Didn't eat here, but the cocktails are off the charts good. Buzzy, vibrant and the bar tenders were all super cool. 👌
Lennis Dionne Sample
Oct 1, 2023
The ambience was cool!! The staff was SUPER friendly and very accommodating. It was my mom’s birthday and the live jazz band played the happy birthday song for her!! She loved her food too!! Nice portions as well!! Definitely a cool place to have brunch. I will be back with friends and even colleagues in the near future!!
Becca Gomez Farrell
Aug 13, 2023
Had a lovely dinner & drinks at Alley 26 earlier this year, cooked up by the amazing Chef Carrie Schleiffer! One of the best gnocchi dishes I've had, for sure, with a super rich garlic cream sauce with herbs and a smacker of chili pepper for a great kick.
The key lime pie with housemade tonic syrup? Also very, very good. And I would definitely have another Shipwreck Negroni with a blend of barrel-aged rums, burnt wine, and Braulio Amarao, please! Oh, and I can't forget the watermelon and sherry beginning apertif!
Did I mention that I absolutely need to try the fried saltines and pickle dip sometime? Can I just carry Alley 26 home with me to the Bay Area, please?
Jul 31, 2023
Alley Twenty Six has become one of our go-to spots for cocktails, and they rarely disappoint with their regularly changing and intriguing drink menu. We had a great time sampling from their "Islands in the Alley" themed list this last visit. We specifically went to try their Alley Burger, which is one of the best in the Bull City, in my opinion. The burger was flavorful, the bun was fresh, and the toppings elevated the overall taste. Plus, the steak fries were also top-notch.
Jul 12, 2023
Alley Twenty Six offers quality food and cocktails that raise the bar for Durham eateries. This James Beard runner up impressed us with creative tasty drinks and food that was pretty good to excellent made with quality ingredients. Serving one of our favorite salads of all time (They call it “mandatory” for a reason…It was so good I had to stop myself from ordering a second) we were surprised by the let down of the poke tuna nachos which replaced the best parts of a standout bar food with plenty of room for elevation with not too crispy wanton chips and not enough additional ingredients or interesting flavors to be anything but mediocre. We enjoyed the blistered shishito peppers which made their way from very good to greatness with the accompaniment of a soy aioli that seemed to add just the right hint of several things. The coconut shrimp may not have tasted like coconut but the textures were spot on and the bang bang sauce and shrimp combo was an extremely well balanced , tasty bite. While I’d have higher expectations in a city known for good eats, these folks care about food and they know how to cook it. Your money is well spent here.
May 18, 2023
Must try! We tried a bunch of stuff and EVERYTHING we ordered was amazingg! For cocktail we tried the Mexican herbalist , the for food we tried their fresh oysters (they were the besstt) , Nashville hot cauliflower, burrata and tinned fish . I loved everything. I miss those Oysters :)
Apr 7, 2023
It has been on my list to try Durham's Alley Twenty-Six. The inside is cute and clean and has comfortable ambient lighting to match. There is a nice distance from the bar to the seating area. The staff is professional and personable and delivers great customer service.
I had the Nashville hot cauliflower, which I enjoyed. I had the steak with a side salad. The steak didn't arrive with a steak knife, but it was worth the wait once I could cut into it. I was pleased that the steak was a perfect medium rare steak that was tender and tasty. The salad was delicious. The Pickled Red Onion, Radish, Reggianito, and Lemon Tonic Vinaigrette on the salad were divine. Everything I had was a perfect 5* on my flavor palette.
I enjoyed my Accepting Fate with Hendricks instead of Bourbon. Changing the alcohol resulted in a pricey upcharge - be prepared. The cocktail was very good. I only needed one. The addition of the Angostura bitters in this cocktail was very yummy in every sip, and I only needed one cocktail, and I was feeling tipsy. Great food and a good time!
As a James Beard Foundation Award finalist for the Outstanding Bar Program - Alley Twenty-Six did not disappoint. It's a YES for me. Alley Twenty-Six met my expectations as an outstanding bar I plan to visit repeatedly.
Apr 6, 2023
I visited Alley in Downtown Bull City this evening by recommendation of my friend and fellow Elite. I heard about their James Beard claim to fame as 2022's best bar program in the Triangle. I see why. We had a reservation for 8 pm and I arrived ahead of time. The hostess was friendly and accommodating. While waiting I checked out their collection of in house made bitters, syrups and tonic. They also are accompanied by recipe cards. Very classy. I love the rustic New Orleans style of the dining room and bar. I fell instantly transported to the streets of the French quarter.
I will return next time for their beignets.
We were seated promptly near the full bar. The bar was at capacity for a Thursday evening. Our waitress recommended a few drinks to us that were refreshing. I decided on the strawberry G&T with their homemade Gin & Tonic. This was deliciously refreshing and really crept up on me ! Sip slow and careful. We decided on the Nashville Hot Cauliflower & Pimento Cheese spread, Pepper Jelly & Crostini. Both were excellent. I'm a Pimento cheese connoisseur, so this was excellent. It had a spicy smoked flavor, paired with the sweet and spicy mint flavored pepper jelly and crunch crostini, it was a hit. I had to order more crostini to finish off all the dip. I decided on the Ricotta Gnocchi served with spinach, bacon and almonds. This dish was flavorful and so comforting to me. Pure bliss. Plated well and tasty. My friend had the Steak served with a large salad. The steak was grilled to medium rare perfection.
Our waitress and server provided excellent service throughout our visit. I can't wait to return to try the other cocktail choice and menu items.
Apr 2, 2023
Came here for brunch, got the fat Elvis and wasn’t really impressed. The restaurant was empty but it still took forever to get service. My boyfriend said the eggs Benedict was good.
I came here for a birthday dinner the following week and had a much better time. The place was packed, lighting was good and the food and drinks were fantastic. It was my friend’s birthday and the restaurant surprised the whole table with shots. The alley burger was delicious and the pot de creme and affogato for dessert were so flavorful. Our waiter was extremely knowledgeable and helpful, and food came out quickly once ordered.
Mar 15, 2023
Great place to enjoy wonderfully crafted cocktails and amazing selection of whiskey.
Food is great to share with your better half or group of friends and be able to try most of the menu. The tin seafood options is a very cleaver way to enjoy the spirits poured. In the last two weeks we have been here twice.
Feb 16, 2023
This place was amazing!!!!! The food was insanely good and cocktail selection was so unique and delicious. The ambiance is great, reminds me of somewhere in Europe. Waitress was super nice as well. Food was perfectly cooked, and the burrata was so delicious. We had key lime pie for dessert and man that was the creamiest key lime pie I've ever had in my life. A little expensive, but that's expected. Highly recommend and will be coming back!
Feb 15, 2023
Got the Nashville Calliflower Wings, the Rum Old Fashion and the Pemento. All the items were delicious and I will be coming back here again to try the other items on the menu. Highly recommend.
Feb 7, 2023
This place is top notch! Food was great and the cocktails even better. It is difficult to find a location with staff that care from start to finish. The young woman at the front door was very happy and fun to talk to and found us a seat right away. The bartenders were of a level I have not seen since Ireland. 3 of them working together to make sure the experience was great. If one bartender had two drink orders, other bartenders jumped right in to help. Support local and give this place a try.
Jan 6, 2023
Came in mostly for burger but unfortunately i misunderstood what “medium” means for a burger. My server is very kind to help me made into what I want. Burger is slight salty but can tell the beef quality is good. The beef tartare is great but the wings are slightly overcooked. Overall the food is okay and the service is great.
Dec 22, 2022
How great was the food? Enough for you to fall in love. ‘Twas a chilly December evening, and I was on the fifth date with this amazing woman. The restaurant’s decor was so pretty, the service was so friendly, the vibes were so good, and the food was so immaculate that she and I decided to make our relationship official. Ten out of ten, definitely would recommend and go back again!