Raleigh Places Six Bars on Draft Magazine’s Best Beer Bars
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Raleigh Places Six Bars on Draft Magazine’s Best Beer Bars

January, 17, 2012, by Jedidiah

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If you live anywhere near Downtown Raleigh, you know that its residents love beer and in particular, craft beer. From multiple shops now selling large craft selections, to bars tapping one-off kegs, Raleigh continues to  get more recognition for its beer culture.

Last year, Raleigh placed two bars on Draft Magazine's 100 Best Beer Bars in the nation. Those bars were The Raleigh Times and The Busy Bee. This year, you can add a third to the list, Brewmaster's Bar + Grill on Martin Street. They also give Tyler's Taproom, Flying Saucer and World of Beer a nod for beer bar chains and mention the opening of the Tyler's Raleigh location this year.

No other city on the South list has more than two and Raleigh has five six. I guess they know Raleigh loves its beer. 

See the full list here.


Brewmasters knows how to keep the party alive, from discounted canned beers on Mondays to make-your-own beer flights on Wednesdays. And it’s not just about the pros: Wednesday’s Homebrew Humpday features pours from local homebrewers. Of course, if you’re just looking for a pint, this joint has them in spades—its 66 taps (four on nitro) spotlight the best brews North Carolina has to offer. 301 W. Martin St., brewmastersbarandgrill.com

BUSY BEE CAFÉ | Raleigh, N.C.

What makes the Bee so great? We could say it’s the perfectly curated 15 taps split between two bars, its lengthy bottled sour list or its website’s homebrewer interview series. But what really puts it over the top is the bar’s barrel program: The owners donate barrels to local breweries, who then age their beer and sell it back to the bar. 225 S. Wilmington St., busybeeraleigh.com


Located inside the century-old former home of the now-defunct Raleigh Times, this swank Belgian-style beer bar is the place for rare beer in downtown Raleigh. Hard-to-find bottles like Hanssens Experimental Cassis share equal billing with the bar’s “All things sour, funky and wild” category, while local offerings from Big Boss and Foothills pepper the draft lineup. And like the paper before it, this bar’s got some pull: It recently tapped North Carolina’s only keg of Avery Wet Hop Pale Ale. 14 E. Hargett St., raleightimesbar.com


The multi-tap, cafélike Tyler’s Taproom (tylerstaproom.com) grew its North Carolina family to four with a new Raleigh location last year.


The beloved Flying Saucer Draught Emporium’s (beerknurd.com) empire stretches from Raleigh to San Antonio, with 15 locations and more than 240 beers at every one of them; the original still presides over Ft. Worth, Texas.

WORLD OF BEER | Raleigh, N.C.

15 World of Beer (wobusa.com) outposts pair nearly 500 beers with a strong live music program that lures local and national acts.

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  • Taco
    01/17 05:46 PM

    I call a recount!!!  We get six…you forgot to add World of Beer North Hills (more than just the Sunshine State they refer to).

  • Jedidiah
    01/17 06:03 PM

    Good call Taco. Completely missed WOB on the chain list.

  • Taco
    01/17 07:19 PM

    No problem Jed, glad to help!

  • Ben
    01/18 12:51 AM

    What about DRAFT? Or Village Draft House in Cameron Village…it has 99 on tap! I guess they at least deserve honorable mentions :)

  • L B
    01/18 11:28 AM

    Very impressive Raleigh.  One that I suspect you’ll see on the list next year out of Mt. Pleasant, SC - Mt. Pleasant House of Brews. Check it out next time you’re in Chas.

  • Myla
    04/21 12:03 AM

    I went to Monte Gordo with my family.  I liked it very much baseuce it’s not as busy and comercialised as Albufeira and other parts of the Algarve.  We ddin’t stay at a hotel.  We rented rooms in a private home.  My husband got the accomodation by asking at a local cafe.  (Speaking Portuguese did help).It was quite cheap and clean. We didn’t get to go the casino as I didn’t have a babysitter.  We drove as far as Vila Real de Santo Antonio and then took a boat into Spain for lunch.  We didn’t eat at beachfront resturants as they were quite dear.  We hired a car and travelled inalnd and ate where the locals ate.  We all thouroughly enjoyed our holiday.  The beach was lovely and the weather wonderful.  Sorry I can’t help you about that particular hotel.  Enjoy your stay.

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