Bull City Burger And Brewery
Active Beers: 16
Beer Ratings: 55
Beer Avg: 3.6
Taps: 7 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 12 | Reviews: 8 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by VaterRoss:
4.68/5 rDev +15.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
Went here on a whim and really enjoyed it, good beer and awesome food.
The location is in downtown Durham. I went there for a late Monday lunch and the place was close to empty. BCBB is very cool on the inside with lots of brick and wood that are in harmony with the surrounding tobacco warehouses. One entire wall even offers a view into the brewing operation. Seating arrangements include long communal tables and a good sized bar, a counter in there for to-go orders (or when it gets really busy I would imagine).
The waiter was awesome and due to the less than packed conditions spent lots of time going over the menu and beer demonstrating a fairly high amount of beer knowledge: mentioned style characteristics and even compared their beers to more famous iterations of the styles. Food is somewhat expensive (not for the emerging posh downtown Durham but compared to my usual haunts) for a gourmet burger place but the beer is quite reasonable. Despite the somewhat high food price the food is awesome! I had a burger of the day and the best bloomin-onion I have ever had.
Beer is their own and they have a nice wide mix, 8 on tap, of styles from golden ale to imperial stout, even their own barleywine! I had the doppelbock (spelled "dopplebock" at BCBB) and the English pale ale, both were solid 4.0+ beers and extremely quaff-able. I really wish there was a place like this in my town.
Overall this is an awesome gourmet burger brew pub with a great atmosphere and very good in house beers at reasonable prices. I look forward to my return trip and trying more of their beers.
01-31-2012 17:35:35 | More by VaterRoss
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4.65/5 rDev +14.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
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 -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4.75 | $$
I like the vibe of this place, slightly upscale for a burger place (even a brew pub) but a really nice vibe. The customers ran the gamut, people of all different ages including students, families, and professionals.
Beer was fresh, well poured, and served properly in the appropriate glassware for the style.
The bartender was really a pleasant chap and attentive without being overbearing, for the food you go to the counter to order yourself and the food just gets delivered by any server. Also, you go to the bar to order and pick up your own beers.
They only serve their own beers that are brewed in the adjoining brewery so that gave about 8 beers to choose from... They crossed a handful of styles mostly influenced from British and German styles. They had pale, golden, porter, and a couple of different barleywines when I stopped in.
Now for the food - this is definitely one of the best burger joints I have been to in the South... The food was delicious, wonderfully crafted burgers with many pre-designed combinations as well as build your own and a special burger of the day. I totally recommend the bacon and blue burger with the duck fat fries.
Prices were quite reasonable ($4.21 per pint of beer) and I would definitely recommend this place both for the food and the beer.
01-10-2013 18:17:12 | More by dbrauneis
4.38/5 rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
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.
12-29-2012 00:56:08 | More by TheOriginal
4.1/5 rDev +1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I stopped in before seeing Elvis Costello at the DPAC. It was my first visit as I don't get up to Durham that often.
It's conveniently located right downtown. The atmosphere is open and very comfortable with a large bar on the side, table seating in the middle and the brewing tanks on the other side. They have a patio in back but I didn't make it out there.
The beer lineup is pretty typical (and pretty safe) with several beers including a Pale Ale, Maibock, Brown, American IPA and a Stout. They were all good but relatively tame.
I'm a big burger fan so the name was a definite part of my stopping in. My interest was piqued early as I started seeing burgers served to others at the bar. They have some really great options on the menu including both standard combinations and an arsenal of choices when building your own. They were outstanding! I especially like and appreciate BC's commitment to serving only local ingredients and using only NC pasture raised beef.
The guy behind the bar was very outgoing, knowledgeable and helpful (even as it got busy).
The beer alone, while good, isn't enough to bring me back (as much simply because we have so many good options in the Triangle) but given the whole package, I really like this place and will definitely make it a regular stop when I'm in Durham.
04-30-2012 11:23:35 | More by GJ40
4.2/5 rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I had heard so many local BAs talk about this place, so I finally decided to stop in. It is exactly what they say it is. Burgers and their beer. They had 8 of their beers on tap, the highlight was a British Pale from a beer engine that I really enjoyed. Its not advertised as a bar, so guest taps are out of the question. Im not going to ding them for it, because thats not the idea.
They focus on session and authentic beers. They brew to style, and use German ingredients for German beers.
Its like an open diner from the 50s, the sound of burgers on the griddle fill the air. Great food, the duck fries are fantastic. The workers and owner are great people. They served me small samples of everything they had, served flights, and pour great pints every time. The owner took time out of the day to talk to me about his beer past, his current operation, and his future plans. He also showed me the brew house and the tanks.
For on premise brewing, the prices arent terrible, but its 4.50 for a pint.
02-11-2012 19:59:34 | More by VncentLIFE
Bull City Burger And Brewery in Durham, NC
91 out of 100 based on 12 ratings.