The Raleigh Times Bar
Taps: 6 / Bottles: 92
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 33 | Reviews: 26 | Show All Ratings:
2.98/5 rDev -25.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
A - It's a cool place -- an old newspaper office turned into a bar. They print their menus on paper as if it was a newspaper.
Serv - I've had good and not so good service here. Bartenders have been pretty good. Knowledgeable and friendly. Waiters have been hit or miss. Some are attentive and nice while others have been more interested in their own drinking. Not fun. As long as you get a good waiter things are smooth.
Sel - Not bad, but not as much as I'd like. While most beers do fall on the craft side (+1) there are just a few available on tap.
F - A bit better than normal bar food but not by a whole lot. If you are wanting a dinner there are better places around the area.
05-07-2012 03:33:39 | More by SteveMi
4.2/5 rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Depending on when you go, this restaurant/bar can have quite a different vibe. During the weekdays and weekend evenings it is mostly a hipster and beer nerd type or crowd while during the day on the weekends you get a lot more of the family crowd. The music playing is usually indie and the waitstaff tend to be 20-something hipsters. The music is generally not that loud and you can carry on a conversation at a comfortable volume. If that is not your scene, you might not enjoy the place.
There is not a ton a seating in the place and it can feel very crowded, I enjoy it best during the spring/summer/fall when you can sit outside and it feels less confining.
The food menu changes up seasonally but most items I have sampled are quite good - I have been to this place numerous times and cannot remember an occasion where the food has disappointed me. One menu item I would recommend, especially if you have never tried them, is the fried pickles - this is the South, everything is available fried.
There is not a huge draft list at the Raleigh Times but the drafts they have are usually solid - the drafts change pretty regularly. They have a decent bottle list that often features a number of saison, sour, and lambic styles of beer. Again, if your expectation is that this is going to be as good as some of the top places in NYC you might be disappointed (remember that NC has only relaxed the ABV regulations in the last couple of years and this is an emerging scene).
01-20-2012 15:33:11 | More by dbrauneis
3.78/5 rDev -6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$$
I thought this was something going to be close to, if not the same as, a beer bar like The Blind Tiger in NYC or The Brewer's Art in Balty but no, not at all. To clarify, I mean I thought it would be this place that oozed off, not just "hipster" but a localized setting in a place that permeated a natural, beer drinking vibe. Instead it Saturday and more ma-n-pa families and drinkers (dare I say hipsters) than beer drinkers. And the food was OK, but $9 for a small plate of cheese fries? Beer prices and menu are the same - you're paying A-list prices for a beer menu that is aggravatingly disappointing. At first glance this place has a rather large selection of sour ales/lambics and a diverse listing of beers. Then you realize that it's all B-grade beers (seriously, most of those beers have a solid B (not a B+) grade on BA) but you're paying top notch prices. As for the draft list and rotating list it is a letdown. Don't get me wrong, enjoyed my time here and the server was nice and very attentive, but this is more of a pop in for one beer and a quick bite place than a beer bar you lounge out for a few hours.
12-20-2011 22:33:47 | More by clayrock81
4.03/5 rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Stopped by on a recent trip to Raleigh - liked it so much, I came back for lunch the next day!
Raleigh times is a bar in downtown that covers three rooms and had some sidewalk seating as well. Two bars, thankfully all non-smoking now. Lots of brick, very typical old south. I think my perception may be enhanced by a Friday night visit, but the place was hoppin yet I didn't have to wait for a table, the best of both worlds. A couple of tvs at the bar to watch sports, but mostly just a simple, dim-lit bar/dining area mix.
The choices of beer was a bit of a let-down - yes, the choices are largely quality, and there are some pretty ridiculous bottles on the menu. However, for a state filled with dozens of craft breweries, I was let down by the local selection. Only one of the taps was a NC product, though I guess that's still almost 17% ;-) Heavy on the Belgians and Germans, which I can always appreciate. So, heavy on quality, even if no thte widest of selections
Our service on both trips was good, even on the busy Friday night - which was perfect, as I had just been explaining to someone what I think differentiates the good beer bars: service. Any bar who serves as a team and doesn't *just* serve their tables gets high regards from me.
Food was a bit above average - had 2 different sandwiches, both were good enough for me. Value wise, I found the place to be pretty reasonable. Dinner plates in the $8-10 range and acceptable quality at that price point. Sure, the Shaerbeekse Kriek may be $40, but its gonna run at least $30 in stores.. overall, a solid beer bar, and I imagine it's one of the best in Raleigh
10-04-2011 20:16:55 | More by jophish17
3.33/5 rDev -17.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
A- The bar eminates what they call hipsterdom, both in the other clinetele and workers. Indie music on the radio. Not my cup of tea but maybe it's yours.
Q- Beers were served properly and my IPA seemed somewhat fresh.
Ser- Both of the times I've been here, it's been hard to get service at the outdoor seating. Maybe indoors is better, but I have not a particularly good service experience here.
Sel- Lots of bottles, but their tap selection was a bit underwhelming.
A bit more pricy than some other places in the area where one can get a better selection of taps and service.
05-27-2011 07:41:14 | More by jsprain1
3.88/5 rDev -3.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
Arrived on a weekend, just after 8pm. Crowded and just got more so. Crowd seems to consist of some beer geeks, but I saw an awful lot of non-beer drinkers here (lots of mixed drinks). Thankfully, that did not slow service down too much.
Barstaff was very attentive and knew their stuff. Tap selection was small, but good. Bottle list was very nice. Being primarily a fan of sours and Belgians, I was quite happy. The bad news is, most of the bottles are way too over-priced. About one and a half to twice what you would pay at the package store. While it is nice to see Cantillon on the menu, I won't be paying 32.00 for it. There were better values to be found. I paid 14.00 for a Drie Fontainen Kriek. That's acceptable.
After a couple of hours, the crowd was unbearable. Might be a good place to visit on a weeknight for a bottle or two, but definately not a weekend hangout
02-22-2011 20:12:35 | More by Onibubba
3.63/5 rDev -9.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$
I admit I'm a draft beer guy, so my scores here are going to be on the low side.
Very quirky atmosphere. Folks here from all walks of life. Given the location, I was a bit surprised at the diversity. Several different "rooms" with vastly different feels. Bar area is nice, other parts not so much. A few sidewalk tables for outside seating.
Service was pretty good, considering the crowd and the number of servers working.
Draft selection was underwhelming. Bottle selection is exceptional, especially Belgians and other EU beers. Food was also top notch, not your average bar food.
10-13-2010 01:39:28 | More by beer2day
4.13/5 rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
This place is somewhat polarizing amongst Raleighites, but I'm definitely in the love it camp. There is usually indie rock playing, and the staff is largely comprised of hipsters so if either of those is a deal breaker then this place probably won't be your cup of tea. The service is typically pretty good, but can be spotty when it's slammed (and it is slammed quite often). The tap selection is small (there are only 6 taps) but well chosen and there is always something worth trying, the bottle selection is extensive but I almost never order bottled beer at a bar. They also have some really tasty (and expensive) original cocktails, such as one with hop infused vodka and spicy ginger ale that can be a nice change of pace from beer. The food is a highlight, and is better quality and more inventive than typical pub grub.
08-06-2010 02:00:49 | More by silver0rlead
4.5/5 rDev +11.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Great place to hangout or have dinner. They have great food. Nachos being one of the best. They have pork or chicken. I would go for the pork. The beer selection is fantastic. Though they can be a bit pricey. They do have beers you can't find anywhere else. They converted the old Raleigh times newspaper office into a wonderful place for folks to eat and talk. They offer outdoor seating right on the street. Get there early because they fill up fast. I would recommend you go during a weeknight and I would recommend you go often!
05-27-2010 22:16:20 | More by Ahoney67
4.74/5 rDev +17.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$$
One of my favorite bars downtown, though it is always packed full of people whenever I go there. The variety of beer that they have in bottles is amazing and though the prices for bottled beer are a bit high, the draft beer is a pretty good deal, more than the average bar charges but its in a 20oz. rather than a 16oz. glass. They usually have seasonals from some of my favorite local breweries on tap and even if theres not something on draft I like then there is a large selection of bottled beer, which they will serve in style specific glassware.
04-08-2010 00:26:23 | More by Singularbinary
The Raleigh Times Bar in Raleigh, NC
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