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The Atomic Fern


108 E Parrish St
Durham, NC 27701
Phone: (919) 908-8662
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Photo of John Hunter John Hunter
May 31, 2019 5

Excellent downtown bar with plenty of board and card games to play. Draft beer selection could be bigger, but at least it's cheap at $5 a pint.

Photo of Liz Templeton Liz Templeton
May 5, 2019 5

Great little bar with friendly service and a nice selection of games, will be back for some more local brews!

Photo of Zeke Hart Zeke Hart
Apr 18, 2019 4

Nice bar with a modest selection of drinks and wide selection of board games

Photo of Lisa Jeffries Lisa Jeffries
Mar 24, 2019 4

Cool divey spot in DT Durm next door to Littler - offering a shot and a beer for $5 on Sundays. We purely stumbled upon this place with seeing the lights on as we arrived a bit early for our dinner reservation next door. The barkeep was personable and playing the score from "Taxi Driver" on vinyl. Also, dog friendly! Woot woof, friends. They've got an interesting selection of boozes on the back wall and a small selection of cocktails including a tasty cucumber Collins.

Photo of Patrick Rawlings Patrick Rawlings
Mar 16, 2019 5

Small but great bar with a ton of board games to play with friends.

Photo of Peggy Harrison Peggy Harrison
Jul 2, 2019 5

We had fun and good drinks!

Photo of Ari Weinberg Ari Weinberg
Sep 3, 2019 5

This little bar has an amazing assortment of board/car games and a nice variety of beer and other drinks. I would highly recommend going on a game night because it's a nice way to meet new people and try new games. They don't have food, but you're allowed to bring it in, so that's really fun! Would definitely recommend!

Photo of Andrea Brent Andrea Brent
Aug 1, 2019 4

Went here a few times. I like the vibes and the idea. I happened to sit at the table with the flickering light on board game night (no big deal, they'll probably fix that) and the bartender was nice. There was this dude sitting at the bar though that claimed he knew the owner. Not sure why he felt the need to tell me that since I wasn't talking to him at all, but I won't let that reflect on the ownership since I haven't met the owner yet.

Photo of Steve Steve
Aug 14, 2019 5

Awesome place! Great prices and atmosphere. Looking forward to going back.

Photo of Barbara Groh Barbara Groh
Sep 1, 2019 5

Good beer and great game selection. The setting was great for a fun game night with friends.

Photo of Joseph H. Vilas Joseph H. Vilas
Oct 9, 2019 4

Probably the closest thing downtown Durham has to a dive bar these days. Enjoy. :)

Photo of Daria Niescierowicz Daria Niescierowicz
Nov 13, 2019 5

Cozy, intimate little spot with great decor and the bartender made me feel right at home. As a bonus, they have nearly every board game you could ask for.

Photo of Georgia Schumacher Georgia Schumacher
Aug 1, 2019 5

Chill vibe, good drink prices, and tons of games. Good for couples or hanging out with a group of friends.

Photo of Doug Bright Doug Bright
Jan 13, 2020 5

My favorite in Durham so far. Great tunes, casual but intimate vibe, biggest collection of board games I've seen at a bar, and a bartender who was funny and sharp-tongued in a good-hearted way, deep down. Good beer options too.

Photo of Luke Otfinowski Luke Otfinowski
Jun 6, 2018 5

Wow, what an awesome place. Wish we had something like it in South Florida! An awesome place to hangout, talk, have some drinks, and play games!

Photo of Merrick Brown Merrick Brown
Mar 23, 2018 5

This is my favorite chill bar in Durham. Great for playing board games. They have a really good selection of games, their beer selection rotates weekly, and their prices are reasonable. Friendly bartenders and totally relaxed crowd. BYO food and games.