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Best Bars in Raleigh

Only Raleigh ranks at the best of America’s top places for singles. It is a city that rocks with the best small concert venues. It has big-city energy with a small-town feel and approachability. Experience five exciting entertainment areas in downtown Raleigh, a staggering display of live music and touring musicians from the area and live-performance venues for the arts. Whichever way you define entertainment and fun, the district nightlife probably can satisfy you with its pubs and bars, comedy clubs, dance clubs, sports bars and even more.

C Grace
407 Glenwood Ave
Raleigh, NC 27603
(919) 899-3675

Although the C Grace location had in the past been the home of several bars, the owners aspired to build an interior and atmosphere unique to the spatial environment and to Raleigh. With the re-energized cocktail culture being accepted in many mid-sized cities throughout the U.S., a cocktail inspired bar in the heart of Raleigh, NC was a logical step for the C Grace’s concept. C. Grace awakens memories of old jazz clubs where the jazz is hot, the lights are low, the drinks are strong and the nights are full of sexy merriment.

Players Retreat
105 Oberlin Rd
Raleigh, NC 27605
(919) 755-9589

The Player’s Retreat was founded in 1951 by Mickey and Bernie Hanula. This institution is affectionately known as the PR and is less of a restaurant and bar and more of a family. It remains a popular neighborhood respite for the old and young and the rich and the poor. Do folks like to drink here? This place boasts the best and largest single scotch malt selection in North Carolina!

213 Fayetteville St
Raleigh, NC 27601
(919) 896-6016

The Foundation serves up original libations from the Raleigh region and beyond. They have well-crafted cocktails with always fresh ingredients. We recommend the honey Old Fashioned. The Foundation is a unique addition to the formerly unexciting Raleigh bar scene. When the Foundation opened, it upped the ante for other establishments in the area to follow suit. They masterfully handcraft cocktails that you just don’t find at other bars. The Foundation has shown downtown Raleigh what mixology is about and you will never forget it.

The Raleigh Times Bar
14 E Hargett St
Raleigh, NC 27601
(919) 833-0999

The Raleigh Times Bar is an original and timeless local bar and much more. Raleigh’s future, present and past are on display at their 100 year old facility that has been masterfully remodeled to house this elegantly original establishment. Past newspaper clippings and photos from their namesake paper cover the walls and capture the political and cultural history that is Raleigh. Their first-class menu, showcasing takes on classic bar favorites as well as their creative cocktail menu and extensive selection of Belgian beer are newsworthy additions to our fine capital.

Landmark Tavern
117 E Hargett St
Raleigh, NC 27601
(919) 821-9865

The Landmark Tavern is dimly lit and can get crowded and intimate quickly. This is what most patrons would describe as a hipster bar, with most of its customers dressed nicely with no shortages of plaids and scarfs during winter. If you’re searching for a lot of personal space, it’s wise to visit the Landmark during the week when there is much more space. The Landmark is the perfect establishment for groups. If you have a fondness for conversation, the Landmark is one of the best bars to get social. So get drinking and talking!




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