Beers with Ben!

Preservation Durham sponsors Beers with Ben! to showcase restaurant, bars and other nightlife venues in historic buildings. These events give our members an opportunity to talk and network with fellow lovers of the Bull City.


Happy Hour – Bull City Ciderworks

Bull City CiderworksThursday, February 12 2015, 5:30 – 7:30, Bull City Ciderworks, 113 S. Elizabeth Street

We’re excited to host our first Historic Happy Hour of 2015 at Bull City Ciderworks.  Come on down and taste some wonderful hard ciders made right here in Durham!


Historic Happy Hour – Intrepid Life

intrepidlogoThursday, June 19, 2014
5:30 – 7:30 pm
106 W. Parrish Street

Happy Hour and Annual Meeting (6:30pm)


Historic Happy Hour – Surf Club

Thurday, April 24, 2014
5:00 – 8:00 pm
703 Rigsbee Ave

Help us kick off Home Tour weekend with drinks at Surf Club. 703 Rigsbee Ave was for many years the offices of Stone & Stone, the proprietors of the Liberty Warehouse. Gaze at the Liberty across the street while you sip your cocktail.


Happy Hour – Triangle Pint and Plate

January 16, 2014
5:30-7:30 pm
802 W. Main Street

Who doesn’t love beer? No one! We’re excited to host our first Historic Happy Hour of the brand-new Triangle Pint and Plate, the latest venture from Triangle Brewery. Come escape the cold and gloom of January and have a pint with us.


Happy Hour-Nasher Museum


December 12, 2013: 5:30-7:30, Nasher Museum of Art, 2001 Campus Drive

Join us at the world-famous Nasher Museum of Art for this unique Historic Happy Hour event. We’ll enjoy drinks before taking a private tour of the Doris Duke’s Shangri-La exhibit. The exhibit closes at the end of December, so you definitely won’t want to miss this event.


Happy Hour-Straw Valley

September 19, 2013: 5:30-7:30, Straw Valley Cafe, 5420 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd.

You’ll want to make sure you don’t miss this HHH! We’re joint hosting it with NC Modernist Houses (formerly Triangle Modernist Houses) at Straw Valley, the area’s coolest coffee shop/bar. You’d never guess that this hidden oasis sits right off of 15-501. Come enjoy the beautiful September weather in the spacious courtyards, or wander around the property and check out the modernist architecture and furniture.

Happy Hour-Bar Lusconi

June 20, 2013: 5:00-7:00, Bar Lusconi, 117-B E. Main St.

Bar Lusconi is so cool, they don’t even have a logo. Or a sign. Or decorations. They don’t need any of that stuff, though- the drink menu is that good. Once you enter the unmarked bar (look for the butcher paper in the windows!), you’ll find yourself in a beautifully unfinished historic room. We love the cozy atmosphere, and getting to see the guts of such a cool building. Make sure to admire the beautiful ceiling!

Happy Hour-Alley Twenty Six

April 18, 2013: 6:00-8:00 at Alley Twenty Six, 320 E. Chapel Hill St. – Alley Twenty Six is  the new offering from Shannon Healy, formerly of Crooks Corner. Located in a historic building across the street from the post office in downtown Durham, it features a menu of carefully curated cocktails that will delight and surprise you. There’s also a small offering of charcuterie and cheese.


Happy Hour-Mateo

February 21, 2013: 5:00-7:00 at Mateo Bar de Tapas, 109 W Chapel Hill St – Mateo is the first solo venture from chef Matthew Kelly of Vin Rouge; housed in the old Book Exchange building in downtown Durham, it features a menu that blends the flavors of Spain with beloved ingredients and dishes of the South. Join us to see another piece of Durham’s history revitalized!

Happy Hour-Pizzeria Toro

December 13, 2012: 5:30-7:30 at Pizzeria Toro, 105 E Chapel Hill St – The December Historic Happy Hour was held at Pizzeria Toro, located in the 5-points development that was spearheaded by Scott Harmon of Re:Vamp Durham (and that PD helped bring to fruition!). One of the upstairs residential units was opened up for folks to see, and over 50 people turned out for the event!

Happy Hour-The Cookery

October 18, 2012: 5:30-7:30 at The Cookery, 1101 West Chapel Hill St –

Preservation Durham’s Historic Happy Hour season kicked off on October 18 at The Cookery with an event that combined the Happy Hour with our annual Preservation Awards. The Sympathy for the Deli food truck was on hand to sell delicious sandwiches, nearly 100 people turned out to honor the award winners, and a great time was had by all! Sponsored by 4/1 DesignhmwPreservationRW Emerson Land Planning, and The Cookery.