Tyler's Restaurant & Taproom

Not Rated.
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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Place added by: GCBrewingCo on 08-05-2005

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Reviews: 45 | Visits: 61
Reviews by wedge:
Photo of wedge
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Visited this place for some dinner and beer on a Friday night. Its located in the old Lucky Strikes factory, a very nicely renovated building with its entrance on a beautiful courtyard-like area featuring a watertower and a manmade stream. This would be a great place to sit outside in the summer and enjoy a few beers. Inside is a tall, open restaurant atmosphere - large wooden columns and beams and an exposed duct system...classy but very casual. Tasteful breweriana on the walls. We were seated immediately in a booth near the center of the room and were provided with menus and a book of the beer offerings. Very nice selection here...one page of maybe 20 seasonal brews and the rest were organized by style. Flights of five samples were also offered for $7 a piece in various groups (hoppy, dark, Belgian, Rogue, local). Good food menu too: tasty, large portions, and reasonable prices.

There is another room in the back, the Speakeasy, that seems to be more of a bar-like atmosphere...pool tables, big tv, comfortable couches, and the same tap line-up.

I liked this place a lot. Fifty or sixty quality taps, good food, enjoyable location...what's not to love? (1,173 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of Morockm
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of GoldenArms
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of Macsimus
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of jak
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of MANix73
5/5  rDev +18.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of MrAlthea
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of woodchip
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Halfbrother83
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Shawn25
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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)

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