Instead of gravitating towards downtown's hub of eateries for your next date night, bust out of your bubble and look to Five Point's charming array of drinking holes or fine dining destinations. Whether you're looking to go casual over a shared flight of beer or opt for a high-class meal, Five Points presents options for every dating price point.
Hayes Barton Café & Desseretry dishes out 40s-style charm and a diner vibe. It's worth stopping by just to pick out a slice to share from their dessert counter. Be warned, the slices are massive.
Come indulge in a classic European beer in a taproom environment that's always on point. Share a flight for optimal tasting time.
When you're seeking an independent film, there's no better place than The Rialto. The vintage theatre is quaint and no frills. Grab popcorn, beer and wine up front and settle in for an evening of entertainment.
Lilly's Pizza offers ambiance alongside amazing pizza—but it's probably not the atmosphere you're expecting. The walls are plastered with just about everything you can imagine, the crazier the better. If you're looking for a casual date night and quality pizza (either by the slice or the pie), then Lilly's is the spot. If you're in a rush on the way to the Rialto, grab your slices to go and enjoy them during your movie!
Neuse River Brewing brings Belgian brews and IPAs to Raleigh's Five Points neighborhood. Head over to enjoy quality brews in their tap house or take it outside to drink up views of the Raleigh sky.
If you're craving a hearty brunch, head to NOFO at the Pig. The former site of a Piggly Wiggly, NOFO now is home to a quirky combined café, food market and gift shop. Their Bloody Mary and brunch have both earned accolades, so prepare to fight crowds if you're headed there for brunch.
Mandolin, started by Raleigh native Sean Fowler, hits all the right notes with southern-style food with flair. Whether you're visiting for dinner or brunch, Mandolin pleases from start to finish with a fine list of signature cocktails to their daily changing dessert menu.
Don't let the unassuming strip-mall exterior betray you, Bloomsbury serves up high-end French-influenced cuisine. The menu changes with the season, so there will always be something to surprise and delight.