7 of the Best Raleigh Beer Gardens for Craft and Imported Beers


What could be better than sipping on a cold beer with good company outside on a nice day? These Raleigh beer gardens are open both seasonally and year-round to provide you with all the craft and imported beer you could want. Get a healthy dose of fresh air, find a new favorite brew and snack on delicious food at these local Raleigh beer gardens.


Raleigh Beer Garden

Did you know that Raleigh is home to the world’s largest draft beer selection under one roof? Raleigh Beer Garden offers the world’s largest draft beer selection under one roof. Located in downtown Raleigh, the beer garden has a robust and constantly changing list of drafts ranging from IPAs to ciders. The first floor is dedicated to North Carolina beers – try the Crank Arm Rickshaw Rye IPA, a North Carolina Brewers Cup winner! Sit outside in the back garden or order at the bar. If you’re feeling hungry, the diverse food menu offers all sorts of goodies, from handcrafted pizzas to crostinis and salads. Take your favorite draft beers home in growlers.


House of Hops

House of Hops is a family-owned craft beer retail store and beer garden. Choose from over 400 bottled and canned beers and 24 rotating draft beers. You’ll find ping pong, arcade games, Jenga and other games in the beer garden to keep you entertained. Food Trucks are on site at the Glenwood location every evening from Tuesday until Sunday. Feel free to bring your dog to party with you!


Trophy Brewing Co

Pick your poison at any of the three Trophy Brewing Co locations, each offering unique experiences. The Brewery + Taproom has a dog-friendly patio with a beautiful view of the brewery, plus daily food trucks and a 12-tap draft list. Tap + Table is a craft beer bar and southern-inspired kitchen with a rooftop patio. Brewing + Pizza offers a select tap list and renowned pizzas made fresh and with local ingredients.


Compass Rose Brewery

The Best Raleigh Beer Gardens for Imported and Craft Brews


All signs point to Compass Rose Brewery for a great Raleigh beer garden experience. The brewery was Northeast Raleigh’s first craft brewery when it opened in 2015. As you walk in, you’ll notice the long tables and small high tops, reminiscent of a German beer hall. The beers are inspired by the international travels of the owners and brewed with ingredients from all over the world. Catch the big game on the large projector, or challenge a friend to a game of cornhole or darts. Food trucks offer tasty bites out back from Wednesday through Sunday. It’s also a very family-friendly as well as dog-friendly Raleigh beer garden!


Fullsteam Brewery

If the weather’s not so great then head to Fullsteam Brewery for its indoor beer garden. The beers are adventurous and locally-sourced, featuring progressive varieties with an eye toward the future. The brewery works with local farmers, foragers and agricultural entrepreneurs to support the local economy and create beer with distinct character. Bring your own food, or find some food truck goods to complement your beers. You can also create your own game night by borrowing one of the many board games provided. If you have a sweet tooth, rumor has it that the moon pies are to-die-for so make sure to grab one before you leave!


Brier Creek Beer Garden

Located in Brier Creek Commons, the Brier Creek Beer Garden features 52 craft beer drafts and more than 100 bottles. The beer garden’s lunch and dinner menus include creative pub food like fried bologna, spicy German nachos, pork belly tacos and beer brats. Impressively, several of the menu items are vegan or gluten-free. The outdoor seating area is dog-friendly and has misters to keep you cool on hot summer days.


The Glass Jug Beer Lab

The Glass Jug is a retail craft beer store, located in Durham, known for its experimental small-batch beers. The 24 rotating taps put an emphasis on seasonal brews and one-off special releases, as well as collaborations with other local breweries. If you need a jolt of energy, try a non-alcoholic nitro cold brew coffee. This Raleigh beer garden also serves wines, ciders, meads, kombucha and sodas in bottles and cans, including a large selection of local, rare and limited-release offerings from around the world.


As you can see, there are a number of great Raleigh beer gardens where you can grab a cold pint and enjoy a lazy afternoon or evening. What Raleigh beer gardens are you planning to check out first? If you have a recommendation, we’d love to hear from you! If you’re looking for a new home in Raleigh, we’d like to invite you to stop by Park Central Apartments for a look at the first high-rise apartment community in the Midtown District of North Hills. Visit Park Central online at ParkCentralRaleigh.com to schedule a tour or call us directly at (919) 800-0619.


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