Wilmington Nightlife

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    front street brewery: micro brews

    by doug48 Updated Nov 18, 2010

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    front street brewery

    the front street brewery is a great place to check out their selection of micro brews. they brew ales, IPAs, pilsners, porters, and wheat beers. i liked their dram tree scottish ale. a fun place to do a beer tasting in downtown wilmington. they also have good american pub food moderately priced.

    Dress Code: casual.

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    barbary coast: local bar

    by doug48 Updated Nov 17, 2010

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    the barbary coast is a local bar located on front street in downtown wilmington. nothing fancy here it's just a bar. good beer selection and moderately priced drinks. a fun local bar to grab a beer or two in downtown wilmington.

    Dress Code: casual.

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    orton pool rooms: historic bar

    by doug48 Written Nov 17, 2010

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    the orton pool rooms was established in 1888 and is the oldest existing pool hall in the united states. the orton pool hall also has a number of televisions for sports watching. a fun place to have a beer and shoot a game of pool in downtown wilmington.

    Dress Code: casual.

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    Henrietta III: Dinner and Dancing

    by msbrandysue Written Mar 8, 2009

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    Henrietta III is the steamboat you see usually parked on the riverwalk. It leaves a few times a day and offers meals while seeing the Cape Fear River. They offer a Friday and Saturday night dinner and dancing cruise each week. My favorite would have to be the Sunset Tour.

    It also offers special outtings like Mother's Day cruises and Valentine's Day dinners. It's also available for weddings so if you're really wanting to go make sure it hasn't been reserved for the day.

    The HENRIETTA III Cruises depart from Water & Dock Streets. All Cruises board thirty minutes prior to departure. Public Parking can be found at various specified locations around Historic Downtown Wilmington. Public cruises go out rain or shine, April through December, and Private Charters cruise year round.

    A bit of History: Seawell named the boat for his daughter HENRIETTA. HENRIETTA was launched April 30, 1818 under the command of Captain Charles Taws. Her first run from Fayetteville to Wilmington was in July 1818. She ran the river between Wilmington and Fayetteville for forty years. When she was retired from service, she had run at least one and one-half million miles on the Cape Fear River and had earned no less than one and one-half million dollars for her owners.

    Prices for the dinner cruises for two are about $50. Lunch and sightseeing is about $25. Just a narrated cruise is $10.

    The HENRIETTA III Cruises depart from Water & Dock Streets. All Cruises board thirty minutes prior to departure. Public Parking can be found at various specified locations around Historic Downtown Wilmington. Public cruises go out rain or shine, April through December, and Private Charters cruise year round.

    Dress Code: Cocktail dresses for women and men nice but no tie required

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    Level 5 at City Stage: Drinks and dancing

    by MovingMere Written Feb 3, 2008

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    On the top of a former Masonic temple, Level 5 has the best rooftop view in town. I was here in winter when only the smokers were crazy enough to try to take in the views of the river from the patio. On summer nights, I'm sure it's much more pleasant to stand outside and admire the scenery. :)

    A live DJ is there Thursday though Saturday in the summer (and at least on Saturdays in the winter) to keep the crowd going. The square bar surrounding the bartenders is interesting - better for people watching and meeting. The dance floor gets crowded and the music is mostly top 40, although they were playing some swing dancing by the end of the night... perhaps to make us leave? haha

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    Bluepost Billiards: Pool and games

    by MovingMere Updated Feb 3, 2008

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    Half a dozen pool tables, air hockey, darts, Foosball, video games (even pac man)... and lots of people.

    54 brands of beers with 14 on tap. Open from 3 PM to 2 AM Monday through Friday and 2 PM to 2 AM Saturday and Sunday.

    Dress Code: casual

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    Souyia: Think Downtown

    by mocks Updated Jun 16, 2005

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    Most of what you consider the nightlife is pretty much condensed in downtown Wilmington. When you're referring to dance clubs, the term "revolving door," comes to mind because so many of them come under new managerment or change their names so often. I'm not much into dance clubs because, well, there's a cover fee to get in most of them ($5, though, Oliver Twist is more like $7). Pictured here, is Souyia, a Greek restaurant with a dance club on the second floor. Never been in there, though a friend of mine bartends at the place.

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    Porty City Java: Got To Have A Cup of Joe

    by mocks Written Jun 14, 2005

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    Port City Java is Wilmington's answer to Starbucks. It's a locally owned chain with numerous locations across the city. Up until last year, though, I didn't know that it actually has stores up and down the mid-Atlantic from as north as Maryland and as south as Georgia. And, of all the weird places, they announced a couple of months ago a store opening up in Saudi Arabia. But, for this part, the location shown here is the downtown store on Front Street. Many people like to come in and just relax or grab a cup of joe for the road. It's also wireless ready, so if you want to bring your laptop in, have at it. I always end up getting just getting a cup of hot chocolate.

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    the Soapbox: Great Fun To Be Had

    by mocks Written Jun 14, 2005

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    Like Marrz, the Soapbox is where you can go to see live music. However, it's a bit different. Similar in concept of Sit & Spin in Seattle, it's a bar/lounge area with a laundromat in the back to wash your clothes. If you go up the stairs, though, you'll find a place to catch live music acts. It gets pretty crowded, so make sure you get there early if you want to see a concert. I was there last October with a friend of mine to see Tift Merritt (think Sheryl Crow) and I had to weasel my way through the audience to get close to the stage. On a side note, Tift recorded her second album during a stay in Carolina Beach (just 30 minutes south of Wilmington). Downstairs, they sometimes hold open mike night for poetry.

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    The Blue Post: Way Laid Back

    by mocks Written Jun 14, 2005

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    The other bar I like to frequent. One of the more popular spots locals like to go for a beer, but surprisingly, it doesn't get packed. It's just a stream of people going in and out. Located in an alleyway, you'll find a wide variety of individuals. Inside, you'll see a couple of pool tables to the left, darts up further on the right, and, of course, the bar. Across from the bar, you can have a seat on a couch that looks kind of retro. If you walk past that, you'll go up these little steps where you'll see a little alleyway with a couple of chairs to either side and a table for you and friends to just relax. Past the alley, you'll walk into a room full of pool tables and video games. One of the coolest places to just relax. And the added bonus is that there's no cover charge, just show id and you're in. Everytime my friends come into town (those that used to live here), that's one of the places we end up going.

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    The Whiskey: Laid Back

    by mocks Written Jun 14, 2005

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    The Whiskey, one of two favorite bars I like to frequent, though, strangely, I don't drink. The reason is that it's not as packed and the atmosphere is laidback. One of the four owners is a middle school teacher, which if you look at him, he looks like a taller version of Ben Folds. He's pretty cool. The great thing is that everytime I go in there, they automatically give me a glass of Coke, no charge. But, make sure you go before 11pm because that's when they start doing a cover charge for the night. That's about the time a local band plays on their stage setup to the back left corner of the place. The great thing about it is that they really support local musicians and artists (I've walked in on occasion where they do a showing of a short film by a budding local film major). It's also where I first saw Lamont Skylark, an alternative country band from around here.

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    Marrz: Music, Music, Music

    by mocks Written Jun 14, 2005

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    Marrz is mainly a place where you go for live musical acts. I've been in there a couple of times, the last was about a year ago when Lennon was playing (for some odd reason, she played on a Wed. night instead of a weekend). The Breakfast Club always seems to play there. Even Ice T did a show at Marrz.

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    Charley Brownz: Care to dance?

    by mocks Written Jun 14, 2005

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    Charley Brownz is one of those places where you find a wide variety of people on the weekends, but on a normally given weeknight, you'll see mostly locals that are in their mid 30's who work in sales. It's a bar/dance club, though the dancefloor is a bit tiny and is in front of a small stage near the entrance. They usually have a musical act playing with people on the floor flailing their arms like nobody's business. The place also serves food, but what you consider light (chicken wings, sandwiches). CB is usually packed on the weekends, so if you stumble into the place, grab a booth as quick as you can if you just want to sit down and eat. Otherwise, stand around the place like everybody else.

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    Sidebar: Sports Anyone?

    by mocks Updated Jun 14, 2005

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    Here's another one, the Sidebar; though, it's more of a sportsbar than a danceclub. Either way, the thing about downtown and the weekends is that, sometimes, you have to watch out for some freak behavior. Camp Lejeune, a marine base, is just 40 minutes north from here in Jacksonville. Some of them end up downtown because the lack of decent nightlife isn't found where they are. So, a mixture of marines, college students, and older locals sometimes brings out some not so decent interactions. I'm not saying it's all bad. Just be wary about it. A couple of police on horses, a law enforcement van, and others walking the beat are there to help things run smoothly.

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    Head to Front Street and the...

    by acemj Written Sep 12, 2002

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    Head to Front Street and the Historic Downtown and you'll find a number of restaurants and bars to mingle and have a good time.
    If you're looking for live music, you might try Bessie's on Front Street for rock and blues on the weekends.

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