Cocktail and Cigar Bars

Looking for a fun spot to spend a night on the town in Raleigh, N.C.? These bars—all with unique features and their own character—are some of the most popular, most loved-by-locals and sometimes most hidden-from-visitors places to grab a drink. Start with this guide to Raleigh's rooftop, hidden and underground bars, which includes underground cocktail spots from passionate minds chef Ashley Christensen and Niall Hanley, as well as a 1920s speakeasy that hides behind a bookshelf in downtown Raleigh.

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