Top picks in Restaurants, Nightlife and Lodging!

Here are the spots you must hit when in Raleigh, NC!


Lilly’s Pizza - Lilly’s has the freshest pizza in town, made from scratch daily with all natural, organic and local ingredients. Whether you choose one of their specialty pizzas or create your own dish, you will not be disappointed. They have vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free pies, too! Also, try their fresh salad and homemade ranch dressing. This Raleigh staple is a must when you’re in town. 1813 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27608 (919) 833-0226

J Betski’s - The food at J Betski’s is out of this world. Their handmade sausages are tender and juicy, and are perfectly accompanied by the delicious homemade sauerkraut. The menu also features pub plates, that offer more casual dishes. The food and overall experience of dining at J. Betski’s will bring you back for more. 10 West Franklin St. Suite 120, Raleigh, NC 27604 (919) 833-7999

Neomonde Bakery & Deli - This is the best bakery in the Raleigh area. The authentic Greek yogurt is phenomenal. The bread is baked fresh every morning. The café offers daily dinner specials, and wonderful Mediterranean cuisine. Stop in at their market open 7 days a week to stock up on Mediterranean groceries. 3817 Beryl Road, Raleigh, NC 27607 (919) 828-1628

Frazier’s Wine Bar & Lounge – This chic lounge with a comfortable atmosphere serves excellent local food, and offers a wide selection of domestic and imported beer, delicious wine, and outstanding service. With the option to have wine served in 2oz, 4oz and 6oz glasses, you have the opportunity to taste several different wines. And no matter what dish you choose, you will be satisfied – everything is exceptional. 2418 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh, NC 27607 (919) 828-6699

Thaiphoon Bistro – This is a great place for a casual lunch or dinner with friends and family, with both indoor and outdoor dining areas. The inside offers a contemporary Asian vibe. The outdoor area is very relaxing, as it is surrounded by a pond with a waterfall and quiet music playing in the background. The delicious food is made with fresh ingredients and is served in large portions, leaving you with leftovers for another meal. They also have a large selection of vegetarian options. Glenwood South Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27603 (919) 720-4034


Lincoln Theatre – This is a hotspot for local bands of all types of music. The small, cozy venue is a fun place for singing, dancing and drinking. Hosting many musical events, this bar is the popular place to let loose and enjoy live music. 126 E. Cabarrus Street, Raleigh, NC 27601 (919) 821-4111

Cantina South – The festive Mexican atmosphere of this authentic restaurant is perfect for late nights out with friends. On top of the fun environment, they have delicious handcrafted cocktails and an extensive list of over 50 tequilas. Their signature margaritas are freshly squeezed and are made with ripe nectars and premium tequilas. 510 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27603 (919) 720-4778 East

Village Grill & Bar – Within walking distance to campus, this is a popular hangout for students on and off campus. Their drink menu offers 25 beer taps and 14 North Carolina brews on tap. Play corn hole every Tuesday, or Buzztime Trivia everyday at this newly renovated bar. The outdoor patio is perfect, and is both smoker and pet friendly. They also have a fully loaded juke box & silver strike game! 1 Dixie Trail, Raleigh, NC 27607 (919) 821-9985

Tir Na Nog Irish Pub & Restaurant - A fun, local Irish bar with live Irish music every Friday and Saturday. Check out other fun nights at the pub, such as Comedy Open Mic nights and Pub Trivia. This bar is located in downtown Raleigh and attracts both college students and young professionals —especially on weekdays after work. 218 South Blount Street, Raleigh, NC 27601 (919) 833-7795


Fairfield Inn & Suites Raleigh-Durham Airport/Brier Creek - Ranked #1 on TripAdvisor! This beautiful hotel has exceptional service, including a complimentary shuttle to the RDU airport and a free delicious hot breakfast buffet. This hotel is very clean, and offers comfortable beds, new refrigerators, microwaves and big screen TVs in every room. 10040 Sellona Street, Raleigh, NC 27617 (919) 246-0107

Candlewood Suites Raleigh – Crabtree - Just 10 minutes from downtown with convenient access to the metro area. Surrounded by the area’s greatest attractions, including the Crabtree Valley Mall and the Adventure Landing Park, featuring fun activities like laser tag and mini golf. Very cost efficient, with rooms around $89/night. 4433 Lead Mine Road, Raleigh, NC 27612 (919) 789-4840

Hampton Inn & Suites Raleigh/Cary RBC Center - This hotel boasts 124 clean and comfortable rooms, all with free high-speed Internet access and comfortable beds. There is plenty to do around this hotel, from professional and college sports, to recreational activities and shopping. Relax by the lovely outdoor pool and patio area. 111 Hampton Woods Lane, Raleigh, NC 27607 (919) 233-1798

Courtyard Raleigh North/Triangle Town Center - Just minutes from downtown Raleigh, this hotel features large, clean rooms with high-speed Internet access, flat screen TVs, and mini fridges in every room. The view from the hotel is excellent, so request a room with a balcony! The in-house restaurant, The Bistro, has great breakfast, healthy food options, dinner, and fantastic specialty drinks. And, it’s just a short walk from many restaurants and shopping. 3401 Sumner Boulevard, Raleigh, NC 27616 (919) 645-0088

Renaissance Raleigh North Hills This luxurious hotel is just around the corner from the area’s greatest attractions, perfect for leisure or business travel. The rooms are spacious and comfortable with the necessary amenities. The hotel’s very accommodating staff makes things like check in hassle-free. The breakfast buffet is delicious! 4100 Main at North Hills Street, Raleigh, NC 27609 (919) 571-8773


Lilly’s Pizza

J Betski’s

Neomonde Bakery & Deli

Frazier’s Wine Bar & Lounge

Thaiphoon Bistro


Lincoln Theatre

Cantina South

East Village Grill & Bar

Tir Na Nog Irish Pub & Restaurant


Fairfield Inn & Suites Raleigh-Durham Airport/Brier Creek

Candlewood Suites Raleigh – Crabtree

Hampton Inn & Suites Raleigh/Cary RBC Center

Renaissance Raleigh North Hills

Courtyard Raleigh North/Triangle Town Center