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Tyler's Taproom And Restaurant
Taps: 50 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
324 Blackwell Street, Suite 400
phone: (919) 433-0345
(Place added by: GCBrewingCo on 08-05-2005)
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| Reviews: 45
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped here after a Durham game against the Toledo Mudhens. This was conveniently located between the stadium and our car, and we noticed the Chimay and Delirium beer umbrellas which drew us like flies to to a zapper.
There were about 40 taps, mostly craft beers. Some representative breweries I saw: Duck Rabbit, Ommegang, Rogue, Terrapin, Brooklyn, Weihenstephaner, Bell's, Victory, DogfishHead, etc. One nice option is a flite, where you get 4 sampler glasses (about 4-5oz) for one price. The drawback is that the 4 beers are taken from a pre-made list (you can't choose just anything).
The food was good (based on the NC BBQ ribs and garlic fries I had), the atmosphere was good (40% laid out as a restaurant with tables, 20% as a bar with stools, and another 40% in back laid out as another bar with pool tables and whatnot). If you're in town this place is a no-brainer.
05-14-2008 09:47:37 |
More by TurdFurgison
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
As was stated, Tyler's is not adjacent to the ballpark, it is on the other side of an inner courtyard. There is a visible parking deck beside Tyler's so you could park there and walk right in no matter the weather.
Tylers is old warehouse space and I liked the vibe. Clean, fresh and industrial. The taps are well chosen and well laid out. Skip the beer menu in the book, it was so out of date that it did not appear that any beers were still on tap. The quality of the beers was very high as was everything. Every beer was served in a logo glass from the brewery of origin.
Our service was spot on. I'm not sure the what the waitresses name was, but she did a magnificent job. We were talking to some friends at an adjacent table and when walked around our conversation to bus tables and refill glasses or to take orders for another round.
Tyler's and the next door Speakeasy share 40 taps and then each bar has 10 taps that are all their own for a total of 60 taps. At the time of our visit the Tyler's side was a bit Avery heavy with about 6 taps. They had several Rogue as well, two XS and a John's Locker for sure. The Speakeasy was already too smoky for me at 5 pm to check out the drafts. For that reason, the average of the two joints for atmosphere is a 4.0. Tyler's gets a 5, the smoky Speakeasy earns a 3.
The food was very good. I had a soup of the day and the meatloaf. The soup was sausage, beer and white beans and extremely tasty. The meatloaf was two huge slabs. It was tough to eat it all. The other person in my party had the fish tacos. Everything was very, very good.
I'll go back, great food, great beer, great service and at least 1/2 the place has a great atmosphere.
10-13-2005 12:05:49 |
More by GCBrewingCo
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Downtown Durham isn't much to speak of but the Durham Bulls stadium and the complex next door (where Tyler's is located) are fantastic. We stopped in for dinner before seeing my previously local Pawsox come in to play Durham.
Tyler's Durham location is in a spectacular old warehouse / mill building with high ceilings, exposed brink, huge wooden beams and a wooden plank ceiling. It's been renovated nicely and remains very authentic. The large front room has lots of tables and a bar with all of the taps behind it. But there's also a back room with pool tables and more of a bar atmosphere. This place couldn't have been done any better.
Like each of the Tyler's locations, the beer is outstanding. They've got to have at least 40 on tap and lots more in the bottle. While there are places that offer even more, just about every beer at Tyler's is great. Whoever does the buying for them is very good. The lineup includes a wide variety of American beers and loads of Belgians. Some of our favorites include Green Flash West Coast IPA, Rogue Imperial IPA and Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA.
Also like each of the Tyler's locations, the food is good and consistent. It's not the reason you should go but it stands up well. The portions on the nachos and salad were pretty impressive.
I've now been to all three Tyler's locations and while I really like something about each one, this might just be my favorite. If you love beer, you'll love Tyler's.
06-01-2008 11:35:46 |
More by GJ40
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$$
atmosphere: Love the outdoor seating and the views it offers. I'm sure the place itself has been well described by everyone else.
quality: Over the few visits I've made to Tyler's, everything has always been fresh and served in the appropriate brewery glassware.
service: Nothing exceptional, but certainly good service.
selection: Great selection of beers. A range of NC locals as well as some rare finds you'd be hard pressed to get anywhere else in the area.
food: Really depends. The portobello mushroom sandwich I had on my first visit was good, but the fish and chips I had this past weekend sucked. The "chips" were excellent, but the two tiny and flavorless strips of fried catfish left much to be desired. Decent burgers, though. Definitely better than the other beer bars of the Triangle.
value: a little pricey but nothing exorbitant
09-10-2007 17:06:02 |
More by blackie
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Located in the American Tobacco Project very close to the Durham Bulls Stadium.
Two large bar areas with 50+ quality taps available. Large list of quality bottles as well. Lots of wood and brick make for a noisy time. Mostly booth seating with some large tables. Very nice large outside seating area with seats in the sun and under cover. Plans to convert some of this space into a beer garten.
Suprisingly family friendly with lots of kids present on the weekends during the day (wikki stix handed out to each kid).
All beers served in their appropriate glass. Beers are well presented in a large notebook. Fodd menu is not deep, but everything is well put together and tastes good.
2 tc's out front, but large back bar area for game watching.
Great palce for a beer. Seasonal list changes often.
06-27-2009 15:10:40 |
More by beer2day
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Visited on two seperate occasions on a recent trip to Durham. Once on the Restaurant side for dinner, another to the bar side to play some pool. Both sides had a great selection and a nice design. Located in a renovated tobacco warehouse with high wood ceilings and exposed raftors. Plaza outside in the shadow of the Lucky Strike water tower. Parking is easy in an adjacent covered garage. Something like 60 taps, with the selection varying slightly from the taproom to the dining area. The crowd in the bar was a bit too much typical frat boy meat-market for my tastes, but it was a nice atmosphere in the dining section, with a variety of groups. Definitely worth a visit if you are in the neighborhood - and a short walk from the Bulls stadium.
05-24-2006 15:42:02 |
More by rowew
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped here on a Tuesday night and it was not crowded but it was active. It is a pretty big place situated within a retro/renovation project that seems to feature a number of college/yuppy eateries, cafes, and specialty shops along with numerous corporate offices. Look for the old Lucky Strike cigarette smoke stack that towers overhead of this renovated former factory right across from the Bulls stadium. Apparently it does get very busy throughout the week. It is a very clean, contemporary atmosphere with dining tables set up throughout the restaurant and bar area for relatively casual but respectable lunch and dinner settings. There are also quite a few tables set up outside the restaurant within the attractive courtyard/promenade that encompasses this general collection of businesses. I sat at the bar and had Nick as my barkeep. Nick had reasonable knowledge of the 20+ beers on tap and offered free tastes of anything I was curious about purchasing. Service was good including a fast turn around on my cheeseburger. The burger and garlic fries were plentiful & delicious, done perfectly (not overcooked). The selection of beers on tap included pretty much all quality micros and imports. I saw little or no evidence of any macros. Although I didn't try any bottled beers, their list included more of the same kind of stuff to complement the overall selection. I had a handful of different brews including some locals like Highlands Gaelic & Carolina Oktoberfest. Bell's Two Hearted and Terrapin's Rye Pale Ale were among my favorites but everything seemed plenty fresh, well poured and delicious. While they carried some micro standards like #9 and Dogfish 60 minute on tap, more of the selections were to me on the less common side. They offered four different sampler varieties which included an assortment of four different 4 oz. brews grouped loosely by type. There were adequate televisions for sports viewing and prices were very reasonable considering the general quality of the place and consumables. Nick did a great job, friendly and talkative, helpful and prompt. I was disappointed that of the two taps that were empty this night, one was Ska Brewing's Nut Brown Ale which I was looking forward to finally trying. Hopefully next time it will be flowing as I defintely look forward to more visits to this great place and recommend you try it out the next time you are in Durham. It's just a 3-4 block walk away from the Marriott Hotel in downtown Durham, just off exit 12 of Route 147.
10-01-2007 04:32:55 |
More by Durge
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
We swung by after a recetn Bulls game to wait for the parking deck to empty. Reminded me not so much of a college bar as a bar to remind older folks about what college bars used to be when we were in college. Two bars that I saw with tables on one side and pool and foosball on the other. A very large space which was nice because I hardly noticed the crowd. TVs around the rooms and I think I remember seeing some couches.
Fifty or so taps with a lot of local offerings. Not sure about the bottles though. I saw some folks carrying beer menus but I just picked something from the taps on the wall. Once concern I have though is we had some stools at the bar and only heard requests for the macro-style usual suspects which led me to wonder how long some of those kegs have been hooked up for. service was also a bit annoying. One annoying thing I have noticed in several NC beer bars is that once the crowd gets big they try not to serve bers in a glass but rather a plastic Solo cup. I had to ask repeatedly to get an actual pint glass. It would be one thing if I was ealking around the room but I had been sitting at the bar for several drinks and still was not able to get some. But I saw other folks walking away with pint glasses.
I am not sure I would go to Durham just for the bar but I would definitely visit after my next Bulls game.
07-01-2007 12:02:26 |
More by MuddyFeet
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Just visited Tyler's (The Speakeasy part) for the recent Sunday Night Football Steelers Chargers game, and I really enjoyed the experience. I'd like to visit more of this area, where many of the old Tobacco warehouses have been converted into newer places, while the old atmosphere, lots of brick, and high ceilings are still providing a nice place to hang out.
I don't know exactly how many taps there are, but there are certainly a lot (maybe around 40 or more). There's a nice, fairly-detailed menu talking about all the wines and beers. And I think there's even a newer one which is updated that has the rotating taps on there. Seems like many of them are staples, but stuff like Avery's Kaiser and the DFH Punkin' Ale are obviously nice rotating brews.
There are two hi-def TVs behind the bar, and there are two in the corner, with a screen projected in the back also. There was baseball and football, which was nice for those watching the former also.
With the high ceilings it also wasn't smokey at all, nice for consuming good beer without all the haze in the room.
A comfortable place, with lots of room, lots of good beer, and is a good place to go with multiple folks. The tap presentation is really nice too, and many of them are obviously readable from the bar, which makes the choice even harder. I'm looking forward to going there again on my next to trip Durham.
10-10-2006 04:24:25 |
More by asabreed
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Wandered down after the World Beer Festival. This old tobacco area was fairly interesting, far enough away from the University to not be a "college" bar, take from that what you wish. Don't even bother with the front of the place, other than the bar. Different taps in the front, the rear bar and outside. Real large selection, more interesting things than the Saucers and Mushrooms I've been to lately. Burton Baton, 09/09/09, Depth Charge all on draft. Nice selection of bottles but I didn't have to venture their. I've never seen Kuhnhen outside of Michigan, it was at the outside taps. Fourth Dimentia, one of the best old ales in the country, Big points. Tons of games and enough tv's and seating in the back. Great place to entertain yourselves. Could talk here as well, but the front bar or outside would be better for purely talking purposes. A read several reviews that made my expectations not real high and this place definetely over delivered. Service was all right, not necessarily knowledgeable, but adequate. Food was adequate as well. Didn't look like there was anything else of any substance in Durham, so just stop here.
10-06-2009 00:42:15 |
More by Bung
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