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Bull City Burger And BreweryBull City Burger And Brewery

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

107 East Parrish Street
Suite 105
Durham, North Carolina, 27701
United States

(919) 680-2333 | map

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Added by atsprings on 03-25-2011

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Reviews by GJ40:
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4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Beerhemoth
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of Bruce5
3.23/5  rDev -18.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of Mikemcgrath4
4.56/5  rDev +14.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

Photo of Bilco
4.49/5  rDev +13.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of InspectorBob
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Morockm
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Photo of cducap
4.6/5  rDev +15.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of Macsimus
4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of Boomer4ES
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of aleckpa
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

I went on a Friday night at around 8:30PM and there was still a decent crowd. I was surprised by this place because I thought it was sit down, wait on, etc. Nope. You walk in, grab a menu, and order your food and beer. They give you a number, and you go sit down at either a 2-4 person table or long community tables. They also have outdoor patio with picnic style tables (even in winter with heat). They bring the food out to you, but you're not necessarily waited on.

The food is all fresh, organic, etc. The burgers delicious and the PERFECT size. Not too big, too small. Now, the beer. The beer was OK. Nothing to brag about. It wasn't bad, but I wouldn't come to this place for the beer. I think the beer does compliment the burger well though.

This is an excellent social setting to have great food and enjoy some beers perhaps hitting up the rest of Durham.

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Photo of SFNC
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Very good beer and interesting beers. It says volumes thatthe place was jam packed on a Monday night. The IPS that I sampled was atypical but very tasty. Well worth trying if you're in town.

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Photo of tmitteer
5/5  rDev +25.9%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Yetiman420
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Stop #437 on my world brewery tour.

Really needed to eat dinner here instead of coming late in the night. You name the "movement" in food and these guys are probably on it.

Had a noble hopped pale ale, smooth Octoberfest, and a black lager. Nothing jumped out at me on their beers. It was really cool to see all of their servers are in the Cicerone beer program.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Highbury09
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Had dinner with a flight of beers here back in late May/Early June 2014. One thing that really stood out to me was the play area towards the back designed specifically to keep kids busy while their parents eat or drink. This is just brilliant. This should be in every restaurant and more importantly, in every brewery.

I was impressed by what I remember were lots of local ingredients on the menu and that helped to temper the seemingly higher prices and smaller portions. Yes, you may be disappointed by your portions here. But you won't be disappointed by the food.

We had the pickle chips to start and they were very tasty if far too few to feed our big group. We ended up ordering another of these. I had the burger with pimento cheese because when you see pimento cheese on a menu and it's linked to a burger you order that shit and don't ask questions. It was fire.

As for the beer, which of course is why I really decided to eat here, the lineup at Bull City was very respectable. The standouts for me were the Parrish Street Pale Ale with its tad of sweetness and a floral taste and aroma and the 27701 Durham Mild Ale with it's huge, robust flavors despite the tiny 3.5% ABV. I enjoyed all of the other beers with the one exception being the smoked rye beer that had none of the smokiness or smoked ham flavor I like in a beer and was cloyingly sweet.

I also appreciated the bench-style seating and kind of free-for-all, line-through-the-restaurant ordering system as it made me feel more than comfortable about our nutty group of children running around.

The service was fairly quick and polite, there's wine for those of you foolish enough not to enjoy beer, and an outdoor patio as well (if I remember correctly).

Overall, a great stop for us in Durham.

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Photo of brstls4drmrs
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of raleigh_blue
2.55/5  rDev -35.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.75 | service: 2.25 | selection: 2.25 | food: 3

I've been routinely disappointed with the service here, sometimes waiting 40 minutes to be served, including having my family of 4 have our order lost, twice. When I complained I was told, "it's not fast food" which after waiting 40 minutes felt just like being trolled.

The beer is potable. The food is on the plus side of edible with some rare glimmers of tastiness. Portion size and quality has been on a steady decline since they opened. The seating is haphazard open picnic tables that aren't bussed frequently enough and not at all friendly to parents with small children.

There are many many other better places to get a burger, including chain restaurants such as Bad Daddy's.

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Photo of Barhoppin13
4/5  rDev +0.8%

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5/5  rDev +25.9%

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Bull City Burger And Brewery in Durham, NC
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