Durham's 20 Most Popular Spots of 2017, Ranked by You

Durham's 20 Most Popular Spots of 2017, Ranked by You

Wednesday, Jan 03 2018

We know 2017 was a bit of a hot garbage fire, but you Offline users made the best of it—just like we knew you would. Y’all got out there in 2017: you stuffed your faces with never-ending sushi, shopped the pop-ups ’till you dropped and got boozy early thanks to Brunch Bill.

But now you need some inspo to get started on 2018. Luckily, your fellow Offline users have spoken and we listened. Check out our roundup of 2017’s 20 most popular restaurants, bars, places to hang—all according to you.

Grab a Bite Off the Belt at Rockin' Rolls Sushi Express at Rockin' Rolls Sushi Express
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#1 Grab a Bite Off the Belt at Rockin' Rolls Sushi Express

Get ready to have your concept of sushi rocked. Not only is everything at Rockin' Rolls Sushi Express all-you-can-eat, but it's all delivered to you via rotating conveyor belt.

Grab a Bite Off the Belt at Rockin' Rolls Sushi Express
$$   .  Rockin' Rolls Sushi Express   .  Durham
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Check Out Durham's Swankiest New Hotel at Unscripted Durham
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#2 Check Out Durham's Swankiest New Hotel

Take a dip on the rooftop pool, grab an exclusive Fullsteam brew, and take in the wonder of North Carolina's coolest new hotel, located in the heart of downtown Durham.

Check Out Durham's Swankiest New Hotel
$$$   .  Unscripted Durham   .  Durham
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Check Out the Triangle's First Virtual Reality Arcade at Augmentality Labs | Virtual Reality Arcade
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#3 Check Out the Triangle's First Virtual Reality Arcade

Augmentality Labs features six fully-immersive virtual reality stations, retro games, and plenty of space to host an out-of-this-world shindig.

Check Out the Triangle's First Virtual Reality Arcade
$$   .  Augmentality Labs | Virtual Reality Arcade   .  Durham
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Enjoy the Neighborhood Vibe at The Lakewood at The Lakewood Restaurant
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#4 Enjoy the Neighborhood Vibe at The Lakewood

The Lakewood is a restaurant and rooftop bar owned by James Beard-nominated baker Phoebe Lawless—you may know her from Scratch! Imbibe on delicious food with Southern flair in a gorgeous space.

Enjoy the Neighborhood Vibe at The Lakewood
$$   .  The Lakewood Restaurant   .  Durham
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Unlimited Pizza at Pompieri's Family Meal at Pompieri Pizza
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#5 Unlimited Pizza at Pompieri's Family Meal

Invite your squad for Family Meal, Pompieri's innovative twist on the traditional family-style meal. Grub out on unlimited salad, sides and roaming pizzas. The only catch? There's a no phone policy!

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Unlimited Pizza at Pompieri's Family Meal
$19   .  Pompieri Pizza   .  Durham
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Enjoy Sweet and Savory Slices at The Pie Hole at The Pie Hole
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#6 Enjoy Sweet and Savory Slices at The Pie Hole

Pie is love! Fill your belly with The Pie Hole's delicious sweet & savory baked goods. Pair a slice with their freshly brewed coffee and you've got the perfect treat, any time of day!

Enjoy Sweet and Savory Slices at The Pie Hole
$   .  The Pie Hole   .  Durham
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Game at Quarter Horse Bar & Arcade at Quarter Horse Bar & Arcade
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#7 Game at Quarter Horse Bar & Arcade

Quarter Horse Bar & Arcade is a private club bringing arcade games and craft beverages to downtown Durham.

Game at Quarter Horse Bar & Arcade
$   .  Quarter Horse Bar & Arcade   .  Durham
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Find Mexican & More at Mez at Mez Contemporary Mexican
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#8 Find Mexican & More at Mez

Mez crafts delicious Mexican meals with contemporary and healthy twists. Take a break from the hubbub of the city and retreat to this hidden gem in RTP for tasty tacos, creative cocktails and more.

Find Mexican & More at Mez
$$   .  Mez Contemporary Mexican   .  Durham
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Find Good Food & the Perfect Patio at Grub at Grub Durham
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#9 Find Good Food & the Perfect Patio at Grub

The owners of NOSH and Piper's in the Park are bringing an upscale diner to the Burch Avenue neighborhood. Beautiful rooftop patio dining included!

Find Good Food & the Perfect Patio at Grub
$   .  Grub Durham   .  Durham
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Dine on Gourmet Diner Grub at Page Road Grill at Page Road Grill
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#10 Dine on Gourmet Diner Grub at Page Road Grill

Page Road Grill takes classic American eats and gives them a creative spin, creating a unique menu selection of flavorful, locally-sourced options.

Dine on Gourmet Diner Grub at Page Road Grill
$$   .  Page Road Grill   .  Durham
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Grab a Donut at Daybreak at Early Bird at Early Bird Donuts
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#12 Grab a Donut at Daybreak at Early Bird

This bakery on Erwin Rd. is making your early mornings a whole lot better with donuts, biscuits and croissant sandwiches made from scratch.

Grab a Donut at Daybreak at Early Bird
$   .  Early Bird Donuts   .  Durham
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Dine on Local Cuisine at It’s a Southern Thing: Kitchen and Bar at It's A Southern Thing
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#14 Dine on Local Cuisine at It’s a Southern Thing: Kitchen and Bar

It's a Southern Thing is bringing a love of Southern cuisine and home-cooked flavors to Main Street. Located in the spot formerly occupied by Motto, they're serving up great stick-to-your-ribs grub!

Dine on Local Cuisine at It’s a Southern Thing: Kitchen and Bar
$$   .  It's A Southern Thing   .  Durham
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Snack on Hot Dogs & Sip in Secret at Accordion Club at Accordion Club
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#15 Snack on Hot Dogs & Sip in Secret at Accordion Club

Accordion Club, a new dive bar in the Rigsbee neighborhood, offers a cozy environment for drinking, plus hot dogs, Frito pies, bottles to take home and games.

Snack on Hot Dogs & Sip in Secret at Accordion Club
$   .  Accordion Club   .  Durham
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Plan Your Great Escape at Mission X at Mission X Escape
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#16 Plan Your Great Escape at Mission X

Mission X Escape is taking escape room fun to a new level! With themed rooms like Vampire Manor, Butcher Shop and Mirage, you and your team are in for a jailbreak to remember!

Plan Your Great Escape at Mission X
$30   .  Mission X Escape   .  Durham
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Keep It Local at Perennial Cafe at Perennial
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#17 Keep It Local at Perennial Cafe

This one's not in Durham, but it's more than worth the drive. With Franklin Street home to more and more chains, Perennial offers a peaceful, two-story independent coffee shop with gorgeous caffeinated offerings.

Keep It Local at Perennial Cafe
$   .  Perennial   .  Chapel Hill
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Chomp Down Poké at ZenFish at ZenFish
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#18 Chomp Down Poké at ZenFish

Durham has hopped on the poké craze, creating delicious, healthy bowls of fresh raw fish with all the fixings on 9th Street. Your taste buds and stomach will definitely find their zen at ZenFish!

Chomp Down Poké at ZenFish
$   .  ZenFish   .  Durham
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NOW OPEN: Saint James Seafood Restaurant and Raw Bar at Saint James Seafood Restaurant and Raw Bar
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#19 NOW OPEN: Saint James Seafood Restaurant and Raw Bar

Matt Kelly of Mateo, Mothers & Sons and Lucky's has opened his latest venture, Saint James, a seafood restaurant & raw bar. Hit up this new spot for top-notch seafood, shellfish, tiki drinks and more.

NOW OPEN: Saint James Seafood Restaurant and Raw Bar
$$   .  Saint James Seafood Restaurant and Raw Bar   .  Durham
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Sip By The Ounce at Pour Taproom at Pour Taproom: Durham
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#20 Sip By The Ounce at Pour Taproom

The indecisive should steer clear of Pour—with over 60 taps to choose from and a pay-by-the-ounce model, you can sip on as many beers, ciders and wines as you'd like with just a swipe of your wrist.

Sip By The Ounce at Pour Taproom
$   .  Pour Taproom: Durham   .  Durham
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Past Experiences

Pair Pick-Up & Pizza at Triangle Curling at Triangle Curling Club
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#11 Pair Pick-Up & Pizza at Triangle Curling

At Triangle Curling Club, you can play a pick-up curling match and snack on delicious pizza right after. All of the gear is supplied by the club so it's a win-win. No experience required!

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Pair Pick-Up & Pizza at Triangle Curling
$30   .  Triangle Curling Club   .  Durham
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Get Creative with Friends at Tinkering & Drinkering at Beer Study
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#13 Create with Friends at Tinkering & Drinkering

Happy hour meets craft time at the Museum's Tinkering and Drinkering event at Beer Study. Grab a beer, let your imagination run wild and conquer a new skill with the provided tools and technology.

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Get Creative with Friends at Tinkering & Drinkering
Donation   .  Beer Study   .  Durham
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Durham's 20 Most Popular Spots of 2017, Ranked by You
Durham's 20 Most Popular Spots of 2017, Ranked by You