At an hour when many bars and restaurants are busy closing up shop, Dream Nightclub lights up as a beacon to nocturnal wanderers from across the city. Custom-designed graffiti murals, pulsing LED lights, and energetic dance beats greet patrons as soon as they enter the after-dark dancehall and performance venue. The 5,000-square-foot club features ample lounge seating for bottle service or dramatically lit staring contests, as well as two bars and a full-service kitchen that churns out plates laden with chicken wings and french fries as late as 2:30 a.m. on most nights. A QSC sound system floods the dance floor with Latin, techno, or hip-hop tunes depending on the day, although the club also hosts occasional DJ sets and regular jazz-band performances.
Sankey's is the resident restaurant taproom and restaurant of Custom Home Pubs, which means the owners have years of experience building draft beer systems. They extend this knowledge to Sankey's with a rotating roster of 10 North Carolina beers on tap, but also accompany their drinks with a menu of hearty pub-grub. Texas caviar, crispy wings, and a host of burgers and sandwiches are served in a dining room filled with beer-themed artwork, from local labels to impressionist paintings of keg stands.
A wraparound wall mural features a moose lounging among the trees at The Friendly Moose, where staff serve a warm, friendly experience along with plates of hearty American cuisine. Diners can try a Carolina burger topped with chili and slaw for lunch, a 12-ounce rib eye, or poutine slathered in gravy and cheese for dinner, or coconut-cream pie for dessert.
P.J. O’Reilly’s has a welcoming, neighborhood feel, fostering both the taking out of family and the taking in of frothy beverages. Eire-inspired fare peppers the extensive menu. Marry a spinster stomach to a comely appetizer with O'Reilly's Wedding Rings, a heap of circular onions fried in a dowry of Guinness batter ($5.99). Committed slurpers can coat their innards with Irish stew, a savory mélange of fresh lamb, carrots, celery, onion, and potatoes sidekicked by a salad ($10.99), while those with a meat-hankering can slurp on Rynne's Ruben, savory corned beef in a loving embrace of sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, Thousand Island dressing, and marble rye ($9.99). Drinks come in abundance via tap ($4.25 for a pint) or bottle ($2.50+ for beer, $16+ for wine) behind the wooden bar.
Though its dark wood trimmings and furnishings hark back to traditional pub decor, the rest of The Pub at Gateway drags that tradition into the 21st century. Broadcasting the latest sports, large LCD televisions hang above the tables and booths. Behind granite bar tops, bartenders mix more than 30 types of martinis, distribute beer via tap and bottle, and supply wine by the glass or fire hose.
The beverages complement the comforting pub food that emerges from the kitchen until 1:30 a.m. every night. Feasts range from a burger wrap filled with Angus beef, grilled onion, and barbecue sauce to sandwiches crafted with meats and cheeses, artisan bread from Nova's Bakery, and signature spreads and sauces made in-house daily. Throughout meals, The Pub at Gateway keeps diners entertained with festivities such as poker, trivia nights, live acoustic music, and DJs who spin top 40 records.
Within a two-story residential building lives Kennedy?s Premium Bar & Grill, where past a large outer deck, patrons will find three bars, 17 televisions, and a menu that sports American and Irish classics. Entrees include shepherd's pie, fish and chips, and chicken pasta, alongside hefty half-pound burgers, chicken sandwiches, and fried pickles. Meanwhile, a drink menu includes and a sprawling list of scotches, cordials, wines, and bottled and draft beers.