Famous place. Parking sux. Lots of construction. Try one street over, either direction. Generic office building from the outside with the ground floor abandoned. Go around the corner and youíll see the sign, enter, take stairs or elevator. Huge central bar. Nice patio. Six beer on tap plus one more on cask, flights available. Beers were decent enough. Staff were all young students of course. Clientele was students and parents. Sunday brunch was tasty. Worth a look if youíre nearby.
Top of the Hill (or Topo, as I believe itís called locally) is a large brewpub, up two floors at a crossroads, not surprisingly at the top of the hill. This being Chapel Hill, the streets were busy with students whilst in the bar there was an older crowd, presumably college staff and postgraduates above the legal drinking age. Nevertheless, it felt a bit fratty. There were 6 beers on tap and they were all rather bitter. The service was friendly though and thereís a pleasant outdoor patio with a nice view. Unfortunately we didnít test it out properly as it was snowing heavily and very cold outside.
(Visited 12 February 2014).
Went here today for lunch and was reasonably impressed with the overall place. Nice patio, good service, quite good food. Ordered a flight, and most of the beers were OK at best. There was a whiskey barrel aged stout on cask, which was quite fantastic, and the nitro porter was excellent. Bar area was meh; nothing fantastic. Iíd happily go back, but it would be more for the food than the beer, aside from the two dark options.
Went in the summer. Laid back bar area. Got a flight of average beer.
GT (672) Oceanside, California | November 21, 2011
Top of the Hill, or "Top O" as it is exclusively called by UNCers is sort of the place to be seen slash frat hangout masquerading as a brewpub. The only beer that really gets ordered is Old Well White, which is very neutral and essentially in-house brewed Blue Moon. The rest of the tap list rotates very slowly and at times they will have a nitro stout on tap. Beer is decent. Prices are higher than the rest of Franklin Street. Versus other college bars like Goodfellas or Heís Not Here, this is definitely a New York or DC bar transplanted into Chapel Hill so they "exclusive upper class" feel gets really old. The only reason this places exists is its view over Franklin Street. If you are trying to get a seat here during UNC game day, good luck. If you donít want to be overrun by drunk college kids, visit here on off peak hours or for earlier dinner. Food is decent, but unremarkable given the price. In short, not worth going to as an adult beer geek unless you are a ticking whore and must try their beers.
Cool place on the 3rd floor of a building overlooking Franklin street. Very cool bar with a great balcony. Food is good, beer not so much. Their IPA is honestly one of the worst "hoppy" beers Iíve had in a long time. Still, some of their other things were average, so not bad overall.
Well, this place is what it is. Itís a fun college bar that also happens to brew beer. Youíve got a bunch of dude/bros in their obnoxious Carolina blue (Iím a Duke fan) as well as a bunch of coeds. There were about 5 house brews on tap when I went, although it seemed like most of the clientele was drinking well drinks, BMC, and other crap. The beer is better than I expected, which is to say itís about average. Some selections were enjoyable, while others were uninteresting. I ordered a mushroom and sausage pizza, and that was pretty good. Prices are about average for the area. It gets crowded, so expect to wait for your beer, and donít expect the server to be very patient. As a final remark, not that Iím looking (getting married soon), but the tail quality here is respectable. If youíre a young guy looking to find a nice young lady for...um...pleasant conversation, this is your place. If youíre a young woman looking for a nice young guy though, youíre probably out of luck because this place is full of Carolina d-bags.
The best thing about this place is the view from balcony seating--if you can get a table. Service is always poor to average, beers are average to good, have never raved about any of the food, and clientele is the expected mix of Greek cliques, recently-graduated students who never left town, and polo and khaki-clad 40-somethings.