ApexFoods & Drinks

The Top Restaurants for a Cocktail in Apex

(The Triangle Trend) — We all want to throw one back from time to time, and our at-home bottles just don’t quite always make the cut. There’s nothing quite as satisfying as some properly mixed spirits in a gorgeous, tropics-like glass. Whether your weakness is a Negroni, Margarita, Daiquiri, Dry Martini, Moscow Mule, or Whiskey Sour, you’re bound to find a place on this list where you can both grab a bite and satisfy your cocktail craving.

The Provincial

119 Salem St, Apex, NC 27502

The Provincial has a great variety of custom cocktails and friendly staff. It also has many gluten-free items, including fried onion straws, which are some of the best you’ll have. They use fresh, local, seasonal ingredients.

The Peak on Salem

126 N Salem St, Apex, NC 27502

If you appreciate locally sourced, expertly prepared food, stop on in and enjoy yourself. Consider The Peak on Salem another great option in Apex for an elevated dining experience, and enjoy a glass of champagne on the patio.

Scratch Kitchen & Taproom

225 N Salem St, Apex, NC 27502

The food here is always excellent, with their salads and the bibimbap bowl being diner favorites. Be sure to grab a plate of the firecracker shrimp while you’re there, and one of their raved-about cocktails.

Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen

7307 Tryon Rd, Cary, NC 27511

If you are a vegetarian or vegan, you’ll be happy to hear that Lucky 32 has several veggie options. Their black bean cakes are to die for. We highly recommend sitting on their patio whenever possible for a swift, spaced-out, and beautiful meal. Their Carolina’s Finest cocktail is blended using Blonde Whiskey, Mystic Bourbon Liqueur, Quinnger Ginger Beer, and rocks.

Chef’s Palette Restaurant & Bar

3460 Ten Ten Rd, Suite 118, Cary, NC 27518

Art meets eats at Chef’s Palette. The preparation and presentation of food here are truly artistic.

Beautiful, romantic ambiance in the dining room where artwork by local artists is displayed on every wall. There is also a separate, full-menu bar area with a mix of high top tables, sofa seating, and more seating at the bar itself. The bar offers daily specials like $5 Burger Mondays and $5 Taco Tuesdays.


215 East Chatham Street, Cary, NC 27511

A classy bar in the heart of Cary, you’ll be impressed with their drinks collection and top-notch menu. Diners praise Sidebar’s atmosphere as comfortable and welcoming but still “grown up”.

Local Bar

2901 US 64, Apex, NC 27523

If you’re looking for a bar to feel like your version of Cheers, if Cheers is populated with NASCAR posters and NC flavor, this is your place. Beer specials, live music, and a pool table come for the ride along with some friendly bartenders and bar regulars. There’s no food served on the premises, but very relaxed BYOF rules mean you can grill your meal out back and enjoy it on the patio.

Salem Street Pub

113 N Salem St, Apex, NC 27502

Salem Street Pub is a great food and drink establishment with a very creative moonshine selection. Enjoy a killer peach moonshine to compliment your meal, or one of their great selection of beers in a bottle or on tap.

Peak Of The Vine

301 N Salem S, Suite 102, Apex, NC 27502

Peak of the Vine is a “unique combination of wine lounge and wine shop. Enjoy the warm and friendly atmosphere of their lounge as you sip on exceptional wines from around the world; or choose your favorite bottles to take home.”

The Beer Dispensary

112 N Salem St, Apex, NC 27502

The selection here is great but it’s even better if you can take a little time and search through some of the shelves. They have a bar that you can purchase pints from to walk around and shop with, and the staff members are knowledgeable and very helpful.

Verandah at the Mayton

301 S Academy St, Cary, NC 27511

The Verandah has a nice restaurant atmosphere where you can dress up or down either way, excellent food choices, and good service. Tucked inside a small, boutique hotel, this intimately spaced dining area delivers big flavors, fresh preparation, and quality service, all reasonably priced given the food quality.

Totopos Street Food And Tequila

1388 Kildaire Farm Rd, Cary, NC 27511

Totopos is great for a date night, friend’s night out, or family night. You almost forget you came there for the killer food, as this place is all about vibes and vibrations! The tequilas options, games, and decor win the restaurant for most diners. It’s a fun place with good vibes. It’s loud, vibrant, and hip.

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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.

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