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The Waiting Room


300 Blackwell St
Durham, NC 27701
Phone: (919) 294-6130
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Photo of Jessica Washington-Moore Jessica Washington-Moore
Dec 8, 2023 3

I was so stoked to have a nice cocktail bar close by. I have been twice now and their staff have been lovely each time. Unfortunately I asked for a basic off-menu drink during my first trip (a Paper Plane) and despite having all the ingredients, the ratios were not measured and the drink was pretty bad. My next trip I just ordered a glass of bubbles, which was great but the bar remained soiled and unwiped the entire 45 minutes I was there. For someone to pay >$14 per cocktail, they should be offering measured drinks and a bar that has been wiped down. We have several bars in walking distance that are miles ahead of this spot. I hope they take the steps to make themselves competitive in Durham since their staff is so great.

Photo of Lucy Right Lucy Right
Dec 3, 2023 4

The atmosphere is nice, it’s the only dessert bar in Durham, you can see what they’re going for. Drink list a bit bizarre for desserts. Drinks are already quite expensive, and then they charge extra for the ice if you order a drink on the rocks 🤣

Photo of Steven Balduino Steven Balduino
Nov 18, 2023 5

After walking past as intrigued passers-by finally stopped in. Atmosphere is relaxed and upscale. Bar seats are cozy. Bar is stocked and the cocktail menu is excellent. Image here is a specialty "smoking jacket" which was clutch

Photo of Sophia G Sophia G
Oct 17, 2023 5

The cocktails are amazing, the bartenders know what they are doing. I asked for a mezcal cocktail off the menu and they gave me exactly what I needed. Highly recommend

Photo of Emily Butler Emily Butler
Sep 22, 2023 5

We had a great time waiting for a show at DPAC. Kayla is amazing and took care of our every need! She was super personable and attentive. Nice vibe, drinks were super tasty, and small plates hit the spot. Will definitely visit again next time we venture to Durham!

Photo of John Lawler John Lawler
Sep 3, 2023 5

Awesome and chill atmosphere in a good vibes low key cocktail bar lounge. Assortment of food options such as charcuterie as well. Loved the lighting and seating arrangements. Great for small groups of up to 4 people to chill out and drink. Convenient location if you can park at the ATC parking garages. Delicious cocktails. Highly recommend this place for a early night out to hangout with your SO or catch up with an old friend.

Photo of Lauren Nicole Willis Lauren Nicole Willis
Jun 7, 2023 5

My boyfriend and I stumbled into The Waiting Room and we were SO pleasantly surprised! The aesthetic is semi-industrial modern, upscale Gatsby with green velvet, gold accents, and great geometric shapes. We had this amazing blueberry pound cake dessert, the Trifle as well as the deviled eggs. It was incredible, with the PERFECT amount of spice if you’re into that. The drinks were tasty and the music/atmosphere was perfect for any millennial…intimate enough for a day date or business connection! We will definitely be back!