Great bar in Carborro, NC. The food is great (garlic fries....yum) and the draught beer selection is great (no BMC and always has 60 minute). My only complaint is the size, usually the bar is very packed and people are standing everywhere and it proves hard for you to get to the bathroom or for the wait-staff to get by etc.
JCB (275) Durham, North Carolina | January 3, 2009| Updated December 16, 2011
Been to the original location a bunch of times over the years, and it always manages to deliver the goods in terms of quality tap selections. Food is usually better than average pub fare, and - even if itís not a food destination - itíll satisfy. But itís the range of taps one visits for, with an extensive selection of US craft, locals, and a decent range of imports. With the other branches in the area, this one now seems on the small side but itís still a goodern.
Visited a few years back, a pretty solid restaurant with a pretty good beer list.
emacgee (62) Chapel Hill, North Carolina | September 18, 2008
Nice location. Has a good selection compared to most other bars. Tends to be kind of repetitive and keeps a pretty steady basic menu. The rotationals are nice but not as good as the Durham location, although we do get a few nice ones. Food is alright.
Very cool bar just across the city line from Chapel Hill. Smaller than their pub in Durham. Food is beter than the Durham location, but beer selction is a bit smaller (30ish taps). I had a French Broad Brewing Oktoberfest, an Avery Hog Heaven Barleywine, and a Chimay Blanche all on tap and in their own glassware. Service was decent. Defintiely worth a vist.
Megan (17) Durham, North Carolina | October 10, 2005
An Institution for the NC beer scene. Much smaller than the Durham location. When you come in from the Main St side, as you can also from the Speakeasy, the bar is on the left and the restaurant on the right. The bar is J shaped with wood and copper top a fancy wood & mirror hutch type thing behind the bar that holds the glasses and some other things. A small couch area beyond the bar. Good Pub grub, nightly special are usually good. Garlic fries can be really garlicy, but Iíve had some dud batches too. 3 TVís in bar area. Solid tap selection that usually has a couple local selections. They try to do the proper glassware. Families come here on a regular basis, bit of a hippy clientele, students and beer geeks. Gets loud at peak times and you will have to wait.
Right in the middle of this little gem of a town called Carrboro which is about 1.5 miles from Chapel Hill. Went during the summer so it was as crowded as it must get during the school year. Relaxed intimate interior that was reinforced by the friendly staff. Draft offerings are a nice mix of local and regional craft offerings as well as some national brews as well. Food was straightforward and flavorful and everything was reasonable prized. Maybe not as overwhelming as the Durham or Raleigh locations but works nicely as a neighborhood hangout.
Smaller than the Durham version but with a bigger food menu. Tap selection isnít huge but itís all quality. Non-smoking. More of a dinner and a beer type of bar than a hang out and get drunk bar. Definitely worth a trip if youíre in the area. Bartenders seem to be knowledgable. Last time I went they basically had one generic chalice type glass for Belgian stuff but everything else was served in a proper glass.