(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.