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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 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.

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Lucy Ruderman Lucy Ruderman
Mar 19, 2022 4

Fun environment, not great food (except for the great fries). Really good outdoor seating and they often host other events like game viewing parties and drag brunch. You order off a QR code on your table.

Photo of Aaron Jones Aaron Jones
Mar 11, 2022 5

I put an order in for a beer on my phone and before I could even tell my girlfriend what I ordered it was brought out to me. Good club to relax and get ready to enjoy the night. Caution: drinks are STRONG

Photo of Shanah Bell Shanah Bell
Feb 23, 2022 5

The outdoor space here was fantastic! The staff was really friendly and helpful. And we loved their QR code system where everything could be done at the table and closed out on our end whenever we we ready. Exceptionally dog friendly also!

Photo of Kenny Bacdayan Kenny Bacdayan
Mar 15, 2022 5

GET THE FRENCH FRIES!!!! Easily some of the best fries I've ever had! My mouth is watering thinking about them right now! Such a great pub! If you're looking to hangout in the sun, with a cold beer, and delicious food, this is the place to go. Right in the middle of downtown Durham next to everything!

Photo of Dick Brown Dick Brown
Oct 13, 2021 4

Great bar in a great location. Needs more beer options though and def more local brews. Food is your standard average bar food that was frozen an hour before.

Photo of Elizabeth Elizabeth
Oct 11, 2021 5

Great location to enjoy the downtown Durham vibe. Indoor and outdoor seating, but outdoors is hard to beat. Easy ordering, friendly staff. The food and drinks are much better than your average pub food. You'll be glad you went.

Photo of Lindsey Chew Lindsey Chew
Oct 9, 2021 5

Super fast with bringing out drinks with the QR code ordering. Appreciated the staff helping us to put two tables on the patio together for our group of 6 since we knew it would rain. Fried okra and fries were great. Staff are so friendly.

Photo of Andrés Chaves Andrés Chaves
Oct 11, 2021 5

A place to go and repeat. First the location, this place is located in a nice corner in the Downtown. It has a lot of parking lots close by. The outstanding is the tables on the outside, fresh air, convenient tents and nice light for the night. The service is good through a qr image you can ask and pay what you want, and the times are faster than they said. Last but not least, the food, good and hearty. I asked for the Smash Burger (100% ground beef well done with lettuce, tomato, onion on a grilled potato bun from Ninth Street Bakery) with fries, all was really nice. This is a place to go continually.

Photo of Alicia Knowlton Alicia Knowlton
Oct 3, 2021 5

We stumbled across this place while walking around downtown about a year ago. The BEST fries I have ever had! The sandwich (honestly don’t remember what it was because the fries shined) was good. So, for the last year I have been trying to figure out where this place is because I want some more of “those fries”. I have searched and searched only to find out I was searching in Raleigh instead of Durham because I had forgotten we went to Durham. This morning I spend about 40 minutes looking again and my husband says, what about Durham. Then he finds it!!! I can’t wait to get to Durham to eat here again. I felt like I was trying to find the Cheeseburger in How I Met Your Mother.

Photo of Erik P Erik P
Jul 27, 2021 5

Was in downtown checking out spots and found this little gem with a huge outside patio. Venue - Inside is nice small and cozy with nice clients and staff. Not as flashy but gives you that pub feel for sure. Drinks - Decent selection of beers and hard liquor at a well priced market. Food - Not bad for bar food with the norm taste for your finger foods. Patio - Huge patio with plenty of seating and games. Location - Great location in the prime area of Durham. Parking - Came on a Sunday and they had plenty of street parking with no charge. Overall chill place and would come again.

Photo of Tim Reusche Tim Reusche
Sep 5, 2021 5

Best Beef and Cheddar I ever had. Phenomenal. Great food and portion sizes. Will come back again if I’m in the area!

Photo of New New New New
Sep 7, 2021 5

This was my first time here and everything was magnificent! The service was fast and friendly! The food was delicious! The drinks were made exactly how you asked for them. I had a wonderful time! Everyone was following the rules for COVID-19 restrictions!!

Photo of Gavin Rothwell Gavin Rothwell
Sep 8, 2021 5

One of the best places downtown for a beer, in my opinion. The expansive outdoor seating makes for a great vibe, and having qr codes on the tables for online ordering is just so convenient. While it may not be the best food in the area, they still have some good stuff and the atmosphere makes it taste that much better!

Photo of Scott Morrison Scott Morrison
Jul 20, 2021 5

Really enjoyed the drinks and food- great variety for both. The prices are reasonable for the quality, and there are a ton of vegetarian options on the menu (not just salads and black bean burgers!)- definitely check out the buffalo (fake) chicken sandwich and the mushroom Philly sandwich. The ordering system (do it from your phone using a QR code on the table, then they bring it out to you) was smooth and worked perfectly. Also loved the outdoor patio and garden.

Photo of Jimmy Murphy Jimmy Murphy
Jun 20, 2021 3

The food was just average bar food. I got chicken tenders with fries and they were nothing to write home about. Due to COVID they didn't have table service, you had to go to the bar to place your order and get refills. Seemed pricey for what we received. The covered outdoor seating was nice though.

Photo of Kevin Stanfa Kevin Stanfa
May 28, 2021 5

Exactly the pub feel you want with great outdoor seating. Younger crowd for sure, but very chill for anyone. The fries were fantastic! So was the broccoli! Definitely great place for groups.

Photo of Michelle Weeks Michelle Weeks
May 22, 2021 5

Went here after a Bulls game. It was busy but easy to place an order with QR code. Order came out quickly- beer cold and food delicious. Perfect night

Photo of Jesse Grant Jesse Grant
May 14, 2021 4

Great outdoor area and good beer selection. Food is pretty generic but nothing disappointed. People I was with liked the balsamic veggies. I had wings and chicken tenders. Burgers looked good. I like the online purchase and delivery to your table. Great place for large groups outside if it's not too busy.

Photo of John Thomas Kong John Thomas Kong
May 8, 2021 5

Nothing says Friday Spring evening like sitting on the patio of Bull McCabe’s having good drinks and great food with my partner in the heart of Downtown Durham. The drinks are well priced and wonderfully strong. Cheers to the bartender. The food arrived quickly and the fries are absolutely hands down my favorite. They are perfectly crispy and seasoned. The music is good. The people are friendly. The overall experience is 10/10, two thumbs up, five stars.

Photo of Patrick Lenon Patrick Lenon
Apr 30, 2021 5

By far the best spot in Durham. The outdoor patio/field is soo nice in the summer. Loved grabbing some brews here in the afternoon

Photo of Colt Duppen Colt Duppen
Apr 11, 2021 5

Always love stopping at this place for some food and good beer. They are extremely covid-safe outside and provide ample sitting space, whether you have a group of 2 or 8. The food is always delicious and the staff are very friendly.

Photo of Lisbi Abraham Lisbi Abraham
Apr 20, 2021 5

Met up here with a few colleagues and had a great experience. You can sit outside with plenty of spacing and pop inside to order food and drinks. The food they'll bring it to you so you don't have to wait around inside. I had the wings with Thai chili sauce and they were finger licking good!

Photo of Ryan Self Ryan Self
Apr 1, 2021 5

Love this place! Great vibe, food and beers. A local institution for a reason.

Photo of Kate Dallas Kate Dallas
Apr 7, 2021 4

Good food and good vibes. Simple menu and a nicely stocked bar. Outdoor seating only right now but the slushies are really quite good! I'm a whiskey girl but the slushies were not too sweet and fun to sit outside and enjoy as we make our way back to normalcy.

Photo of B. Bowen B. Bowen
Mar 19, 2021 5

Love coming to Bull McCabes as they do a great job with Covid Protocols. And they have some yummy food and the drink deals are affordable. I definitely love sitting on the patio with the heaters which make the patio very pleasant. Greta job Bull McCabes keep it.

Photo of Brenda Aguilar Banda Brenda Aguilar Banda
Mar 11, 2021 5

Good food and good atmosphere. My dog likes seeing the other dogs people bring

Photo of Bob Stanson Bob Stanson
Feb 17, 2021 5

Staff very friendly. Work hard for social distancing of tables. Always wiping down tables after use. We went on a nice day to sit out side to enjoy food and drink. Do pub style food really well.

Photo of Trisha Dupnock Trisha Dupnock
Dec 12, 2020 5

They are really organized and doing a great job social distancing. They also have a wonderful hott and boozy seasonal drink list. I will definitely be coming back for their hot cocoa with Frangelico.

Photo of Steph Ambroson Steph Ambroson
Dec 2, 2020 5

Love this place. It has a great vibe, good drinks and great food. I also like how they have handled COVID. I feel they are doing the best they can to keep their staff and customers safe!

Photo of Elisha Stinson Elisha Stinson
Nov 30, 2020 5

I used to come here a couple years ago and always enjoyed the experience. I happened to be in the area and stopped by for a beer and was beyond impressed with their safety precautions since COVID. The staff is super friendly and informative about the rules when dining here. They take it seriously while also providing a laid back environment. I will be coming back soon!

Photo of Scott Jablonski Scott Jablonski
Nov 24, 2020 5

My wife and I have been wanting to check this place out, since they have such a large open outdoor space. They do a really good job with social distancing and take it very seriously. The food was delicious. We got the fish po boy. The drinks were great. A nice addition, is that you can smoke outside at certain places. We'll definitely be back.

Photo of Rachel Meyers Rachel Meyers
Nov 20, 2020 5

I think Bull McCabes is one of the safest places to eat and drink now during Covid. I’m so impressed by how hard they’ve worked to make the bar safe and accessible for everyone. Great prices, great atmosphere.

Photo of Vydashon-Telese Coleman Vydashon-Telese Coleman
Nov 6, 2020 4

Nice outside vibe. Inside is also cool. Although menu was limited bc of 'Rona', what I had was good. Will for sure go back as place to hang out.

Photo of Ellen Murphy Ellen Murphy
Oct 14, 2020 5

Great date night spot! They have outdoor seating on their big lawn and dogs are allowed.

Photo of Rebecca Arendt Rebecca Arendt
Oct 18, 2020 5

Great as always. Good beer selection, plenty of seating outdoors, and lots of covid precautions. They cook a great impossible burger too!

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Jenna Gilley Jenna Gilley
May 13, 2022 5

Came here after a night out and the hot dogs with french fries were a perfect way to end the evening. A few drinks, bottles of water, and delicious fries? Couldn't be beat. Plus everyone was so kind and I loved ordering from my phone via Toast Tab!

Photo of Randi Depo Randi Depo
Jul 2, 2022 5

I feel like I’m constantly on the prowl for somewhere I can go with my daughter to eat, have a beer, and sit in some shade without feeling like a pariah. Bull McCabe’s filled the bill better than I ever expected it would. It was 90+ degrees, but the fans and garden cover made it a non-issue. I meant to take a picture of my Lamb Philly, but it was so delicious, I devoured it before I could even think of pulling out my phone. My beer of choice was their Blood Orange Kolsch and it was divine. My daughter had a blast, too. Plenty of other kids around, a step stool for hand washing in the bathrooms, a diaper changing station, and clean high chairs made us all feel really welcome. Kudos to Bill McCabe’s, a new Durham staple for us!

Photo of Lisa & Wes Williams Lisa & Wes Williams
Jul 8, 2022 5

First time there, had lunch. We sat inside since it was 101 degrees outside! We were thinking of bringing our dog but it was too hot to even think about sitting outside which was a good thing since there were new signs on the door saying they no longer allow pets which sort of bites (pun). The beer selection is top notch, the service was always very fast and attentive. Apparently the wooden bar is 150 years old and came from a bar in Chicago. It looked really nice.

Photo of Evita m Evita m
Aug 22, 2022 5

Quite a delightful spot.The evening I went there was a brand sampling going on! Everyone got a free mix shot! Plenty of outside seating ! There’s games on the inside and the bartender Amber was awesome. She whipped me up a “kashmere” in a blink of an eye and it was delicious! The staff here are always so friendly and the music is on point 😌

Photo of BB BB
Aug 27, 2022 4

The food was good, the service was fast and we enjoyed our drinks. Our waitress was polite. This place is popular during the evening and weekend shifts. The only downfall I didn't like was our table was not all the way clean. There were still crumbs and trash in the table booth. I had to wipe it down. Other than that it was fine.

Photo of Chanel H. Chanel H.
Feb 23, 2022 5

The beer selection is fantastic! The bartenders are wonderful. The food is seriously always good when you consider it's a pub. And the outdoor seating is so beautiful on a warm night. Love this place.