8 Best Spots to Sip Handcrafted Cocktails in Glenwood South +469 fire icon
Monday, Aug 14 2017

A handcrafted cocktail may not be the first type of drink that comes to mind when you think of Glenwood South, which is anchored by brewpubs and a beer garden, but think again! This go-to drinking destination offers a great selection of bars where mixologists will mash, shake or stir up a fresh, flavorful libation just for you. We've pulled together a list of the neighborhood’s best cocktail lounges that will keep you sippin’ in style.

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Grab a Gorgeous Cocktail at The Cortez

The Cortez Seafood + Cocktail is the perfect place to dive into gorgeous cocktails all with an eclectic twist. Their drink menu, which is stocked with flavors like roasted pineapples and toasted coconut, will make you feel like you're on vacation any night of the week!

Feast on Fresh Oysters at The Cortez Seafood + Cocktail
$$   .  The Cortez Seafood + Cocktail   .  Raleigh
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Enjoy Craft Cocktails at C. Grace

C. Grace is a rare and exceptional touch of class on Glenwood Avenue. Bartenders in sophisticated bow ties will whip you up amazing cocktails with soulful music echoing in the background. The Mendacity is a jazzy drink featuring gin, lemon, mint, absinthe and egg white. Added bonus: there is live music every night of the week!

Enjoy Craft Cocktails & Live Jazz at C. Grace
$   .  C. Grace   .  Raleigh
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Experience Aperitif Artistry at Vidrio

Vidrio offers a delicious drink menu featuring handcrafted seasonal cocktails with exotic spirits paired with a stunning interior—seriously, it's what fine art is made of. Amortentia, which means love potion, was cocktail love at first sight! It’s a mix of Butterfly Pea Blossom Infused Tanqueray, Kummel, Simple, Elderflower-Lemon Cocktail foam.

Experience the Artistry of Vidrio
$$   .  Vidrio   .  Raleigh
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Partake in Potable Mixed Drinks at Parliament

The product of local nightlife alums, Parliament promises to be the perfect place to drink for almost any occasion. Expect to find classic cocktails made with fresh pressed juices.

Partake at Parliament
$   .  The Parliament   .  Raleigh
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Sip a Specialty Cocktail at Little City Brewing

Little City Brewing combines a brewery, bar and market in a polished, small space. Take your taste buds on an adventure with their selection of craft cocktails and weekly drink specials! Don't miss the Rosemary Me, a blend of vodka, rosemary, lemon and Bubbles.

Grub & Sip at Little City Brewing
$   .  Little City Brewing Company   .  Raleigh
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Enjoy the Libations of Royalty at Empress Room

Head to the Empress Room to feast on the aesthetics and sip on fine cocktails. This spot has an Asian flair that you won't find anywhere else. Be sure to try the Mandarin Spritz, a mix of rum, Curaçao, lemon, lime, orange juice, vanilla, eggwhite, Peychauds and tonic.

Enjoy the Libations of Royalty at Empress Room
-   .  Empress Room   .  Raleigh
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Sip in Style at Dram & Draught

This former auto shop has been transformed into a modern whiskey bar with pours for all palates. They welcome guests to enjoy seasonally inspired offerings like the Hard Day Daiquiri, comprised of Ardbeg 10 Year Single Malt Scotch, fresh lime juice, sugar, and a lime wedge from the Summer 2017 menu. Take a swig, take a seat and kick back on Hillsborough St.

Sip in Style at Dram & Draught
$   .  Dram & Draught   .  Raleigh
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Consume a Handcrafted Cocktail at Clockwork

Take a step back in time and a load off your shoulders in this visually astounding liquor den. Don't miss their signature drinks like the Bugsy Malone Side Car, which features bourbon, Cointreau and fresh lemon juice.

Wind Back the Clock at Clockwork
$   .  Clockwork   .  Raleigh
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