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Alley Twenty Six


320 E Chapel Hill St
Durham, NC 27701
Phone: (984) 439-2278
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Photo of Jennifer Scott Jennifer Scott
May 5, 2019 3

We must have caught them on an off night. The food was delicious, but it took us over an hour to be served. We had to ask our waitress, who was very sweet, if we could order drinks and then later our meals, after waiting about 10 minutes each time, rather than her approaching us to take an order. At one point she came to let us know our food would be ready in 5 minutes but it was another 15 before it arrived. Unfortunately, we then had to rush through our meals so we could make the show that was two hours after hour reservation time.

Photo of Bill McKeown Bill McKeown
Apr 28, 2019 5

Loved this place. Seems a little off the beaten path, but it's easy to get to. Small menu. All the food we had was really good. Cocktails were excellent. Place is quaint. The staff was friendly.

Photo of Esther Wallace Esther Wallace
Apr 18, 2019 5

Always amazing...never a letdown. The staff is knowledgeable, the chef is truly inspired (pro tip check out their cocktail dinners), and the liquor selection is modest but with thoughtful placement. It's lovely from open to close and great for a posh late night bite.

Photo of Roberta Wittes Roberta Wittes
May 26, 2019 4

Great food. Felt like they may be a little short of staff in the front of the house. Creative cocktails. Will be back.

Photo of Walker Williams Walker Williams
May 20, 2019 5

Best cocktails in town. Best burger, too! Servers and bartenders are very knowledgeable, so ask them about their drinks to point you in the right direction!

Photo of Arla Kennedy Arla Kennedy
Jul 2, 2019 5

This place is amazing!! Food at 2 am?!?!?! And it was 5 STAR quality!! My friends Lobster Roll was unlike any I had ever eaten before..and I have had lobster rolls in Maine! The fries are unreal!! And my burger was cooked to PERFECTION! The drink selection is really cool! I had the Mexican Herbalist and it was spicy good!! Will definitely return!!

Photo of Sara Abernethy Sara Abernethy
Jun 25, 2019 5

A Durham staple for sure. Their cocktails are crafted second to none, always with seasonal and local influences. I've never ordered anything to eat that we didn't practically lick the plate to finish! The burger with bacon jam and the bang bang cauliflower are my favorites! Would come here again and again.

Photo of Alejandro Fernandez Alejandro Fernandez
Aug 4, 2019 4

I liked it. It's a very nice place with very well crafted drinks, however, what I liked the most was the food. Yes, their menu is super short, but the quality...WOW...it surprised me way more than the drinks. Oh...by the way...it is not expensive at all! Go. Give it a try. I'm sure you'll like it.

Photo of Boyce Currance Boyce Currance
Oct 15, 2019 5

I went for Tempting Fate without alcohol (VERY delicious perfect for summer!), and we shared the Burrata plate, the Bang Bang Cauliflower and the Alley Burger. Due to the hurricanes, the oysters were subbed for calamari so I'm sad we weren't able to try the oysters! Loved the bang bang cauliflower -a bit spicy

Photo of Reggie Strange Reggie Strange
Sep 21, 2019 5

They have seasonal cocktails with their Mexican herbalist (with half mezcal) and tonic drinks being my favorite. They also have some good bourbon cocktails into the winter.They serve food until late as well - I've only had their bar food but they do have a full restaurant attached. Stellar fries.

Photo of Hayden Fischer Hayden Fischer
Oct 12, 2019 5

Great, friendly staff and a creative drink menu (including for my coworker, who doesn't drink alcohol). We didn't try their food, ordering only drinks, but the tables around us had plates that looked very appetizing.

Photo of Sal Sal
Nov 3, 2019 5

I've been at Alley Twenty Six more times than I can count. I just absolutely love the vibe. If you want an intimate candlelit vibe, they have an area for that. If you're looking for a more casual vibe, they have an area for that too! Two of best worlds. They have a wide variety of cocktails, that never disappoint. I can't speak highly enough about this spot. It's my 'hidden gem' when I want to impress my friends.

Photo of Scott Zufall Scott Zufall
Nov 2, 2019 5

Awesome venue. Service was solid and the food was exceptional. Buffalo cauliflower?!? Incredible!!! Cocktails were very well done! One of my Durham favorites!

Photo of Jeremie Miller Jeremie Miller
Nov 11, 2019 5

A favorite for small bites and cocktails. The bartenders are amazing. Point them in a direction and let them create something for you to enjoy. They won't let you down. My recommendation, try a Paper Airplane (the drink, not the airfoil).

Photo of Francis Dela Cruz Francis Dela Cruz
Nov 20, 2019 5

Where else can you go on a Sunday night to enjoy a well crafted drink before you pick up a saint of a friend at the airport at midnight other than Alley Twenty Six? I may not be as good at dissecting flavors, but my wife was able to carefully think about and discuss the flavors for this drink called Missing Fall with the bartender. Very nice classy place to come to. Big plus: the bathrooms have nice hand towels instead of paper towels

Photo of Steve Wells Steve Wells
Nov 23, 2019 5

The food was unexpectedly excellent. We had the pork belly sliders with our drinks. These were absolutely amazing. The pork was cooked perfectly and the details were right: bun was toasted perfectly. The flavors were all there. It is the first time I have had "elevated" bar food that lived up to the name. Now for the drinks. Luke is an artist. Period. When we go back we are going to ask for him to make our drinks. The cocktails were perfect. Our experience was exactly what you expect when you go to a high-end bar. The prices are about what you would expect: A little more than run-of-the mill place, but not touristy high.

Photo of Amol Soman Amol Soman
Nov 30, 2019 4

Alley 26 is a great place for some cocktails, hanging out with friends or even a date. The drinks are slightly on the higher side but still reasonably priced. I had the old fashioned there, not impressive at all but the other drinks we had were very good. I would especially recommend the amaretto sour.

Photo of Victoria M Victoria M
Dec 4, 2019 5

For after dinner drinks, this is definitely the place to go! I always get some french pressed coffee cocktail, which the bartenders always make from scratch (not on the menu). Every time it is different, and every time it is delicious! Highly recommend.

Photo of Ben Treder Ben Treder
Dec 28, 2019 5

Terrific spot in downtown Durham. The menu is both classic and innovative. The Alley burger is terrific, perfect bun to meat ratio. The pickle plate is a great appetizer, if you like pickled things. Nice beer selection as well (nothing on draft).

Photo of Wilmer Gregg Wilmer Gregg
Jan 17, 2020 5

A new favorite. A restaurant focused on modern Southern foods using locally sourced ingredients. Marvelous dinner, attractive atmosphere and a great wait staff. Both my wife had the delicious Jambalaya. (Wonderfully seasoned rice with chicken, shrimp and sausage. Not a "soupy" version that I often encounter.