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The (or, Ye Old) Tavern

Posted by YAR 23 Aug 2008 2 Comments

The Tavern (map) is a kind of dive-y bar in a hidden pocket between New Hope Commons and 15-501. Although there is, technically, a view of Office Max from the bar’s patio, it feels strangely isolated (and is strangely hard to find) for being adjacent to a giant strip mall.

It seemed like the kind of bar with a lot of regulars and where it would probably be easy to become a regular yourself–everyone was extremely friendly to us newcomers.  There are two floors, pool tables, a patio, a dance floor (not in use when we were there), karaoke on Thursdays, several TVs, a 5-foot-tall inflatable bottle of Jagermeister, and good drink specials every night.  The highlight for me was the opportunity to relive my glory days via the delightful mid-nineties XM radio station that was playing all night (everyone loves Dookie, right? But if Seven Mary Three is not your thing, there is also apparently a big jukebox downstairs).

I did not get a good look at the full beer selection but there were about 12 taps upstairs.  I stopped looking when I saw what I wanted: the Triangle Brewery Pale Ale.  This would probably be a good place to hang out if for some reason you really want to avoid seeing any Duke students.


  • Phil said:

    The Tavern is an interesting place. The one time I walked in there, I felt like I might as well have been in a different county, it was so “isolated” from anything else I’d ever visited, despite the fact that I’d driven within 200 yards of it about a million times.

    The whole strip that the Tavern anchors used to have a variety of odd businesses (including a gym with a leaky roof). Bit by bit, some of the old strip buildings have come down, while meanwhile the New Hope Commons center has grown busier and larger (if you count the stuff across Mt. Moriah, which may technically be different).

    The Tavern used to be the site of (or next to the site of – my memory is fuzzy, but I can’t imagine two bars in that building) Boxers, a bar whose tagline was, “you don’t have to be gay, but it helps.”

    The Boxers brand and crew eventually slid over (in part) to Ringside (where you could see a lot of old Boxers art/sculpture/etc.).


  • YAR (author) said:

    Good news from BCR: The Tavern is relocating to Markham and Ninth St (the old Music Loft site). Well, it’s good news for me because I live close to there. But livening up the 9th St area is probably a good thing in general. http://www.bullcityrising.com/2009/02/the-tavern-to-relocate-to-ninth-st-areas-music-loft-site.html


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