The Busy Bee | Raleigh, North Carolina
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The Busy Bee
Exceptional based on 17 ratings
Type: Bar

225 South Wilmington Street
Raleigh, North Carolina United States 27601 [ print map ]
919 424 7817

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Hours: Daily 11am-2am


Mayor: OldGrowth (3) | Taps: 20+ | Bottles: 50+


The Busy Bee

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Beer Available At The Busy Bee (arranged by most recent)
Anderson Valley Bahl Horniní Nettied Madge Black IPA 89, Big Boss Big Operator Belgian Black Raspberry 90, Malheur 12 98, Deep River Imperial Stout. , Stochasticity Project Grapefruit Slam IPA 98, Foothills Barrel Aged Hoppyum IPA 51, Evil Twin Femme Fatale Brett 97, Fullsteam IGOR 91, Deep River Oxbow Pale Ale , The Bruery Autumn Maple 92, Goose Island Harvest Ale 91, Big Boss Aces & Ates Coffee Stout 91, Deep River Riverbank Rye-It , Founders Breakfast Stout 100, Foothills Cottonwood Frostbite 84, Founders RŁbśus 94, Mother Earth Sisters of the Moon IPA 80, Brooklyn Scorcher #366 64, Beer Army Heroes Never Die!!! 50
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17 reviews for The Busy Bee
 Ambiance  80%
 Service  75%
 Selection  78%
 Food  77%
 Value  67%
 Overall  78%
 Rating  84%
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90
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
NachlamSie  (572) Denver, Colorado | October 3, 2012
This is a hip, classy beverage-focused joint. The beer selection was pretty good with a mix of micros and imports. I ended up going with the Tilquin Geuze. This seems to be one of the best places to get a quality beer in downtown Raleigh. The only drawback is the prices of drafts. They are noticeably higher than the other three bars I visited in downtown. A higher price point does fit with the classier ambiance and food menu, however.
70
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 13/20
JCB  (219) Durham, North Carolina | May 22, 2009
Went to this joint with Immy, emacgee, OldStyleCubFan, and a couple of Immyís pals. Crowded on a Saturday night, but still a very enjoyable ambience. Nice soft wood with some copper and bronze fixtures visible (kinda mid-90s but okay). Didnít try the food, but the tap selection was quite good (albeit a tad pricey).
72
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 15/20
Suttree  (165) Knoxville, Tennessee | April 11, 2011
Dinner here before the WBF. The selection was not huge but there were quite a few rarities and hard to find beers. Service was perfectly fine, and the food was tasty. I will say this, though - I rarely complain about price, but I did notice that everything seemed a bit on the high side. A nice place, to be sure, but maybe a little too precious.
70
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 13/20
TURDFERGUSON  (152) Durham, North Carolina | July 14, 2013
Finally made it here on a slower summer Sunday afternoon. Was that time between lunch and dinner and the whole place was relatively empty/dead. I came hoping to find a few rare/exciting/different beers as I know they have gotten cool stuff in the past. Was pretty disappointed to find almost nothing of interest except for one ipa from a Newer NC brewery I have never heard of. Service was fine, but again, it was dead. Will have to return when I know they have something good on. Underwhelming first experience for sure.
72
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 15/20
Dixonian  (142) Plano, Texas | October 3, 2012
Really enjoyed my visit here - the owner, Chris, sat and chatted with me for a bit. I had a perfectly cooked burger with a fried green tomato and pepper jack on it. Seems like they do some cool events as there were pictures of past beer dinners with folks like Sam from DFH on the walls.
54
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 2/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 12/20
maxwelldeux  (122) Everett, Washington | September 24, 2013
I was grossly disappointed with this place. Iíd heard such good things, but was amazingly underwhelmed. On my trip, after lunch on a Tuesday, there were only eight draughts. Some decent beer, but nothing particularly interesting. The bottle selection was OK, but (as always happens) terribly overpriced. The service, though, was horrific, and overshadowed everything else. Since this was after lunch, there were very few tables occupied. Even so, it took 5+ minutes to be acknowledged that we entered the place (the bartender brought menus and said our waitress would be by soon), and another 5+ minutes for the server to stop by. Anything we asked for took an inordinately long time. Canít say Iíll ever willingly go back.
70
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 14/20
Immy  (110) Virginia Beach, | May 3, 2009
Nice 3 story restaurant in Raleigh. The first floor is a typical bar, several tables and a long bar with plenty of local taps like Aviator and Big Boss. The second floor is just tables, but the 3rd floor has an outdoor patio and another bar they call "the hive", which has different beers than downstairs. Food was good, I particularly liked the calamari and the NC cheese platter. Very nice staff, although service got slow as the night wore on and the place filled up. Still, a good stop with some worthwhile brews.
94
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 19/20
zizzybalubba  (72) Elizabeth City, North Carolina | March 21, 2010
Recently visited here on a Friday night. The restaurant was not too busy but did seem to start filling up as we were leaving around 8:00. Very nice ambiance in an historic building in downtown Raleigh. Our server was attentive, prompt, and polite. The food was very good and reasonable. The beer selection, while not extensive, was very impressive. Nearly every beer was not your run-of-the-mill selection. Some were even darn near impossible to find most places. They had just tapped Sexual Chocolate Stout the night before so I was pleased. I didnít grab a growler to go of anything but they were available for some beers. Overall, this a very good restaurant with an impressive beer selection. A must visit you are in Raleigh.
78
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 5/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee  (62) Chapel Hill, North Carolina | July 7, 2011
Pretty cool layout with the three levels and such. Kind of makes an adventure out of it. Found a few things here that I hadnít seen on tap around. Usually see some cool stuff on their email list.
76
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 15/20
Frank  (53) Chicago, Illinois | June 25, 2011
I stopped in for a few brews before a set I played at the bar next door. Nice place. There was a good selection of drafts and some good bottles too. They were focused heavily on Terrapin for some reason and nearly half the drafts were those beers. One cool thing they had was an apparent one off bourbon barrel beer from LoneRider. It is a sign of a good beer bar when they go out and get special, rare beers. I didnít eat the food myself but some friends got it and it seemed like your typical high-end pub eats. I will be back my next time in Raleigh.

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