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Bar Virgile

Posted by DID 11 Jan 2015 2 Comments

Scott Howell (chef/owner of Nana’s), along with his wife and a partner opened Bar Virgile just before the holidays. Bar Virgile, with its warm glow and intimate setting, offers the perfect respite for these cool winter nights. It’s all wood, exposed brick and two really appealing curved leather booths in each corner. Bar Virgile does have one TV hung above the kitchen for those into the sport ball. They’re offering an extensive wine list, several beers on draught, and a list of classic cocktails like Manhattans, Fizzes and Negronis.

Named after his grandfather, Howell is serving up an impressive menu of bar snacks from the tiny kitchen tucked in the back of Bar Virgile – a full cheese/charcuterie list sits alongside a variety of small plates. These small plates include everything from $3 bowls of popcorn to frog legs, escargot, and spare ribs. So far we’ve sampled the bratwurst, the popcorn, the shoestring fries, duck salad, escargot, frog legs, and the house made pretzel. The pretzel, the popcorn and and shoestring fries are all the perfect bar snack – all are less than $5, salty and great paired with a beer. The bratwurst makes for a great dinner. The duck salad is one of the best salads we’ve ever had in Durham.

Bar Virgile also regularly keeps a hard-to-resist, three-teir cake under a glass dome on the bar. These cakes are from the kitchen at Nana’s, and despite the fact it’s not on the menu, are offered by the slice and topped with fresh cream. We sampled a slice of German chocolate cake on a recent Saturday that was outstanding and a large enough slice for a table of eight to each have a bite or two.

Open just a month, Bar Virgile is already pretty popular and can get quite crowded on Friday and Saturday nights. But don’t be deterred if you walk in and looks at capacity, the really helpful waitstaff and hosts will find a spot for you. If they can’t find a spot, you can leave your number with them, stroll up to 106 Main or Bar Lusconi and they’ll call when a spot is available.


Bar Virgile
105 S. Mangun St.
Monday-Wednesday from 4 p.m. to midnight
Thursday-Saturday from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.


  • Ralph Haygood said:

    I don’t like alcoholic drinks, but you said two magic words: “bratwurst” and “cake”. I’ll be there shortly.


  • Terri johnson said:

    HI Scott. great luck with Carpedurham. Please let me know if you might be interested in award winning local wine from Banner Elk Winery. I have met you at Thanksgivings with your mom and with Vivian Henson. My phone number is 828 260 1790. Thanks!


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