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Sam's Quik Shop

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Sam's Quik ShopSam's Quik Shop
BA SCORE
100
world-class

140 Ratings
Ratings: 140
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 4.58
pDev: 7.64%
[ Store ]

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

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Notes:
Formerly The Blue Light Restaurant.

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4.66/5  rDev +1.7%

GrayWolf1766, Yesterday at 02:57 AM
Photo of Martyrob
5/5  rDev +9.2%

It's Sam's and they are definitely one of the best beer spots in NC and possibly the US.

Martyrob, Thursday at 04:56 PM
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5/5  rDev +9.2%

Renegawam, Nov 09, 2014
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5/5  rDev +9.2%

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Brewski, Jun 08, 2014
Photo of raleigh_blue
3.48/5  rDev -24%

Atmosphere: If you like run down establishments this place is for you. It doesn't smell good in here and there is virtually no place to stand during events. Sam's is a Durham landmark and John Boy's a pioneer, but lets not kid ourselves, the place has hipster grit and real life grit. It never looks clean and the bathrooms are just filthy.

Quality: I've had beers on tap here more than once that were infected or out of date and decaying (Lake Erie Monster last November) and after discussing with the staff and having them agree with me I find it still on a few days later. I really don't think the staff cares about much, certainly not quality.

Service: This is kind of the Ed Debevic's of the beer world, except the rudeness isn't schtick, it's just bad customer service.

Selection: Great selection. The only place in the Triangle that matches their ability to hold events with awesome hard to find beers is the Busy Bee.

Overall: The emperor wears no clothes. There are plenty of other places in RTP to spend your money, including the new Sam's bottle shop, which is head and shoulders above old Sam's, including a slightly friendlier staff.

raleigh_blue, Jun 06, 2014
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5/5  rDev +9.2%

cbishopp, Jun 06, 2014
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jtladner, Jun 05, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

SmellsofMahagony, May 26, 2014
Photo of Treyliff
4.4/5  rDev -3.9%

Every time I'm passing through Durham, I make it a point to stop here. World class selection and I always seem to find something that the local Total Wine stores don't have. Nice selection of NC beers in the front of the store, everything else is in the back. Nice glassware and cigar selection as well. Staff has always been friendly and always up to talking beer. Most beers can be bought in singles or 6 packs. This is definitely worth a stop if you are in the area.

Treyliff, May 18, 2014
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4.78/5  rDev +4.4%

One of the absolute best bottleshops I've been to. Bottles everywhere - trust me - you'll find something you're looking for. They've got a nice selection of drafts - so you can drink while you shop. Great selection of local craft brews, and a room full of imports. Super knowledgeable staff. Love this place. Trust me - if you're in the area, just check em out.

Mantooth, May 07, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

KevinGordon, Mar 09, 2014
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Sam's Quik Shop in Durham, NC
100 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.