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Bar Virgile

4.6

105 S Mangum St
Durham, NC 27701
Phone: (919) 973-3000
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Photo of Lisa McRoberts Lisa McRoberts
Jan 10, 2023 5

No reservations but good reason. Small place. Food is exceptional and always on point. Drinks fabulous, creative and tasty! There is an Annex restaurant but opens later. Completely different vibe then upstairs with same food. Different bartenders, dance floor, eclectic look and feel downstairs. Upstairs is 50s bar scene, intimate, a little noisy, such good service!

Photo of Will Herbst Will Herbst
Aug 20, 2022 5

If you're looking for an amazingly flavorful meal in a unique and fun setting look to further than Bar Virgile. There is very large bar which is an excellent option for seating. There is so much to look at although I think the large ladders are for show - I've never seen them in use. The classic durham brick is beautifully merged with botanical illustrations and wood paneling to create a vibe that is both rustic, open, cozy, modern and it has great acoustics! Let's talk turkey - how is the food? Hands down Bar Virgile has the best burger in durham. The fries aren't good but the burger is a masterful creation. I've also ordered the chicken and the pork chop and both were innovative, yet reminiscent of a time not too long ago. When I eat this food it feels like I've been eating it my whole life. Could use a bigger wine selection. This is also the best date spot in Durham hands down.

Photo of Alphonza Faison Junior Alphonza Faison Junior
Aug 15, 2022 5

Best burger and drinks in town. Did I say best burgers in Durham. Just Juicy for no reason. This should be a late hour burger spot only.

Photo of Stephanie Johnson Stephanie Johnson
Aug 14, 2022 5

Bar Virgile is a staple in Durham for a reason. Yes, the music is loud, but it is a bar at the end of the day. The food is always spectacular, and the service was great when my boyfriend and I went most recently. Highly recommend!

Photo of Kylie Kylie
Aug 14, 2022 3

I had been excited to try this place for awhile but unfortunately it fell short of my expectations. I ordered the Roman Holiday cocktail and with every sip I got nothing but basil leaves and pulp in my mouth. I’ve never understood why people like cocktails like that. I ordered the mac and cheese, brussels sprouts, and salmon. At the end I asked for a box to take home my leftovers. Instead, the waitress threw the leftovers from the salmon entree away. When I asked about this, she apologized and gave me $2 off the bill…. To make up for over half an entree she threw away. That was really disappointing because there was a lot of food left over and I was excited to eat it the next day. Overall, the experience was just okay. It was loud and busy, and the food was overpriced for the quality. There are so many amazing restaurants in Durham, I don’t see a need to return here.

Photo of Joshua Flood Joshua Flood
Aug 5, 2022 5

Cool place. The down stairs bar has a Latin flavor which was great. The food was amazing, one of the best burgers I've ever had

Photo of Stacey Heaton Stacey Heaton
Jul 31, 2022 5

First time visiting Bar Virgile last night. Was not disappointed! I tried the Mumbai Direct cocktail, it was wonderful! Perfect balance of herbal, hint of sweet and a little bite of cardamom! Art! Service was very good, helpful and friendly even though it was quite busy! Ended up having a bite to eat, the server was informative, efficient and kind! Great, energetic vibe! Will definitely be going back!

Photo of Emilio Guzman Cisneros Emilio Guzman Cisneros
Jul 16, 2022 5

One of my favorite cocktail bars in durham! I think the quality and flavor profile of their drinks are top of the line. Each cocktail packs in a unique punch of flavors that is unparalleled. Their food is also delicious! Perfect spot for a date night or night out with friends!

Photo of April H April H
Jul 15, 2022 4

Nice quaint place! Our server was great and friendly. I had the oysters and they were amazing! Also had the pesto linguine and deviled eggs. Will go back to try other stuff. They serve a cocktail called the Roman Holiday and it's delicious. Our entire table enjoyed it.

Photo of Nicole Meyers Nicole Meyers
Jun 16, 2022 5

Cozy, intimate, and dimly lit. Seems like a great place for date night. Had the clover club and salmon and was not disappointed.

Photo of Kanna Rook Kanna Rook
Jun 12, 2022 4

What a gem in Durham! Get the smash burger... you won't regret it. Funky vibes, great drinks, fun staff, intimate setting. Cool little downstairs bar to hang out in while you wait for your table. I'd also recommend the mac n cheese!

Photo of Melodie Majette Melodie Majette
May 10, 2022 5

Grabbed dinner with a friend we ordered fried oysters as an appetizer and we both ordered burgers with fries! The oysters were absolutely delish... they could easily rival ANY seafood place in Durham! The burger was fresh, juicy and tasty, while the fries were crisp and hot! Excellent meal!!

Photo of John John
Apr 28, 2022 5

Cocktails made my wife very happy. I was fascinated by the Grind the two chefs had. Cooking, plating, and washing dishes as a two man crew. Hustling harder than anybody else does in these parts. Give those guys a raise Had dinner there this week. Food was excellent

Photo of Charles Vinueza Charles Vinueza
Apr 22, 2022 3

Great food options. Quality of bar service has been trending downwards recently. Staying on menu would be best, but I don't find their drinks to have the greatest variety, especially when you consider other newer options in downtown Durham.

Photo of Crystal Lawson Crystal Lawson
Apr 13, 2022 5

Love the vibe! Went with a friend for my birthday and the staff was very attentive and help make the night special! Food was amazing and even had a slice of cake with a sparkler candle! Must try in downtown Durham!

Photo of Corey McKittrick Corey McKittrick
Feb 7, 2022 5

I got the burger from here expecting a typical bar burger. No lie, one of the absolute best burgers I have ever had. I was blown away. The atmosphere is awesome as well. Went after watching a show at DPAC as it is with in walking distance.

Photo of L R L R
Feb 6, 2022 4

Struggled between 3 and 4 stars on this one. The atmosphere and the staff were both great. The inside reminded us of some of our favorite places in France. Really charming. We were a group of four and had several cocktails, appetizers, mains, and dessert. The food was a bit disappointing overall, though. Everything was just kind of ok. At a place like that, you really want better than “fine”. Maybe it was just a busy Saturday night and the kitchen wasn’t at their best. I hope so.

Photo of Baozi FoodTruck Baozi FoodTruck
Feb 1, 2022 5

Eaten here a handful of times and every time the food and drinks have been delicious! Love that they switch it up regularly with their menu.