Ray's Wine & Spirits

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Ray's Wine & SpiritsRay's Wine & Spirits
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35 Ratings
Ratings: 35
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: n/a
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8930 W North Ave
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, 53226-2742
United States
phone: (414) 258-9821

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @rayswine

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Photo of getatmeimevil
4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Love Rays, this is my go to spot and they never disappoint. Great employees and a great selection of beer.

Just did my first growler fill in their upstairs 'Growler Gallery', this just adds another level to how great this store is.

Photo of jamato3000
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Bshaw22
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of mikebcpa
4.75/5  rDev +8%

The best thing about Ray's (other than being within walking distance of my home) is they have great customer service. You are always greeted and the staff will go out of their way to help you find stuff. Over the past 2 years they have really added to their beer selection and have recently added a growler bar that hosts events from many local breweries. Pricing is a little bit higher than average, but that's the only real complaint. They handle the releases of limited release beers such as KBS and BCS as well as anyone can.

Photo of bowzer4birdie
5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of WesMKE
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Skunkyluvmuffin
4.75/5  rDev +8%

Photo of BjustB
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of hansenm72
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Hendrick24
4.75/5  rDev +8%

Photo of BoilerUpNavy
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Cindy_C
5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of atone315
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of pk18
4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
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!

Photo of flyingoose
4.75/5  rDev +8%
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.

Photo of myspoonistoobig
3.34/5  rDev -24.1%
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.

Photo of drpdaddy
4.7/5  rDev +6.8%

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.

Photo of duffcalifornia
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%

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).

Photo of beerwolf77
4/5  rDev -9.1%

I finally got to Rays the other day and I must say it's a decent craft beer stop. The L shaped craft cooler stretches from the front of the store all the way to the back then cuts over about half way.A nice plus that most of their craft stuff is kept cold. They had a few North American crafts I've never seen before but all imports were standard. They have a shelf that is labled "Beer Geek" which I thought was cute if unneccessary.

The help was courteous. I beleive I was asked several times if I needed any help.

Overall all dates seemed within acceptable range and the selection was nice. The huge glassware selection was top notch for sure. It's a bit out of my way so I probably won't make this a regular stop since it really doesn't rival my usual haunts.

Photo of jester27lax
4.85/5  rDev +10.2%

Made my first trip to Ray's this past weekend and I was incredibly surprised and quite happy with their selection! I read through the reviews and knew I had to make the trip. Their selection of WI craft beers was great and I found some things there I haven't been able to find anywhere. They also have a "Beer Geek" area of some very fine incredibly hard to fine beers. I'm still intrigued by something called "Weazel Bean" or something like that. I would never buy it since I'm not into coffee at all, but the beans are crapped out by weazels and used in the brewing. At $15 a 12oz bottle, I wasn't leaving with that in my bag. I picked up 3 sixers from Aly Asylum (2 Bedlam and 1 Ambergeddon), 3 bottles La Fin du Monde, 3 different La Couffes, 2 Ommegang BPA, and 2 of the Ommegang Tripels. I also picked up 2 Tripel Karmeleit glasses...all for a little less than $100. Not bad, not bad at all.

Photo of sweemzander
4.05/5  rDev -8%

I am glad I was finally able to visit Ray's.
Granted, a vast majority of the store is the huge wine selection, but I gotta say, their beer selection was top notch.
The store itself isnt much to look at from the outside, but going into it caught me off guard.
Ray's has a very good selection of local brew as well as a bunch of imports that I have not seen elsewhere. It also helps that just about all the beer is in open coolers keeping it all nice and cold. What really impressed me was their awesome selection and prices on specialty beer glasswear. I will definitely be going back to buy some Wisconsin beer and buy a few glasses.
If you are in the area, look up Ray's, you wont be disappointed.

Photo of loubrew
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%

I've been going here for years(and years) and they have really upgraded their beer department. They have always been a premier wine shop and have grown into a top end beer shop as well. Very solid selection of local and regional brews and the list of Belgians is fantastic(along with the selection of glassware at very competitive prices).

Overall the prices are in-line and if you look for their half page ads in the Milwaukee Journal, once a month or so, you can get some real good deals(free Fat Tire goblets, $12.99 4packs of Gubna, etc...).

Service has always been helpful and friendly but weekends can get a bit crowded and crazy.

Photo of Wisconsinality
4.15/5  rDev -5.7%

Finally made my way over here seeing as it is only about 5 minutes from my place. My usual go to's are either Discount or one of the numerous Otto's. This may be my new one. Place looks like the common Milwaukee liquor store, old sign, decent interior and better beer selection.

I do like how they have all their beer in semi open coolers with glass ware above. They have some good beers that you can't really find anywhere else in the state, or to my knowledge. The people there are more than accommodating. I wanted a beer that was only sold in singles and the guy who helped me said I could have it for the 4 pack price. It was only about a dollars difference but it's the little things that count.

Overall a pretty nice shop that has a good selection and some nice people on staff who seem to be pretty knowledgeable. Another good hidden gem that is the Milwaukee Beer Scene.

Photo of crossovert
4.1/5  rDev -6.8%

It's no north avenue just down form the mall in a "downtownish" area. It has a nice decent sized parking lot.

Outside it looks like Discount, inside it is a bit nicer, witch carpeted floors. Most of the beer is in coolers which can be good and bad, they max out the shelf space, above there is an array of moderately priced glassware.

Some say there are more selections here than Discount, but that simply isn't true, while the selection in here is good, there are at least 300 more varieties that I would say Discount has. If you are on the North or West side, this might be your place, but discount is only minutes away anyways.

I didn't have anybody help me, but there was a guy patrolling the beer section who looked like he could be helpful.

Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev -9.1%

What a surprise! I stumbled upon this place while my father-in-law was getting the address of a place plugged into his Garmin. It is pretty big and has most of its beer in coolers along a wall and a half in the corner to your right as you enter the building. They have far more 12oz singles than Discount Liquor and had quite a few beers that I hadn't seen at other places in Milwaukee. The service was okay. It was very busy - New Year's Eve around noon. I didn't buy much because I already dropped a mint at Discount Liquor, however, what I bought was fresh and good. Overall, this place is a hidden gem in not far from downtown Milwaukee.

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Ray's Wine & Spirits in Wauwatosa, WI
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