Ray's Wine & Spirits
Ratings: 27 | Reviews: 23 | Display Reviews Only:
4.43/5 rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | $$$
I visit Ray's 3-4 times a year. It is very convenient, on North Ave, on Milwaukee's west side. Once you enter Ray's, you are immediately presented with beer in coolers on your right hand side with numerous shelves on your left hand side. The coolers continue along the back wall of the store, usually takes me 30-45 minutes to glance over everything they have. They also have a decent glassware selection, this is where I started purchasing my first glassware, mainly Belgian/ European offerings. On an overlook of the store, you can tell wine is their #1 focus, with beer being #2, and booze being #3.
Ray's usually (99% of the time) gets the hard to find/ rare beer offerings. Most of the time they do Saturday morning, 9am releases for the real limited stuff, otherwise you need to pay attention to their Facebook/ Twitter postings as things don't last long here.
I have always been greeted when entering the store, and have always been asked if I needed help finding anything, so their service is above average. I am not really one to ask questions as I generally know what I am looking for, but they are definitely there if you need help.
Ray's only downfall, and the reason I am not there more often, is their prices. They are generally $1-$2 more per 4/6 pk and some of their bomber prices are the same. When it comes to limited/ rare releases, they really go a bit overboard.
If you can only stop at one place in Milwaukee, go to Discount. Otherwise, Ray's is a solid Top 5 Milwaukee beer shop.
05-18-2013 19:06:15 | More by atone315
4.47/5 rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Ray's is one of the few stores that I frequent in the Milwaukee area. They have a great selection of local WI beer and regional offerings too. The number of imports they carry is impressive, but not quite at the level of Discount.
Their special releases are usually done on Saturday mornings, which is a decent way to spread the wealth. They are also active on social media and it pays to follow them on Facebook or Twitter for updates on the newest beer to hit the shelves.
The couple times I've had a question or two, the staff has been more than helpful. If you're in Milwaukee and looking for a great liquor store, don't hesitate to stop at Ray's!
05-13-2013 01:35:22 | More by pk18
4.75/5 rDev +9.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$$
Ray's is right down the street from my house. Of all of the local stores that sell beer, Ray's has the best selection. They have all the local choices as well as some from throughout the US. They also have a good selection of imported beers from Germany and Belgium.
The customer service is impeccable here. On my first visit, I had several questions that were answered with eagerness, which compares especially favorably with your average liquor store.
Also, Ray's frequently schedules tastings in their tasting room upstairs, which range from different beers, spirits, and wines. Their events are well put together and very informative.
08-28-2012 02:43:54 | More by flyingoose
3.34/5 rDev -23.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$$
Visited 4/23 on vacation.
Ray's is the closest good shop to my parents, and where they go to fill their fridge when I come home for a visit. I've been there many, many times over the past several years, and as of late their selection has dramatically improved.
This is a full-service liquor store, having equally solid selections of wine, beer and spirits. I get the feeling that this balanced approach prohibits them from taking risks in beer buying, because the selections on hand were all safe bets. Good beers, no doubt, but I didn't see any rare picks.
Prices were also pretty high for the beers available.
I'll be back here to buy some beers to drink while visiting with my parents, but will go elsewhere to put together a package to take home.
05-11-2011 17:17:49 | More by myspoonistoobig
4.7/5 rDev +8%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Rays liqour is always my first stop when looking for beer. Their staff is always knowledgable and ready to answer any questions or help out with recomendations. All you need to do is linger in front of any area and someone will ask if you need help. Most of the beer is refridgerated which is a nice feature. They have a decent selection of singles which are reasonably priced. Many beers such as limited editions are only sold in singles. They have a great selection of American craft brew which equals local shops, their import selection is pretty good but not as much as Discount Liquor.
02-09-2011 20:51:38 | More by drpdaddy
4.3/5 rDev -1.1%
quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Ray's is a great place to go if you want to be taken care of by the staff. Every one there is extremely helpful, and I feel that if you were a regular there, the staff would help you come up with that rare (insert something here) you can't find anywhere else. That being said, I don't think there's any beer here that you couldn't get at Discount Liquor for a cheaper price (usually a buck or two), which is why I said they were a bit pricey. There's also a lot more that you could get at Discount, especially when it comes to foreign beers (Belgians/Germans).
01-13-2011 03:07:52 | More by duffcalifornia
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