Sam's Quik Shop

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Sam's Quik ShopSam's Quik Shop
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world-class

142 Ratings
Ratings: 142
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 4.58
pDev: n/a
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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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Reviews by Strix:
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4.85/5  rDev +5.9%

Are you kidding me? My jaw just dropped when I walked into this place. Looks like a run-down gas station from the outside, but inside, hands-down the best beer selection I've seen in NC. I won't go into brands, as others already have, but basically every beer from the eastern US was here, as well as local NC specialties, and plenty of German, Belgian and other foreign beers. They are also cool with you breaking six-packs. As the guy at the counter chuckled, I basically made a 30-dollar six pack, with legendary stuff I've never seen in person, but have heard of. Definitely 5-star selection here.

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5/5  rDev +9.2%

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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.

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5/5  rDev +9.2%

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5/5  rDev +9.2%

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5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

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5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

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5/5  rDev +9.2%

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3.48/5  rDev -24%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 2 | selection: 4.75

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.

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5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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Sam's Quik Shop in Durham, NC
100 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.