Partying at the clubs in Raleigh gets locals excited and galvanizes their desire for late night fun. It also makes them hungry since, let’s face it, partying can be hard work. Luckily for them, there is much food and merriment awaiting late night clubgoers at the many post club dining spots in Raleigh. Though most restaurants in Raleigh close around midnight on the weekends, there are several that stay open into the wee hours of the morning, becoming the regular favorites of locals who like to go home with a full stomach after tearing up the dance floor with their friends and lovers.
Some of the top post club dining spots in Raleigh include:
Tobacco Road Sports Café: You don’t have to be a sports nut to have a great time at this sports “café” which is named after college sports rivalries and yet insists that it is anything but a typical sports bar. Open until 2 A.M. every night of the week, the eatery was founded by brothers Brian, Alex, and Rommie Amra who wanted to create the ultimate dining and sports-watching outlet in Raleigh. After all, there’s a lot of good food and great sports in Raleigh, so why not combine the two? Diners will find fine selections on the menu, among them Chicken Taquitos, Chili-Dusted Popcorn Shrimp, East Carolina Barbecue Sandwich, St. Louis Ribs, and Georgia Peach Chicken. For those that yearn for sugar to extend their night of fun, there’s the signature double chocolate cake, vanilla cheesecake, pecan pie, and caramel apple pie.
The Piper’s Restaurant & Tavern: Founded by former professional hockey player Jimmy Powers and spearheaded by executive chef Dan Hurlely, this family-style tavern is the perfect casual hangout to meet up with family or friends or to simply relax after a long night at the club. With its American inspired cuisine, the menu boasts of many common and unique offerings, among them Roasted Eggplant Soup and Irish Beef Boxty, both of which have been the recipient of media attention. For those who want more common choices, there are the standard burgers, pizza, sandwiches, steaks and chops, and pastas. The restaurant is open until 1 A.M. on Thursdays and 3:30 A.M. on Fridays and Saturdays.
Mr. Pizza & Salad: For those who want to digest their night of club hopping, martini swinging, and merrymaking away, this family-owned pizzeria is the perfect post club dining spot. Featuring home recipes for its signature pizza ingredients, cucumber sauce, and marinated chicken, this restaurant prides itself on offering high quality food at all times of the day. Open until 1 A.M. on Thursdays and 3:30 A.M. on Fridays and Saturdays, their specialty dishes include standard salads, lasagnas, spaghetti with meatballs, subs, gyros, and, of course, pizzas. They offer pizzas in three sizes and in multiple varieties, including cheese, veggie, meat lovers, Hawaiian, spinach, and BBQ chicken. They also give customers the option to create their own pizzas with up to eight toppings, among them pepperoni, roasted fire red tomatoes, fresh garlic, jalapenos, and a varied selection of vegetables and cheeses.