Try On a Night Out
It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere – Check out New Bern’s growing nightlife scene! Follow as the charming streets you know and love come alive with social activities for the whole family. Our buzzing “Beermuda Triangle”, unique culinary experiences, and treasured local spots await.
Kick off your weekend with an AXEperience you won’t forget at New Bern’s go-to axe throwing joint. Enjoy their selection of North Carolina craft beers on draft along with wine, ciders, seltzers, and snacks. The downtown hangout recently expanded to a larger space, making room for even more fun with their upcoming outdoor area, game room, and knife throwing additions.
With the largest variety in town, Bear Town Market offers 52 beers on tap, premium wines, and a full bar with daily drinks specials. Whether you’re looking for a round of pool, or a casual drink at the penny bar top, Bear Town Market is for you. The local pub is known for its inviting atmosphere and team of bartenders that make you feel like family. With live music every other Friday, you can enjoy our downtown in their beer garden off of Front Street.
Escape to the modern, award-winning restaurant + bar, Cypress Hall. As featured in Our State magazine, Chef Ashley Moser’s cider-braised pork cheeks and Mema’s famous strawberry cake are adored among locals and visitors alike. The lead bartender and mixologist, Aaron, has become famous for his smoked old fashioned. The open-air view of Middle Street creates a picturesque backdrop for your night on the town.
Head over to New Bern’s Beermuda triangle, where you will find the trendy taproom and wine bar, Freshwater. Owned by locals Brandon and Tia, Freshwater is a vision inspired by the couple’s time spent in California. Using reclaimed materials, they transformed an old garage into what is now a picture-worthy atmosphere. The rustic-urban aesthetic, paired with an impressive selection of brews from coast to coast, makes this a must-see stop in the heart of our Five Points neighborhood.
Need an afternoon pick-me-up? Stop by the Bruin for a pint of North Carolina craft beer or a glass of wine. Located on Middle Street, this bottle shop features a diverse selection of 100-plus craft beers. With a selection of one-of-a-kind brands from across the country, a rare 6-pack or signature bottle will make the perfect souvenir of your trip to our riverfront community.
Time to fuel up with good ole’ fashioned southern food! Head over to the locally-owned gastropub, Poppy’s Bites and Barrels. The military-themed menu features their very own private label Maker’s Mark bourbon in honor of fallen soldiers. The restaurant as a whole is dedicated to honoring veterans, namely Corporal Benny DeFonce, aka “Poppy” of the United States Marine Corps. From the patriotic decor to their famous candied bacon, this is a true Americana experience.
Tonic is an apothecary-esque cocktail parlor located above Nautical Star Coffee. With house-made syrups and garnishes, the talented folks at Tonic will handcraft the perfect antidote to remedy your tastebuds using North Carolina-sourced spirits. With plenty of photo ops and a rotation of live music, the vintage-inspired parlor creates a unique, themed experience to make the most of your evening.
The largest of New Bern’s bars, Tap That still has a small-town feel. Friendly faces will greet you at every corner of the 4,800 sq. ft restaurant and bar. The only thing to rival their extensive drink menu is their lineup of live music and events. From cornhole tournaments and music bingo to weekend bands and comedy shows, Tap That offers entertainment for all.