Sam's Quik Shop
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Reviews by cvstrickland:
4.65/5 rDev +1.8%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
It looked like a gas station, and then I walked in and the Heavenly Chorus cranked up. I wandered around the seemingly endless collection of beers for forty-five minutes, and never even got to the wine or the cigars.
Awesome selection, super that all bottles are for sale individually, (except ones you'd have to destroy the package to get at, e.g. Abita) with casually-cordial service that's happy to chat if you wish, but will leave you be and let you explore without pressure.
106.65 miles from my place to Sam's... but it's worth a road trip, even these days with gas prices what they are.
06-08-2008 21:37:59 | More by cvstrickland
More User Reviews:
3.48/5 rDev -23.9%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 2 | selection: 4.75 | $$
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Quality: I've had beers on tap here more than once that were infected or out of date and decaying (Lake Erie Monster last November) and after discussing with the staff and having them agree with me I find it still on a few days later.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.
06-06-2014 16:33:07 | More by raleigh_blue
Sam's Quik Shop in Durham, NC
100 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.