We have a while to wait (I’ve heard November 1 as the optimistic opening date) but it will be completely worth it: a new bar is in the works for downtown Durham. It’s to be in the middle of the Downtown Loop, on Main St., a couple blocks east of Bull McCabe’s. Here are some of the most awesome things I know about it so far:
- The name: “The Pinhook” was once an area of Old West Durham (read about it here and here and here) that has been described with some pretty great phrases: “roaring old place,” “den of iniquity,” “grog shops,” “places of ill-repute,” and “rather shady reputation,” are some of my favorites. Um, that makes this kind of the best name for a Durham bar ever, yeah?
- Games: Ms. Pac-Man, Galaga, and, seriously, a Roller Derby pinball machine.
- Music: There’s a stage that’ll feature local bands. Apparently the space is approximately the size of Local 506 in Chapel Hill.
- Drinks: Not sure about the specific beers but I’ve heard some good options bandied about, and one of the owners was the wine/beer buyer at Parker & Otis so we should be set in that department. Full bar (liquor too).
Are you now wondering, like I am, how you are going to make it the next 2 months without this place? It’ll be rough. In the meantime, check out their progress on The Pinhook’s Weblog.