The Durham Hotel
Downtown Durham

Looking to experience Durham from its top-drawer location? Look no further than The Durham Hotel—a boutique hotel offering 3,000 square feet of rooftop views and fun. The indoor bar or open-air lounge offers the perfect spot for sipping one of their original, handcrafted cocktails or noshing down fresh oysters from their seasonal raw bar. So stop by, enjoy a drink, and treat yourself and your guests to the Bull City’s view of a lifetime. (Photo by Spencer Lowell)


Trophy Tap & Table
Downtown Raleigh

One part craft beer bar, one part Southern-inspired kitchen, Trophy Brewing Co.’s Tap & Table allows you to experience the best of both worlds with a view of the city unlike anywhere else. You’ll feel like a true Raleigh insider as buildings and lights surround you on their rooftop patio. Pair one of their craft beers or signature cocktails with a list of mouthwatering foods such as their Shrimp and Grits, California Chicken Tacos, or their Mason Jar Cheesecake for dessert. (Bonus: It’s a great event space as well, and can be reserved for company parties or personal celebrations.) (Photo by The Grid)

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Level 7 Rooftop Bar
North Hills, Raleigh

Located in the AC Hotel in North Hills, this bar + lounge provides guests with a spectacular view over the North Hills neighborhood. Grab a seasonal cocktail, a craft beer, or a glass of wine, and step out to the balcony where cozy couches in a chic, modern atmosphere await. We recommend you stay later into the evening to enjoy a picture-perfect view of Raleigh’s most beautiful sunsets. And don’t leave without something to eat: Their tapas and dessert menus are brimming with tasty selections, including B.L.T. Sliders, Chicken Confit Flatbread, and a seasonal house-made gelato. (Photo by Joe Reale)


Hibernian Irish Pub & Restaurant
Downtown Raleigh

While Glenwood South might be the most popular destination for a pedestrian night out on the town, did you know it’s also home to an authentic Irish pub with a magnificent rooftop respite? You’ll be dining in the middle of the city with a look across the bars, buildings, and restaurants that make Glenwood South the trend-setting place to be. The legendary Fish ‘n Chips or Bangers & Mash are sure to leave you with a taste of Ireland, and—like all great Irish pubs—you’ll be made to feel like a local from the moment you enter. (Photo courtesy of Hibernian Pub)


Raleigh Times Bar
Downtown Raleigh

Whether you come to snack on the legendary Times Nachos, piled high with pit-cooked North Carolina barbecue, or you’re just stopping by for the endless rotation of craft beer, do yourself a favor and head on upstairs to the rooftop patio. The Raleigh Times Bar features a gorgeous view of downtown Raleigh, amid the hustle and bustle of city life. What was once home to a newspaper, back in 1906, this bar has become a town favorite for old-timers and newcomers alike. (Photo by Scott Montgomery)

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Taverna Agora Greek Kitchen & Bar
Hillsborough Street, Raleigh

Enjoy dinner or lunch among the treetops on Hillsborough Street when you head to Taverna Agora Greek Kitchen & Bar for a taste of Greece. Tables topped with white and blue linens and framed by rustic, wooden beams create the ambiance of a Mediterranean oasis. And if you think the atmosphere is stellar, just check out their menu: Braised Lamb Shank and Greek Sangria are among the fan favorites. This could be the most romantic rooftop in town. (Photo courtesy of Taverna Agora)


Raleigh Beer Garden
Downtown Raleigh

A rooftop bar isn’t the only—or even the biggest—feature that the Raleigh Beer Garden has to offer. The world’s largest draft beer selection resides under one roof right here in downtown Raleigh. Grab a seat at the bar or snag a rooftop picnic table to enjoy beautiful weather under the lights. For the perfect pairing, try their Beer Battered Pretzel or RBG Mac Bites (golden fried mac and cheese) with one of their 300 beers on tap. (Photo by Brittany Murdock)