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City Beverage

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City BeverageCity Beverage
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City BeverageCity Beverage

Type: Bar, Eatery

4810 Hope Valley Road
Durham, North Carolina, 27701
United States

(919) 401-6500 | map

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Photo of Bilco
3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of brstls4drmrs
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of KevinGordon
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of flipdog0
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Durge
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Visited this place for the first time last week and caught it for a couple beers during the late afternoon before anyone much was out yet, so it was pretty much empty and my bartender was very helpful and attentive. The place is kind of different, a bit slick perhaps, but I still liked it, decorated with funky album covers and old science fiction movie posters and other lava lamp type items. It's quite attractive and spacious for a decent beer destination. And they are a legitimate beer bar with a total of about 25 taps (there are two separate bar areas and a door that connects them so some beers are on the other side for the bartender to fetch). The selection is very solid with a good variety of local micros and national standouts a long with a few decent imports (Young's Double Chocolate Stout stands out in my memory). I didn't see a ton of exotic heart stoppers but I usually don't and there were plenty of great micro beers to choose from and a few somewhat obscure choices. They seem to have some kind of special running on beer (and wine) prices for different days of the week and some of the brews were only $3 per pint this day. Even the pricier beers were discounted. Music was decent, atmosphere laid back but definitely clean and pleasant. Would like to see it when it gets busy. I did not try the food but will hopefully make it back again to try some beers along with lunch or dinner. Glad I found it and I recommend it.

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Photo of JebediahScooter
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

We make it over to City Beverage every month or two...it's a bit of a haul, but if we have some reason to head that way we like to stop in. I really like the funky decor...great lighting, furniture, and campy posters. They also have an excellent, spacious patio with a ton of tables and a separate lounge. It's a really relaxing atmosphere, good for kids, and usually not too crowded.

There is always something on tap worth having, either a standard regional favorite or something new and interesting to try. As far as the food goes, the chips are excellent. I think I have only gotten one entree, the Ridiculous Steak Sandwich. It's fantastic, so I've never been able to try anything else. The wife likes the spicy tuna tacos a lot.

This is definitely a place that cares about providing you with a high level of quality, and I've never experienced anything less there.

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Photo of woolyb
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I hadn't visited City Beverage in several years, but when I returned recently it was even better than I remembered (and I remembered it as a great place!) And because of that I've been back several times over the last month.

Selection of beers on tap is wonderful, with a good combination of local, regional, and national beers. So good of a selection that it sometimes makes the decision difficult. The taps in the "Lava Lounge" differ from the taps in the restaurant area, but who ever is serving you will have no problem accommodating your request. With discount drafts every Tuesday and Thursday (excluding high abv beers, of course), you can't beat it as an after-work hangout.

The menu is definitely chef-driven, and I've enjoyed everything that I've tried. On my most recent visit I tore into the Spicy Firecracker Pork Dumplings with Cucumber-Peanut Relish and Peanut Sauce. It would have paired nicely with at Foothills Seeing Double IPA, but I couldn't pass up the Foothills Sexual Chocolate.

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Photo of tastybeer
3.38/5  rDev -18.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

I've only been here once, and it apparently wasn't all that memorable to me as in hasn't been a place that I've thought to return too. They have an interesting, small-medium sized food menu. Certainly decent but nothing that made me think damn, that was good. Beer selection is better than the average place. Victory prima pils, Bells two hearted, Dogfish 90 min, Ommegang hennepin, highland offereings, etc. Service was ok-nothing special. More of a decent enough restaurant with a wacky interior than my ideal beer/food destination.

Not bad but I don't know when I'll ever feel the need to go back when there are better dinner options around.

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Photo of atsprings
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Checked this place out by recommendation from beerfly. If I didn't know about it, I'd have no idea it's a good beer bar. The place doubles as a coffee shop and has a neon martini in the front window. The atmosphere is nice and chill with dim lighting and a pseudo sixties theme. There were about 15-20 quality taps with some rare finds including Rogue Morimoto Imperial Pilsner on draft. The service was good as well as the food although the food was quite pricey. This is a cool little place, but not quite worth the 30 minute drive to Durham except maybe every two months or so.

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Photo of WeisGuy
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

I've been here about three times the last three months and am just getting around to writing a review. The decoration of City Bev is different, but I like it. Very interesting '60s theme with record labels and movie posters mixed with a tiki bar. I like the coffee bar as you walk in. In my experience, the service has been pretty good. Wait staff has always been nice and service prompt. One time the bartender accidently poured me the wrong beer, but when I pointed it out, he was very apologetic and told me to drink that one on the house instead of saying that's what I had ordered. Decent draft selection, but nothing spectacular. I've had 90 Minute, 60 Minute, Ommegang, and Foothills Total Eclipse. The food I've gotten has been great. The turkey burger, tuna tacos, and chili braised chicken nachos are especially recommended. The feature entrees can be a bit pricey, but they are quality.

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Photo of CWiggins
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

I stopped by here for lunch on my day off after checking out the reviews here and studying their website. It's a nice little place with an intriguing menu and a nice beer selection. I ordered a roast beef sandwich and had two beers during my visit: Ayinger's Celebrator and Ska's True Blonde Ale. There are we several beers on tap and about the same number available by the bottle/can. I was impressed with the Belgian selection! The sandwich, unfortunately, was a little dry, and the Gruyere listed on the menu--which aided my decision--wasn't available and had to be substituted with American white cheddar. That wasn't an appealing switch. The beers, however, were very well presented.

The service was fine (of course, I was the only one in the place at 3pm), and the decor is quite funky, in a good way. I'd like to visit again.

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Photo of yessri
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Visited City Beverage 10/7/06 and had a surprisingly delicious meal. The food is much better than anything observable would suggest. The range of beers on tap was good, but having come from the beer fest seemed limited. The atmosphere is hard to describe simply - think of a 60's themed place with lots of album covers of the time thrown in a blender with the sell off of a tiki bar's furnishings is as good as any way to think of it. Had a Rogue Dead Guy which was fresh and served well. There were 10-12 taps and other bottled selections. Note that the address has changed to 4810 Hope Valley Road from 4100. We'd definitely come back if within 50 miles.

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Photo of JOE9113656
4.78/5  rDev +15.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

City beverage is an excellent choice for anyone in the Durham/Chapel Hill/Carborro area. As has been said they have around 20 taps, and only 2 are macro-brew. The rest are a rotating stock of micro beers and lesser-known imports.

You can get a pint (a true pint) or an imperial pint (20 oz) always filled to the brim. The atomosphere is small, local, friendly, with a toutch of san francisco.

They have free wireless internet, which is how I'm now writing this review.

Their food is quite good here. It's unusual to find such well flavored food in such a tiny place. An added plus is a 99% health code rating. The triangle takes these ratings seriously, and this is the best rating I've ever seen.

Outdoors has a number of tables which can be heated with outdoor mushroom radiators.

The atmosphere is unusual, which is why I rated it a 4. Things like a 4-foot thousand pound wooden statue lagughing in the corner next to an orange bearskin rug take some getting used to.

Overall, a small lax place with a great spectrum of delectible beers on tap, and a sophisticated feel in a small town local.

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Photo of Stoo333
4.5/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

If someone was impregnated by a beer bar, a coffee shop, and a fine dining restaurant all at the same time, City Beverage would pop out 9 months later. Or something like that.

At any one moment you could be devouring wings and a beer, sipping on wine while eating steak au poivre, or enjoying a latte with creme brulee.

At night time, it's kind of dark and very cozy. Most of the furniture is very simple, though a few eclectic looking pieces are thrown in. I wish the wooden bar was a bit bigger, but it fits for the size of the place.

Highlights on tap include Red Seal, SNPA, Dead Guy, Brooklyn Lager/Brown, Duck Rabbit milk stout, and Highland's Gaelic ale. They also have a small assortment of bottles that include some other Highland offerings.

The food is amazing. If you're just in the mood for some bar munchies, the habanero wings are great (intense heat and flavor), in addition to fresh seasoned chips served with a homemade herb-blue cheese dressing. Also go for a few of the mini-burgers—(think Krystal or White Castle, but fresh/good and without the emulsified salt, disodium glutamate, BHT, etc.)--quality ingredients served alongside some of the homemade chips.

If you want something a bit more substantial, there is always a nightly steak special, along with various seafood and pasta dishes. Everything I've had has been excellent. On the menu you'll notice the words 'organic,' and 'local,' appear often. It's obvious the ingredients are chosen carefully, and they are certainly put to good use.

I've always had great service here. The bartenders are attentive and are more than happy to give their opinion on the food/beer. The chef and the owner hung out at the bar one night while I was there and they seem like good guys--it's a very friendly environment.

I'd recommend going to this place for the food alone, but luckily the beer selection and service add even more reason to come by. Currently, this is my favorite place in the triangle area to spend time at after work.

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Photo of beerinator
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

City Beverage opened up a week prior to this visit. 03.10.04

City Beverage is brand new, and a bit hard to find. But if you know the woodcroft area of Durham, it should be easier to locate.

This place is Coffee bar by day, Restaurant/Beer bar by night. During the day, I would assume that the chairs and tables, and wall colors look a bit more normal. But at night, the place seems a bit under dressed. The menu is definitely not burgers and fries. The entrées are in the 15 to 20 dollar range and the ones that I tried (jerk crusted Mahi, and a Strip steak with marinated mushrooms, were very large and flavorful).

City Beverage has 21 taps, and a handfull of bottles. Amstel Light is the only light beer on tap, most of the other beers are fairly well known imports and craft beers from the US. A few of the tap selections are; Red Seal, Mash House IPA, Sierra Nevada, Brooklyn Lager, Hoegaarden, Pilsner Urquell, Red Oak and Harpoon IPA.

The atmosphere of City Beverage is probably it's weakest point. It's coffee bar by day, fine dining/beer bar by night. It just feels a little weird, but it's only a week old. It was clean, with nice restrooms, and a solid bar. There's not much more you really need.

The service was nice, and the bar was well lit and comfortable. The entire restaurant is non-smoking, which in my opinion makes for a nice tasting environment. All together this place is a very nice addition to a burgeoning Durham beer scene.

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City Beverage in Durham, NC
Place rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 15 ratings
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