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Bull City Burger And Brewery

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BEER AVG
3.54/5
Based on:
28 Beers
90 Ratings
Place Score: 92
Ratings: 36
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: n/a
Taps: 7
Bottles: --
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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Reviews by VaterRoss:
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4.68/5  rDev +13.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Went here on a whim and really enjoyed it, good beer and awesome food.

The location is in downtown Durham. I went there for a late Monday lunch and the place was close to empty. BCBB is very cool on the inside with lots of brick and wood that are in harmony with the surrounding tobacco warehouses. One entire wall even offers a view into the brewing operation. Seating arrangements include long communal tables and a good sized bar, a counter in there for to-go orders (or when it gets really busy I would imagine).

The waiter was awesome and due to the less than packed conditions spent lots of time going over the menu and beer demonstrating a fairly high amount of beer knowledge: mentioned style characteristics and even compared their beers to more famous iterations of the styles. Food is somewhat expensive (not for the emerging posh downtown Durham but compared to my usual haunts) for a gourmet burger place but the beer is quite reasonable. Despite the somewhat high food price the food is awesome! I had a burger of the day and the best bloomin-onion I have ever had.

Beer is their own and they have a nice wide mix, 8 on tap, of styles from golden ale to imperial stout, even their own barleywine! I had the doppelbock (spelled "dopplebock" at BCBB) and the English pale ale, both were solid 4.0+ beers and extremely quaff-able. I really wish there was a place like this in my town.

Overall this is an awesome gourmet burger brew pub with a great atmosphere and very good in house beers at reasonable prices. I look forward to my return trip and trying more of their beers.

More User Reviews:
Photo of aleckpa
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

I went on a Friday night at around 8:30PM and there was still a decent crowd. I was surprised by this place because I thought it was sit down, wait on, etc. Nope. You walk in, grab a menu, and order your food and beer. They give you a number, and you go sit down at either a 2-4 person table or long community tables. They also have outdoor patio with picnic style tables (even in winter with heat). They bring the food out to you, but you're not necessarily waited on.

The food is all fresh, organic, etc. The burgers delicious and the PERFECT size. Not too big, too small. Now, the beer. The beer was OK. Nothing to brag about. It wasn't bad, but I wouldn't come to this place for the beer. I think the beer does compliment the burger well though.

This is an excellent social setting to have great food and enjoy some beers perhaps hitting up the rest of Durham.

Photo of SFNC
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Very good beer and interesting beers. It says volumes thatthe place was jam packed on a Monday night. The IPS that I sampled was atypical but very tasty. Well worth trying if you're in town.

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Stop #437 on my world brewery tour.

Really needed to eat dinner here instead of coming late in the night. You name the "movement" in food and these guys are probably on it.

Had a noble hopped pale ale, smooth Octoberfest, and a black lager. Nothing jumped out at me on their beers. It was really cool to see all of their servers are in the Cicerone beer program.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of ONovoMexicano
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.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

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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.

Photo of GarthDanielson
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!

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of bigkingken
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.

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Bull City Burger And Brewery in Durham, NC
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