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Raleigh, NC 27603
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Bars & Cafes
The Maywood is a popular addition to Raleigh's social scene. It is a local favorite for its comprehensive drink list as well as its dedication to live music. Enjoy a chilled draft beer or bourbon, shoot some pool or play a game of darts in their laid-back atmosphere. Equipped with excellent acoustics, this watering hole plays host to emerging rock bands and touring acts. Most of their shows are minus cover charges, guaranteeing a big draw.
Celebrate traditional tapas style dining at Humble Pie. It consists of shareable bite sized servings of hummus, tostadas, BBQ shrimp, sea scallops and calamari that are spiced in authentic Spanish condiments. The house-made sangria is a pleasant accompaniment to the meal as one converses with friends. Jazz music fills the dining space adding to the fun mood and the helpful staff make the experience all the more special. Chef Andy Cordova has succeeded in creating a place for himself in the dining circles of Raleigh with this gem of a place.
Brewmasters at Raleigh is an establishment that is certainly proud to be local. While the bar boasts an impressive selection of 66 craft beers on tap, the kitchen whips up delicious and hearty meals prepared using locally sourced produce. Guests are welcomed to explore the carefully selected beer selection that proudly boasts close to 30 beers sourced from local North Carolina breweries. A stunning mural of the Raleigh skyline graces one wall of this lively pub. The food is just as sumptuous as the drinks are delicious and the ambiance is lively. If you find yourself craving a taste of something new, yet familiar then head on over to Brewmasters with your family and best mates for a healthy dose of some genuine NC pride.
The Oxford creates a unique concept that sees British pub meet chic restaurant. The first of its kind in the city, the extensive bar features an array of globe-spanning brews and ales like pilsners and Belgian varieties. Sip on scotch or select from creative cocktails like London Fog or their signature martinis. The food menu features a contemporary take on classic bar fare like Bangers and Mash and fish and chips, and inventive appetizers such as fried avocado and their popular Mediterranean plate. The decor is quintessentially English with its logo watermarking exposed brick walls and Union Jack facade, sharing space with elegant accents.
The original Kings bar was opened in 1999 by three local musicians and has since closed, but the creative spirit lives on in the new Kings Barcade on West Martin Street in downtown Raleigh. Large acts come through the bar and stage, but the venue, though it is a bit larger than the original, has not lost its original homespun charm. Also, the separate basement bar called Neptune's is worth a visit itself.
Located below ground, Neptune's Parlour is hip bar that has DJs, pinball and arcade games. It also boasts a menu of local craft beers, seasonal cocktails and a shot of the week.
A visit to Coglin's Raleigh is sure to get you reminiscing about the 1980s and 1990s. This themed bar is decorated with vintage posters of movies and albums, with a playlist to match. On the menu are delicious cocktails and spirits. Sip on their signature Coglin Cooler and enjoy weekly specials like karaoke, trivia night and bingo. This venue is a great place to host private events as well.
Years ago, it would have been difficult to find a hip, urban hot spot where one can enjoy a nice meal and then dance until the wee hours. Five Star proves that Raleigh can party with the best of them. Fashioned from an old tobacco warehouse, the restaurant is decorated in a hip, minimalist style and all in red. There are two full-service bars and a large dance floor perfect for the large crowds that frequent the restaurant.
The Busy Bee Cafe has been busy earning quite a following in the local community. Serving breakfast, lunch, brunch and dinner, this restaurant offers up a menu selection with delicious choices. The Busy Bee has its biggest following in the beer-drinking community because of the varied draft and bottled beer selection, many of which are brewed locally or in-house.
Opened in 2012, Bida Manda is all about bringing people together with food. The inviting dining room features long tables, perfect for large gatherings. Some of the most popular dishes here are the green papaya salad and ginger pork ribs. Pair your meal with a glass of wine or one of their original cocktails - the Thai Basil Sour is particularly tasty - for an unforgettable dinner.
The Raleigh Times, christened after the town's local newspaper, calls a century-old establishment its home. Albeit refurbished, the space retains its rustic charm and intricate architecture. Unrefined walls are dotted with newspaper archives that lend an intriguing glimpse into the city's history. Bartending is a sublime art, with an array of homemade potions blended to create classics like the sangria and bloody mary. The Raleigh Times prides itself on the impressive selection of brews from across the globe. Nibble on timeless bar fare like chicken-fried pickles and nachos, and tuck into a delicious BLT or beer-battered fish 'n' chips at downtown's favorite spot.
The Architect Bar & Social House is a fun local bar located in the heart of Downtown Raleigh. Its name is inspired by the architectural history that surrounds the 1922 establishment it calls home. The unique arrow-shaped skylight gives way to natural lighting that enhances the old-world ambiance surrounded by exposed brick walls. Enjoy domestic and international beers and spirits, or select from an array of inventive concoctions like Manhattan, Vanilla Julep or Sazarac. Cocktails are crafted exclusively from seasonal fruits and handmade tinctures. The limited appetizer menu makes for great drinking accompaniments.