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Sexy Cocktail Bars You Should Visit For a Night Out in Durham, NC

Updated: Jun 22, 2023

I love a good alcoholic beverage. And I love a good reason to get dressed up, beat my face, grab my newest find out the closet and break necks all night long!

My go-to drink used to be a gin and tonic with lime because my dad used to drink them all the time in my childhood, but I have now evolved into my own drinking style. My go-to now is a spicy margarita or paloma (I use this brand for THE BEST at-home spicy marg), tart and strong just like a gin and tonic.

But I didn’t have to get any of my go-to drinks the last time I went out in downtown Durham, because I found some really nice cocktail bars with great ambiance, drink assortments, and a decent price range!

I’ve lived in Durham for almost 4 years now and everytime I go out, I find a new hidden gem on the bar scene. Maybe it's because there's always a new bar opening but that's neither here

nor there. I do have a couple bars though that rank very highly as the old ones go and the new come in, so I’ll share them with you.

What Makes These Bars Sexy?

#1 The Ambiance

These bars have decorations that look expensive (even if they aren’t), comfortable and plentiful seating, and music to help set the vibe for your evening. Nobody wants to stand at a bar in a nice outfit all night long, so I love that there’s seating options without having to pay extra like at a nightclub.

#2 The Service

A bar that makes sure you have everything you need without having to approach the bartender is something I seek more now that I’m getting older. All of these bars make sure that whether you’re standing or seated in the back, that your glass is always full.

#3 The Price

Prices at these locations range from $10-15 per drink, and when the cocktails are strong this is a great deal, and can make your experience more enjoyable knowing that you won’t break the bank while you’re having a good time.


Sexy Cocktail Bars in Downtown Durham, NC

Bar Vigil

105 S Mangum St, Durham, NC 27701

Corpse Revive Bar

715 Washington St STE B, Durham, NC 27701


321 E Chapel Hill St, Durham, NC 27701

Alley Twenty Six

320 E Chapel Hill St, Durham, NC 27701


If you’re ever in the mood for a grown-n-sexy night of bar hopping in the Raleigh/Durham NC area, check out these locations and let me know in the comments what you thought!


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