The Bullpen, at 359 Blackwell Street in Durham, is in the heart of Durham, next to the Durham Performing Arts Center and American Tobacco Campus. It’s also in the shadow of the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
It’s the place to go for a pre-game drink or to cheer on the Bulls. It also has a game room.
The live music has a focus on blues, but is not limited to blues. There are some great singer/songwriter, solo and Americana artists too.
A dollar from every pint is donated to Music Maker Relief Foundation, a non-profit that was founded to preserve the musical traditions of the South by directly supporting the musicians who make that music.
The menu includes wings (with a ton of choices for sauce), waffle fries, “Buffalo brownies,” and a rotating selection of craft beers, many local.
- Live music every Friday and Saturday at 8:30 p.m.
- Free pinball and pool every Monday after 4 p.m.
- Live piano music Fridays 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
- Live music Tuesdays and Thursdays (time varies)
Here’s a list of November shows. All start at 8:30 p.m.
Friday Nov. 3: Abe Reid & The Spikedrivers / blues and boogie, better than a buttered biscuit
Saturday Nov. 4: Russ Varnell & His Too Country Band / both kinds of music, country and western
Friday Nov. 10: Harvey Dalton Arnold / the real deal blues rock legend
Saturday Nov. 11: The Five Points Rounders Rowdy Square Dance / if you get too drunk to walk, maybe you can still dance?
Friday Nov. 17: Cool John Ferguson / guitar wizardry
Saturday Nov. 18: Gringo Star / hooking your surfboard up to a distortion pedal, flannel shirt flying in the wind as you ride those sweet psychedelic waves
Friday Nov. 24: Pat “Mother Blues” Cohen / like Aretha Franklin leaping from a rainbow bedazzled birthday cake
Saturday Nov. 25: Dr. Bacon / down-home party funk