10 Top Hip-Hop Bars And Clubs In Raleigh, North Carolina

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The capital of North Carolina, Raleigh is an amazing city that’s famous for its conducive learning environment, especially at the North Carolina State University. What most do not know is that Raleigh is also a tourist paradise. While here, tourists get the chance to discover new attractions such as the North Carolina Museum of Art, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Pullen Park and Marbles Kids Museum. When you are done exploring all that the city has to offer, don’t tuck in your RV rental or Airbnb vacation rental just yet! It is always a good idea to find somewhere cozy to unwind and reflect on all that you have to discover. There is no better place to do that than at a bar, sipping your drink as you enjoy hip-hop music. Check out our list of some of the best hip-hop bars and clubs in Raleigh, North Carolina.

1. TJ's Night Life

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

If you’re looking for a chill place to hang out or party during your stay in Raleigh, TJ’s Night Life is the place to go. This popular nightspot is where many locals go to dance, enjoy live music and comedies, or just chill and enjoy a drink or two with friends.

You can also enjoy some old-school music during regular nights. The bar also boasts quick and efficient bar service, clean facilities, and a wide selection of tasty food and refreshing drinks on the menu in this night club in Raleigh.

TJ's Night Life

Address: 4801 Leigh Dr, Raleigh, NC 27616

Website: TJ’s Night Life

Opening hours: Thu: 6:30pm - 11pm; Fri - Sat: 10pm - 3am (closed from Sun to Wed)

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2. Loafers Beach Club

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Posted by Loafers Beach Club on Monday, January 21, 2013

Great music, fun crowds, tasty food, refreshing drinks—yup, it’s pretty much a party every night at Loafers Beach Club. In fact, it’s dubbed as the coolest dance music venue in town! Swing by Loafers Beach Club and party the night away as the bar ensures a festive vibe all night long with danceable music helmed by some of the top DJs in the city.

Top it all off with some great food and drinks, and you will surely be in for a memorable night out!

Loafers Beach Club

Address: 605 Creekside Dr, Raleigh, NC 27609

Website: Loafers Beach Club

Opening hours: Mon - Tue: 6:45pm - 10pm; Wed: 5:45pm - 11pm; Fri - Sat: 8pm - 2am; Sun: 6:35pm - 10pm (closed on Thu)

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3. Neptunes Parlour

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Tropical treetz on special tonight: Mai Tai, Daquiri, Dark n Stormy just $7!!

Posted by Neptunes on Thursday, June 29, 2017

Located in Martin Street, Raleigh, Neptune’s Parlour is a subterranean bar that’s famous for its fine selection of craft beers sourced from local brewers in North Carolina. The bar is famous for its tasty cocktails that focus on fresh ingredients and flavors. The cocktails at Neptune’s bar change seasonally, hence you are assured that the local ingredients used on your cocktails are fresh and full of flavors all at an affordable price. If you love karaoke, then you have to stop by every Tuesday night. The bar is spacious enough to host birthday parties, wedding parties or any other gathering. You’ll easily find plenty of fun things to do at night!

Neptunes Parlour

Address: 14 W Martin St, Raleigh, NC 27601, United States

Website: Neptunes Parlour

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 8pm - 2am; Sat - Sun: 6:30pm - 2am

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4. Noir Bar & Lounge

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Elegant atmosphere with sophistication

Posted by Noir Raleigh on Tuesday, August 30, 2016

You have to pay a visit to Noir Bar and Lounge. This establishment is strategically located at the heart of Raleigh, making it the perfect place to enjoy a night out sipping your drink, watching a football match as well as socializing. Once you enter inside Noir, you will be fascinated by the interior design which features crystal chandeliers, brick walls with priceless art hanging on them, and the beautiful black bar in the background. Playing hip-hop music most of the night, this is the place to be especially for hip-hop fans.

Noir Bar & Lounge

Address: 425 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27603, United States

Website: Noir Bar & Lounge

Opening hours: Wed: 8:30pm - 11pm; Fri & Sat: 9pm - 2am (closed on Mon, Tue, Thu & Sun)

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5. Farotage Nation Lounge

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Posted by Farotage Nation Lounge on Saturday, August 17, 2019

If you love hip-hop music and you’re thinking of dancing the night away, you better visit Farotage Nation Lounge located right at the heart of Raleigh’s town center. Farotage is a luxurious Afro-Caribbean nightclub that’s famous for its outstanding music selection which includes reggae, African and mainly hip-hop hits. The bar boasts the best drink specials at an affordable price, a spacious dancing ground, and a friendly atmosphere. No matter your taste, Farotage Nation Lounge will offer you the right music for your pleasure. Additionally, the bar is spacious enough to host wedding parties, birthday parties and any other gathering you may think of.

Farotage Nation Lounge

Address: 3601 Capital Blvd #103-105, Raleigh, NC 27604, United States

Website: Farotage Nation Lounge

Opening hours: Fri - Sat: 10pm - 3am (closed on Sun & Thu)

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6. Club 30 Plus

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Posted by Club 30 Plus on Saturday, March 15, 2014

Club 30 Plus is a fancy club located at the heart of Raleigh and it is famous for its great music selection, great cocktails, live music and the fast service offered by friendly staff. In addition to providing the perfect atmosphere for partying, the club also offers both local brews and international drinks, all at an affordable price. If you happen to get hungry when you are here, worry not, the club also features a kitchen which specializes in preparing the best dishes you will ever have in any club. You have to stop by this club in downtown Raleigh where you will love the outdoor seating area that is perfect for just relaxing if you want to avoid the crowds.

Club 30 Plus

Address: 308 Rush St, Raleigh, NC 27610, United States

Website: Club 30 Plus

Opening hours: Fri - Sun: 9pm - 3am (closed from Mon - Thu)

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7. Ambis 1 Nightclub

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Posted by Ambis 1 NightCLub on Friday, June 3, 2022

Are you in Raleigh and searching for the perfect spot where you can enjoy good food and drinks? You have to check out the Ambis 1 Nightclub which is strategically located at Atlantic Avenue, right at the heart of Raleigh town center. The club features a spacious dance floor, a restaurant serving delicious authentic food, live performance from local talents and a Dj playing hip-hop, RnB, Latino and even house music. Please note that on Fridays and Saturdays, the club is always packed, hence their services might take longer than usual. Plenty of parking options are available close to the club.

Ambis 1 Nightclub

Address: 4000 Atlantic Ave, Raleigh, NC 27604, United States

Website: Ambis 1 Nightclub

Opening hours: Fri: 9pm - 3am; Sat: 9pm - 5am (closed from Sun - Thu)

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8. Star Bar Raleigh

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Star Bar Raleigh is a fancy bar and restaurant known for serving quality food and drinks in an upscale environment. In addition to the good music and the delicious meals, the bar also features a spacious stage for live performance, pool tables and large screen TVs showing live football matches. Whenever you visit this fancy place, you have to try out their roasted beef or the pub chicken sandwich and wash it down with any drink of your choice; you won’t regret it. On selected nights, the bar also hosts comedy entertainers. A secure parking space and access to the internet are also provided.

Star Bar Raleigh

Address: 1731 Trawick Rd, Raleigh, NC 27604, United States

Website: Star Bar Raleigh

Opening hours: Sun & Thu: 5pm - 10pm; Fri: 10:15pm - 4am: Sat; 5pm - 2am (closed from Mon - Wed )

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9. The Ugly Monkey Party Bar

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We are getting ready to go live, check is out for Happy Hour Mix Up!!!! Let’s raise some funds for our bartenders!!! Donations accepted via venmo @ mike-harten

Posted by The Ugly Monkey on Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Don’t let the name deceive you, the Ugly Monkey Party Bar is not ugly but rather, a beautifully decorated joint where you can just relax after a hectic day. It is strategically located in the town center and it is famous for providing its guests with a cool atmosphere where they can relax and enjoy their affordable cocktails, live music and games such as darts and pool. If you’d rather have some privacy but you still want to enjoy the music and drink, just hang out at the patio, which features outstanding views of the town center. Free parking space is also provided by the management.

The Ugly Monkey Party Bar

Address: 400 W Morgan St, Raleigh, NC 27601, United States

Website: The Ugly Monkey Party Bar

Opening hours: 5am - 2pm (daily)

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10. The Haymaker

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If you are hunting for a special place where you can enjoy your drink in peace and listen to some of the best jams, The Haymaker promises you all that. The club boasts a wide collection of drinks, a spacious dancing space, a fully equipped kitchen serving some of the most delicious tastes you will ever have, live music and a DJ who has specialized in playing hip-hop, RnB, Latino, house and rhumba jams. Unlike most clubs, the bathrooms at the Haymaker are clean, featuring a light blue wallpaper designed by a member of the Beastie Boys. If you promise to drink responsibly or to have a designated driver, the Haymaker also provides a free parking space. Tasting various cocktails with your partner here is one of the romantic things to do in Raleigh.

The Haymaker

Address: 555 Fayetteville St #115, Raleigh, NC 27601, United States

Website: The Haymaker

Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 4pm - 2am (closed on Sun)

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Unwind at the best bars in Raleigh

Cheerful club environment, hands up
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Stefan Schweihofer used under CC0

Sometimes exploring new places can be very tiring, and everyone needs to rest at some point. For the best hip-hop bars where you can just relax and reflect on your day, check out the list above. Make sure you visit one of the clubs mentioned if not all. While you’re here, drop by one of the top wine bars and seafood restaurants as well!

Also, be aware that these are 18+ clubs in Raleigh to where you must not bring a child/children.

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