Bull City Burger And Brewery
Active Beers: 17
Beer Ratings: 67
Beer Avg: 3.65
Taps: 7 / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 24 | Reviews: 11 | Display Reviews Only:
4.63/5 rDev +12.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75 | $$
Always enjoy coming here. Local ingredients, inventive, yet edible options on the menu. For added ambiance, you can peek into the brewery from the dining area.
The beer is good and at a good price. My favorite beer that I've tried from them so far was the Olden Horny, a cognac barrel-aged.
Parking may be hard to come by at times, but it's worth it to walk two or three blocks to hang out at the bar or on the back alley patio.
06-21-2014 22:09:51 | More by jerefreakinmiah
4.05/5 rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
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!
05-20-2014 02:55:23 | More by GarthDanielson
3.83/5 rDev -7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $
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.
04-03-2014 18:42:25 | More by bigkingken
Bull City Burger And Brewery in Durham, NC
92 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.