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A casual night out with friends. A romantic glass of wine. A celebratory night of dancing. When it comes to nightlife, Durham can help you set the perfect evening mood. With four breweries crafting locally inspired beers, bars and lounges serving nationally praised craft cocktails, and music venues hosting nationally touring bands and locally grown acts, the choices will keep you entertained all night. Plus, the combination of friendly locals and college students ensure that sports bars, trivia nights, pool halls, and other nightlight offerings are always a good time. Use our nightlife search to put together your ideal evening lineup.


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58 Fifty Bistro & Martini Bar

  • 5850 Fayetteville Rd
  • Sutton Place
  • I-40 Exit 276
  • Durham, NC 27713
  • (919) 544-8585
  • SW Durham, including Southpoint

Serving a full menu of American cuisine, including seafood, steaks, burgers, wraps, and pizzas. Appetizers and nightly drink specials. VacationIdea called the bistro “friendly and moden,” noting its …

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 …

G2B Gastropub

  • 3211 Shannon Rd, Ste 106 (courtyard of Southcourt Bldg)
  • Durham, NC 27707
  • (919) 251-9451
  • SW Durham, including Southpoint

G2B is a neighborhood pub serving small and large plates (like chicken liver mousse and flat iron steak), as well as charcuterie. They also have over 100 different beers available, including 14 on …

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 …

Six Plates Wine Bar

  • 2812 Erwin Rd, Ste 104
  • Durham, NC 27705
  • (919) 321-0203
  • W Central Durham, including Duke

Six Plates, as the name suggests, offers six meals per night. The meals are locally sourced small-plate offerings that are each specially paired with their own wine. Because the selection is small, …

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 …



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