Sam's Quik Shop

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Sam's Quik ShopSam's Quik Shop
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142 Ratings
Ratings: 142
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 4.58
pDev: n/a
[ 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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Reviews by timtheenchanta:
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4.35/5  rDev -5%

I stopped into Sam's this past weekend when I was visiting a friend. He lives less than a block from the store. I thought we were going there because it's so ridiculously close. The outside appearance of the store does nothing good. I thought it was just another convenience store and I was wondering if I was going to have to sit through a mediocre beer night. He told me I would be surprised once I walked inside. I was far more than surprised. This place has a wonderful selection considering the appearance of the store and seeing how it's only been a few months since NC popped the cap. They had pretty much every good beer to be found on the east coast in there. I was in there on a Friday night (and Saturday night too... it was a fun weekend) so it was a little busy and so the service wasn't wonderful but while talking to the clerks at the counter, I could tell they knew their beer and could have helped me had I needed it as they suggested other beers similar to what I had at the counter. If you're in the Raleigh/Durham area, you should stop by Sam's.

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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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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Quality: I've had beers on tap here more than once that were infected or out of date and decaying (Lake Erie Monster last November) and after discussing with the staff and having them agree with me I find it still on a few days later.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 142 ratings.