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Ray's Wine and Spirits
$$ - reasonable
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8930 W. North Ave
phone: (414) 258-9821
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vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | $$$
I visit Ray's 3-4 times a year. It is very convenient, on North Ave, on Milwaukee's west side. Once you enter Ray's, you are immediately presented with beer in coolers on your right hand side with numerous shelves on your left hand side. The coolers continue along the back wall of the store, usually takes me 30-45 minutes to glance over everything they have. They also have a decent glassware selection, this is where I started purchasing my first glassware, mainly Belgian/ European offerings. On an overlook of the store, you can tell wine is their #1 focus, with beer being #2, and booze being #3.
Ray's usually (99% of the time) gets the hard to find/ rare beer offerings. Most of the time they do Saturday morning, 9am releases for the real limited stuff, otherwise you need to pay attention to their Facebook/ Twitter postings as things don't last long here.
I have always been greeted when entering the store, and have always been asked if I needed help finding anything, so their service is above average. I am not really one to ask questions as I generally know what I am looking for, but they are definitely there if you need help.
Ray's only downfall, and the reason I am not there more often, is their prices. They are generally $1-$2 more per 4/6 pk and some of their bomber prices are the same. When it comes to limited/ rare releases, they really go a bit overboard.
If you can only stop at one place in Milwaukee, go to Discount. Otherwise, Ray's is a solid Top 5 Milwaukee beer shop.
05-18-2013 19:06:15 |
More by atone315
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Ray's is one of the few stores that I frequent in the Milwaukee area. They have a great selection of local WI beer and regional offerings too. The number of imports they carry is impressive, but not quite at the level of Discount.
Their special releases are usually done on Saturday mornings, which is a decent way to spread the wealth. They are also active on social media and it pays to follow them on Facebook or Twitter for updates on the newest beer to hit the shelves.
The couple times I've had a question or two, the staff has been more than helpful. If you're in Milwaukee and looking for a great liquor store, don't hesitate to stop at Ray's!
05-13-2013 01:35:22 |
More by pk18
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$$
Ray's is right down the street from my house. Of all of the local stores that sell beer, Ray's has the best selection. They have all the local choices as well as some from throughout the US. They also have a good selection of imported beers from Germany and Belgium.
The customer service is impeccable here. On my first visit, I had several questions that were answered with eagerness, which compares especially favorably with your average liquor store.
Also, Ray's frequently schedules tastings in their tasting room upstairs, which range from different beers, spirits, and wines. Their events are well put together and very informative.
08-28-2012 02:43:54 |
More by flyingoose
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$$
Visited 4/23 on vacation.
Ray's is the closest good shop to my parents, and where they go to fill their fridge when I come home for a visit. I've been there many, many times over the past several years, and as of late their selection has dramatically improved.
This is a full-service liquor store, having equally solid selections of wine, beer and spirits. I get the feeling that this balanced approach prohibits them from taking risks in beer buying, because the selections on hand were all safe bets. Good beers, no doubt, but I didn't see any rare picks.
Prices were also pretty high for the beers available.
I'll be back here to buy some beers to drink while visiting with my parents, but will go elsewhere to put together a package to take home.
05-11-2011 17:17:49 |
More by myspoonistoobig
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Rays liqour is always my first stop when looking for beer. Their staff is always knowledgable and ready to answer any questions or help out with recomendations. All you need to do is linger in front of any area and someone will ask if you need help. Most of the beer is refridgerated which is a nice feature. They have a decent selection of singles which are reasonably priced. Many beers such as limited editions are only sold in singles. They have a great selection of American craft brew which equals local shops, their import selection is pretty good but not as much as Discount Liquor.
02-09-2011 20:51:38 |
More by drpdaddy
quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Ray's is a great place to go if you want to be taken care of by the staff. Every one there is extremely helpful, and I feel that if you were a regular there, the staff would help you come up with that rare (insert something here) you can't find anywhere else. That being said, I don't think there's any beer here that you couldn't get at Discount Liquor for a cheaper price (usually a buck or two), which is why I said they were a bit pricey. There's also a lot more that you could get at Discount, especially when it comes to foreign beers (Belgians/Germans).
01-13-2011 03:07:52 |
More by duffcalifornia
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
I finally got to Rays the other day and I must say it's a decent craft beer stop. The L shaped craft cooler stretches from the front of the store all the way to the back then cuts over about half way.A nice plus that most of their craft stuff is kept cold. They had a few North American crafts I've never seen before but all imports were standard. They have a shelf that is labled "Beer Geek" which I thought was cute if unneccessary.
The help was courteous. I beleive I was asked several times if I needed any help.
Overall all dates seemed within acceptable range and the selection was nice. The huge glassware selection was top notch for sure. It's a bit out of my way so I probably won't make this a regular stop since it really doesn't rival my usual haunts.
07-05-2010 20:28:39 |
More by beerwolf77
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Made my first trip to Ray's this past weekend and I was incredibly surprised and quite happy with their selection! I read through the reviews and knew I had to make the trip. Their selection of WI craft beers was great and I found some things there I haven't been able to find anywhere. They also have a "Beer Geek" area of some very fine incredibly hard to fine beers. I'm still intrigued by something called "Weazel Bean" or something like that. I would never buy it since I'm not into coffee at all, but the beans are crapped out by weazels and used in the brewing. At $15 a 12oz bottle, I wasn't leaving with that in my bag. I picked up 3 sixers from Aly Asylum (2 Bedlam and 1 Ambergeddon), 3 bottles La Fin du Monde, 3 different La Couffes, 2 Ommegang BPA, and 2 of the Ommegang Tripels. I also picked up 2 Tripel Karmeleit glasses...all for a little less than $100. Not bad, not bad at all.
06-08-2010 01:41:44 |
More by jester27lax
quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I am glad I was finally able to visit Ray's.
Granted, a vast majority of the store is the huge wine selection, but I gotta say, their beer selection was top notch.
The store itself isnt much to look at from the outside, but going into it caught me off guard.
Ray's has a very good selection of local brew as well as a bunch of imports that I have not seen elsewhere. It also helps that just about all the beer is in open coolers keeping it all nice and cold. What really impressed me was their awesome selection and prices on specialty beer glasswear. I will definitely be going back to buy some Wisconsin beer and buy a few glasses.
If you are in the area, look up Ray's, you wont be disappointed.
05-19-2010 13:20:59 |
More by sweemzander
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I've been going here for years(and years) and they have really upgraded their beer department. They have always been a premier wine shop and have grown into a top end beer shop as well. Very solid selection of local and regional brews and the list of Belgians is fantastic(along with the selection of glassware at very competitive prices).
Overall the prices are in-line and if you look for their half page ads in the Milwaukee Journal, once a month or so, you can get some real good deals(free Fat Tire goblets, $12.99 4packs of Gubna, etc...).
Service has always been helpful and friendly but weekends can get a bit crowded and crazy.
05-07-2010 20:44:38 |
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