Best Winston-Salem bars in North Carolina

The 7 Best Bars in Winston-Salem

The Twin City is also a college town, which means its bar scene is undoubtedly strong. Pull up a stool at one of these best bars in Winston-Salem. No matter your preference of drink or bar, you won’t be disappointed.

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1. Tate’s Craft Cocktails

Tate’s bar is always bustling with people who come for the artisan cocktails they’re known for. The atmosphere is inviting and modern, and they host live music often. Deviate from the classic cocktails and try a house drink like the Spring Chicken which includes basil pepper vodka, rhubarb, lemon cordial and sparkling lemon soda.

The 7 best Winston-Salem bars in North Carolina

2. Fair Witness

This small, eclectic corner bar turns out a constantly-changing craft cocktail menu. Their creations range from drinks like a Purple Narcissus to an English Pea, Gin and Mint libation. Fair Witness keeps things delightfully surprising.

3. Vintage Sofa Bar

This shabby-chic wine bar serves more than by the glass or bottle. They also have excellently balanced, hand-crafted cocktails, beer and light bites. Go on Sunday afternoon for half-priced bottles of wine or order a pineapple daiquiri for something sweeter.

The best Winston-Salem bars in North Carolina

4. Hoots Beer Co.

Hoots Beer Co. is a well-designed, relaxed place for a range of craft brews as well as pinball. The outdoor patio is also a popular spot for hanging out. Order a Three Grain Hazy IPA and take a seat at the bar for good company, though.

Best bars Winston-Salem, North Carolina

5. Dogwood Hops and Crops

Dogwood Hops and Crops is part bottle shop and part bar with 14 brews on tap and a welcoming staff to serve it to you. The drinks are cold and the shelves are stocked so you can pick up your favorite six-pack to take with you.

6. the tap

This local place has darts, beer and good mixed drinks. There’s a regular crowd and usually a DJ on weekends. Order a drink and a cheese board, then take a seat on the patio.

7. bar piña

bar piña is as millennial chic as bars come with clean design and pops of color. This downtown bar is the only rooftop bar in Winston-Salem and includes a killer selection of Mezcal. No matter what you order, have your phone ready for photos.

Molly Harris

Molly Harris is a freelance travel journalist dividing her time between the United States and the Western Balkans.

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