Do you want to meet your clients (or potential clients) out to a nice spot in downtown Raleigh for happy hour? Wondering what are the most raved about spots? Picking the right restaurant or bar is critical; it sets the tone for your client, and you’ll want to choose one that fits your client’s style.
Raleigh has a lot to offer those who seek something local rather than a chain (though we’ve included some of each). Here are some spots that are sure to wow your customers. We made sure to list places that offer food as well as drink so you can have a snack. If you’re not hungry, we recommend Foundation for cocktails, Landmark Tavern for a cool vibe with an incredible bar, or Vita Vite for a variety of wines. (Please consume responsibly!)
A Note about Happy Hour
People from other states may wonder why they don’t see drink specials at bars for happy hour. Offering lower alcohol prices during a specific time is illegal here in North Carolina.
Our office is downtown, so we tend to choose what’s nearby. If you want to see a full list to jog your memory of all the downtown restaurants, bars, and coffee shops, check out eats.dtraleigh.com.
10th and Terrace
616 South Salisbury St. Raleigh
If the weather is nice, enjoy the 10th-floor patio bar at the Marriott Residence Inn. Managers there said they wanted to create a bar at a hotel — not a hotel bar. We think they’ve succeeded because you’ll find a mix of locals and guests tasting the good drinks and yummy appetizers.
Morgan Street Food Hall
411 West Morgan St. Raleigh
This is a food hall, which means it has a more casual atmosphere. The variety of food options surround a full bar in the middle with a good number of beer taps. This one is also good for nice weather because it offers a lot of outdoor seating.
14 E. Hargett St. Raleigh
The classic Raleigh bar honors the newspaper of old, with a decent food menu and lots of beer choices.
500 Glenwood Ave. Suite 100, Raleigh
Class it up at Vidrio, a Mediterranean restaurant that stands out in Raleigh for its European decor and feel. Vidrio boasts an outstanding bar, with amazing food choices.
If your clients are elsewhere in Raleigh, midtown is a convenient meeting place. Here are some options in that neighborhood:
4208 Six Forks Rd c110, Raleigh, NC 27609
YardHouse is a high-end sports bar with a menu big enough to please everyone in your party. Yardhouse has a mix of New American Fare, as well as an extensive list of craft beers. YardHouse also offers half-priced appetizers and pizzas during happy hour.
4208 Six Forks Road, Suite 100
Got a mixture of people? Everyone can find something on the menu at Cowfish, where sushi and burgers are both available. The one in North Hills has a cool vibe if you’re heading for the bar chair and a beverage.
425 Oberlin Rd, Raleigh, NC 27605
Looking for something near Cameron Village? The restaurant started right here in the southeast and has grown for good reason. Tupelo Honey has an all-day menu of southern comfort food, with a huge cocktail and beer menu. Visit Tupelo Honey Monday through Thursday 4-7 p.m. and you may find yourself indulging in a few happy hour snacks.
We know there are many more fantastic places to go; we can’t list them all. What’s your favorite?