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Tyler's Restaurant & Taproom

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

48 Reviews
Tyler's Restaurant & TaproomTyler's Restaurant & Taproom
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

324 Blackwell St
Ste 400
Durham, North Carolina, 27701-3600
United States

(919) 433-0345 | map
tylerstaproom.com

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Added by GCBrewingCo on 08-05-2005

PLACE STATS
Score:
94
Reviews:
48
Ratings:
65
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
7.26%
 
 
Taps:
60
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 48 | Ratings: 65
Reviews by belgianjunkie:
Photo of belgianjunkie
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

A bunch of BA members went to the new, Durham location of Tyler's Taproom for the BA 9th anniversary celebration (arranged by afatty). This was also a celebration that only one week earlier, NC finally "popped the cap", finally allowing beers higher than 6% to be served. Good time at a good place.

The atmosphere is basically that of a large sports bar without the televisions. Two storey tall ceilings with visible airducts, large wooden support beams, and tile floors. Clean and not very noisy- at least for an afternoon session. A good looking, wood bar with leather sofas to the left (where we originally gathered), and the rest of the main area is filled with tables/chairs. Pretty nice bar atmosphere considering it's part of the old American Tobacco warehouse. The Speakeasy (down the hallway to the left) is similar in setting but offers billiard and dart entertainment as well. Lots of available private and on-street parking nearby, especially for a downtown area.

The service was mediocre, only because the bartender was brand-spankin' new and wasn't aware of such things like what particular glass to serve a bottled beer in (or to serve something like a hefty Three Philosophers in a glass at all- had to ask for one). She'll learn in time. But the waitstaff for lunch made up for the bartender's lack of knowledge and did a fine job.

The selection is great, as they offer approximately 50 beers on tap and plenty more in the bottles. Thanks to the new, "big beers" allowance they're already serving Chimay Red and Ommegang from the tap, Duval and Three Philosophers in the bottle, and promise that Maredsous 8 is on the way. They also feature a wide selection of craft and microbrew beers that vary with each visit (as told to me by the waitress). They also have most accompanying glassware for the beers they serve (most, though not all).

The food was better than usual for a bar restaurant. The burger I had was very tasty, as were the garlic fries that came with it. Perfect, meaty fare to go with the meaty beers I enjoyed there. All in all a great new place in the Raleigh/Durham area right next to the ballpark.

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Photo of rosmith51
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of clayrock81
3.94/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Area of Durham that reminds me of other newly built, "trendy" complexes (complete with stupid name) that seems to attract a mix of young and old (old and rich) so thought this place could be a big whiff. Generally surprised as place has good service, the food is good, served quick and not expensive, and biggest surprise is that this bar actually has a good beer menu. Nothing mindblowing and selection to me doesn't strike me as making this place a real craft beer destination, but found some quality beers and they are well-priced so this place isn't putting a couple craft macros on tap and calling themselves a craft beer bar. If you're in the area then this place is worth stopping at for a quick meal and a couple of brews.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Any place that has a leather bound beer menu is worth visiting. Very wide selection, though nothing super limited when I was there. Food is quite good, like upscale bar food. Worth a visit if you're in the area.

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Photo of LagersAles
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

A trip to nc to visit the duke u lemur centre resulted in side trip to Tyler's for a couple pints and some grub. First off, it's not easy to find as it doesn't face Blackwell st, but is tucked in behind the renovated tobacco factory fronting Blackwell. Absolutely beautiful plaza, with an artificial river, outdoor loungers and fireplaces. Tyler's itself is very warm and inviting, if not a bit industrial. We just happened to stroll in a couple days after the victory brewing tap takeover. 20 victory taps, plus another select dozen or so. I had a foothills hoppyum IPA and a green flash handshake IPA. Wife ordered the victory 20th anniversary. Beers were fresh, service was prompt, barmaid slightly sassy! Ordered the Carolina nachos. Fine food and ale selection. Will return again if we're in the area visiting the monkeys...

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Photo of Morockm
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of RBowers
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.97/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of Macsimus
4.14/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of jak
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

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5/5  rDev +17.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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5/5  rDev +17.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of begforme4484
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

The atmosphere was nice and laid back. TVs showing various sports all around the bar area.

Quality was above average, I enjoyed everything I had there.

Service was really good. Orders were taken in a timely manner and the food/apps came out quick. Beer turnaround was also fairly quick, which is very nice.

The selection was great beer-wise. There were too many taps for me to count, and I had zero trouble finding something I've never had for my first. If you cannot find something you like on tap here, there is something wrong with you, lol.

Food was good, not great, but I enjoyed it. Afterall I did not come here for the food anyways.

If you're in the area stop by one of the 4(I think), you won't be disappointed.

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Photo of VncentLIFE
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Definitely the little brother, but they get all the bigger beers. Apex gets more Founders, but the Durham incarnation has the best pint nights. FBS, Duvel Single, etc. The food is Tylers, dcently priced decent food. The beer can get pricey if youre not careful. The first pint night I went to (Duvel) was 15 dollars for the beer and glass.

They have the best selection around, only competing with Milltown and the other Tylers. about 40 taps between the bar and speakeasy. Located in the Tobacco district in Durham, right next to the Durham Bulls' field.

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Photo of fmccormi
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

This is an awesome location of Tyler's. The tobacco warehouses by the ballpark offer some interesting venues for all of the different offices, restaurants, stores and other spaces inside them, and Tyler's is a great fit for them.

Things are spacious and well-lit enough, though the flipside of the tobacco warehouse coin is that things are a bit oddly arranged. Even so, the atmosphere is just fine and there's plenty of good outdoor seating if you prefer.

Service is fine. Not exceptional, but nothing bad about it, either. Never had any problems, so for that I'd say it's just above average.

Selection is pretty fantastic . . . this says they've got about 50 taps, which I believe, and they've got an interestingly wide-ranging bottle selection, including some gluten-free Green's for those of you who are intolerant. They get some limited distribution and short-run beers, too, which is great. I clearly recall having Brooklyn Blunderbuss Old Ale there, for example, and was very disappointed when I couldn't be there for a DFH-Randall night. They also have a lot of regional and local beer, like Fullsteam, which I think is great.

Food and price are in the same boat: both are pretty good. It's not dirt-cheap and they don't usually have great specials or anything, but it's definitely reasonable. Food is definitely good though. Not super-refined gastropub type fare, but very tasty, and of the "bar" variety: sandwiches, chili, burgers, fries, nachos, but also some nice, big salads, too.

Tyler's in the tobacco warehouses is awesome. Go there, and keep an eye out for anything special events they might have going on!

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Photo of woolyb
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Located in an old tobacco factory/warehouse, with very high ceilings and exposed brick walls. There are two indoor areas, plus an outdoor beer garden which was made after NC banned smoking inside bars/restaurants. The far-side indoor section is more of a sportsbar atmosphere, with pool tables, video games, and several TVs...along with a bar along the wall.
The primary dining side has ample seating and is dimly lit, creating a nice, relaxed atmosphere. On a busy night (like a Durham Bulls game, or DPAC show) expect to wait to be seated. During the spring/summer Tyler's will have a large grill outside for quick burgers and sausages, plus a few choice beers. Best outdoor dining in durham, with views of man-made river and old Lucky Strike watertower.

The beer selection here is the best in the area...locals, regionals, seasonals, state-exclusives..it is all here. Extensive tap list, with all their drinks listed in a (usually) up-to-date large book. Beers on the list are separated by style for easy browsing. Seasonals and special selections even have their own section in the black book. Also, weekly pint nights. Large bottle selection, well beyond the typical restaurant selection

the food here is ok...upscale bar food, using some locally sourced items. The occasional chef's specials are good and sometimes creative, but the real reason for visiting is always the beer.

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Tyler's Restaurant & Taproom in Durham, NC
4.27 out of 5 based on 65 ratings.
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