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106 Main

Posted by DID 29 Sep 2013 3 Comments

I’ve long lamented the lack of a bar bar in downtown Durham – a minimal frills watering hole with a good beer selection, decent juke box and questionable pretzels on the bar. A bar where they serve ice-cold long necks and don’t do cocktails that require a special ice cube and a smoked lemon peel. 106 Main, newly opened on Main St. next door to Talk of the Town, may just fill that void.

Owned by a couple who live in Duke Park, 106 Main is looking to be a neighborhood bar with affordable booze and a diverse crowd. 106 Main does not yet have beers on tap, but the owner assured us that those would be installed in coming weeks. Right now, 106 Main is, in their newly opened state, offering a handful of $3 domestic beers, some seasonal brews (Post Road Pumpkin), and $3.50 house well drinks. The owner is also doing a few signature $10 cocktails.

The decor is pretty bare bones right now, the walls covered in mirrors (a remnant of the days when Talk of the Town used the space as a dance floor), a few tables, a sofa hang area and a handful of TV’s. The owner/bartender was incredibly welcoming and excited to be open downtown.

106 Main is considered a private bar (because they don’t serve food), but membership involves just filling out a quick form.



  • silvio said:

    $4 Corona is a “special”? $5 for a bottle of Shiner?


    Rhythm replies on October 3rd, 2013 at 3:20 pm:

    Unfortunately the sub-$3.50 beer special is dead in Durham (and in neighboring cities). It seems to be an unintended byproduct of the craft beer explosion – why would a distributor or bar owner sell $3 Coronas/Bud Lights/Miller Lites when the clientele is happily forking over $5 for a local pale ale?


  • Eryk Pruitt said:

    Their coffee martini is out of this world. Owner/Bartender Mike Bourquin tells you how to make it in this video. http://vimeo.com/113346771


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