Chapel Hill, Carrboro, and the surrounding area are home to tons of bars. Catch a game, meet up with friends, play pool, or try a local beer!
Back Bar, an expansion of Top of the Hill, serves pub food (such as mozzarella sticks, fries, wings, and nachos) and house beers and cocktails. It also has the South’s first cask-conditioned ale program. Back Bar’s fun environment features pool tables, foosball, TVs, darts, and arcade games.
Calling all craft beer lovers — this is your place! Beer Study has an amazing selection of brews (on tap and in bottles or cans) from all over the nation and even the world. The knowledgeable bartenders are eager to help you choose the perfect one. Beer Study also sells crowlers (32 ounce cans), so you can take home your favorites.
Located on Franklin Street, Carolina Brewery serves great food, such as the Carolina on My Mind Burger, and beers brewed in-house. Their menu emphasizes fresh and local ingredients. The space itself is also very impressive as you can see the brewing tanks they use to make the beer.
Carolina Coffee Shop
Carolina Coffee Shop transforms into a lively bar at night with live music and trivia night on Thursdays. The atmosphere is casual and the layout features both booths to sit and space to mingle. They also have great drink specials, including Long Island iced tea.
Located on Franklin Street, the atmosphere is fun and lively with a DJ, and they host many events including trivia night and karaoke. They have 65 beer varieties and nightly drink specials served by award-winning bartenders. Goodfellows is known for its Picklebacks — a shot of Jameson followed by a shot of pickle juice.
He's Not Here
He’s Not Here is known as Chapel Hill’s legendary bar and the Home of the Blue Cup — a 32 ounce Carolina blue souvenir cup. Sitting at a picnic table in the courtyard is the best way to enjoy a Blue Cup of beer or cider. There’s always something happening at He’s Not whether it be live music, trivia, pint night, karaoke, or a benefit night.
The Baxter Bar and Arcade
Check out The Baxter and its collection of 50 vintage and original arcade games, pop art, TV and movie props, and toys. Test your skills and try to make it on their legendary high score board, but be sure to bring quarters, or cash for the change machine. There is also a great selection of local beers, microbrews, liquor, and wine.
If you’re looking for something a bit more classy than the traditional college bars, check out The Crunkleton. They serve beer, wine, and hand-crafted cocktails. Highlights include the wall stocked with over 600 bottles of spirits, the knowledgeable and friendly bartenders, and a pool table from 1908. This bar is members-only, and you pay a one-time fee of $5 for a membership.
Tobacco Road Sports Café
Tobacco Road Sports Café carries every single sports package available – from major league baseball to cricket – shown on screens throughout the restaurant. Served by employees with a love for sports, diners enjoy fresh, delicious, innovative food in a fun, sporty atmosphere.
Top of the Hill
Top of the Hill is a great spot to watch a Carolina game with its large outdoor patio that offers a panoramic view of Franklin Street. They serve eighty different varieties of beer, including a seasonal favorite called Bell Tower Blueberry Wheat They are all brewed on site and made with locally-sourced ingredients. They also have amazing food and craft cocktails.
Zog’s Art Bar and Pool Hall
Zog’s is a New Orleans-style dive bar right off Franklin Street. They serve fantastic cocktails and beer, and you can also order food from Imbibe downstairs. Play games like pool or darts and enjoy the local art that decorates the interior. Dogs are also welcome!