Central North Carolina

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Central North Carolina - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Foothills Brewpub

    Downtown | Brewpubs/Beer Gardens

    Winston-Salem's first craft brewery keeps a variety of year-round and seasonal brews on tap, including regional staples like their Hoppyum IPA...Read More

  • 2. Kingfisher

    Downtown | Wine Bars

    The subterranean digs at this choice cocktail bar make it feel like a speakeasy, but there's no secret password required to enjoy bespoke cocktails...Read More

  • 3. 6th and Vine

    Downtown | Wine Bars

    For a classy yet quirky evening out, try this wine bar–café. Outdoor patio seating (on the street and back patio), North Carolina wines, local...Read More

  • 4. Carolina Brewery

    Downtown | Brewpubs/Beer Gardens

    Sip a Sky Blue Kölsch or an American IPA at this Franklin Street brewpub, where the production beer tanks are on full display. Plenty of TVs...Read More

  • 5. Cat's Cradle

    Live Music

    The Triangle’s premier live-music club since the late '70s, this legendary venue hosts local and regional bands as well as nationally known...Read More

  • 6. Fullsteam Brewery

    Downtown | Brewpubs/Beer Gardens

    Local ingredients are used to make the traditional and experimental beers at this regionally celebrated brewery. Beer-friendly food is served...Read More

  • 7. Goodnights 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

  • 8. Motorco Music Hall

    Downtown | Live Music

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

  • 9. Natty Greene's Brewing Company

    Downtown | Brewpubs/Beer Gardens

    Located on lively South Elm Street, this tavern keeps a dozen beers on tap, including several that it brews in-house. The bar food here's done...Read More

  • 10. Raleigh Beer Garden

    Cameron Village | Brewpubs/Beer Gardens

    This two-level pub claims to have the world's largest draft-beer selection. If that's not enough, it's just plain fun to drink here—there's...Read More

  • 11. 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

  • 12. The Blind Tiger

    Coliseum | Live Music

    A Greensboro institution, this standing-room club is one of the best places in the Triad to hear live music. Previous headliners have included...Read More

  • 13. 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

  • 14. The Garage

    Downtown | Live Music

    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

  • 15. 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

  • 16. Watts & Ward

    Downtown | Bars/Pubs

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

  • 17. West End Wine Bar

    Downtown | Wine Bars

    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

  • 18. Wise Man Brewing

    Downtown | Brewpubs/Beer Gardens

    Winston-Salem's downtown brewery scene is geographically compact yet expansive in variety, and Wise Man is arguably the best among a strong...Read More

  • 19. Southern Rail

    Live Music

    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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