Woody's @ City Market

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Woody's @ City MarketWoody's @ City Market
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Woody's @ City MarketWoody's @ City Market

Type: Bar, Eatery

205 Wolfe St.
Raleigh, North Carolina, 27601
United States

(919) 833-3000 | map

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Added by scjeff on 02-12-2009

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4.04/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

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3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

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3.44/5  rDev -14%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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5/5  rDev +25%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of silver0rlead
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This is a very good sports bar downtown in Moore Square that has a surprisingly good beer selection. They have a bunch of kitschy crap hanging on the wall (including a moose head with requisite bras hanging from it), but I'm sure no one comes here for the decor. The food is above average pub fare and they have pretty good food specials. The beer selection is generally really good, and they usually have some interesting locals/seasonals to choose from (such as aviator, foothills, big boss, etc.) and occasionally they get something pretty rare like Sculpin IPA or Bear Republic Racer X. The beer prices are extremely cheap, with most lower ABV beers being in the $3-4 range, and they have specials such as $2.50 all pints/bottles (with a few exceptions). Worth checking out if you're tired of the Glenwood or Fayetville st. scene.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Visited 8/16/09

I didn't really know what to expect for a Sunday, especially when I arrived in Raleigh and started walking around downtown and noting how de-void of life it was.

I walked in and there only a few people in the place, but shortly thereafter the place started to fill up nicely and had a good buzz about it. It is kind of your typical "sports" bar, but with a slightly upgraded beer selection. They did have a beer menu which was nice to see. That night I had the Foothills Torch Pilsner and the Kasteel Rogue on tap. They also had Victory, Weyerbacher, Yuengling, some NC beers and it seemed a few from all over the country. I learned that one of the owners was from Philly, which instantly added a certain appeal to the place for me.

The food was pretty good, had the Philly cheese steak "wit whiz" on an amoroso roll (those from Philly will know and understand). It was pretty good. The wait staff was good, fast, and knew about the beers that they had. Good selection of beer, on-tap and in bottles.

Overall, a good place, and if I ever find my way back to Raleigh, I will head back.

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Photo of GJ40
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

I didn't expect a lot from my visit to Woody's but I'd been meaning to give it a try and they listed pints of Ruination at $6 so I stopped in for lunch today.

The waitress came quickly so I ordered a Ruination to move things along. I tried to keep it going by ordering my wife a Racer 5 but she said she wanted a Ballast Point Sculpin IPA. My head started spinning. I thought it might be a cruel joke but there it was on draft. I'd been looking for it for quite a while so I switched my order and it was outstanding. Woody's really got off on the right foot with me.

The selection in general is very good. They have about 20 on tap with many more in the bottle. The quality is very good with some local beers along with some great ones from the US and Europe (and of course some BMC). I thought the prices were very reasonable with $5 pints of Racer 5 and $6 pints of Ruination.

The food was average bar food. Our group had a cheeseburger, a salad, jalapeno poppers, nachos and a grilled cheese. It wasn't bad but I wouldn't go for the food.

The atmosphere is pretty interesting. It's mostly a sports bar but there's a little English pub mixed in there too. And they've got some pretty odd items on display including a sharks head with human feet sticking out and a moose head with bras hanging from it. The servers were all young women who were outgoing and helpful.

Woody's is definitely worth a visit and makes a nice stop on any downtown Raleigh pub crawl.

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Photo of jjboesen
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Apparently, I did not heed the previous reveiw since plastic cups were all about during my recent visit. Of course, this visit occured during the World Beer Festival, an "event" to be sure.

As mentioned Woody's is your basic sports bar with multiple TVs a-blaring, many blockheaded frat boys a-cursing and many good beers a pouring. Not bad and the incredible prices - which, for me, were very reasonable. Woody's has a great location amid Raleigh's City Market and several shaky steps away from the aforementioned WBF. Of course, I suspect it a popular venue throughout the Raleigh Beer Year.

It is large, dark and loud; the restrooms are reached through a circuituous maze that takes one through the dining area and past the kitchen. The bar, however, is a large area and one is never too tightly packed. And the beer selection was very decent (not like the one at Flying Saucer, but still respectable). Many interesting local brews. Having sampled many at WBF gave me the chance to try them in a plastic cup. All in all, a comfortable place to quaff a few.

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Photo of atsprings
4.2/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I've been to Woody's several times since hearing that they've greatly improved their beer selection. Based on my experience so far, I'd consider Woody's to be a once every 3 weeks to a month stop for me as far as their beer rotation goes. The most important thing I would like to point out about this place is if you're coming for the craft beer, and if your reading this review, I know you are, DON'T bother with this place on what they would call an "event day." If it is an event day they serve all their beers in plastic cups, even Ballast Point Bourbon aged Black Marlin the day of the World Beer Fest. My guess would have to be if there is any event such as Downtown Live at Moore Square, that would qualify as well. I must say, the beer I've had there if always fresh, from Stone Double Dead Guy (no longer available) and Ruination, to Founders Reds Rye and Bear Republic Racer 5, it has all been fresh. The service is much better than you'd expect from a sports bar and the selection is respectable with 22 taps, usually at least 14-16 are micro brews. They also offer several flights, including a high gravity one. The food is pretty good for a sports bar, but why would you only carry yellow mustard, you serve good beer, wheres the good mustard? Also, any weekday from 4:30 to 6:30, apatizers are half price, you really can't beat $4 cheese fries.

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Woody's @ City Market in Raleigh, NC
Place rating: 4 out of 5 with 12 ratings