Glenwood South

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 42nd St. Oyster Bar is one of the truly famous eating establishments in N.C. In spite of all the stories and myths about the... View More

With more than 350 beers on tap, passionate mind Niall Hanley’s Raleigh Beer Garden has one of the world's largest beer... View More

The Raleigh Wine Shop was created out of a shared passion among three friends and wine industry veterans. The newly expanded shop... View More

Boasting one of the largest selections of fine spirits and craft brews, Cornerstone Tavern is the latest addition to the Glenwood... View More

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.

Raleigh Beer Garden

Niall Hanley

Hibernian Hospitality

Growing up in Ireland, Niall pulled his first draft at age 10, laying the groundwork for his fundamental understanding of authentic pub culture. Little did he know that a few decades later, he would have launched successful bar and nightlife concepts in Raleigh, N.C.

“In the 20 years that I've been here, we're growing into this beautiful city that just has this buzz. There's a vibrancy here... I don't know how else to describe it, but it's electric.”

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Raleigh, N.C.

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Downtown Raleigh

Historic neighborhoods, museums, Southern diners and global eats, green spaces, performance venues, breweries and nightlife spots work together to create one incredible, cultural hotspot.

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East Raleigh

Steeped in history, East Raleigh continues to grow with historic neighborhoods, two distilleries, family-fun facilities and restaurants serving up delicious, down-home Southern food.

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Midtown Raleigh

Includes four, different shopping, entertainment and dining areas all within a short drive—North Hills, Crabtree Valley, Cameron Village and the Five Points neighborhood.

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North Raleigh

Home to hundreds of restaurants, large retail stores, entertainment complexes, parks and recreation areas. Family entertainment is easy to find as well as fun, outdoor things to do

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RDU/Brier Creek

Aptly named for its proximity to RDU International Airport, the area is home to hundreds of thousands of square feet of retail, restaurants, breweries and an array of family fun.

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South Raleigh

Located just south of downtown, this area is one of the city’s most rapidly growing. With multiple parks, eateries and entertainment options, it's a great place to spend a day or stay.

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West Raleigh

Boasts two-dozen live performance venues and visual art galleries, including the North Carolina Museum of Art! This hip, college-town drag also includes the N.C. State Fairgrounds and PNC Arena.

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One of the fastest-growing cities in the South, Cary is home to renowned restaurants, world-class shopping, top-tier entertainment, culture and arts and a range of outdoor experiences.

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Venture just 10 minutes from downtown Raleigh and check out Garner, an All-America City with unique amenities and a genuine, hometown authenticity.

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Holly Springs

At its beginnings, travelers stopped by the area's springs to quench their thirst, and while that bit of history doesn’t continue today, visitors do stop to indulge in breweries and dining spots.

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Perfect for those seeking a welcoming, youthful culture, Knightdale boasts lots of parks and trails for the active-minded, a distillery plus a local-hangout, nano brewery.

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A growing enclave known for its diversity, educated populace and cultural vibrancy. Includes excellent global dining, plus the local-favorite, indoor climbing spot Triangle Rock Club.

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As the second-oldest town in the Raleigh area, Rolesville’s roots run deep. Established in 1837, the town has held fast to its engaging, Southern charm.

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Wake Forest

A beautiful small town with enough history, culture and activities to keep travelers entertained for days on end. Stroll through the charming, historic downtown district!

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Along Main St. and throughout historic downtown Wendell—on the National Register of Historic Places—vintage shops, dining spots and buildings display the architecture of our American heritage.

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Just 25 minutes from downtown Raleigh, Zebulon is a vibrant, welcoming community with activities ranging from sporting events (Carolina Mudcats baseball!) to down-home Southern dining.

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