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Nikki's Liquors

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Nikki's LiquorsNikki's Liquors
BA SCORE
100
world-class

88 Reviews
Reviews: 88
Visits: 115
rAvg: 4.63
pDev: n/a
[ Store ]

32 Branch Ave
Providence, Rhode Island, 02904-2714
United States
phone: (401) 861-9006

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Place added by: Beerguy on 01-18-2006

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Reviews: 88 | Visits: 115
Reviews by woodychandler:
Photo of woodychandler
4/5  rDev -13.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Transcribed from notes dtd Sa, 15 Jan 2011.

Located in the back right corner of the North Providence Marketplace, the checkout counter was just inside the door on the left, followed by a short bank of coolers down the left wall and another cooler against the back wall. The impressive point was that half to two-thirds of their space was dedicated to beer! The depth and breadth of their selection was astounding, but I found myself wishing that there were more beers from the New England area, vice focusing on domestic craft beers and imports. I realize that mine may be a dissenting opinion, but when I travel, especially to shop for beer, I want local or regional beers that I do not have access to normally. It was a clean, well-lighted place for beer, but just not quite what I was after. (795 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of JamesStreet
4.3/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75

Went to NIkki's after reading reviews of it on here. In Providence for business and decided to seek out a good botttle shops to stock the fridge at the hotel. Had a nice two-sided shelf with imports and locals on one side and then had the other side divided by states of origing. I was able to grab some Jack's Abby, some Grapefruit Sculpin, and some Sixpoint 4Bean. Discount on mixed 6'ers as well. They even have a barrel room with some really nice vintages in the back. If ever in the Providence area, make sure to stop here for your craft needs (553 characters)

Photo of Sweeneydawg
4.43/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of tb4475
4.16/5  rDev -10.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.75

Photo of tasterschoice62
3.7/5  rDev -20.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Not a bad shop but be prepared to pay t least a buck more than anywhere else.
Also they use a little trickery here. Check your dates folks there are a lot of outdated bottles on the shelf . one thing they did that really annoys me is opening up old seasonal 12 packs and selling them as singles. (295 characters)

Photo of AlcheyAl
3.61/5  rDev -22%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.25

Digging the new spot they opened about a year ago. Closer to my home so I'll stop in a little more frequently. Staple selection of craft brews that are pretty fresh ad well. Nice vintage area where I was able to snatch up a couple cool beers from once upon a time. Nice cooler area as well. A little pricier than some other stores but sometimes it worth it to find that beer you can't quite find somewhere else. Not liking the parking situation here it can get a little annoying especially during traffic times and I've hit the bottom of my car a few times leaving the lot. That being said employees are ok but sometimes I get a " I'm not into beer enough vibe" but I still continue to shop here for the beer. Worth stopping by. (729 characters)

Photo of TheElectricOne
4.75/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

My go-to liquor store for anything beer. They run out of new beers quickly, but that is probably due more to their popularity in craft beer circles more than a lack of stock. They have the best selection I've found in any store I've ever been to and know their stuff. (267 characters)

Photo of Nickcal
3.7/5  rDev -20.1%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4

Changing my review here after coming back many times. First off I would like to say, after trying to initiate conversation and talk to people who love craft beer, these people have no personality. I don't think Ive ever heard a laugh or smile to be cracked and Ive met all of the workers/owners. Its like they wake up everyday and are miserable to work here. Which makes me question why they got into the business in the first place. Secondly after a few limited releases that I have tried to be a part of, most were disappointing. Like for example, when I sit outside waiting for KBS and I see the driver bring in 4 cases, but when I go in and ask how much they got, they say only 1 case. Now some might say, "Why would they lie?". But I can tell you that a friend of the family blew there cover to me. I was at another liquor store and they had mentioned that they were friends with the owners of Nikki's. Well after a little bit of small talk and getting to know one another, this person mentioned to me that they are lucky to have friends that are owners because "They split limited release beers". Are you joking me? Instead of sharing them with you're customers you hog majority of it and share with your friends and family. F'd up if you ask me. Lastly, they have an aging room which I think is cool and maybe a little bit of that beer they hold back might end up there one day, like a couple year old KBS, we will see. The disappointing factor is that everything I bought from that aging room, hasn't been up to par. Not sure if its the conditions because I'm not sure how they age there beer, but I bought more than a few beers that were over a few years old and some were full blown drain pours. Just completely awful taste, the taste of extreme temperature fluctuations. I wish I had good news to say about these guys because in RI there inst much to pick from for craft beer places. Selection definitely is there best quality, unless you consider my 2nd complaint. Also they have tastings every week which is another good quality. I think the biggest problem here is the attitude/vibe. I love craft beer and I love to talk to people about craft beer. I would expect to be able to do it here, but I cant. Every time i walk in I start a conversation about beer, but by the time I leave I feel like an idiot. (2,317 characters)

Photo of Wasupmx
4.5/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of brureview
4.72/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I read about Nikki's on a post on this site. I decided to try it out.

It is conveniently located off of 95. There is a parking lot to the left of the store.

The store stocks very high end whisky, wine and craft beer. I only shopped for the craft
beer- but the whiskey selection is excellent.

I was asked if I needed help- as usual I said "no thanks" and the staff let me browse
without any hassle.

The vibe is interesting. The people who shop there are beer geeks. A number of the customers were using their phones for reviews. Wireless is free- excellent, unlike most beer stores.

The selection is excellent- I was able to buy a Stone Old Guardian Extra Hoppy 2015 which just came out. A lot of the harder to find beers- for example, harder to find Clown Shoes beers. They don't seem to have a large macro selection- I don't usually look- which seemed relegated to a small area.

The bottle dates are excellent. I didn't find one bottle with an almost expired bottle date.
This shows that the staff is aware of the shelf inventory.

The store has a mix-a six policy so a customer can buy single small bottles.

I am not sure of the store's put-on-hold policy. The staff is very friendly and well- informed
about the availability of difficult to find beers. Their inventory is different than MA stores- an added plus for MA customers.

An added perc: the store gives customers bottle bags instead of boxes. I haven't seen this in any other store. Easy to carry beer out to the car, reusable for shopping and bringing beer to another location.

Overall: an excellent find. Easy to shop, well-stocked, good vibe, bottle dates, and personable informed staff. (1,665 characters)

Photo of NateF90
4.84/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Photo of changdulla
4.67/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

I love this place! Best selection around. And you have to checkout their vintage room. (86 characters)

Photo of Masters
4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Chriskelley
4.25/5  rDev -8.2%

The owners know their beer. best mix six selection around. No attitude here. (78 characters)

Photo of Dicers
4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of BrainalLeakage
5/5  rDev +8%

I am lucky enough to say that this is not only an amazing place with an outstanding selection and great staff, but since they moved to their new location (much larger and and swanky looking than the one pictured) they are also the closest place to my house! The only drawback is that since they've moved I've been spending a bit more on beer than I used to! (due to a lack of self control, no fault of theirs) They offer a discount on mixed six packs which is really nice when you want to try new things but don't want to commit to an expensive six pack of something you may not enjoy. They also have (I think) weekly in store tastings. (637 characters)

Photo of DogfishTail
5/5  rDev +8%

New location is awesome. Spirits selection is very solid. Helpful staff, routine specials, and lots of tasting events throughout the week. Mix-a-six program and vintage beer room are personal favorites. (202 characters)

Photo of Tsull123
5/5  rDev +8%

Photo of gcamparone
4/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of Mikecap
4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

Hands down the best selection in town, and the staff is friendly, helpful, and well educated on craft beer. The vintage room is just an added bonus. Get here if you're in town! (176 characters)

Photo of cmatteod
5/5  rDev +8%

Nikki's has changed locations. Their new store is truly a mecca for beer lovers. The owners are knowledgeable and passionate about beer and their collection is unmatched. If you live in Providence, this is the place to go to find a terrific selection of beer. (260 characters)

Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
3.75/5  rDev -19%

Nikki's had some good things, but I suppose my expectations may have been too high. (84 characters)

Photo of BillDon
5/5  rDev +8%

Nikki's could make me move to providence so I would be closer. This is my favorite bottle shop and I'll be traveling across the south on 95 a lot more rather than out rt 9. The owners are knowledgable and super helpful without any attitude. They offered suggestions based on styles I was looking for and what I was buying. They even offered the 10% discount when I bought five bottles. They made sure I knew about an upcoming event based on the style of beers I purchased. The cellar room had several good bottles and the prices are reasonable markup. (555 characters)

Photo of xICooRsYIx
4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of paresis
4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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Nikki's Liquors in Providence, RI
100 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.