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Bar Brunello


117 E Main St
Durham, NC 27701
Phone: (919) 294-4825
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Photo of Meaghan McGrath Meaghan McGrath
Apr 11, 2019 5

The best wine bar in the Triangle. Esteban, Sergio and crew provide endless lively banter and really, really know their wines. I love being able to go into a place, describe the flavor profile I'm craving, and be presented with exactly what I'm looking for! Bar Brunello itself is a small, intimate bar -- very minimalist in design, which I love because the focus then resides in the wine and the company of those around you. There's also a small patio out back where you can sip on a glass when the weather is nice! Esteban has wine that you'd be hard-pressed to find anywhere else in the area, his collection of bottles is extremely impressive. Great place to discover new wines, have an intimate night out with your partner, or catch up with friends.

Photo of Marisol Hydock Marisol Hydock
Jun 17, 2019 5

I'm personally not the biggest fan of vinoculture. A friend brought us here for a wine tasting for her birthday. I was truly impressed by the knowledge and passion of the owner as he explained some unusual wine variants to us. It's a small, quaint space with plenty of other options around for food and entertainment. If I fancy a glass of wine in the future, I'll certainly return here.

Photo of Kathryn Desplanque Kathryn Desplanque
Apr 10, 2019 5

Great wine selection. Lovely hole in the wall feel but very very classy. The type of place you'd expect to find in a big city. Such a gem!

Photo of Sam Boyarsky Sam Boyarsky
Dec 5, 2018 5

Stop in and let Esteban pour you a glass of wine. You will not be disappointed. He is very knowledgeable and passionate about wine and he conveys that as he introduces you to the delicious glass he pours.

Photo of Erica Eason-Moncayo Erica Eason-Moncayo
Jun 18, 2019 5

I came to Bar Brunello with a date and two friends. The atmosphere immediately spoke to me as it was dimly lit, calming and upscale. I loved the many wine choices and the small and quirky table/chairs. Upon drinking a few too many, I spilled red wine all over myself. I was not judged and it was cleaned up immediately. Thank you for an incredible experience!

Photo of Ethan Poe Ethan Poe
Jun 30, 2019 5

I'm the person from the Sarah Breznik review and I first just want to note that Bar Brunello did a great job dealing with what actually happened was her and her friend making wildly racist comments and asking them politely to leave. Overall Bar Brunello is a lovely spot that has a great curation of Eastern European wine and is a must-see spot for wine nerds and people who just want to have a relaxed evening with great service and ambiance.

Photo of Anna Castle Anna Castle
Jul 16, 2019 5

Esteban is the best! He has so much knowledge about wine. And love the atmosphere too! This is a great place to come out on a date or take yourself out and get spoiled. Love the back patio as well. 5 stars! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Photo of Gregory Cash Gregory Cash
Oct 14, 2019 3

Large wine selection is a big plus. Arrived about an hour before close on a Friday night and there are about 3 other couples at the bar. Once we sat down at the bar the bar tender seemed very interested in serving us. Was a odd interaction with the bar tender but the wine list was solid.

Photo of Allen Lee Allen Lee
Oct 4, 2019 5

Fun spot with an excellent eclectic wine list. Lots of good wines from lesser know regions

Photo of Jessica Jessica
Jul 28, 2019 5

Lovely little bar with an interesting and varied wine list. Esteban is great and is clearly passionate about wine. He listens before giving suggestions. Go here!

Photo of Justin Hamilton Hamilton Justin Hamilton Hamilton
Oct 22, 2019 5

My wife insisted that we go here and we ended up having a lovely time. The staff was friendly and nice. And the drinks were enjoyable and nice!!

Photo of Kristen Kristen
Dec 17, 2019 5

Fantastic spot with unexpectedly delightful wines and service. Leave your assumptions at the door.

Photo of Aaron Fitt Aaron Fitt
Dec 29, 2016 5

Just a wonderful hidden gem on Main Street. Small and intimate with relaxing lighting. Unassuming and laidback yet elegant. The best wine selection in Durham - the owner, Esteban, is incredibly knowledgeable and friendly. He takes pride in tracking down wines you won't find anywhere else, often from regions you know nothing about. Take a date here and you'll win big points!

Photo of Talie Madans Talie Madans
Jul 21, 2018 5

Always an amazing time at Bar Brunello. Owner is very knowledgable about wine and has such wonderful stories, information and wines! It is a must if you are a local Durhamite or visiting the city. Cheers!

Photo of Akilah Smallwood Akilah Smallwood
Nov 22, 2019 5

Great wine bar with an extensive selection