The Raleigh Times Bar

The Raleigh Times Bar

Gastropub and Beer Garden$$$$
Central Raleigh, Raleigh
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  • Paul P.
    Paul PapadouliasJanuary 8, 2015
    The seasonal craft beer selection on draught is very good. Lots of local choices. Appetizers were tasty. Don't expect top notch service, though. The bartenders basically handle everything.
  • Abdul H.
    Abdul HakkimDecember 31, 2013
    There’s ample outdoor seating, a roof-deck for those who want a city view, and a sidewalk cafe for anyone who prefers to people-watch. There are plenty of microbrews available. - © 2013 BuzzFeed, Inc
  • Robin B.
    Robin BertelsAugust 7, 2014
    Another gem in downtown Raleigh, serving great food and Rochefort, Orval, Westmalle and Saison Dupont, to name only a few of their many Belgian beers. If only there was a bar like this in my hometown!
  • Ethie R.
    Ethie RodriguezSeptember 14, 2011
    Pork nachos are probably the most popular menu item; get them! Also, we have a pretty baller team of chefs so make sure to ask about the lunch/dinner specials. Beer is always excellent so try some :)
  • Amanda A.
    Amanda AAugust 26, 2012
    Get the Bloody Mary! Made from Times' house made mix, served with cucumber, pepperoncini pepper, olive, and a 6oz. PBR! One of the best I've ever had (note: I got mine with extra horseradish)
  • Abby L.
    Abby LadybugJanuary 19, 2010
    The Pork BBQ Nachos are really good if you ask them to replace the pork bbq with the chicken mix from the chicken tacos. I know it sounds crazy, but srsly. It's GOOD! My friend Prachi suggested it!
  • Melissa Ashley
    Melissa AshleyOctober 31, 2012
    One of my fav places to either grab some beers or eat some dang good food...or both! Nachos hight recommended & the Cheddar, Tomato and Avocado sandwich..add bacon. Always a go-to place!
  • Sean W.
    Sean WhiteDecember 21, 2009
    Great place to try craft brews and the food is top-notch as well. Best burger in raleigh, and check out the mantle on the bar wall that displays a pint glass that Obama drank a PBR from.
  • Jasmin Y.
    Jasmin YNovember 5, 2015
    The Kale Caesar salad is my favorite and they always have great Belgians and local beer on draft. Great for weekday lunch or happy hour.
  • The News & Observer
    The News & ObserverJuly 31, 2012
    What once served as the headquarters for the Raleigh Times now offers microbrews and imports, half-pound burgers, Reuben sandwiches made with house-cured corned beef and BBQ pork nachos. Read more
  • LaKeesha F.
    LaKeesha FradellaAugust 17, 2014
    Do not sit in their rooftop patio. Its hot as Hades. They are still waiting for permits for umbrellas so its not their fault! Everything else about this place is epic and I love the servers.
  • Samantha W.
    Samantha WalkerFebruary 18, 2014
    The servers are really nice and it is always a good choice for drinks but the food quality here has seriously declined. I keep giving the food another chance but I'm done, it keeps getting worse.
  • Ed D.
    Ed DixonOctober 15, 2012
    The fried pork belly appetizer is heaven; i mix all of the sauces together. Cuban sandwich rocks. Pork enchilada is awesome and the house bloody mary has a nice bite to it.
  • Mel J.
    Mel JohnsonDecember 12, 2013
    Their hamburger is rated best in Raleigh - for good reason ! But today, I'm falling for the Buffalo chix sandwich - another winner. Just the right amount of heat & spice.
  • Rob J.
    Rob JohnsonJuly 31, 2010
    Good beer selection...unfortunately the wait staff are infinitely more pretentious than the patrons. Great spot if you want to be treated like a jerk. (im looking at you james)
  • Todd W.
    Todd WilliamsSeptember 2, 2014
    Fried pickles, pork nachos, and an awesome Belgian beer selection. Quick yet friendly and knowledgable bartenders. Great place and Obama gives it two thumbs up!!!
  • Jon P.
    Jon PoynterMay 8, 2013
    So many beers and the sangria is great on a hot day. Everyone here under 30 looks like they chair the Mumford and sons fan club though... Crowd trying so hard
  • Penny P.
    Penny PageDecember 21, 2011
    I used to love this Raleigh icon but the food has really gone down hill. My service was bad and my homemade chips were all burned. The mojitos and ambiance are still great thought!
  • Kristal K.
    Kristal KatherineAugust 21, 2011
    I don't even know where to start. Try the beers on tap - all of their food is amazing, but get the burger med. rare with pepper jack - ALSO THE PORK NACHOS.
  • Justin M.
    Justin MooreAugust 14, 2013
    The steak carnitas tacos are excellent! High quality steak and excellent salsa topping. A friend had the chicken tacos and she said they were excellent also.
  • Kevin C.
    Kevin CoxAugust 3, 2013
    Pork enchilada! Real spicy! I'm not a fan but I was today!!!! My wife even tried to eat more than I wanted her 2 of mine lol, ate at th bar excellent staff great food
  • Shannon Z.
    Shannon ZuckerMarch 31, 2015
    Haven't tried the food but the atmosphere is great and there is a lot of room between the three levels. One of which is outside.
  • Angie W.
    Angie WestbrookMay 5, 2013
    Best bleu cheese buffalo sandwich! Bloody Mary's w/ side of PBR was delish too! Great atmosphere!
  • Conner H.
    Conner HobsonJanuary 9, 2015
    A good draft selection but not as good as it has been in the past. They got rid of the hatachino, which was the main reason I came here.
  • Tatiana Z.
    Tatiana ZappardinoOctober 25, 2014
    This place is pretty chill but on numerous occasions the bouncers would violently throw people out right in front of you for little to no reason.
  • Stephanie W.
    Stephanie WatsonNovember 10, 2009
    Don't spoil the delicious food by drinking PBR when they have the best Belgian beer selection in town! Ask your server for a recommendation.
  • Beth Y.
    Beth YerxaMay 15, 2012
    You know, I love the food and "ambience" of the Times, but it comes down to service. And the service here is consistently awesome.
  • Courtney B.
    Courtney BassMay 3, 2013
    Chad is the coolest person ever. Nicest manager and such a legit person! He'll make your experience at the Times out of this world!
  • Eric O.
    Eric OlsenJuly 18, 2014
    New menu and the food quality has taken a hit. If you are a fan of the nachos they used to have you are in for a surprise?
  • Shelley C.
    Shelley CernelMay 4, 2014
    FYI they kick you off the sidewalk in front of their building if you are holding outside food or drink. Evidently they expect you to walk in the street.
  • Mike F.
    Mike FraiettaJune 13, 2013
    I hate to go against the crowd here, but the pork nachos were a bit dry. They're good, but not 70 likes, 9 of the top 10 tips, good. Maybe get guac.
  • Melinda J.
    Melinda JacksonSeptember 9, 2014
    A MUST for any of my trips home. Amazing beer selection. Great breakfast, lunch and dinner. They have homemade chips.
  • Abby L.
    Abby LadybugMarch 19, 2010
    Finally got around to trying that Asian Tuna Salad, and it's sooooo good. It's $10.95, but man, was it worth it. Highly recommended!
  • Franz S.
    Franz StrasserFebruary 25, 2012
    Right in downtown Raleigh. Has a great vibe inside, good for lunch, and the menu is printed on a fake newspaper.
  • erin b.
    erin brasherNovember 9, 2012
    Try the sangria with Four Roses bourbon added to it. Let your hangover melt away. Sit with Jimbo (smoking times) for friendly service.
  • Brian P.
    Brian PypiakJune 29, 2013
    Careful after 10pm on Saturday and Sundays, it becomes amateur hour. Nothing but pastel popped collars. Best nachos ever.
  • Magic M.
    Magic MikeNovember 29, 2010
    Jay Winfrey is one of the best bartenders in Raleigh. Let him concoct a cocktail or suggest a beer that will blow yer mind.
  • K
    KFebruary 18
    Huge space. Craft beer. Cozy. Try the amazing Bloody Mary. It's like an appetizer & drink in one.
  • Colin C.
    Colin CoxJune 17, 2013
    One of my favorite bars down. Nice draft and bottle selection. Outdoor seating on sidewalk and rooftop.
  • David B.
    David BlairSeptember 28, 2013
    Really really really small pours. Got a bourbon neat and got maybe an ounce. Quite disappointing. Stick to beer so you don't get screwed.
  • John C.
    John CassilloDecember 21, 2015
    Cool vibe, great service, and food and beer also hit the mark. Definitely worth a stop for dinner and drinks.
  • Balazs T.
    Balazs TimkoOctober 11, 2014
    Impressive selection of good beers, but everything with a very good taste! Had a great time here.
  • Jennifer D.
    Jennifer DoddFebruary 28
    Ask for Brian Adams he's a sweetheart and a really friendly and great server..
  • Zack D.
    Zack DavenportJuly 3, 2013
    Great place for a cheep beer. Very crowded on a weekend night but worth the wait. Amazing nachos.
  • Emory
    EmoryFebruary 2, 2010
    Well kinda a easy choice. If you live in Raleigh likely have been here. But it bears repeating one of the best places in town.
  • Corey S.
    Corey SwankJuly 30, 2010
    Try the BBQ pork nachos. Best nachos EVER! Also cheap PBR and great beer selection. This place is choice.
  • Melissa B.
    Melissa BuchananJanuary 29, 2010
    If you are a fan of NC BBQ, get the pork BBQ nachos. Definitely the most amazing thing on the menu.
  • Susannah B.
    Susannah BrinkleyAugust 13, 2011
    Try the vegetarian nachos! So delicious with sangria if you're looking for something other than beer!
  • Jess ⚓
    Jess ⚓May 29, 2011
    Don't sit on the side where Smoking Times used to be. The servers and bartenders over there are super crabby.
  • Bryan H.
    Bryan HookerOctober 9, 2013
    Average and overpriced...once again. Great beer selection though if you don't mind paying $5-$7 for a 10oz. pour
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