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6 of the Best-Kept Secret Hot Spots in Raleigh


Think you know Raleigh? Have you visited these secret hot spots? From hidden bars to haunted restaurants, these little-known hot spots in Raleigh will probably surprise you, whether you’re new to the area or a long-time resident.


The Green Light Bar

Things aren’t always as they seem, such as that ‘bookcase’ above The Architect bar. It’s actually a hidden door that leads to the best kept secret of all the hot spots in Raleigh, The Green Light Bar. The speakeasy-style bar was once an architect’s office and is now a cozy getaway for savvy local socialites. On the menu, you’ll find creative craft cocktails that’ll intrigue every taste.


Gizmo’s Brewery

Gizmo Brew Works’ beers are popular at bottle shops around town, but their lesser-known brewery is worth checking out. Tucked away in North West Raleigh, close to RDU Airport, the brewery has a gorgeous wooden outdoor patio where you can try their tasty taps and order food from rotating food trucks. Remember to bring your growler and fill up before you leave!


Gallo Pelón

Best Kept Hot Spots in Raleigh


Dreaming of a vacation south of the border? No need to take time off from work and buy a plane ticket. Your own little Mexican hideaway awaits inside Centro! Step inside and go up the narrow stairway to find Gallo Pelón, a rooftop bar that’s also North Carolina’s first Mezcaleria. One taste of mezcal will make you forget all about tequila!


Reader’s Corner

This is one of the hot spots in Raleigh that is hiding in plain sight, on Hillsborough St. near the university. Reader’s Corner is a sprawling used bookstore packed with books upon books, as well as vinyl, CDs and DVDs. It’s a bookworm’s dream, offering everything from Sci-fi novels to vintage paperbacks. The passionate and knowledgeable staff are always happy to help you find anything you might be looking for.


Dos Toquitos Restaurant

If you go to Dos Toquitos for their killer tacos, you might get more than you bargained for! Patrons and workers have reported paranormal activity, including whispers, knocks and other spooky sounds, often occurring in sequences of 3. Could it be a mocking of the Trinity? You be the judge… if you dare!


Soo’s Cafe

From the outside, Soo’s Cafe may not look like much. The Korean BBQ joint is located in a strip mall and the front entrance isn’t in the best shape. But go inside and you’ll hear the K-pop blasting – a sign that you’re on your way to a magical food journey! Locals say that Soo’s has the best fried chicken in the Triangle. Bring friends and sing your heart out after dinner in the karaoke party room!


We hope you have fun exploring these hot spots in Raleigh! Do you have your own suggestions for hidden or secret places to check out around town? Stop by and let us know! If you’re looking for a new home in Raleigh, we’d like to invite you to come visit Park Central Apartments. We’d be happy to take you on a tour of the first high-rise apartment community in the Midtown District of North Hills. Visit Park Central online at to schedule a tour or call us directly at (888) 267-9483.


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