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Smiley's Discount Beverage

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18 Ratings
Ratings: 18
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 13.59%
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7 Main St
Dover, New Hampshire, 03820-3811
United States
phone: (603) 742-8620
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Reviews by kingcrowing:
Photo of kingcrowing
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%

I was going to the NH seacoast with a few friends for the weekend and the one taking us lives in Dover and she said this was the place to stop to get some beer for the weekend. It doesn't look like too much but it's a pretty solid little store. Over to the right there's a huge room full of cases of beer - Smuttynose, Red Hook, Dogfish Head, Sam Adams, Shipyard, all the stuff you'd expect in the area. I saw a case of DFH 90min that looked pretty tempting but the room with all the cases felt really hot, maybe in the 80's so I passed on that.

I ended up getting a variety pack of Boulder Beer Co brews for $15 (we can't get their beer in VT) and a couple bombers of Green Flash (Le Freak $10, Imperial IPA $6). They had quite a decent selection of bombers and single bottles including Brewdog Tokyo, Green Flash, Bolder Beer Co, and White Birch.

They had three different White Birch Beers in bombers but where all $11.99 and up according to the guy at the counter. I've heard mixed reviews on their beers and haven't been too impressed by their stuff so I decided to skip on it but if you're looking for their stuff they were pretty well stocked both times I went in.

My friends got cases of Shipyard Pumpkinhead and Smuttynose Summer weizen and those were both quite cheap ($14 & $10 a 12-pack respectively). If you're in the area it's worth checking out.

kingcrowing, Aug 23, 2010
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Photo of Jono
3/5  rDev -23.1%

News item: Smileys closed without warning about 4 weeks ago.

Never having been inside the place I went to check out Smiley's tonight and found the place recently hollowed out. No note on door. Wound up patronizing a place about 5 blocks away (Discount Beverages) that opened only 4 months ago. Prompted by the name similarity I inquired whether there was a relationship and was told no, none. Which I would have guessed by the Indian ownership of this new place not matching tales of Smileys.

So there you have it. Another one by the wayside.

NOTE: To post this news I was forced to enter the numeric ranking of Smileys so went middling on everything to minimize skewing. Of course it's all mere historical data now.

Jono, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of 11millsown113
3.86/5  rDev -1%

i live pretty close to smileys and go here about once a month. the selection is alright, you can make your own six pack and they have more beers in the back. the bomber and 750ml bottle selection is on the small side but still respectable. the people working at the checkout desk are very nice people and from my experience have tried most of the beers and have a decent knowledge. if you are in the area and was a good quality beer i would recommend going here for it. its the best in the area for specialty beers.

11millsown113, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of bewley
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%

Fairly decent selection of beer for a NH convenience store/pizza-sub shop. Pretty grimy inside and out, this place caters to locals looking for cheap domestic swill, cigs & cheap food and specialty beer aficionados. If you're from MA or RI you may find the selection severely lacking and NH State law only allow certain beers to be sold.

I once heard the lady who owns this place tell a local fellow waiting in line to purchase a six-pack of Miller Lite that she doesn't drink any of that "fancy stuff" when he inquired, "Who pays for/drinks this stuff?" I get the impression they play both sides of the fence when it comes to catering to the local rednecks and those seeking microbrews and whatnot.

Place is a pigsty.
Beer bottles are not marked with prices.
Some of the beer is overpriced, some very reasonable.
Service may vary from rude to excellent.

bewley, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of FrankLloydMike
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Stopped in to pick up some Moonlight Mead for a gift, and poked around the beer selection for future reference. The first thing you notice, and it's charming in a way, is what a dump this place is. I'm not sure what the evolution of Smiley's is, but my guess is connivence store that added a pizza counter that started stocking a sizable quantity of good beer. Along the way, the ceiling tiles seem to have never been replaced.

I stopped by rather late between dinner at the Flatbread in Portsmouth and beers at the Barley Pub, so it was a little dead and no one was working the floor that I could tell. Still, the woman at the counter was very friendly and I assume would have answered any questions I may have had.

The selection is excellent for New Hampshire in general and for a convenience store anywhere. All the great locals were there, including several varieties of White Birch and a lingering selection of the recently lost Manchester Brewing. There were also a wide selection of beers that are hard to find in New Hampshire. It's a smaller selection than Bert's by far, but the store isn't dedicated solely to beer and with the exception of Carl's in Kittery, it's the best I've seen on the Seacoast.

One thing that really bugged me, though, was that very few bottles had prices on them. I'm sure I could have asked what something cost before buying it, but that's a pain when considering a lot of options. If I'd been able to see a price, I might have picked something up for myself in addition to the gift.

FrankLloydMike, Sep 13, 2010
Photo of puboflyons
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%

If you are not looking for it you might pass it by because the sign on the outside says it is a pizza place, which part of it is. But half of the building is devoted to beer sales. Refrigerated beer along the back wall and a side room full of many different 12-packs. Mix and match allowed. Watch the dates as I saw a few dusty bottles. They carry a large number of macro and micro labels but a majority of the beers they sold were also available elsewhere in New Hampshire. If I lived around there it is probably the place I would shop.

puboflyons, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of ElGallo
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Smiley's is like the twin brother of Gary's (in Portsmouth). Both have decent beer selections, discount prices, and lots of dust and grime. It must be a New Hampshire thing. When I first got in to craft beer, this was the place I bought most of my bottles. The selection is good and getting better as NH finally joins the 21st century and imports a greater variety of labels. Plenty of discount cases, plenty of chilled craft beer, and a decent assortment of bombers and 750s. Prices have gone up lately for high-end craft and imports, but such is life. Best place in Dover to buy beer, and their sandwiches are good too if you like da grease like I do.

ElGallo, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of blsdmf33
5/5  rDev +28.2%

Great store, terrific service and the owner is very personable. I go here for all my brew needs. The do tasting often and have local breweries in a lot.
Full service deli when a great staff of employees.
They also deliver anything locally from the store with a purchase from the deli....great for late night munchies and the games.

They know how to treat their beer. Low lighting, no temerature control and rotaing stock regularly. They sell mix 6 packs and will sometimes do mystery 6 packs....great idea.

I've been using Smileys for years now and have never had a problem. Many of my friends would say the same.

blsdmf33, Feb 14, 2010
Photo of Mitch826
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Heard a lot of hype about Smiley's, and was pretty impressed upon finally visiting. Once getting to the beer section, one thing caught my eye. Stone's Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale, a beer that I've heard nothing but great things about, so, of course, I had to purchase it. This ale is definitely as good as advertised.

Other than this, they carry a great selection of microbrews. This is definitely a beer store that I will frequently go to, as I go to UNH in the next town over, and it's the best selection in the area. Comparing prices to RI, where I'm originally from, it is much cheaper. I believe it was a $4 difference for a 6-pack of the Oaked Arrogant Bastard.

One thing I wish Smiley's had was a larger mix-a-six section. Other than that, this place is awesome, and recommended to all looking for some different beer choices.

Mitch826, Jan 09, 2010
Photo of elwood5555
4.85/5  rDev +24.4%

I have been incredibly impressed with Smiley's. The selection is among the best in New Hampshire. I have checked a lot of other beer stores in NH and haven't found any that come close. You can find a wide variety from Rogue, Allagash, Unibroue, Ommegang, Sam Adams, Longtrail, Magic Hat and Smuttynose. It is the only place that I know of that carries cases of Rogue Dead Guy Ale. They also carry beers from some small local breweries like Manchester Brewing.
Lynn, the owner, is very knowledgable and always has suggestions for beers to try. The prices are very reasonable.
Smiley's frequently has breweries come in to the store for tasting events during the week. Also, they hold their own beer tasting events every Saturday. This has allowed me to try a huge variety of different beers.

elwood5555, Dec 20, 2009
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Smiley's Discount Beverage in Dover, NH
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