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sarijoul
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no horniblow's?

about as chill as you can get and cheap big boss on tap. location is on what you call . . . unique.

3/17/2013 5:34:16 PM

vinylbandit
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Typical B4C. Says he likes the microbreweries, fails to mention Fullsteam or Horniblow's.

Although Fullsteam is totally bizarre to me. It's an indoor picnic area that has a bar. I don't want to hang out with someone's kids while drinking.

[Edited on March 17, 2013 at 5:41 PM. Reason : 3]

3/17/2013 5:40:16 PM

Big4Country
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^I've never heard of them. Where are they?

3/17/2013 8:49:57 PM

vinylbandit
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Fullsteam is in Durham.

Horniblow's is attached to the loading dock of Big Boss.

3/17/2013 8:54:07 PM

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I really dig sharkies on duraleigh

3/17/2013 9:00:18 PM

Byrn Stuff
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^^Fullsteam is awesome. They've got some tasty beers, and they and Motorco typically have a few food trucks hanging around outside.

3/18/2013 8:42:54 AM

Krallum
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+1 Fullsteam. Might actually be better than city limits

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3/18/2013 8:58:51 AM

TKE-Teg
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^lol. Perhaps nobody has mentioned Fullsteam b/c their beer sucks? If we're gonna talk about a fun tap room then you can't leave out Big Boss.

Most of my favorite bars have already been mentioned. However I will say that Isaac Hunter's used to be one of my favorite bars...until about 1 1/2 yrs ago when they decided to go after the DTSB crowd. Now they just play shitty music and pack the place out with drunk 22 yr olds

3/18/2013 9:07:30 AM

Krallum
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I've had some gross beer at fullsteam but I love that its close to motorco, that surfbar, a police depot and always has some baller food

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3/18/2013 9:09:28 AM

Big4Country
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"^^Fullsteam is awesome. They've got some tasty beers, and they and Motorco typically have a few food trucks hanging around outside."


Lone Rider always has a food truck too.

3/18/2013 9:32:16 PM

amac884
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lol

http://raleighbeach.tumblr.com/

4/24/2013 3:38:37 PM

JayMCnasty
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saw pinback, one of my favorite bands at motorco earlier this year. WOULD DO AGAIN

[Edited on April 24, 2013 at 3:39 PM. Reason : .]

4/24/2013 3:39:37 PM

FroshKiller
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If ever there was a thread crying out for a KngDouchebag post....

4/24/2013 3:44:30 PM

JayMCnasty
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i miss that guy


lol at his last post

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"RAWR RAWR RAWR

KING DOUCHEBAG HERE

PERSONALLY, I FIND THE PIT TO BE THE GREATEST RESTAUR-- OH WAIT- THIS IS THE WORST FOOD THREAD?

IN THAT CASE, THE PIT"


[Edited on April 24, 2013 at 3:46 PM. Reason : .]

4/24/2013 3:45:31 PM

prep-e
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"saw pinback, one of my favorite bands at motorco earlier this year. WOULD DO AGAIN"


UGH, I wanted to go to that show. I've seen them at Cat's Cradle a couple times and they were fantastic. Love their stuff.

4/24/2013 4:38:56 PM

JayMCnasty
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yeah dude, they basically turned "penelope" into a metal rock out with your cock out song. i really love how they can take a song and make it what they want it to be whenever.

4/24/2013 11:47:37 PM

JeffreyBSG
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I always liked Edwards Mill...it was very clean and with a comfortable, subdued atmosphere as bars go

4/24/2013 11:51:28 PM

Big4Country
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This is a new and nice place. The pale ale wasn't great, but I liked the porter. They only serve their own beer and have a food truck outside.

https://www.facebook.com/hosannabrewing?directed_target_id=0

[Edited on November 1, 2013 at 10:07 PM. Reason : .]

11/1/2013 10:05:30 PM

Big4Country
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^

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"The bar tender knew nothing about the beer and worst of all the beer all had a similar off-flavor. I'm a home brewer and I would not have served 1/2 of these beers to my friends. The only drinkable beers were the Dunkel and Chocolate Stout, mostly because the dark malts masked the off-flavor. I will go back some time as I'm hoping I just went at a bad time and served a few bad batches."


I found this on a review page. This pretty much sums up hosanna brewery. They all tasted the same, but I didn't mind the dark beers. They must have closed. They no longer have a facebook page, or web page.

Anyway, tonight I went to Aviator Smoke House, then The Brick Bar & Grill, and then Aviator Tap House with my family and friends. The Broad Street area is awesome. It is definitely one of the better bar areas in the Triangle. The Tap House and Brick both had bands playing, but they also have outdoor areas for when you just want to chill and talk with your friends.



[Edited on May 18, 2014 at 1:09 AM. Reason : .]

5/18/2014 12:52:36 AM

vinylbandit
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BANDS PLAYING

LIVE MUSIC

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a band is playing, it must be a good time

indiscriminate "live music" and its attractiveness to a wide swath of patrons is my least favorite thing in the nightlife industry

5/18/2014 4:10:08 AM

Big4Country
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^Yeah I generally don't like going to loud places, but it is cool in the spring when it is nice out and you can go sit in the outdoor area while they play.

[Edited on May 18, 2014 at 11:50 AM. Reason : .]

5/18/2014 11:37:19 AM

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RAWR RAWR RAWR I AM HIPSTER HEAR ME ROARRRR!!!!!!!!!!!

5/18/2014 11:48:12 AM

eleusis
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too many bands at bars think that playing louder will cover up their shitty performance. I enjoy a piano bar or someone playing acoustic at a bar, but I hate having to yell at the person 2 feet away from me in order for them to hear me.

5/18/2014 12:00:45 PM

ViolentMAW
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I'm starting to wonder when craft brew eateries are going to reach market saturation. The owner of the company I work for wants to start one now. There's a freaking brewery in Clayton for God's sake. There's one in Apex, Holly Springs, Fuquay and Wake Forest.

[Edited on May 18, 2014 at 12:44 PM. Reason : .]

5/18/2014 12:42:15 PM

thegoodlife3
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oh, we reached that point a while ago

5/18/2014 12:54:30 PM

Big4Country
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^^they are actually spaced out well enough that good ones can survive. People in fuquay aren't going to drive to wake forest, or Durham when a good one is close to home.

5/18/2014 1:43:33 PM

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We still have a long way to go with craft breweries, craft wineries are still starting up and they had decades of head start.

5/18/2014 1:46:17 PM

vinylbandit
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"someone playing acoustic at a bar"


the dreaded "acoustic douche"

worse than a bad cover band

5/18/2014 3:10:29 PM

Big4Country
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"We still have a long way to go with craft breweries, craft wineries are still starting up and they had decades of head start."


Yeah, not all of them will survive. Some have already closed, or are going down hill because they don't make good beer.

5/18/2014 10:11:22 PM

ViolentMAW
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I got dumped for an acoustic douche. Haunts me to this day.

Although I saw some dude do I Believe in a Thing Called Love at Sammy's once. I told him he sounded like Jeff Buckley and got a blank stare. He ruled though.

[Edited on May 19, 2014 at 12:17 AM. Reason : .]

5/19/2014 12:12:01 AM

ncsuallday
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Downtown:
Player's Retreat is my all around favorite
Bada for State/Panther games
Mitch's for lunch and alumni stuff
Foundation / Busy Bee / Raleigh Times for going out out
Fox's or the Green Light for liquor drinks
Trophy is the best brewery downtown - RBC is good too
Pour House for live music

Midtown/North Raleigh:
Hibernian North
Big Boss brewery
Fox and Hound for sports
Pickled Onion is the best dive
Gonza Tacos and Tequila for liquor drinks and food
World of Beer or Yardhouse for North Raleigh fancy


Triangle Area:
Fullsteam Brewery (Durham)
White Street Brewery (Wake Forest)
Carolina Brewery (Chapel Hill)
Top of the Hill (Chapel Hill)
Gizmo Brew Works (West Raleigh)

5/19/2014 10:31:00 AM

Big4Country
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I just saw this on Facebook. A guy traveled all the way from England to attempt to do the King Kong Burger Challenge at Aviator Smokehouse and he finished it in time. For those of you who don't know about it, you have to eat your entire meal and drink two pints of beer in under 30 minutes to win a t-shirt.



[Edited on May 30, 2014 at 9:10 PM. Reason : .]

5/30/2014 9:09:37 PM

Big4Country
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It's not open yet, but I will have to check this Arcade/Bar out...

http://theboxcarbar.com/

It would be a dream come true if Super Off Road with three steering wheels was there.

10/17/2014 10:10:05 PM

skaterjaws
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I think you gave up your identity when you posted that also on their site! lol

but that place is going to rock!

10/18/2014 2:10:19 AM

dropdeadkate
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I really enjoyed bida manda. Bar looked cool. Drinks were delicious. The wings were nommy.

I'd go there over times any day.

10/18/2014 10:02:07 AM

vinylbandit
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get dat whole fish

10/18/2014 2:57:30 PM

Big4Country
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Sounds like Boxcar is opening soon and the coin-op lineup sounds pretty good so far. Someone told me on the facebook page that they will have Super Off Road. Now I just need them to serve Guinness and it will be perfect.

https://www.facebook.com/BoxcarBarArcade

Arriving next week: Simpsons, Mortal Kombat, Pacman, Donkey Kong, Galaga, NBA Jam & TMNT. Get ready, ?#?Raleigh?!

[Edited on December 14, 2014 at 9:29 PM. Reason : .]

12/14/2014 9:28:53 PM

Big4Country
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Happy holidays! Boxcar just posted they are opening at 4 pm today! Tww outting some night?

12/18/2014 3:12:15 PM

Big4Country
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So I heard about another Fuquay micro brewery called Draft Line Brewing Company. They are celebrating their 1 year anniversary at the end of June. You can walk there from Aviator Tap House in under 5 minutes. Today I went there and they have good beer too. They are like Lone Rider and built a bar in their warehouse. They also have cable, foosball, ping pong, and a 5 foot tall connect 4 game. The Broad Street area in Fuquay is quite nice. They have a lot of nice bars now. Plus the parking isn't a pain in the ass like in Downtown Raleigh sometimes.

http://draftlinebrewing.com/

6/10/2015 5:28:32 PM

Big4Country
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I went to Fainting Goat Brewery in Fuquay tonight. It is a nice atmosphere and their beer is ok, but it is very mild. Their pale ale isn't hoppy at all. All three Fuquay breweries are good, but if I only had time to go to one then I would pick Aviator.

12/11/2015 9:18:52 PM

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Let's make a definitive list of the bars in DTR, what they specialize in, and what their clientele is (bros, old people, beer nerds, college kids, etc etc.)

Because honestly i'm kind of lost on where to go these days. There are more places to avoid than there are to seek out.

12/14/2015 9:01:03 AM

iheartkisses
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The GOAT = Greatest of All Time!

12/14/2015 8:04:48 PM

PaulISdead
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Coglin's - did i just walk into a bus station bathroom?

12/14/2015 8:09:42 PM

Robopimp
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I really enjoy The Station on Person Street in addition to some already awesome selections on here.

12/14/2015 8:53:17 PM

ncsuallday
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"Let's make a definitive list of the bars in DTR, what they specialize in, and what their clientele is (bros, old people, beer nerds, college kids, etc etc.)

Because honestly i'm kind of lost on where to go these days. There are more places to avoid than there are to seek out. "


I'll take a crack at it. And just be aware that these are my opinions based on personal experiences. Others may have different experiences, a lot of this probably depends on the night you go...

Warehouse District:

Boxcar - arcade bar. pretty chill on weeknights, gets packed on weekends. usually a mix of college aged kids up to about 35 or so.
Crank Arm - chill bar, diverse age groups, can get collegey on weekends. I think their beer is second only to Trophy but that's just me - many people won't agree with that. like most breweries, they allow dogs. they are also kid-friendly.
Circa - love this place. kind of a 1920s speakeasy feel to it. it has 4-5 pool tables but I wouldn't call it a pool hall. more like a cocktail lounge with pool tables. very cool outdoor patio. decent selection of drafts and wines too.
Vita Vite - new wine bar. not sure if it's open yet and have not been there.
Legends - oldest gay bar in town. haven't been but have had straight friends go with their gay friends and said they had a good time, it's nice inside, and drinks are dirt cheap.
Flex - another gay bar. don't know anything about it.
Flying Saucer - tons of beers on draft, crowd is usually post-college aged. during the lunch hour you'll see a lot of attorneys and stuff there. pretty decent food. on Mondays there are tons of college kids there for the pint night.
Brewmaster's - as of this morning they are confirmed closed. not hard to see why - they had no identity whatsoever. had decent sports bar food and a good amount of drafts, but the place felt dirty.
Deep South - music bar. I haven't been in ages but they've had some decent acts come through there.
Tasty Beverage - a good bottle shop with a small bar and a few beers on draft. pretty much set the standard for other operations like it (Patty O Beers, Crafty, Lincoln, State of Beer, etc.). Young professional crowd.
State of Beer - another good bottle shop with a ~12 person bar in it. They have some light food too. Nice outdoor seating area. Young professional crowd.
Berkeley Cafe - this was bought by Lisa, an old bartender from Mitch's Tavern and they also took the bar and menu from Sadlack's. Great food and cheap drinks for being downtown. they have live music most nights after 8pm. They sealed off the bigger stage area of years past, which is now a head shop next door. Very eclectic crowd. Older (40+ year old) regulars.
Ugly Monkey - was fun back in 2007 or so but has turned into shit. it was a "party bar" and you'd find a whole mix of people, a lot of frats/sororities, etc. and girls dancing on the bar. no idea who patronizes it now. Has a couple pool tables.
Five Star - Chinese restaurant by day, lounge bar by night. Haven't been in years and not sure what the crowd is like now at night. They do have pool tables upstairs.
Boylan Brew Pub - fantastic skyline views and is popular when the weather is nice. pretty dead in the winter. I think their beer is terrible. Food is pretty good but pricey for what you get. college to young professional crowd mostly.

12/15/2015 11:35:39 AM

thegoodlife3
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Berkeley was bought by a few partners, Lisa just runs it

[Edited on December 15, 2015 at 11:43 AM. Reason : .]

12/15/2015 11:39:49 AM

krallum2016
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Good to see I won't be running into any of you people at my favorite bar

12/15/2015 11:49:20 AM

ncsuallday
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Salisbury St. Area

Ruby Deluxe - kind of a hidden bar. $10 membership fee (you can bring one guest per member). No beers on draft. definitely an alternative / indie kind of crowd. has two pool tables. pretty chill - I just became a member a week or so ago so I haven't seen it packed, but also haven't been late night. PBR special.
Level Up - arcade bar. young professional type of crowd. really chill space, less machines than Boxcar but arguably a cooler environment. renovated historic walk-up. not the greatest beer selection.
Capital Club 16 - cool French/German inspired cafe type of bar. A few drafts but the ones they have are good but pricey. Good food. young professional crowd. they have live music some nights. great for sitting outside and people watching.
Neptunes - really cool dance bar. not really a club but kind of an indie crowd dance bar. I have a lot of fun every time I go. cheap beers, very mixed but younger crowd.
King's Barcade - music venue upstairs from Neptunes. I've actually never been.
Garland - not sure if they're a bar at night but the restaurant gets good reviews (silver award in the N&O last year). never been.

Fayetteville St. Area
The Oxford - live music at night. lots of people - very crowded. mixed crowd from young professionals on up to older folks and cougars. good/decent beer selection.
Zinda - owned by same as Oxford. very much a night club. typically club beer selection. lot's of Indian people when I went. College aged up to young professionals.
Common - it was dead the only time I went but it may have been since NC State was out of session. Was pretty chill, not very good beer selection though. There really was hardly anybody in there so I can't comment on the typical crowd.
Big Easy - Cajun restaurant by day, packed college bar by night. Live music, seriously crammed back usually with lines to get in later at night.
Coglin's - 80's music bar. Jammed packed with lines to get in. College kids and older cougar type of crowd. Sticky floors - that kind of place. Gets packed late at night - if you want a hookup this is probably where you'll find it.
Patty O Beers - chill little bottle shop with a small bar near the Capitol.
Capital Tavern - I think that's what it's called now. Used to be Isaac Hunter's. Pretty cool atmosphere, but again, crowded with a younger college aged crowd. They got rid of the games they used to have and now it's more of a dance floor.
Foundation - small bar that specializes in bourbon. I like this place a lot. can be a yuppie crowd and can take a while to get in.
Anchor Bar - pretty much the Greek Life hangout in downtown. Mostly liquor with some beers.

There are also a lot of restaurants that have bars open at night but I wouldn't consider them bars. I'm sure I'm missing some on this list too. It's a lot to rattle off the top of my head.

[Edited on December 15, 2015 at 12:03 PM. Reason : Anchor and Foundation]

12/15/2015 11:49:45 AM

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Foundation, Fox, Busy Bee, Hive, Slims, Times

12/15/2015 11:58:53 AM

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Wilmington St. Area

Raleigh Times - ostensibly a very good bar. College to young professional crowd. owner (Greg Hatem) has come under fire for opposing the patio laws so many, including myself, boycott it. I have to admit they have an awesome venue, great bar food, and a good beer selection. rooftop, etc. it's pretty much the full package.
Landmark Tavern - I like this bar a lot. eclectic but young professional crowd. very cool patio out back. decent beer selection. good liquor selection. can get crowded, but not Cogglins crowded.
Royal James - dance bar with college aged crowd - has some creepers that stare at said college aged crowd. pretty expensive with very limited beer selection. has a giant outdoor space that they share with London Bridge Pub.
London Bridge - see: Royal James
Architect - like the full fledged dance bar version of the two above.
Green Light - really cool speakeasy that's "hidden" in the Architect. really good cocktails and very small. Maybe room for 15 people. You used to be able to get reservations in advance.
Busy Bee / The Hive - Dance bar on weekend nights upstairs. Good cocktails and good beers. They have a rooftop patio that's nice. Probably my favorite "dance bar". They also have killer food during the day.
Fox Liquor Lounge - awesome cocktails. Ask for Matt C. cool atmosphere. can be 1 in 1 out when they get crowded but they do an excellent job keeping it the right level of people. yuppie crowd.

Moore Square / City Market Area

Rum Runners - can be dead at times but great on Wednesday and Saturday. very college aged. dueling piano bar. cheap drinks.
Woody's - a small sports bar. I think their food is overpriced and not very good. they have trivia Tuesday's and Thursdays. middle aged male crowd when I've went.
The Pour House - really good music venue. Shows every night usually for pretty cheap. Good selection of drafts. Has an upstairs loft that overlooks the stage. crowd varies based on who's playing but I've always had fun.

RIP Tir na Nog

[Edited on December 15, 2015 at 12:01 PM. Reason : fox]

12/15/2015 12:00:47 PM

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