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Audiences often arrive an hour early to Laugh Out Loud’s comedy shows, lured in by the comedy club’s amiable staff, frequent visits by nationally renowned comics, and full dinner menu. Before the live acts step into the spotlight at 8 p.m., patrons can converse and watch scattered flat-screen TVs while dining on panini sandwiches, fresh-made Punchline Pizzas, and other casual fare. After dinner, audience members stay at their tables as the lights dim and the Laugh Out Loud stage is swarmed by daring and original joke tellers. Recent headliners have included Shaun Jones, known for his outrageous personal anecdotes, and Ron Feingold, whose musical comedy routine has recently slayed the club's audiences. Laugh Out Loud regularly schedules shows four nights a week, including the popular Wednesday night open mic, which showcases the fresh talent of amateur comedians and the soundman's admittedly unoriginal microphone check.

8928 US 70 Bus Hwy W
Clayton,
NC
US

Whipping up upscale pub grub with expertise, North Ridge Pub pairs reputable fare and a comfortable setting better than a leather couch fitted with a deep fryer. Amid a casual atmosphere that’s blanketed in lustrous wood finishes, patrons can enjoy a welcoming staff and varied dinner and brunch menus compiled with the freshest ingredients available. Hunger-addled visitors can sample specialty entrees such as the Cameron Steak, marinated with soy and pineapple ($13.95), and meatloaf with secret sauce, vegetables, and mac 'n' cheese ($8.95/$11.95). Seafaring visitors and Aquaman can opt for seafood offerings such as the shrimp picante with rice and tortilla chips ($12.95), and handy diners can test-bite a mitt-fitting crab-cake sandwich ($7.95). North Ridge Pub's fully stocked bar serves up high-octane drinks that help fuel discourse more efficiently than Socrates appearing on The Arsenio Hall Show.

6196 Falls of Neuse Rd, # 116
Raleigh,
NC
US

During 30-minute tours at Boylan Bridge, foam-enthused folk get to ogle high-end machinery and learn about the beer-making process from potable professionals. Keep all of your senses engaged by sniffing, swishing, and swallowing six freshly brewed beer samples such as the Pullman Porter, a dark beer with coffee and chocolate flavors, or the Gantlet Golden, a pale pilsner-like brew with flavors of hops and citrus. Once you and your tour cohort have discovered new favorites, grab a seat at Boylan's hand-crafted bar to treat yourself to an additional pint, or mosey out to the pub's deck to try to spot Waldo amidst the scenic city skyline. Although not covered by this Groupon, Boylan Bridge Brewpub also serves up a newly overhauled menu of tasty pub grub favorites.

201 S Boylan Ave
Raleigh,
NC
US

• For $15, you get $30 worth of traditional Irish pub fare during dinner. • For $12, you get $25 worth of traditional Irish pub fare during lunch.

909 Spring Forest Rd
Raleigh,
NC
US

Chef Conrad Johnston injects innovative twists into Krave's menu of modern American cuisine, topping Parisian-inspired flatbreads with caramelized shallots and dousing small plates of Cajun-style calamari with creole seasoning. With fresh meats, local fruits and veggies, and sauces made from scratch, Chef Conrad concocts tapas, entrees, and salads before diners' eyes in his show kitchen. Meals are savored on the outdoor patio or within Krave's sleekly decorated interior, which surrounds diners with chrome metallics and subtle kinetic lighting. On Friday and Saturday, night owls or owls in human disguise can sip handcrafted signature cocktails until 2 a.m., scarf down items from the full menu until 4 a.m., and groove to tunes spun by top area DJs.

510 Glenwood Ave
Raleigh,
NC
US

Oliver Twist Lounge buzzes with an effortlessly romantic vibe thanks to its candlelit interior, which brims with sumptuous dark-red and maroon accents. Artistically crafted plates showcase Spanish-style tapas crafted from verdant veggies and spicy seafood, and more than 20 specialty martinis and an extensive wine list complement each savory bite. Chefs cook up morsels well into the night, and a jam-packed calendar of entertainment—ranging from live music to belly dancers—propels guests from their perches in the VIP room onto their feet or extremely limber elbows.

8111 Creedmoor Rd
Raleigh,
NC
US