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In Photos: Weekend sippers from Port City Taste Craft Cocktail Week

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SOUTHEASTERN N.C. — Cheers — the weekend is here! It also means Port City Taste Craft Cocktail Week is in full swing — with a little over 55 hours to go before wrapping. There are more than 30 drinks you can choose from at almost 20 local bars and restaurants as you dine and imbibe this […]

5 reasons to enjoy Port City Taste Craft Cocktail Week

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WILMINGTON — Raise your glasses: Port City Taste is celebrating more than a dozen local bars and restaurants, whose bartenders and mixologists have put together a bevy of flavors to tempt your palate over the next seven days. It all kicks off Monday, Oct. 4.  CLICK HERE TO GO STRAIGHT TO THE MENUS Craft Cocktail Week […]
Wilmington's second distillery, End of Days, is soon to open on Castle Street. (Port City Daily photo/Mark Darrough)

NC distilleries now allowed to sell liquor by bottle on Sundays

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Miss out on making that necessary Saturday pit stop at the ABC store to fulfill Sunday’s Bloody Mary needs? No worries — an omnibus legislation, House Bill 890, signed into law by North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, went into effect Friday. It allows distilleries to open Sundays to sell to-go bottles of its spirits from noon […]

‘First legal Wilmington bourbon since prohibition’ gets released this week from End of Days Distillery

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WILMINGTON — Every Monday the End of Days team, including a group of volunteers, gather in the renovated Quonset hut distillery on Castle Street to bottle the weekly supply of its award-winning vodka, gin and rum. This past Monday was a bit more special: The bottling session of End of Day’s (EOD) first batch of bourbon […]
Patrons eat at tables lined up along Front Street Thursday evening as part of Downtown Alive's initiative to expand seating areas for downtown restaurants. (Port City Daily photo/Mark Darrough)

Open container ‘social district’ could soon come to downtown Wilmington

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WILMINGTON –– Downtown patrons may soon be able to carry and sip alcohol openly in Wilmington as support grows for an outdoor drinking district. Signed by Gov. Roy Cooper Sept. 10, House Bill 890 revamped ABC laws after receiving broad support in the legislature. The wide-ranging legislation lets ABC Stores conduct online orders, expands the […]

No vax, no test, no service: Blind Elephant requires proof from customers, restaurateurs talk mandatory staff vaccinations

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WILMINGTON — “I figure since a speakeasy is very picky about who they let in, I might as well lean into it,” Ashley Tipper told Port City Daily Tuesday morning. Tipper is the owner of The Blind Elephant  — downtown’s 1920s cocktail lounge, located in the alley between Front St. Brewery and Port City Java along […]

Family-friendly arcade bar coming to bustling corner of downtown Wilmington

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WILMINGTON –– A lively corner of downtown Wilmington is undergoing renovations soon and will emerge early next year as the retro new neighbor of Reel Cafe and The Husk. Game Over Bar and Arcade is targeting a late winter opening at 28 S. Front St., formerly City Limits Saloon. The arcade bar will offer local […]

Bars, businesses brace for influx of 21,000 Spreadheads heading downtown this weekend

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WILMINGTON — This weekend 7,200 people are projected to be at Live Oak Bank Pavilion at Riverfront Park each night, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, as it welcomes its first national touring act, Widespread Panic. With the possibility of 21,000-plus Spreadheads (WSP fans) adding to the influx of tourists visiting in summer’s peak season, bars and […]

Wrightsville Beach iconic hot-dog spot adds morning service with Coffee Stop

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WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH — As manager Michelle Rice was closing up the Coffee Stop at 10:30 a.m. on its opening day, Saturday, June 12, she said a line already had begun to form nearby at the door. The operation was changing shifts from serving Americanos to pushing Cape Fear, Battleship and Surfer dogs aplenty at Trolly […]

Art meets coffee in renovated horse trailer, Lucky, popping up at local markets and office parks

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WILMINGTON — Over the last year, 21-year-old Savannah Logan watched the popularity of food trucks and mobile drinkeries take off in the midst of Covid-19 and decided there was no better time than the present to follow through on her dream of starting a mobile coffee unit. After purchasing a 1999 horse trailer, she and her […]