Riley's Wines of the World

BA SCORE
90
outstanding

56 Reviews
Riley's Wines of the WorldRiley's Wines of the World
PLACE INFO

Type: Store

402 W Gorham St
Madison, Wisconsin, 53703-2004
United States

(608) 257-0400 | map
rileyswinesoftheworld.com

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PLACE STATS
Score:
90
Reviews:
56
Ratings:
87
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
10.95%
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Reviews: 56 | Ratings: 87
Reviews by BoitSansSoif:
Photo of BoitSansSoif
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%

Riley's is conveniently located right off State Street, and is a haven for all ages and events: college kids trying to tie one on for less, couples trying to find something nice for the evening, beer and wine dudes looking for something new, or old, good and familiar, and people just stepping in to see how much they have before settling for some JD or a 12-pack. Upstairs they have a nice collection of fine liquors...I've only been up once, but I'm plenty happy downstairs on my paycheck, and I want for nothing. The beer selection is impressive, with a great range of regional and national microbrews, imports, and macros. There are also several aisles of wine, and a good collection of liquor around the south edge. The overall service is mediocre, and I get more tips from distributors passing through than I do from most of the employees. To be fair, a couple of them do know their stuff, but I don't always see them, and the other employees don't seem to know as much, so I don't bother. Prices are good, but not the lowest around.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Ferretferret
2.89/5  rDev -28.1%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2 | service: 2.25 | selection: 4.75

I'm a little shocked to see this place attain such a high score, especially when adjacent to a much better liquor store, University Liquor.

Some of the beer here is ancient! Like, years old! They've had a holiday ale in the clearance bin for over 1.5 years; $7.99, instead of $8.99! I've also seen ancient beers all over the beer section, the cream-based liquors... Please, inspect the date before buying from here!

The service is neither offensive nor anything to write home about, trending toward the negative side.

The tastings they perform here are incredible, and the selection is great, if, again, they're a brewery that posts "bottled on" dates.

Notably, they require backpacks to be held near the employees while one shops, unlike any of the adjacent liquor stores.

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Photo of BarrelAgedG
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of mothman
1/5  rDev -75.1%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 1

Overcharged me for a clearance item. Rude employees. Not very big selection. Lots of old beer. Not impressed with this store. Can't believe that people actually shop here. Avoid.

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Photo of ejimhof
3.28/5  rDev -18.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Photo of nuebs
4.06/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of jaqo4
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Hendrick24
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Duff27
4.14/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of kidzord
4.26/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of twb0392
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Photo of italianstallion
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of RobinLee
4.39/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of elkinbrown
4.57/5  rDev +13.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Rilesmiles
4.18/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of KAF
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Canada_Dan
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of s_wit
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of 22Blue
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Shluffy
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of Sunn
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of OnWisconsin
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of 510a
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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Riley's Wines of the World in Madison, WI
4.02 out of 5 based on 87 ratings.
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