First Friday Raleigh, presented by the Downtown Raleigh Alliance, is a self-guided art walk showcasing the vibrant art and creative community in Downtown Raleigh on the first Friday of every month from 6-9 pm (bars and restaurants stay open even later!). The free public event features a variety of local art galleries and studios, museums and exhibitors that stay open late, put on special events and often offer refreshments. Want to make it a date night with your special someone? No problem! We've created a list of fun First Friday venues all within the Glenwood South District for your perfect late night on the town!
Visit the First Friday venues page for locations, specials, and more!
First Friday Venues
The Carter Building
Start your First Friday Art Gallery Walk off at this gem, which includes a collection of art studios, retailers, and service providers. You can meet artists, purchase unique gifts, and even find vintage items as well!
Raleigh Wine Shop
Love for The Raleigh Wine Shop runs deep among their customers. Take a bottle (or two or three…) home or hang out in the shop and taste various offerings from their WineStation!
First Friday Special: 10% off bottle purchases from the WineStation and/or tasting wines to drink on-site or to go
Check out Tapworks for Raleigh’s pour-your-own experience. This bartender-less bar--the only one of its kind in Raleigh--serves craft beer, cider, and wine.
First Friday Special: 25 cents/oz on select craft beers and 99 cent/oz on all wines
Photo by Carolyn Scott Photography
Hibernian Irish Pub & Restaurant
You'll need to eat during date night, right? Join this First Friday participant for a vibrant nightlife scene and American-Irish eats all on a rooftop patio! Fun fact: the name “Hibernian” derives from the Latin term which means “one who comes from Ireland.”
First Friday Special: RibEye $19.50, $3 Bud Light drafts, $4 Stella + Blue Moon drafts
XOCO Raleigh Mexican Grill
Who doesn’t love to indulge in a little queso (and tequila) on date night?. Located in the Creamery Building. XOCO has named a few of their dishes after their resident ghosts of the building which is rumored to be haunted.
First Friday Special: 1 Corona + 1 Tequila = FREE taco and queso
This First Friday location is a colorful window into the flavors and soul of the Mediterranean kitchen exploring earth, flavor, and wine! A place to gather, connect, and unwind after a long week!
First Friday Special: “A Spirit Filled Room” Cocktail Roundtable- A year long cocktail competition
Raleigh Beer Garden
The Raleigh Beer Garden is home to the world’s largest selection of draft beer. With over 365 draft beers to choose from and handcrafted food, this is a must stop for your date night in Glenwood South!
First Friday Special: $3 16oz. canned beers at the Tree Bar
PLUS Dueling Piano Bar
New to Glenwood South, PLUS is the largest dueling piano bar in America. Come prepared for a positive experience that will keep you coming back for more!
First Friday Special: FREE admission and 25% off food until 9pm. Come for dinner at 7pm and reserve your spot for the show starting at 8pm
Photo by Terry Costelloe
The Hampton Inn + Suites Raleigh Downtown at Glenwood South
Want to extend date night a little longer? Walk back to the Hampton Inn from any of the other Glenwood South venues. If you arrive earlier in the night, take advantage of their First Friday special as well!
First Friday Special: Local artists along with sandwiches, cocktails, wine + beer