My second favorite local. Superb selection of beverages - locals, seasonals, Belgians, etc. Really nothing to complain about in that department. But the ambiance is a little bit sketchy (big booming ceilings and weird light), the service a bit uneven (nasty hostess!), and the food merely passable. Still, order up some tricolor chips and the latest Brooklyn or Duck Rabbit seasonal, and enjoy!
Met up with JCB prior to the Durham WBF for a few pints and a trade. Jason recommended it, and it was awesome! Excellent selection of taps and bottles. Good food, esp. their potato chips, which are made on site. Waiter had a very solid knowlege and passion for beer. Some may not care for the style of the Tobacco Historic District, but it suits me just fine.
ross (59) weddington, North Carolina | August 19, 2006
Went there last night, expecting alot more than what I got. Didnt eat the food, so I cannot comment on that. They had alot of taps, but nothing outstanding. Some local beers, the usual taps, and a few specialtys. I would go there again,but with lower expectations than I had. There was alot of people there, but yeah - usual beers. They did have rogue’s imperial porter, which was pretty good, as well as a couple of allagash beers. Next time I will go to Milltown.
OldGrowth (204) the Containment Area, North Carolina | June 3, 2006| Updated June 10, 2006
Visited Durham location 5/31/06. Wife and I stopped by for lunch. Nice place, Industrial warehouse redone into retail space I assume. Brick & wood interior, High ceilings. about a 12 seat bar with tables & booths inside and tables outside as well. They have a second room in back that has pool table and a couple video games that stays open later than the rest of the place. Was slow when we were there, but it was lunch time and I don’t think there was a game that day, Durham Bulls, so. I had a Carlolina Maibock, New South IPA (nitro) and a North Coast Red Seal pale ale. Nice mix of Carolina beer and national distributed beer (North Coast, Avery, Sierra Nevada, some belgians too, but I didn’t write down the tap list) Good service from bartender and he answered question wife & I about the area. Typical pub grub, burgers, chicken, sandwiches, cheese covered things. Addresed kind of fooled us as on Durham street you won’t see it, but that’s because of the shop in the courtyard area all have #’s but not necceasarily a door to Blackwell. Overall very nice place and would go back many times if I lived in the area
I spent the night in Durham on business, and had dinner here on a Friday night. It was busy, and I ate at the bar. Great selction of beer on tap, and the bartender was helpful, knowledgeable, and friendly. Food was pretty decent. I’ll defintely return the next time I’m in Durham.
brownaler (5) Alexandria, Virginia | October 13, 2005| Updated October 18, 2005
This place is great. Much more open than the Carrboro Tyler’s. There are many things that I prefer here over the Flying Saucer. For instance, all of the beers have their own serving glass, the food here is much better, and they focus on the quality of their selection rather than the quantity. I mean if you go to a bar that specializes in beer you shouldn’t expect fucking Bud Light to be on draft. My only hang up is the price, but if you aren’t hurting for cash, I’d say this is the place to go for beer.
Magjayran (22) Durham, North Carolina | August 31, 2005| Updated March 2, 2009
It’s a nice spacious restaurant with tons of taps and a good bottle selection to boot. The service is friendly but far from knowledgable. The food tastes great. The problem is Tyler’s is extremely overpriced. The $9 burgers are good but not $9 good. I understand that Chimay kegs are expensive but for the the rest of their selection, charging $.50 to $1.50 more per pint than all of their competition keeps me away unless I want to try something special.
Great place. Located in downtown Durham next to the Durham Bulls stadium. >50 beers on tap. All of them imports or microbrews. Many North Carolina local brews. Food is okay. Service good. Did I mention all the tap beers? Pint night is Wednesday; you buy the beer and get the brewery’s pint glass. Lots of outdoor seating with good people watching.