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Bar Virgile


105 S Mangum St
Durham, NC 27701
Phone: (919) 973-3000
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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Samuel Sartain Samuel Sartain
Nov 28, 2020 5

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

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Aisha Chavis Aisha Chavis
Aug 9, 2021 5

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

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 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 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 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 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.