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The Raleigh Times Bar is a timeless local watering hole and so much more. Raleigh’s past, present and future are all on display at this 100 year old building that has been beautifully restored to house this fine establishment. Old press clippings and images from our namesake newspaper adorn the walls and capture the rich cultural and political history that is unique to the Capital City. Our exceptional cuisine, featuring hand crafted, creative takes on classic bar fare favorites, as well as our inventive drink menu and extensive Belgian beer selection are newsworthy additions to Downtown Raleigh.

Since restoring the original building in 2006, The Raleigh Times has expanded twice to include second floor seating and a rooftop patio with the best views in downtown Raleigh.


Raleigh has seen hundreds of newspapers come and go over the past two hundred years.  The Raleigh Times’ convoluted lineage started with The Evening Visitor in 1879.  After stints as the Press-Visitor and the Raleigh Daily Times, it was bought by John C. Drewry and renamed The Raleigh Times.  In 1906 the Times building was erected to house this fledgling paper.  Two years later the paper went under until its purchase by John A. Park in 1911.  Required to pay in gold coins, Park depleted Raleigh’s gold coin supply when he requested $25,000 in gold.  Under Park’s leadership as publisher and editor, the Times soon became the News and Observer’s main rival.  For the next two decades the paper thrived, as did the Capital city.  World wars and prohibition kept the paper supplied with news.  Unlike other editors, Park kept his opinions out of his editorials.  Instead, he entertained readers with stories of his travels to places like the Grand Canyon, Berlin, South America, Panama and Las Vegas.

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At The Raleigh Times, our staff is comprised entirely of Cicerone Certified Beer Servers. We don’t like to brag, but that means we know our beer. In order to serve the community with the knowledge and dedication of a true Cicerone, our staff undergoes extensive training to achieve the coveted certification. According to, “The Cicerone Certification Program certifies and educates beer professionals in order to elevate the beer experience for consumers.” Come on by the Times and let our Cicerones help you make the best decision you’ll make at the bar all night.