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Durham Nightlife

Shooter Saloon II

It’s no surprise that Duke students voted Shooters the best bar for undergraduates and the bar with the friendliest staff four years in a row in The Chronicle's annual Best of Duke survey. Shooters is especially popping on Wednesday and Saturday nights, and the bar features a mechanical bull, dancing cage and newly constructed balcony. But it’s Kim Cates who makes everyone particularly drawn to Shooters. The owner’s love for Duke students is quite clear, as shown by the accessibility of her cell phone and Facebook page, alongside her loyalty to Duke sports.

Devine’s Grill & Sports Bar

On any other night of the week (especially Thursdays), check out Devine's for a more laid-back atmosphere. You can find yourself chatting it up on the outdoor terrace or jamming out to karaoke inside.

Fullsteam Brewery

Fullsteam was voted the best bar for graduate students in The Chronicle's annual Best of Duke survey. With it’s North Carolina hipster feel, this family and dog-friendly brewery serves its customers through its one mission: to pioneer the art of Distinctly Southern Beer. Inspired by the food and farm traditions of the South, Fullsteam incorporates local farmed goods and seasonal botanicals into their brewing processes. There are often a few food trucks parked out front, and the best part is that you can bring food inside.

Motorco Music Hall

Enjoy live entertainment at Motorco which consists of a large state-of-the-art Showroom, a GarageBar and a large outdoor patio. Better yet, it’s right across the street from Fullsteam Brewery.

Surf Club

Head to Surf Club if you’re after a more chill, laid-back vibe. Stop by for drink deals, shuffleboard, darts, bocce ball and great outdoor seating.

The Tavern Food & Spirits

The Tavern is home of the longest bar in Durham, and also features 24 taps, 10 TVs, darts, pool, a patio and live music.

Tobacco Road Sports Cafe

Winner in The Chronicle's annual Best of Duke survey for the best place to watch a game, Tobacco Road is a great family-friendly sports bar overlooking the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. From delicious food to exceptional service, Tobacco Road provides the perfect atmosphere to watch a game—regardless of which team you’re rooting for.

The Roof at The Durham Hotel

Head over to The Roof at The Durham Hotel for something a little more upscale. It's perfect gathering spot for both guests and locals, and features an indoor bar, both covered and open-air lounge seating and a penthouse with its own patio for private parties. Enjoy panoramic views of the city while choosing from selections such as original handcrafted cocktails, wine and beer options, a seasonal raw bar and a small kitchen menu.