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Covering an area of 3000 square feet (278.71 square meters), the Roof at The Durham Hotel offers patrons an expansive space for drinking, dancing and socializing. Not only can you enjoy stunning views of the city skyline but the great music and the buzzing atmosphere add to the popularity of this lounge. While you take in the lovely atmosphere, call for one of their signature cocktails, wines or a mug of beer. The lounge also has a menu of appetizers to tide you over in case you are feeling a bit famish. Events are also held every night adding to the charm of this place and considering how popular the lounge is, reservations are highly recommended.
For cerevisaphiles (ardent beer lovers), Raleigh Beer Garden is heaven. Touted to be the largest draft beer selection in an establishment in the planet, it boasts 366 taps of craft brew. The brainchild of Niall Hanley, a local restaurateur, it spans across three floors with patios and a rooftop. Built with the wood of pecan trees that stood on the site of the bar, it has a lovely rustic look to it. To get a taste of North Carolina beers, head to the first floor bar which features 144 taps. There is also a cocktail corner called the Spiritual. It serves specialty cocktails made from premium distilled beverages. The second level has the remaining 222 taps flowing with beer from all over the world. Some stouts are served through nitro taps for a creamier and smoother texture. You can check their dynamic beer selection real time on their video screens since there is no printed menu. Unwind at the rooftop bar with a herb garden if you want a bit of an outdoor experience. Nosh on tasty snack while you enjoy a pint or two.
Hibernian Restaurant and Irish Pub brings a little bit of Irish flavor to Raleigh. This traditional Irish establishment welcomes one and all to enjoy their favorite drinks and indulge in revelry. Here, you can sit all by yourself and people watch or grab your beer buddies for a fun night out. The cheerful vibe and friendly locals will make you feel completely at home. Fun events like live music sessions and drink specials add to the experience. And, like a typical Irish pub, Hibernian has its share of tasty treats. The pub also offers catering services for off-site parties and functions.
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.
The Raleigh Times is housed in a restored century-old building, and celebrates local history with news clippings and images clipped to its walls. Stepping into the bar is like stepping into Raleigh’s past, when papers were hawked on street corners and watering holes were only for whiskey. The Times’ menu features creative takes on classic pub fare, and an extensive beer selection with a focus on Belgian ales. The second-floor deck seating has the best views of downtown Raleigh.