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Tyler's Restaurant & Taproom

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Tyler's Restaurant & TaproomTyler's Restaurant & Taproom
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

45 Reviews
Reviews: 45
Visits: 61
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: n/a
Taps: 60
Bottles: --
Cask: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

324 Blackwell St
Ste 400
Durham, North Carolina, 27701-3600
United States
phone: (919) 433-0345

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @tylerstaproom

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Reviews: 45 | Visits: 61
Photo of begforme4484
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

The atmosphere was nice and laid back. TVs showing various sports all around the bar area.

Quality was above average, I enjoyed everything I had there.

Service was really good. Orders were taken in a timely manner and the food/apps came out quick. Beer turnaround was also fairly quick, which is very nice.

The selection was great beer-wise. There were too many taps for me to count, and I had zero trouble finding something I've never had for my first. If you cannot find something you like on tap here, there is something wrong with you, lol.

Food was good, not great, but I enjoyed it. Afterall I did not come here for the food anyways.

If you're in the area stop by one of the 4(I think), you won't be disappointed. (724 characters)

Photo of VncentLIFE
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Definitely the little brother, but they get all the bigger beers. Apex gets more Founders, but the Durham incarnation has the best pint nights. FBS, Duvel Single, etc. The food is Tylers, dcently priced decent food. The beer can get pricey if youre not careful. The first pint night I went to (Duvel) was 15 dollars for the beer and glass.

They have the best selection around, only competing with Milltown and the other Tylers. about 40 taps between the bar and speakeasy. Located in the Tobacco district in Durham, right next to the Durham Bulls' field. (556 characters)

Photo of fmccormi
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

This is an awesome location of Tyler's. The tobacco warehouses by the ballpark offer some interesting venues for all of the different offices, restaurants, stores and other spaces inside them, and Tyler's is a great fit for them.

Things are spacious and well-lit enough, though the flipside of the tobacco warehouse coin is that things are a bit oddly arranged. Even so, the atmosphere is just fine and there's plenty of good outdoor seating if you prefer.

Service is fine. Not exceptional, but nothing bad about it, either. Never had any problems, so for that I'd say it's just above average.

Selection is pretty fantastic . . . this says they've got about 50 taps, which I believe, and they've got an interestingly wide-ranging bottle selection, including some gluten-free Green's for those of you who are intolerant. They get some limited distribution and short-run beers, too, which is great. I clearly recall having Brooklyn Blunderbuss Old Ale there, for example, and was very disappointed when I couldn't be there for a DFH-Randall night. They also have a lot of regional and local beer, like Fullsteam, which I think is great.

Food and price are in the same boat: both are pretty good. It's not dirt-cheap and they don't usually have great specials or anything, but it's definitely reasonable. Food is definitely good though. Not super-refined gastropub type fare, but very tasty, and of the "bar" variety: sandwiches, chili, burgers, fries, nachos, but also some nice, big salads, too.

Tyler's in the tobacco warehouses is awesome. Go there, and keep an eye out for anything special events they might have going on! (1,634 characters)

Photo of woolyb
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Located in an old tobacco factory/warehouse, with very high ceilings and exposed brick walls. There are two indoor areas, plus an outdoor beer garden which was made after NC banned smoking inside bars/restaurants. The far-side indoor section is more of a sportsbar atmosphere, with pool tables, video games, and several TVs...along with a bar along the wall.
The primary dining side has ample seating and is dimly lit, creating a nice, relaxed atmosphere. On a busy night (like a Durham Bulls game, or DPAC show) expect to wait to be seated. During the spring/summer Tyler's will have a large grill outside for quick burgers and sausages, plus a few choice beers. Best outdoor dining in durham, with views of man-made river and old Lucky Strike watertower.

The beer selection here is the best in the area...locals, regionals, seasonals, state-exclusives..it is all here. Extensive tap list, with all their drinks listed in a (usually) up-to-date large book. Beers on the list are separated by style for easy browsing. Seasonals and special selections even have their own section in the black book. Also, weekly pint nights. Large bottle selection, well beyond the typical restaurant selection

the food here is ok...upscale bar food, using some locally sourced items. The occasional chef's specials are good and sometimes creative, but the real reason for visiting is always the beer. (1,385 characters)

Photo of barronkr
3.86/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

Location is the old tobacco factory, so I'm told, with high-ceiling brick walls and no televisions. Nice, convenient location. Visited after seeing a show at the DPAC.

Beer selection and quality were good, especially considering the reasonable prices. Nice selection of local and national beers; very good seasonal menu with >15 seasonal choices. I drank a Duck Rabbit Barleywine and a DF Head Palo Santo Marron, both reasonably priced.

Didn't try the food.

Overall good quality and good selection, check it out. (521 characters)

Photo of lalarry2001
3.48/5  rDev -17.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 5 | food: 1

Great Beer Selection, served in the appropriate glass. Awful frozen, pre-cooked food. Some of the bartenders are very knowledge some, not so much. The wide selection of beers is second to none in the area. Not a great place to watch sports. Outside bar is nice. Some really great local and Belgian beers. The pint nights are really nice, with a keep the glass promo. The burgers seem to be not fresh.zels are the best thing on the food menu. Management is not real friendly, and the wait staff is like a fast food place. (520 characters)

Photo of NCBeernut
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

This is my favorite place to go for beer. Most of the beer they serve is on tap, and the selection is outstanding. Plenty of local beer, lots of rotating taps, and occasional cask events. I always see new stuff here. I have seen bars with a bigger selection, but this beer menu is very well selected. That deserves extra points. Tap lines seem to be clean, and proper glassware is used. The service is outstanding. On my last trip, my server had several tables and still took time to talk beer with me. I found him to have BA level knowledge of his products. The food is pretty damn good - DO NOT pass up the garlic fries. I only gave the food a 4 because I would only give a 5 to the best food I have ever had. You won't be disappointed though no matter what you pick. (769 characters)

Photo of devilben02
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

The Durham location of Tyler's has become a haven for craft beer drinkers in a terrific location near the ballpark and performing arts center. The converted warehouse is decorated as somewhat of an old-time saloon with its big wooden columns and various logo bar mirrors, and the rear bar area has plenty of pool tables, foosball, and TVs to make this a great casual hangout. The food is well done, showcasing a variety of tasty variations on typical American bar food.

All of that aside, the beer is the showcase. Any place that has a leather-bound drink menu that devotes all but the last two pages to beer is off to a good start. There are a ton of taps ranging from Belgians to Germans, from east-coast to west-coast, and from local favorites to uncommon selections that aren't found in many places around here. I rarely get past the first page of seasonals and specials, though, which always seems to have a nice assortment of unique selections (including limited releases such as Stone Vertical Epic and Brooklyn Brewmaster Reserve).

Overall, this is a great place for dinner before the theater or a ballgame, drinks after work, or even just a casual family lunch on the weekends. (1,188 characters)

Photo of Bung
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Wandered down after the World Beer Festival. This old tobacco area was fairly interesting, far enough away from the University to not be a "college" bar, take from that what you wish. Don't even bother with the front of the place, other than the bar. Different taps in the front, the rear bar and outside. Real large selection, more interesting things than the Saucers and Mushrooms I've been to lately. Burton Baton, 09/09/09, Depth Charge all on draft. Nice selection of bottles but I didn't have to venture their. I've never seen Kuhnhen outside of Michigan, it was at the outside taps. Fourth Dimentia, one of the best old ales in the country, Big points. Tons of games and enough tv's and seating in the back. Great place to entertain yourselves. Could talk here as well, but the front bar or outside would be better for purely talking purposes. A read several reviews that made my expectations not real high and this place definetely over delivered. Service was all right, not necessarily knowledgeable, but adequate. Food was adequate as well. Didn't look like there was anything else of any substance in Durham, so just stop here. (1,138 characters)

Photo of beer2day
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Located in the American Tobacco Project very close to the Durham Bulls Stadium.

Two large bar areas with 50+ quality taps available. Large list of quality bottles as well. Lots of wood and brick make for a noisy time. Mostly booth seating with some large tables. Very nice large outside seating area with seats in the sun and under cover. Plans to convert some of this space into a beer garten.

Suprisingly family friendly with lots of kids present on the weekends during the day (wikki stix handed out to each kid).

All beers served in their appropriate glass. Beers are well presented in a large notebook. Fodd menu is not deep, but everything is well put together and tastes good.

2 tc's out front, but large back bar area for game watching.

Great palce for a beer. Seasonal list changes often. (807 characters)

Photo of Pondfish
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

this place is in a converted factory in the Lucky Strike tobacco complex in downtown Durham, brick on the walls and cavernous interior. very high and open ceilings make it a bit noisy when the place is cranking but the energy level is uplifting. very long bar faces the 60+ beer taps and the selection is outstanding while the prices put a smile on your face. the beer menu is most helpful. food is southern recipes (first time I had fried pickles) and very well prepared. this is on my must visit list when back in the area on business. (537 characters)

Photo of oldhippie247
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I was lucky enough to be employed at Tyler's Durham location during the summer months before it actually opened and for a brief time thereafter (before relocating to Charlotte). It just so happened that Pop The Cap was passed during that time, putting me in one of the best positions around. I try to get back to Tyler's every time I'm in town (which isn't as often as I'd like), just to see what's new on the approximately 50 taps. For selection there's only The Flying Saucer for comparison, but you don't have to suffer the smoke and noise at Tyler's. My latest visit left me with the same conclusion I'd developed years ago:

Tyler's is the best place to drink beer in Durham. (680 characters)

Photo of unionturf
4.78/5  rDev +13%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Me and a friend visited Tyler's on a recent weekend beer tour in the area.

We hit Tyler's around 1pm and stayed for several brews. I ordered the nachos and they were very good!! Our bartender (I wish I remembered her name) was great!! Very knowledgeable on her beers and was more than happy to provide free samples.

I really wish we could have a Tylers in Charlotte, it's the first bar I have ever visited that I received the beer I ordered in the glass made by the brewer.

Loved it and can't wait to go back. (513 characters)

Photo of CampusCrew
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Great place. Our bartender was great we stayed there half the day and sampled about 20 beers each. Heidi was her name, but she came to any name we threw out. Carrie, Helga etc.... She was knowledgable and put on a great show.

atmosphere - great and love the location and area. It's a new bar but its done well. Rustic and charming.

quality- Food and beer was top notch

service- well our service was perfect and it looked like an efficeint bar overall

selection- Gosh they had like 80 plus on tap with no american macros at all.

food- we didn't eat much there but it looked great and the menu was creative.

value- very good

Actually one of the best bars I have been too. (677 characters)

Photo of jimbotrost
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Stopped in before nad after the World Beer Festival in Durham. As it is noted, the place is across the street in an old tobacco warehouse area. The big brick structure welcomes you to the facility, it is big and open there are actually 2 bars dispensing many many drafts. If I wasn't drinking, I could have counted, many hard to get and even some obscure drafts were pouring that weekend due to the festival. After the festival, place was too busy too get a drink in but previously beer was served well, and tasted well taken care of. (534 characters)

Photo of smerkinb
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Spent a few hours at Tyler's before the ballgame on Friday. The atmosphere is renovated industrial--really tall ceilings, wood panelling, exposed brick, and with a great outdoor seating area. There is a dining room, and the "speakeasy" which is just a bar area. All taps available on both sides. The speakeasy had a bunch of pool tables, a few foozball tables, some nice seating areas with leather couches, a couple of tvs, small standing only mini bars and a few scattered tables. The outdoor area looks out on a nice lawn with a designed stream running through it. Once I got up to the bar, the atmosphere was forgotten. Over 40 taps! I had lloked at the menu online before heading over, so I was mostly prepared. I was really impressed with their rotating selection. There were local breweries featured right alongside the more popular craft beers. The staff seemed knowledgable and very professional. One let my friend sample 4 beers and gave suggestions of similiar beers when he told her a few he enjoyed. Each beer was served in a glass from the brewery as mentioned by other reviewers, with the exceptions (some of the small local breweries which I assume do not have their own glassware) served in house pint glasses. Even though this place is about 25 minutes from me, I look forward to spending a night there about once a month. It was a great experience all around. (1,377 characters)

Photo of Strix
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I was pretty happy here. About 50 beers on tap, and a ton more in bottles, and many of them are quality brews. I had the Rogue Locker Stock, which turned out to be Yellow Snow Ale (aka. Juniper Ale). One side is set up as a restaurant, and the other side is set up with pool tables and foosball tables. My burger tasted great and the waitress was attentive and seemed pretty knowledgeable about beer. Food came quick - we were there during a baseball game and the place was fairly empty. Another fun thing was that they served all the beer in glasses with the brewery's logo on it. I will definitely be back. (608 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

My first time visiting Tyler's I had been looking forward to it for some time,located close to the Durham Bulls stadium it was a little hectic downtown with a 7:30 game about to start but we managed a good free parking spot.The place was just absolutely packed with people getting in some pre drinkin and dinner before the game,the very long bar had to open spots on the end that we grabbed.Seeing the taps go from one end of the bar to the other was an awesome site and the fact they have a Brooklyn Brewery account as well as the Rogue John's Locker stock tap something I missed having again down here was great as well.I had a Brooklynator Doppelbock as well as Tommyknocker Impy Brown,and Rogue Yellow Snow ale, my wife had an Ephimere.The fried pickles were the best I have had not overly salty and or mushy,we also had the brewers pretzels wich were good as well.After being over in the Triangle and seeing places like Tylers thriving it makes me wonder why Greensboro doesnt even try to get better beer bars in town. (1,023 characters)

Photo of cvstrickland
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Tyler's is close by the DBAP (Durham Bulls Athletic Park) and features a full-service bar with fantastic selections, wonderfully-friendly and attentive service, and a glass for each beer on the menu.

The food is pretty kickass, too. Deep-fried pretzels?! Holy cats!!! Nice Reuben sammich... fried crab bites (a touch oily) go perfectly with a dry-ass draft Gaffel.

Trained beer staff know about what they serve and what they personally like, and know well how to support serious beer drinkers and the Coors Light crowd alike, offering food and keeping water glasses full throughout the thirsty session that befell us. Can't say enough about the quality of service, even when the bar got pretty busy. If you're lucky enough to have Tony fill your glass, he's a real old-time pro, and you'll enjoy your visit even more, no doubt.

Great place to be when the Durham Bulls are NOT playing at home, as it gets loud and crowded with raucous drunkasses from the tailgating crew before and after the game.

Friendly, competent, and fun, this is one outstanding little pub. Only thing I can think of that might make it better is if it was next door to my house! (1,156 characters)

Photo of mantupeht
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Great place, especially considering it is right by the Durham Bulls ballpark - whih is when I enjoy this joint.

A - Busy, but not packed since there is plenty of space. The restaurant bar area could get cramped, but the Speakeasy in back is nice and open with TVs and pool tables. Great outdoor seating when the weather is nice.

Q - Lots of great beers and a big selection of rotating features. More detail below in the other categories

S - Never head a problem having to wait too long for anything here. Maybe it is the time I have arrived, but I have been seated and served fairly quickly usually

S - Huge beer list - dozens - and, like I said, lots of rotating features. Menu is divided up into types of beer, which is helpful. It's fun to look at all the tap handles and wing it based on that

F - Burgers are fantastic, as is the french dip and pulled pork. Garlic fries are excellent

V - Food is reasonably priced - $7-$14 for most items. Beer is reasonable also, many good selections at $4 or less a pint. Only drawback is after games when it is more crowded, I think they resort to smaller plastic cups rather than glasses (1,135 characters)

Photo of spencerchristie
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Tyler's Taproom is a great place to hang out in Durham. I was in Durham for a wedding and was left on my own to wander around town. I was told that Tyler's would be a nice place to sit down, grab a few drinks and some food. While it wasn't the greatest burger, the beer selection and service were wonderful.

It was hot (90's) and I was in the mood for some Hefeweizen's so I sampled both the Pyramid Hefeweizen (CO) as well as a German Hefeweizen. Both beers were brought out within 5 minutes in the appropriate glasses. Just for talking a little bit about local beers with the waitress, she brought me a few samples to try.

On a warm day, it was nice to be able to choose between the air conditioned restaurant or to sit outside by the running creek (man-made in the middle of a plaza). Great location, great selection of beers, knowledgeable waitstaff and good service. Well worth a visit. (893 characters)

Photo of GJ40
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Downtown Durham isn't much to speak of but the Durham Bulls stadium and the complex next door (where Tyler's is located) are fantastic. We stopped in for dinner before seeing my previously local Pawsox come in to play Durham.

Tyler's Durham location is in a spectacular old warehouse / mill building with high ceilings, exposed brink, huge wooden beams and a wooden plank ceiling. It's been renovated nicely and remains very authentic. The large front room has lots of tables and a bar with all of the taps behind it. But there's also a back room with pool tables and more of a bar atmosphere. This place couldn't have been done any better.

Like each of the Tyler's locations, the beer is outstanding. They've got to have at least 40 on tap and lots more in the bottle. While there are places that offer even more, just about every beer at Tyler's is great. Whoever does the buying for them is very good. The lineup includes a wide variety of American beers and loads of Belgians. Some of our favorites include Green Flash West Coast IPA, Rogue Imperial IPA and Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA.

Also like each of the Tyler's locations, the food is good and consistent. It's not the reason you should go but it stands up well. The portions on the nachos and salad were pretty impressive.

I've now been to all three Tyler's locations and while I really like something about each one, this might just be my favorite. If you love beer, you'll love Tyler's. (1,451 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Stopped here after a Durham game against the Toledo Mudhens. This was conveniently located between the stadium and our car, and we noticed the Chimay and Delirium beer umbrellas which drew us like flies to to a zapper.

There were about 40 taps, mostly craft beers. Some representative breweries I saw: Duck Rabbit, Ommegang, Rogue, Terrapin, Brooklyn, Weihenstephaner, Bell's, Victory, DogfishHead, etc. One nice option is a flite, where you get 4 sampler glasses (about 4-5oz) for one price. The drawback is that the 4 beers are taken from a pre-made list (you can't choose just anything).

The food was good (based on the NC BBQ ribs and garlic fries I had), the atmosphere was good (40% laid out as a restaurant with tables, 20% as a bar with stools, and another 40% in back laid out as another bar with pool tables and whatnot). If you're in town this place is a no-brainer. (879 characters)

Photo of jbphoto88
4.4/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

This location not only had some great micro brews but also have a lot of local brewing talent. Tyler's is designed in a minimalist style that revolves around beer art and signage. Nothing here really distracts from the beer which is the prominent feature. However there are other attributes like food and pool if you look for them. There are 30+ craft beers and a comprehensive, up to date beverage menu. A little pricy for the beer, but they dispense high dollar brews that would cost more in the store anyway when compared to your regular macro products.

Great place. Very clean and simple place with a lot of great brews. Oh yeah and ever beer is poured into its appropriate glass. AWESOME! (694 characters)

Photo of wagenvolks
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

The girlfriend and I decided to try Tyler's Taproom after seeing what a marvelous selection of (NC) rare brews on-tap.

We went at around 2:00 in the afternoon on a sunday, so the atmosphere was a bit skewed. Still, with its tall ceilings and abundant craft-beer paraphenalia, I felt right at home. The waitstaff was friendly, and fairly knowledgeable about their beer.

Selection was amazing. Although it wasn't the most extensive I've seen in North Carolina (try Flying Saucer), it did have some uber-rare beers on tap (Kuhnhenn's Fourth Dementia, Rogue Hop Heaven 2007, etc...). The food was good, nothing truly exceptional, but if I lived in Durham I'd consider stopping by just to eat. The only problem I had w/ Tyler's is that everything was a bit too pricey. As a one-time deal, no doubt it's excellent. But making a habit out of visiting this pub is probably out of my price range. (890 characters)

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Tyler's Restaurant & Taproom in Durham, NC
94 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.