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.
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.
Located at an intersection of Magnum and Parish street, Bull City Burger and Brewery is owned by award winning chef Seth Gross. The place is known for its brewery and its amazing restaurant for using seasonal ingredients. They have 8 brews on the tap at a time and everything used in their kitchen is home grown. They offer tours for 5$ a head only on Saturdays, thus making reservations is necessary. They also host a lot of events and hence is famous among young crowd.
Located in Raleigh, the Boxcar Bar + Arcade relays you back to the days of Tetris and Mario with their super cool arcade games and decor. Gather around here to grab a drink with friends, or catch the game with your sports buddies or better yet, challenge your friend to a playoff at Ms. PacMan. Whatever you do, a night of boozy revelry is guaranteed with an amazing variety of draft brews and tallboys. Kids are welcome with their parents to take a stab at one of these cool 1990s games before 9p. Although only an unlimited serving of fresh popcorn is made available, guests are allowed to carry in food from outside.
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.
Dram & Draught is for the drinkers. Whether you like whiskey, cocktails, beer, champagne, chardonnay or wine, they have it all. From floor to the ceiling, they have an entire wall adorned with drinks and just like a library, the bartender uses a high ladder to pick up the bottles. The bartenders are experienced and do not shy away from making customized cocktails for you. Keep in mind they do not serve food but you can always go to the various eateries just across the road.
For a casual good time, there is no better place to visit than Saints and Scholars Irish Pub. Choose from a wide selection of drinks and sit out on the patio with your dog (it's a pup-friendly place!). There is even a menu that offers Mediterranean, American, and Irish classics, so you won't go hungry.