709 Washington Street, Durham, North Carolina 27701

About Us

The Blue Note Grill is one of the Triangle’s (Raleigh, Durham & Chapel Hill) premier live-music venues, complete with a full-service BBQ and Ribs restaurant and bar. The original Blue Note Grill opened in a non-descript strip mall in 2010 on the outskirts of Durham. Their musical reputation and Southern-style menu soon packed the house, as they quickly outgrew the tiny end space.  In June of 2015, the Blue Note Grill opened and expanded in to a new 6,000 sq ft space in the downtown Durham historic Central Park District.

  • Family-owned and operated, the Blue Note Grill has consistently been voted by readers of the INDY
  • Place to Hear Blues: Winner (2011-2020)
  • Place to Hear Bluegrass: Finalist (2011-2020)
  • Place to Hear Rock & Roll: Finalist (2018)
  • Open Mic: Winner (2020), Finalist (2018)
  • Barbecue in Durham County: Finalist (2018)
  • Wings in Durham County: Finalist (2018, 2019, 2020)
  • Neighborhood Bar in Durham County: Winner (2020), Finalist (2018)

…. and the barbecue and ribs are second to none!

Past performers at The Blue Note Grill

Paul Thorn, Chris Smither, Coco Montoya, Popa Chubby, Shemekia Copeland, The Waybacks, Nick Moss, Wishbone Ash, Vanessa Collier, Maria Muldaur, Larkin Poe, Walter Trout, Janiva Magness, Barrere & Tackett with Craig Fuller, Marcia Ball, Randall Bramblett, Amanda Ann Platt & the Honeycutters, Scott Sharrard & the Brickyard Band, John Hammond Jr, Ana Popovic, Davy Knowles, Albert Cummings, The Nighthawks, The Subdudes, Roomful of Blues, Jimmy Thackery, Les Dudek, Will McFarlane, Rev. Billy C. Wirtz, Victor Wainwright, Samantha Fish, Tas Cru, Tommy Castro, Albert Castiglia, Selwyn Birchwood, Kelvin Holley, Tinsley Ellis, Slam Allen, Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials, Madeleine Peyroux, JP Soars, Delta Moon, Teresa James & the Rhythm Tramps, Darrell Scott, Cedric Burnside, The Quebe Sisters, Bobby Messano, Anne McCue, Ruthie Foster, Jarekus Singleton, Bruce Katz Band, Harvey Dalton Arnold, Larry Mitchell, Annie McCue, Harper & Midwest Kind, The Gravy Boys, Wayne Sharp & the Sharpshooters, and local/regional favorites.

Join the many people who consider the Blue Note Grill a “home away from home” and visit us today.

In Effect
Masks are required to enter and move around inside the building, including while dancing, whether you are vaccinated or not.  You can remove your mask to eat.

We’re open for Inside, Patio, and Beer Garden dining following all safety protocols available. Or if you prefer, GET IT TO GO!

What about parking?

We have on site parking right behind the old train trestle. After 5pm you can use the Erwin Oil lot. There are lots of other parking options in the neighborhood, including on the street.

Do I need a reservation?

We do not take reservations. We recommend arriving 1 hour before music starts if you are coming to a show.

NOTE: We do have some ticketed shows with seating options. You can now pick your table and seat for these shows by going online through our link on our events page.

I’m in a wheelchair or have special needs? Can you accommodate?

We go above and beyond to make sure that every guest is comfortable and our building is ADA compliant. Guests with special needs should call us at 919-401-1979 in advance to make arrangements.

Can my band play at The Blue Note Grill?

If you are interested in playing at The Blue Note, please first visit our Blue Note Grill booking page.
Contact us by email: booking@thebluenotegrill.com and include the word Booking – followed by the band/artist name – in the subject line.

Make sure to send us links to your website, music links (ReverbNation, YouTube, etc) along with band bio information, available dates, band contact, etc. Please do not send us mp3 files!

Can The Blue Note Grill cater my event?

Absolutely! Check out Catering, then contact us at catering@thebluenotegrill.com and we’ll help you feed four to forty or more!

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