The Best Bars In Downtown Raleigh

Shay Lee

Raleigh is the capital of North Carolina and the second largest city in the state after Charlotte. Known as the ‘city of oaks’, the heart of the city boasts many beautiful streets lined with the great trees and is home to various universities. The most popular colleges are North Carolina State University and University of North Carolina. We have selected the 10 best bars in Raleigh for those wishing to experience the city’s nightlife.

The Raleigh Times Bar

The Raleigh Times Bar is a 100-year-old building that has been restored to house the amazing bar functioning today. Inside memorabilia of Raleigh’s past, old articles and images showcasing historical moments adorn walls. History isn’t the only item on the menu. Customers can taste classic bar favorites, inventive drinks, and a Belgian beer selection. In addition, the Raleigh Times Bar has second floor seating and a rooftop patio for customers who would like to enjoy their drinks outside in the sun.

The Brickhouse Sports Pub

The Brickhouse Sports Pub invites everyone to choose from the 40 beers on tap, make use of the large outdoor patio, and sample their American cuisine. The pub is located near North Carolina State University, the PNC Center, and NC State Fairgrounds. The Brickhouse Sports Pub allows guests to bring their dogs, an ideal feature for those who don’t want to be without their best pal. Customers can watch sport games in 120-inch projection screens as they relax in the casual atmosphere, play pool or indoor/outdoor cornhole, and taste delicious meals and beers. For avid pool players, the restaurant has four championship pool tables.

London Bridge Pub

London Bridge Pub is located in the downtown entertainment district. The pub offers a wide range of beers and mixed drinks in a comfortable setting. Visitors are allowed to bring their pets if they are drinking outside. Other than being pet-friendly, London Bridge Pub is a great place for relaxing, meeting new people, and hanging out with friends. Every weekend, local DJs come to the bar to play for the guests. The bar doesn’t serve food but there are many restaurants nearby. Customers can become members if they come often.

Fox Liquor Bar

Proprietress and Chef Ashley Christensen aims to promote good food, philanthropy, and entertainment in downtown Raleigh. After working in the area for a while, she created Fox Liquor Bar. The bar serves comfort food made using French culinary techniques and locally grown, seasonal ingredients. Customers can choose from a selection of 50 craft cocktails, beer, wine, and bar snacks. Chef Christensen works hard to create innovative dishes. For her dedication to the craft, she was featured in Bon Appetit, Gourmet, The New York Times, Garden & Gun, and Southern Living. She has also received the James Beard Award for ‘Best Chef in the Southeast’.

Lucky B’s

Lucky B’s is Glenwood South’s favorite bar. Here customers can enjoy some drinks without breaking the bank. There is a variety of activities happening at Lucky B’s, where guests can play pub games and listen to music from a jukebox. Each year since its opening Lucky B’s has been dubbed ‘Raleigh’s Best All-Around Bar’, so visitors can be sure they’ll have a good time here.

Hibernian Pub

The Hibernian Pub serves Irish and American beers and cuisine in a comfortable setting. The name Hibernian derives from the Latin word Hibernia, which means ‘cold, wet land’ as well as referring to ‘one who comes from Ireland’. The bar’s atmosphere is friendly and relaxing, customers will feel as though they were in an Irish social club or a Gaelic home kitchen. The Hibernian Pub’s interior is filled with dark wood furnishings, cozy nooks, and beautifully sculpted bars. Each day the restaurant serves families, friends, sports fans, and professionals.

O’Malley’s Pub and Restaurant

O’Malley’s Pub and Restaurant is a welcoming establishment with friendly staff, live entertainment, games, and patio seating area. From open to close, guests can play pool and foosball. Since 1996, O’Malley’s has been serving refreshing pints, tasty cocktails, and savory meals, and during the weekend, visitors can enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner. O’Malley’s is the perfect place to unwind after work, have a nice meal, listen to live music, and visit during late night hours. The sociable atmosphere and friendly staff will surely make visitors have a good time.

Woody’s at City Market

Woody’s at City Market is a locally owned and operated sports bar with quality products, eclectic decor, sports coverage, and local entertainment. There’s an extensive choice of craft beers and a good selection of spirits. As guests spend time at the bar, the staff will be happy to inform them about the liquor selections and help them choose the right drink. The menu consists of American classics and the food is always made to order. Because of its wonderful dishes, atmosphere, and staff, Woody’s has been featured in various local media publications.

Champions Bars

Champions Bars is a sports bar and billiard club. Since 1993, the bar has been serving great beers such as the Triangle Ice Cold Beer. The best part about the place is that every opening night there is something fun to do. Guests can participate in karaoke, poker, and billiard games. Every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday is karaoke night. On Tuesday, the bar has free live Texas Hold’Em poker. Those who aren’t interested in poker or pool can play cornhole, darts, foosball, or relax and taste the bar’s culinary creations on the outdoor patio. Champions Bars encourages everyone to participate in the fun and have a great time.

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