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[5 Jun 2014 | 5 Comments | ]

Casbah transitioned into a new game bar a few months ago and has been rebranded as Durham Social Game and Brews. They’ve taken out the stage and the sound booth and replaced them with a much larger and longer bar, some arcade games, a foosball table and a 22′ shuffle board.

Social Games and Brews also has an impressive line up of some 30 beer taps and Durham’s Brood soda.

The games include a Back to the Future pinball machine, …

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[2 Jun 2014 | 5 Comments | ]

Thanks to the newly opened Sam’s Bottle Shop, the folks who live in South Durham no longer have to make the crosstown trip to the beer mecca that is Sam’s Quik Shop to find their favorite brews. Located next to an Auto Zone (just odd), Sam’s Bottle Shop is a welcome site among the strip malls of South Durham.


Despite an equal devotion to all things beer, Sam’s Bottle Shop has a pretty different vibe from the beloved Sam’s Quik Shop. For …

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[1 Jun 2014 | 2 Comments | ]

Thanks to a recent law change, we can now have growler stores in North Carolina. This gives us Durhamites the chance to take craft beers home that aren’t yet available in cans or bottles. Cheers.

Karen Poulsen moved from Oregon and came out of retirement to open Growler Grlz, which is, we hope, only the first of the growler stores in Durham. Located in South Durham, which is quickly becoming a beer destination (Mattie B’s, the new Sam’s Bottle Shop), …

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[24 May 2014 | One Comment | ]

The folks behind West End Wine Bar have opened a billiards and game room next door (just between the wine bar and the train station). You can cut through the back of the West End Wine Bar, but you can’t take beverages back and forth.

A large, open space, there are six pool tables, two shuffle board tables, dart boards, two sand bocce courts, and a regulation basketball hoop (though worth noting recently their basketball has been “stuck on the roof”). The bar also has …

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[26 Nov 2013 | No Comment | ]

We stopped by the new taproom, Triangle Pint & Plate, from the folks at Triangle Brewery this past Friday night.

Packed on its first weekend in business, Triangle Pint & Plate is, of course, offering up a wide selection of Triangle Brewery beers on tap (other beers available in bottles/cans) and a few wines by the glass. Until they start serving food, Triangle Pint & Plate does require a dollar membership card (the plate part of the name is set to come early next year).

We’ve …

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[13 Nov 2013 | One Comment | ]

The Cookery is hosting the inaugural (Thank you for not using ‘first annual’) Rent Party to benefit Housing for New Hope, an organization that aims to end homelessness through housing, healthcare, and other support.  The event is $50 with reservation required for the 11/23 soiree.  It will be a night of Gatsby reminiscent indulgence to include hors d’oeuvres from the Catering Company of Chapel Hill, open bar (including Ponysaurus brews on tap!), and the Mint Julep Jazz Band.

The event is a revival of the …

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[1 Oct 2013 | 4 Comments | ]

If you ever find yourself taking a few wrong turns and ending up in Raleigh *shudder* you can take solace in the fact that there will soon be a bit of Durham there to comfort you.

Wine Authorities’ second location!

Coming this October to the Mordecai/Oakwood neighborhood at 211 E. Franklin Street.

The Raleigh location will offer the same great service and “wine is fun for everyone” attitude that has made Wine Authorities a Durham favorite since it opened its doors in September 2007.

To ensure that the …

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[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 …

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[17 Sep 2013 | One Comment | ]

Keil Jansen says he is “brewing the beers beer would drink if beer could drink beer.”  And I agree.

Jansen has long been involved in the homebrewing community (ie: TRiangleUnabashedhomeBrewers and Brew Durham) and recently quit his day job to pursue his nanobrewing aspirations.  He has teamed up with duo David Baldwin of Baldwin& (AdAge’s 2012 Small Agency of the Year) and Jennifer Gardner of prettyfab PR on the business end and Nick Hawthorne-Johnson of The Cookery for logistics.  Ponysaurus is the first commercial …

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[14 Sep 2012 | 3 Comments | ]

Walking into Chapel Hill institution Crooks Corner, bypassing the hostess to sit at their cool bar and order a mint julep is one of my favorite ways to spend a summer evening. Therefore I had high hopes when word got around that Shannon Healy, former manager at Crook’s Corner, was opening a bar in downtwon Durham.

Alley 26 quietly opened its doors last week. Located near Rue Cler on Chapel Hill St., Alley 26 is focusing on artisanal cocktails and housemade mixers. They also have wine, a few …