10 Best Bars in Wilmington (Where to Drink Right Now)

Best Bars in Wilmington, NC

Drank that drank and have glorious fun in a dozen of these awesome establishments

This city really loves its cocktails. Well-crafted, creative beverages, wonderful ambiance, and fantastic bartenders who will whip up a glass of whatever catches your fancy- there really is no dearth of great bar lounges in this throbbing city. Sit back and relax as we take you on a spin through some of the best bars in the city. Drop in for a drink or bite sometime, and wouldn’t at all be surprised if you choose to frequent one or more of these joints regularly!

10 Best Wilmington Bars

Copper Penny

One of the best Family-friendly pubs

The Copper Penny entrance from the outside
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πŸ“ Address: 109 Chestnut St, Wilmington, NC 28401 (Google Maps)
πŸ“ž Phone: (910) 762-1373
πŸ• Hours: 11 am – 9 pm Mon-Sat, Closed on Sun

This place can whip up a treat for you every time you visit. Bask in the selection of the locally crafted beer and speciality cocktails, with any of the delicious sides on offer- sandwiches, salads, platters, onion rings and more. The bartenders here are super-friendly and always happy to suggest you some great choices of food or drink.

 Cheer for the Eagles as you sit back and enjoy the fine local brew and delicious sides to go with it. They have some wonderful options for kids as well, so don’t hesitate to take your kids along!

Cape Fear Wine and Beer

Largest craft beer selection in the area

View of billiard balls and a glass of beer on a billiard table

πŸ“ Address: 139 N Front St, Wilmington, NC 28401 (Google Maps)
πŸ“ž Phone: (910) 763-3377
πŸ• Hours: 1 pm – 2 am daily

With over 500 varieties from which to choose, you won’t be short of options on this one! 500 beers on bottle and 25 fast rotating drafts are on offer and if you have a hard time in making your choice, the friendly, knowledgeable and awesome bartenders will make it much easier for you!

Grab your drink and lose yourself to the quirky and fun vintage tunes that will make you feel right at home. Come in if you want to unwind for a few hours in this quaint place with lovely interiors and relaxed ambience.

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

Phenomenal selection of cocktails- a Cocktail gem!

View of a cocktail with sugar on the glass of the rim and a lemon

πŸ“ Address: 111 Grace St, Wilmington, NC 28401 (Google Maps)
πŸ“ž Phone: (910) 769-2021
πŸ• Hours: 5 pm – 12 am Tue-Thurs, 4 pm – 2 am Fri & Sat, Closed on Sun & Mon

The place features some of the most creative and phenomenal cocktails in the area. They have a whole variety of new and customized cocktails on their menu, each of which is refreshingly delicious- a must-try if you are an imbiber of creative cocktails.

The whole atmosphere is laid back, so if you want to wade in in your jeans and sandals, don’t hesitate! It is a great place to hang in as you try out something new, listening to the music as you do. Live music and karaoke nights are attractions you might want to check out when you visit Wilmington.

Tavern Lawn 1832

A great place to watch the game

πŸ“ Address: 106 N 2nd St, Wilmington, NC 28401 (Google Maps)
πŸ“ž Phone: (910) 769-9340
πŸ• Hours: 2 pm – 2 am Mon-Fri, 12 pm – 2 am Sat & Sun

Tavern Lawn 1832 is a super laid back place to come in with your friends, particularly on a game night! There are 9 Big Screen TV’s to from which you can enjoy the game, with a pack of popcorn if you require! Grab your free bag of popcorn(Yes, you read that right. It is free) from the popcorn machine and lose yourself in the game and the cosy, classy ambience. Don’t want to leave your fur babies behind? Worry not. You are allowed to bring in your dogs.

Rebellion NC

A fine place for great food and even better beverage

View of liquor drink bottles on a rack
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πŸ“ Address: 15 S Front St, Wilmington, NC 28401 (Google Maps)
πŸ“ž Phone: (910) 399-1162
πŸ• Hours: 4 pm – 10 pm Mon, 11:30 am – 10 pm Tue-Thurs & Sun, 11:30 am – 2 am Fri, 10:30 am – 12 am Sat

The place has high majestic ceilings and the overall look of a tavern, and boasts of a huge bar that can seat many people. Not just the space, but the selection of drinks is admirable too! Although it is partial to the brown juice made locally, there are only 275 whiskey selections from all around the world! With plenty of classic cocktails and delicious barrel-beers, there is something for everyone here!

Want more reasons to check out the place? It was established by two United States Military Veterans with the aim of offering the best in food and beverages. And boy do they deliver! The food is simply delicious, made with only the choicest and best ingredients.

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Award winning craft cocktails and a great view

πŸ“ Address: 16 Princess St, Wilmington, NC 28401 (Google Maps)
πŸ• Hours: 4 pm – 2 am Mon-Fri, 2 pm – 2 am Sat & Sun

Certainly one of the best craft cocktails in all of Wilmington! Fresh fruits and quality ingredients come together to create magic in a glass! The beer range is pretty impressive too.

Sip on a cocktail of your choice as you enjoy the resplendence of the sky during sunset hours, right next to the waterfall over the Cape Fear River. Or pick from one of the largest and finest array of vodka in offer!

Whether you want to enjoy the view outside, or play some indoor games like pool or chess in the post interiors, you are in for a grand time!

Satellite Bar and Lounge

Perfect bar and lounges for late summer nights

πŸ“ Address: 120 Greenfield St #6123, Wilmington, NC 28401 (Google Maps)
πŸ“ž Phone: (910) 218-0193
πŸ• Hours: 4 pm – 2 am Mon-Fri, 1 pm – 2 am Sat & Sun

Walk into the rustic vibes the place evokes with its vaulted wood ceilings, shiny and polished bars, and a variety of couches and chairs to lounge on as you enjoy the drink, bite and music. You will also be greeted by an amazing selection of wines and craft beers on offer; 250 in, fact! It is a great place, loved by locals and visitors alike.

Grab a glass and dance to the Live Bluegrass Jam on Sundays. Or lazily sip on your wine, along with some excellent dishes the place offers, as you enjoy a movie night.

Grand Cru

No place better for a social gathering!

A bottle of wine being poured on a glass wine

πŸ“ Address: 1904 Eastwood Rd STE 109, Wilmington, NC 28403 (Google Maps)
πŸ“ž Phone: (910) 679-4013
πŸ• Hours: 4 pm – 10 pm Mon-Wed, 4 pm – 11 pm Thurs-Sat, Closed on Sun

As they say, this place is β€œyour community destination which focuses on shared experience”. Excellent array of wines, hand-crafted cocktails, great food, and live music- this place really has everything for you to have a wonderful time.

Creative menu with full of unique and interesting flavours, lovely dΓ©cor and the Southern hospitality adds to your overall experience. Do give it a try, you will not be disappointed!

Rounds Golf and Lounge

A gamer’s delight

View of a pizza and a moscow mule on a table

πŸ“ Address: 6801 Parker Farm Dr, Wilmington, NC 28403 (Google Maps)
πŸ“ž Phone: (910) 839-3006
πŸ• Hours: 11 am – 9 pm Mon & Sun, 11 am – 11 pm Tue-Thurs, 11 am – 12 am Fri & Sat

If you are into gaming, and looking for a game night out, this place is definitely one of the best. There are around 80 golf courses to choose from, provided by the stunning and realistic simulator. There are many other games like football and baseball as well, all so great that you will find yourself playing away for hours on end!

The brews are to brag about as well. You have plenty of choices for whiskey, wines, and cocktails, all crafted by some of the best mixologists you would have come across.

Dead Crow Comedy Room

For some great laughs

πŸ“ Address: 511 N 3rd St, Wilmington, NC 28401 (Google Maps)
πŸ“ž Phone: (910) 399-1750
πŸ• Hours: 7 pm – 11 pm Wed, 6 pm – 2 am Thurs, 4 pm – 2 am Fri, 12 pm – 2 am Sat, 12 pm – 12 am Sun, Closed on Mon & Tue

It may be in an obscure location in downtown, Wilmington, but the place has a great vibe thanks to the shows put on by stand-up comedians who will leave you in splits!

Enjoy from the selection of wine, beer and spirits this place offers as the comedians serve up some amazing entertainment and laughs.