The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium is a popular house of beer and UFOs in downtown Raleigh, where flying saucers adorn the walls and ceiling. The bar offers hundreds of beers to choose from and a generous menu of classic pub fare. Visitors can aspire to join the ranks of the “Ring of Honor,” a glory given to card-carrying U.F.O Club members once they consume 200 hundred different beers. Watch out for weekend fire sales, the Draught Emporium’s day-long version of happy hour.
Located beneath King’s Royal Barcade, Neptune's Parlour is a hip underground bar that offers DJs, pinball, ping pong and arcade games. It also boasts a menu of local craft beers from mostly small North Carolina Brewers, seasonal cocktails and the very popular shot of the week. On weekends the bar is packed with dancers, and on some nights live acts play in front of the brick-walled stage. Neptune’s adds subterranean character to downtown Raleigh’s bar scene, off–or under–the beaten path.
Solas is a luxurious dance club and lounge bar on three levels. Visitors can enjoy classic cocktails and small plates on a first-floor open-air patio or the rooftop deck, which has a motorized awning and offers fine views of Glenwood South downtown district. The lounges and bar rooms are secondary to the second floor’s glass-bottom dance floor, however, which is usually crowded with revelers on weekends. Solas has private rooms and first-rate VIP service, and caters to corporate events, weddings and private parties.
Noir is an upscale lounge bar and dance club near downtown Raleigh boasting sultry lighting, crystal chandeliers, exposed brick and plush velvet seating. The club has a vintage, ornate feel, and bills itself as an old-school European venue. The bar itself is a large room with a dance floor between lounge-seating and a beautiful black counter. In between cocktails and dancing at Noir, you can enjoy the club's front patio, which is a great vantage point for people watching.
Foundation is a subterranean bar reachable from a stairway on Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh. The bar, which makes good use of its underground location with exposed pipe work, brick walls, and reclaimed wood panels, is known for serving some of the best cocktails in Raleigh. The menu also features local beers and seasonal cocktails made with the best of diverse locally-sourced ingredients. Though Foundation is underground, on sunny days the bar opens street level seating perfect for enjoying a beer in the sunshine.
Alley Twenty Six is sophisticated cocktail and wine bar serving charcuterie and small plates in stylish surroundings. Locals come to the bar for the relaxing, dimly-lit atmosphere, classic cocktails, and nicely curated wine list. Attention to detail and flavor sets Ally Twenty Six apart from other contemporary cocktail bars. The team here creates one of a kind homemade syrups and tonics: think zesty cinchona bark and lemongrass syrup. The bar, which faces East Chapel Street, has a little outdoor seating on 26 Alley, from which it takes its name.
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.
Welcoming people from all walks of life, The Bar is a gay-friendly hangout popular for the great crowd and a buzzing atmosphere. With events taking place every night, The Bar ensures patrons have memorable, fun-filled nights. Whether it is the hip hop dance parties on Mondays, DJ nights on Thursday or live music performances by bands and singers on Wednesdays, the atmosphere at The Bar is always convivial. Drag shows and Latin nights are also organized regularly. If the numerous events weren’t enough reason, The Bar is a also a great venue to watch the latest match on TV, make new friends while playing a game of darts or belt your heart out during karaoke. If you are wondering where to go for the evening, bring some pals and kick off the night at The Bar.
Motorco Music Hall is a popular bar and music venue in the Central Park district of downtown Durham. They have a full bar with an extensive liquor and wine listing as well as bottled microbrews and a rotating selection of twelve different beers on tap. Motorco is usually closed on Mondays but may open for an event or concert so be sure to check their website for the latest music schedule. Some seating is available around the bar and outside but why would you be sitting when your favorite band is playing anyways? Unless stated otherwise, Motorco requires patrons be 21 years of age or older.
Scott Zepp and Matt LaFon combined their passion for beer and entrepreneurial spirit to conceive the first World Of Beer in Tampa back in 2007. After much success and popularity, the brand franchised to cater to beer aficionados across the country. The impressive selection of brews features top-labeled lagers, ales and drafts, to please connoisseurs and amateurs of the beverage alike. Music is a dimension well-fabricated into the experience, with the space having staged several emerging alternative bands and live gigs. The friendly service and their insistence on an at-home vibe have won them accolades and patrons aplenty.