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Bull City Burger And Brewery

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Bull City Burger And BreweryBull City Burger And Brewery
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

30 Ratings
Ratings: 30
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.17%
Active Beers: 24
Beer Ratings: 81
Beer Avg: 3.54
Taps: 7
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

107 East Parrish Street
Suite 105
Durham, North Carolina, 27701
United States
phone: (919) 680-2333

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @bullcityburger

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(Place added by: atsprings on 03-25-2011)
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

ncstateplaya, Sep 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Highbury09, Aug 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Had dinner with a flight of beers here back in late May/Early June 2014. One thing that really stood out to me was the play area towards the back designed specifically to keep kids busy while their parents eat or drink. This is just brilliant. This should be in every restaurant and more importantly, in every brewery.

I was impressed by what I remember were lots of local ingredients on the menu and that helped to temper the seemingly higher prices and smaller portions. Yes, you may be disappointed by your portions here. But you won't be disappointed by the food.

We had the pickle chips to start and they were very tasty if far too few to feed our big group. We ended up ordering another of these. I had the burger with pimento cheese because when you see pimento cheese on a menu and it's linked to a burger you order that shit and don't ask questions. It was fire.

As for the beer, which of course is why I really decided to eat here, the lineup at Bull City was very respectable. The standouts for me were the Parrish Street Pale Ale with its tad of sweetness and a floral taste and aroma and the 27701 Durham Mild Ale with it's huge, robust flavors despite the tiny 3.5% ABV. I enjoyed all of the other beers with the one exception being the smoked rye beer that had none of the smokiness or smoked ham flavor I like in a beer and was cloyingly sweet.

I also appreciated the bench-style seating and kind of free-for-all, line-through-the-restaurant ordering system as it made me feel more than comfortable about our nutty group of children running around.

The service was fairly quick and polite, there's wine for those of you foolish enough not to enjoy beer, and an outdoor patio as well (if I remember correctly).

Overall, a great stop for us in Durham.

ONovoMexicano, Aug 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

brstls4drmrs, Aug 13, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

MalibuKenny, Aug 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

jak, Aug 01, 2014
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3/5  rDev -27.4%

raleigh_blue, Jul 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Barhoppin13, Jul 28, 2014
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5/5  rDev +21.1%

Mandromeda, Jul 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

woodchip, Jul 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

BigGingDrinker, Jul 20, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

KevinGordon, Jun 22, 2014
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4.63/5  rDev +12.1%

Always enjoy coming here. Local ingredients, inventive, yet edible options on the menu. For added ambiance, you can peek into the brewery from the dining area.

The beer is good and at a good price. My favorite beer that I've tried from them so far was the Olden Horny, a cognac barrel-aged.

Parking may be hard to come by at times, but it's worth it to walk two or three blocks to hang out at the bar or on the back alley patio.

jerefreakinmiah, Jun 21, 2014
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4.05/5  rDev -1.9%

This place is great. Pretty cool vibe, when you first walk in, the bar is to the left, and you file straight through to the back of the restaurant to order. All the brewery equipment is behind glass on your right. Burgers galore, with some really interesting options. The food is great! They have 6-8 beers rotating, as well as a rotating cask. Also, there is a wine self-service station that you use a prepaid card to access. The servers are fast and polite, and you really can get in and out fairly fast despite the place being packed almost every time I've been there. Growlers for the beer are available to go. This is a great place to hit if you are in the RDU. Awesome place!

GarthDanielson, May 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

SmellsofMahagony, May 16, 2014
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3.83/5  rDev -7.3%

Admittedly, this was the second time I’d visited Bull City Burger and Brewery. The first time I had just flown into town for a job interview. I was a bit harried, a bit worried, a bit tired, and a bit in no mood to have a swinging good time. I wrote it up, thought I had published it, and moved on. Then, a few months ago, I tried to find said review so I could give my opinion of the place to a friend in passing conversation.

No dice. It wasn’t there.

But that’s all the better for Bull City, because I was much more impressed on my second visit. Perhaps it was just frame of mind, perhaps it was ordering a burger without pimento cheese, which I don’t think I actually like very much. Whatever it was, I only have nice things to say this time around.

As advertised, this place makes everything they serve except the ketchup. And it shows. I ordered a standard beef burger topped with bacon marmalade, sauteed onions, and aioli. Yes, all of that is just as delicious as it sounds. Plus, the burger came out nice and pink and juicy and exactly how I like it. You can taste the difference in freshly ground local beef. Thus, here you can taste the difference.

The beer once again did not blow me away. Everything was fine, but nothing stood out. They did have some higher gravity options – a barley wine as well as a barrel-aged version – but both tasted mainly of alcohol with little depth or complexity. Don’t get me wrong, I liked it all and will happily return and drink it, but I don’t forsee myself taking any growlers home at this point unless they make a killer seasonal.

And finally, there’s the atmosphere. I’m not a big fan of the lining up at the counter and then finding a seat with a number for the runner to find you. It works pretty well for their limited space and likely cuts down on the number of people filling up the few alleys between tables, but it makes it difficult to know how to order a drink.

Do I go to the bar? Do I go back up to the food counter and wait in line? Can it all get on one check? If I just want a drink now while waiting for my wife before ordering food, how do I go about that? Will people give me the stink eye for taking up the end of a table with just a beer?

Perhaps with more practice I’ll figure it out, but I opted to sit at the bar and get the traditional service from the bartender, which was excellent, I might add.

In short, if/when I move to Durham, I’m living as close to this place as possible.

bigkingken, Apr 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

bcgeiman, Mar 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

alexm1309, Mar 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Kegatron, Feb 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Tirefan, Jan 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

flipdog0, Dec 18, 2013
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3/5  rDev -27.4%

robebo44, Nov 24, 2013
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4.65/5  rDev +12.6%

What a great place for a burger and a brew. British style brews, session level ABV with tremendous flavor. The best burger's ever, can build their own. Really IMO a great lunch place, great food, they also make nice specialty drinks my wife loves. Highly recommend.

nc41, Oct 26, 2013
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3.83/5  rDev -7.3%

I like the vibe of this place, slightly upscale for a burger place (even a brew pub) but a really nice vibe. The customers ran the gamut, people of all different ages including students, families, and professionals.

Beer was fresh, well poured, and served properly in the appropriate glassware for the style.

The bartender was really a pleasant chap and attentive without being overbearing, for the food you go to the counter to order yourself and the food just gets delivered by any server. Also, you go to the bar to order and pick up your own beers.

They only serve their own beers that are brewed in the adjoining brewery so that gave about 8 beers to choose from... They crossed a handful of styles mostly influenced from British and German styles. They had pale, golden, porter, and a couple of different barleywines when I stopped in.

Now for the food - this is definitely one of the best burger joints I have been to in the South... The food was delicious, wonderfully crafted burgers with many pre-designed combinations as well as build your own and a special burger of the day. I totally recommend the bacon and blue burger with the duck fat fries.

Prices were quite reasonable ($4.21 per pint of beer) and I would definitely recommend this place both for the food and the beer.

dbrauneis, Jan 10, 2013
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4.38/5  rDev +6.1%

Outstanding brew-pub located downtown Durham. The variety of beer, along with fantastic burgers, make this place a must stop while in Durham.

Located downtown Durham parking is limited. However, I have never had a hard time finding a spot although you may be required to walk a few blocks. I enjoy the atmosphere. Walk in and you can either sit at the bar and order food and drinks, or order from the ordering station and have a seat and the food will be delivered.

The beers is excellent. Always a light golden ale and carmaly pale ale on draft. The beer is the paradigm of session ales. Lots of "light" beer but full of flavor. Constant rotation of seasonals and never disappoint. Recently had a Peanut Butter Porter on tap along with thier fantastic american barleywine winter warmer. Service is always outstanding and friendly. Cheers.

Highly recommend this place if you are near.

TheOriginal, Dec 29, 2012
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Bull City Burger And Brewery in Durham, NC
92 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.