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Sam's Quik Shop

Sam's Quik ShopSam's Quik Shop

116 Ratings
Ratings: 116
Reviews: 105
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: 7.44%
$$ - reasonable

[ Store ]

1605 Erwin Rd
Durham, North Carolina, 27705-4619
United States
phone: (919) 286-4110

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Formerly The Blue Light Restaurant.

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Photo of Cubatobaco


4.4/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | $$

Stopped in on my way down for Sexual Chocolate release and was impressed at their vast selection. I found a lot of beers that I been looking for and cannot get in VA. The only thing that irritated me was that the store is dog-friendly. I'm a pet owner and dons't feel that a large dog should be allowed in a store full of glass bottles. It wasn't so much the dog, but the owner who had been drinking what they were serving. He was rude and continued to pass in front of me, no matter where I stood. The aisles are small and the dog could not help but to walk on my shoes. Anyway, it was just very irritating.

Nice selection and good staff! Stop in if you get the chance.

02-02-2014 05:49:55 | More by Cubatobaco
Photo of vgarneth

North Carolina

4.85/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | $$

I must say that's it's nice to live in the Triangle. There are some great breweries and establishments for beer, but Sam's Quik Shop is amazing when it comes to the variety of beers available for purchase and/or on tap. The staff is unique and they can help you find most anything. I almost always drop by when nearby; however, I still have yet to fuel up my vehicle there... next time, plus I'll have to purchase more beverages!

01-18-2014 16:28:39 | More by vgarneth
Photo of Tirefan


4.86/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | $$

Literally one the best beer shops I've ever been to. Stopped by at least a dozen or so time never had a bad experience with them in any way. Very easy to find. Any time I cross the state line this is the first place I want to go. Awesome staff and even better selection. This is a must if you love beer or are even new into the craft beer scene.

12-06-2013 16:04:44 | More by Tirefan
Photo of PGH_Penguins

North Carolina

4.97/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$

Sam's is a great place to go for the best selection of beer around. The guys are very knowledgeable and can easily make suggestions for things you like. I never have any issue finding what I need, even when it comes to limited releases. They also have a good bit on tap, which they serve in a pint glass you get to keep. I would easily recommend this to anyone in the RDU area or anyone that is passing through in search of quality beer.

11-24-2013 12:52:10 | More by PGH_Penguins
Photo of Nick_RobertsM3

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$

Awesome place. Beer Heaven. Great staff, very knowledgeable. Answer any question have, and know layout of the store. Definite must try. Easy to get to. Reasonable prices. Great atmosphere, always punk rock playing in the back ground. Event days are awesome as well.

09-15-2013 18:21:13 | More by Nick_RobertsM3
Photo of underthebeer


3.94/5  rDev -13.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

Amazing beer store. Chock full of beer. Huge variety of imports and domestics.

Looks sketchy from the outside. Inside feels chaotic. Takes a couple trips to get used to because although the store is divided into sections: imports, domestics, and locals, the sections are not labeled.

Staff looks like a punk rock concert, has a wide knowledge, and a mercurial demeanor: sometimes helpful and friendly, other times standoffish and snotty.

Prices are fair. Very few rip offs - a couple deals. Beers on tap in store (that you can drink while browsing) priced as steals.

08-29-2013 02:48:08 | More by underthebeer
Photo of jerefreakinmiah

North Carolina

4.94/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$

I've lived in several states (and the 4th largest city in the country). This place amazed me with it's superb selection and friendly staff. Many of the people shopping there were true beer lovers who were welcoming and not snobbish. I will definitely shop there often and bring people there when they come into town.

08-02-2013 16:12:01 | More by jerefreakinmiah
Photo of tarheels4life23

North Carolina

4.54/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | $$

Overall the best selection in the triangle. If they distribute here then Sam's has it and they always get any special/limited releases that come around. Staff usually wont offer to help unless you ask. The only down side is everything is scattered so it can be hard to find some things.

Beer on tap is usually good and will get some special release kegs from time to time.

06-10-2013 14:33:14 | More by tarheels4life23
Photo of jhmichel

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$

Best beer store ever. It's a candy store for adults. The selection is always getting better and they're always getting new beers on tap. Friendly and knowledgable staff are always willing to help find something new. It's a must visit if you're in Durham.

05-13-2013 04:06:18 | More by jhmichel
Photo of Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.41/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | $$

I'm a regular here and love it. At first glance you'd think this was just a gas station but youd be so wrong! It's always well staffed with friendly people, even during off hours there are always at least 4 people there to help you or chat about beer. Great atmosphere, anyone is welcome and on Friday nights it can get a bit packed. They always have about 10-14 beers on draft for your enjoyment and you get to keep the glass too! I come here frequently and get a couple pints each time, they always have rotating taps and frequently of beers you wont find bottled. The selection is excellent, there isn't a better selection in NC. Prices are reasonable. It's also located in a great place in downtown Durham, very easily accessible. Dont be put off by the outside decor, this place is terrific.

05-09-2013 01:00:07 | More by Axnjxn
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Sam's Quik Shop in Durham, NC
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