Nightlife in West Raleigh

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Tiny combustions and the smell of butter emanate from Goodnight's Comedy Club's vintage popcorn maker as nationally touring standups such as Marc Maron and Ralphie May step up to the mic. With a brick wall behind them and a checkered floor below, these headliners spin their comic yarns as popcorn, Buffalo wings, and cocktails deftly land on tables. In addition to its cabaret menu of apps and drinks, the club is connected to two restaurants. Every month, the mostly private Grille at Goodnight's unveils a new menu of upscale American fare, from prime rib to lobster mac n cheese and pumpkin ravioli that turns into carriage ravioli at midnight. The Old Bar Restaurant and Bar resides underneath Goodnight's, treating diners to more casual fare in the form of burgers and Tex-Mex platters.

861 W Morgan St
Raleigh,
NC
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Pairing 22 high-definition televisions and a bar stocked with 14 drafts and bottled craft brews, Crabtree Tavern takes its sports-bar status seriously. Executive chef Scott Phillips populates brunch through dinner menus with American pub fare such as wings, burgers, and the popular Ragin' Cajun mac 'n' cheese, which is actually really nice, once you get to know it. Fulfilling its promise of sports, the bar boasts NFL, MLB, and NCAA packages, and also airs the English Premier League and U.S. National soccer teams for fans of the hands-free sport.

5300 Homewood Banks Dr
Raleigh,
NC
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Buffalo Brothers Pizza & Wing Company transplants the signature cuisine of Buffalo, New York to North Carolina, spicing up pizza, wings, and wraps with house buffalo sauce. The eatery's trademark pizza covers dough in a blue-cheese base and tops it with mozzarella and wing sauce. The cooks spin wings in nearly 20 flavors of sauces and finish 8-ounce burgers with items such as jalapeños, sautéed onions, bacon.

4025 Lake Boone Trl
Raleigh,
NC
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Primp Salonbar provides a complete escape from everyday stress by combining the environment of a relaxing day spa with that of a luxuriant cocktail lounge. While waiting for an appointment, clients have the opportunity to peruse a high-fashion magazine or purchase a beer, glass of wine, or specialty drink from the fully stocked bar. The spa and salon treatments strive to be similarly indulgent and attentive to visitors' needs. Using sulfate- and paraben-free Alterna haircare products, the stylists design flattering new hairdos by trimming wayward strands and using coloring or texturizing treatments to add dramatic depth and dimension. Additionally, Primp Salonbar's mani-pedis, waxing treatments, and Novalash eyelash extensions can help visitors reinvent their style and adopt a trendy new look.

401 N West St
Raleigh,
NC
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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
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Inside the large dining room of Vesuvio’s Italian Kitchen, light floods in through lofty windows over plates of steaming homemade lasagna and lobster-stuffed ravioli, carried hot from the kitchen by servers. Dark booths line a pair of walls, where a mural window looks out through curving arches onto a bright sea, dotted by sailboats and famous philosophers surfboarding. Next to the stone fireplace, rows of tables are arranged across the rustic hardwood floor, and wine and beer flow freely below the tiled awning that hangs over the bar. A range of house specialties populate the lunch and dinner menu, and an expansive salad bar supplies garden-fresh greens.

2431 Spring Forest Rd
Raleigh,
NC
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