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Main Party Store
$$$ - a bit pricey
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201 N Main St
phone: (734) 769-1515
(Place added by: mjohn27603)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 27
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
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
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5
I'm suprised by the mediocre ratings for this place. I was BLOWN AWAY by the selection. They have tons of differant and unusual brews. The two rear rooms, one refregerated and one not were home to a boatload of new and interesting brews. Bells Galore, Founders up the ying yang, Arcadia etc etc etc this place is one I would go back to if I were a local. I kept seeing more and more interesting stuff. The selection of Belgians, closer to the cash registers was impressive. Having an assortment of corresponding Belgian glasses was another nice touch. Only a few doors down from the also very interesting Heidelberg.
02-20-2005 06:38:10 |
More by Billolick
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
visited on a Friday evening - minimal parking out front but a spot was easily obtained. there is a big garage right next to the joint and i'm sure theres free street parking in the vicinity.
very narrow beer aisle - if you can dodge sigma chi chotchbags buying cubes of natty lite, you'll find coolers full of jolly pumpkin, stone, southern tier, great divide and many other bombers. i noticed some obscure arbor brewing beers with hefty price tags. after a few minutes i realized i had not found any sixers, which was my primary reason for visiting
eventually i found the walkin cooler. the first thing i spotted was a bottom shelf full of shorts sixers. i was pretty excited about this since i wasnt sure they were distributed this far south. i scooped 2 sixers of the ipa, a sixer of the brown, and a sixer of the soft parade. i chuckled that they had mishawaka sixpacks. there was also some arbor stuff and lots of other michigan micros
while this place gets a b+, it is absolutely worht a stop if you are coming from out of state. We get a lot of this stuff in Wisco - but there is plenty that doesnt leave the borders.
pricing seemed a tad high, but i guess i dont really know. no service present
09-15-2009 04:39:21 |
More by dirtylou
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Ann Arbor is a whore! Now that that is out of my system, I can get on to the review.
Quality: Main Street looks unimpressive from the street, a corner liquor store from the looks. Parking in front, not a lot though. Inside, three aisles of wine/liquor and one of beer, along with several coolers dedicated to beer.
Service: I neither sought out nor received any help.
Selection: A wide selection, especially in the Belgian realm. I was keenly intent on Michigan breweries (read that as Shorts) but came up empty. A less discriminating drinking will be pleased with the selection. Prices are moderate, in line with the rarity of the beer that is desired. Mad Hatter, Arbor, Founders, and Bells runs through the Michigan list.
06-11-2010 21:16:10 |
More by akorsak
quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $
We stopped by this place after leaving Beer Depot because we were searching for a Westmalle Trippel to clone. First time in Ann Arbor and I was surprised again with in five minutes to find two really nice beer stores and selections. Main probably has Beer Depot beat on selection, but overall Beer Depot is probably a little better due to all their beer brewing stuff...Main had a long row of craft, a long row of chilled craft, and then a big cooler in the back with some craft and a lot of macro stuff...The selection was really nice, had lots of staples Belgians and some harder to find ones, and tons of Michigan locals, including three bottles of Kuhnhenn.
This is a place to checkt out if you want to buy some Michigan locals.
07-24-2010 14:16:37 |
More by jrallen34
quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
A small liquor/wine/beer store right in the middle of downtown Ann Arbor, I wasn't expected much of a selection. Well, I was quite surprised by the excellent selection of Michigan, US, and import beers. I picked up Founders Devil Dancer and Kuhnhenn Fourth Dementia, and there were other excellent selections from these breweries as well as Bell's, Great Divide, and Rogue. There were more hard-to-find Unibroue beers here than I found in a recent trip to Montreal as well. The selection of Belgian and other European imports was quite nice for someone living in Toronto. About half the beer was refrigerated. The service wasn't great, but it wouldn't stop me from coming back again. FYI, a friend of mine was also quite impressed with the wine selection (and the price). I'll definitely stop by again when I'm in the area since they stock some hard to find items, but I'll probably stop by some other shops first for the more common beers since the prices are a little on the high side.
09-25-2005 23:31:29 |
More by DrJay
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$$
When I visited: March 2012.
What I bought: Nothing, the prices were shockingly expensive.
What I liked: lots of rarities, as I saw all types of beers from Rogue, Mikkeller, Samuel Adams, and Founders that I had never even heard of. The clerk offered to help us as soon as we walked into the beer section, so the service was pretty good.
What I disliked: Prices were nearly double what I paid for comparable beers at Wine Seller and Plum Market.
Would I go back? Not unless they become more affordable.
Overall Rating: 66
07-22-2012 18:32:52 |
More by cratez
quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$
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
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Update: Okay, many months later I'm slowly warming up to this store. They often a deeper (albeit smaller) selection than the Beer Depot down the street.
The Main Street Party Store is a mixed bag and has given me some funny experiences. Without fail on each visit a blend of underage students, lost tourists, homeless men, and loud townies make for a strange encounter of some sort. In short, there's always an interesting blend of humanity to amuse.
But about the beer, Main always gives me sticker shock. Commonplace beers, like Bell's or Arcadia, are consistently marked higher than, say, Whole Foods or Beer Depot. Whether it be a sixpack or a single, there is a typical dollar extra on each item. Especially with regards to singles, I found the prices to be a bit much. Nice selection of Belgians and British specialties (e.g. J.W. Lees vintages). One great touch is that sixpacks are stored in a cold room that customers can walk into - a luxury I would wish on any beer store.
And for what its worth, one of the better wine selections in the town of Ann Arbor, though, also, parking is a bit tricky in the vicinity.
09-29-2004 14:58:25 |
More by nomad
quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This was probably my favorite shop that we visited while in town for the beer fest.
The downtown area is pretty awesome with walking distance to lots of beer destinations including another really good shop.
We were here after dark so there was a bunch of drunk homeless asking us for money. It doesnt really bother me too much, just slightly annoying to be asked for money all the time.
This place is pretty tight inside, Its hard to see what youre looking at since you have to stand so close to the shelves. There is one very tall, long shelf holding warm singles and large bottles (including a huge, huge Double Bastard for $80) Mirroring that is a line of coolers with yet more singles and large bottles and some 6 packs. In the back is a little walk in cooler that holds only 6 packs and cases.
The rest of the shop is full of liquor and two rows or so of wine.
This place had my favorite selection. A few Kuhnhenn singles, Short's that I havent seen anywhere else, lots of Belgians, Germans and British beers, Arcadia, Arbor and lots of other stuff. Kinda overwhelming for me.
07-26-2010 01:11:20 |
More by MbpBugeye
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