United States > North Carolina > Durham
JCB (199) Durham, North Carolina | September 17, 2011
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Been here probably a half dozen times now, in the company of family, friends, neighbors, and teammates, and itís been almost universally loved. After a slightly rough start - the layout is such that the brewery almost couldnít handle the initial crowds - the place has settled nicely into its own. Burgers are damn good, and while you do pay a bit more for your food politics, itís less than some other places in the Triangle (like Draft) and is fuckin tasty. Beers have ranged from unspectacular to very good, but I love the sessionable focus of most of their offerings and theyíre clearly headed in the right direction.
NachlamSie (541) Denver, Colorado | September 1, 2011
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 15/20
The idea of a brewery which specializes in burgers is wonderful. However, thanks to NC state law, all ground beef has to be burned so I donít see the point in doing a dedicated burger joint with some of the finest meat just to see it become dried out and tough. Anyway, I was already informed about the burger thing beforehand and I knew better. The duck frites are quite tasty. The beer is solid, though very "safe" and "English". I like the ambiance of the place and the service was very good.
emacgee (60) Chapel Hill, North Carolina | July 14, 2011
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
My first time here and I enjoyed it. Pretty cool layout and view of the brewery. The bar setup is neat, I liked the wooden tap handles. Check out the underside of the bar, its pretty interesting. Full of rocks held back by a grate. Ok, so go ahead and choose whether or not you want to sit at the picnic tables or bar, if you sit at the bar sit somewhere that people wont constantly bump into your bar stool. Iíve heard that can be an issue. Really liked the concept here, lots of do it yourself in the air. Most of the beers were pretty tasty and I liked my burger. Its kind of confusing ordering though since you pretty much build the meal entirely from scratch.
TURDFERGUSON (151) Carrboro, North Carolina | June 11, 2011| Updated November 17, 2011
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
Okay. Went tonight. Pretty busy inside. Sat at the bar, ordered the sampler of all beers available, plus a burger and frites. Because of the way the long picnic tables were set up and where the bar is, people kept walking behind me and kicking my chair over and over again. Waiters, patrons, young, old. Very annoying. Food was okay--grass-fed burger was overly gamey, pretty good otherwise but not juicy at all. Beer is mediocre as well. Standard, mainly English style brews. Solid beers, but lack complex character like many in the area. Great service from Doug at the bar. Hope to see some good variety from these guys and look forward to trying more in the future. Overall, im happy to have a new brewpub around, but still left wanting a little more ,and for some crazy reason, and expecting better.
DukeBrewDevil (41) Chapel Hill, North Carolina | April 25, 2011| Updated October 28, 2011
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
This new brewpub has been open for a month or so now. Itís located in the heart of downtown Durham, and in typical Durham fashion, it specializes in local everything. Local, fresh ground burger meat, hand packed hot dogs, homemade ketchups, and on and on. The menu is small and pretty pricey for what you get, but good, particularly the dogs. [After many trips back, Iíd say the burgers have improved and are now possibly the best Iíve ever had.] The space is one large, open room with the bar on one wall, another wall with a view of the brewery, open kitchen along the back, and even a nice little kids play area. They have a few tables making up an outdoor patio tucked away behind the restaurant. Iíve been here pretty regularly now, and have had a ton of their beers. They tend to be sessionable styles, all very well made. They rotate beers so quickly, especially the stronger ones, that you can go every month and always find something youíve never seen before. Most beers are $4.50/pint and come in British style pint glasses, which makes sense for their current lineup. They do to-go growler sales. I would like a few bolder beer styles, but other than that minor complaint, this place is fantastic. Welcome to the Durham beer scene, Bull City!
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