General Info

  • You are welcome to bring in food AND your dog.
  • We have a great wireless connection.
  • We have an ATM.
  • PARKING is limited on the street, but there are several free decks after 5pm, like the one on Corcoran and Ramseur, or the one on Mangum and Ramseur.

The Pinhook is Durham’s premiere venue for live music, dance parties, basic chilling, and collaborative / creative events. We are a safe space for lgbtqi folks, POC groups, punks, lawyers, cyclists, trivia nerds, and everyone else.  We are also a bar, so come after work or early evening and enjoy the best beer and community Durham has to offer.

  • Weekends of Musical Mayhem — featuring the best bands local and national acts around.
  • Weeknight Monthlies like Open Mics, Dance Parties, Karaoke, Trivia, and Square Dances, Movie Nights
  • The Greatest Bar Staff in the Universe
  • Tekken, Ms. Pac-Man, Galaga
  • Cheap Drinks
  • Nightly specials – the perfect way to make cheap drinks even cheaper.
  • A Patio Out Back! Our patio is so awesome. I love you, patio.

But the most important thing we have is YOU. The Pinhook is YOUR place. We believe that communities thrive when there is a public place for their citizens to be themselves, whether on stage or on a barstool, relaxing or rocking out. For Durham and the Triangle, the Pinhook is that place.


Tech Specs

  • 2 Nexo S1230 Geo S 12″ Line Array DownFIll
  • 1 Nexo RS15 15″ Cardioid Subwoofer Unit
  • Nexo NXAMP 4×4 4 Ch Nexo integrated Loudspeaker Controller and Amp
  • 4 Yamaha DXR12 12″ Active 2 Way Loudspeaker (Floor monitor)
  • 1K watt 18″ Sub – Mackie SRM1801- (drum monitor)
  • Midas Venice F 320 Analog Mixing console
  • Xilica XP8080 8 in/8 out Digital signal processor (EQ, Crossovers, Etc)
  • 2 Radial AV2 Stereo PC/IPOD/line input DI
  • 2 Radial ProD2 Passive 2 channel DI, Radial transformers
  • 2 Radial JDI Passive DI box
  • Lexicon MPX100 multi-FX unit
  • Furman Power Conditoner
  • 2 Samson S-Com4 Compressor (s)
  • 2 Hx121M – 1.75″ titanium diaphragm compression driver (1″ exit) – horn with 40 degrees (H) x 90 degrees (V) coverage angles QSC
  • Mics: 2 Shure sm-58′s, 3 Sennheiser sm-58′s, 5 Shure sm-57′s, 1 Shure bass drum mic (beta 52A)

Stage Dimensions: 16′ wide, 12′ long, 2.5′ high w/ swanky sound padding behind performers. We also have a large mounted projector screen behind performers.

The room has been professionally sound treated.

Our sound techs reserves the right to replace a sound tech touring with a band at any time.

All bands are responsible for any and all equipment due to damages caused by band negligence.


Predating the existence of the city of Durham, The settlement of Pinhook was established in the early 1800′s near the later Durham train Station.  In the 1850′s, Pinhook was granted its spirits license and started a grog shop in an area already teaming with “questionable characters,” as one Trinity College student wrote in 1906.

“Besides being a favorite stopping-place for the wagoners, Pinhook was known for miles around. Its fame spread as far as twelve or fifteen miles northwest, as may to this day be learned from the old inhabitants of the country communities, and even the students of the University at Chapel Hill had the habit of coming over when they wished to go off on a lark. It was known as a place of brawls and rough-and-tumble fights, drinking, gambling and other forms of amusement, where the natives and visitors met to have a rough, roaring, and to them, glorious time.”

A story in the Hillsborough newspaper in 1871 described the early character of the neighborhood. “There is a place called Pin Hook… and it is remarkable for a race that was run there many years ago by a man and a woman. They wore no clothes and ran for a quart of liquor.”

We’re happy to uphold select quirks and values of the old Pinhook Grog Shop, and hope to make just as big of a historical spas on present day Durham.

Read more about Pinhook here (link: http://www.owdna.org/History/history20.htm) and @ Endangered Durham.  (http://endangereddurham.blogspot.com/search?q=pinhook)