type: Store

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

(612) 333-8686 | map

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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 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 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 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 guywholikesbeer
4.71/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Zipp's is definitely one of the best liquor stores in the Twin Cities. They have a great selection of limited run beers, but they also have good prices on stand-by craft beers like Sierra Nevada and Summit. They have a really nice make your own 6 pack selection, and a clearance section of outgoing seasonals if you want craft beer but you're on a budget. Strong selection of liquor and wine as well, although I spend less time in those sections of the store. They do tastings pretty frequently.

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Photo of Beerking721
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%

I visited this store after leaving The Blue Nile one night which is just down the road. On first glance, I was impressed with the inviting exterior and decided to head in. The store is well lit and has a nice attached parking area so I didn't have to walk far.

This is one of the nicer and more complete beer selections I've seen in Minneapolis proper with a staff of knowledgable beer connoisseurs who are passionate about beer and appreciate fellow BA's. The service was good (they carried my purchase out for me), the store was clean and well stocked, and I left with some great brews to enjoy that were reasonably all priced.

The wine and liquor selection was impressive as well.

I am pleased to recommend this store and will be back soon.

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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 josephhaugen
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%

Finally stopped by to see Tylers selection. Very impressive open floorplan, with a nice nice selection of spirits (especially specialties like Eau de Vies, Rare Scotch, and much more). The wine selection is not huge, but well done, with an awesome selection of French wines, and one of the largest Provence selections I have seen anywhere. Now to the beer, not a ton of good stuff in the coolers, considering the store size, but plenty of nice selections. The imports and domestic bombers are quite impressive with, if I remember correctly, 4 four foot section on each side 3 or four sections high. Lots of rare and unique finds to be had in this store. Another section on the back of the import and domestic singles shelf round out the selection. Two end caps housing M & M singles are more than adequate as well. Tyler and the crew have done an awesome job in here, and I look forward to stopping in sometime when Tyler is actually there. On a side note, I was asked twice if I needed help, and I fully believe they would have helped me with any questions I had.

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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 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 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 mymrnngjckt
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

My first stop on my visit to Minneapolis. A very well organized store. Three solid rows of craft beer. Selections were avaialble in four/six packs or individual bottles. A large selection of Belgians also such as Cantillon, Fantome and Duvel. They also had a very large selection of jeroboams from Rogue, Stone and Samiclaus.

Great craft selections I can't get back east. Boulevard, Goose Island, New Belgium, Tyrenana. to name a few. The prices were reasonable and the service was friendly. Great place to pick up some bottles in Minneapolis.

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Photo of bornondate
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

It's about time to get some reviews done, and this is a place I've been to many times.

Its easy access off of I94 and nice amount of close parking (which is great considering I usually have a few boxes to carry out) makes this a great spot to hit.

Every visit has been great. The staff has always been very helpful and quite knowledgeable, and quick to point out new items. The selection is vast with a great amount of US craft beers to chose from. Bell's, Surly (including mixed packs)and the rest of the locals are in force here. Their Import selection is very nice with a fair amount limited items. The selection is on par with the other "great stores" in the state.

I also thought it was cool to have a display of great beers that are not in Minnesota :).

I will continue to visit this store, and if you have not been here before, you missing out.

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Photo of beerbeagle
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

zipp's is a great place to visit. it is easy to access from the freeway. lots of parking space with an overflow lot. great location near to other beer destinations with blue nile, acadia and town hall brewery all close by and stub and herbs just across the river. they have expanded there shelf space for more beer. with one section for american craft packs. one section for american bombers and one section for imports. also large selection of singles on the end caps if you want to just try one of something. also have a bank of refrigerators alng the back wall. they always have a great selection and some of the best prices around. though be warned that this palce is known about and some of the limited release stuff goes fast. i have never been in here without someone asking if i need help finding something or looking for anything in particular. also if you can get to talk with tyler it is well worth your time.all in all a great place.

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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 BA-Landers
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

One of the best liquor stores in MSP. I was really impressed by the general selection and even more by the selection that they recently unveiled during their cellar sale.

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Photo of jsprain1
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

A- The atmosphere is kinda odd. It's almost like a warehouse, which is cool. Their organizational system is kind of haphazard, but it's cool, it's just hard to figure out where beers are.
Q- Quality is solid. A lot of stuff is in coolers, plenty of six packs in coolers, bombers in coolers. A great deal of beer on shelves as well.
Ser- Service is pretty good. There haven't been that many workers on the floor when I've been there, but when you could find one, they were very helpful and knowledgable.
Sel- One of the best selections I've seen. Bonus points for make your own six packs on a fair number of beers. There was a large number of bombers as well. A fair number of locals, and more broadly regional beers as well.
Val- Six packs were cheap. The make your own six packs have been a bit spendier than I imagined, but you pay a premium for the selection. All in all, one of the best beer stores I've been to.

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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 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 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 oldsailor
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Good selection for sure. Was glad we didn't travel as far as we had to get there and then show up to a little mom/pop shop with 15 items! This is far from it. Service was great and best thing was they had awesome music playing while you're shopping! Very good to put you in the mood to spend your beer money.

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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 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 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 tavernjef
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%

What a great little surprising selection this place has. Lots of stuff just lying around, on sale, or with pretty good normal prices. Some of the usual out in plain sight. Most of the good beers are in back, gotta really look, they're kinda spread out all over, but can find stuff perhaps not lingering in other stores. Like some of the Bell's Nov. only stouts still there in June, wow. I was quite happy to have made a stop here. You could easily come away with very good beer here, even in keg form as well if throwing parties. Good friendly service as well, they seemed to know there stuff. Worth a stop if in the Franklin area.

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