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What’s New in Raleigh

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It seems like everyday a new business is popping up! Between bars, restaurants, shops, and experiences, Raleigh is a hot spot for emerging businesses and we couldn’t be more excited. We’ve rounded up some of the newest additions to Raleigh so you can explore. Here are some of our must-try spots that are new in Raleigh!

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Anyone else wish they were relaxing on a beach right about now? Head over to The Ark Royal to be transported to your fave oasis. This tiki bar serves up a little vacay in every glass! Their tropical drinks are so good, they’ll have you thinking that the ocean is right outside. Def try their Belafonte No. 1, their signature frozen drink! 

Monday | Closed
Tuesday | Closed
Wednesday | 4:00pm–2:00am
Thursday | 4:00pm–2:00am
Friday | 4:00pm–2:00am
Saturday | 4:00pm–2:00am
Sunday | 4:00pm–2:00am

📍 410 Glenwood Ave

Dogs and drinks? Name a better combo, we’ll wait…West Street Dog is unique because it’s for both you and your furry friends. Featuring a full bar and an indoor off-leash dog park, both you and your four legged friend can have a great time. West Street Dog also offers half and full day daycare and boarding!

Monday | 4:00pm–8:00pm
Tuesday | 4:00pm–9:00pm
Wednesday | 4:00pm–9:00pm
Thursday | 4:00pm–9:00pm
Friday |  3:00pm–10:00pm
Saturday | 12:00pm–10:00pm
Sunday | 12:00pm–7:00pm

📍 400 W North St

Everyone loves a good speakeasy. Raleigh’s newest bar, hidden above Virgil’s Cocktails and Cocina, is serving up classic and adventurous cocktails and a chef-driven bar bites menu. The atmosphere is unmatched and is perfect for meeting up with friends, date night, or grabbing a drink after work. One visit and we promise you’ll be hooked! 

Monday | Closed
Tuesday | 5:00pm–12:00pm
Wednesday | 5:00pm–12:00pm
Thursday | 5:00pm–2:00am
Friday |  5:00pm–2:00am
Saturday | 5:00pm–2:00am
Sunday | Closed

📍 126 S Salisbury St

Calling all vegetarians and vegans, we’ve got your new fave resto. Element Gastropub is serving up classic dishes with one catch: they are 100% plant based, meaning no dairy, no meat, and no animal by-products! We recommend starting with the bbq nachos. Do we even need to tell you why? Look at that photo!

Monday | Closed
Tuesday | 11:00am–2:00pm; 4:00pm—9pm
Wednesday | 11:00am–2:00pm; 4:00pm—9pm
Thursday | 11:00am–2:00pm; 4:00pm—9pm
Friday |  11:00am–2:00pm; 4:00pm—10:00pm
Saturday | 11:00am–2:00pm; 4:00pm—10:00pm
Sunday | Closed

📍 421 Fayetteville St

The Johnson Street Yacht Club recently reopened with a little something extra. You can now quite literally slide into the bar in their new tube slide.  But be warned, tuck your elbows in on the slide! Their new outdoor space is perf for post brunch sips—especially the strawberry margs. 

Monday | 3:00pm–2:00am
Tuesday | 3:00pm–2:00am
Wednesday | 3:00pm–2:00am
Thursday | 3:00pm–2:00am
Friday | 3:00pm–2:00am
Saturday | 12:00pm–2:00am
Sunday | 12:00pm–2:00am

📍 710 W Johnson St

This is not a drill, Raleigh now has a Torchy’s Tacos! Torchy’s is serving up damn good tacos, chips and queso, signature sips, and more! And the lil’ nookies are a must, trust us. Plus visit during Happy Hour for some fun drink specials!

Monday | 10:00am–10:00pm
Tuesday | 10:00am–10:00pm
Wednesday | 10:00am–10:00pm
Thursday | 10:00am–10:00pm
Friday |  10:00am–11:00pm
Saturday | 9:00am–11:00pm
Sunday | 9:00am–9:00pm

📍 1110 Mercantile Dr

Who doesn’t love a good delicatessen!? You can now find some of your fave sandos at (ish) delicatessen! You can’t go wrong with the classics like a pastrami reuben with a side of pasta salad, but if you’re feeling adventurous.. try the kalifornia roll. Stay tuned on their Instagram for more information about expanding their hours of operations!

Monday | 11:00am–2:30pm; 5:00pm—9:00pm
Tuesday | 11:00am–2:30pm; 5:00pm—9:00pm
Wednesday | 11:00am–2:30pm; 5:00pm—9:00pm
Thursday | 11:00am–2:30pm; 5:00pm—9:00pm
Friday |  Closed
Saturday | Closed
Sunday | Closed

📍 702 Person St

Need a new hangout? Check out this bar off of Glenwood! This laid back bar is perfect for cracking open a cold one and shooting a round of pool or maybe check out a board game. Our fave way to enjoy is grabbing an easy sippin’ brew and relaxing on the couches out front; it’s the best way to unwind after a long day!

Monday | 5:00pm–2:00am
Tuesday | 5:00pm–2:00am
Wednesday | 5:00pm–2:00am
Thursday | 5:00pm–2:00am
Friday | 5:00pm–2:00am
Saturday | 5:00pm–2:00am
Sunday | 1:00pm–2:00am

📍 3 Glenwood Ave

You know we HAD to mention Durham’s newest slushy shop. Step in to The Slush to cool off and enjoy slushies with or without alcohol. On the top of our try list is the Bull City Banger with vodka. When you order, ask for “the slush way” for a sweet surprise!

Monday | Closed
Tuesday | 2:00pm–9:00pm
Wednesday | 2:00pm–9:00pm
Thursday | 2:00pm–9:00pm
Friday |  02:00pm–1:00am
Saturday | 2:00pm–1:00am
Sunday | 12:00pm–6:00pm

📍 321 W Main St

Be sure to tag us when you’re checking out these new spots in Raleigh @StuffToDoInRaleigh and use #stufftodoinraleigh to be featured on our page! And if you’re looking for other fun things to do, check the UNATION app and our City Guide.

Anna Brescia

Anna Brescia

Anna is a blogger for UNATION and author of the Stuff to Do in Raleigh City Guide. For more insight on the best events and things to do in the Raleigh area, download the UNATION app and follow @StufftoDoinRaleigh on Instagram and Facebook.

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