If you’re feeling live music vibes but not the hassle and cost of going out to a big venue, try a cozy club or outdoor amphitheater. Here’s a list of Raleigh’s best spots for your next night out.
Red Hat Amphitheater
This high-tech outdoor venue is located downtown adjacent to the Raleigh Convention Center. It’s known for its stunning views of the Raleigh skyline and the April to October show calendar features everything from rap to bluegrass. Seating options include an elevated lawn, traditional outdoor reserved seating and
premium box seats with food and drinks. Plus, there’s a VIP area with a private bar.
500 S. Salisbury St., redhatamphitheater.com
This underground bar is reminiscent of a classic jazz club—the lights are low, the jazz is hot and the drinks are well-crafted. The live music starts at 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, with a $5 cover on Friday and Saturday.
407 Glenwood Ave., cgracebar.com
This fun, funky intimate club offers it all—live music, stand-up comedy, poetry readings, even game show nights. Kings is an upstairs space with a large stage, great acoustics and a steel and pine bar. Shows are standing room only, with a few barstools. Tickets are cash only at the door, but the bar takes plastic. Showtimes vary; doors open an hour before. If you need a break from the show, slide downstairs to Neptunes, the basement bar (same owners) for a very cozy hideaway with delicious craft cocktails.
14 W. Martin St., kingsraleigh.com
This industrial space hosts artists from almost every genre. Tickets are general admission/standing room only but premium seating is available on the balcony and in the Stella Artois Lounge as an add-on. Another add-on allows you to jump the line and head straight through the doors with the“Fast Lane Pass.” Most shows start at 8 p.m. with doors opening an hour before.
2820 Industrial Dr., ritzraleigh.com
Considered one of the best intimate concert spaces in North Carolina, Lincoln Theatre showcases live music acts from bluegrass to metal to DJ-driven dance parties. All shows are general admission with limited seating available. Show times vary; most (but not all) tickets cost no more than $20.
126 E. Cabarrus St., lincolntheatre.com
The Pour House Music Hall
It’s been Raleigh’s home for live music for more than 20 years, with a mix of local and nationally touring bands on the roster. Most shows start at 9 p.m. with doors opening an hour before. All shows are general admission; there’s a lot of standing room and some seating, so get there early if you want to sit down. The upstairs balcony offers the best stage views (plus pool tables).
224 S. Blount St.; thepourhousemusichall.com