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The Raleigh Times Bar

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The Raleigh Times BarThe Raleigh Times Bar

47 Ratings
Ratings: 47
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: n/a
Taps: 6
Bottles: 92
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

14 E Hargett St
Raleigh, North Carolina, 27601-1426
United States
phone: (919) 833-0999

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @raleightimesbar

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Ratings: 47 | Reviews: 27
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3.46/5  rDev -14.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.75

Hipsters everywhere. They never seem to have anything great and even some beers that are highly distributed and on the menu, they're out of. They don't like non-hipsters at this place, and will ignore you if there's another hipster that needs service.

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4.48/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

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Photo of SteveMi
2.98/5  rDev -26.2%
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.

Photo of dbrauneis
4.2/5  rDev +4%
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).

Photo of clayrock81
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Photo of jophish17
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

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