Find Your Cool in Downtown Durham

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There is a perception that after you have kids you can forget about ever going to to enjoy yourself, you won’t be able to go out to dinner anymore and you can forget about about sex right?  I can say without a doubt we have eaten out, seen more of Durham and traveled more since the birth of our child. It may be in part of our desire to keep him out of the house and expose him to as many, people, sounds and taste as possible. In regards to sex bit, we are convinced Devin is poised to keep us too tired for any of bedroom funny business as a ploy to stay an only child but we are on to him and his little selfish schemes.

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We have been seeing signs around town about a free summer concert series downtown at the CCB Plaza (next to the big bull) and wanted take one in before I head back to sea. It is billed as the “Find Your Cool Summer Concert Series” and takes place every Thursday evening (with the exception of July 4th) through August. These concerts are an effort to highlight and promote some of the businesses downtown and bring people to the center of the city.

Onyx club Boys

This setup gave us a great way to have a night out and keep the kid entertained without breaking the bank. We took a seat and were entertained by a four man group called Onyx Club Boys. They explain themselves as “Gypsy Jazz, to French Musettes, Brazilian Sambas, Swing, and Ragtime. It’s  a trip around the world, which will make you swoon, tap your feet, and realize how universal and similar music really is”. They were a great quartet and I would say that definition is right on, people were dancing here and there but one guy was really getting after it and doing what I would call a mix between, the river dance, country line dance  and some Ben Vereen tap dancing.


As the band played we realized we could not ignore Palour Ice Cream shop any longer as it was in eyesight of where we were sitting. Our only fear was the fit Devin was going to throw once he started eating their Salted Caramel flavored ice cream and it ran out. It happened a few days ago when we went there. The stuff was amazing and we were all fairly upset at the last crunch of the cone but he threw a full on tantrum about it. I made way to Palour and hoped in a line that stretched to the door but moved fairly fast.


After the cones were done, Devin pitched a minor fit that was abbreviated by giggles when Serena started dancing with him. I drank a nice Durham Mild Ale from Bull City Burger and Brewery who had a tent sent up and and a conga line began wrapping its way around the plaza.  We started thinking about dinner options and because my trip home was nearing its end and we had not made a stop at our favorite pizza place south of the Verrazano Bridge we slipped around the corner to Pizzeria Toro (click here to see my previous post about Pizzeria Toro).  We took a look inside and it was packed, after finding out the wait would be 30-40 minutes we started thinking backup plans as it was already 8 o’clock. A few days earlier Devin and I had lunch from Beyu Cafe and took it across the street to the little park at the intersection of the Five Points. We agreed that this was a nice option as its always nice to be outside with an infant because if he starts raising hell you can just push his stroller into traffic without ruining everyone elses meal. The hostess was was nice enough to bring our pizza across the street with two glasses of water.

We sat at the tables that double as checkers boards, talked smack about bringing checkers pieces next time for a checkers smack down and realized what a spot this could be for evening take out meals, within 500ft was Mateo, Toro Pizza, Cave Taureau Wine Shop, Beyu Cafe, The Cupcake Bar, Bull McCabes, Toast. We could order food from any one of those spots and roll over to the park to eat and people watch.

Toro Pizza

We  had dinner entertainment and ice cream for under thirty dollars, the kid went to sleep on the way home and slept through the night, anyone who has an infant int their lives knows you can plan an evening any better than that.  To find out detail of the summer concerts at CCB plaza click here to find your cool or just get your kid to go to sleep.

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3 Comments on “Find Your Cool in Downtown Durham”

  1. May 22, 2013 at 10:08 pm #

    We are thrilled to be a part of a collective of nine local artists right at the heart of Five Points at Pleiades Gallery next to Pizza Torro and across from Beyu and Ninth Street Bakery. Our nine families are loving the PTorro’s kale salad for lunch, the creme brulee at Beyu after one of our gallery opening nights. My family had a Bull McCabe’s fish n chip picnic on the plaza and got to hear the wandering piano guy! Come see the locally sculpture, jewelry and paintings at Pleiades while you wait for your order from all the Five Point eateries! We’re at 109 E Chapel Hill St!

    • May 23, 2013 at 12:17 am #

      Emily, will definitely stop in our next time in the area. I really like the reasoning behind the name of your studio.


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