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Dain's Place


754 9th St
Durham, NC 27705
Phone: (919) 416-8800
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Photo of Cameron Machi Cameron Machi
Sep 29, 2019 5

A solid bar for one night. A good beer selection for IPA and NON IPA lovers. If you want to invest some time too though, the bartenders and really chill and just generally normal people.

Photo of Ash S Ash S
Aug 28, 2019 5

Nice atmosphere! Great staff! Wonderful good! Definitely get your monies worth here! I'll be back very soon!!

Photo of Ronny Duncan Ronny Duncan
Aug 9, 2019 4

The burger was delicious and the beer was cold. You can build your on burger. The beer selection was good. The lady that waited on me was great.. the place was packed for lunch. There is a municipal parking lot across the street.

Photo of Ian Peterson Ian Peterson
Aug 22, 2019 4

Really neat atmosphere. Great location. I subbed the 1000 island dressing for bbq sauce on my burger and was delighted with what I got. Delicious. One of the better classic burgers I've had in Durham. One of the things I love about Durham is the flare for uniqueness and I didn't get that out of my burger. I'll try something different the next time to see if it is worth another star.

Photo of RJ Dune RJ Dune
Jun 20, 2019 5

Great spot. Got in, got drinks, got tots. Super fast service, staff make quick rounds for anything you need. In a great location, very busy, growing area.

Photo of Richard Powell Richard Powell
Jul 7, 2019 4

Food was excellent and portions were large. My only beef with this place (pun intended) was the music...not a big deal when the food is this good though!

Photo of Michael Shiffer Michael Shiffer
Jun 22, 2019 4

The menu is simple, but everything is great. The staff is some of the best around. Great drafts and rotating drafts and bottles. Space is cozy. Terrific Durham institution.

Photo of Stephanie Miller Stephanie Miller
Mar 14, 2019 5

The ceiling fan is an engineering marvel and the bathroom graffiti is great. We had a burger and a hot dog. The burger was good and the hot dog was not terrible.More important though were the chili fries. The fries were perfect thin cut and crisp and the sweet chili went so well with the picked peppers. The portion was huge. Enough for a main or an appetizer for 4 or more people. As a party of two we left stuffed and couldn't finish anything.

Photo of Ben Robbins Ben Robbins
Jun 10, 2019 5

This is a great place to relax and have a drink. People are always friendly and the staff is very personable.

Photo of Jonathan Barley Jonathan Barley
Apr 17, 2019 5

I've been to Dain's Place many times, and I always enjoy it. I advise that you get a hotdog, load it up however you like, and remember to ask for tater tots on the side! Top it all off with one of the many delicious beers available on draft. The service is always great, and it's got a unique cool vibe inside.

Photo of Daniel Lugo Daniel Lugo
May 18, 2019 5

Food was awesome. I didn't get anything fancy, but it hit the spot. Servers were friendly. Portions were satisfying.

Photo of Jon Lowder Jon Lowder
May 12, 2019 5

Fantastic burgers and tots. Strong beer selection and friendly service. Wish I lived in the neighborhood because I'd be a VERY regular customer.

Photo of EyeOnThePrize NC EyeOnThePrize NC
Feb 26, 2022 5

Great experience. I enjoy sitting outside people watching & eating their cheese triangles!

Photo of B. Bowen B. Bowen
Mar 2, 2022 5

A fun atmosphere in a quaint bar that also offers great food options. Dain's also offers good drink specials rotating frequently with many local breweries being offered from time to time.

Photo of Stephen Vergopoulos Stephen Vergopoulos
Feb 16, 2022 5

This place is DISGUSTINGLY GREAT! Food was AMAZING for "bar food". The Ruben was tender, stuffed, on crisp marble rye! Loaded tots were like 1lb+ and the beer was cold!

Photo of Laura Johnson Laura Johnson
Jan 22, 2022 5

I Went today for the first time, my husband suggested it after lunch the other day and man! The food was delicious! I had the Reuben and my husband had the hot dog and chicken sandwich And it was fast even though they were packed in there. 10/10 recommended

Photo of Gabriel Bakker Gabriel Bakker
Dec 18, 2021 5

Food was delicious. drinks were great. nice selection. cool bartenders.

Photo of Stephen Lankford Stephen Lankford
Nov 28, 2021 4

Consistent. Great bar tenders. Great food. Large portions. Daily drink specials. 👍👍👍 4 stars because they're not trying to be 5. Its not a put down. Great casual pub.

Photo of Anisa Cutler Anisa Cutler
Jul 30, 2021 5

The young ladies were very attentive always with a smile & always checking to see if you needed anything else

Photo of Christopher Weeks Christopher Weeks
Sep 20, 2021 5

Delicious burger. Hot dog is something else. Reminds me of a smoked sausage. Nice chill vibe.

Photo of Ed Bailey Ed Bailey
Sep 26, 2021 3

We were greeted by pleasant wait staff. I ordered a burger with many extra-cost add-ons. In the end, I got a reasonably-good but not-exactly-memorable burger. Dang, it sure took forever to arrive at our table!. I'm glad I went, but am in no particular hurry to return.

Photo of Sarah Woodruff Sarah Woodruff
Aug 31, 2021 5

Maybe the best burger I've ever had. Great hole in the wall, small pub experience. A little tight quarters for covid, but we could have sat outside. We were in the back, so it felt ok- not much traffic other than masked wait staff who seemed like they were having fun at their jobs!

Photo of A Mathew A Mathew
Jul 18, 2021 5

The most chilled out comfortable vibe. Affordable drinks. Zoey is AWESOME!!

Photo of Channing Kinlaw Channing Kinlaw
Jul 23, 2021 5

Really good make your own burger. Great vibes. Would come again.

Photo of Vincent Rousseau Vincent Rousseau
Jun 29, 2021 5

Atmosphere was nice. Good selection of beer and drinks. Ordered the perogies. They were good, but nothing special. Ordered the defibrillator burger and it was amazing. It was also featured on man vs. Food which was pretty cool. Def be back

Photo of Hannah Mingus Hannah Mingus
Jul 7, 2021 5

I love this place. The food is excellent and staff is always very friendly. I went recently with some friends and I got a fried bologna sandwich and pierogi's. Everyone loved their meal. They also play such great music!

Photo of Thomas Spencer Thomas Spencer
Jun 10, 2021 5

Absolutely The Best Burger I’ve Ever Had. Great Service. Clean Place. Will Be Back And Telling Everyone I Know

Photo of Joe Hanna Joe Hanna
May 26, 2021 4

Nice place. Good food and cold beer going back for sure.

Photo of Lisbi Abraham Lisbi Abraham
Apr 19, 2021 5

I got into town late and I was lucky enough to find Dain's open. They had friendly and quick service, plus a neat eclectic vibe to the place. The BLT was very tasty and the tater tots were great. I also appreciated the contactless menus.

Photo of Michael Lufkin Michael Lufkin
Apr 11, 2021 4

Food was good, not great (had Reuben) - beer selection was solid. Cheese on tots was definitely the super fake cheese ooze. Other folks I was with enjoyed their food.

Photo of Seth O'Connor (PWNADDICT) Seth O'Connor (PWNADDICT)
Mar 23, 2021 5

Staff is very friendly and the beer selection is great which makes it a banger for me. The food isn't bad either

Photo of JB R JB R
Apr 2, 2021 5

One of the best burgers I’ve had in town. And the seasoning on the fries was awesome. I can’t wait to go back and spend more time exploring the area and then refreshing there with a drink and an amazing meal.

Photo of Bobby Sides Bobby Sides
Mar 14, 2021 5

Zoey was an awesome bar tender with great conversation and excellent taste in a great bourbon, 4 Roses was quite tasty. Thank you for the great out of state home away from home feel. Not to mention they have great drink prices.....

Photo of Scott Drorbaugh Scott Drorbaugh
Feb 21, 2021 5

Great food, very good beer list/selections, true local bar

Photo of isbakernation isbakernation
Feb 9, 2021 3

Good burger! Not the best in durham but definitely up there on the list of good places to get a burger. They give you a lot of fries/tots even if you ask for a small package of it, which i’m not complaining over- just worth noting.

Photo of Tanisha Davis Tanisha Davis
Feb 26, 2021 5

The food here NEVER disappoints. I love a good burger and tots. Dain's always makes my taste buds sing!

Photo of Jea Hyun Kim Jea Hyun Kim
Jan 26, 2021 4

Decent burgers and fries. Ordered the Impossible burger and fries with sweet tea via Doordash. They made a mistake of omitting the sweet tea from my order, but other than that, everything was good.

Photo of William Davis William Davis
Jan 12, 2021 5

Always great experience all the bartenders are friendly and the environment is always an enjoyable experience

Photo of David Chappell David Chappell
Jan 7, 2021 5

Small, kitchy bar that has that personal touch AND world class burgers

Photo of Bart Beefcake Bart Beefcake
Dec 21, 2020 5

Neighborhood bar where folks know you, the beer is cold and the food is good.

Photo of Erin Garris Erin Garris
Sep 19, 2020 5

food was delicious, atmosphere while we waited for the take out was fantastic. Nothing specifically Irish about the place, but reminded me very much of the neighborhood bars in Ireland. Bartender was friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful. Can't wait to go back and enjoy a whole evening.

Photo of Victoria Krantz Victoria Krantz
Sep 17, 2020 5

Great foodb beautiful portions, and very friendly service. I will be back!

Photo of Charles Vinueza Charles Vinueza
Aug 31, 2020 5

One of the best places to get a burger in Durham. Friendly servers, great location, good atmosphere

Photo of Vi Phung Vi Phung
Sep 6, 2020 4

Good burger, fries were a little too salty, extremely long wait after ordering.

Photo of Seth Phelan Seth Phelan
Jul 28, 2020 5

Dain’s Place in my opinion has the best burger in town. You can add over 20+ toppings to customize the burger to your liking! Don’t sleep on the seasoned fries and awesome beer selection! Glad they are open during these trying times!

Photo of Omar Espinoza Omar Espinoza
Jun 26, 2020 5

One of the best restaurants my dad and I have gone to. It is the home of my favorite burger.

Photo of Gregory Woodbury Gregory Woodbury
Apr 9, 2020 3

Decent food but staff can be ignorant about how to deal with guests with disabilities or mental health issues. Occasionally homophobic.

Photo of Ken Kennedy Ken Kennedy
Jan 21, 2020 5

The Dainer is one of the best burgers I've had in my life!

Photo of DK england DK england
Feb 9, 2020 5

Small local bar with good bar food. Decorations were really interesting. Servers were awesome. Shout out to Matt who was very personable, took the time to converse. Great addition to the staff.

Photo of Katherine Harmon Katherine Harmon
Jan 19, 2020 4

A simple, neighborhood bar & restaurant. Not fancy, but a good place for watching sports, a pint, & fries.

Photo of Rhiannon Martin Rhiannon Martin
Jan 13, 2020 4

Great food. Huge portions! Place is always packed...great location!

Photo of John Thomas Kong John Thomas Kong
Nov 10, 2019 5

This Ninth Street bar is cozy and welcoming. The people are friendly. The drinks are big and well made. I order a Negroni made with Durham gin. It was well crafted and delicious. Next time we are trying the food. Thanks Dain’s Place for making Saturday night great.

Photo of Michelle Lozano Michelle Lozano
Nov 7, 2019 5

Literally The Best Burger I've Ever Had! The atmosphere was cozy. The staff was prompt and courteous and anticipated our every need. The draft selection was great and the liquor special reasonable.

Photo of Lola Baker Lola Baker
May 30, 2022 5

We went in for drinks. Ordered a bologna sandwich and tater tots. Unbelievably delicious! Little burnt like it should be, lettuce, tomato and served with a smile. Bartender is exceptional, humorous and hospitable. She made us feel at home. Very sweet woman. Made a madly, spicy bloody mary, too. Thank you, Dain's

Photo of Fat C Fat C
Apr 23, 2022 5

Excellent fries and tots. Each piece was crispy. Burger was really good. Good price.

Photo of Charles Jude Prestia Charles Jude Prestia
Jun 5, 2022 5

Absolutely perfect neighborhood bar. Pierogies are great. Fries/Tots come in large portions. Love the atmosphere. We walk up here regularly and always look forward to hanging out - never know who's going to be around to liven things up.

Photo of Jessica Jessica
Jun 12, 2022 5

Do you like beer and burgers and tots? Are you looking for a regular neighborhood bar? This is the place for you. It's not trying to be anything it isn't. Burgers are delicious and fast. You can get tots, and who doesn't want tots? They have daily specials. Just go and get yourself a drink and a burger and enjoy yourself.

Photo of Collin Kilmartin Collin Kilmartin
Apr 16, 2022 5

Tar Heel in the belly of the beast, came here and damn, real nice place with its own unique personality. The food was excellent and they got a good selection of rotating drafts. If I was a local, this would be a staple. Got the Defibrillator and the Dainer, their two signature burgers. Really unique, I loved the Difibrillator, never had a burger with a hot dog on it, but it works, especially when you have a massive appetite. The tots were superb, and got dragon’s milk stout, which was bottled but one of best stouts I’ve had.

Photo of armando urbina armando urbina
Jul 1, 2022 5

Very awesome place. PB&J is fantastic. Gotta try the ring of fire with a group. Bartender and staff are very attentive