Raleigh Nightlife

friends enjoying a nightlife bar and beer
North Carolina is known for many things, but one of the most apparent is the Raleigh nightlife bar scene. With an abundance of bars to choose from, the decision can become overwhelming. To take the stress of planning away we’ve put together a list of reputable bars that are considered Raleigh staples. These notable Raleigh nightlife attractions are located in the Fayetteville Street district – just a short 10 minute drive ($10-$20 Uber) from The StateView Hotel.

Check out our top six favorites below:

Fox Liquor Bar

237 South Wilmington Street Entrance on, E Martin St, Raleigh, NC

The Fox Liquor Bar refers to itself as a subterranean drinking den that features classic & contemporary cocktails. Attendees can expect signature cocktails, and mouthwatering meat & cheese boards in an upscale environment. Open 5:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. (Monday-Saturday), closed Sunday. 

Slim’s Raleigh

227 S Wilmington St, Raleigh, NC

Slim’s is known for its exciting live music and has been hosting a stage for local bands since 1999. It’s safe to stay that people can enjoy live music almost any night of the week! Alongside music, visitors can indulge in local craft beer and cocktails. Open from 4:30 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. (Monday-Friday), and 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. (Saturday-Sunday).  


213 Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC

This low-key bar serves up seasonal cocktails, local craft beer, and simple decor and makes for a great stop along the Fayetteville Street bar crawl. Open from 4:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. every day. 

The Raleigh Times

14 E Hargett St, Raleigh, NC 

Nestled in a refurbished newspaper building, The Raleigh Times features old article clippings from the area, capturing the rich history of Raleigh. Of course, visitors can also expect a decadent beer selection and handcrafted bites. Open from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m. daily.   

Watts and Ward 

200 S Blount St, Raleigh, NC

Step back in time to the prohibition era at Watts and Ward in downtown Raleigh. Their venue embodies the underground speakeasies that once operated in secret beneath bustling Raleigh streets. Today, it’s home to a variety of craft beers, cocktails, and wine. Open from 4 p.m. – 2 a.m. daily.

The Green Light Raleigh

108 E Hargett St, Raleigh, NC

Just beyond a secret door, this traditional speakeasy setting has taken over an architect’s old office. A local favorite, the Green Light Bar takes its cocktails seriously. Look for the bookcase to experience this Raleigh hidden gem from 5:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. daily.

Looking for a place to stay that matches the ambiance of our favorite upscale Raleigh nightlife? Check out our luxe Raleigh hotel rooms and suites with a view. Our on-site restaurant is the perfect place for a nightcap after a night on the town.

Looking for more Raleigh things to do? We’ve also put together a list of our favorite  Raleigh breweries!