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Sam's Quik Shop

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

145 Ratings
Ratings: 145
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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Place added by: BeerAdvocate

Formerly The Blue Light Restaurant.
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Reviews by jameaterblues:
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4.8/5  rDev +4.8%

Quality: Well this place looks like a quick stop....you would never expect the selection that is housed inside its walls....a little sketchy looking at first....but go anyways you won't be disappointed.

Service: So at first I thought that the guy working the counter was just going to keep to himself, but when we went to check out he saw what we were buying and I was like, "follow me...I just got some stuff in that you might have missed." Then he led us to some boxes on the floor that contained stuff that he had not had time to put out yet. Very nice and knowledgeable.

Selection: Holy shit. I have never seen so much beer...this place ranks up there with brawley's in Charlotte and new beer in new york. There is a large area with coolers in the back....with tons of stuff already cold. Then there are shelves, and stands, and other fixtures full of room temp beer. They had every thing from Old Chub and Dale's Pale ale, to De Dolle, to Avery, to DFH Immort Ale, to you name it. Really really impressed.

Value: It seemed a little pricey, but I think it was just what I was buying. The six packs seemed reasonable, and you could also buy singles of anything. It's also open pretty late. Definitely a place you must stop at if visiting the area.

More User Reviews:
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4.76/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

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4.76/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

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4/5  rDev -12.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5

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5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.66/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

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5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.56/5  rDev -0.4%

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5/5  rDev +9.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -18.1%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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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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5/5  rDev +9.2%

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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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Sam's Quik Shop in Durham, NC
100 out of 100 based on 145 ratings.