Part bar, part market, bottle shops are a chance to try something new and find a vibe you love, too.
by Catherine Currin
Bottle shops offer something for everyone, whether you’re a beer connoisseur or just looking to try something new. “Considering we’re so similar from a conceptual standpoint, everybody really has their own unique thing going on,” says Johnny Belflower, an early pioneer of the trend when he opened his shop, Tasty Beverage, eight years ago in the Warehouse District’s Raleigh Depot.
Here are seven bottle shops in Raleigh worth checking out.
One of the OG Raleigh bottle shops, Tasty Beverage has a cult following and is home to special editions and limited releases from across the state. 321 W Davie Street; tastybeverageco.com
State of Beer
A branch of the Trophy empire, SOB serves cravable sandwiches in their Hillsborough Street space, plus a natural wine selection soon to expand into Runologie’s former space. 401 Hillsborough Street; stateof.beer
The Green Monkey
A Hillsborough Street establishment, The Green Monkey is part bottle shop, part gift shop and part social gathering space. Head over for trivia, a drag show or even a quick gift. 1217 Hillsborough Street; greenmonkeyraleigh.com
Pelagic Beer & Wine
Tucked on Pace Street in Oakwood, count on Pelagic for an eco-friendly approach to brews—compostable cups, local stream cleanups and lots of beer brewed near the coast. 300 Pace Street; pelagicbeerandwine.com
Crafty Beer, Wine & Spirits
This Five Points joint also has an extensive wine selection and an outdoor patio. 2005 Fairview Road; craftybeerwinespirits.com
North Street Beer Station
Located steps off Glenwood South, North Street Beer Station hosts open mic nights, specialty flights and wine and spirits for the gluten-free crowd. 521 West North Street; facebook.com/northstreetbeerstation
Mordecai Beverage Co.
In the new-and-improved Gateway Plaza, Mordecai joins the scene with events like a comedy night and a record swap each week. 2425 Crabtree Boulevard; mordecaibev.com