Raleigh's 20 Most Popular Spots of 2017, Ranked by You +512 fire icon
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 beloved restaurants, bars, places to hang—all according to you.

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#1 Savor the Beauty of Brewery Bhavana

Recently named one of the 10 Best New Restaurants in America by Bon Appétit, Brewery Bhavana combines craft beer, dim sum, a bookstore and a flower shop into an unmatched aesthetic experience.

#1 Savor the Beauty of Brewery Bhavana
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+ 618 interested
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#2 (Booze) Cruise Around Raleigh in a Retrofitted Fire Truck

We can't believe it either. Axes & Ales will take you and the rest of your party (bachelor/bachelorette, birthday or just 'cause) on a cruise around Raleigh. Booze is optional, fun is not.

#2 (Booze) Cruise Around Raleigh in a Retrofitted Fire Truck
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+ 170 interested
#3 Chow Down at PokéGo

PokéGo, a new Poké & Noodles restaurant is bringing the flavors of Hawaii to North Raleigh with signature bowls and a build-your-own-bowl option.

#3 Chow Down at PokéGo
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+ 112 interested
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#4 Go Underground for Craft Cocktails at Watts & Ward

Watts & Ward is a craft cocktail paradise in downtown Raleigh that's quite literally hidden from sight. Go underground for an intimate lounge with speakeasy vibes and an inimitable cocktail list.

#4 Go Underground for Craft Cocktails at Watts & Ward
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+ 335 interested
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#5 Look Over Downtown with a Beer & Hot Dog at The Cardinal

The Cardinal, a hot dog and craft beer bar in Glenwood South, brings some of the best views of Raleigh. Grab a seat on the patio and enjoy!

#5 Look Over Downtown with a Beer & Hot Dog at The Cardinal
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+ 337 interested
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#6 Experience the Artistry of Vidrio

Vidrio offers a delicious menu featuring Mediterranean traditions made with NC ingredients, paired with a stunning interior—seriously, it's what fine art is made of.

#6 Experience the Artistry of Vidrio
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+ 199 interested
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#7 Grub on Tacos & Sip Brews at Trophy Tap & Table

The people behind Trophy Brewing have replaced the former Busy Bee space and created Trophy Tap & Table, where you can sip signature brews while grubbing on tacos or rotisserie chicken.

#7 Grub on Tacos & Sip Brews at Trophy Tap & Table
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+ 200 interested
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#8 Partake at Parliament

Perched on the corner of Glenwood and North, Parliament is hard to miss with its glowing neon "P". The product of local nightlife alums, it promises the perfect place to drink for almost any occasion.

#8 Partake at Parliament
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+ 169 interested
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#9 Shop Local at The Collective Market

The Collective Market brings local and handmade goods to downtown Raleigh's Market Plaza every first Friday of the month! Shop local and celebrate the community.

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#9 Shop Local at The Collective Market
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+ 206 interested
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#10 Get a Scoop at Two Roosters Ice Cream

Two Roosters, the team that dishes out homemade ice cream from a picture perfect teal truck, has its first brick-and-mortar in North Raleigh! Stop by for seasonally driven scoops.

#10 Get a Scoop at Two Roosters Ice Cream
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+ 242 interested
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#11 Feast on Fresh Oysters at The Cortez Seafood + Cocktail

The Cortez Seafood + Cocktail brings a chef-driven seafood restaurant to the former Cafe Helios location on Glenwood. Dive into fresh ceviche, oysters and gorgeous cocktails.

#11 Feast on Fresh Oysters at The Cortez Seafood + Cocktail
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+ 185 interested
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#13 Relish Rolls at City Market Sushi

City Market Sushi introduces quality sushi at an affordable price and with a casual ambiance. Located in the beautiful City Market area, this joint is bound to become your next go-to spot in DTR.

#13 Relish Rolls at City Market Sushi
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+ 171 interested
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#14 Dig Into Dumplings & More at MOFU Shoppe

Brought to you by the winning woman trio behind Pho Nomenal Dumpling food truck, MOFU Shoppe brings a variety of Asian cuisine—from dumplings to noodles—to Raleigh's City Market.

#14 Dig Into Dumplings & More at MOFU Shoppe
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+ 229 interested
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#15 Grab a Slice at Pizza La Stella

Pizza La Stella in DTR crafts Neapolitan-style pizza, made with Italian wood-fire ovens. Come for authentic treats and creative twists on Italian cuisine.

#15 Grab a Slice at Pizza La Stella
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+ 139 interested
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#16 Stretch & Lunge at Compass Rose

Join Compass Rose Brewery every Sunday for a rejuvinating donation-based session in the taproom led by Yogo Flow and Stretch.

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#16 Stretch & Lunge at Compass Rose
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+ 126 interested
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#17 Thrill Your Taste Buds at Mulino Italian Kitchen & Bar

At Mulino you will find freshly prepared Italian plates and wines selected to complement each.

#17 Thrill Your Taste Buds at Mulino Italian Kitchen & Bar
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+ 200 interested
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#18 Expect the Unexpected at Royale

Royale takes typical French cuisine and tops it with American and European-inspired twists. The result? An inimitable menu that's never short on surprises!

#18 Expect the Unexpected at Royale
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+ 79 interested
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#19 Indulge at St. Roch Fine Oysters + Bar

St. Roch brings North Carolina shellfish, seafood and produce to downtown Raleigh with a dash of creole inspiration.

#19 Indulge at St. Roch Fine Oysters + Bar
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+ 129 interested
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#20 Savor the Capitol at Sir Walter Coffee

Sir Walter Coffee brings a lot of personality to downtown Raleigh with delicious craft coffee, coffee and tea-infused cocktails, bubble tea, smoothies and beer!

#20 Savor the Capitol at Sir Walter Coffee
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+ 110 interested
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#12 Shop Local at the Raleigh Vintage X Zartiques Holiday Pop Up

A holiday season pop-up that you don't want to miss! Raleigh Vintage and Zartiques are teaming up to bring the ultimate vintage shopping experience to downtown Raleigh.

Multiple Day Event
#12 Shop Local at the Raleigh Vintage X Zartiques Holiday Pop Up
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+ 128 interested
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