Tyler's Restaurant & Taproom

BA SCORE
94
outstanding

67 Ratings
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
Ratings:
67
Reviews:
49
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
7.28%
 
 
Taps:
60
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Ratings: 67 |  Reviews: 49
Reviews by belgianjunkie:
Photo of belgianjunkie
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
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 seanchai
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

During our quick visit to the Durham-Duke area, the wife and I stopped at the American Tobacco complex, a former industrial site newly renovated into shops, restaurants, apartments and more.

Inside, Tyler’s has a typical industrial-warehouse setup, with exposed brick and wood and beeriana on the walls. 66 taps, and a menu as thick as a Bible. Divided in styles and with lots of NC beers (Foothills, Wicked Weed) but also goodies from all over the world like Rodenbach Grand Cru, Espresso Yeti, Van Honsebrouck Kasteel Bansta Chocolate Quad, Troegs barrel-aged Imp Stout and Bear Republic Tartare.

Friendly but slow service at the bar. Fresh pints of Wicked Weed Green Monster were outlandishly delicious. I would definitely come back here, in between pizza at the Mellow Mushroom next door.

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Photo of rosmith51
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of clayrock81
3.94/5  rDev -7.5%
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 -1.4%
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 +1.9%
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 -2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of RBowers
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

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3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of Macsimus
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of jak
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of MANix73
5/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Highbury09
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of MrAlthea
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of woodchip
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Halfbrother83
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Shawn25
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of flipdog0
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of begforme4484
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
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 +0.5%
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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Tyler's Restaurant & Taproom in Durham, NC
4.26 out of 5 based on 67 ratings.
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