What To Do In Raleigh

Our Raleigh To Do List

Compiled by BFE team

We’d love for you to attend all of the Bastard Film Encounter events but we also don’t want you to burn out. Here are some places to go in Raleigh that we like! We’ll list Bastards-related venues, places to eat, places to drink (beer/liquor), 

Bastards-Related Venues

Beasley’s Chicken + Honey Some folks are meeting here for dinner on Thursday night. Up-scale southern and soul food. 11:30am-12:00am (mon-fri) 11:00am-12:00am (sat) 11:00am-10:00pm (sun) http://ac-restaurants.com/beasleys/ 237 S Wilmington St, Raleigh, NC 27601

Chuck’s Some folks are meeting here for dinner on Thursday night. Gourmet burgers, awesome fries and shakes. (veg friendly…maybe the best veg. burger around!).
237 S Wilmington St – http://www.ac-restaurants.com/chucks/

Kings Best rock venue in Raleightown and the nicest group of peeps that run the joint. Official hosts for BFE. The bar will open around noon for us each day. Please tip your bartender. http://kingsraleigh.com/ 14 W Martin St, Raleigh, NC 27601

Anisette  Nice pastries and desserty items made by Nicole Groth – Jason Groth’s partner.  http://www.sweetanisette.com/  209 Bickett Blvd, Raleigh, NC 27608

Capital Club 16  (two doors down from BFE venue). They’ll be providing Friday lunch. Slight German themed food – but not too heavy or pricey. Great beers. Some veggie options. In the same block as Kings. We meet here for dinner during the last Bastards.
16 W Martin St  (919) 747-9345 – http://www.capitalclub16.com

Imurj This newly opened performance/creative space/gallery is hosting our Friday night Film and Vinyl Potluck/Mashup thingy. They have a bar and serve coffee during the day. https://www.imurj.com/ 300 S McDowell St, downtown Raleigh

Garland BFE’s Saturday lunch and snacks dreamed up by the incredible Cheetie Kumar. Lunch (wed-fri): 11:30am-2:30pm Dinner (make reservations): (tues-thurs) 5:30-10:00pm (fri-sat) 5:30-11:00pm. http://garlandraleigh.com/ 14 W Martin St, Raleigh, NC 27601

Level Up Barcadium & Kitchen A block or so from Kings. Bar with a handful of games and pinball. Can’t vouch for the food but it might be a nice quiet place to get a drink. http://www.levelupnc.com/ 126 S. Salisbury St.

A/V Geeks Archive Enjoy a relaxing Sunday brunch here. Hang out until you need to depart back home. Don’t mind the vinegar smell.  714 Tyler Rd

Drinks & Food wander

Trophy Tap and Table. They make their own beer and made a special Bastard’s themed brew in 2015, Kodafoam. Stop by for tacos and rotisserie chicken and a variety of craft beers. https://www.trophybrewing.com/tap-table/

Bittersweet mere steps from the BFE venue a must if you love drinks, desserts, and drinks that taste like dessert! It does get crowded but they have outdoor seating http://bittersweetraleigh.com/  16 E Martin St, Raleigh, NC, 27601

Lucettegrace  A contemporary patisserie right around the corner from Kings http://www.lucettegrace.com/ 235 South Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC 27601

Tasty 8s Get a fancy hotdog, fries and dipping sauces and a drink for $8.88. Delicious but a tad pricey for the size of the dog. http://tasty8s.com/ 121 Fayetteville St. #108

Foundation  (around the corner from BFE venue)
The best cocktail in town. Local beers and regional liquors. They make their own soda!
213 Fayetteville St – http://www.foundationnc.com/

Gringo A Go Go (11 min walk from Kings) In an old gas station, quirky atmosphere. Really delicious Mexican food made to order. It can get a little crowded on Friday and Saturday nights so if you want dinner – get there early or expect to wait!  http://gringoagogonc.com/  100 N Person St Raleigh, NC, 27601

El Rodeo  (walking distance from BFE venue and Lump Gallery) Your basic Mexican food. Tortilla chips on the table within minutes of sitting down. Fast, cheap, some veggie options, big beer specials. 329 S Blount St  (919) 829-0777

Centro (walking distance from BFE venue) Gourmet Mexican. Veggie options. Great for lunch, a little pricey for dinner.
106 S Wilmington St (919) 835-3593 – http://www.centroraleigh.com/

Clyde Coopers BBQ  (walking distance from BFE venue) Legit NC-style pork barbecue in the original location. Pulled pork, hush puppies, veggies with fat and pork rinds! New location since the old building was torn down. They don’t accept credit cards. M-F 10-6 Sat 10-6
327 S. WILMINGTON ST Raleigh (919) 832-7614 – http://clydecoopersbbq.com/

The Mecca Diner  (walking distance from BFE venue) Cool old Greek family diner that lost its way food-wise. Sorry, Raleigh doesn’t have a decent diner. Nice place to get a drink at night though.
13 E Martin St (919) 832-5714 – http://www.mecca-restaurant.com/

Big Ed’s City Market  (walking distance from BFE venue) Great place to get a country breakfast – eggs, grits, red-eye gravy, giant hotcakes, biscuits and molasses  etc.
220 Wolfe St (919) 836-9909 http://www.bigedscitymarket.com/

Binda Manda (walking distance from BFE venue) Laotian, baby! Nice but make reservations for dinner!
222 S Blount St Raleigh – http://bidamanda.com/

Fox Liquor Bar (walking distance from BFE venue) Fancy cocktails.
237 S Wilmington St – http://www.ac-restaurants.com/fox/

Oak City Meatball Shop If you have a hankering for meatballs this is it. M-Thurs 11:30am-12:00am, Fri & Sat 11:30 – 2:00am, Closed Sundays www.oakcitymeatball.com/ 180 E Davie St, Raleigh, NC 27601

Humble Pie (walking distance from BFE venue) Tapas eats.  If it’s nice out, they have a great outdoor patio and Tiki Bar.
317 South Harrington Street – http://humblepierestaurant.com/

Morning Times (walking distance from BFE venue) Great grab and go breakfast and lunch.  Friendly staff. Gallery upstairs. Wifi
10 E Hargett St Raleigh – http://morningtimes-raleigh.com/

Calavera  (walking distance from BFE venue and Lump Gallery)
Tequila (yes please!) and empanadas (yes please!). Hip place.
444 S Blount St – http://calaveraraleigh.com/

Fiction Kitchen  (walking distance from BFE venue) No meat is served here… it’s all either vegetarian or vegan. Nice bar too (no TVs)
428 South Dawson St – http://thefictionkitchen.com/

Poole’s (walking distance from BFE venue) Fine dining, great cocktails. Robert Plant’s favorite Raleigh spot! (veg. friendly).
426 S McDowell St – http://www.ac-restaurants.com/pooles

Gringo A Go Go In an old gas station, quirky atmosphere. Really delicious Mexican food made to order. It can get a little crowded on Friday and Saturday nights so if you want dinner – get there early or expect to wait!  http://gringoagogonc.com/  100 N Person St Raleigh, NC, 27601

Oakwood Cafe Right across from Gringo, they specialize in Argentinean and Cuban food. http://www.oakwoodcaferaleigh.com/  300 E Edenton St, Raleigh, NC

Sitti  (5 minute walk from Kings) Fancy Lebanese/Middle-Eastern food.  http://www.sitti-raleigh.com/ 137 South Wilmington Street, Raleigh, NC 27601

Kim-bap  Korean-esque food that’s not too heavy or meaty or scary. http://kimbapcafe.com/ 111 Seaboard Ave #118

Person Street Bar (5 min by car from Kings) This is where the local BFE hosts go to drink. Nice atmosphere. Not filled with college kids (like many of the bars downtown) http://www.person-street.com/ 805 N Person St

Stanbury (6 min by car from Kings) Have an expense account, celebrating a birthday or anniversary, come here. Informal atmosphere, expensive but really delicious. Make reservations!! http://www.stanburyraleigh.com/ 938 North Blount Street, Raleigh

The Roast Grill (12 min walk from Kings, 3 min by car) Hot Weiners.  Seriously. No ketchup allowed. Only seats eight people! Closes at 4pm.
http://roastgrill.com/ 7 S West St Raleigh, NC 27603

Char-Grill (15 min walk from Kings, 4 min by car) Burgers & Fries… Local burger chain. Has been around forever.
http://www.chargrillusa.com/  618 Hillsborough St, Raleigh

State of Beer (11 min walk from Kings, 2 min by car) Bottled beer and Sandwiches. 11:00am-10:00pm (mon-wed) -12:00am (thus) -2:00am (fri-sat) -10:00pm (sun) http://stateof.beer/ 401 Hillsborough St, Raleigh, NC 27603

Trophy Brewing & Pizza Co. (20 min walk from Kings, 5 min by car) They made our bastardly beer. Stop by for a beer and artisan pizza. It gets packed on the weekends. Located between downtown & bowling alley 5:00pm-12:00am (mon-wed) 3:00pm-2:00am (thurs-fri) 12:00pm-2:00am (sat) 12:00pm-12:00am (sun) http://trophybrewing.com/ 827 W Morgan St, Raleigh, NC 27603

Kabab and Curry  (40 min walk from Kings, 6 min by car) Fine Indian/Pakistani dining, lunch buffet, takes reservations,  Alcohol Served, Mon­Sun 11:30am­10:30pm http://www.kababandcurrync.com/ 2418 Hillsborough St., Raleigh, NC 27607

David’s Dumpling and Noodle Bar (32 min walk from Kings, 5 min by car)Pan-Asian upscale-casual. Lunch (mon-fri): 11:30am-2:30pm. Dinner (mon-sat): 5:00pm-10:00pm/ -11:00pm (fri-sat). Sunday: 12:00pm-10:pm http://www.ddandnb.com/ 1900 Hillsborough St, Raleigh, NC 27607

Jose & Son’s  – nice Mexican food http://www.joseandsons.com/  327 W Davie St. #102, Raleigh, NC 27601

The Pit – BBQ but really over-hyped. Clyde Coopers is more authentic.  http://www.thepit-raleigh.com/ 328 W Davie St, Raleigh, NC 2601

Cook Out – greasy hamburgers, hot dogs, and barbecue platters. Go for the 40+ milkshake flavors including seasonal flavors like fresh strawberry and watermelon http://www.cookout.com/ 1201 New Bern Ave, Raleigh, NC 27610

Mitch’s Tavern (approx 40 min walk from King’s,  6 min by car) Featured in Bull Durham (Ron Shelton, 1988) Some folks will be eating Saturday night dinner here. 11:00am-12:00am (mon-sat) 5:00pm-12:00am (sun) http://mitchstavern.com/ 2426 Hillsborough St, Raleigh, NC 27607

Player’s Retreat Famed Sports Bar on the edge of the NCSU campus. 11:00am-2:00am daily. http://www.playersretreat.net/ 105 Oberlin Rd, Raleigh, NC 27605

Global Village Organic Coffee 7:00am-7:00pm (mon-fri) 8:00am-6:00pm (sat) http://www.globalvillagecoffee.com/ 2428 Hillsborough St, Raleigh, NC 27607


Art and Design

Contemporary Art Museum – Raleigh (CAM) Wed-Fri: 11-6:30pm | Sat, Sun: 12-5pm
http://camraleigh.org/ 409 W Martin Street, Raleigh NC 27601

North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA) Great exhibits – indoors and outdoors. Take a hike! Open 10:00am-5:00pm (open until 9:00pm on Friday)
http://ncartmuseum.org/ 2110 Blue Ridge Rd, Raleigh, NC 27607

Raleigh Denim  (walking distance from BFE venue) Made in Raleigh $100 blue jeans. They just opened a shop in Manhattan.
319 W Martin St  Raleigh, NC 27601 http://www.raleighworkshop.com/

Stitch  (walking distance from BFE venue) Raleigh handbag artisan Holly Aiken’s store.
20 E Hargett St,  Raleigh, NC 27601 http://hollyaiken.com/

Deco Raleigh  (walking distance from BFE venue) Customer-centered gift shop and gallery. Unique gifts.
19 West Hargett Street, Raleigh http://www.decoraleigh.com/

Father & Son Antiques  (walking distance from BFE venue.) Vintage stuff – clothes, records, furniture, etc.
107 W Hargett St    (919) 832-3030 https://www.facebook.com/pages/Father-and-Son/133275510048293

Other Randoms…

Rialto/Mission Valley Cinemas Feeling like a movie in the midst of all this moving-watching?  Indie-owned
http://ambassadorcinemas.com/joomla/

Umstead Park  Feeling like getting out in nature? This is near the airport.
http://www.ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/wium/main.php

The Angus Barn (this could go under drinks and food…but it really is something else!) This is near the airport. Meat and Bourbon? Where old Raleigh eats meat.
http://angusbarn.com/index.htm

In The Groove record store  (walking distance from BFE venue.) Suite # 22, 14 Glenwood Avenue South
http://inthegrooverecords.wordpress.com/

School Kids Records You into vinyl? They have beer on tap too..
2237 Avent Ferry Rd #101, Raleigh (919) 821-7766 http://schoolkidsrecords.com/Home

Strip clubs (in case you don’t get your fill of regrettable nudity at Bastards):
http://themensclubraleigh.com/

Raleigh Flea Market at the State Fairgrounds Need fleas?
1025 Blue Ridge Rd  Raleigh
http://www.raleighfleamarket.net/

Yarns, etc. / Great yarns Feel like knitting?
http://www.yarnsetc.com/

Act II Bail Bonds  (walking distance from BFE venue.) Check out their window display featuring prison guard and prisoner muppets in different positions every month!
122 South Salisbury Street. 

Blue Flame Tattoo
Commemorate Bastards Film Encounter with a Tattoo or piercing
http://blueflametattoo.com/

BoxCar Bar & Arcade A further walk than Level Up but about 5x the number of games, air hockey, skee-ball, etc.  A far superior arcade but since its bigger, it gets excruciatingly crowded as the evening wears on. http://theboxcarbar.com/ 330 W Davie St, Raleigh, NC 27601

Tasty Beverage Company (walking distance from BFE venue.) A beer store with a tasting bar in the back.  At the Raleigh Depot.  Near some good eats.
327 West Davie Street #106 – http://tastybeverageco.com/

Videri Chocolate Factory (walking distance from BFE venue.) Next door to Tasty Beverage.  Retail store, factory and outdoor (BYOB) seating.
327 W. Davie Street – http://viderichocolatefactory.com/

Thrift Stores
Goodwill (walking distance from BFE venue)
321 W Hargett St

Cause for Paws (need a car to get here)
1634 S Saunders St

Habitat Raleigh ReStore (need a car to get here) one of the U.S’s largest ReStores. It’s a hardware thrift store full of treasures. http://wakerestore.org/location/raleigh-store/ 2420 N. Raleigh Blvd, Raleigh, NC 27604

Other stuff we’ve not got details for yet..

Crank Arm Brewery – microbrewery bar http://www.crankarmbrewing.com/  319 W Davie St, Raleigh, NC 27601

Nicki & Nora Consignment   http://noraandnickys.com/ 6520 Falls of Neuse Rd, #120, Raleigh, NC 27615

Betski’s – German food. More expensive than Capital Club 16 but very good. Aslo accessible using the R-line free bus. Make reservations for dinner http://jbetskis.com/ 10 W. Franklin St, #120, Raleigh, NC 27604

Krispy Kreme Donuts – Hot Doughnuts Now is a magical time there. Go inside and see the giant conveyor belt of yeast goodness. https://www.krispykreme.com/Location/raleigh  549 N Person St, Raleigh, NC 27604

Yellow Dog Bakery – bakery with bread and some goodies  https://www.facebook.com/yellowdogbread 219 E Franklin St, Raleigh, NC 27604

Brew – Coffee, beer and wine. http://www.brewdtr.com/ 111 Seaboard Ave #116, Raleigh, NC 2604

Night Kitchen – bakery with bread, pie, cakes and goodies. http://www.raleighnightkitchen.com/ 10 W. Franklin St #140, Raleigh, NC 27604

Edge of Urge – Locally-made crafts and clothes .https://edgeofurge.com/  215 E Franklin St #110, Raleigh, NC 27604

Lumina – Nice clothes http://www.luminaclothing.com/ 215 E Franklin St #120, Raleigh, NC 27604