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The Northern Spy


2812 Erwin Rd
Durham, NC 27705
Phone: (919) 321-0203
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Photo of Simon Templar Simon Templar
Jul 19, 2019 5

Let’s be honest: 1 block from Duke. Great Prices. Fantastic staff that remember you by name. A relaxing atmosphere that will keep you coming back. You could not make a better choice on a Friday after work . . . or anytime after work. Say yes to saying goodbye to the work week! You won’t regret it!

Photo of Amber Gray Amber Gray
Jul 17, 2019 5

This place is wonderful! The owner is super knowledgeable and personable. She really cares about her customers having a good experience. This place will definitely become a staple in my after work drink locations!

Photo of Carlos Rivera-Pratts Carlos Rivera-Pratts
Jul 11, 2019 4

Northern spy has a limited food menu and an extensive canned and bottled beer selection. With a beer forward town like Durham, they have created a new niche in the way of beer selected from a cooler which takes away the pressure of ordering quickly to a bar tender. Burger was pretty good with fresh lettuce and a tasty aioli!

Photo of Alex S Alex S
Oct 5, 2019 5

Great food and service, really impressive drink selection. Maybe a little pricey, but I love the quiet, mysterious speakeasy vibe. Most of the menu is available gluten free, if that's important to you

Photo of Katie King Katie King
Oct 4, 2019 5

My favorite bottle shop for cider and gluten free options. I love the cider on tap and their fries and snacks are fabulous!

Photo of Caddie Putnam Rankin Caddie Putnam Rankin
Oct 19, 2019 5

Great beer and cider selection. Amazing food! Gluten free and regular options.

Photo of Helen Lai Helen Lai
Nov 1, 2019 5

The best drink selection in town. Great price and service!

Photo of Kait Mastalski Kait Mastalski
Jan 7, 2020 5

Grayson is a top notch bartender. Trivia is sick. The chicken sammie......my lawd👍 Hidden gem

Photo of Leighanna Flora Leighanna Flora
Jan 11, 2020 5

Love love love this place! Food menu is small but everything on it is SO GOOD. Great drink selection and atmosphere!

Photo of Amanda Duke Amanda Duke
Feb 13, 2020 5

Northern spy was great. Good selection of beer and cider, very helpful and friendly bartender. Will be back.

Photo of James Kempski Your Triangle REALTOR 919-308-7597 James Kempski Your Triangle REALTOR 919-308-7597
Feb 28, 2020 5

Great place for cider and just to hang with friends and enjoy. They do have a great selection of both beer and cider. I found one beer from Oregon that I have been looking for for over a year and this place has it. I do wish they had more food choices. When you go park in the parking garage it will be a lot easier to get out when you leave.

Photo of Matthew Luedke Matthew Luedke
Mar 7, 2020 5

The Spy is the perfect haunt for beer (and cider) drinkers in the medical center. It has craft draft beers and a great can and bottle selection that can be consumed on premises as well. The Northern Spy is also staffed with great bartenders who know the regulars. The beers and ciders range from easily accessible to avant-garde to downright bizarre; it has something for the faint of heart and the adventurous alike. It's a great place to unwind after a long day at work.

Photo of Donna  Turner Donna Turner
May 23, 2019 4

Great variety of ciders and cocktails. Large selection of beer as well. Fried bologna sandwich was good but too much cheese and tomatoes made it soggy. Biscuit for chicken sandwich was excellent and crumbly. Spy fries were very crispy and large portion.

Photo of Kamiera Valentine Kamiera Valentine
May 4, 2019 5

Very chill atmosphere with a large beer and cider selection. The staff is very friendly! Not to mention they have DRAFT COCKTAILS!!! WHAT THE WHAT!?! I've never heard of a draft cocktail this place is pretty cool. Definitely coming back.

Photo of Jay Zelder Jay Zelder
May 26, 2019 5

I am currently at The Northern Spy and could not wait to send a fantastic review! I had no idea they made their own house chips!!! What a delicious surprise.If you’re wondering if The Northern Spy is right for you, then stop wondering if the The Northern Spy is right for you right now!The answer is yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! The Northern Spy! Yes!

Photo of Eric Foster Eric Foster
Apr 27, 2019 5

This place is great. Amazing beer and cider selection. Grabbed some food while I was there and was blown away. Really excited to have a great bottle shop in the neighborhood again.

Photo of Johanna Elsensohn Johanna Elsensohn
May 11, 2019 5

This is a great new spot and I'm looking forward to seeing how things go this summer. We went on a balmy spring day, the kind of day where a cold cider or beer is real refreshing. Was disappointed they didn't offer flights for the cider - I wanted to try them all! But that was the only negative I found, the service and food were excellent, as was their selection of bottles. If I had one suggestion it would be to add some heartier sharable foods, popcorn just isn't that appealing to me :)