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4.15/5 rDev +9.8%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$$
This is my go to store if I am in search of something rare, or if I am in the main street area. Good selection of singles bottles both in the fridge along the far wall(mostly 750 ml bottles) and on the shelves facing the fridge (mixture of stuff from all over the world). Also really good selection of six packs in the walk-in cooler. Staff is friendly enough although I have never really tested their beer knowledge. Only draw back is they price things like a campus liquor store (meaning everything is expensive).
06-08-2009 05:38:04 | More by lamarr04
3.78/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Centrally located AA spot, unassuming facade, typical party store with some hand painted windows out front with the Fransiskaner monk and Spaten paddle logos. We were greeted and offered help right away, and the clerk gave an answer to a beer question.
Beer was in the long narrow corridor on the right side of the store, 40s and crappy wine coolers first, then local micros and bombers. Noticed 4 Flat Earth bottles here, also Frog Island, fairly obscure for the area, also of unknown age. Leelanau, including the pricey Petoskey, which I was hunting for. Fairly broad Belgian and English shelves, stacked deep and high. Limited lambic selection, though there was an old Lou Pepe from years past. This applied to several dusty vintage English ales too, such as Lees Harvest, Harveys Elizabeth, Gales and a few others dating back to the late 90s. There was a vintage Harvest ale boxed set even, toward the back on a low shelf. Some nice glassware on a high shelf towards the front. Back walk-in cooler was nice, a good selection of local craft from Arbor, Founders, Dark Horse, Bells, Arcadia, etc. Some MI-exclusive oddities back there, such as Mad Anthony's Pale from Erie Brewing in PA, (not the Ft. Wayne, IN brewer). Magnums of Anchor OSA were in the back walk-in also. Cans of Keweenaw in the front cooler.
Overall prices were generally high, $20 for Expedition for example. Limited my purchases to things I didn't see elsewhere, like Keweenaw, Petoskey, and a couple random things. Couldn't find the latest batch of Hop Rocket yet, though the clerk insisted the singles they had from last year were available (year old DIPA, no thanks). For the area this is definitely the best import selection, now that Bello Vino is closing.
01-03-2009 19:33:40 | More by emerge077
3.35/5 rDev -11.4%
quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$
The Main Party Store in Ann Arbor is a decent stop for brews, with a decent selection and an entire stock of single bottle offerings. the beer is tucked away against the far wall and along the whole store as one enters. many of the notable offerings were quite dusty, with most of the staples that one would find in a typical beer store.
service was present, but not needed. the offerings were pretty standard overall.
selection was good. many things that this BA could not find in Chicago, but the dusty conditions were a bit off-putting.
01-03-2009 17:16:03 | More by botham
4.35/5 rDev +15.1%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$$
This is the kind of liquor/beer store I love. Upon entering you're greeted by 3 tight corridors between 6'-high steel racks stuffed to the gills, maximizing the use of space. The back wall is lined with cooler doors full of 40's, macros, micro-sixers and singles (mostly bombers). There's a large selection of singles, 4-packs and sixers on the shelves with a great mix of imports, particularly from Germany and Belgium.
However the prices are generally high and all over the map. I though my eyes were going to bug out of my head when I saw 12 oz singles of Dogfishhead 120 minute and Raison-D'etre Extra for $10.49 EACH! I thought I was mistaken, but then I looked above and saw 4-packs of their oak-barrel aged IPA for nearly $20.
Bombers of some micros were priced fairly, on the other hand. A 22 oz bomber of North Coast Brother Thelonius was $8.49, and bombers of Ommegang were $7.49.
Overall, if you know what beers are price fairly, this is a worthy establishment. But buyer beware, the pricing is inconsistent at best.
08-16-2008 17:06:42 | More by erok
3.5/5 rDev -7.4%
quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$
My favored place to get local Michigan brews in AA. Certainly cramped and crowded with party supplies (including the first two coolers filled with 40s and macros). A decent selection of Europeans and bombers, along with an entire back walk-in cooler of 6ers. As mentioned, generally higher prices but a good place to find rare finds (I got my Founders KBS there). Service is sporatic. Sometimes the employee on duty seems to know the world about beer and sometimes it's just a teenager looking for a job.
04-05-2007 21:17:53 | More by zdk9
3.55/5 rDev -6.1%
quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | $$$$
Conveniently located within walking distance to my house. Looks like a gas station only with less interior space! Cramped, packed to the gills with liquor, wine, and, of course, beer. A dozen fridge coolers house good singles, bombers, German beers, English ales, and some macros. Long, tall shelf of Belgians stored at room temp. is impressive. Fantome, Cantillon, Drie Fonteinen, etc., you name it, it's likely there. Decent-sized walk in cooler in the back houses many six-packs of US micros. Most MI beers are available here, with lots of Dark Horse, Atwater, Bell's, Arbor, New Holland, and Founders. Have never seen Kuhnhenn though. Anyway, you can also get Victory, So. Tier, Stoudt's, Rogue, Stone, etc. Best of all, they let you break up sixers (but they charge you more per bottle!). Service is pretty-much non-existent and the prices might make you cry (very expensive, just like Beer Depot). Still, I stop by here every now and then because they often have hard to find brews in stock (e.g. I found some Breakfast Stout and Dark Horse Fore and Double Crooked Tree last week!).
03-08-2007 18:58:59 | More by alexgash
3.35/5 rDev -11.4%
quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Located at the end of the downtown Main Street strip, this store is hard to categorize. From the outside, it looks like the typical party store, more commonly seen in the State and University areas on campus. The generic atm machine on the outside is typical to that genre. On the inside it is a mix of cheap junk foods, sodas, wine and a pretty large selection of beer. The beer aisle is long and narrow--too cramped really. It is very hard to move around and feel comfortable while perusing the shelves and coolers. What is in stock, however, somewhat makes up for shortcomings in atmosphere. There is a very good selection of Belgians and local brews. All the major Michigan breweries and most requisite Belgians are normally in stock. Also a good selection of other American craft and internationals--some not so well known. Along the main wall, the cooler contains many singles, 750s and bombers--to go along with the too extensive selection of forties. The back room is a cooler with a multitude of six and twelve-packs. Good selection on the whole. Prices vary. Most sixers are a buck or so more than you can find them elsewhere. But there are some pretty decent deals on Belgian bottles and a variety of other singles if you spend the time browsing. Watch out for out of date bottles though. Service is, well serve yourself for the most part. The employees are a bit rough on the surface, but warm with time. Actually considering the shady characters who often stumble through the store, I can't blame these guys for being a bit rough around the edges. This is by no means anywhere close to the better stores in Ann Arbor. But for those living close to downtown, it is a convenient stop every once in a while to pick up a quality beer or two.
02-23-2006 15:17:02 | More by macpapi
3.5/5 rDev -7.4%
quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Right in the heart of Downtown Ann Arbor you will find the Main St. Party store. Went there with low expectations, as it looks like a haven for 40 oz's and nudie magazines, which is what nearly every other Ann Arbor party store offers nearly exclusively. I was pleasantly suprised when I found that there was a nice wall of coolers stocked with Michigan and regional micros, Belgians, and some quality German offerings. There's a nice walk in cooler towards the back of the store which looked promising, but upon entry, a stock person was smoking in there and looked rather confused as to what was what. Needless to say, the smoking was enough of a turnoff to make me want to do a 180. Once it cleared, I went back in and found an impressive collection of micros and of course macros. Not bad. Additionally, this store had a respectable selection of glassware, something that is overlooked in many beer / liquor stores. The prices were a bit on the high side, but considering I got my grubby paws on Founder's Breakfast Stout (!), I kind of overlooked that fact. Overall selection was good. I'd stop here again, but only if I was on my way to Big Ten. Worth a visit.
10-23-2005 02:15:41 | More by Frozensoul327
3.55/5 rDev -6.1%
quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
A small liquor/wine/beer store right in the middle of downtown Ann Arbor, I wasn't expected much of a selection. Well, I was quite surprised by the excellent selection of Michigan, US, and import beers. I picked up Founders Devil Dancer and Kuhnhenn Fourth Dementia, and there were other excellent selections from these breweries as well as Bell's, Great Divide, and Rogue. There were more hard-to-find Unibroue beers here than I found in a recent trip to Montreal as well. The selection of Belgian and other European imports was quite nice for someone living in Toronto. About half the beer was refrigerated. The service wasn't great, but it wouldn't stop me from coming back again. FYI, a friend of mine was also quite impressed with the wine selection (and the price). I'll definitely stop by again when I'm in the area since they stock some hard to find items, but I'll probably stop by some other shops first for the more common beers since the prices are a little on the high side.
09-25-2005 23:31:29 | More by DrJay
4.05/5 rDev +7.1%
quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$$
Okay, first off, this place is pretty expensive, like as in the most expensive spot that I've come across in Michigan, everything seemed to be $1 than anywhere else. Combined with the fact that most everything (except for a bottle of Susie's Sweet Stout from Bell's) I can find somewhere else and not have to deal with venturing into downtown A2.
Selection was pretty good overall, lots of quality and selection for such a small place, sort of cramped however. They did keep a good deal in coolers, which is a definate bonus in my book.
Not a bad spot to look for the occasional treat, but based on price I'd just go to one of their lower priced competitors.
08-02-2005 10:42:56 | More by Gaisgeil
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Main Party Store in Ann Arbor, MI
87 out of 100 based on 28 user ratings.