Sam's Quik Shop

Sam's Quik ShopSam's Quik Shop
Sam's Quik ShopSam's Quik Shop
Store

1605 Erwin Rd
Durham, North Carolina, 27705-4619
United States

(919) 286-4110 | map
samsquikshop.com

Notes: Formerly The Blue Light Restaurant.
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.59
Reviews:
113
Ratings:
163
pDev:
7.19%
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Reviews by JohnnyK:
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JohnnyK from North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev -8.5%

If you are looking for your next brew fix and you are anywhere in the RTP region, this is the first (and only) stop you'll need to make. I've traveled all over North Carolina and I don't believe you will find a place with a better selection than Sam's. Also, the prices are completely reasonable and you can join their membership and get 10% off bombers and six-packs. The only down side is most of the staff are disinterested at best... every once in a while they have someone that is friendly and willing to help and provide suggestions.

Jul 21, 2010
More User Reviews:
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Damilton5 from North Carolina

5/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

May 15, 2018
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terry33 from Virginia

4.6/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Apr 01, 2018
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orangesol from Pennsylvania

4.32/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Mar 28, 2018
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DoubleSimcoe from Pennsylvania

4.34/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

The wife and I drove to Duke to check out the Nasher Museum of Art, and of course I had to stop at Sam’s Quik first (it is right across from campus anyways).

The store doesn’t look much, just a worn-out bottle shop in a strip mall, but they sure do have the goodies! A ton of North Carolina beers, European rarities, vintage Rodenbach, Omnipollo bottles, Big Bad Baptist… maybe a little confusing to navigate, but the employees are somewhat friendly.

They sold me a Prairie Pirate Bomb that someone had reserved and never picked up!
Also beer on tap for growler fills, mostly from North Carolina.

Jan 08, 2017
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rosmith51 from North Carolina

4.48/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Before anything else, their selection and social media presence are awesome. They do a great job of alerting "new in stock" items, specials, etc., and get a great selection of things.

The one thing holding them back is the vibe... take your typical snobby, arrogant, barista-wannabe-artist, crank it up a few notches and that describes a good chunk of the staff. It pains them when you ask questions... exasperated sighs and eye-rolls if you need anything other than to be rung up for a sale... and to be fair, it's not all of the staff, but it is about half.

Even with that said, they get everything in stock and are pretty conveniently located... just could do with less attitude.

Jan 06, 2017
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Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

4.47/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

i found this place on beer finder while looking for a local beer while in NC. The place is very easy to find has great local and hard to find beers. I will say they sell out of the hot new stuff quick, I was able to make a good trade with the owner prices are really good. This is a must stop if you are in the area.

Dec 20, 2016
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tbryant21 from North Carolina

4.54/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Sam's looks like a rundown place, but don't let the appearances be deceiving. Sam's has the best inventory in the area and they usually are the first place to have items in stock including hard to find beers.

Apr 16, 2016
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VeganUndead from Virginia

4.4/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5

Dec 02, 2015
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katmandu72 from North Carolina

5/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Nov 16, 2015
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Bilco from Pennsylvania

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

Sep 04, 2015
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helpingphriendlybook from Pennsylvania

4.44/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Aug 31, 2015
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PaleCale from North Carolina

4.7/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

Great selection and well-curated draft list.

Jul 09, 2015
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CavemanRamblin from North Carolina

4.61/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Jun 19, 2015
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winningwes91 from North Carolina

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

Jun 16, 2015
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SFNC from North Carolina

4.77/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Jun 14, 2015
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Morockm from North Carolina

5/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Apr 25, 2015
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Macsimus from North Carolina

4.62/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Feb 02, 2015
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ljdrinksbeer from North Carolina

4.71/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Jan 31, 2015
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Ieatplates from North Carolina

4.76/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Jan 22, 2015
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Brewstradamus from West Virginia

4.76/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Jan 14, 2015
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Boomer4ES from North Carolina

4/5  rDev -12.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5

Jan 09, 2015
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MANix73 from Ohio

5/5  rDev +8.9%

Nov 30, 2014
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msscott1973 from North Carolina

4.64/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

If a beer is available in NC, this place is going to have it. Their inventory is amazing. The place is basically a dive, but the amount of bottles/cans that they have jammed in there is impressive. The atmosphere and customer service is a notch below their other location, but that isn't a slight on them by any means.

Nov 25, 2014
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GrayWolf1766 from North Carolina

4.66/5  rDev +1.5%

Nov 21, 2014
Sam's Quik Shop in Durham, NC
Place rating: 4.59 out of 5 with 163 ratings