Some Good Bars in North Carolina.
If you’re thirsty and in North Carolina, you’re in luck, because we’ve put together a list of the best bars across the state with their corresponding cities for you to check out this weekend. So if you’re looking for an award-winning pint or a cocktail made with locally sourced ingredients, head to one of these ten North Carolina watering holes.
10. Thirsty Monk – Asheville
Thirsty Monk in Asheville is recognized as being one of the best spots for a beer in the world. No wonder, given their long list of brews and an event calendar to keep you entertained every day of the week. Thirsty Monk has two locations downtown, in addition to their locations in Woodfin and Baltimore Park.
9. The Crunkleton – Chapel Hill
Take a short trip back in time at The Crunkleton in Chapel Hill, a bar that focuses on classic cocktails served in an intimate setting. ‘The Bumble Bee’ is made with bourbon whiskey, honey, lemon, lime, egg white, cream, and citrus bitters. Their ‘Blood and Sand’ cocktail contains blended scotch, bitters, cherry heering, sweet vermouth, and orange.
8. The Raleigh Times Bar – Raleigh
The Raleigh Times Bar is more of an institution than a bar, set up in a century-old building with vintage newspaper clippings proudly displayed on the walls. Their extensive beer list ranges from ciders to IPAs, imported from Belgium and many other top-notch breweries all over the United States.
7. Zambra – Asheville
Zambra, located in Asheville, is named after a gypsy celebration dance if that’s any indication of the fun, party-like atmosphere that this bar offers. Their wine list is incomparable, and their martinis are all made with fresh ingredients. The ‘Kask Away’ is made with rum, grapefruit, ginger beer, and nutmeg.
6. Foundation – Raleigh
The drinks at Foundation, in Raleigh, are handcrafted with the highest quality ingredients. Their ‘Made in the Carolinas’ cocktail even contains green tea infused gin! You’ll love heading underground to this hotspot in order to enjoy a drink or two with your favorite friends.
5. Crave Dessert Bar – Charlotte
Can’t decide between something sweet or an after-dinner drink? Crave Dessert Bar in Charlotte focuses on both, serving up decadent dishes and crazy cocktails that will please any sweet tooth. It’s no wonder Crave is constantly winning awards and accolades for their delicious food and drinks.
4. Fullsteam Brewery – Durham
Fullsteam Brewery, located in Durham, often utilizes locally sourced ingredients in their brews. They believe in supporting the agriculture of North Carolina, and you can taste that love for the South in every pint. Fullsteam is being recognized time and time again for their beer, even boasting the honor of a James Beard Foundation semi-finalist.
3. Jack of the Wood – Asheville
Celtic pub Jack of the Wood has been open in Asheville for the past twenty years. Aside from a long list of ales, Jack of the Wood also features a wine list and a vast selection of whiskeys, bourbons, and single malts. And that’s not all. There are local musicians that play nightly, and the menu features some of the best fish and chips in town.
2. Dandelion Market – Charlotte
Charlotte’s beloved bar and restaurant Dandelion Market is one of the most charming places in North Carolina. They really concentrate on the idea of nostalgia for the past in all of their dishes and cocktails. Dandelion Market is a cozy spot to bring your loved ones if you’re hitting the town in Charlotte.
1. Lantern – Chapel Hill
Lantern, in Chapel Hill, puts a lot of care and attention in their cocktails, sourcing most of their ingredients from local farms. Their ‘Junebug’ cocktail is made with Pimm’s, fresh ginger-lemon soda, and cucumber. ‘Girl Who Wears Glasses’ contains gin, lychee, Lillet blanc, and rose. It’s the perfect date spot if you’re out to impress.
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