6 of the Most Beloved Bars to Sip Whiskey in Raleigh


Raleigh has long been challenging Asheville for the title of Beer City, USA. But as much as the City of Oaks loves its beer, it’s also been kindling a love affair with whiskey. Bars devoted to pouring the age-old amber drink have been popping up all over town. Whether you prefer Bourbon or Scotch, these local gems have the finest whiskey selections in Raleigh and brilliant bartenders who know their stuff.


Whiskey Kitchen

Whiskey Kitchen is known as much for its world-class Southern soul food as it is for its impressive whiskey bar. Each item on the menu is accompanied by a whiskey recommendation so you can choose the perfect match for your meal. Not sure where to start? Order a flight of whiskey to discover a new favorite. When the weather’s nice out, refuel and get in some people-watching out on the patio.



You have to be in the know to find Foundation. The underground bar is a well-kept secret that has some of the best whiskey in Raleigh. It’s instantly apparent that Foundation has mixology down to an art. Homemade syrups, sodas and a huge selection of local and American-made spirits line the bar in this cozy basement bar. Try the Whiskey Ginger, made with the bar’s homemade ginger ale, which packs the perfect amount of kick.


Watts & Ward

Dark lighting and swanky 1920s decor transport you to an earlier time at Watts & Ward. Cozy up on a couch with a date and let the knowledgeable waitstaff help you choose the perfect potion from their extensive whiskey collection. On Thursday and Sunday nights, you can enjoy live jazz with a stiff drink in hand. When you want a little fresh air you can always step out on the patio!


The Blind Barbour

The Best Places to Find Whiskey in Raleigh


The Blind Barbour may be located in an unassuming suburban strip mall but don’t let that deter you! It’s everything you want in a whiskey bar: strong and refined drinks, rustic decor, cool and attentive bartenders and a Prohibition-era speakeasy vibe. You’ll find multiple Hibiki whiskeys as well as a couple of Woodford Reserve master collections. Order your whiskey neat, on the rocks or mixed into a specialty cocktail like The B.O.B. (Bourbon Over Bourbon).


Dram and Draught

You’ll need a membership to drink at Dram and Draught, but once you’re in, you can enjoy more than 300 whiskeys from all around the world! The neighborhood bar also whips up hand-crafted cocktails and offers the coveted James Oliver Rye Whiskey. The building was once an old auto repair shop, and the large garage door opens up to a relaxing outdoor area where you can sit back and sip. Feel free to bring Fido because the bar is dog-friendly!


The Oak

The Oak is a popular breakfast spot, but it is also a bourbon bar serving some of the best whiskey in Raleigh. Each drink is crafted using fresh ingredients, and the food is delicious to boot, whether you go with a light appetizer like roasted brussels sprouts or a comfort dish like the mac and cheese. You can count on The Oak for perfect whiskey sours, a wide variety of rye whiskeys and bitters and a rowdy atmosphere that guarantees a fun night out with friends.


Where do you like to taste and sip whiskey in Raleigh? Do you know of a local speakeasy that you’re willing to share with us? We’d love to hear your recommendation! 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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