The Train Station Sports Bar and Grill

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Type: Bar, Eatery

301-C N. Harrison Avenue
Cary, North Carolina, 27513
United States

(919) 481-2442

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Reviews by beer2day:
Photo of beer2day
4.3/5  rDev +12%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

The Train Station (formerly known as Harrison's) is a great place to grab a pint and a burger when out with friends. The selection on tap is very good, with 28 running currently. Decent representation of hi-grav beers, best in Cary. They are doing a much better job recently of rotating taps and stocking locally brewed beers. Over the last few months, Olde Hickory, Gizmo, Fullsteam, Natty Greens, Lone Rider, Aviator, Duck Rabbit, CBC (of course), Carolina Brewing from Chapel Hill, and Big Boss have all made appearances. They just recently put on Event Horizon and Sexual Chocolate side by side. Nice touch!

They have also made an effort to get some cask beers going. Since October, they have poured 9 different firkins - usually on a Friday or Saturday night. The best of the bunch was a special dry-hopped version of DbH from Olde Hickory.

Food has made a resurgence lately, with very good with burgers and chicken dominating the menu. The fried pickle chips make a good app and their wings are very good. Nachos can also be pretty decent. Salads also come out well plated and attractive. They can do a huge lunch business during the week. The staff hustles and you do not have to wait long to be served.

The bar is separated into two sides, with pool tables on one and a majority of the standard seating on the other. Decent sized patio area outside, but they do allow smoking on the patio.

This is the best place in Cary to find a decent beer on tap.

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Photo of Macsimus
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of LittleDon
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4

A mixed bag. Very nondescript atmosphere. It could be Anysportsbar, USA. While not a wide selection of beers, a good representation of NC brews. Server was attentive but had no beer sense. Food was decent. I had a tasty burger that was a bit pricey for what I got (about 10). The beer was reasonably priced, though (4-5 a pint), and they have 2.50 specials one or two nights a week. Second time I've been here, and the beer selection has not changed much. Not sure I'd go back again, although the choices are limited in Cary. Much more to be found in Raleigh or Durham.

Note: smoking law has changed since earlier post. Smoking is only allowed outside on separate patio.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Even though I've lived five minutes away for almost three years, I made it here for the first time Saturday afternoon to watch NC State choke in the ACC tourney semis.

Harrison's a big, dark place with four pool tables and booths on one side and a more traditional bar on the other. The beer selection is 25-30 taps and fairly pedestrian but I was happy to see Foothills Hoppyum, Shotgun Betty, and a few other decent local brews to go with the big boys and a number of national micros like Sam and SNPA.

My wife and I ordered salads and burgers which were good but not amazing but the portions and prices were solid enough. This is a decent but not outstanding place to have a few brews and watch the game.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.38/5  rDev -12%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5

Went here for lunch yesterday, and have finally come to the realization that the south generally sucks. The main reason: tobacco. It is impossible to go anywhere, except perhaps downtown Charleston and Asheville without being engulfed in smoke immediately upon entering the joint. It was 1pm and the place was still smoky as hell. I hate that. I decided to stay because I was starving.

Plenty of bar seating and like a thousand tvs with poker and sports. Definitely a place to go if you are in to the sports bar genre.

Good service. Food was barely average. Chicken cob salad became a chickenless cob salad due to the many bad chicken pieces in the salad (I wont discuss this in detail but lets say I nearly chipped a tooth). Average beer selection with some good seasonals and micros but nothing really out of bounds or anything. They did have Kona Pipeline and one other great beer that escapes me at the moment.

I doubt I will ever revisit here. Too smoky, beer barely average, food almost unpalatable.

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Photo of sofraj
4.58/5  rDev +19.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This is my first BA review but I'm not inexperienced at tasting and enjoying. However, this is my first trip to the Raleigh/Durham area and, obviously, also to Cary, NC. So here goes:

A: Pretty good. It has quite a few TVs for the sports buffs and a video quiz game going as well. Kenji was kinking butt at the trivia. But it was enjoyable. The main points in its favor, according to my daughter Adrienne, are that it has a good sized NON-SMOKING section and the music isn't so loud you can't carry on a conversation. Smokers can enjoy the other side to their heart's desire. For my taste, I'll go with clear air.

Q: Good overall. The beer was fresh and cold. The variety was good although we were told some selections on the lengthy menu were out even though all our choices were available.

S: Very good. We didn't have a single waitress but were waited on by whoever walked by. Nice touch as we didn't have to worry about finding "our waitress." They were all quite attentive and knowledgeable about the beer.

Selection was good. As above, we didn't order anything the didn't have.

F: Also very good. We had beef tips and rice which came with abundant sides, a Jackson Hole Burger that was "pretty good but possibly a little over cooked," chicken breast with onions and mushrooms that was cooked "to perfection," and a Pittsburgh Ribeye that was possibly named for the Heinz 57 sauce that came as a garnish. We had started off with beer batter mushrooms with ranch. All in all a really good meal. The beer menu also had a legend for which beers go with different types of food.

Value: OUTSTANDING! Appetizer, 4 entree's and 7 beers for less than $53! It turns out they were doing a clearance on some brews at $2 a draft. Our selections were Duck Rabbit Milk Stout, Rogue Hazelnut Brown, Leinenkugel Sunset Wheat and Carolina Brewery's Bynum Brown. I'll do more about the individual beers tomorrow. Off the top, though, the Hazelnut Brown and the Bynum Brown were my favorites.

When talking to one of and the first of out waitresses we found the local joke about Cary, NC is that they call it the Central Area for Relocated Yankees. The native of Syracuse gave us a good laugh.

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Photo of GJ40
3.64/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

I've wanted to try Harrison's for a while now so I made a quick one beer stop. When I saw the menu, I realized this was part of the chain that includes the Village Draft House and Bass Lake Tap House. Harrison's was consistent with my opinion of those two; good selection, nice environment but not top tier.

Harrison's is actually a bit more my style than the other two. It's more of a bar than a restaurant. They have 20+ beers on tap including several of my favorites such as Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and Rogue Dead Guy.

Harrison's is good but not enough to be my local regular. The search continues...

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Photo of Ninjaworm
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

I have been to Harrison's a few times. I try to go get a pint with friends here from time to time.

There are pool tables on one side and booths and tables on the other side. They have plenty of TV's for watching games.

They have a pretty good beer selection with around 20 taps and a cask of carolina pale ale.

Most of the time it is not hard to find a bartender to get a pint. Though because the room has a large dividing wall with a bar that raps around the wall forming a U sometimes the bartender on your side might dispear for a bit because they are pouring a pint on the other side because the taps are spread through out the entire bar.

They have the standard macros and mircos but I think it is great that they have the cask.

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The Train Station Sports Bar and Grill in Cary, NC
Place rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 8 ratings
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