Sam's Quik Shop

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99
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Sam's Quik ShopSam's Quik Shop
PLACE INFO

Type: Store

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

(919) 286-4110 | map
samsquikshop.com

Notes:
Formerly The Blue Light Restaurant.

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PLACE STATS
Score:
99
Ratings:
160
Reviews:
113
Avg:
4.51
pDev:
6.21%
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Ratings: 160 |  Reviews: 113
Reviews by timtheenchanta:
Photo of timtheenchanta
4.35/5  rDev -3.5%

I stopped into Sam's this past weekend when I was visiting a friend. He lives less than a block from the store. I thought we were going there because it's so ridiculously close. The outside appearance of the store does nothing good. I thought it was just another convenience store and I was wondering if I was going to have to sit through a mediocre beer night. He told me I would be surprised once I walked inside. I was far more than surprised. This place has a wonderful selection considering the appearance of the store and seeing how it's only been a few months since NC popped the cap. They had pretty much every good beer to be found on the east coast in there. I was in there on a Friday night (and Saturday night too... it was a fun weekend) so it was a little busy and so the service wasn't wonderful but while talking to the clerks at the counter, I could tell they knew their beer and could have helped me had I needed it as they suggested other beers similar to what I had at the counter. If you're in the Raleigh/Durham area, you should stop by Sam's.

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More User Reviews:
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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Sam's Quik Shop in Durham, NC
4.51 out of 5 based on 160 ratings.
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