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Sam's Quik Shop

Not Rated.
Sam's Quik ShopSam's Quik Shop

136 Ratings
Ratings: 136
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: 7.66%
[ 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 timtheenchanta:
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4.35/5  rDev -4.8%

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.

timtheenchanta, Feb 07, 2006
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3.48/5  rDev -23.9%

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Quality: I've had beers on tap here more than once that were infected or out of date and decaying (Lake Erie Monster last November) and after discussing with the staff and having them agree with me I find it still on a few days later.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

raleigh_blue, Jun 06, 2014
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5/5  rDev +9.4%

cbishopp, Jun 06, 2014
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SmellsofMahagony, May 26, 2014
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4.4/5  rDev -3.7%

Every time I'm passing through Durham, I make it a point to stop here. World class selection and I always seem to find something that the local Total Wine stores don't have. Nice selection of NC beers in the front of the store, everything else is in the back. Nice glassware and cigar selection as well. Staff has always been friendly and always up to talking beer. Most beers can be bought in singles or 6 packs. This is definitely worth a stop if you are in the area.

Treyliff, May 18, 2014
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4.78/5  rDev +4.6%

One of the absolute best bottleshops I've been to. Bottles everywhere - trust me - you'll find something you're looking for. They've got a nice selection of drafts - so you can drink while you shop. Great selection of local craft brews, and a room full of imports. Super knowledgeable staff. Love this place. Trust me - if you're in the area, just check em out.

Mantooth, May 07, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.4/5  rDev -3.7%

Stopped in on my way down for Sexual Chocolate release and was impressed at their vast selection. I found a lot of beers that I been looking for and cannot get in VA. The only thing that irritated me was that the store is dog-friendly. I'm a pet owner and dons't feel that a large dog should be allowed in a store full of glass bottles. It wasn't so much the dog, but the owner who had been drinking what they were serving. He was rude and continued to pass in front of me, no matter where I stood. The aisles are small and the dog could not help but to walk on my shoes. Anyway, it was just very irritating.

Nice selection and good staff! Stop in if you get the chance.

Cubatobaco, Feb 02, 2014
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Sam's Quik Shop in Durham, NC
100 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.