Do you have a large group of friends or are you looking for a space that’s conducive to meeting new ones? These 10 Downtown Raleigh spots are open, friendly and include activities and events to suit any taste.

Time to get out, socialize and maybe even make a few new friends!

Crank Arm Brewery

Crank Arm Brewery features delicious locally made beers and a friendly environment. Play a board game with your friends, try your hand at trivia on Tuesdays or go for a bike ride with the Crank Arm crew on Wednesdays!

Woody’s at City Market

Located in the historic City Market area, Woody’s has been a Downtown Raleigh stable for decades! It’s a great place to bring friends and family. Try your hand at trivia on Tuesdays and Thursday nights. Is singing more your thing? Check out karaoke on Wednesdays!

Creative Mornings at CAM

Are you creative AND a morning person? Socialize, meet new people and learn something new at Creative Mornings hosted at the Contemporary Art Museum in Downtown Raleigh! Events are typically held on Fridays mornings. CAM also hosts other events throughout the year. Check out their calendar for details!

HQ Raleigh

HQ Raleigh is Downtown Raleigh’s premier co-working space, but they also host events that are open to the public, Is your new friend also someone that can help you land your next job? Keep an eye on HQ’s calendar!

City Plaza

Located on the south end of Fayetteville Street, City Plaza serves as a meeting place, event space and is also the perfect spot for people watching! During the spring, summer and fall months, there is almost always some kind of event happening in or near City Plaza.

Boxcar Bar + Arcade

Boxcar Bar + Arcade bills itself as the ultimate drinking and gaming experience! It’s also great spot to socialize and play with your friends.

Level Up

Level Up is another option for drinks and games, but you can add food to the mix. You are sure to get hungry playing pinball with your buddies! On Mondays, they also host a trivia night.


Legends has been THE nightlife spot for Raleigh’s LGBT community for the past 25 years! The club is huge and offers everything you could want in a club – dancing, an outdoor patio area for when you need a break from the action, a game room AND The Spotlight Theater, which features drag shows Friday and Saturday evenings.


Imurj is the newest gathering spot for Downtown Raleigh creatives! Membership starts at just $1. Check their calendar for open mic nights, craft nights and more!

Craft Habit

Craft Habit hosts classes in Downtown Raleigh and throughout the Triangle! Grab your friends and socialize while creating something awesome. Keep an eye out on their classes and events calendar!

Whether you are looking for a place to socialize professionally, creatively or just for fun, Downtown Raleigh has a place for you. Y’all means all!

So what are some of your favorite spots to socialize and meet new people in Downtown Raleigh? Please be sure to hit us up on Twitter @919BlogNC or visit our Facebook page at and let us know! We would love to hear from ya.

This post was created in collaboration with the Downtown Raleigh Blog editorial team and 919 Blog contributor Amy Howard for exclusive digital publication via TBN