Zipp's Liquors

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Zipp's LiquorsZipp's Liquors

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

(612) 333-8686 | map

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Photo of spoots
2.7/5  rDev -36.9%

I like Zipps, if for no other reason than that it is a browser's paradise. There are few beer stores I'd rather spend time in, and I often go out of my way to stop in for a sixer of something. Not that Zipp's carries the absolutely broadest variety of beers, but what they do carry seems somehow appropiate for the store, their Cedar/Riverside/U of M customer base, and the BA crowd that comes here.

Their prices can be thrillingly cheap...sometimes. When they close out stock, they really slash prices, but I find their day-to-day prices are usually higher than most of their competitors. For example, Surdyk's (another terrific beer purveyor) actually undercuts Zipps on just about everything lately.

Still, the store is fun just to be in, and they have one of the most eclectic wine selections I've ever seen, making Zipps a one-stop shop for your tippling needs.

[Note: The emo-punk-goth-slacker staff behind the register is great, unless they overcharge you and you have the audacity to ask for a correction--whoa! Also, they sometimes don't watch the freshness dates very closely, so take a close look before you buy to avoid getting really tired stock.]

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.35/5  rDev -21.7%

Very busy Friday night at this evidently popular liquor store. Beer gets pretty high billing. Many singles, and most of the regulars available in the Twin Cities. Prices are reasonable, as far as I know. I bought some Hair of the Dog (it's the first time I had seen it here, so I don't have any reference for average price). The other beers seemed alright, fairly large selection. The employees there only rang me up, never even batted an eye my way until i brought beer to the counter (that isn't always a bad thing, I really didn't have any questions). Blue Max and Cellars have better selection, but this may have better prices,

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Photo of amgamgamg
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of Rilesmiles
3.54/5  rDev -17.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75

Photo of badbeer
3.55/5  rDev -17.1%

Heard a rumor that this place might still have Bell's Batch 7000, which is the main reason I stopped in. I had a feeling it was too good to be true, and well, it was. No Batch 7000, but I did take the time to look around and see what else they had to offer. A fair amount of beer and they seemed to be keeping in at least reasonable conditions (away from sunlight, direct heat, etc.). Service was not really to be found. It wasn't bad, but that's because it was nonexistent, so I'll rate it average to be fair. Selection seemed decent, but didn't necessarily impress me either. It is certainly, however, a fine beer with a solid selection, I just probably won't frequent this one unless I can't find it at other places.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.55/5  rDev -17.1%

When walking into this place I was greeted by a small dog running around on a short leash. It gave the place a small town feel that was nice but I wish the little guy could have led me to the beer section. There were some rows of coolers in the back with beer and then warm beer was scattered in several isles in the middle of the store.

I was happy to see a few local meads on the sale shelf but the beer selection was a few European beers and lots of west coast beers with a few locals tucked in places. I saw a sign for Killer Penguin on sale but it was full of The Kaiser, and they had just sold out of the KP.

I asked if they had more in the back and the guy working the register shouted my question to the manager, who shook his head no. I think this store will be a good place to stop when looking for out of season beers if I can't find them other places and it has a nice family run feel.

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Photo of Erdinger2003
3.6/5  rDev -15.9%

This place is huge and has a giant selection of any beer you would expect a large range of people to enjoy. The only thing I found to be bad is that it's not set up in an orderly fashion, especially with the beer next to the wine and integrated. Especially the Rochefort 10 being the only beer in a display case next to the checkout counter next to some bottles of wine and other liquors. I didn't need any service, but it seemed they didn't have too many beer knowledgeable folks. Overall it would be worth returning I did see some nice things like Thomas Hardy's an dother bigname beers that I can't find in Iowa. The only weird thing was the small dog running about and barking at me.

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Photo of Fluffheady
3.68/5  rDev -14%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

Visiting from out of town. They didn't have any Surly. They had a pretty good selection of other things.We were driving around the city and visited several shops. Stopped here and didn’t buy a thing. They are obviously above average, and there is truly nothing wrong with this place. I’m really mostly baffled by how highly they are rated on here.

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Photo of mothman
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of MNBeer1017
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of HopDerek
3.8/5  rDev -11.2%

Stopped in to pick up some stuff while in the Minneapolis area because I was told they had what I wanted. With a nice large assortment of beers, they definitely had what I was looking for, and at a good price. Their singles selection was pretty good, as was their selection of beers that were in the cooler, and the room temp section was top notch, with plenty of micros and imports along with the typical macros. One thing I did notice though was the bottles seemed a little dusty, making me wonder if the beers have been sitting for a good period, or the place is just in a really dusty area. In any case, the place was easy to find, parking was easy, service was good, and the selection was impressive.

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Photo of Lucular
3.82/5  rDev -10.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Reasonable prices but as is sadly typical in Minneapolis liquor stores, outdated stock in too many cases (Surly, Toppling Goliath, etc.). Good selection overall.

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Photo of JoRado
3.86/5  rDev -9.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

I come here every now and then when I want to avoid the 94 west traffic from my commute home from work. They have an amazing beer selection, especially in carrying the rarities of beers you will not find in a store anywhere near besides The Four Firkins.

Due to it's location you sometimes get a lot of sketchy people in here, none that have bothered me or anything, just the kind of people that come in looking to get anything that will get them drunk as quickly as they can open their bottle.

Dogs roam the store, which I thought was cool. Then again I am a dog person so I could see it not being so cool for someone that doesn't like dogs.

The staff seems to be knowledgeable about the beer, only the guys though. Maybe I just haven't talked to their beer girl connoisseur yet.

Great selection once again if you are trying to find something that no one else can find other places.

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Photo of pat61
3.9/5  rDev -8.9%

They have a massive selection but they do not always watch their stock and some of their stuff can get old - a three year old bottle of Uerige is going to taste like wet cardboard no matter what.

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Photo of MNBeerGeek
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of mactrail
4/5  rDev -6.5%

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 fredmugs
4/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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4/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of yamar68
4/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Nice, clean place that doesn't really specialize in wine, booze or beer. They seem to specialize in all of them. Great selection of whatever it is you're looking for. Great Belgian selection - a whole side of an aisle dedicated to them. Other side has specialty bombers and cellar specials. Tyler regularly pulls beers from their cellar and sells them at extremely reasonable prices and often as discounted verticals. I think I bought a Smoked Alaskan Porter '08-'11 for $60. That was a one-time deal but those sorts of offerings seem to pop up quite a bit which is great I think.

They don't often throw out past-date beers but they do slash the prices accordingly and move them to their own display in the back which can be nice once in a while. If you find one past its prime on the floor they'll often give you a great price if you point it out to them.

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Photo of morimech
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Convenient location to the brewpubs and beer bars in the center of Minneapolis. No trouble finding parking on a Saturday. The beer selection in the coolers is not that impressive but there are several dedicated shelves to craft and import beer. The selection is expansive, but not the largest in the area. Some offerings I have not noticed at other stores. The employees are all friendly and helpful. I have not lived in Minneapolis for close to 20 years and after stopping by Zipp's, I am reminded why I did not last long in the city center. Between the paint-huffers not finding the Natty Ice while staring right at it, to being solicited immediately after exiting the door, I could not get to I-94 quick enough.

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of dfried
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Zip's was my corner liquor store a couple years, and all in all I feel like it is a pretty quality establishment. It's in a really cool neighborhood, the Seward neighborhood, so as you could expect there are some pretty cool people working there that will remember you. Not every worker that walks by is super knowledgeable, but there is usually someone there who can answer any questions you have. They have a great selection, an impressive amount of Belgian ales. They even recently just expanded their 'good' beer section so they are even getting more. They also have a lot of good sets of beer with nice beer glasses around the holidays. This is a great liquor store to live by.

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Photo of jjanega08
4/5  rDev -6.5%

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 blackie
4/5  rDev -6.5%

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 JosephThompson
4.01/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

This place is just as advertised as it should be: a massive liquor store somewhat near the U that will house a large selection to choose from.

They have room temp and cold storage. Tons of locals to choose from as well as the region. Thought their Belgian section was good. Again, a lot of the same labels you see in other places but the difference was they had all of them at Zipp's rather then hitting a couple spots to fill up.

Large selection of singles as you'd expect. Even a bargain bin if your tempting fate that day. Liked that they had some more obscure local brewers, even some nano. Also they have an extensive cellar in which they release vintages during special events so it's worth it for the locals to keep an eye on the place.

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Zipp's Liquors in Minneapolis, MN
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