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Craft Cocktails in Raleigh?

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I was recently introduced to the concept of craft cocktails on a trip to Nashville (Holland House and No. 308 are must-visits if you're there!), and was wondering if anyone knows of a good place to go for craft cocktails in Raleigh.

I've heard Foundation is pretty good, but the only other place I've heard of that's even close is in Winston-Salem, which is a bit of haul.

Thoughts?

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  1. I was going to suggest Foundation before I even read your full post. Interesting drinks, knowlegable staff, funky vibe, and house-made sodas.

    1. That's a good question. I second Foundation as well, but beyond that, it's tough to say. Poole's has some darn good cocktails. I get the sense Fai Thai aspires to the craft cocktail side of the spectrum with their takes on classic 50's style drinks - their resident mixologist/somelier/bar dude certainly seems into the idea. But, I can't think of anyone that really takes it to the next level, like a PX in Alexandria, VA or Gin Joint in Charleston (granted, their execution is a bit off). Looking forward to other responses here. I hope that there's someone else out there.

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      1. re: dinersaurus

        Its not in Raleigh, but if you find yourself in Durham you can't go wrong at The Whiskey. At least it would save you from having to drive all the way out to W-S.

        1. re: ToothTooth

          I second Whisky. Also check out The Crunkleton in Chapel Hill.

      2. I'm a big fan of the Landmark.