Best New Bars Open Now near Wilmington and Beyond


The bar scene in Wilmington and surrounding beaches is constantly growing, and some exciting new bars have recently opened their doors. This list includes recently opened bars that have buzz, and are great places for date night or just to unwind.

Bull City Ciderworks - ILM | 611 S 17TH ST WILMINGTON, NC 28401

Bull City Ciderworks crafts modern American hard cider in Durham, North Carolina using 100% apple juice, gluten-free yeast cultures, and never adding corn syrup. They recently opened a new location in the cargo district of Wilmington. The newest spot features a lounge area, outdoor space and three fire pits as well as a spacious bar serving our award winning ciders, cider cocktails and NC beer.

Dram and Draught | 109 Market St, Wilmington, NC

Custom cocktails, whiskeys from around the world, sparkling, red, and white wines, as well as specialty brews, are among the menu’s specialties. The Dram & Draught chain now has five locations, all in North Carolina, with the Wilmington site being the first on the coast.

Social Casa De’ Tequila | 121 N Front Street Wilmington NC 38401 28401

Accessible from Front and Water Streets, enjoy the cool open-air winds with a clear view of the Cape Fear River and Battleship Park. The knowledgeable staff at this trendy new bar is happy to share their expertise of premium tequilas and thrill customers with mouthwatering concoctions.

Shagri-La Island Bar | 604 N. Lake Park Blvd Carolina Beach NC

In the heart of Carolina Beach, this new bar is a mid-century contemporary cocktail enthusiasts dream. You can sip on combinations crafted with carefully chosen liqueurs blended with in-house syrups, and fresh juices. The businesswoman Nikole Adkins’ most recent endeavor.

TRU Colors Tap Room | 715 Greenfield St. Wilmington, NC 28401

TRU Colors opened a taproom for the public to enjoy. The Wilmington brewery employs active gang members has seen success with distribution of their beer, but now they have a tasting space for everyone to enjoy.

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