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LouElla Wine Beer & Beverage

4.9

316 W Geer St
Durham, NC 27701
Phone: (919) 973-2001
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Photo of Taylor Coil Taylor Coil
Aug 6, 2021 5

My only regret is not coming here sooner. Interesting, varied menu of “by the glass” wines. The selection feels crafted by wine people, for wine people— and yet it’s accessible to the more-casual enthusiast with zero snobbery in sight. I love that the bottle selection is heavy on $20ish picks, thoughtfully curated so that you could pretty much grab any bottle in the store and be confident that a) it’s reasonably priced and b) will be delicious. The staff is knowledgeable, helpful, and glad to chat, if you want to chat. I love LouElla. It’s the best wine shop in town and quickly becoming one of my favorite spots in Durham.

Photo of Kaila Visconti Kaila Visconti
Oct 16, 2021 5

Louella is truly a neighborhood establishment. They have a small and kind staff. After a few visits they will know you like an old friend. It’s a homey and warm environment with an incredible selection of wine, a very good selection of beers and a few fun options of spritz, sangria and sake. Their weekly free tastings are such a great way to learn about new varietals and regions of with wine world. Recently they added boxed cheese and charcuterie plates, which is literally a perfect date night addition! If you live in or are visiting Durham, Louella is a must!

Photo of Kim Pyles Kim Pyles
Nov 1, 2021 5

My two best friends, my 89 year old mother, and I were in Durham this past weekend to house and dog sit for one of my friend’s nieces and her partner. One of the ways they showed us their spirit of generosity was to leave their Aunt Tam a gift card to LouElla. What an experience! We tasted a little wine, visited and laughed with the owner, and enjoyed a light snack. Just when we thought it couldn’t get any better, we had white glove service from (forgive me if I have his name wrong), Sergio when he helped us choose our purchases . We had a fabulous time and came home with a variety of wines to try and to gift to others. All the while, we were learning a little from our guide. We cannot wait to come back to Durham, and revisit this sweet little wine shop, its knowledgeable staff, and of course, Aunt Tam’s family! Thanks, Emily and Ashley! Aunt Tam, Kay, and Gigi (Kim) loved it!, and Nana left feeling like a queen! ❤️❤️❤️❤️

Photo of Austin Moore Austin Moore
Mar 31, 2022 5

Favorite wine bar and store in town. Staff is incredibly knowledgeable, always friendly, and space is inviting.

Photo of Masatoshi Tsujimura Masatoshi Tsujimura
Dec 15, 2021 5

It is just right size. Good location. Friendly stuff. I will be back soon.

Photo of Valerie Thompson Valerie Thompson
Jan 26, 2022 3

The atmosphere is cool. Cute little outdoor space. Only issue is that it’s very noticeably overpriced. I cannot speak for the wine prices; only beer. But everything from a draft beer to the to-go beer is much more than other bars/stores serving the same exact product. I’ve only been there maybe 6 times but at least 3-4 of those either me or my friends had under poured beer and wine. It’s awkward in the moment to correct the bartender, so we just walk away. I try not to discourage friends who haven’t been that want to stop along the way, but I think I may have hit my limit on this place. :( It’s just kind-of a bummer because they have a prime spot on the Geer Street strip and we would stop here much more often if it weren’t for those recurring issues. I just wanted add that the owner was quick and responsive and I was able to reach out via email as well! Thanks, Cam! Much appreciated. :)

Photo of Anna Barson Anna Barson
Jan 2, 2021 5

Wonderful, dog-friendly wine bar with friendly staff and a great wine selection by the bottle and glass.

Photo of E H E H
Jan 6, 2021 5

Cute local wine bar and store. Covid regulations in place. Guy who was behind the bar was nice and knowledgeable

Photo of Brendan Wynn Brendan Wynn
Nov 24, 2020 5

Best selection in Durham for many things, including good champagne. Enjoyed a great chat and got a great recommendation for a shop in DC

Photo of Jason Lazarus Jason Lazarus
Mar 10, 2019 5

Newly opened wine/beer bar and bottle shop in the quickly developing Geer St. row that includes boxcar, Hutchins garage, choice tattoo etc. (they’ve coined the phrase, “ink and drink” but never the other way round). Daily drink specials in a bright, open space with lots of natural wood. Both wine and beer on tap with plans for small plate offerings to follow.

Photo of Vishal Yadav Vishal Yadav
Sep 19, 2020 5

Chill wine shop with comfortable socially distant seating. And an interesting wine selection by the bottle and glass. We enjoyed our time here while visiting Durham!

Photo of Sandra Welch Sandra Welch
Aug 30, 2020 5

Great selection of wine and beer, comfortable place to hang out (inside and outside options), I highly recommend LouElla Wine Beer & Beverage.

Photo of Louisa Sloan Louisa Sloan
Jul 26, 2020 5

Love the interesting selection of beer and wine! Glad to have an option like this in the neighborhood.

Photo of Nghi Maggie Nguyen Nghi Maggie Nguyen
Apr 29, 2020 5

I can't speak for the drink-in experience since I only knew of Louella after the pandemic started. I emailed to ask for some recommendations on Riesling and stopped by later to grab a few bottles. Cam was very helpful and I didn't feel overwhelmed/ confused given I'm a wine noob. Bought three bottles based on their recommendations, the first one I tried was fantastic. I can't wait to try the other two and definitely will come back!

Photo of Ana Corral Ana Corral
Feb 22, 2020 5

Great selection of wines (particularly very fun French and Italian ones for special occasions), friendly and knowledgeable staff, and to top it off a pleasant atmosphere where you can spend hours conversing and enjoying fine wine and snacks. Love coming here.

Photo of James Kempski Your Triangle REALTOR 919-308-7597 James Kempski Your Triangle REALTOR 919-308-7597
Feb 22, 2020 5

What a Great place. Very classy. We ordered two bottles of wine one to share and one to take home. They have a great selection and do wine tastings frequently. Highly recommend this place to gather with friends and family.

Photo of Mark Joseph Mark Joseph
Jan 25, 2020 5

A nice change from the many great options for beer or fancy cocktails. Solid selection of drafts, wine by the glass, sherry, vermouth and Madeira. Warm vibe, and some unusual and tasty looking wine selections at a variety of price points.

Photo of Alyson Newby Alyson Newby
Dec 30, 2019 5

Love this spot! Beautiful space, wonderful staff, very interesting wine selection. They're also dog-friendly which is a huge plus for me. The folks who work here are extremely kind, helpful, and knowledgeable about their offerings.

Photo of Joe Warmelink Joe Warmelink
Sep 15, 2019 5

An amazing wine, beer, and beverage shop! Try their low-alcohol cocktails, made with vermouths, fortified wines, etc. What a great place!

Photo of Albert Ulak Albert Ulak
Aug 11, 2019 4

If you like wine, this is a great spot. Also has interesting beer and cider options. It's a little Spartan but there's a feel they're still growing into the space.

Photo of Shelbey Wilson Shelbey Wilson
Aug 15, 2019 5

Great little spot. Stopped in for a bottle of wine to take home but couldn’t resist the charm so my husband and I also had two glasses at the bar. The bar tender and owner(?) made great suggestions. We took a bottle of German Riesling home. Great selection - it was hard to choose! We really enjoyed the laid back environment. Would definitely recommend!

Photo of Deena Horowitz Deena Horowitz
Aug 17, 2019 5

This place is so fun! Very spacious and classy, lots of options to buy to-go or stay and hang. You can bring your own food in which is a huge plus! The service is fast and the staff are very nice. Plus it’s so beautifully clean and well-kept. An excellent addition to the downtown durham scene!

Photo of Sharon Berg Sharon Berg
Jul 2, 2019 5

Fun place to visit! Very quiet, good environment to not have to shout over your friends.

Photo of Sharon Wilson Sharon Wilson
Apr 17, 2019 5

Beautiful, charming, and great selections of wine and beer! Cam, the owner is amazing, he knows his stuff! Great addition to the Durham community.

Photo of Linda Sexton Linda Sexton
Apr 20, 2019 5

Love the Wine selection. Thank you to Cam and Staff for being helpful and knowledgeable. Had a blast!

Photo of Jason Lazarus Jason Lazarus
Mar 10, 2019 5

Newly opened wine/beer bar and bottle shop in the quickly developing Geer St. row that includes boxcar, Hutchins garage, choice tattoo etc. (they’ve coined the phrase, “ink and drink” but never the other way round). Daily drink specials in a bright, open space with lots of natural wood. Both wine and beer on tap with plans for small plate offerings to follow.

Photo of Talie Madans Talie Madans
Mar 28, 2019 5

Wonderful wine selection, excellent service and our new neighborhood place to grab wine. You can enjoy a glass or bottle at the bar and bring in food from a local restaurant too. Or if you need a cold bottle of wine on the fly just stop by and they have you covered. Visit LouElla and experience it for yourself...Cheers!

Photo of Brian Pelton Brian Pelton
May 1, 2019 5

Recently visited on a lazy weekday afternoon and had a very nice experience. LouElla is a bar and a wine shop with some outdoor seating. Their selection and knowledge of wine (and beer; draft, bottle and can) is top notch. The staff was very friendly and helpful with some great suggestions. Got to meet the owner as well who was also very nice. The shop and bar space is open and relaxed.

Photo of Stefan DiMauro Stefan DiMauro
Apr 26, 2022 5

What a chill spot! Dogs welcome! Very knowledgeable staff, indoor and outdoor seating. Recommended!

Photo of Brendon Bourque Brendon Bourque
Jul 22, 2022 5

Great spot. Love having these guys in the neighborhood. Sneaky good beer selection too!

Photo of Lily Anderson Lily Anderson
Jul 22, 2022 5

Great selection of wines, beers and cocktail mixers! Very friendly and helpful staff! Nice environment for indoor or outdoor hangouts!

Photo of Jessica Page Jessica Page
Jul 27, 2022 5

Wine is ALWAYS delicious. Service is impecccable. I broke a glass almost immediately after being served. The cleanup was quick and I didnt feel judged in the least! This is a definite go to for drinking in or taking out!