Bull City Burger And Brewery
Active Beers: 16
Beer Ratings: 57
Beer Avg: 3.6
Taps: 7 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 15 | Reviews: 9 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by VaterRoss:
4.68/5 rDev +14.4%
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.
01-31-2012 17:35:35 | More by VaterRoss
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3.83/5 rDev -6.4%
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
4.65/5 rDev +13.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
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.
10-26-2013 03:36:36 | More by nc41
3.83/5 rDev -6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4.75 | $$
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.
01-10-2013 18:17:12 | More by dbrauneis
Bull City Burger And Brewery in Durham, NC
91 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.