The streets of Glenwood South are lined with progressive restaurant and nightlife concepts, unique shops, art galleries and studios, all built in what was once a row of warehouse buildings. On a typical day, one might see young professionals and artists having lunch at one of the district’s distinctive eateries, like Sushi Blues Cafe, The Rockford, XOCO Raleigh or Hibernian Restaurant & Pub.
Among the myriad dining options are the upscale Sullivan’s Steakhouse, the venerable 42nd St. Oyster Bar & Seafood Grill, Carolina Ale House, MoJoe’s Burger Joint, Pho Pho Pho and the visually stunning Vidrio.
Wait a few hours and you will start to see crowds gathering under twinkling lights at Cornerstone Tavern, or enjoying pretzels and craft beer at Raleigh Beer Garden, home of the largest selection of draft beer in the world. Wine drinkers will be in heaven at The Wine Feed or Raleigh Wine Shop, specialty retailers offering inviting spaces to enjoy a glass of wine and learn from local experts.
The Glenwood South district also offers fun beauty salons and fitness studios. Find your zen at Open Door Yoga or break a sweat at Bend Pilates or Raleigh CrossFit. After you wind down, stop in for a manicure at Paint Bar, a chic, modern nail salon that draws clients from all over the area because of its gorgeous decor and trendy nail design.
The discoveries that await in restored furniture stores like Finds and Emily and Co. keep visitors with a knack for home decor coming back to scour the many offerings in this stylish district. Shoppers can explore vintage clothing and antique stores like Revolver Consignment Boutique and Union Camp Collective. Devolve Moto, easily identified by the collection of retro and modified motorcycles parked outside its open doors is a mecca for bikers, adventure seekers and connoisseurs of cool.