I had such a great time making new friends at the Raleigh Times that I didn’t have time to take any notes. It was very busy with people not put off by the snow which had crippled the road system earlier in the day (and a few who had left the office early and decided to stay overnight in town). Greg the owner and his skeleton staff of four people did a sterling job of keeping everyone happy and there was a fun buzz to the place. I expect this isn’t unusual here - my impression was of a old lovely place with three rooms, interesting decor and a pretty good beer list.
(Visited 12 February 2014).
Enjoyably designed, multi-roomed bar that is gradually expanding through the old offices of the newspaper for which it is named. An extraordinarily classy place in a downmarket kind of way. Some highly unusual beers though can be at a price. A quiality act.
We stopped in on a late Saturday afternoon before the town’s Guy Fawkes Festival. It’s a pretty big place- three downstairs rooms that each had their own full bar and an upstairs room with a bar and a nice outdoor deck on the roof. We only had some appetizers but they were tasty and three of them fed the four of us well. Solid tap lineup offered both local and far reaching beers. I stayed local with some Mother Earth and Foothills offerings. Prices seemed very reasonable. The bottle list was pretty expansive and organized by style on their menu. Our server wasn’t the most attentive guy and the place wasn’t all that busy, but then he took off a couple of our beers for the long wait- so I have to assume we just experienced a fluke. The interior is a mix of polished refinement and half restored/demo’d finishes. The exposed brick was nice, the broken drywall was weird, but it all kind of worked so it didn’t bother me. Was really happy with our time here and will seek it out again my next time in Raleigh.
JCB (293) Durham, North Carolina | September 25, 2010
Multiple visits, figured it was time to rate. Great space in the old newspaper building for which the bar’s named. Only problem is that the acoustic is pretty live so noise can be a problem. Nice tiled floor, dark wood, very pleasing to the eye. The food is quite nice too, maybe just a shade too much on the "bar food" side of things on occasion (though if you can get any of The Pit’s ’cue it’s a must). Bottle selection is pretty extensive, tending towards the Belgian side of things, with a pretty decent range of sours, and some nice U.S. and German offerings too. Bottle prices are considerably marked up, and I’ve consequently never ordered one. The tap selection has suffered of late, though, which is why I can only give it an 11 in this category. Overall, though, one of downtown Raleigh’s better spots.
Strebs (221) St. Louis, Missouri | June 24, 2012| Updated March 24, 2013
I really like the "shabby-chic" interior and the vibe of the Raleigh Times. The food was great, but overpriced, which is the main issue that I have with the place. It is inexcusably the most expensive American beer bar that I’ve ever been in. That it packs them in is a tribute to the "see and be seen" factor.
Suttree (221) Knoxville, Tennessee | April 29, 2008| Updated March 21, 2014
Walked here from our hotel on the Friday before the WBF. We liked the place immediately - the old building is cool and has lots of character. The Bartender was fairly knowledgeable, and when he discovered I was a beer geek, he found a few not on the menu items. Plus, Expedition on draft...
OldGrowth (204) the Containment Area, North Carolina | October 27, 2008| Updated October 28, 2012
Finally visited after being down here a couple years now. Two halves, one smoking one not, lots of exposed brick, rough concrete. Non smoking half is the original side, they took over a store front next door and expanded. Bar on non smoking is J shaped with a little bump out in the middle for bartenders, about 20 or so seats, looked about same size in smoking. Tables on sidewalk too. There’s a side room off of the non smoking side that looks like it accommodate small groups. Service was good, maybe a tad slow, but it was almost full on a Saturday afternoon, 6 drafts, when I was there it was Troubadour Obscura, Pabst, Brooklyn reserve, Jolly Pumpkin Calabaza Blanca, Gaffel grolsch, Big Boss Harvest. Ok prices on drafts, bottles get pricey. Food was good, not great, My fish & chips were a tad soggy, not falling apart, but not crisp. They do have a couple vegetarian options. Little high on the food prices too. Love the feel of the place, gives you the city feel most places don’t in the area. now non smoking through out, have moved into another section of the building so three sections now, plus a roof deck
Visited here on a lazy Sunday afternoon right after hitting busy bee. This was much busier, slightly surprisingly, but I don’t know the Raleigh scene so well. Also had a slightly more eclectic tap selection (though it really could have just been the luck of the draw on this particular day). Bartender was friendly and helpful which I appreciated. Would probably be a regular if I lived in Raleigh.
This is a nice venue in a really interesting old building with numerous areas to sit inside and outside, upstairs and downstairs. We had a couple of beers from their selection of about 20 taps but no food so can’t comment on that. Service was ok and all up a nice place for a session,
Stopped in with JCB, emagee and OldStyleCubFan. We had good service and the food was good (the Cuban I had was good, and the pork nachos rocked!) Good beer selection. Gets a bit cramped. Our server knew his beer very well.