Nikki's Liquors

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Nikki's LiquorsNikki's Liquors

Type: Store

32 Branch Ave
Providence, Rhode Island, 02904-2714
United States

(401) 861-9006 | map

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Added by Beerguy on 01-18-2006

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Reviews by lovetranquillity:
Photo of lovetranquillity
5/5  rDev +8.9%

This is my go to store to by quality beer.
They have hundreds of bottles to choose from. Great selection of American craft brews and also great selection of German, Belgian and other imports. On the outside it looks like a normal liquor store in a a little shopping center but once you go in and see the selection this place is like beer nirvana. I find the prices to be a little bit higher than some other places but I keep going back because of the selection and the friendly helpful staff. Also on some of the beers they have little beer advocate rating stickers.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of ryanm3850
5/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Friendly, helpful, huge selection, hard to find/limited release beers, home brewing supplies. This place is heaven for beer lovers. Check out the new location too.

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Photo of heymikew
4.68/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of FBarber
4.42/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of thoglund
4.82/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Newport_beerguy
4.46/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Skipple
4.75/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of LeRose
4.22/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

The new store is great - pretty easy to get to and ample parking, although on a release day it has the potential to be ugly. Inside is small, but very nicely laid out - beer buy the state for the most part, and pretty much by country for the imports. Macros are in the minority as well. Clean, well-lit and the little tasting area is a nice touch. Service is generally very good, but can be a bit "brief and to the point" which doesn't bother me in the least - they are running a business and if they don't want to chit chat I'm OK. They seem to have a bit of everything, some but not so many "hard to finds", and ample supplies of the items they are featuring. I've not had good luck with hitting shipments even though they will say when something is expected, but have been handed a bottle or two or interesting beers at the counter based on what I'm buying. I'm not sure what's up with that. I generally like the store and the folks, but do find them higher priced even compared to MA, but in MA I can't find what I can find there without driving an hour...

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Photo of direwolf00
4.9/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Nikki's Craft beer selection is excellent, a great craft beer store in Providence, RI, there are 2-3 other local stores that offer a great selection, but Nikki's is my favorite. I like the per state layout on one side, per country imports on other side of aisle.

The staff is friendly and knowledgeable, good background music playing.

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Photo of Urk1127
4.33/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

Photo of ElGallo
4.22/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of rodmanfor3
2.71/5  rDev -41%
vibe: 2.25 | quality: 1.75 | service: 4 | selection: 2.75

Photo of JamesStreet
4.3/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75

Went to NIkki's after reading reviews of it on here. In Providence for business and decided to seek out a good botttle shops to stock the fridge at the hotel. Had a nice two-sided shelf with imports and locals on one side and then had the other side divided by states of origing. I was able to grab some Jack's Abby, some Grapefruit Sculpin, and some Sixpoint 4Bean. Discount on mixed 6'ers as well. They even have a barrel room with some really nice vintages in the back. If ever in the Providence area, make sure to stop here for your craft needs

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Photo of Sweeneydawg
4.43/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of tb4475
4.16/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.75

Photo of tasterschoice62
3.7/5  rDev -19.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Not a bad shop but be prepared to pay t least a buck more than anywhere else.
Also they use a little trickery here. Check your dates folks there are a lot of outdated bottles on the shelf . one thing they did that really annoys me is opening up old seasonal 12 packs and selling them as singles.

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Photo of AlcheyAl
3.61/5  rDev -21.4%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.25

Digging the new spot they opened about a year ago. Closer to my home so I'll stop in a little more frequently. Staple selection of craft brews that are pretty fresh ad well. Nice vintage area where I was able to snatch up a couple cool beers from once upon a time. Nice cooler area as well. A little pricier than some other stores but sometimes it worth it to find that beer you can't quite find somewhere else. Not liking the parking situation here it can get a little annoying especially during traffic times and I've hit the bottom of my car a few times leaving the lot. That being said employees are ok but sometimes I get a " I'm not into beer enough vibe" but I still continue to shop here for the beer. Worth stopping by.

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Photo of TheElectricOne
4.75/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

My go-to liquor store for anything beer. They run out of new beers quickly, but that is probably due more to their popularity in craft beer circles more than a lack of stock. They have the best selection I've found in any store I've ever been to and know their stuff.

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Photo of Nickcal
3.7/5  rDev -19.4%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4

Changing my review here after coming back many times. First off I would like to say, after trying to initiate conversation and talk to people who love craft beer, these people have no personality. I don't think Ive ever heard a laugh or smile to be cracked and Ive met all of the workers/owners. Its like they wake up everyday and are miserable to work here. Which makes me question why they got into the business in the first place. Secondly after a few limited releases that I have tried to be a part of, most were disappointing. Like for example, when I sit outside waiting for KBS and I see the driver bring in 4 cases, but when I go in and ask how much they got, they say only 1 case. Now some might say, "Why would they lie?". But I can tell you that a friend of the family blew there cover to me. I was at another liquor store and they had mentioned that they were friends with the owners of Nikki's. Well after a little bit of small talk and getting to know one another, this person mentioned to me that they are lucky to have friends that are owners because "They split limited release beers". Are you joking me? Instead of sharing them with you're customers you hog majority of it and share with your friends and family. F'd up if you ask me. Lastly, they have an aging room which I think is cool and maybe a little bit of that beer they hold back might end up there one day, like a couple year old KBS, we will see. The disappointing factor is that everything I bought from that aging room, hasn't been up to par. Not sure if its the conditions because I'm not sure how they age there beer, but I bought more than a few beers that were over a few years old and some were full blown drain pours. Just completely awful taste, the taste of extreme temperature fluctuations. I wish I had good news to say about these guys because in RI there inst much to pick from for craft beer places. Selection definitely is there best quality, unless you consider my 2nd complaint. Also they have tastings every week which is another good quality. I think the biggest problem here is the attitude/vibe. I love craft beer and I love to talk to people about craft beer. I would expect to be able to do it here, but I cant. Every time i walk in I start a conversation about beer, but by the time I leave I feel like an idiot.

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Photo of WasupBeerQueen
4.5/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of brureview
4.72/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I read about Nikki's on a post on this site. I decided to try it out.

It is conveniently located off of 95. There is a parking lot to the left of the store.

The store stocks very high end whisky, wine and craft beer. I only shopped for the craft
beer- but the whiskey selection is excellent.

I was asked if I needed help- as usual I said "no thanks" and the staff let me browse
without any hassle.

The vibe is interesting. The people who shop there are beer geeks. A number of the customers were using their phones for reviews. Wireless is free- excellent, unlike most beer stores.

The selection is excellent- I was able to buy a Stone Old Guardian Extra Hoppy 2015 which just came out. A lot of the harder to find beers- for example, harder to find Clown Shoes beers. They don't seem to have a large macro selection- I don't usually look- which seemed relegated to a small area.

The bottle dates are excellent. I didn't find one bottle with an almost expired bottle date.
This shows that the staff is aware of the shelf inventory.

The store has a mix-a six policy so a customer can buy single small bottles.

I am not sure of the store's put-on-hold policy. The staff is very friendly and well- informed
about the availability of difficult to find beers. Their inventory is different than MA stores- an added plus for MA customers.

An added perc: the store gives customers bottle bags instead of boxes. I haven't seen this in any other store. Easy to carry beer out to the car, reusable for shopping and bringing beer to another location.

Overall: an excellent find. Easy to shop, well-stocked, good vibe, bottle dates, and personable informed staff.

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Photo of NateF90
4.84/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Photo of changdulla
4.67/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

I love this place! Best selection around. And you have to checkout their vintage room.

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Photo of Masters
4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

Photo of Chriskelley
4.25/5  rDev -7.4%

The owners know their beer. best mix six selection around. No attitude here.

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Nikki's Liquors in Providence, RI
Place rating: 4.59 out of 5 with 126 ratings