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Sam's Quik Shop

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Sam's Quik ShopSam's Quik Shop

127 Ratings
Ratings: 127
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: 7.66%
$$ - 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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Reviews by ewright:
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North Carolina

4.85/5  rDev +6.1%
quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$$

If ever there was an example of not judging books by covers, this is it. Sam's is an old Exxon station that looks just like countless other southern gas stations. Even opening the front door, it looks like any other "quickie mart". It's only if you look to the right, past the counter that you notice something is amiss.

There are two additional rooms built on to the main building. There is a bit of wine and a few cases of cigars, but most of the space is given over to beer. And what a beer selection!

A huge selection of Belgian and English beers, a nice large cooler section, one for microbrews, the other for the mass produced stuff (hey, they are 2 blocks from Duke). They have just about everything from Highland, Duck-Rabbit and Carolina Brewing Co, as well as Carolina Brewery growlers (representing NC well!). There are always big selections of the biggest names in the craft beer world as well ... as long as it's legal to sell them in NC.

My only gripe is some of their prices ... they sound like they are a bit higher than other stores in the area. However, with that kind of selection, it's well worth the occasional visit. Too bad the wallet can't handle more frequent trips!

05-30-2008 01:06:51 | More by ewright
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North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

07-03-2014 04:38:52 | More by Thollos
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -7%

06-24-2014 20:20:04 | More by woodchip
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North Carolina

5/5  rDev +9.4%

06-21-2014 21:45:15 | More by struttinj
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North Carolina

5/5  rDev +9.4%

06-08-2014 22:58:45 | More by McAndrew
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5/5  rDev +9.4%

06-08-2014 01:44:32 | More by Brewski
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North Carolina

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
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North Carolina

5/5  rDev +9.4%

06-06-2014 04:15:25 | More by cbishopp
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District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

06-05-2014 02:24:30 | More by jtladner
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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

05-26-2014 21:53:45 | More by SmellsofMahagony
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Sam's Quik Shop in Durham, NC
100 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.