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First Friday Date Night in Glenwood South

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

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Hampton Inn & Suites Raleigh Downtown @ Glenwood South
600 Glenwood Ave
Raleigh, NC 27603

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Hibernian Irish Pub & Restaurant
311 Glenwood Ave
Raleigh, NC 27603-1406

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PLUS Dueling Piano Bar
510 Glenwood Ave
Raleigh, NC 27603

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Raleigh Beer Garden
614 Glenwood Ave
Raleigh, NC 27603-1224

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The Raleigh Wine Shop
126 Glenwood Ave
Raleigh, NC 27603

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500 Glenwood Ave
Raleigh, NC 27603-1222

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