Durham bleeds Duke Blue! We love to see our Blue Devils in action on the football field and especially on the basketball court. Durham is also home to the famous Durham Bulls, a minor league baseball team that was the subject of an award-winning movie! While getting tickets to the see the Durham Bulls is pretty accessible and affordable on any given day, tickets to Duke’s sporting events sell out quickly and may be difficult to obtain. Duke Blue Devil fans often gather at sports bars to cheer on the team as an alternative option.
Here are 10+ local sports bars and restaurants in Durham worth checking out on game-night:
Tobacco Road Sports Cafe
Tobacco Road Sports Cafe is located right beside the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. If you sit outside, you get a fantastic view of the game while enjoying local beer and delicious pub fare, such as nachos and sliders. Not into baseball? There are plenty of TVs, and the staff is happy to put on whatever game you like!
Devine’s Restaurant and Sports Bar
Devine’s Restaurant & Sports Bar has been a Durham staple on the sports bar scene since 1978! It serves up delicious wings, burgers, and beers while you watch Duke Basketball on their many TVs.
Tyler’s Restaurant & Taproom
Tyler’s Restaurant & Taproom is located in the American Tobacco Historic District, right beside the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. While you can’t get a view of the baseball game from this spot, it’s an excellent location for pre- or post-game eats. Like any good sports bar, there are plenty of TVs for you to catch other games as well.
Satisfaction Restaurant and Bar
Satisfaction Restaurant and Bar is another Durham sports scene staple that’s been in the area for over 30 years. It serves delicious pizza, along with another pub fares such as burgers, subs, and sandwiches.
Rookie’s Sports Bar
Looking for a place to catch the game after work? Rookie’s Sports Bar is conveniently located in RTP and is the perfect spot to relax with co-workers, eat some delicious pizza, and watch your favorite team.
Bull McCabe’s Irish Pub
While college basketball typically rules the TVs in Durham sports bars, you can be sure to find a soccer game on at Bull McCabe’s Irish Pub! It also serves up tasty local beers along with pub fare such as fish & chips. Sláinte!
Clouds Brewing is relatively new to the sports bar scene in Durham. It’s a massive space that serves pub fare and has plenty of TVs, but what indeed makes it unique is The Downpour. The Downpour is a wall of taps! Show your ID and leave a credit card with your server and you will get a bracelet that will activate whichever tap you like.
Mattie B’s Public House
Want to watch the game while enjoying unique flavors? Mattie B’s Public House offers pub fare with a twist. On the menu, you will find bar food standards, such as wings and pizza, but you will also find unique items such as the Thai Tumble, chips dusted with garlic chile, toasted coconut, and cilantro!
Dain’s Place is a local favorite located on Ninth Street, which is close to Duke University. Catch the game with all the locals while enjoying delicious burgers. Want a tip? Try the pierogies. They are excellent!
Bralie’s Sports Bar & Grill
Bralie’s Sports Bar & Grill is a favorite local sports bar that offers up burgers, cheesesteaks and plenty of great beer specials every day. You can also play pool, darts, or cornhole while you watch your favorite team!
Other favorite local sports bars where you can play games as well as watch them on the big screen include Social Gameroom and Doyles Sports Bar. While neither location serves food, you can find the occasional food truck conveniently parked right outside. Both locations have a full bar and offer drink specials. No matter where you go to catch the game in the Durham area, you will be sure to find plenty of camaraderie amongst other fellow Blue Devils or Bulls fans!