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Bull McCabe's Irish Pub


427 W Main St
Durham, NC 27701
Phone: (919) 682-3061
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Photo of Brian Pelton Brian Pelton
Sep 18, 2019 5

Great place with lots of outdoor seating and a big open outside that is fenced in. Pretty family friendly so you'll often see kids and pets around before dark. The food is pretty good and they have a great selection of beers and ciders on tap too. Plenty of big TVs inside and outside so it's an excellent place to watch a game, football, soccer, whatever.

Photo of Jenni Pgirl Jenni Pgirl
Oct 29, 2019 4

Good Food and drink. I love the decor. Looks like it could be a church or an old english library. Mixed drinks are great. Friendly staff and clientele

Photo of M Ferguson M Ferguson
Nov 16, 2019 4

The fish and chips was crisp and flavorful. Spicy slaw was delicious. Cellar temp Guinness ftw.

Photo of Shannon Straw Shannon Straw
Dec 3, 2019 4

Good food. Good beer. Good sports. Took forever to put in order and then once we got our food again didn't see waitress for an hour till it was time for the check

Photo of Sean Huffman Sean Huffman
Dec 12, 2019 5

Underrated and helped usher in the revitalization of downtown. Best outdoor bar spot...that strip of land is priceless with all the construction / changes underway.

Photo of Matthew Cloues Matthew Cloues
Dec 21, 2019 3

Bar with old style feel to it featuring patio and a ton of outside picnic style seating outdoors when weather is nice. Food is pretty good but I wouldn’t call it great. They do have a number of menu options which is nice. Service is ok. I realize it is a bar but generally seems uninspired to me. Eclectic place though that fits Durham well.

Photo of Avery Hill Avery Hill
Dec 26, 2019 5

The service is great and the burgers are wonderful. Always a comfortable place and welcoming to all local soccer fans. Guiness and many other beers on tap, something for every taste with even a few wines. Open for every Arsenal match and always willing to show a match if it's on.

Photo of Mark Joseph Mark Joseph
Dec 24, 2019 5

Great vibe, classic UK feel but with great food. Many craft beers on tap, including some quite out of the ordinary, Options for plant based eaters beyond veggie burgers. Sports on TVs, covered patio and huge yard with many picnic tables.

Photo of Jennifer Crowe Jennifer Crowe
Jan 29, 2020 4

Love this place, but not a typical Irish Pub feel lately. Haven't eaten there in a while, but the food has been great in the past. The service is awesome.

Photo of James Goerke James Goerke
Feb 24, 2020 4

Good place for lunch. Lots of people seem to use it as a working space so they must not bother you too much if you stay for a long time. The vegetable tacos are good but a little dry and could benefit from a heavy cream sauce. Service was great!

Photo of Alex Rush Alex Rush
Mar 10, 2020 4

It's changed a lot since it's early days as a small bar. The changes are good though. The covered patio is inviting and the lawn area makes for a great summer evening. The staff is friendly and have good knowledge of the beers on tap.

Photo of Will Sutton Will Sutton
Jul 17, 2019 4

I stopped by Bull McCabe's about 6:30 after work to get some dinner before a concert at the Carolina Theater downtown. Note that the goal was to originally eat at Beyu Cafe or Lucky's Delicatessen but both we're closed. The burgers were pretty nice and juicy... specifically the Pub Burger and the Sliders. I was accustomed to getting my burgers well done but the sliders were medium well and I must say I enjoyed them. I guess I'm a medium well guy now. On a side note, I did not enjoy the pineapple slaw so no recommendation for that. It was good to sit on the patio outside but make sure you sit where a fan is blowing so the flies won't bother you as much.

Photo of Keith Rench Keith Rench
Mar 10, 2019 5

Great Irish pub with an awesome beer selection and delicious food! The place is very cozy and exactly what you'd think an Irish pub should be. I hear a lot of former Duke and UNC players can be seen here, but I didn't see any the night I was there. The burger was cooked to perfection and the fries are evil, because they're so good that you can never have enough of them! They have the right amount of crunch, salt and seasoning! There is an awesome outdoor seating area and I would love to come back and enjoy a cold Hacker Pschorr with some fries, while the sun shines down on my currently too pale face.

Photo of Bo Jones Bo Jones
Jul 4, 2020 5

Food is awesome and good alcohol I reccomend the fish sandwich or wings/blue cheese

Photo of Jd Slatta Jd Slatta
Jul 25, 2020 5

One of my favourite bars in downtown Durham. The view and the sheer amount of seating can't be beat. Add in great food, cold beers and both an indoor and outdoor bar and the pub sells itself.

Photo of Louisa Sloan Louisa Sloan
Jul 26, 2020 5

Great outdoor seating area for spacing yourself out from others during COVID. Love the beer selection.

Photo of Donna Turner Donna Turner
Aug 7, 2020 5

Awesome lawn, fantastic system for social distancing and ordering food and drinks. Frose is delicious and refreshing. Food was good. Nice place to get out of the house.

Photo of Hunter Humburg Hunter Humburg
Aug 2, 2020 5

Always a great dinner, and the added Covid-19 safety measures were appreciated! Good job, guys!

Photo of Wesley Hayward Wesley Hayward
Aug 25, 2020 4

Great wings. Sandwiches ehh. Wings yes. Let us be clear, this is a wing rating. General food, volume/price ex wings 2/5.

Photo of Ana DM Ana DM
Aug 22, 2020 4

It was really good.... wish it was a bit less pricey..... but I’ll definitely come here again just for the fries!

Photo of McKenzie Luxmore McKenzie Luxmore
Aug 29, 2020 5

Visited during the pandemic and they're doing a great job of keeping people safe! We will be back!

Photo of Silvana Souza Silvana Souza
Sep 5, 2020 5

Good beer, amazing french fries. It's a safe and a nice place to go.

Photo of Pranav Patil Pranav Patil
Aug 29, 2020 5

Great place to hangout in covid. they follow social distancing, regular cleanups and have good outdoor seating

Photo of Michael Cousins Michael Cousins
Sep 2, 2020 5

Their processes for Covid seemed good .. one way paths, masks, etc ... we felt safe visiting.

Photo of Callie Williams Callie Williams
Oct 3, 2020 5

10/10 would recommend! Lovely outdoor space, pet friendly, good selection of food and beer. Their fries are great!

Photo of Dave Methvin Dave Methvin
Sep 8, 2020 5

Cozy bar that includes an outdoor patio and open yard. Perfect for days with fine weather. Loved the beer selection that features local brewers. everyone who worked there was friendly and attentive.

Photo of Jide Aminu Jide Aminu
May 15, 2019 5

Great spot with outdoor green space. The patio is good for both summer and winter weather conditions. Heating on the patio in the winter. Variety of beer and cocktail drinks. The food is great with spices depending on your choice.

Photo of Bethany Bethany
Jun 2, 2019 4

Pretty good with decent prices. I like it, fries and strips are good. My boyfriend says the have the best chicken sandwich he's ever had.

Photo of Ryan Cutshall Ryan Cutshall
Mar 27, 2019 4

Great place to catch a game and enjoy decent bar food. It has a real pub atmosphere inside but also has a wonderful open lawn and patio seating area in the back. More enjoyable in the summers in my opinion but worth a visit if you're nearby.

Photo of Bart Hubbard Bart Hubbard
Jun 25, 2019 4

A fun pub in a great location. It's hard to beat the convenience of this place with their big lawn and two bars for counter service. Great spot to meet up with friends, have a pint or two. Their seasoned fries and chicken tenders are great -- the menu is all bar food so don't expect fancy. Extremely casual atmosphere and service.

Photo of william kilmon william kilmon
Jun 27, 2019 5

Great tap beer selection. Tasty menu. Indoor and outdoor seating. Lots of TVs showing lots of sports. Old world atmosphere.

Photo of trudy lowery trudy lowery
Jul 7, 2019 4

Have been there several times, usually will stop in while waiting for my train to Greensboro. Great atmosphere, attentive wait staff,good drinks. But...second time I've ordered the wings. Why are they fried so HARD? They were so hard the meat was DRY! Couldn't appreciate the seasoning.

Photo of Jonathan Meadows Jonathan Meadows
Oct 13, 2019 5

Cozy bar scene with a classic, old-time feel and a stocked draft featuring a great selection of local beers. The back patio rounds out the experience with plenty of seating opening into a plaza in the heart of Durham.

Photo of Erica P Hemphill Erica P Hemphill
Oct 8, 2019 5

We came here for late night food and it didn't disappointment. The indoor/outdoor environment was nice. It's has a nice, low-key dive bar kind of environment.

Photo of Stephen Odom Stephen Odom
Oct 8, 2019 5

One of the best bars in Durham, it is kid and dog friendly. When I say kid friendly, I mean that it is a safe environment and that parents actually take responsibility for their children while here.

Photo of Susan breed Susan breed
Oct 2, 2019 3

As it has expanded, it seems to have lost its personal service. Always feel like one in a crowd. Instead if a place where everybody knows your namr.