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Kotuku Surf Club


703 Rigsbee Ave
Durham, NC 27701
Phone: (919) 294-9661
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Kotuku Surf Club, open to those 23 and up, has a sprawling outdoor area that often hosts food trucks, DJs and daytime vintage markets. There’s also a set of bocce courts in the back. Head inside for a game of darts or shuffleboard in the labyrinth of booth-lined rooms. The beer selection is much better than it needs to be.

Google Reviews

Photo of Henry Camp Henry Camp
Oct 29, 2023 5

A really excellent Durham dive. Cheap beer, a cool scene, good mix of indoor and outdoor space. Bar tenders are mostly friendly, sometimes a little curt. Also a good spot for a wedding after party!

Photo of Rutger de Kruif Rutger de Kruif
Sep 13, 2023 5

I had contacted the owner a while back regarding an issue with my bill being overcharged. Could I please have his email address/phone # again. I'm coming in on Friday and wanted to see if my $40 tab was still open. Also, I'll be bringing a good amount of people with me to support the business:)

Photo of Kerri Hoffman Kerri Hoffman
Sep 2, 2023 5

Surf Club is one of the best bars in Durham. Divey vibes, friendly staff, great beer list. They also have djs often and the Pool Table Music Series has been a great addition to the scene. I have been a customer here over a decade now and it is the place we always get together. Durham staple for sure.

Photo of Mike Lowe Mike Lowe
Sep 2, 2023 5

While I have never been here, I am quite fond of the unique atmosphere, specifically that it is one-of-a-kind in the fact that they are a 23 & Up establishment. I am either too drunk to consider remembering to go check it out, or not drunk enough to make fun decisions such as frequent this establishment. Sure, I’ve never been, and you’ve never seen me, and we don’t know each other - But it must be said that I love you.

Photo of Lara Murphy Lara Murphy
Sep 1, 2023 5

My favorite bar in Durham, and maybe anywhere. A cozy atmosphere with several different vibes depending where you sit, a curated and thoughtful draught list, and the wonderful staff is kind, efficient, and fun to hang with. I particularly love the 23+ policy and the days and nights there are vintage/craft markets. The Pool Room Music Series is solid, and they book great DJs and food trucks too. Proud to call myself a regular for sure.

Photo of Ahmad Mansoor Ahmad Mansoor
Sep 1, 2023 5

Bar is a staple of Durham. One of the first bars on the scene and one of my go-to’s. Another great piece is that, being a private club, they have an age restriction, I believe 23 and up, that keeps huge groups of college kids from flooding the bar and overcrowding everything. There’s indoor and outdoor seating that’s comfortable. The staff have stayed over the years so there’s also a fun familiarity to the place. They’re super kind and quick to serve. Drinks are super reasonably priced and they always have a cheap pint of Budweiser on tap. Surf Club also hosts a bunch of changing food trucks and weekly events, so even past the dive bar ambiance, there’s quite a bit to do, including games they have set up. Would highly recommend as a day time stop for a nice, relaxing drink, or a fun night out on the weekend.

Photo of Amit Narawane Amit Narawane
Jul 19, 2023 5

Great bar in prime location in Durham, with nice outdoor space and seating. They always have a couple rotating beers on sale for $3-4 which is a great deal. Outdoor space also includes a few games like bocce ball.