Durham Night Life: Where to Go for a Night on the Town

When you’re ready to go out and have some fun to unwind from a busy work week, Durham has an eclectic night life. Bars, lounges, clubs, karaoke, and more can be found all over town. If you’re a visitor to Durham, finding the best places is easy when you search online recommendations. You can find reviews of any business you’re looking for from bars and restaurants to Durham, NC used car dealers. Let this guide to Durham’s night life help you find your kind of place.

Tapas and Cocktails

If you’re looking for delicious appetizers and a range of different drinks, tapas places are ideal. Mateo Bar de Tapas, located at 109 W Chapel Hill St., serves apps with a Spanish flare along with wine, sherry, and other drinks. Babalu Tapas and Tacos uses fresh ingredients and features an outdoor patio to enjoy in nice weather.

Breweries and Beer-Focused Venues in and around Durham

Bull City Burger and Brewery, located at 107 E Parrish St., focuses on farm to fork when it comes to both the food and the beer it brews. Fullsteam Brewery at 726 Rigsbee Ave. features an outdoor seating area to enjoy distinctly southern brews. Tyler’s Restaurant and Taproom at 324 Blackwell St. offers 70+ beers on tap to enjoy in the pool room or beer garden. Or, for a full bar and draft selection in a 1930’s-style bar, go to 347 W Main St. and try Criterion.


Bull McCabe’s is your requisite Irish pub in Durham with a full bar and a variety of beers on tap including, but not limited to, Irish brews. You can find it downtown at 427 W Main St. A little further down Main St., 106 Main is a downtown pub-style venue with craft and local beers along with a wine selection and extensive drink menu. Trali Irish Pub serves traditional Irish dishes with a full bar and beers on tap.

Dance Clubs

If you’re looking for the full dance club experience, Shooters II, located at 827 W Morgan St., is your place complete with a large dance floor, dance cages, and a mechanical bull. Motorco Music Hall features live music concerts and dancing, along with drinks from beer to wine to mixed drinks. La Luna Night Club is a Latin dance club featuring live music.


K-Mix Karaoke Bar in the Westgate Shopping Center offers karaoke and hosts events for groups of varying sizes. Rock Box on Highway 54 offers Japanese-style private room karaoke. And The Tavern, located at 1900 W Markham Ave., has karaoke open to the public on Thursdays along with pool, darts, 24 beers on tap, and an outdoor patio.

Wine-Lovers’ Options in Durham

If wine is more your preference, West End Wine Bar, located downtown at 601 W Main St., features an extensive wine list and hosts events. Or if you’re in the Southpoint Mall area, Zinburger Wine and Burger Bar is known for burgers made of fresh ground beef and a spectacular pairing of wines with entrees. Enjoy wine with delicious appetizers and cheese selections at Bar Brunello.

Come for Durham, NC Used Car Dealers, Stay for the Night Life

Whatever brings you to Durham, whether you’re looking for a new vehicle, entertainment, shopping, food, or drink, there’s something for everyone. Durham, NC used car dealers, like Durham Volkswagen for example, bring car shoppers from all over the state looking for the best deals on used and certified preowned Volkswagens and other quality models. Spend the day test driving Jettas, Beetles, Tiguans, and more and then unwind at one of Durham’s hottest night spots. Call (919)493-7411 or visit 3823 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd. to inquire about current used car inventory.