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🏈 Get ready, get set for NFL fandom
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Pour your own craft beer while rooting on the Seahawks. | Photo by Bigfoot Taphouse
Reader and Ravens fan Stephanie P. reached out to us asking where to hang with other members of the Flock. So we tapped our readers their NFL allegiances and researched ways for every Raleighite to root for their favorite NFL team in the City of Oaks.

Note: Some NFL teams are without local groups or dedicated spots. If we missed a fan group or a local bar supporting a specific team, let us know.

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Sammy’s is a tried and true spot for Steelers fans.


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Monday, Sept. 18
  • Wine Down Mondays | Monday, Sept. 18 | Times vary | The Willard Rooftop Lounge, 9 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh | Free | Relax with 50% off wine on the roof paired with small plates.
  • Trippie Redd — Take Me Away Tour | Monday, Sept. 18 | 7:30 p.m. | Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek, 3801 Rock Quarry Rd., Raleigh | $28-$109 | Rock out with this rapper + singer to songs like “I Miss the Rage” and “Hurts Me.”
Tuesday, Sept. 19
  • Whiskey Kitchen Cocktail Class | Tuesday, Sept. 19 | 6-9 p.m. | Whiskey Kitchen, 201 W. Martin St., Raleigh | Free | Learn how to whip up a classic old fashioned.
  • Lebanese Wine Dinner with Massaya Wines | Tuesday, Sept. 19 | 6-9 p.m. | Sitti Authentic Lebanese, 137 S. Wilmington St., Raleigh | $144 | Enjoy Lebanese culinary artistry and wine pairings at this exclusive dinner.
Wednesday, Sept. 20
  • Beginner Calligraphy and Pumpkin Lettering | Wednesday, Sept. 20 | 5:30-7 p.m. | Wye Hill Kitchen & Brewing, 201 S. Boylan Ave., Raleigh | $65 | Learn to letter beautifully on faux pumpkins in this downtown location.
  • Gravel Ride | Wednesday, Sept. 20 | Times vary | Gizmo Brew Works, 5907 Triangle Dr., Raleigh | Free | Join team members from the Bicycle Chain Raleigh for a ride through Raleigh’s Umstead State Park; expect a seven to nine mph pace for about 13 miles.
  • Swift Night Out | Wednesday, Sept. 20 | 6-8 p.m. | The Willard Rooftop Lounge, 9 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh | Free | Enjoy the chimney-roosting birds from this downtown rooftop and learn more about swifts before their migration.
  • The Martini Lounge | Wednesday, Sept. 20 | 6-9 p.m. | 10th & Terrace, 616 S. Salisbury St., Raleigh | Free | This bar with downtown views will transform into “The Martini Lounge” where there will be live jazz with Gravity Trio and cocktail specials.
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News Notes
Coming Soon
  • Two new steak restaurants are coming to Brier Creek. Brazilian steakhouse Estampa Gaucha will open in the Westin Hotel in the next few months, and Carolinas-based Epic Chophouse will open in 2024 in the former location of Brasa. (Triangle Food Blog)
  • North Raleigh French restaurant Saint Jacques has closed after nearly 20 years. The restaurant served fine French cuisine in North Ridge Shopping Center since 2004. (The News & Observer)
  • The 2023 Raleigh Christmas Parade is back on after a compromise was settled with the City of Raleigh. The parade will be on Nov. 18 and will feature no vehicles. The parade was previously canceled due to the presence of vehicles after the death of 11-year-old dancer Hailey Brooks during the 2022 parade. (The News & Observer)
Plan Ahead
  • The NCMA Cafe is now offering tea services every third Thursday this fall. Book your spot to enjoy savory canapes, tea sandwiches, and autumnal pastries alongside tea or coffee. After your table is cleared, explore the new “Dutch Art in a Global Age collection, on display until January 2024.
  • A new streetscape design is coming to a stretch of Oberlin Road near the Village District. Expect more space for pedestrians, a bike lane protected by two dozen parking spaces, and a reduction to three lanes for cars. Construction will begin early October and is expected to be completed by the end of 2024. (The News & Observer)
  • Party at Neptune’s Parlour with the women’s event series The Crowded Table Club while raising money + toiletry essentials for The No Woman, No Girl Initiative on Thursday, Sept. 21 from 6 to 9 p.m. Meet new friends, get grooving, and sing some karaoke while supporting a good cause. Tickets are $45 and include two drink vouchers.
  • This gets our wheels turning. Bike advocacy group Oaks and Spokes announced their Fall Bike Fest, including fundraisering events like Crank for a Cause on Sunday, Oct. 8 and Cranksgiving, both at Crank Arm Brewing, on Nov. 19. Read up on the whole lineup.
  • Speaking of cycling, this Friday, Sept. 22 is World Car-Free Day. Try biking, busing, walking, or rollerblading to wherever you need to go. Catch your city editors scooting around on Friday.
  • While there’s many things to do in Fayetteville, the area’s outdoor dining patios provide the perfect place for date nights, evening cocktails and appetizers, or burgers + beer with friends. See Fayetteville’s best patios.*
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Enjoy Negroni Week in Raleigh
A Negroni sits on a rooftop
A childhood take on a classic cocktail? Yes please. The Lunchbox Negroni at The Willard is a take on the classic. | Photo by The Willard Rooftop Lounge
This week, Monday, Sept. 18 through Sunday, Sept. 24, is Negroni Week at select Raleigh restaurants and celebrated across the world. This Italian bev-focused event also raises money for Slow Food, an organization that supports local food + traditional cooking.

Here are just a few stunning aperitif options around the City of Oaks.

The Willard Rooftop Lounge is offering a Lunchbox Negroni inspired by peanut butter and jelly, featuring PB-infused gin from Durham Distillery, Chambord, raspberry liqueur, and a peanut caramel garnish.

Il Falò at the Westin Hotel is serving up a Smoked Negroni complete with smokey gin and a charred orange peel for a fiery take on this cocktail.

Head to Peck and Plume at the Mayton in Cary for a classic Negroni, a Sbagliato, a Negroni made with prosecco instead of gin, and one with a grapefruit twist.

Use this site to find more restaurants participating, including O-Ku, Oak Steakhouse, and Whiskey Kitchen.
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Can you tell we’re excited about fall with all this football talk? My favorite places to watch football would have to be the one-and-only Player’s Retreat (where I caught a game last Monday) or any Carolina Ale House location.
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