Central North Carolina

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  • 1. 6th and Vine

    Downtown | Wine Bars–Nightlife

    For a classy and yet quirky evening out, try this wine bar–café. Outdoor patio seating, North Carolina wines, local brews, and frequent DJ dance...Read More

  • 2. Blind Tiger

    Coliseum | Music Clubs

    A Greensboro institution, this is one of the best places in the Triad to hear live music. Previous headliners have included Ben Folds Five ...Read More

  • 3. Cat's Cradle

    Music Clubs

    The Triangle’s premier live music venue for over 40 years, this legendary club hosts local and regional bands as well as nationally known indie acts. ...Read More

  • 4. Foothills Brewpub

    Downtown | Brewpubs/Beer Gardens

    This place has more than a dozen beers on tap, a mix of year-round and seasonal Foothills brews. The pub also serves up classic bar food with...Read More

  • 5. Fullsteam Brewery

    Downtown | Brewpubs/Beer Gardens

    Local ingredients are used to make the traditional and experimental beers here, which include year-round options of pilsners, pale ales, and...Read More

  • 6. Goodnight's Comedy Club

    University | Comedy Clubs

    This club near the university combines dinner with a night of laughs. Past performers include Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, and Ellen DeGeneres. ...Read More

  • 7. Motorco Music Hall

    Downtown | Music Clubs

    This former midcentury car dealership is now one of Durham’s top places to hear live music and enjoy cocktails with friends. Motorco is made...Read More

  • 8. Natty Greene's Brewpub

    Downtown | Brewpubs/Beer Gardens

    Located on lively South Elm Street, this tavern has 12 of its own beers on tap, from a pale ale to a stout. The bar food here's done right,...Read More

  • 9. Raleigh Times Bar

    Downtown | Bars/Pubs

    Faces of early-20th-century newsboys stare out from a 20-foot photo mural covering one wall at this 1906 newspaper office, artfully restored...Read More

  • 10. The Crunkleton

    Downtown | Bars/Pubs

    Setting the standard for craft cocktail bars in North Carolina, the Crunkleton has a knowledgeable staff of mixologists ready to stir and shake...Read More

  • 11. The Garage

    Downtown | Music Clubs

    Check out one of the best places to drink a beer and hear a sampling of mostly regional musicians. There's live music about half the week. ...Read More

  • 12. Top of the Hill (TOPO)

    Downtown | Bars/Pubs

    A restaurant, brewery, and distillery all in one, TOPO has an impressive cocktail list featuring drinks made with homegrown spirits. As for...Read More

  • 13. Watts and Ward

    Downtown | Bars/Pubs

    There's definitely a speakeasy vibe going on at this subterranean club downstairs from Caffé Luna. In fact, Watts and Ward is named for the...Read More

  • 14. West End Wine Bar

    Downtown | Wine Bars–Nightlife

    An affluent crowd seeks out this tony bar, locally owned since 1997, for its comprehensive wine list (more than 50 by the glass), tapas menu...Read More

  • 15. Southern Rail

    Music Clubs

    This crowd-pleaser makes a unique place for drinking and schmoozing. Set near active train tracks, the bar/restaurant/music venue is scattered...Read More

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