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Who makes your favorite drinks? 

An Indy survey

We asked our readers to tell us about their favorite bars, bartenders and drinks, and more than 200 people were able to get from their bar stools to their computers and vote.

Our congratulations to the winners.

Best Martini
1. Blue Martini, Raleigh
2. East End, Chapel Hill
3. Lantern, Chapel Hill

Best Green Apple Martini
1. Café Tiramisu, Raleigh
2. The Library, Chapel Hill
3. East End, Chapel Hill

Best Margarita
1. Patio Loco, Chapel Hill
2. Margaret's Cantina, Chapel Hill
3. Mellow Mushroom (all locations)

Best Cosmopolitan
1. The Library, Chapel Hill
2. Café Tiramisu, Raleigh
3. Town Hall Grill, Chapel Hill

Best Bloody Mary
1. The Library, Chapel Hill
2. Top of the Hill, Chapel Hill
3. Café Tiramisu, Raleigh

Best White Russian
1. The Library, Chapel Hill
2. Café Tiramisu, Raleigh
3. Talullas, Chapel Hill

Best Gin & Tonic
1. The Library, Chapel Hill
2. Café Tiramisu, Raleigh
3. Town Hall Grill, Chapel Hill

Best Piña Colada
1. The Library, Chapel Hill
2. Café Tiramisu, Raleigh
3. (tie) Town Hall Grill, Chapel Hill & Bahama Breeze, Raleigh

Best Sex on the Beach
1. (tie) The Library, Chapel Hill & Café Tiramisu, Raleigh
2. (tie) Town Hall Grill & Tallulas, Chapel Hill
3. Red Room, Raleigh

Best Manhattan
1. Café Tiramisu, Raleigh
2. The Library, Chapel Hill
3. Town Hall Grill, Chapel Hill

Best Tequila Sunrise
1. The Library, Chapel Hill
2. Café Tiramisu, Raleigh
3. Town Hall Grill, Chapel Hill

Best Pour
1. The Library, Chapel Hill
2. Café Tiramisu, Raleigh
3. Town Hall Grill, Chapel Hill

Best Drink Selection
1. The Library, Chapel Hill
2. Lantern, Chapel Hill
3. Café Tiramisu, Raleigh

Best Draft Selection
1. Flying Saucer, Raleigh
2. The Library, Chapel Hill
3. Brixx Pizza, Chapel Hill

Most Unusual Drink
1. Fisheye, The Library, Chapel Hill
2. Pankleton, Blue Martini, Raleigh
3. Watermelon Martini, Café Tiramisu, Raleigh

Most Unusual Beer
1. Flying Dog, Flying Saucer, Raleigh
2. Chimay, Talullas, Chapel Hill
3. Virginia Beer, Fowler's, Durham

Best N.C. Brew
1. Red Oak
2. Copperline, Carolina Brewery
3. Duck Rabbit Porter

Best Neighborhood Bar
Raleigh
1. Café Tiramisu
2. Crowley's
3. North Ridge Pub

Durham
1. Charlie's
2. Joe & Jo's
3. (tie) Starlu & James Joyce

Chapel Hill
1. Town Hall
2. The Library
3. Blue Bayou (Hillsborough)

Best Bar Food
Raleigh
1. Village Drafthouse
2. Spotted Dog
3. Lucy's

Durham
1. The Federal
2. Charlie's
3. Joe & Jo's

Chapel Hill
1. Town Hall Grill
2. Off Franklin
3. La Rez

Best Sports Bar
Raleigh
1. North Ridge Pub
2. Woody's
3. Carolina Alehouse

Chapel Hill
1. Town Hall Grill
2. (tie) Off Franklin & The Library
3. Bailey's

Durham
1. Satisfaction
2. Charlie's
3. Devine's

Best Dive Bar
Raleigh
1. Jackpot
2. Slim's
3. East Village

Durham
1. Doyles
2. Joe & Jo's
3. Charlie's

Chapel Hill
1. The Cave
2. Reservoir
3. Hell

Best Music
Raleigh
1. The Pour House
2. Blue Martini
3. The Dive Bar

Durham
1. Joe & Jo's
2. West 94th St. Pub
3. Ringside

Chapel Hill
1. The Library
2. Local 506
3. The Cave

Favorite Bartender
Raleigh
1. Tammy, Café Tiramisu
2. Kevin, Village Drafthouse
3. Chris Powers, Bogart's American Grill

Durham
1. Johnny, Charlie's
2. Jeremy, Starlu
3. Mike, Starlu

Chapel Hill
1. Rose, Town Hall Grill
2. Aaron, The Library
3. Jamie, Weathervane



Smoke-free bars
It's hard to find a smoke-free bar in the land that tobacco built, but there are a few.

Chapel Hill

  • The Cave (smoking only in the back room)
  • Cat's Cradle
  • Lucy's (smoking only outside)
  • Top of the Hill (smoking only outside)

    Durham

  • Joe & Jo's (no smoking in adjoining dining/music room)
  • Bluz Eatery and Spirits

    Raleigh

  • Greenshields Pub and Brewery (no-smoking room)
  • Charlie Goodnight's (comedy club is smoke-free, smoking in bar)
  • 518 West Italian Cafe
  • Bella Monica
  • Irregardless Cafe
  • Second Empire Restaurant and Tavern
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