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The Waiting Room

4.7

300 Blackwell St
Durham, NC 27701
Phone: (919) 294-6130
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4.7

Photo of David P David P
Apr 17, 2023 5

I've been to just about every cocktail bar in Durham. Even with the stiff competition I easily put this place top 3. Their drinks have great complexity and innovative ingredients, while expertly keeping an approachable palette. The speakeasy vibe is present however with an atmosphere that is more relaxing and welcoming. You can tell The Waiting room is a labor of love and brings an experience that can't be mimicked anywhere else.

Photo of Emma Marie Thomas Emma Marie Thomas
Apr 6, 2023 3

I would go back to give it another shot because the atmosphere was phenomenal and the decor was lovely. Cons. The service was not great. The host was lovely, but once I put in my order, I watched the ONE bar tender give basically a private wine tasting to two people who walked in. It took about 10 minutes for him to start making my drink. I do not mind waiting that long for a drink when there are many orders before me and bartenders are slinging drinks. This just wasn’t it. I don’t know if the bartender was the owner, but when they say they were opened by two friends who wanted to open a place, it’s definitely dude clubhouse over a hospitality focused cocktail bar. Someone else also mentioned that the drinks are not complex and I totally agree. I ordered something that should have had a massive flavor experience and instead it felt like a shot shaken with ice. If I paid $8-10 for it, it was fine. But for a premium cocktail price? I expect way more. Anyway, I’m glad we have another cool spot, I hope they work out some issues, love the interior.

Photo of Laura Laura
Mar 29, 2023 5

I stopped in with a friend after a show at DPAC, and it was a perfect drink/dessert spot. Great atmosphere, super friendly staff, and the comfy green chairs are a whole vibe! Will definitely go back next time I’m in Durham!

Photo of David P David P
Mar 28, 2023 5

I've been to just about every cocktail bar in Durham. Even with the stiff competition I easily put this place top 3. Their drinks have great complexity and innovative ingredients, but the expertly keeping an approachable palette. The speakeasy vibe is present however with an atmosphere that is more relaxing and welcoming. You can tell The Waiting room is a labor of love and brings an experience that can't be mimicked anywhere else.

Photo of Morgan Terry Morgan Terry
Mar 11, 2023 5

The Waiting Room was amazing! The space was cozy and inviting. Great for couples or small groups. Stop in and have a cocktail before or after dinner. Have a snack or enjoy a delicious small dessert. The chairs were super comfy and Nick greeted us pretty much as soon as we sat. We had several drinks including the Spicy Carrot, Rosemary Fig Sour, the Travel Agent, an espresso martini, and my personal favorite Your Buddy. They were all fantastic, creative twists and well balanced. We also tried the deviled eggs and the hummus. Best deviled eggs I’ve ever had and the hummus was delicious too. We’ll definitely be back soon.

Photo of Brian Vaughn Brian Vaughn
Mar 9, 2023 5

Owner invented Durham’s newest dirty Martini on the fly, with his regulars, using a spicy olive mix. Best I’ve had in NC. Unbelievable vibe for the Thursday night. Great Mix of regulars, first timers, and small groups.

Photo of Chelsea Fountain Chelsea Fountain
Feb 10, 2023 5

Despite the small seating arrangements, we really enjoyed the atmosphere and experience. We had great service, and craft cocktails and desserts. This is adjacent to a lot of American Tobacco and DPAC activities.

Photo of Yolanda Brown Yolanda Brown
Feb 8, 2023 4

Spicy carrot was too spicy for me but I had a great sidecar. Nice ambiance 👍🏾

Photo of Larry Duckworth Larry Duckworth
Feb 4, 2023 5

Excellent service and great drinks. Great place to go after a show.

Photo of Nicole Stancil Nicole Stancil
Jan 28, 2023 5

The atmosphere is just what Durham needed! My favorite drink so far is the Your Buddy… a delicious twist on my go to drink, the old fashioned. For a new location, I’d say they are doing pretty great.

Photo of Jared Jared
Jan 28, 2023 3

Pros: Good lighting and ambiance. Cons: Drinks were over priced and out of balance. At $18 for my drink, I'm expecting to be inspired by the flavors or at least get layers of complexity. It was disappointment from the first sip. Also, the drinks had bad ice. When you're making craft cocktails at that price, details matter. The ice matters. The bar seats that are 4 inches too short matter. Would not recommend and would not go back. Go to Kingfisher instead.

Photo of Mike Mustari Mike Mustari
Jan 14, 2023 5

Awesome vibe and good drinks. GO BILLS!

Photo of Thomas Buser Thomas Buser
Jan 14, 2023 5

Great place with a laid back feel and amazing drinks. This a great place to catch up with friends and have a fun time.

Photo of Logan Cason Logan Cason
Jan 12, 2023 5

Incredible menu and cool vibe. Not a lot of seats tho, but that will only make it more sought after. As long as they can keep this energy, they will be one of those places that makes Durham so cool, maybe even the best.

Photo of Ashley Medina Rhymes Ashley Medina Rhymes
Jan 10, 2023 5

Did we just find our new favorite date night bar, tucked away in the American Tobacco campus?! Ummm I think so! It's giving chic speakeasy vibes with the green bar stools, brick walls and shanazzi craft cocktails. We tasted four of their cocktails and loved everyone one of them. We also sampled some menu items and ummm, those macaroons are to die for 🤤 it's definitely a cocktail bar but the menu items are a nice snack to hold you over until your dinner reservations...get it? The "waiting room" is where you "wait" to hold you over until your reservation, love the idea and can't wait for our next date night

Photo of Andrea Martin Andrea Martin
Jan 6, 2023 5

Great place for drinks before a show at the DPAC- just make sure to get here early. They serve Innovative cocktails that are sure to please. All fresh ingredients- must try.

Photo of Jan Tugwell Jan Tugwell
Jan 6, 2023 5

Great place to have drinks and appetizers before or after a show at DPAC! Or anytime for that matter! Super friendly staff, laid back vibe, and great drinks and food!