Best Places to Day Drink in North Carolina, Part 2


The jukebox in your head is still urging you to get your day drink on, isn’t it? Keep your shirt on, North Carolina, because there’s still plenty of day drinking to be done in The Old North State, even if you have already hit all of the places listed in Part 1.


Spending time in the Blue Ridge Mountains tends to make a person thirsty. Walk into Macado’s and prepare for your shoes to become one with the sticky floor. While you are getting used to that, read the sleazy graffiti carved into the tables and be comforted that no one here will judge you for drinking before noon. For a cleaner, more refined experience, try the local ciders, brews, and some of the finest farm-to-table food in the High Country at Appalachian Mountain Brewery.

Chapel Hill

Tours and flights of beer prove popular at Carolina Brewery, now celebrating its 20th year of business. Cozy booths and well-designed logos for award-winning beers often bring out the day drinking smiles. You know the ones I’m talking about — the perma-grins that show every tooth in the person’s head. After that, take all of your rowdy friends over to He’s Not Here and bury your smiley self in one of their famed Blue Cups. Y’all can stay there all night. It takes a lot to get thrown out of there, which an inside source says is fighting and/or peeing outside.


Barbecue isn’t the only reason people visit Lexington. The wine industry is growing quickly in North Carolina, and Childress Vineyards, owned by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship team owner Richard Childress is one of the best places to sample wines and upscale food on a terrace overlooking the vineyard. Their regular events, such as the Easter Cork Hunt, are limited to adults only and are prime way to perfect the fine art of day drinking.

New Bern

How are you going to say “no” to an amazing multi-tiered deck overlooking the Neuse River? Add the booze and the China-Carolina flavor from the kitchen, and you are all good in the tributary neighborhood at Persimmons. Be careful, though, because they close for the interim between lunch and dinner. If you want to keep the party going, head over to the rooftop deck at Captain Ratty’s for a burger or a basket of shrimp to complement your booze before the dinner rush begins.


Street side bistro tables and rooftop seating make this an ideal place to enjoy day drinks, particularly on festival days when the people watching is especially enjoyable. For live music and seven-dollar pitchers of PBR on Mondays, head to The Oxford, which is also well-known for their pub food and easy location on busy Fayetteville Street.