The Busy Bee | Raleigh, North Carolina
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The Busy Bee
Good based on 19 ratings
Type: Bar

225 South Wilmington Street
Raleigh, North Carolina United States 27601 [ print map ]
919 424 7817 | facebook | food menu | beer menu

Hours: Daily 11am-2am

Taps: 20+ | Bottles: 50+

The Busy Bee

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19 reviews for The Busy Bee
 Ambiance  80%
 Service  75%
 Selection  78%
 Food  78%
 Value  68%
 Overall  78%
 Rating  84%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 20/20
ted144  (4) | June 19, 2014
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 19/20
zizzybalubba  (72) Raleigh, 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.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 18/20
Sandor  (5) Pennsylvania | March 27, 2010
I was lucky enough to be in Raleigh when the Busy Bee was tapping Life & Limb. The staff was very friendly and engaging. It was a very relaxed, mellow environment. The loaded tater tots were a great appetizer and the Pork Osso Bucco was just awesome. I would definitely make it a point to stop here every time Iím in Raleigh.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 19/20
Rrauth  (12) North Carolina | April 24, 2012
Love the busy bee. I can always find a beer or cask Iíve never tried. It can be pricy but who cares just skip the food if your trying to be cheap. I go here for beer that I canít find on tap other places. The tater tots are nice but if you do get them go ahead and spend the extra money for a lunch meal and get the tots on the side. Itís better than just getting the side dish.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
NachlamSie  (653) 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.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
PackPride  (12) Raleigh, North Carolina | November 21, 2011
Great place to go and hangout after work or on Friday and Saturday nights. Right in the heart of Downtown Raleigh on Wilmington street sits this nice bar that has a lot of beers to choose from and really good food to go with it. If you plan on going on a Friday or Saturday night plan on waiting for a table to open up for a while, or get there really early to claim a spot. Overall the atmosphere is hopping, the bartenders are knowledgeable and the food is top notch. Great place!
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
Pivoyager  (88) Gaithersburg, Maryland | June 4, 2015
The Busy Bee was my first stop during an Easter vacation sojourn to the Tarheel capital city. The comfortable vibe hits you in the face the moment you enter; it is a small place: a single room with an average bar on the left; the ceiling is high and airy (there is a mezzanine section towards the back) with plenty of ducts and brickwork to satisfy the most picky of construction workers. The Bee offers 12 taps and one cask, along with a massive selection of bottled beer - some very $$$. My visit coincided with a recent Finch Brewing event, since there were plenty selections from this Chicago-based brewer: Pale Ale, Fascist Pig and Sobelski. Also wetting my palate: French Broad Ryehopper, something from Stone, a stout from Ashevilleís beloved Green Man, and my first try at Founderís "Blushing Monk. Excellent service, delicious grub (fish taco) and reasonable prices made this a sweet place to hang out, but not long enough to swing by Crank Arm. (See My Review.)
  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.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 15/20
Frank  (73) 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.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
Illini08  (41) Raleigh, North Carolina | July 10, 2011
One of my favorite bars in Raleigh. Only 6-10 taps or so, but theyíre always excellent. The food is incredible - the "crack tots" aka tater tots with truffle oil on them are delicious. Ambience is great with lots of exposed brick and lots of different local artists featured every month.

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