Sam's Quik Shop


113 Reviews
Sam's Quik ShopSam's Quik Shop

Type: Store

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

(919) 286-4110 | map

Formerly The Blue Light Restaurant.

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Reviews by jameaterblues:
Photo of jameaterblues
4.8/5  rDev +6.4%

Quality: Well this place looks like a quick would never expect the selection that is housed inside its walls....a little sketchy looking at first....but go anyways you won't be disappointed.

Service: So at first I thought that the guy working the counter was just going to keep to himself, but when we went to check out he saw what we were buying and I was like, "follow me...I just got some stuff in that you might have missed." Then he led us to some boxes on the floor that contained stuff that he had not had time to put out yet. Very nice and knowledgeable.

Selection: Holy shit. I have never seen so much beer...this place ranks up there with brawley's in Charlotte and new beer in new york. There is a large area with coolers in the back....with tons of stuff already cold. Then there are shelves, and stands, and other fixtures full of room temp beer. They had every thing from Old Chub and Dale's Pale ale, to De Dolle, to Avery, to DFH Immort Ale, to you name it. Really really impressed.

Value: It seemed a little pricey, but I think it was just what I was buying. The six packs seemed reasonable, and you could also buy singles of anything. It's also open pretty late. Definitely a place you must stop at if visiting the area.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.34/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of rosmith51
4.48/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.47/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of tbryant21
4.54/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of VeganUndead
4.4/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5

Photo of katmandu72
5/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Bilco
4.9/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Photo of helpingphriendlybook
4.44/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Photo of PaleCale
4.7/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

Great selection and well-curated draft list.

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Photo of CavemanRamblin
4.61/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of winningwes91
4.75/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of SFNC
4.77/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of Morockm
5/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Macsimus
4.62/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of ljdrinksbeer
4.71/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Photo of Ieatplates
4.76/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Photo of Brewstradamus
4.76/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Boomer4ES
4/5  rDev -11.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5

Photo of MANix73
5/5  rDev +10.9%

Photo of msscott1973
4.64/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of GrayWolf1766
4.66/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of Martyrob
5/5  rDev +10.9%

It's Sam's and they are definitely one of the best beer spots in NC and possibly the US.

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Photo of Renegawam
5/5  rDev +10.9%

Photo of ennissthemenace
4.56/5  rDev +1.1%

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