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Sam's Bottle Shop


1112 NC-54
Durham, NC 27707
Phone: (919) 973-2489
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Photo of Andrea W Andrea W
Apr 9, 2022 5

Love how dog friendly the shop is, especially the patio. Great beer selection both for purchase and on tap.

Photo of Andy Andy
Dec 24, 2021 5

Great people, great selection + upstairs & downstairs taps!

Photo of M K M K
Dec 10, 2021 3

You know that feeling when you hang out with your boyfriend’s crew and they’re all single, awkward, smug, and basically annoyed that you’re crashing their guy night? Yeah… it’s not the most warm and welcoming bottle shop. Ironically, the handful of staff, which outnumbered the patrons, were even voicing their opinions on the “Me Too” era. I’m not expecting them to carry my beer to my car but after spending almost $100 here at least a “thanks!” or a “have a nice day” or even a simple “bye” would be considered average customer service. I guess that’s what I get for going to a place called Sam’s. That all aside: this bottle shop has a great selection, despite a bit pricey in my opinion, you can get most of what they offer in singles…but why does it have to be sorted by location and not style?? While it may make it easy to try out new breweries it’s mostly just tedious if you only want to find a wheat beer or IPA.

Photo of Zuska Dieck Zuska Dieck
Mar 29, 2022 5

Great place to go if you're searching for fun gifts (beer gifts) for the adventurous types. Worth sitting down and having one yourself!

Photo of Alexander Wahl Alexander Wahl
Jan 17, 2022 5

Friendly knowledgeable staff with a small bar upstairs and a rooftop patio. The selection is god-like. For example, I'm from Minnesota and one of my favorite breweries is Surly, famous in the Twin Cities. However, MN laws make it hard to sell your beer across state lines, with surly only being widely available in a few neighboring states. THESE MAD MEN CARRY IT. I had to ask how they got it, and they just told me one of their vendors has a small selection. I almost cried cracking open that Axe Man IPA. (It's a very happy and fruity IPA, can't recommend it enough if that's up your alley, and I'd be astonished to find it elsewhere in NC) Even if your just in the area and looking for a relaxing place to have a brew, their rooftop patio is a great place to do so. Some seating for 2 or 3 people, and picnic tables for larger groups. They've even got dog bowls for your four legged friends (but if your dog is more bull than dog you may want to think twice, have to pass through their downstairs sales floor with many a glass bottle that could be knocked over.)

Photo of Todd Cherner Todd Cherner
Feb 16, 2022 5

Solid beer shop. They normally have a great variety of beers to choose from for this area, though a bit pricey for some. Wonderful customer service and cool place to hangout on the second floor patio.

Photo of Nicholas Crail Nicholas Crail
Nov 14, 2020 3

Great wine. Great price. Great atmosphere. There was a hawk in the parking lot that attempted to take my nephew. I do not blame the store for this. I provoked the hawk by throwing rocks at her nest. I was able to swat the hawk with the excellent 2013 chateau I purchased. The wine paired well with the lonely stove top stuffing single guy dinner. I haven't been with another human in some years, and I find that Sam's bottle shop helps me Cope the best. 3 stars

Photo of Donna Turner Donna Turner
Nov 13, 2020 5

Fantastic selection of local and many other beers. Can spend hours in there browsing. Can't wait for the taps to be open again.

Photo of Victor Hammons Victor Hammons
Oct 14, 2020 5

If there's a wholesaler for it, then Sam's has it... and then some. I was introduced to Sam's by a friend around 2005 at the original location on Erwin Road. One of the best bottle shops in the Triangle hands down!

Photo of Timothy Cunningham Timothy Cunningham
Sep 16, 2020 5

Sam's is excellent, great selection l, plus the staff is friendly and helpful. A little on the pricier side, but nothing deceptive about it. I am already a repeat customer and I will be going again.

Photo of Kim Donica Kim Donica
Sep 2, 2017 5

Excellent beer selection with good friendly advice from the staff. Taps up and downstairs with interesting selections. These folks are into beer like many are into wine.

Photo of Charles Vinueza Charles Vinueza
Sep 21, 2020 5

Best overall selection in Durham for beer. The fact they don't carry a lot of stock of the typical american brands weeds out college kids from shopping here. The upstairs and outdoor space they have is nice when it's open.

Photo of Richard Morrow Richard Morrow
Sep 20, 2020 5

Great selection, always fresh stuff, some good intl selection, friendly staff

Photo of Alex Van Norman Alex Van Norman
Sep 19, 2020 3

I miss the old shop. Maybe it is the pandemic,but selection didn't seem to be as good as in years past

Photo of AU Gnomeboy AU Gnomeboy
Aug 19, 2020 5

Great selection of craft beers. Always something good on tap. Everyone I've met there is friendly & helpful

Photo of Linda Blakley Linda Blakley
Aug 25, 2020 5

great selection of craft beers and very knowledgeable staff.

Photo of F. S F. S
Aug 12, 2020 4

New customer, who is really impressed with the service and friendly staff. Kudos to all, keep up the good work.

Photo of Chris Derickson Chris Derickson
Jun 25, 2020 5

Best beer place in town. Great selection and knowledgeable staff. Fun and welcoming shop.

Photo of Connor Reside Connor Reside
Feb 27, 2018 5

Sam's is awesome. Great selection of beers. Great place to hang with friends. More often than not someone brings a puppy and then all of a sudden your on their amazing patio playing with puppies and drinking good beer. They friggin rock yo!

Photo of Morgan J Cooley Morgan J Cooley
Jul 21, 2019 5

what a concept a beer store you can drink beer at. home sweet home

Photo of Niko Marshall Niko Marshall
Jul 7, 2018 5

Great selection. Wonderful staff. Love that they do benefits for animal shelters. Will be back from sure

Photo of Kyle Thomas Kyle Thomas
Mar 1, 2020 5

Great place with tons of selection. The staff is knowledgeable. The second floor outside seating is really nice.

Photo of Joseph Ferrucci Joseph Ferrucci
Feb 8, 2020 5

A very good selection of beers. Excellent customer service.

Photo of Juli DeBacco Juli DeBacco
Feb 5, 2020 5

Best variety of beer and cider around Durham. You can buy singles and 6 packs, and even enjoy a draft while browsing or hanging on the upper patio.

Photo of Kyle Belanger Kyle Belanger
Nov 19, 2019 5

Large selection of beers available, with quite a few kept cold. The staff was freindly to me and took so time trying to help me find a beer, which they unfortunately didn't have anymore. I think they have some seating and draft beers upstairs but haven't had a chance to check that out.

Photo of Zachary Wolfe Zachary Wolfe
Jul 29, 2019 4

Great Beer Spot. Would be nice if you could still grab bottles there but, I get it. However, the transition should have been handled better than a simple "yeah we dont do that anymore" because its the reason so many came here. Awesome outdoor seating.

Photo of Richard Morrison Richard Morrison
Sep 12, 2019 3

Great selection of hard to find beer. Staff I dealt with had a bit of an attitude, like I was bothering her. Rolled her eyes when I asked for a bag. Then expected a tip...a cashier. Literally rang up my beer and bagged it then pointed at the tip jar. Great store other than that. Maybe she was having a bad day.

Photo of Amol Soman Amol Soman
Oct 6, 2019 5

Sam's bottle shop is great! They have an awesome selection of beer of all kinds. I go there specifically for the stouts of which they have quite a good selection. They also stock some good cigars in this store. The second level of this store is an inside-outside bar which is a great place to hang out with friends and have conversations, play games etc.

Photo of Adrienne Efland Adrienne Efland
Oct 12, 2019 5

We love Sam's and go often. They have great selection and it's nice to sit on the rooftop. They are dog friendly. They're within a few yards of a lot of food places so it's easy to grab a bite to go and have it there. They also have vendors in often to sample their beer so it's nice to have to opportunity to try new things. Great hangout spot.

Photo of Bart Hubbard Bart Hubbard
Jun 27, 2019 4

Great selection of beer, especially NC breweries. The patio is nice when the weather cooperates. Parking is limited - be sure to read the signs posted. Staff always seems busy and serious, but when you're ready to check out they'll get you on your way quickly, which is cool.

Photo of Brianne Cellemme-Short Brianne Cellemme-Short
Feb 7, 2019 5

Great shop with a wide variety of craft beers and ciders. It's also great that a good portion of their stock are available as singles, so you can make your own variety pack. Only downside it the parking lot is small, so it can be hard to park at busy times.

Photo of Justin Ledogar Justin Ledogar
May 4, 2019 4

Editing my original review bc honestly the staff is just so bad (all except for the bearded metal dude). Sorry guys... hire some friendlier people. Enough with the angry hipsters. Great beer selection though!

Photo of Brett Fox Brett Fox
Mar 23, 2019 5

This place is the best! Super sad that their Erwin road location was sold off. I am not a “beer guy” but love to come and get unique and different beers that you can’t find anywhere else. A trip every few weeks is definitely worth it.

Photo of Nikki Shaffer Nikki Shaffer
Jun 7, 2019 5

Combines the best of a bar and a beer store. Great selection and a good atmosphere - also dog friendly!

Photo of Hetal M Hetal M
May 3, 2019 5

We hosted a corporate event at Sam's Bottle Shop, and we had the most thoroughly positive experience. Holly and John are professional, efficient, friendly, and thorough. Holly replied enthusiastically to our inquiry to host an event at Sam's, and walked us through each and every step, including recommending catering providers. Holly and John made us feel so welcome the entire time, and we were absolutely thrilled with our event. Thank you so much to the both of you! We will surely be back!

Photo of Stefanie Crisostomo Stefanie Crisostomo
May 1, 2022 5

Neat place! They’ve got beers on tap and seating upstairs. I only dropped into to pick something up to take home. Staff seem to know their products well. The gentleman working helped me pick out a delicious bottle of rośe. This is where I’ll be purchasing my wine and beer from now on

Photo of James Goerke James Goerke
May 24, 2022 5

Great selection! Like a mouse in a cheese shop! I love that you can also grab a quick half pint and chill out for a bit and get your beers for home.

Photo of Brendon Loxton Brendon Loxton
May 9, 2022 5

I love this place. It’s Disney World but for beer and a great business to support.

Photo of Tamila Neal Tamila Neal
May 5, 2022 5

Lots of selections. Friendly, helpful staff. Place is kept clean and well organized.

Photo of Brad Martin Brad Martin
Aug 28, 2021 5

Great vibe and selection. We sometimes go here just because it's fun to browse and get something local and seasonal.

Photo of Meghan Reid Meghan Reid
May 20, 2022 3

Large take home selection. Can do mix and match with different beers and ciders. They have drinks on tap up and downstairs.