Riley's Wines of the World

Riley's Wines of the WorldRiley's Wines of the World
Riley's Wines of the WorldRiley's Wines of the World
Store

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

(608) 257-0400 | map
rileyswinesoftheworld.com

Notes:
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.06
Reviews:
58
Ratings:
89
pDev:
12.07%
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Reviews by sweethome:
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sweethome from Illinois

3.7/5  rDev -8.9%

For an on campus joint, this place is pricey. They have a decent selection of singles, but pricey. Most average micros run $1.99, good ones are $2.99 to 3.49.

A very good selection of Wisconsin and Midwest beers:
Tyranena, Capital, Lakefront, Lake Louie, Central Waters, etc.
Problem - I have purchased some Wisconsin micros I had not had and asked the help what they thought - never much help - and in come cases - awful (all above NOT included).

Decent Belgian and other import selction, but a bit cramped. Back coolers have a nice six pack collection of Wisconsin beers, midwest and decent Rocky Mountain selections.

A good choice for micros - but I suggest you stick with well rated beers. Don;t count on much help.

Dec 20, 2008
More User Reviews:
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VashonGuy from Washington

3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

As a visitor to Madison, I appreciate this place. It's got a good selection of Wisconsin and other Midwest beers, beers that I can't get in Seattle. The mix-a-six selection is quite good. It's walking distance from the hotels near the square.

It's the kind of beer store that would have seemed world class a few years ago. Now, there are a lot of excellent beer stores around, some significantly better than this. But it's still solid, and I'm happy to visit it on any Madison trip.

Apr 30, 2018
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SlightlyGrey from Minnesota

4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Aug 13, 2017
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Ferretferret from Wisconsin

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.

Apr 24, 2017
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BarrelAgedG from California

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Sep 15, 2016
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mothman from Minnesota

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.

May 13, 2016
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ejimhof from Pennsylvania

3.28/5  rDev -19.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Nov 25, 2015
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nuebs from South Dakota

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

Oct 21, 2015
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UWBadgerFan4Life from Wisconsin

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

Jul 08, 2015
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jaqo4 from Illinois

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

Jul 01, 2015
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Hendrick24 from Wisconsin

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

Jun 17, 2015
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Duff27 from Illinois

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

Jun 14, 2015
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kidzord from Illinois

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

May 09, 2015
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twb0392 from Wisconsin

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

Apr 30, 2015
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italianstallion from Wisconsin

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

Apr 13, 2015
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RobinLee from Wisconsin

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

Feb 26, 2015
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elkinbrown from Tennessee

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

Feb 15, 2015
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Rilesmiles from Wisconsin

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

Dec 23, 2014
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KAF from Iowa

4/5  rDev -1.5%

Nov 09, 2014
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spycow from Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.5%

Nov 08, 2014
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Canada_Dan from Colorado

4/5  rDev -1.5%

Oct 29, 2014
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s_wit from Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Oct 25, 2014
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22Blue from Kansas

4/5  rDev -1.5%

Oct 10, 2014
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Shluffy from Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +17%

Sep 25, 2014
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Sunn from Iowa

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Jul 27, 2014
Riley's Wines of the World in Madison, WI
Place rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 89 ratings