10 Best Cocktail Bars in North Carolina

The Cherry Bounce, the mimosa, the Dirty Beetz are all cocktails that can be found in North Carolina. But you can also find classic cocktails and many chef-driven craft cocktails as well. Check out all the best cocktail bars in North Carolina where you can try something new or an old favorite! 

1. Watts & Ward, Raleigh, NC

Watts & Ward is a modern take on a 20s style cocktail bar. Plush leather couches and bookshelves filled with books are a modern take of an old-timey library. The cocktail menu includes classics along with updated selections as well as craft beers.

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2. Whiskey Kitchen, Raleigh, NC

Whiskey Kitchen is a restaurant that celebrates a love of whiskey. Stop in for weekly educational classes or flight nights or just enjoy classic whiskey based cocktails out on the patio or in the industrial space. You’ll also find a variety of creative house cocktails that celebrate the signature liquor.

3. Angus Barn’s Wild Turkey Lounge, Raleigh, NC

Outside Raleigh’s city limits is Angus Barn, a decades old favorite for enjoying cocktails, special occasions and live music. Head to the Wild Turkey Lounge, an award-winning bar for your favorite cocktail or a house special as you wait for your table or for your show to get going. 

4. Soul Gastrolounge, Charlotte, NC

Soul Gastrolounge doesn’t take reservations, just stop in for a nightly show and maybe dinner if you’re feeling hungry. Otherwise, relax with one of the house’s signature cocktail creations, ranging from a punch on draft of a handcrafted specialty.

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5. The Cellar at Duckworth’s, Charlotte, NC

The Cellar at Duckworth’s uses the same chef-driven focus to create it’s food menu as the cocktails that are handcrafted for each order by the mixology team. Like the prohibition-style décor, many cocktails are inspired by classics but with a refreshingly modern spin.

6. The Punch Room, Charlotte, NC

The Punch Room at the snazzy Ritz-Carlton hotel is worth a stop. The dim and dark bar uses the region’s fresh fruits and vegetables to create seasonal and delicious handcrafted cocktails in a sleek setting. The Punch Room is renowned for using small batch spirits in cocktails, punches, and hot drinks.

7. Fahrenheit, Charlotte, NC

Chef Rocco Whalen’s Fahrenheit is located on a top floor of a luxury condo building. Using quality ingredients, the cocktail menu makes small improvements on favorite drinks. The careful attention to details doesn’t come cheap but gazing at the city is worth the price of the handcrafted cocktails.

8. Little Jumbo, Asheville, NC

Little Jumbo in Asheville offers a thoughtful selection of cocktails for all tastes. Each cocktail on the menu offers a careful explanation of not only the ingredients but the inspiration and what you can expect from your beverage—even the glass it is served in. Head over for a tropical inspired night that is a weekly event.

9. Storm Rhum Bar & Bistro, Asheville, NC

Storm Rhum Bar & Bistro puts a new spin on cocktail culture, drawing inspiration from near and far. Look for cocktails that feature rum as well as a selection of classic and new cocktails that feature creative ingredients in addition to favorite mixes.

10. Isis Music Hall, Asheville, NC

A onetime movie palace, the 1937 theater has been transformed into a music hall where food and drinks don’t take a backseat. Instead, you can belly up to many of the bars and lounges and find a selection of cocktails that are carefully crafted and won’t cost an arm and a leg. 

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