Ray's Wine & Spirits

BA SCORE
91
outstanding

45 Ratings
Ray's Wine & SpiritsRay's Wine & Spirits
PLACE INFO

Type: Store

8930 W North Ave
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, 53226-2742
United States

(414) 258-9821 | map
rayswine.com

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PLACE STATS
Score:
91
Ratings:
45
Reviews:
28
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
11.41%
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Photo of simonj01
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Very friendly staff. Great selection. A bit pricey, but most of the time it is worth it.

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Photo of Angerhaus
1.9/5  rDev -53.9%
vibe: 1 | quality: 2.5 | service: 1 | selection: 2.5

Recent change in policy, FYI.

Many rare or limited releases are now doled out proportionally to whomever spends the most money in this shop. You must frequently go in to the store, and you must make sure that the employees "log" your purchases. The owner describes this as "the only fair way" to deal with limited products. Basically, if you aren't going to spend money on their regular overpriced merchandise then you aren't going to have the opportunity to overspend on there limited merch.

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Photo of adamranders
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

great selection for beer, wine and booze. helpful staff will find what you're looking for and try to order it if they don't stock it.

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Photo of treznor
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Ray's has helpful staff (at times a bit too helpful as I was asked multiple times if I needed any help by different people... but I guess that's better than the opposite) and a solid selection.

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Photo of mkhartnett
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of greenspointexas
4/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of BrownAleMale
4.46/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of fondyball20
3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of RobinLee
4.57/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Staff are very friendly, usually pretty eager to help out, very knowledgeable about what's out now. Selection is top for American craft, if the brewery distributes in WI Ray's has it. Limited selection of European brands, but they stock the reputable brands. Also a nice growler gallery with updated tap list online.

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Photo of Jho3325
4.54/5  rDev +10.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of getatmeimevil
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Love Rays, this is my go to spot and they never disappoint. Great employees and a great selection of beer.

Just did my first growler fill in their upstairs 'Growler Gallery', this just adds another level to how great this store is.

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Photo of jamato3000
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of Bshaw22
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of mikebcpa
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

The best thing about Ray's (other than being within walking distance of my home) is they have great customer service. You are always greeted and the staff will go out of their way to help you find stuff. Over the past 2 years they have really added to their beer selection and have recently added a growler bar that hosts events from many local breweries. Pricing is a little bit higher than average, but that's the only real complaint. They handle the releases of limited release beers such as KBS and BCS as well as anyone can.

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
5/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of WesMKE
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of Skunkyluvmuffin
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of BjustB
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of hansenm72
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Hendrick24
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of BoilerUpNavy
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Cindy_C
5/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of atone315
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25

I visit Ray's 3-4 times a year. It is very convenient, on North Ave, on Milwaukee's west side. Once you enter Ray's, you are immediately presented with beer in coolers on your right hand side with numerous shelves on your left hand side. The coolers continue along the back wall of the store, usually takes me 30-45 minutes to glance over everything they have. They also have a decent glassware selection, this is where I started purchasing my first glassware, mainly Belgian/ European offerings. On an overlook of the store, you can tell wine is their #1 focus, with beer being #2, and booze being #3.

Ray's usually (99% of the time) gets the hard to find/ rare beer offerings. Most of the time they do Saturday morning, 9am releases for the real limited stuff, otherwise you need to pay attention to their Facebook/ Twitter postings as things don't last long here.

I have always been greeted when entering the store, and have always been asked if I needed help finding anything, so their service is above average. I am not really one to ask questions as I generally know what I am looking for, but they are definitely there if you need help.

Ray's only downfall, and the reason I am not there more often, is their prices. They are generally $1-$2 more per 4/6 pk and some of their bomber prices are the same. When it comes to limited/ rare releases, they really go a bit overboard.

If you can only stop at one place in Milwaukee, go to Discount. Otherwise, Ray's is a solid Top 5 Milwaukee beer shop.

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Photo of pk18
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Ray's is one of the few stores that I frequent in the Milwaukee area. They have a great selection of local WI beer and regional offerings too. The number of imports they carry is impressive, but not quite at the level of Discount.

Their special releases are usually done on Saturday mornings, which is a decent way to spread the wealth. They are also active on social media and it pays to follow them on Facebook or Twitter for updates on the newest beer to hit the shelves.

The couple times I've had a question or two, the staff has been more than helpful. If you're in Milwaukee and looking for a great liquor store, don't hesitate to stop at Ray's!

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Photo of flyingoose
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Ray's is right down the street from my house. Of all of the local stores that sell beer, Ray's has the best selection. They have all the local choices as well as some from throughout the US. They also have a good selection of imported beers from Germany and Belgium.

The customer service is impeccable here. On my first visit, I had several questions that were answered with eagerness, which compares especially favorably with your average liquor store.

Also, Ray's frequently schedules tastings in their tasting room upstairs, which range from different beers, spirits, and wines. Their events are well put together and very informative.

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Ray's Wine & Spirits in Wauwatosa, WI
4.12 out of 5 based on 45 ratings.
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