Spring has arrived. Here are 6 places to enjoy cocktails outside.

The "neighborhood bar" at Whiskey Kitchen is stocked with well over 200 whiskeys, including impressive collections of single malt Scotch and bourbon.Juli Leonard

The weather is finally pretty nice. So here are six places to enjoy adult beverages outside.

Whiskey Kitchen

The patio at Whiskey is a great spot to unwind from being in the office all day or kickoff a night of celebrations.

Where: 201 W. Martin St., Raleigh


Level 7, located inside North Carolina’s first AC Hotel, is on the east side of Six Forks Road near the Captrust office center at North Hills. It opened during last year and serves handcrafted cocktails, Spanish wine and local beer and liquor. And yes, there are also tapas-style small bites.

Where: 101 Park at N Hills St, Raleigh


The old Jack Tar Motor Lodge in Durham was turned into a swanky, mid-century modern hotel. The Unscripted Hotel, complete with rooftop pool, definitely made a big splash and has been a favorite spot for happy hours, birthday celebrations and quick stops during the Third Friday Art Walk.

Where: 202 Corcoran St, Durham

The Durham

The rooftop at The Durham Hotel. // Photo by Juli Leonard


When you have a James Beard Award winner for a chef, it typically means the food is on point. That’s the case for the restaurant at The Durham — which was the N&O’s restaurant of the year — and it bleeds over into the cocktail menu. We fancy the Airmail, made with rum, honey lime and prosecco.

Where: 315 E Chapel Hill St, Durham

Dram & Draught

Dram and Draught mixes luscious liquid courage with unique (read garage-turned-bar) environs for the perf outdoor meet up with friends.

Where: 623 Hillsborough St, Raleigh, NC 27603

Alley Twenty Six

Cocktails at Alley Twenty Six in Durham. // Photo by Juli Leonard


Alley Twenty Six only has a few spots outside in the, well, alley, but it’s a cozy spot in downtown Durham. Get there early and you’ll be all set to enjoy the weather and handcrafted cocktails. The food is pretty good, too.

Where: 320 E Chapel Hill St, Durham, NC 27701



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