We’d heard about Geer Street Garden from a couple of different friends and decided to check it out last week after the Durham Blues Festival. It’s near Fullsteam Brewery & Motorco – a.k.a. hipster heaven – and it seems to have the potential to draw a similar demographic and become another solid neighborhood destination.
Lots of local beers on tap? Check. Converted gas station aesthetic providing slightly funky atmosphere? Yup. Decently interesting cocktails? Bonus!
Geer St. also has a large back garden with loud, communal seating in addition to its bar area and a handful of indoor tables. The menu isn’t huge, but it’s varied enough to appeal to a crowd, encompassing everything from burgers to fish tacos to fried chicken. I got the chicken tamales because, well, I adore tamales. Harold’s reuben was impressive looking but apparently just okay. We’d only give the food 3ish stars out of 5, but we’d come back again – especially on another beautiful early fall evening.
I’d say the service was about at the same level – friendly but a bit slow. It took me 15-20 minutes to get a drink at the bar, because they were so busy shuttling out beers to tables.
In summary: come with friends on a night when you have the time to relax, embrace the wait, and kick back a few cold ones. It’s more about the setting than anything else, so you might as well enjoy it!