Stumped by where to take your better half for a special night out? Look no further than these truly local Durham spots for a romantic, fun and unique evening.

Alley Twenty Six

Alley Twenty Six is a beautiful cocktail bar and restaurant that features upscale food and cocktail pairings. They’re an award-winning Durham favorite. They’re hosting a monthly ‘Dinner with Friends’ charity event benefiting World Central Kitchen with guest bartenders that feature multiple courses and truly amazing cocktails.

Or go to for a round of ‘Best of the Bull’ cocktails! Available only with your Shop Durham card. They will all showcase, local (or NC state) spirits and local ingredients, grown or foraged.

Durham Distillery

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Durham Distillery

Durham Distillery is home to award winning Conniption gins, cold distilled cucumber vodka, and decadent Damn Fine liqueurs. They were even named the No. 3 Craft Gin Distillery in the US by USA Today! Their tours are perfect for date nights or just a fun evening with friends!

You can get 50% off distillery tours with your Shop Durham card!

ALSO SEE: 30 Date Ideas in Durham under $25

Little Dipper Fondue

An experience you won’t find at any other restaurant in Durham. You can dip about anything your heart desires at The Little Dipper like meats, fresh seafood, vegetables, bread and of course, desserts! AND you can get a free dessert with the purchase of an entree with your Shop Durham card. Score!


Bar Brunello

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Bar Brunello is a casually elegant wine bar in downtown Durham serving up a diverse selection of wines, charcuterie and cheese plates. Grab some wine to go and you’ll get a free Bar Brunello T-shirt with any $50+ gift card or retail wine purchase with your Shop Durham card.


Parizade has become a Durham icon, with an atmosphere created with influences found in Durham, but with the colors and romance of the Mediterranean. 

You’ll get a free appetizer with the purchase of any entrée with your Shop Durham card.

Pour Taproom

Pour Taproom Durham is a pay-by-the-ounce taproom where you can pour your own drink from a selection of 60+ taps of the finest of craft brews, ciders and wines from the Triangle, and other awesome beer hubs far and wide.

Get $5 off $40 or more with your Shop Durham card!

Honeygirl Meadery

Honeygirl Meadery is a small production meadery located in downtown Durham. Their meads are hand-crafted libations made in small batches with all natural ingredients, everything is produced and bottled on site! Stop by on the weekends for a tasting!

10% off $20 or more with your Shop Durham card.

ALSO SEE: 30 Date Ideas in Durham under $25

Black Twig Cider House

Black Twig Cider House is the first of its kind in the Southeast to offer over 60-80 different varieties of cider, both on draft and bottled and the only indoor txotx in the United States.

The txotx is the barrel that holds the local Spanish cider. The cider is naturally still, but the act of catching it in your glass gives it a refreshing temporary effervescence. When someone in the room yells, “Txotx!,” everyone gathers around the barrel with their glass, taking turns catching about 3 oz of cider, and then toasting together before drinking the cider in unison. Txotx!

Get $8 off purchase of $40 or more with your Shop Durham card!

What’s up with the Shop Durham card offers?

Shop Durham is our card program that helps you keep it local AND get rewarded for doing it, plus get the added enjoyment of supporting a great local business or discovering a new favorite. Get a card for only $15 and save at over 150 locally owned businesses all year long!