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Boxcar Bar & Arcade


621 Foster St
Durham, NC 27701
Phone: (984) 377-2791
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Photo of Darnell Yancey Darnell Yancey
Mar 9, 2023 5

Amazing atmosphere no matter the time you chose to venture in. Drink specials daily, Sunday, Monday & Thursday Night Football is usually shown, and a great environment for NCAA hoops, ESPECIALLY Duke vs. UNC (I couldn't find my video from Feb 2020's game). There's a private event space and they also have themed parties, tournaments, and special events as well for things like Halloween, NYE, etc. Indoor/Outdoor set up. Live music and DJ on the patio. Fire pit, outdoor seating, and games. DEFINITELY pet-friendly (I'm 50/50 on that – different topic) and kid-friendly as well. Beer and liquor selection is extensive. Cocktails are available as well! The only negatives I have even with a 5-star rating are 1. They open TOO LATE!! LMAO They open at 5 during the week and I'm craving pizza as early as 12-1 PM! 2. Even though it is kid-friendly, the timing allowed isn't long enough. They have to leave by 7 PM, so if they open at 5 and you have kids, there are only 2 hours to spare. Not many kids are going to want to leave in under 2 hours. 3. Pets! Pets! Pets! This isn't the establishment's fault, more than the owner's. Adults that can't enjoy their adult time WITHOUT their pets are strange to me. Some people are hypersensitive to them, some are even afraid of them, and you have guests who sometimes come with 2-3 at a time. There should be a limit per guest for sure. I also see occasions, where you can tell the dog doesn't even want to be there. Plus, the fact it's extremely loud at times. Your dog doesn't want to tag along while you get drunk with your friends, trust me. They'll be fine at home, turn on the TV. 🤣 But this spot is BY FAR one of my favorites. WAIT! I didn't even talk about the PIZZA!! Never mind, I'll just post the pics now of my favorites.

Photo of Mary Rogers Mary Rogers
Mar 5, 2023 5

Love this location. Super dog friendly. Family friendly but date night worthy too. I always bring my dog and my daughter and we have a blast. My dog tried the dog beer, but she didn’t like it. But to each their own, maybe your dog will. We love coming here.

Photo of Han N Lumin Han N Lumin
Dec 27, 2022 5

Great pizza and fun arcades place! I ordered the Piggyback pizza which has bbq sauce, pepperoni, sausage, bacon, pineapple, and jalapeños. It was really delicious, especially with the honey drizzle topping. This place also has arcades game, different pinball machines, and also a bar. After 7 PM only allows 21+. Mostly street parking.

Photo of Helen Lindsay Helen Lindsay
Oct 8, 2022 5

This place is so much fun! We went as the hurricane Ian was subsiding and they were still have their hurricane party! Seems like there is an event almost every weekend! The drinks were good and priced well and the bartenders were helpful, friendly, and efficient! We had so much fun playing all the different games! We did have to wait for a few but that's to be expected on a weekend. They have machines to buy tokens which accept cash or card (4 tokens for a dollar and most games cost 2-4 tokens). I would love to go back when there pizza kitchen and their patio is open (unfortunately because of the hurricane it was closed)! They don't have a parking lot there but there is one down the block in either direction!

Photo of August T August T
Aug 20, 2022 5

My partner and I stopped in here to kill time before a concert in Durham last week, and I was thoroughly impressed! First of all, I was surprised by how spacious the place is - lots of different arcade games but the space didn't feel cramped. We got a cheese pizza that we both thought was delicious and a decent size for $11. Drink selection was quite extensive and reasonably priced. Would love to spend more time here in the future.

Photo of Jacob Cooksey Jacob Cooksey
Jul 23, 2022 5

I go here all the time and always have a ton of fun! The variety of games is great and the drinks equally so. If you can go on a weekday night, it's usually much less crowded and easier to pick and choose what you do and what games you play. It's very lively on weekends, which is it's biggest downfall (only because there is really not enough parking in the area).

Photo of Stephen Lankford Stephen Lankford
Jul 22, 2022 5

This location is much larger than the Raleigh location. This one has pizza 🍕 and outdoor seating and outdoor games. Two full rows of pinball machines paired Mimosa special on Sundays makes for a good time for parents as well as the kids (minus the mimosas) and everyone in between.

Photo of Maggie Connors Maggie Connors
Jun 12, 2022 5

Nostalgic and entertaining! Parking was rough but inside it wasn’t ridiculously busy. Tokens were easy to get, people were friendly, and the pizza smelled awesome. Totally great business model! Kudos

Photo of Phil Powell Phil Powell
May 21, 2022 4

Great selection of pinball and the games are immaculate! Fun arcades, air hockey! Good pizza, but wish they had a signature cocktail menu.

Photo of Robin Mehera Robin Mehera
May 15, 2022 5

Came here for a Sunday Funday. A lot of games, good food and drink selection. Right next to the OG Durham ballpark. I highly recommend for groups of all ages and sizes!

Photo of Jessica Lands Jessica Lands
Apr 18, 2022 5

Love this place! Durham & Raleigh locations are both great! I really enjoy it every time I go. It's a great for date night, family or to hang out with friends. Drinks and food are reasonably priced. We will definitely be back time and time again!

Photo of Mish M. Mish M.
Apr 16, 2022 5

A really fun place to hang out. Nostalgic with lots of oldies but goodies. The pizza was very good. I'd go back just for the pizza. Large outdoor area with fire pits. Mimsos on Sunday are perfect for ending the weekend.

Photo of Glovette Shannon Glovette Shannon
Apr 1, 2022 5

Went on a Friday night. It was a good place to chill and hang out to end the week. Ordered pizza with hot honey. Who knew...but it was good! Hot and fresh with good flavor. Drinks were good too. It was bisy but not packed. We sat outside It was chilly but the heaters did their job 100%. First time going but would def go back!