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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 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 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.

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 Will Herbst Will Herbst
Jan 8, 2022 5

The annex is an absurd place. DJ is absolutely killing it and specialty cocktails are very interesting and mostly delicious. The dance floor isn't super crowded which leaves me ample room to get ziggy with it. Its always a party in the annex. Once I ordered a dirty martini and it as disgusting - maybe thats a me problem.

Photo of J K J K
Jan 27, 2022 5

I was here a few weeks ago on a business trip and I can't stop telling people about it. My mixologist friend from Chicago asked me, "have you been to Bar Virgile?" because even he knew how amazing the place was. Their food is outstanding, the cocktails are seriously some of the best I've had, and their staff is incredibly helpful and kind. 10/10 would recommend.

Photo of Arun Jain Arun Jain
Dec 23, 2021 5

Nice place to hang out for couple of drinks. They made “The last word” for me which was not listed in menu. I was impressed that they had all ingredients and recipe to make it so perfect.

Photo of Bradley Stuckey Bradley Stuckey
Nov 20, 2021 5

Had a wonderful experience at Bar Virgile recently. Was visiting Durham on a work trip. We ventured into this location not knowing entirely what to expect and were at the very beginning of their dinner service. We had expertly crafted drinks through the entire evening and several appetizers (the fried oysters were so good). Our service was lovely and the music and atmosphere were fantastic. Will more than likely doing more work in Durham and this will be a must stop during each visit.

Photo of Donna Davison Donna Davison
Oct 30, 2021 4

Rating should be in between 4 and 5 stars. The servers were GREAT, even in costumes for Halloween which made it fun and festive. I loved the chai hour cocktail, by far my favorite and should mention I do not usually drink vodka. This is an excellent cocktail. I also tried the harvest sour but the pumpkin tasted raw, would probably be soooo much better if served warm or with less puree. I also ordered their mussels with fries. Overall a good dish, gotta love well cooked shoestring fries.

Photo of Sean LaFata Sean LaFata
Oct 26, 2021 5

Absolutely delicious restaurant with a great, intimate atmosphere. Bar Virgile is an upscale bar and restaurant perfect for a nice occasion. The cocktails were all delightful (I'd highly recommend the seasonal Aunt Ginny if it's available) and the food was amazing. The plates are perfect for sharing and were surprisingly generous with many of the portions. Everything we had was cooked to perfection. The location is quite small, and fills up quickly, which is why they don't take reservations. You'll be a little close to other patrons, but this is still worth going to any evening you can get in.

Photo of C.J. Bagley C.J. Bagley
Aug 2, 2021 5

If you're reading this, wondering if you should get the burger: yes, get the burger. Future you will appreciate it. (Seriously, toss up for my fav burger in durham) Oh, excellent cocktails, too, but you already knew that.

Photo of Leanne Henry Leanne Henry
Oct 7, 2021 5

Get the gin drink that has an egg white. I forgot the name of it…Very good! I appreciate how upstairs has a different feel than the lounge downstairs. It’s one of my favorite places to grab a drink in DT Durham.

Photo of Dave Pcolar Dave Pcolar
Aug 30, 2021 5

We loved the small plates. The watermelon salad and beet salad were generous portions with arugula and goat cheese. We also chose the mussels and frites, and fried oyster plates. Everything arrived quickly and were delicious.

Photo of John Vinueza John Vinueza
Sep 21, 2021 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 like it was NYC. Give those guys a raise

Photo of Aya Ahmed Aya Ahmed
Aug 5, 2021 5

I love this place so much. Creative, rotating cocktails and great, great food (try the burger!). 10/10

Photo of Aisha Chavis Aisha Chavis
Aug 9, 2021 5

Loved this place. Beverages, amazing. Bartenders, awesome. Definitely left feeling better than I came.

Photo of Karen Pendergast Karen Pendergast
Aug 3, 2021 5

So I’ve been here before (very positive) but I stopped in after a hair appointment and this place did not disappoint! Kaylah was an amazing bartender and the food was top notch. I’m a picky reviewer and I give this place five out of five hands down!! Just do it! I cannot recommend highly enough!!!

Photo of Charlie Nucci Charlie Nucci
Jul 27, 2021 4

Great cocktail bar with a killer burger. Step into an old school speak easy bar with awesome jazz music, candles and great ambience

Photo of Stella Okure Stella Okure
Feb 27, 2021 5

Fun, upbeat, excellent weekend music playlist (I learnt it's available on Spotify too), great service and atmosphere. The maitre d' was interesting at first lol but we got wonderful seats and he did check on us a few times so that was nice. Had the great fortune of being served by John, one of the best bartenders in the world: friendly, courteous, hilarious, entertaining and knowledgeable energetic, skillfull at mixology. It was like watching a master at work, it was art. A new lounge extension is currently underway, seems like its going to the place to be as well. It was a fun evening, I might be convinced to do it again.

Photo of Graham T Graham T
Jun 10, 2021 5

Very good food and drinks with friendly wait staff. The dining room is small so there may be a wait. You can also get the food downstairs at their affiliated annex bar but there aren’t real tables down there and the setup is a little strange

Photo of Virginia Cabrera Virginia Cabrera
May 27, 2021 4

Oh my Lord delicious food. The menu is short, but delicious. I order local fish call Trout with a beet flavor risotto, it was a bit spice but I love it like that. The only thing I would say it was not as expected was the Moscow Mule drink, it was in a mojito glass and the tasty was unbalanced. Other than that this place deserve a 5stars.

Photo of Chanel H. Chanel H.
May 8, 2021 5

Absolutely fantastic atmosphere. A little small so get there early. The food was absolutely fantastic and the bartender is a heavy pourer :) The location is great too. It's right next to a parking garage and you can access a lot of downtown from this one spot. I keep coming back for more :D

Photo of Dominik Dumancic Dominik Dumancic
Apr 7, 2021 3

We came in based on reviews. Drinks were very good and we liked the atmosphere. Food was mixed - all vegetables were not really good. Salats were tasteless, and just about every vegetable was plain. Meat was a bit better and service was excellent.

Photo of gtetem retwee gtetem retwee
Apr 6, 2021 5

Bar Virgile is one of our favorite restaurants in The Triangle. Awesome food and staff. The temporary outdoor patio(weather permitting) is a creative and great way to dine out during Covid. It's a intimate setting and we enjoy table service but equally enjoy a spot at the bar for a cheeseburger and drink.

Photo of Jeannette Vonda Jeannette Vonda
Mar 11, 2021 5

This place is everything that I am not - yet I love it. I am old, white, married. This place is high energy, trendy, a little crowded, somewhat noisy - a place that I would rarely go to but still amazing and I love it. Service is over the top. Food quality is amazing. Not sure my Mother-in-Law could handle this but she loves fried oysters and I have not had better than what they have at Bar Virgile.

Photo of Ann Welsh Ann Welsh
Jan 26, 2021 5

Such good food! I honestly cannot wait to go back. The duck confit, fried broccoli, fried oysters, everything I had was absolutely delicious. I even liked the beats, and I am usually not a fan but with the feta and candied nuts it was so good!

Photo of Laura Bastian-Webb Laura Bastian-Webb
Dec 11, 2020 5

We love this place but sadly hadn’t been since the pandemic started. Tonight we stopped by their adorable outdoor Bavarian market for a cup of mulled wine. After that, we brought some takeout home and the food was fantastic.

Photo of rana ryan rana ryan
Dec 16, 2020 5

The food was good but the bartender seemed to enjoy negatively talking about one of the prior guests. I think they should focus on providing good service and making drinks that aren’t leaking down the sides of the cups. The food was good for the portion size and price. highly recommend

Photo of Samuel Sartain Samuel Sartain
Nov 28, 2020 5

Fantastic place! Great food. Great cocktails. Great service.

Photo of Vivian Jacquelyn Vivian Jacquelyn
Nov 20, 2020 5

My fiance and I were taken here by our son who lives in Durham. Logan and John are superb mixologists and they are entertaining as well! Thank you guys!! Gary.This place has a New Orleans ambience and the bar has a wide selection of drinks .It’s in Durham downtown and good place to grab a cocktail and quality food

Photo of Amanda Bernard Amanda Bernard
Nov 15, 2020 5

This place has great food, service and excellent drinks! Perfect place to take a first date or out with some friends. My fiance and I were taken here by our son who lives in Durham. Logan and John are superb mixologists and they are entertaining as well! Thank you guys!! Gary. Highly recommend this place

Photo of Jeff Sears Jeff Sears
Oct 24, 2020 5

Bar Virgile has a cute ambiance both inside and outside, where they've turned their parking garage into a cute patio with twinkly lights and a black and white movie playing in the background. The cocktails are creative and fun and the burger is one of the best burgers I've had since moving to Durham!

Photo of Julia Münchberg Julia Münchberg
Nov 2, 2020 5

I came here for the drinks and will keep coming back for the burger! Bar Virgile has a cute ambiance both inside and outside, where they've turned their parking garage into a cute patio with twinkly lights and a black and white movie playing in the background. The cocktails are creative and fun and the burger is one of the best burgers I've had since moving to Durham!

Photo of Eric Lynch Eric Lynch
Oct 18, 2020 4

Friendly service great food. Definitely a great spot to put on your bucket list. We come here often.

Photo of Jojari Cannon Jojari Cannon
Oct 3, 2020 5

Delicious cocktails and the dinner was outstanding as well! I had the salmon and grits sooooo good!

Photo of Bonnie Batterson Bonnie Batterson
Oct 8, 2020 5

The food was good but the bartender seemed to enjoy negatively talking about one of the prior guests. I think they should focus on providing good service and making drinks that aren’t leaking down the sides of the cups. The food was good for the portion size and price. This place has great food, service and excellent drinks!

Photo of Kayla Palmer Kayla Palmer
Sep 20, 2020 5

Very small high end cocktail bar with amazing food as well located in the heart of downtown Durham. Very nice and well relaxed settings.Great spot for higher end beverages.

Photo of Crystal Scott Crystal Scott
Apr 3, 2021 5

We stopped by here on our way to dinner and we were very pleasantly surprised. The drink we had had peaches in it and balsamic, something I never would have thought of. But oh my it was so delicious we had to have another. The bartender was a true artist, as he took time to make the drink perfectly.

Photo of Blaine Ashby Blaine Ashby
Aug 19, 2020 5

Best drinks in Durham, hands down. Very knowledgeable, nice, and helpful staff. Can't get very packed on the weekends, but is a great place for a post-work drink during the week. Their food is also great and is fairly generous portions. My new fave place to go for a drink! Highly recommend this place

Photo of Shae Rob Shae Rob
Jul 31, 2020 5

Still good! I haven't had it in a while. I ordered it to go for the first time. I got the classic BV 8oz. burger and I had my friends to order one as well. It was delicious! BV opened their sister restaurant Annex. I'll have to revisit and dine in there one day. If you haven't tried them. It is a must that you do! The burger bun is so soft. The flat-top double cheeseburger is sooo good!

Photo of Ray Hernandez Ray Hernandez
Aug 5, 2020 5

We ordered the double stacked cheeseburger with fries and the pesto pasta with blackened shrimp and vegetables. OMG the best ever! A Wednesday turned into the weekend with these absolutely delicious meals. We called in our order late after for pickup at our preferred time in the evening.

Photo of Woody Feffer Woody Feffer
Jun 20, 2020 5

Great hamburgers, great drinks. Love their covid pick up. Can be very busy in non covid times.

Photo of James Goerke James Goerke
Nov 7, 2019 5

Really good cocktails! Even though the bar was crowded it felt cozy and I was able to have a good conversation.

Photo of Patrick McDonnell Patrick McDonnell
Dec 15, 2019 5

Really cool place to eat and drink. No reservations taken, but we got seated immediately at 7:00. Food was great charcuterie was unique. Did only shared plates and it was more than enough food. Atmosphere was unique and Instagram worthy.

Photo of Joshua Allen Joshua Allen
Nov 27, 2019 5

Really awesome bar with super friendly and knowledgeable staff. Food is always amazing. My favorite food is the Mac and Cheese and the burger, but I’ve never had a bad meal.

Photo of Dev Doshi Dev Doshi
Nov 23, 2019 5

Great food and drinks in a nice dark atmosphere. Good salmon dinner. One of the best burgers downtown. Glad they're open for lunch now too!

Photo of Amol Soman Amol Soman
Nov 22, 2019 5

Great place for some good cocktails. We sat at the bar thus were witnesses to the creation of great cocktails. It's a small place but the ambience is extraordinary. I love the exposed brick facade. I had the old fashioned and the friggin nuts. Both were delicious, the latter being amazing. I will definitely visit this place again!

Photo of LAP465 lap465 LAP465 lap465
Oct 31, 2019 4

It’s October 31st, 2019 and I hit a cute Tiny bar/restaurant called Bar Virgile. So cute. I was impressed. They serve some pretty amazing liquor cocktails and while I don’t really drink, I ordered a Margarita and it was nice and smooth. The food menu was also very interesting. They offered 4-5 appetizers and 6 comfort food entrees that had personality and flavor. I ordered the deviled eggs and the 4 cheese Mac and cheese with Bacon. YUM! It was great. The eggs were nice but a little different in taste than what I’m used to. (Im a yankee). I really liked how they didn’t offer a ton of food options. They put 10-12 things on the menu that they do really well. Sometimes restaurants give you too many options and leave your head spinning. But this place. It was all good. It’s smallness made for a very cozy place to get together with friends. The place was packed so I know everyone is in agreement with me on this. Yes I’d go back again....for sure.

Photo of Matthew Cloues Matthew Cloues
Oct 22, 2019 5

Very small high end cocktail bar with excellent food as well located in downtown Durham. While small, it is a very nice, yet relaxed, setting. Food is outstanding and they are now open for lunch too. Great spot for higher end beverages.

Photo of Gregory Cash Gregory Cash
Sep 27, 2019 5

Best bar in Durham. Love the atmosphere and it's a major plus that there is not a TV in the bar so people actually have to engage and take to one another.

Photo of Sonya Holt Sonya Holt
Oct 20, 2019 5

A bit cramped in the dining room area but food was great. Had the basil pesto and German chocolate cake! Yum..

Photo of Jonathan Meadows Jonathan Meadows
Oct 13, 2019 5

Sit at the bar if possible to make the most of the knowledgeable and friendly bartenders, as well as to take in their elaborate drink-making process. The scent of scorched rosemary in the Alejandro and the sight of a 3-inch vertical cylinder of cream rising from the Ramos Gin Fizz greatly added to our enjoyment.

Photo of Gary Crispens Gary Crispens
Sep 25, 2019 4

I went here for my birthday dinner and was very impressed. The deviled eggs appetizer was a home run and the service was very friendly. They have a whole wall of exotic liquors that will spike your curiosity and meet any unique tastes. Stop in and give them a try.

Photo of Sun Lee Sun Lee
Jun 29, 2019 5

Hemingway’s Daiquiri was absolutely on point and the bartenders were amazing with their recommendations. A summer favorite was the Roman Holiday. I’m from DC so to see a proper cocktail bar with prices like these was amazing. Def recommendation!

Photo of Lenora Ross Lenora Ross
Apr 15, 2019 5

My husband took me there this evening for my birthday and it was FABULOUS! Mixologist was marvelous. My food was mouth watering. Inside structure is what makes this place so unique.

Photo of ashley nemmers Braunstein ashley nemmers Braunstein
Apr 5, 2019 5

First time there, only had the deviled egg app for food, but they were good and filling. Bartender was amazing and drinks were unique and on point! Wish we didn't live an hour away, can't wait to go back!!

Photo of Dawn Booker Dawn Booker
May 29, 2019 5

Becoming one of my favorite spots in Durham. Try the deviled eggs, sinfully good! cool vibe, little dark but that adds to the speakeasy charm.

Photo of Matthew Clayton Matthew Clayton
May 2, 2019 5

The cocktails are delicious, interesting, and amazing to witness being made. The bartenders are incredibly knowledgeable without being snobby. They are very welcoming and amazingly patient considering how busy they are. I've been to many bars where the bartenders are only slinging cans of beer who acted like asking a question was a huge waste if their time, but Bar Virgile will help you figure out what you want and make it with care and flair. Great experience.

Photo of Corinne Goudreault Corinne Goudreault
May 5, 2019 5

Sample spring menu attached for food. We had some of the vegetable dishes and they were amazing! Bar Virgile lives up to its amazing reputation. Bartenders are knowledgeable, creative, friendly, and skilled. Great vibe! We went on a Friday afternoon and it was pretty empty until around 5:15, from 5:30-6 it really filled up and people had to wait for table seating. Truly a must try for unique cocktails!

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.