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)
These events are from their calendar:
Tuesday, August 29th, 7:00 p.m.: Ashley Heath
Thursday, August 31th, 7:00 p.m.: Big Ron HunterFriday, Sept 1, 8:30 Thomas Rhyant’s Sam Cooke Soul Revue
Saturday, Sept 2, 8:30 Russ Varnell & His Too Country Band
Tuesday, Sept 5, 7:00 Blue Cactus
Thursday, Sept 7, 7:00 Dr. Bacon
Friday, Sept 8, 8:30 Abe Reid & The Spikedrivers
Saturday, Sept 9, 8:30 Pat “Mother Blues” Cohen
Tuesday, Sept 12, 7:00 Skyler Drew Foust
Thursday, Sept 14, 7:00 Ellis Dyson & The Shambles
Friday, Sept 15, 8:30 Thomas Rhyant’s Sam Cooke Soul Revue
Saturday, Sept 16, 8:30 Harvey Dalton Arnold
Tuesday, Sept 19, 7:00 Brian McGee
Thursday, Sept 21, 7:00 Shamu Garcon
Friday, Sept 22 8:30, Pat “Mother Blues” Cohen
Saturday, Sept 23, 8:30 The Petty Thieves
Tuesday, Sept 26, 7:00 Kristi Dixon
Thursday, Sept 28, 7:00 David Childers
Friday, Sept 29, 8:30 The Oblations
Saturday, Sept 30, 8:30 Abe Reid & The Spikedrivers