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General Info

Our bar & arcade is open 365 days/year, with extended hours on most holidays. We’re open:

Mon-Thurs: 5pm-1am | Fri: 4pm-1am | Sat: 12pm-1am | Sun: 12pm-12am

We are open for normal hours unless noted below. Special 2023 holiday hours include:

  • Thanksgiving, 11/23: 5pm-1am
  • Black Friday, 11/24: 12pm-1am
  • Friday, 12/1: 12pm-1am
  • Friday, 12/8: 12pm-1am
  • Friday, 12/15: 12pm-1am
  • Friday, 12/22: 12pm-1am
  • Christmas Eve, 12/24: 5pm- 1am
  • Christmas Day, 12/25: 5pm-1am
  • 12/26-1/1: 12pm-normal close (but open until 2am on NYE!)

We are strictly 21+ with the exception only of minors accompanied by a parent before 7pm daily.

In North Carolina, per ABC law, there are only 4 acceptable forms of identification you can use to buy alcoholic beverages. Since we’re a bar above all else, one of these same forms of valid ID are required at the door for entry to any of our NC-based Boxcar Bar + Arcade locations:

  • Current driver’s license from North Carolina or other US state (If you’ve recently renewed your license and were given a 20 day driving certificate, you may present this certificate along with your expired license)
  • U.S. Military Identification Card
  • State Identification Card
  • Valid passport issued by any nation (booklet or card form)

No worries. We run all remaining (unclosed) tabs at the end of the night with the addition of a 20% gratuity. If you left your credit card at the bar, please stop in during business hours with a photo ID (matching the card name) to claim your card.

If you have questions about your tab or a lost item, please email or stop in during business hours to inquire.

No. And there never will be.

Yes! Dogs are welcome both inside the building and on our patio. However, we ask that dogs remain on the patio on Friday & Saturday nights after 9pm for the safety of our 2 and 4 legged friends, as the main bar can become crowded on weekend nights.

Open positions for all locations can be found here. If you’re interested in a position not currently listed online, feel free to send your resume by email to and we’ll be in touch if you’re a good fit for any open or future positions.

You can find our Privacy Policy here.

Are you or your band interested in playing/spinning live on Boxcar’s heated, covered patio? Contact our team by email at to tell us a little about yourself, and send us audio or video links to check out if possible. If you seem like a good fit and we can work you into our live music lineup, someone will get back to you to coordinate.


Leave your quarters at home! Game tokens can be purchased with cash from token machines, located throughout the bar.

Every dollar will get you 4 tokens. Just like quarters: but better.

With some exceptions, here are the average prices per game:

  • Arcades: 1 token
  • Pinball: 4 tokens
  • Skee Ball: 2 tokens
  • Air Hockey: 2 tokens/person
  • Basketball: 2 tokens/person

Food & Drink

Yes, we serve made-to-order pizza, homemadesoft pretzels, fresh salads and more at our pizza kitchen, located inside the main bar.

Find daily drink and food specials, as well as special events, here.

Private Events

Certainly! We offer 1,500 sq. feet of dedicated, private event space at our Durham location. Just drop us a line to begin your event request.

Our private event space follows the same age guidelines as our main bar: minors are welcome if accompanied by a parent or guardian until 7pm daily. We are otherwise strictly 21+.

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