Perfecting the downtown bar crawl is more art than science. Your list of hot spots can change depending upon the weather, your friends, your mood. Regardless of such factors, a great bar can become a staple of your nightlife repertoire. Whether you’re planning your weekend on the town or showing off Durham’s hot spots to visitors, we’ve got your evening all mapped out.
Biker Bar NC, 107 E Parish St.
Start your tour of downtown Durham at – or should we say, on – Biker Bar NC. This bicycle bar, which seats up to 14 people, is mobile. Pedal your way through downtown as you blast your favorite music and drink a local brew. You’ll attract stares as you roll through town, but that’s sort of the point, isn’t it?
The Atomic Fern, 108 E Parish St.
This quirky hangout is a Durham staple. Grab a drink and a pew – yes, church pews – and settle in for a mellow night. Board games abound and comic book geeks will appreciate the décor’s subtle nods to classic superheroes. Technically a social club, the $3 membership fee is rarely enforced, making this a favorite of the masses.
Bull McCabe’s Irish Pub, 427 W Main St.
Outdoorsy drinkers, rejoice! Bull McCabe’s features one of the largest patios in the area. Not reserved for just warm weather months, the patio is enclosed and heated in the winter. With a consistently diverse beer list, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. A hearty menu means you can also stop in for dinner.
Alley Twenty Six, 320 E Chapel Hill St.
Looking for a classier vibe? Head to Alley Twenty Six. The cocktail lounge atmosphere pairs perfectly with their “Kitchen Lab” menu. House-made tonic makes for delicious cocktails, but no matter your order, your drink is sure to be unique. Indulge yourself with their charcuterie plates featuring local sausages and cheese.
Pinhook, 117 W Main St.
When you’re ready to start dancing, head to Pinhook. An eclectic bar and music venue, it’s the perfect place to end your evening. Their karaoke nights are legendary, featuring a live band to back up your warbling. Stop in the morning after for their delicious vegan brunch.