Plan a memorable and romantic date for your someone special, or simply celebrate with your closest friends. Here are eight date ideas in downtown Raleigh! Seek out the downtown bars on this list with your someone special.
These bars, all with unique features and their own character, are some of the most popular, most loved-by-locals and sometimes most hidden-from-visitors places to grab a drink. This white tablecloth dining experience will be a night to remember.
After enjoying a delicious meal, take a stroll around the North Carolina State Capitol grounds and admire the city lights in downtown Raleigh. Seek out the art galleries in downtown Raleigh for plenty of conversation and connection.
Smart, modern and a little unexpected, CAM Raleigh is hands down a favorite among locals, and for good reason. This striking, non-collecting contemporary art museum, located in downtown Raleigh's rapidly-growing Warehouse Districtdisplays new and emerging work by local and national living artists. Every exhibition is unique, bold, highly memorable and deed to be thought-provoking and transformative.
Artspace can be defined as a thriving visual arts center offering provocative exhibitions, inspiring hands-on education programs and a dynamic environment for more than 35 established and emerging studio artists as well as nationally acclaimed exhibitions. Dine at one of the nationally-acclaimed restaurants in downtown Raleigh, including Bida MandaBrewery Bhavana one of the top new restaurants in the country!
Dress your best and make an evening out of the performing arts at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. Afterwards, take a quick walk to The Haymaker for drinks at a speakeasy-style cocktail bar.
Take your special someone on a walk through 14, years of N. Step back in time as you visit a few highlights like the re-created s drugstore, a reproduction Wright Flyer from the Wright Brothers and the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame. Characterized by six blocks of iconic, red-brick, former-industrial buildings, the Warehouse District in downtown Raleigh is a growing concentration of galleries, studios, restaurants, nightlife and more, making it a perfect place for multiple fun things to do on one date.
Work in a meal at the legendary barbecue spot The Pitfarm-to-table contemporary Mexican cuisine at Jose and Sons or vegetarian fare at Fiction Kitchen.
And CAM Raleigh is a great place to start conversation with ever-changing art experiences. Grab a beer at Crank Arm Brewing.
Experiential and adventurous dates
See our guide to the district here. Dinner and a movie is always a good idea. Planning a dinner?
Some of the best downtown dining mentioned above is just steps away from the theater, including Brewery Bhavana and Bida Manda in the Moore Square district. A lot of the rooftop, underground and hidden bars mentioned in the article linked above are also right across the street or around the corner as well. Drinks at rooftop, hidden and underground bars Seek out the downtown bars on this list with your someone special.