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LGBT Nightlife

LGBT Nightlife


In addition to all the daytime things to do, there is an inviting nightlife scene in Durham. Nightlife options are still growing and diversifying, but Durham's local mainstays and favorite haunts are here to stay.

Options include popular LGBT-focused bars and clubs like The Bar and The Pinhook, as well a number of other local favorites that welcome LGBT crowds. There are options to suit most entertainment tastes in Durham; from drinks at Alley Twenty Six to locally brewed beer at Fullsteam Brewery, Durham covers a lot of bases. There is also a rapidly emerging indie rock scene, and there are several places to catch live jazz; internationally acclaimed jazz superstar and Durham resident Branford Marsalis has been known to pop up every now and again.

Take a look at all of Durham's nightlife choices for that time after the sun goes down. You're sure to find something that suits your taste, and there's always something new to explore.

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Bar Virgile

  • 105 S Mangum St, Downtown Durham
  • Durham, NC 27701
  • (919) 973-3000
  • Downtown Area

Handmade snacks and artfully crafted beverages. Bar Virgile is a food and beverage partnership between husband and wife team Aubrey Zinaich-Howell and Scott Howell and their great friend Daniel …

The Blue Note Grill

  • 709 Washington St, Downtown Durham
  • Durham, NC 27701
  • (919) 401-1979
  • Downtown Area

Located in Downtown Durham near the Historic Durham Athletic Park, the Blue Note Grill is known for both the blues music you can hear there on Fridays and Saturday and their North Carolina smoked …

Bull City Burger and Brewery

  • 107 E Parrish St, Ste 105
  • Durham, NC 27701
  • (919) 680-2333
  • Downtown Area

Bull City Burger and Brewery is a locally owned, independent restaurant and craft brewery. The restaurant is very much farm-to-fork, working closely with North Carolina farmers supplying beef (with …

Dain's Place

  • 754 Ninth Street, Ninth Street District
  • Durham, NC 27705
  • (919) 416-8800
  • W Central Durham, including Duke

Dain's Place is a bar and restaurant located on Ninth St., near Duke University. It was named one of the country's 25 best college campus bars by Complex magazine, and Adam Richman, of the Travel …

Fairview Dining Room

  • 3001 Cameron Blvd, Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club
  • Durham, NC 27705
  • (919) 493-6699
  • W Central Durham, including Duke

The Fairview Dining Room is a restaurant located on Duke University's campus at the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club. Executive chef Jason Cunningham uses locally grown foods to create seasonally …

Mateo Bar de Tapas

  • 109 W Chapel Hill St, Downtown Durham
  • Durham, NC 27701
  • (919) 530-8700
  • Downtown Area

Opened by chef Matthew Kelly, who is also the executive chef at French bistro Vin Rouge, Mateo Bar de Tapas is a James Beard-nominated restaurant that blends Spanish flavors with traditional Southern …

Tobacco Road Sports Cafe

  • 280 S Mangum St, Diamond View II, American Tobacco, Downtown Durham
  • Durham, NC 27701
  • (919) 937-9909
  • Downtown Area

In a list of the ten sporting events fans should make a point of seeing, Thrillist named Tobacco Road Sports Café as a "must-hit spot" before a Duke-UNC game, recommending their fried catfish and …

Tyler's Restaurant and Taproom & The SpeakEasy

  • 324 Blackwell St, American Tobacco, Downtown Durham
  • Durham, NC 27701
  • (919) 433-0345
  • Downtown Area

Located in the historic American Tobacco Campus, just across from the Lucky Strike water tower, "Tyler's Taproom is a must," according to Metro News Canada. Tyler's serves traditional pub fare …

106 Main

  • 106 E Main St, Downtown Durham
  • Durham, NC 27701
  • (919) 593-0560
  • Downtown Area

This Downtown Durham pub offers a variety of craft and local beers, as well as a fully stocked bar.

All People's Grill

  • 6122 Guess Rd
  • Durham, NC 27705
  • (919) 620-9591
  • W Central Durham, including Duke

Live blues Saturday nights starting at 9 p.m.

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Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau
212 W Main St #101
Durham, NC 27701 USA
Phone: (919) 687-0288
Toll Free: (800) 446-8604