City GuidesEventsRaleighThings to Do

Hottest College Hangouts in Raleigh, NC

(The Triangle Trend) — In case you’re not keeping up with the calendar, schools have officially started for the 2020-2021 school year in North Carolina. Though campus life is looking a bit shaky for this upcoming year, college kids can still count on local spots for eating, talking, and a good time. Whether you’re a student at NC State, Shaw, William Peace, Meredith, Wake Technical, UNC-Chapel Hill, Saint Augustine’s, Living Arts, or a Durham-based university, you’ll love these Raleigh hangouts for a much-needed break from studying.

Nara Lounge

2500 Hillsborough St, Raleigh, NC 27607

Premium Hookah Pipes, Ice Chamber Hookahs, Malt Beverages, Hookah Supplies, and a TV with Sport Channels. Established in 2012, Nara Lounge continues to be a popular spot for college students and community to enjoy a relaxing atmosphere complimented with free WiFi for studying, work, or simply just browsing the Internet.

Mitch’s Tavern

2426 Hillsborough St, Raleigh, NC 27607

MItch’s menu is full of options. Choose from three kinds of chili, two kinds of gumbo and their popular pasta primavera. Be sure to try their new offerings of tasty Cuban sandwiches and burritos. They have a nice ambience, and are a frequent college kids hangout place.

Sammy’s Tap & Grill

2235 Avent Ferry Rd, Raleigh, NC 27606

All of their food is prepared in-house, with a mostly “made from scratch” menu.  They are praised by many casual dining customers as having, “the best wings and the best food anywhere.” Their menu is prepared daily and includes: slowly cooked and tender baby back ribs, flame broiled burgers, hand-cut chicken fingers and buffalo bites. They’re a college hangout with both indoor and enclosed outdoording  and plenty of tv screens.

Flying Saucer Draught Emporium

328 W Morgan St, Raleigh, NC 27601

Home to Raleigh’s best beer selection since 2000, they’re proud to carry hundreds of craft beers from the best breweries in North Carolina, the rest of the United States, and the world. Their beer experts can help find the perfect beer for you. Don’t miss Tuesday Trivia, $4 local beers on Sundays, and $4 Mondays where every beer on their draft wall is just $4.

Pine State Coffee

1614 Automotive Way, Raleigh, NC 27604

Pine State Coffee is a Specialty coffee roaster and cafe offering good coffee, good eats and tons of room to work remote. The atmosphere is very rustic and inviting. The vibes has been described by customers as chill and relaxed, and the staff has been repeatedly praised for their super friendly service.


2233 Avent Ferry Rd, Ste 112, Raleigh, NC 27606

Ruckus Pizza & Bar is the quintessential college bar and pizza joint.  They have GREAT NY Style pizza and subs. A great choice for lunch or dinner. They’ve been known to have live bands and good music after 10 pm.

Lynnwood Grill & Brewing Concern

4821 Grove Barton Rd, Raleigh, NC 27613

A Neighborhood bar & grill & brewery featuring high-quality pizzas, burgers, sandwiches, wings, appetizers, salads, full ABC permits, 26 draft beers, daily drink specials, live music, and more. Lynnwood has your favorite sports bar set up, with your college hangouts friendly atmosphere and a high-quality affordable menu with just the right amount of diversity.

Bumble Tea

3221 Avent Ferry Rd, Raleigh, NC 27606

Bumble has an assortment of milk teas flavors from Classic to Rose, and the optional add-in of boba. Their bumble waffles are also local favorites, consisting of rolled-up waffles topped with ice cream and exciting toppings. They also serve fruit smoothies and fruit teas for a colorful, refreshing burst of yummy flavors ranging from Mango to Lychee.

Boxcar Bar + Arcade

330 W Davie St, Raleigh, NC 27601

Boxcar Bar + Arcade is home to over 70 games, including classic and modern arcades. In addition to a full bar, they have 24 craft beers on draft and a number of cans and bottled brew. They have an outdoor/patio bar, covered seating area, and an outdoor live music stage.  They serve fresh, free popcorn daily, and outside food is welcome. They are temporarily closed and will update their website when they re-open to the public.

Sup Dogs

107 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27514

In the words of one Yelp reviewer, If you’re looking for a college hangout restaurant that serves slightly overpriced, super heavy, extra greasy burgers and hot dogs, then Sup Dogs is the place to go. Ranked 15th Best Hot Dog In America by Business Insider. Expect a fun bright high-energy atmosphere with innovative food and drink options.

Show More

Cierra Smith | Editor

Raleigh-born writer passionate about cultural awareness and social change. You’ll typically find me somewhere studying a language, writing, or doing pilates. Consider me a health-conscious foodie with an interest in all diets and lifestyles.

Related Articles

Back to top button