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Criterion

4.3

347 W Main St
Durham, NC 27701
Phone: (919) 381-8389
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Photo of Chris Collins Chris Collins
Mar 31, 2019 4

This is a great little bar. Don't expect a huge choice of beer or liquor, but it's cozy and classy. It's be great for a quiet drink alone, or as the starter to a date.

Photo of Amy Swartz Amy Swartz
Mar 20, 2019 3

Cool atmosphere, decent selection, rude bartender. I really want to like this place and usually don't require much in regards to service, but the bartender always makes me feel unwelcome and has been condescending on more than once occasion.

Photo of Taylor Kuykendall Taylor Kuykendall
May 20, 2019 4

Good service, cool staff and pretty good selection of beers to boot. Location was quite handy and it was a good spot to put down a few drinks.

Photo of Taylor Harrington Taylor Harrington
May 5, 2019 5

Great cocktails and great selection. Cute place.

Photo of Brandon Fitch Brandon Fitch
May 16, 2019 4

Atmosphere is awesome, location is great, don't expect a friendly face from the staff or a coherent answer to any question or drink suggestion, but if you want a beer and know which one you want, it's a super spot.

Photo of Erica Eason-Moncayo Erica Eason-Moncayo
Jun 18, 2019 4

I brought two friends to this bar and had a great experience. The bar was pretty busy and there wasn't a whole lot of seating. Once we finally got a booth to sit at, the evening was much more enjoyable. I really enjoyed the beer that I ordered and the atmosphere. My friend and I sat for several hours just chatting and were not approached by anyone the entire evening (this is preferred!!)

Photo of Garland Ragland Garland Ragland
Dec 12, 2019 5

Had a drink here before Dave Chappelle's show at the Carolina Theatre. Has a nice, old school "dark" bar atmosphere with good beers and service. Very laid back.

Photo of Sameer Adhikari Sameer Adhikari
Dec 14, 2019 5

Reasonably priced local beers. A perfect place to grab a beer and watch people.

Photo of Jeremy Hile-Hoffer Jeremy Hile-Hoffer
Feb 7, 2020 5

Usually the first stop on #BCBR Thursday night beer run. Love the atmosphere and the $3 beers. Best to bring cash.

Photo of Kirk Gino Abolafia Kirk Gino Abolafia
Feb 25, 2020 5

This is my favorite bar in town due to their great whiskey and beer on tap. Staff has always been very friendly to me, too.

Photo of Eric Richardson Eric Richardson
Apr 14, 2016 5

Criterion feels like a bar from a bygone era. It has an odd (in a good way) Gatsby type of feel. Great drinks though, and a wide selection of beer. One of my favorites. Update from months in: I still go here all the time. Abby is a definite pusher and gets me right drunk fairly often. Jeff is an inscrutable, unflappable dude that makes nights out approximately 327% better.

Photo of Matthew Cawson Matthew Cawson
May 27, 2018 4

Nice bar with a cool look with old style booths you'd see in an Irish or British pub. Beers were good and not too expensive and the barman friendly. Not much more I need from a bar. The wall of bottles is also a cool design touch.

Photo of James Jefferson James Jefferson
Jul 15, 2018 4

Decent time. Chill atmosphere...kind of empty for a Saturday night, but again, real chill and relaxed. Good drinks.

Photo of Bill Heath Bill Heath
Feb 21, 2020 5

Excellent music and great be atmosphere.