Best Nightlife

Out of all the clubs and bars in a city, 10Best narrows the options to those places with the most appeal and the best reputations. We offer a carefully vetted selection to let you explore Durham nightlife on your own. If time is really tight, though, and you don't have the leisure to look through all our offerings, we present our Durham Best Nightlife list. Here, we distill the best businesses down to a special selection of ten. These places promise a stellar experience and a taste of the city that you just can't miss.

Tucked away in Carborro, the DSI Comedy Club is truly a hidden gem in the Durham nightlife scene. Shows are different nearly every night, and the venue likes to showcase the local Triangle improv talent. The theater also offers improv classes...  Read More

Alley Twenty Six has brought the art of artisan cocktails to Durham. Everything from the flavored syrups to the sodas are made in-house from scratch, so even something as simple as a gin and tonic stands out.

With a regularly rotating beer selection and a great menu of reasonably priced American classics, The Federal is great whether you go for lunch or with friends for a night out. If you manage to snag a table outside, you'll find yourself right in...  Read More

With convenient parking, a great location and plenty of eateries and bars in the area, the Durham Performing Arts Center is one of the best facilities of its kind. The center hosts a range of events, from Broadway musicals to big name concerts.

James Joyce Irish Pub

If it's not the authentic Irish grub and ale that entice you to \\"the Joyce,\\" then maybe one of the live bands on Friday or Saturday will do the trick. Whatever it takes, once you come, you won't want to leave this charming pub. Patrons scarf...  Read More

Tyler's Taproom and the Speakeasy

Large windows and wooden beams accent the interior of this inviting tavern. If it's beer you're after, choose among 60 different brews to satiate your thirst. A crowd-menu including chicken pot pie, meatloaf, three-cheese burger or Southern...  Read More

Don't expect fancy drinks when you come to the Green Room, but do expect a laid back atmosphere, with well-kept pool tables, free shuffleboard and an amazing jukebox with a little something for everyone – the perfect dive bar atmosphere.

Located within walking distance of the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill in downtown Carrboro, Cat's Cradle is one of the Triangle's best music venues. Past acts have included Nirvana, John Mayer and Iggy Pop, all in a space small enough...  Read More

Fullsteam Brewery has three great things going for it: good beer, ping pong and sunshine (usually). There's always plenty of seating, even on weekend nights, and the beer choices highlight the flavors and ingredients of the South, like Carver...  Read More

If you want an awesome burger to go with an awesome beer selection, grab a table at Dain's Place, considered by some to serve the best burger in the Triangle. Beers include local offerings as well as some from further afield.

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