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[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 …

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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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[25 Apr 2013 | 9 Comments | ]

Bar Lusconi is a downtown beer and wine bar that soft-opened this week, so don’t expect perfection or a wide food selection just yet. However, I was very happy with everything we tried last night and can report no kinks in the service. There’s a great article in the Herald-Sun that covers the details of the bar opening. It’s owned by Timothy Neill and Jesse Gerstle, who opened Peccadillo last year, which is a somewhat secretive cocktail bar in downtown Carrboro. Bar Lusconi is at a …

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[4 Dec 2012 | One Comment | ]

A quick look at Cave Taureau, the new wine shop that opened in downtown Durham last month. Cave Taureau is offering a well-curated selection of wines backed up by a friendly and knowledgeable staff. Their selection varies greatly in price, at their weekly tasting we sampled a $25 bottle and a $10 bottle. I personally really enjoyed the a table full of “wines from your favorite local restaurants.” Like Wine Authorities, Cave Taureau is also offering a selection of cocktail accoutrements (vermouth, bitters, etc). With the hole …

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[22 Jun 2012 | 21 Comments | ]

This is a quick first look at Taberna Tapas, the new tapas place that opened this week downtown. Taberna should not be confused with the tapas place Matt Kelly (of Vin Rouge) and crew are opening a few doors down in the old Book Exchange building. Taberna is where the not-great casual Mexican joint Guajillos used to be. They’ve completely redone the space, removing the awkward raised seating in the window, exposed the brick walls and highlighted the high ceilings. With rustic chandeliers and chalkboard menus, it’s …

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[20 Jun 2011 | 12 Comments | ]

We have a new cheese shop in Durham and lo, it is a glorious occurrence!  The Reliable Cheese Company was opened to fill a void in Durham’s foodie niche: the local cheese shop, where one can pick up great cheeses, meats, and other specialty goods and receive advice and guidance from a knowledgable cheesemonger.  That cheesemonger is Patrick Coleff, who has been in the cheese industry for five years, learning the trade at the great Murray’s in Manhattan and working at a few other …

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[18 Oct 2010 | 2 Comments | ]

There are two exciting events coming to downtown Durham this weekend to support our local businesses and the Triangle’s local nonprofit organizations. First up is Bright Lights, Bull City on Saturday, 10/23, an event sponsored by Durham Magazine to celebrate our vibrant downtown, Brightleaf, and West Village businesses. There will be live music at Alivia’s and free food and drink at several businesses including Fifi’s, Posh the Salon, and Magpie’s from 2 to 6 pm. Much like an art walk, this event is designed for you to make your …

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[5 Jun 2009 | 9 Comments | ]
The Bottle Shop

HV Bottle Shop doesn’t look like much and the name doesn’t really make sense (as in Hope Valley), but further investigation reveals a much needed spot for more casual wine drinking and two very helpful owners.  Thomas and Drew have been around the block for a while (having worked at Nana’s and Foursquare(?) or the like) before opening their welcoming bottleshop in Woodcroft Plaza.

All of the Carpe Durham squad has been there by now and the results are officially tallied: it’s a great place.  They have a handy-dandy wine dispenser for …

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[10 Sep 2008 | 6 Comments | ]

Wine Authorities (2501 University Dr) is having their 1st birthday party today, 5 – 7pm.  There will be:

That last one is not listed on the W.A. site but was in the email that they sent out to their list (a fun list to be on if you have …