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Sam’s Bottle Shop

Posted by DID 2 Jun 2014 5 Comments

Thanks to the newly opened Sam’s Bottle Shop, the folks who live in South Durham no longer have to make the crosstown trip to the beer mecca that is Sam’s Quik Shop to find their favorite brews. Located next to an Auto Zone (just odd), Sam’s Bottle Shop is a welcome site among the strip malls of South Durham.


Despite an equal devotion to all things beer, Sam’s Bottle Shop has a pretty different vibe from the beloved Sam’s Quik Shop. For one, there is a girl’s bathroom (complete with a frilly basket for paper towels). There are squeaky clean floors. There is no metal music. There are automatic doors.

Needless to say, I was skeptical.

Sam’s new bottle shop, however,  won me over with the 28 beers on tap (there’s a three pint limit), the upstairs hang-out space, the local cheese offerings and the added space for even more beer. The upstairs space is outfitted with a bar and an outside patio (which I’m hoping is soon stocked with some chairs).

My only worry is that the many tastings that are currently held at the Sam’s Quik Shop might be moved to the Sam’s Bottle Shop, where there is more space, a patio and a bar. Sam’s new shop is in no way going to replace Sam’s Quik Shop in my heart, but it is a cool addition to South Durham.


Sam’s Bottle Shop
1112 NC-54
Durham, NC 27707


  • Jon said:

    I love this place only because I can actually walk through here on a Friday. And 28 taps.

    They have had some tastings here, but I think the vast majority will still happen at Sam’s Quik Shop per their FB page.

    And its Advance Auto Parts, not AutoZone. :)


  • tarheelJ said:

    Parking will also be an issue at this location.


  • BrandonH said:

    I would suspect that chairs will not appear on the outside patio because they don’t really want it to become a bar – however, having so many taps and denying that you are a bar is difficult. While it certainly doesn’t have the panache of the Quik Shop, it is certainly nice to be able to grab a rare beer in South Durham (and I don’t have to go to City Beverage).


  • Nicole said:

    I’ve been there a couple times and it seems like a strange business model. Even the original Sam’s has picnic tables to sit at. And I’ve been to bottle shops in Raleigh that have pints for sale and seating, so it doesn’t seem like a state law issue. It’s just plain weird that they have so many great beers on tap with all this great space but not one place to sit and enjoy. At least offer smaller pours if it’s truly being considered a “tasting room.”


    Matt replies on June 26th, 2014 at 3:37 pm:

    Smaller pours seems like a great idea for the way they are currently est up.


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