Apr 25, 2022 - Things to Do

4 must-try rooftop bars in the Triangle

People dine in front of the Raleigh skyline

The Willard in downtown. Photo: Baxter Miller, courtesy of Early Bird Night Owl.

Did someone say rooftop? Enjoy a drink with a view at these spots as the weather heats up.

Why it matters: Lofty bars and restaurants are multiplying as new developments crop up across the city.

1. The Roof at The Durham

Details: A mid-century modern terrace offering panoramic downtown sights.

Go when: You want to lounge with friends at golden hour.

Address: 315 E. Chapel Hill St.

2. The Willard

Details: Overlook the growing skyline from this stylish patio at the AC Hotel downtown.

Go when: You want to get dressed up for photos with friends.

Address: 9 Glenwood Ave.

Furniture on a rooftop lounge
Cityscape. Photo: Dylan Cross, courtesy of Early Bird Night Owl.

3. Young Hearts Distilling

Details: Sip colorful cocktails crafted with house-made spirits at this downtown distillery and restaurant.

Pro-tip: Some seats are held for walk-ins, but we suggest booking a reservation well in advance.

Address: 225 S. Wilmington St.

Chairs and tables on a rooftop
Lush greenery. Photo: Samantha Bechtold/Trophy Brewing Company

4. Level7

Details: A high-energy and luxe lounge atop the AC Hotel in North Hills.

Go when: You want to show off Raleigh to an out-of-towner.

Address: 101 Park at North Hills St.

Bar stools in front of the skyline
Views. Photo courtesy of Tabletop Media Group.

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