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Bars and nightlife in Raleigh

Top bars

Asian Restaurant
“Delicious Asian dishes with a twist. Their sister restaurant gets all the attention now adays (brewery bhavana), but this place is where it all started. Try the spicy green drink!”
  • 62 locals recommend
“Great bar food. Central location. Extensive Beer list. Great people watching. Reasonably priced.”
  • 44 locals recommend
“A great starting point for a beer crawl in downtown Raleigh! Afterward, visit the other bars nearby like Cornerstone. ”
  • 35 locals recommend
“You'll have to drive to this one, but it will be well worth it. It's a small diner with delicious dishes. Don't miss their famous mac n cheese!”
  • 43 locals recommend
“Well, they were once voted best pizza in NC, so I'd say that's a total win (and YES! Their pizza is increds!!)”
  • 38 locals recommend
“Foundation is a fantastic spot for the bourbon and whiskey lover! They also have great cocktails and usually a good selection. And it's underground!”
  • 32 locals recommend
“So so fun! A bar with an arcade where you can play pacman or pinball. A citrix cycle bikeshare station is 1-block from this location.”
  • 27 locals recommend
“A Raleigh establishment for years serving up great Lebanese dishes. Yummy hummus, kabobs & more.”
  • 23 locals recommend


“This is THE iconic steakhouse in the RTP area!!! It is a bit pricey, but you won't be disappointed. Well decorated and highly praised. Live music via a pianist on the top floor in the bar's lounge. Special diner prices if you eat in that area. Celebrations are a normal occurance there. They supply a free mini pound cake for your birthday or anniversary that is awesome. They are also well known for their award winning "Chess Pie". Yum! I would suggest making reservations!”
  • 15 locals recommend
“Upscale cocktails and live jazz 9pm Tuesday through Saturday. $5 cover Friday and Saturday. ”
  • 26 locals recommend
“Great for lunch of dinner. Simple but tasty menu. Small place and lots of character. Not too expensive. ”
  • 18 locals recommend
“They are frequently playing live shows here and sometimes there's cheap comedy shows.”
  • 9 locals recommend
“Large LGBTQ club in Raleigh. A little bit of a drive but they have excellent drag shows and outdoor seating and well as dance floors. ”
  • 15 locals recommend
Night Club
“Music venue that brings in some more popular bands/musicians -- most likely you'll need to get tickets in advance or at the door.”
  • 5 locals recommend
“These guys have shows just about every night, if not several artists per night. If there is no performance on a day, that's just a very rare unlucky day.”
  • 7 locals recommend
“This 3 story night club has a great selection of Hip-hip music on Friday and Saturday night. Thursdays- Jazz Night ”
  • 6 locals recommend

Music venues

Music Venue
“The Red Hat Amphitheater is an amphitheatre in Raleigh, North Carolina. It is adjacent to the Raleigh Convention Center. The Raleigh Amphitheater books acts through an agreement with Live Nation, and is owned and operated by the City of Raleigh. The Amphitheater’s season currently runs from April through October. (Google)”
  • 27 locals recommend
  • 2 locals recommend