In Downtown Raleigh, we have bars literally for everyone. Whether you want to relax with a cold beer, want a uniquely crafted cocktail, or if you are on a health kick and want some fresh-pressed juice, there’s a place for you to hang somewhere in the downtown area and enjoy.

We gathered the top three most popular bars in the beer, wine, cocktail and juice categories, making this perfect list for whatever mood you happen to be in today!

Our Favorite Downtown Beer Serving Bars

The Raleigh Times

You can’t talk about beer in Downtown Raleigh and NOT speak of The Raleigh Times! They always have a unique selection of local and craft beers on tap, plus PBR if you just want something simple.

Crank Arm Brewing

Crank Arm Brewing brews their beer right here in Downtown Raleigh, so they probably have the freshest pint in the city.

State of Beer

State of Beer always has great craft beers on tap, plus a selection of bottles for you to purchase. There’s nothing like drinking a beer and eating a delicious sandwich on State of Beer’s patio on a sunny afternoon!

Our Favorite Downtown Wine Bars

Vita Vite

Sip on a Pinot Noir while enjoying fine art at Vita Vite! This wine bar also serves up small plates for those of you that enjoy eating cheese with your wine.

Liquid State

Liquid State offers wine, beer, and coffee, making it the perfect location if you are undecided. This wine bar is conveniently located near NC State and frequently offers drink specials during the week.

Drink, Drank, Drunk

Drink, Drank, Drunk is a popular neighborhood bar for, you guessed it, DRINKING! DDD offers a fantastic selection of wine and beer, along with a welcoming vibe.

Our Favorite Downtown Cocktail Bars


Foundation is Downtown Raleigh’s favorite underground craft cocktail bar! Foundation changes its cocktail list seasonally but also offers traditional favorites, like an Old Fashioned or a Manhattan. Select cocktails are on specials on Sundays.

The Haymaker

The Haymaker is a popular spot for large groups since you can get a whole punchbowl of craft cocktail! Haymaker also offers champagne on tap, making this one of the more unique craft cocktail bars in Downtown Raleigh.

Watts & Ward

Watts & Ward is one of Downtown Raleigh’s newest cocktail bars, but it has definitely made an impression. Luckily, there’s plenty of space and plenty of bars inside to serve the crowds!

Our Favorite Downtown Juice Bars

Raleigh Raw

With fresh, cold-pressed juices and numerous healthy menu options, Raleigh Raw exudes health! You can also have Raleigh Raw juices delivered straight to your door.

Happy & Hale

If you are enjoying a day downtown and a healthy lunch to get through the rest of the day, Happy & Hale is the best place to go. It’s located right in City Plaza and offers a plethora of cold-pressed juices, smoothies, and salads.

42 & Lawrence

42 & Lawrence offers unique beverages of all kinds, including juices, smoothies, coffees, and teas. It is the perfect place to chill out, take a breather and try something new!

In Downtown Raleigh, it goes without saying that you will have a warm welcome at any of these establishments. The places listed here are popular not only for their quality beverages but also for offering unique spaces for you to enjoy conversation with friends as well as make some new ones!

So what are some of your favorite spots to get your sip on 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