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Tyler's Restaurant & Taproom

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

56 Ratings
Ratings: 56
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.73%
Taps: 60
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: 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

Notes:
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(Place added by: GCBrewingCo on 08-05-2005)
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Reviews by belgianjunkie:
Photo of belgianjunkie
3.9/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

A bunch of BA members went to the new, Durham location of Tyler's Taproom for the BA 9th anniversary celebration (arranged by afatty). This was also a celebration that only one week earlier, NC finally "popped the cap", finally allowing beers higher than 6% to be served. Good time at a good place.

The atmosphere is basically that of a large sports bar without the televisions. Two storey tall ceilings with visible airducts, large wooden support beams, and tile floors. Clean and not very noisy- at least for an afternoon session. A good looking, wood bar with leather sofas to the left (where we originally gathered), and the rest of the main area is filled with tables/chairs. Pretty nice bar atmosphere considering it's part of the old American Tobacco warehouse. The Speakeasy (down the hallway to the left) is similar in setting but offers billiard and dart entertainment as well. Lots of available private and on-street parking nearby, especially for a downtown area.

The service was mediocre, only because the bartender was brand-spankin' new and wasn't aware of such things like what particular glass to serve a bottled beer in (or to serve something like a hefty Three Philosophers in a glass at all- had to ask for one). She'll learn in time. But the waitstaff for lunch made up for the bartender's lack of knowledge and did a fine job.

The selection is great, as they offer approximately 50 beers on tap and plenty more in the bottles. Thanks to the new, "big beers" allowance they're already serving Chimay Red and Ommegang from the tap, Duval and Three Philosophers in the bottle, and promise that Maredsous 8 is on the way. They also feature a wide selection of craft and microbrew beers that vary with each visit (as told to me by the waitress). They also have most accompanying glassware for the beers they serve (most, though not all).

The food was better than usual for a bar restaurant. The burger I had was very tasty, as were the garlic fries that came with it. Perfect, meaty fare to go with the meaty beers I enjoyed there. All in all a great new place in the Raleigh/Durham area right next to the ballpark.

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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Photo of begforme4484
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of VncentLIFE
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Photo of fmccormi
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
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!

Photo of woolyb
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of barronkr
3.86/5  rDev -9%
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.

Photo of lalarry2001
3.48/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

Photo of NCBeernut
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Photo of devilben02
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of Bung
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of beer2day
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of Pondfish
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Photo of oldhippie247
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of unionturf
4.78/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

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Tyler's Restaurant & Taproom in Durham, NC
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