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“What you will find at Dark Matter”

Dark Matter Cafe & Bar
Ranked #74 of 324 Restaurants in Durham
Price range: US$1 - US$21
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Good for: Child-friendly
Dining options: Lunch
Description: Dark Matter Cafe Bar is a unique gaming Bar and Restaurant experience open 7 days a week, Monday to Saturday and Sundays. Infusing Hand crafted beverages, cake, biscuits, sandwiches, noodles, jacket potatoes, pancakes, waffles, and gaming and socialisation. We host evening and day time gaming events, for computer gaming, table top gaming, and trading card games. We are an official WPN venue for Wizards of the coast games, such as D&D and Magic the Gathering. Our relaxing vibrant environment is a great place for friend, family and strangers to gather, and socialise with common interests, and share ideas and just generally have a great time, enjoy great food and drink. We encourage a social community, and given our name we like to see Dark Matter Cafe been a place that brings the community together in one social environment. We want our cafe to be defined by you. Dog Friendly and now offering Deliveries on selected days.
Reviewed 2 January 2014

Im a regular at Dark Matter and the costumer service is brilliant, people from every age group and life style come here to enjoy and relax every one is friendly,and kind you are respected, i like how you can buy the canvases that are on the wall i have bought one my self this is a place where every one can fit in. I love it and hope it grows. It is very family orientated if you want a certain comic they will order it in and keep it for you. I recommend this place for a nice coffee and relax the only thing you have to conquer before you get here is the bank but you know once you get to the top there is a nice reward for you.

Sophie, a regular at Dark Matter

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Lindsey B, Owner at Dark Matter Cafe & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 28 February 2014

Hey Sophie, thanks for your review!

The bank is a bit of a pain but I like to see it as an excuse for more cake when you get here. :-)

Hope to see you soon.

Your friends at Dark Matter Cafe.

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Reviewed 29 December 2013

Popped in this morning with my Girlfriend and her Father after hearing about it from some friends. It has a great atmosphere and enjoyed a lovely coffee and cookie. The staff were very friendly and helpful when we asked about the comics.

The comic selection was however quite small but they are a new store and I expect with time the selection will grow. An order service in which it is possible to order in requested issues was mentioned, which is great.

Will definitely pop in every time I'm in Durham.

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Thank D4niel_C
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Lindsey B, Owner at Dark Matter Cafe & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 28 February 2014

Hey, thank you for taking time to review Dark Matter Cafe.

Im so glad that you had a good experience whilst with us.

You are right, we are unfortunately lacking in space but our ordering system is proving very popular. We have a catalogue every month of upcoming comics, graphic novels and merchandise which is 2 month in advance. We also have backlog stock with takes a week to 2 weeks to arrive.

hope to see you soon

your friends at Dark Matter Cafe.

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Reviewed 28 December 2013 via mobile

Awesome service and even awesomer daim cake and caramel macchiato not clinical looking like regular cafes colourful bright and amazing stuff in it LOVE LOVE this place :)

Thank Kendra H
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Lindsey B, Owner at Dark Matter Cafe & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 28 February 2014

Thank you so much for your review of Dark Matter Cafe.

Our daim cake and caramel machiattos are proving very popular, have you tried our peanut hot choc or our banoffee hot choc? They are pretty awesome!

hope to see you soon.

have a great day!

Lindsey
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Reviewed 22 December 2013 via mobile

From the very warm welcome, the service, atmosphere and staff are the best around.

A great range of refreshments is available at excellent prices and for the comic lovers out there, plenty of stock from all the major publishers. If there's something you want they'll even get it in for you.

This place has become like a home from home for me. Great staff and a Geek Emporium Gallorium.

If you're in Durham, you owe it to yourself to check it out.

Thank Peter B
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Lindsey B, Owner at Dark Matter Cafe & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 28 February 2014

Hi there!

Thank you for taking the time to review us, we are thrilled that you had an awesome experience.

May all your experiences be awesome!

Lindsey
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Reviewed 22 December 2013

Spotted this place the week before it opened, and couldn't wait to try it out. A combination of a comic book store and coffee shop 20 minutes walk from home!

The first day I visited I ended up in there twice. The drinks are well prepared using quality tea and coffee from a local supplier (Ringtons for those of you familiar with them) and a good range of snacks are on offer. The staff are friendly and enthusiastic and welcome customer input, and the cafe itself is clean, well laid out and inviting. Comfy chairs and a somewhat unique decor for Durham just finish it all off nicely, along with competitive pricing (much cheaper than Starbucks down the road).

I'm really looking forward to watching this place grow as word spreads. Especially looking forward to the chance to take part in gaming nights once they get started up!

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Thank cambrianbiker
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Lindsey B, Owner at Dark Matter Cafe & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 28 February 2014

Thank you for taking the time to review Dark Matter Cafe.

Im so pleased to hear that you are pleased.Two times in one day! Double the pleasure!

Hope to see you soon.

Have a great day!

Lindsey
Dark Matter Cafe

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