This place definitely a relaxed vibe during the week. Has a bit of dive bar beer bar feel to it. Food was solid with some Belgian touches. I thought my hamburger was tasty and tasted of burger. The tap list is split between NC and other craft. They had a nice bottle list as well with some rarities that they’re aging in their basement. It was a pretty nice evening.
One of my favorites in the area, if only because it is a real Belgian restaurant that is not too expensive and pretty authentic. Really good mussels in mega proportions. Seriously, a bucket of mussels here took me around 30 minutes to get through. 18 beers on tap- not necessarily all Belgian. Big emphasis on quality over quantity with a taplist rotation that is quick enough to warrant a chalk board rather than a printed out menu (thank god). FOLLOW THEM ON TWITTER @beeratmilltown since ratebeer won’t let me edit this place page. They don’t update facebook too often. Expect Dark Horse, Olde Hickory, Moyans, Lagunitas, Founders, Aviator, Stillwater, Duck-Rabbit, Green Flash, B. Nektar, Allagash, Foothills, and more. By far the most diverse tap list in the Chapel Hill/Carrboro area and the food and ambiance is spot on French/Belgian bistro. Food is phenomenal. A major upgrade to beer places in the area.
Second time at Milltown, this time on a glorious spring late afternoon. The interior o the bar is welcoming, with dark woods and all kinds of beer signs (some truly nice brewery-customized taps are visible too, Delirium in particular). But the real deal is to sit on the patio. The beer selection is quite fine, a mix of taps and bottles, with locals, domestics, and Belgians all represented well (though of course the emphasis is on Belgians). Food is fairly limited but generally well done, sort of midway between what you can get at Tyler’s or at The Federal in terms of quality. Nice place.
Visited in Oct 06. Kinda plain and drab look & feel (both inside and on the patio). Neat selection of beers both on tap and in bottle, definitely with a Belgian slant (which of course made me smile). Decent selection of lambics, although they were out of the Girardin. Saison Dupont on tap, other Dupont products in bottle, some Trappists (besides the usual Chimay), several De Dolle beers. Some bottles may not be very fresh, however, so you may want to choose things that are still good with some age on them. So yeah, you can easily be happy here if you’re a Belgiephile. The food was not bad, but nothing special. I would certainly go back if I visit the area again.
been several times now, like 5 tables and 2 booths as you walk in, then a few more booths before you hit the bar, L shaped bar with like 12 to 15 chairs and a narrow table with spinning round stools. Dining area has 6 or so various size table, nice big patio area with a somewhat protected area with tables and a few big picnic table outside. Inside is a little dark, but not detrimental, projection TV for sporting events. Music seemed loud. I’m an old fart though. Kind of an industrial look, but has some warm colors and some things on the wall that makes it feel friendly. Service has always been good when I’ve gone but I’m typically there when it’s not crowded so it ought to be good, So far food has always been good, I had the fish taco’s this last time and thought they were great. everything I’ve had had been done well. Big on the Belgian beers, but some NC and American micros. I had the Big Boss aces & ates this time. Wife had Highland Gaelic.
A great and very welcome addition to the constantly improving triangle beer scene. Very hip and modern atmosphere and decor. Been there both when its slow and on lively friday nights. Both enjoyable experiences. Service has always been great. Amazing selection of bottles (cantillons are present!!!) and a very good draught selection including Great Divide Hercules Double IPA, Duck Rabbit MilkStout, and Saison Dupont. Food is very good( some of the best bar food I have ever had--they have a vinagrette made with lambic and the pommes frites are delicious. Why would someone want to have Paulaner Salvator when they could have a Ayinger Celebrator?
emacgee (62) Chapel Hill, North Carolina | May 12, 2008| Updated January 23, 2012
Nice selection of Belgians and of course at Belgian prices. Hard to go in here for a night and not end up spending at the very east 20 bucks. Hercules at about 5 bucks a pint is the best deal going. Pretty nice atmosphere. One of the bar guys was kind of a douche to me when I asked for a different glass (sorry I’d prefer a tulip to a chalice and I’m going to drink my 20 dollar bottle of Achel Extra out of whatever I want). But its great to have a local Belgian beer bar.
I’ve been here a few times and been pleased with my visit each time. Their mussels are great, served in a big bucket with a variety of seasoning choices and hunks of bread. It has a Irish pub feel inside and a pretty large, partially covered outdoor patio. The patio’s nice but can get smoky. The beer selection’s quite good, hitting the Belgians heavily, then a few well-chosen local and American craft beers. They rotate the beers, so even without a "Tyler’s" sized list, there’s always something interesting to try. Great little place.
Fairly easy to find, but very difficult to find nearby parking. Try across the street at the art center. The place is somewhat small overall. They have a somewhat small but high quality draft list, comprised particularly of good belgains, including St. Bernardus and Qwak, amoung others. Food was pretty good, burgers and such. Not a lot of veggie options if that’s what you’re looking for. Definitely worth a visit, probably the best beer bar in the area.