Category: Quench

A punchy gathering

by Mimi Montgomery photographs by Keith Isaacs Holidays have always been an interesting time in my family’s household. My father embraces the months of November and December with the goofy spirit of a thousand Clark Griswolds, my aunts call with fierce interrogations…

T.K.O. at The Haymaker

by Mimi Montgomery photographs by Keith Isaacs “Haymaker” is a term for a wild punch in boxing – a final, loose, unexpected blow. A knockout. It’s also the inspiration for The Haymaker, a recently opened cocktail bar in downtown Raleigh that lives…

Dram & Draught

Welcome to the neighborhood  by Mimi Montgomery  photographs by Keith Isaacs “It’s really all in the name,” says Dram & Draught co-owner Kevin Barrett, looking around the interior of his new bar, housed in a 1930s-era building that sat empty on…

Greek to me

by Mimi Montgomery photographs by Eric Waters If you’re walking on Hillsborough Street toward downtown, Taverna Agora is likely to call your name. The open-air seating on the roof is often packed-to-the-brim, as is the front patio, and live Greek music (and…

Turning a blind eye

by Mimi Montgomery photographs by Eric Waters Joey Barbour and Michelle Palacios met when Barbour was a bartender at Glenwood Avenue’s Cornerstone Tavern and Palacios came in for a drink. “I played the whole cool-bartender-role type thing,” he recalls. “And I played…

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