Four Spots to Grab a Drink This Weekend in Raleigh

Take a break from the heat of summer with these cocktails around town
by Miranda Evon


Head to these local bars across Raleigh that are serving up all kinds of specialty drinks to cool you off. These local cocktail menus will quench your thirst and have you exploring your tastebuds at happy hour.

The Cortez Seafood & Cocktail

The Cortez muddles refreshing drinks in their modern tiki bar, along with fresh seafood and tropical fare (Pro Tip: Order the Butterbeans and peas appetizer!) Sip on rosé during the one-dollar oyster happy hour, or kick back with a festive cocktail—perfect for a summer afternoon. Try the Tiki Old-fashioned, a nautical nod to the classic Old Fashioned—don’t worry, they didn’t skimp on the brandy in this one.

Read more here, and visit them on Glenwood South.


Tucked away on Brookside Drive, Fig has more in their treasure chest than plain cocktails and black coffee. The bar-cum-coffee shop has something for everyone from lattes to seasonal margaritas. It won’t be hard to cool-off in the bamboo bar’s nook mingling with friends.

Read on about Fig Raleigh here.


Hummingbird, a cocktail bar and coffee shop open 8 a.m. til midnight, is the ideal spot for a morning meeting or a weekday happy hour. A renovated restroom in Dock 1053, the natural light bounces between the green tiles and the yellow bar stools, and the rotating drink menu is sure to please. Try a refreshing gin and rosewater or strawberry-basil-infused brandy, or one of chef Coleen Speaks New Orleans-inspired dishes.

Read more about the Hummingbird here, and visit them off of Whitaker Mill Road.


Tazza Kitchen

Tazza Kitchen is the perfect place to take a break while shopping around Cameron Village. Check out the bar’s happy hour menu and the seasonal cocktails that are hand-illustrated on the menu.