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Old 11-21-2015, 04:20 PM
 
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What would be the best area of Raleigh to stay for first time visitors? We are 27 and married looking for an area with restaurants, breweries, brewpubs, etc. Also, what is a great spot for brunch (unique sout her style, local food type place). We are heading there tomorrow (last minute idea, planning to get there in time for brunch) and leaving Monday.
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Old 11-21-2015, 05:06 PM
 
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For hotels, the Marriott downtown Raleigh is within walking distance to bars, breweries and restaurants.

The new Aloft on Hillsborough Street would also be a good option.

A few of my favorite beer spots are Trophy Brewing (my favorite brewery in Raleigh), Raleigh Times, Busy Bee Cafe, Ridgewood Wine & Beer, Tasty Beverage. Crank arm brewery is also in DTR and worth trying. Not in downtown but only 5ish minutes away are Neuse River Brewing, Nicklepoint, Big Boss & Sub Noir. They are all within a mile or two of each other.
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Old 11-21-2015, 05:08 PM
 
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We are heading there tomorrow (last minute idea, planning to get there in time for brunch) and leaving Monday.
Just be aware that you cannot purchase alcohol before noon on Sunday. I hope you planned a late brunch.
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Old 11-21-2015, 05:11 PM
 
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Wow I didn't know that, Thanks for the heads up. A late brunch will suit us just fine, it's a 3 hour trip to get there anyway. Do you know of any spots?
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Old 11-21-2015, 05:35 PM
 
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Mandolin, Joule, Beasleys Chicken + Honey all do a great brunch.

If I were you I'd eat at Mandolin for brunch then drive or Uber to those breweries that I listed above, it's all in the same area called Five Points.
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Old 11-21-2015, 05:40 PM
 
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Great input! Thanks! Keep it coming!
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Old 11-22-2015, 04:11 AM
 
Location: Durham, N.C.
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Raleigh only? Or other Triangle locations? Durham? Chapel Hill?
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Old 11-22-2015, 07:30 AM
 
Location: NC
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For hotels, the Marriott downtown Raleigh is within walking distance to bars, breweries and restaurants.

The new Aloft on Hillsborough Street would also be a good option.

A few of my favorite beer spots are Trophy Brewing (my favorite brewery in Raleigh), Raleigh Times, Busy Bee Cafe, Ridgewood Wine & Beer, Tasty Beverage. Crank arm brewery is also in DTR and worth trying. Not in downtown but only 5ish minutes away are Neuse River Brewing, Nicklepoint, Big Boss & Sub Noir. They are all within a mile or two of each other.
Great advise here. I would also add the Hampton Inn off of Glennwood South as another option.

Crank-arm is one of my faves also. They are hosting a "Cranksgiving" charity ride today, so it will be lively, full of cyclists riding around town to buy food for those in need (and donate it). Will be a good time.

Also, I believe Tir Na Nog's last day is today. Not sure what today will be like, other than bands, beer and crowds, but they usually do a respectable brunch on Sunday's. Definitely worth a stop.
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Old 11-22-2015, 07:40 AM
 
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Raleigh only? Or other Triangle locations? Durham? Chapel Hill?
Since we are only going for the day, we chose raleigh.
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Old 11-22-2015, 08:27 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Since we are only going for the day, we chose raleigh.
Smart move.
Not because Raleigh is the end-all, be-all, for the Triangle, but many people coming for a day or two try to see "everything" in a region of a couple million people, and spread themselves too thin.


Durham or Chapel Hill are worthy of their own day trips, too.
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