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Bar in Durham?

Looking for a bar in Durham for a medium-sized gathering (8-10 people) for a Friday night. Suggestions for a place that could accommodate a group that size without too much trouble on a Friday? Preferably with some good apps/bar food?

I'm thinking some of the go-to spots downtown (like the Federal and Bull McCabe's) are just going to be packed on a Friday night.

The folks I'm setting this up with suggested Chili's, I'm hoping we can do better than that!

I was considering Six Plates, but I think that might be a bit pricey for this crowd. Southern Durham (South Square/Woodcroft area) preferred. Anyone know anything about the West 94th St. Pub in Woodcroft?

Also wondering about the bar at Blu, thinking it might be less crowded than other places.

Thanks for any suggestions.

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  1. City Beverage and West 94th St Pub would both be good choices for the Woodcroft end of town. On the South Square side, you could do worse than Bocci, Tomato Jake's, Rock Fish Grill, or Shiki Sushi -- all of which have outdoor seating.

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    City Beverage
    4810 Hope Valley Rd Ste 105, Durham, NC 27707

    West 94th St Pub
    4711 Hope Valley Rd Ste 6C, Durham, NC 27707

    Shiki Sushi
    207 W Nc Highway 54, Durham, NC 27713

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    1. re: ToothTooth

      Thanks, I do like City Beverage, my experience is just that it's usually packed on Friday nights.

      And by South Square, I'm showing my age--I mean where South Square used to be, which is where Target is right now.

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      City Beverage
      4810 Hope Valley Rd Ste 105, Durham, NC 27707

      1. re: barbara27

        No worries, it's still marked as South Square on road signs :)

        I've had good experiences with large groups (12-16) Carolina Ale House at South Square. The food is very much average bar food, but they have a decent selection of local and regional beers on tap, and sometimes the dinner specials are good/interesting.

    2. Maybe even Tobacco Road Cafe next to Durham Bulls Baseball park.

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      1. re: burgeoningfoodie

        Fullsteam is lively and cheap. Also there are the food trucks nearby, which is always fun.

          1. re: burgeoningfoodie

            Aw, shucks! On this forum, that's a good thing. Right? :)

            1. re: peetoteeto

              I actually like the Down Under Pub but you would not all be able to sit together. They have excellent wings and beer selections. Bull City Burger and Brewery has gotten good reviews.

              Metro 8 Steakhouse on 9th Street has a great covered patio which is a very cool place. You get get out fairly reasonably price wise if you just ordered appetizers. Great mojitos.

              West 94th Street is good but pretty small.

              James Joyce also has a patio as well in the back.

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              Down Under Restaurant
              25920 Nc 12 Hwy, Waves, NC 27982

              Metro 8
              746 9th St, Durham, NC 27705

              1. re: steveindurham3

                I'm pretty sure the Down Under went under.

                1. re: steveindurham3

                  Really I have heard mixed things about Bull City, but I've heard more positive things about Geer Street Garden (also not far from Fullsteam).