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Riley's Wines of the World

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BA SCORE
4.06/5
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88 Ratings
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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
Reviews:
57
Ratings:
88
pDev:
12.07%
 
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Reviews by Golden2wenty1:
Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%

Being a student here at UW-Madison, I am quite familiar with Riley's, a campus staple. Its tiny parking lot is always full on a friday or saturday night as people make their liquor runs before 9pm. Inside its large floor is dominated by wines as its name implies. The left wall is all liquor with the back wall full of refridgerated beer cases and 6-packs and the right wall with refridgerated singles and "malt beverages". Their singles selection is fairly extensive, with a good selection of local micros, a few out of region micros and imports. Six packs offer about the same, several locals, a few regionals and a few imports. Probably the best selection outside of Woodman's and Steve's in Madison, and certainly the best in the downtown area. One of the few places around to find Lake Louie stuff and they also have some mini-kegs which can be fun. With it being frequented mostly by college kids getting drunk off PBR, it doesn't seem their micros get rotated too often, so be careful of expiration dates when possible. Service is hit or miss, not too knowledgeable, but friendly. If you're in Madison it's worth a look for it's local micro and singles selection alone.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of SlightlyGrey
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Ferretferret
2.89/5  rDev -28.8%
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 +4.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of mothman
1/5  rDev -75.4%
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 -19.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4

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4.06/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

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4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

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4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

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4.14/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

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4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Photo of italianstallion
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

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4.39/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of elkinbrown
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Rilesmiles
4.18/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +17%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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Riley's Wines of the World in Madison, WI
Place rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 88 ratings
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