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.
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!
Aug 10, 2022
I had so much fun at Alley Twenty Six. A great place to go with friends or a date... Anniversary, etc... The vibe is awesome and upscale, the service was great and the food and drink were exquisite, creative and smart.
As a New Yorker who transplanted to NC a decade ago, I felt like I was back in Greenwich Village and the cafe lifestyle of NYC.
Downtown Durham is the real deal and Alley Twenty Six is its flagship.
Aug 2, 2022
Great bar. Would give five stars; but have never been wild about Tiki drinks, which were fare for the time we went. Would like to go again when they feature whiskey drinks.
Jul 20, 2022
It’s really nice when local institutions live up to the hype! I was impressed with our drinks and the standard of service, but absolutely wowed by our food. I got the burger on a whim, it’s easily among the best in an area with steep competition. Kudos to the kitchen!
Jul 6, 2022
To be honest Alley twenty six popped up on my radar before the James Beard, but that just solidified my desire to go. Spoiler, it did not disappoint. Tropical themed cocktails to start off, delicious. Pork katsu, perfectly cooked. If you ask for medium rare on your burger, expect a cool pink center because the kitchen knows what they're doing. They were out of pineapple upside down cake, but we were treated with a little taste from the bar as compensation for our perceived loss by Ben, our amazing server. All in all a lovely experience. Will be back again soon to try a completely different set of menu items (looking at you poke nachos...).
Jun 21, 2022
Tiki drinks were great! The ambiance of the alley was very nice too. Inside would have been a bit loud for me - if you want a quieter meal I recommend making an outdoor reservation.