Crazy Bruce's Liquors

17 Ratings

Type: Store

1224 Farmington Ave
Bristol, Connecticut, 06010-4714
United States

(860) 582-4523 | map

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Ratings: 17 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by mltobin:
Photo of mltobin
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Crazy Bruces is a large place, which I like, and there are plenty of options here. Wide aisles and a shopping cart in hand, I came across a good spread of regional brewers such as Dogfish Head, Shipyard, Sam Adams.
12oz bottles are sold of course in 6 and 12 packs, along with decent section to mix your own six.
Great selection of macro brewers and liquors as well.
Convenient location, great parking, good prices and a friendly staff help make this place a must for anyone who lives in the Bristol/Farmington area.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Went here yesterday, 8/9 since I couldn't go to Firefly Hollow. Big place with high ceilings, large wine selection. Beer was pretty decently stocked but it was tough to find everything. The "make your own 6-pack" feature was great and what I walked out with. Didn't see any staff for assistance but the cashier was friendly.

Watch the bottle dates, though. Some stuff I walked away with was bottled in June, but I passed on a bunch of stuff that was expiring in August or already expired.

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Photo of ale2thechief
3.44/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5

I have never been approached by anyone working here to see if they can help me. They have a huge selection but some bombers and 6 packs are months past the freshness dates. Dust on bottles is a tip off. On bright side, prices are quite cheap.

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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5/5  rDev +31.9%

Photo of Knapp85
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Crazy Bruce's Liquors they have the bargains for you. Saw the commercials for this place on you tube a while ago and thought that Bruce was truly crazy. I didn't think that it was even real. My friends and I looked it and saw it was legit. We planned a road trip up there shortly after.

We got up there on a bright summer day and were pretty excited to look around and see just his crazy it was there. Overall it was impressive to see their selection of beers and liquor. Lots of room to move around and plenty to look at in there.

The beer aisle is where my friends and I did the most damage. We each came out of there with 6 packs of beer. We managed to pick up about 24 different kinds total. I found the mix and match area of the store was pretty nice. I expected that I was gonna buy some kind of liquor there before we walked in. Thankfully they had the beer section.

The prices weren't too bad here either. Just about everything was affordable. Overall the experience was fun, we were all hoping to get a picture with Bruce but we found out that he only does the commercials these days because other people own the stores. That was my only flaw with the place.

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Photo of jeffthecheff
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

This is surprisingly the only place to go to pick up good beer if you're in Bristol. It's a huge, warehouse type store. A decent cooler space of six packs is found in the back, and warm six packs and singles are on the far right side. They do allow you to mix a six, which is nice.

The selection is better than most stores, but not excellent. Their selection of bombers is a bit small for the size of the store, and it seems like they are put in an area that can cause light struck beer. I haven't had any problems with freshness here, but I would watch out. They do mark downs on old beer. Sometimes, this can be a good score ($4 for a six pack of 4 month old Ipswitch Harvest) or make you wonder why the beer is still out there (2+ year old praying mantis porter, complete with floaties).

Service is neither good or bad, as you would expect with a big store. They do sell glassware, which is a plus. I found some great mini Chimay glasses that I've never seen. Prices are okay. Great if your buying cases of beer, but some of the bombers are overpriced.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev +5.5%

This was my go-to place when my job was based out of Bristol.

Huge place with plenty of aisle space which is always a plus. One entire aisle is devoted to beer and the whole back wall is a cooler of beer as well. The whole aisle is broken down into categories nicely too.. Belgians, imports, ciders/malted beverages, then all the micro's separated by region ending with the seasonal beers. While the usual micro stock stays pretty constant, the seasonal one is updates frequently. Mixed sixers are encouraged and easy to make with the singles being right next to the 6 packs. There's a 10% discount on this too.. I found an average of .30-.40 cent markup on the singles which isn't too bad. For brands you see the usual DFH, Sam Adams, Saranac, Otter Creek/Wolavers etc. but they're is always some crazy, rare six pack there that you've never heard of. Prices are hit or miss, their 12 packs seem a bit overpriced but 6ers right on par. But.. right when you walk in there are great clearance items (usually of stock they don't even carry) and you can get microbrewery bombers for 99 cents or microbrewery 12 packs for 5.99/6.99. This clearance area is updated about once a week but I've found cases of Ithaca's Cascazilla here.. cha-ching! So yeah, great place for Bristol area, tons of parking, easy to walk around in, pretty good selection.. check it out.

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Photo of RedChrome
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%

A supermarket sized store. Coolers in back, and warm singles, six-packs, and cases to the right from entrance. There are empty sixer sleeves to mix your own pack. If you buy six or more singles they also give you a ten percent discount on these beers. Most of what they have is fresh and rotated seasonally.

There was no staff around to help in the aisle, but, the staff at the register was friendly. Unfortunatly, I think due to the size and feel of the store, there isn't much that will ever improve the staff's help.

While there are other stores that offer a wider range overall, Crazy Bruce's did have the largest seasonal selection I have seen in the state. A very decent balance.

Overall, you get a good price if you aren't looking for anything you need a staffers help with. A decent place if your near it, and worth a short detour if your looking for more then standard macros.

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Photo of Stubbie1
4/5  rDev +5.5%

“Crazy Bruce’s” store is pretty nice. As most of the other reviews have mentioned, the beer section is located in the far side from the entrance. A nice selection of beer is up for sale. I like the idea they have; next to the six packs are the singles of the six packs so you can choose one or the sixer. The coolers are also well stocked with micro and macro brews. I was walking around and was asked if I needed any help. The lady already pointed out what I had figured out but it was nice that someone asked. If I land this job in Bristol…I’ll be back for sure.

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Photo of Hagbard
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%

Located in a shopping plaza across from Panera Bread in the heart of Bristol. It is a huge space with a warehouse feel to it. The beer is located in the opposite corner from where you walk in.

There are quite a few coolers with some above-average beer. There were all the Olde Burneside offerings including growlers, plus Saranac growlers, which I've never seen before. On display in front of the coolers were some eastern European beer, which I didn't recognize (other than Okocim). After you walk by the coolers, you reach the craft beer aisle. Here you will find a nice variety of craft beer six packs. What separates this store from say, CBM, is that next to every six pack is a row of singles. They make it easy for you to make mixed sixers, which is a very nice way of sampling all of this year's Oktoberfests. The selection is good, but not great. Everything you'd expect to see in a bigger beer store in CT...all the big New England breweries, DFH, Victory, Sierra Nevada, Anchor, etc. At the front of the aisle is a small selection of 750s of various Belgians, Ommegang, and Unibroue. A very small selection of glassware was at the front of this aisle including Guinness pint glasses and Stella Artois goblets. I was disappointed not to find any of the Thomas Hooker special offerings in the 1 Liter swingtops.

The service was nonexistent, but at least the cashier didn't seem to be irritated about scanning 6 different single beers.

Overall this is a decent store, but not a destination in and of itself. I imagine it probably has better selection than most of the other beer stores in the area, but it doesn't have anything that will surprise you. A good stop if you're in the area and looking to pick up some singles.

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Photo of paceyourself
3.2/5  rDev -15.6%

Located in what used to be a supermarket it is twice the size of the other Bruce's location. This place seems to be all about selling volume in wine, liquor and beer. On the side wall the macros are stacked atleast fourteen feet high but next to them there is decent selection of domestic brews which are available in singles also. The import section has been attacked by malternatives in recent years and dwindled to a very weak selection. I frequent this store because the prices are lower than most others around here.

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Crazy Bruce's Liquors in Bristol, CT
Place rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 17 ratings
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