Bull City Burger And Brewery

Bull City Burger And BreweryBull City Burger And Brewery
105 Ratings
Bull City Burger And BreweryBull City Burger And Brewery

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

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 mechamifune:
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4.08/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Kind of shocked this place hasn't gotten a review yet.... i'll do my best to give it a fair representation.

Atmosphere is very open and generally laid back. Most of the seating is communal long benches (with nicely refurbished wood), There is a relatively long bar and then a section of more normal seating. It all has a bit of the refurbished warehouse/factory that is so common in a lot of the restaurants and stores in durham.

All in all it is a nice looking place that feels pretty inviting. The crowd is pretty mixed between hipsters, families, suits, and the occasional beer geek or college student thrown in.

The way service is set up, you order at the counter, then wait at whatever seat you want and they bring you the food when its ready. If you sit at the bar you can order from there. The staff has always been very friendly in all my visits there, but I feel like the beer ordering process is less than streamline.

You can order a beer when you order food at the counter.... the problem in this for me has been that sometimes that means you get your beer brought to you as soon as you sit down.... other times i've waited 10 minutes before my beer has been brought out. Basically what happens is that your beer request is forwarded to the bartender and the bartender has to walk out, find you, and bring you the beer. If the bar is crowded, this can take a while.... if the place is empty, you'll get your beer pretty quick. Generally though, I have not had to wait long at all, and the staff have all been very friendly and the bar staff knowledgeable.

From that point forward, your best bet is just going up to the bar (rather than back to the counter) and ordering any more drinks.

On my last visit they offered 6 of their own beers on tap, and no guest taps. The beer trend towards english in style, but they have since started brewing a couple lagers (a lager and a pils to be more exact). From what I have had, i've found their esb, pale ale, porter, and smoked rye to be their most enjoyable. All the beers in general are pretty sessionable and i've not had anything that wasn't at least "ok". For the styles, I think their esb and porter are great.

The food is the real standout here.... they claim everything they serve is made in house, and based on what I have seen i tend to believe them. I've made a point of going to a lot of well known and respected burger places in my travels across the country (places like hodads in SD, and kuma's corner in Chicago, among others) and I truly believe this place matches up with them. The flavor of the meat (ground in house) is amazing unto itself, but the add ons are all of obvious quality and work amazingly with the taste of the beef. The Green Monster is a personal favorite, but really you can't go wrong with any of the burgers.

The fries (one kind cooked in duck fat, one not) and the onion rings (called onion loaf for whatever reason) are great as well. For non-beer drinkers, they offer boylan sodas on fountain, which is amazing (to me anyway.... their black cherry is severely habit forming).

Price might be a little more than you would expect for a burger place, though I think that given the quality of what is being used, it is somewhat justified. A burger and fries will set you back around 10 bucks at the least, around 13 at the most. The beers are all around the $4 mark for a pint, which is pretty good for a pint of high quality beer IMO. I did not see anything about them ever having beer specials. For those interested, they seemed to have a very nice wine selection, and one of the systems where you can purchase different size pours from a dispenser (i know this thing has a name, just can't remember it).

As a whole, this place is a great combination of quality beer and amazing burgers. The beers are made very well to style and aren't overpowering, which seems like the right way to go given the quality of the food. The place is inviting and should provide a comfortable setting for just about anyone. Also, for those with kids, they have a kids menu and a small "play area" in the corner with some toys and such for younger children. The only angle I can think of where maybe you shouldn't absolutely make a point of going is if you are both 1. only interested in beer and not food and 2. only interested in BIG or more experimental beer styles....otherwise, check this place out if you can.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Beerhemoth
3.79/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of Bruce5
3.23/5  rDev -21.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of Mikemcgrath4
4.56/5  rDev +10.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

Photo of Bilco
4.49/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of InspectorBob
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Morockm
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Photo of cducap
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of Macsimus
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of Boomer4ES
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of aleckpa
3.83/5  rDev -7%
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 +3.2%

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 +21.4%

Photo of McAndrew
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of fcrunner
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of Yetiman420
4/5  rDev -2.9%

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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Photo of ncstateplaya
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of Highbury09
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4/5  rDev -2.9%

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 +9.2%

Photo of MalibuKenny
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of jak
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of raleigh_blue
2.55/5  rDev -38.1%
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 -2.9%

Photo of Mandromeda
5/5  rDev +21.4%

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