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Cosmic Cantina is one of the few places in the city which is open till late in the night and you will see that the place is often full during the after-hours. This classic Mexican joint is known for their burritos, nachos, and tacos with fresh and homemade tortilla chips, which are always made to order. They use very carefully sourced ingredients like Himalayan pink salt among others in each and every dish. Their motto is providing good and healthy food at a time when it is needed and not easily available, i.e. till 5am in the morning.
The Players Retreat has been a Raleigh burger and beer touchstone since 1951, and is the antithesis of the high energy lounges that dominate parts of West Raleigh. The interiors stand out with dark wood, black booths, and a vintage university feel. Locals come to the retreat for the burgers and largest malt scotch selection in North Carolina. Although the Retreat’s homespun menu has become time-honored, it now offers a bit of sophistication with a comprehensive wine list.
Authentic Cajun dishes await you at The Big Easy. This restaurant serves an extensive lunch and dinner menu and a light, late-night menu featuring classic Cajun and New Orleans style dishes. The Balcony Mezzanine room and the Orange Room can be rented for private gatherings. Each room provides a different atmosphere to enhance your gathering - the Balcony Mezzanine features large mahogany tables and plush couches while the Orange Room is a main dining area with work from local artists on the walls. Live music enhances the experience Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.