Bar Local Pub & Pizzeria
19 Market St, Wilmington, NC 28401, United States
Review №1

It was so appetizing. Will surely make a return trip. The place has a nice atmosphere. Feels similar to a restaurant in New York I loved.

Review №2

Apparently i am not the only one to be attacked by the manager.SHAME ON THIS PLACE.

Review №3

Dennis and his staff are amazing. Also some of the best pizza in the Port City.

Review №4

Dennis attacks his customers (verbally and physically)this is a little slice of Philly in beautiful Wilmington NC.

Review №5

Exceptional service. Very attentive and welcoming!

Review №6

Had a nice dinner and was wanting to head home for the night. Decided to take a seat outside of this establishment for 2 minutes thinking we'd come back to this qaint looking place tomorrow. All the seating was empty. Very dead. We weren't taking up needed space. We were immediately affronted by one of the workers. Told him we were about to leave, sorry. He came back out and started yelling and cursing, being aggressive while we were leaving the premise. Very disheartening. The way to creating good customer service revolves around being kind to everyone, knowing that when you do, people will come and enjoy your place whether it be now or later. Word of mouth is everything. I will never spend my money here. I advise against it if you are a fan of common decency.

Review №7

Best pizza downtown! Friendly and fun place to grab a drink and a bite or a meal

Review №8

Love this place! The new look is a welcomed addition to the downtown Wilmington scene. More conversation can be had within the new design and the service friendly layout makes ordering and delivering of their fantastic food more enjoyable and efficient. Dennis is a great chef! Say hello the next time you are in there!

Review №9

If you are thinking about eating here, make sure that Dennis isn't around.He either works or manages the place. I have never seen someone treat a customer like this in my entire life. Disgusting.

Review №10

Great little Italian local spot. Good food & a generous pour.

Review №11

Almost called the police on the owner of this "bar" last night. Old man went outside and verbally and physically attacked him for sitting in a chair drinking water.Better yet, the guy won't apologize and is still trying to justify his childish behavior. He also claims that his own waitress was a "witness."Learn some southern hospitality before you open a bar in Wilmington.

Review №12

Very shameful service, using the excuse of being very busy as a reason. the pizza was pitiful.Discussing!!!!

Review №13

Very cool environment, the co-owner of the joint (the only one I have met) Dennis (?) is very talented in that he also creates his own electric guitars out of oddities and will sometimes treat you with playing it. The rest of the staff are very nice. Pizza's and beers are great as well. The only thing is that I wish the place was a little bigger.

Review №14

This place is quaint. Interesting beer selection. Pizza is FABULOUS! Seating outside on sidewalk too! Just seems like they have a lot of equipment and junk sitting in view. Overall this place is very nice!

Review №15

Great food, awesome drinks. Recommend the pesto Brie tapa!

Review №16

Great atmosphere, they recently have updated the menu and got a liquor license so they fix you up a nice cocktail with your lunch or dinner. Highly recommend... Secretly the best Pizza in Wilmington!

Review №17

Great pizza. Bartender was awesome. Enjoyed the draft beer. Such a cool place. Looking forward to our next time.

Review №18

Vegan friendly and lovely atmosphere!Had the Eggplant Rollatini and Pinot Grigio.I've been going here for years and love it!

Review №19

The owner Dennis physically assaults his own customers. BEWARE

Review №20

Horrible service. Manager was rude and practically chased us out of our seats.The manager/owner got away with assaulting someone that we know while they were at this bar.

Review №21

Bar Local recently re-opened, so I tried it out with a group of friends. We ordered a variety of food and loved all of it. If you love pizza, then you have to try Bar Local.

Review №22

Sat down here to grab a drink last night. Within two minutes I have some giant guy named Dennis who apparently owns this place telling me to “Get the F out” and as i stand up to leave he physically assaults me and chases me down to water street.It's really sad that you're trying to justify assaulting someone for sitting at your bar. You can't even apologize. No wonder you have had a bunch of heart attacks.

Review №23

Waitress was unattentive, and the owner was even worse.Do yourself a favor and go get better pizza for half the price around the corner.

Review №24

Really good ! Great hang out joint!

Review №25

Small place you have to kind of look for it but when you do find it, it's pretty nice little place. One of the people there actually makes his own cheese for the pizza that the haven there. I wasn't expecting a that for a place called a bar. Guy Ferrari was in the area not sure how he picks places but you missed out guy sucks for you......

Review №26

I was blown away by the atmosphere and the bartender! Small place but amazing service . I will be back

Review №27

Owner qas an awesome guy and had interesting stories to tell, known for the pizza!

Review №28

SUCH good food, and the bar tenders are super cool and Dustin was GREAT

Review №29

Very small, quaint beer and wine bar with tapas. The staff is veru friendly and welcoming. They don't have liquor but instead use sake to make mixed drinks. Wine and beer list is pretty extensive and the food is great. They also have live music (acustic) on the weekends. Kid friendly...sorta.

Review №30

The garlic knots are so good!

Review №31

Best corned beef and cabbage I've ever had! Yum! Try the food! It is a must for downtown!

Review №32

This place is small but don't let that fool you. The BBQ Duck Tostadas are amazing and the drinks are good as well.

Review №33

Beer and outdoor music was awesome, but the owner/manager made this young couple leave their empty side walk space (as well as an empty bar) because they weren't patrons of the establishment. Just ruined the atmosphere of the bar for us. Not what you would of expect from a bar owner with no patrons...Southern hospitality won't be found here...won't be returning after witnessing this.

Review №34

Rude. Waitress non attentive and actually seemed surprised when we wanted to see a menu. She should not be working. There's no food worth behavior such as that.

Review №35

I used to really love Bella's Bar Local, but after my last visit, I decided that it was time to move on. Dennis is the owner and he really tries to have a lot going on in order to keep the crowd, but last time we went there was full bar and outside was packed with everyone watching a singer that was performing at the bar, IN THE MIDDLE OF A BUSY BAR Dennis left and went outside in order to pay guitar with the singer, he played 3 or more songs, I kid you not atleast 5 or 6 different people came in trying to get a refill, pay a tab, or order as they were walking by just to find no one behind the bar. Really used to be a great place with great food.

Review №36

Great pizza. Great atmosphere. Will be back

Review №37

Horrible service, and even worse management.Give this spot back to a southerner please.

Review №38

Dennis is a wonderful and engaging bartender. Beer and wine only and amazing food from that tiny kitchen

Review №39

Always excellent service and delicious food.

Review №40

Went in to get a drink, and came back out to this old man assaulting my friend and trying to fight him. This guy named Dennis, is apparently the owner of this bar, and will hear from us again.

Review №41

After walking around downtown it was very nice to find a nice lil spot to grab some food that was great and a few drinks that were even better.

Review №42

The *owner* has a bad temper and basically told us to leave.I am in shock.

Review №43

Amazing. If you're not in the mood for beer or wine ask the bar tender to whip up one of his special mixed sake drink. I had one with Pacific Sunset. Absolutely amazing!

Review №44

Great service!

Review №45

Love this place. Great service, thanks Dennis! My friend had strange drink requests and he made her something amazing. I'm looking forward to coming to paint night soon.

Review №46

Ya gotta try their pizza! Great stuff! Not the norm - better!

Review №47

Really neat little place, the atmosphere is cozy and the drinks where great! The prices for cocktails weren't insane either which was very surprising. We didn't have anything to eat but all the food that was coming out of the kitchen looked and smelled wonderful!.

Review №48

Amazing menu for such a tiny spot.

Review №49

Great little bar serving tapas and creative fantastic pizza choices.

Review №50

Good beer selection.. friendly staff

Review №51

Great little spot. The owner is friendly and the food is amazing!

Review №52

Cozy little bar, great staff. Nice place to have a drink and relax.

Review №53

Bar tender was not very friendly. Dozens of places in Wilmington where I'd rather have a drink that have better atmospheres and much better service.

Review №54

Wonderful food, excellent beer selection, and the bartenders are awesome!

Review №55

Cool place, great outdoor seating & service

Review №56

Beer and Wine only - but try it, they have some creative and good mix drinks made with beer and wine - a unique experience

Review №57

Very small but very friendly place to be. Great pizza, beer and conversation.

Review №58

Ask for Gilly! Great bartenders!

Review №59

Food is amazing, great beer selection. Friendly atmosphere.

Review №60

Top notch bartender, relaxed atmosphere, always something different going on, big into supporting the local artists (whether music, paint, or anything in between), paint lessons on wednesdays, open mic on thursdays, awesome craft and import beer selection, wine out the wazoo, good is on point.... only drawback is they aren't open 24/7. Come on down!

Review №61

Great drink selection. All of the food we've had has been delicious, particularly the pesto brie.

Review №62

Awesome beer selection and amazing food. Everyone in there was super nice and friendly, can't wait to go back!

Review №63

Great people, live music, good beer selection. Try the Full Steam Cackalacky.They also have Vinyasa and Vino on Thursdays! Yoga flow on the riverfront followed by a glass of wine!

Review №64

The bartender was kind and ran out to return my card when I had left it, but I was served one of the most pathetic bloody Marys I've ever drank. Sake and watery, off-brand, store-bought tomato juice, nothing else, not even a garnish.

Review №65

Only place you can get Ace Pineapple Beer!

Review №66

Love the food, atmosphere, and drinks!!

Review №67

My boyfriend and I went here the other night. They had a special Mahi mahi tostada that was one of the best things we've ever had! They had a really delicious stout on draught as well. We will definitely be coming back!

Review №68

There was literally no one in the bar I wasnt able to find a bartender. I left after five minutes.

Review №69

Cool, Classy, and ComfortableCraft Beer, Wine, Sake, Specialty sodas, and Delicious Food create this jewel of a "neighborhood bar".If only just a few words could describe this seemingly nondescript place. Situated directly across from Kilwin's Ice Cream, you will notice patio seating laid out in front of a plain building site, but there is nothing plain about the atmosphere created by the owner, Dennis.Walking into Bar Local (pouring since 1999) (lol), you will immediately feel relaxed and want to stay awhile. The dim house lights, punctuated with candle light, the exposed brick walls, bar and booth seating with concrete tables all make for a sophisticated and comfortable place to spend time with friends or even bring a date. Dennis is amicable and offers good suggestions for drinks. If he's not there Keith, Adam, and beautiful Alexa will take care of you.You wouldn't expect it, but this little place redefines "bar food" by putting out some delicious plates of non-typical fare like jerk chicken tacos, turkey Cuban sandwiches, stuffed poblano peppers, roasted red pepper hummus, panini sandwiches, pasta, salads, and cheese plates. Vegans and vegetarians and meat lovers will all find something to eat here.There is always a local artist playing to round out your evening. With a painting class on Tuesdays, Yoga and Open Mic on Thursdays, there's a reason Bar Local was voted best bar in Wilmington this year.Support this amazing local hub. It's a great place to feel at home and enjoy something a little different than just a bar. Check out their FB page for their menu, times, food specials, and other good stuff.

Review №70

Quaint nice environment for couples.

Review №71

Cool bar, I'd go back.

Review №72

Best kept secret in Wilmy.

Review №73

Ok. Just stop by in for a drink

Review №74

Good drink selection with a cozy environment

Review №75

Owner is rude to small children. Will never come back.

Review №76

Food was delicious

Review №77

Pizza was awesome!

Review №78

The guy working there was very rude.

Review №79

Friendly staff, quaint.

Review №80

The first time we went it was awesome the female bar tender was friendly and laughed and joked but yesterday the man was rude yelled at his employe in front of us ignored us horrible time

Review №81

Super un friendly staff:-(

Review №82

Rudest staff ever

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3.7 Rating
  • Address:19 Market St, Wilmington, NC 28401, United States
  • Site:
  • Phone:+1 910-833-5799
  • Bar
  • Pizza restaurant
Working hours
  • Monday:1PM–2AM
  • Tuesday:1PM–2AM
  • Wednesday:1PM–12AM
  • Thursday:4PM–2AM
  • Friday:4PM–2AM
  • Saturday:4PM–2AM
  • Sunday:4PM–2AM
Service options
  • Outdoor seating:Yes
  • Takeout:Yes
  • Fast service:Yes
  • Great beer selection:Yes
  • Great wine list:Yes
  • Live music:Yes
  • Alcohol:Yes
  • Beer:Yes
  • Food:Yes
  • Food at bar:Yes
  • Wine:Yes
  • Casual:Yes
  • Cozy:Yes
  • Groups:Yes
  • Tourists:Yes
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