Foundation

Cocktail Bar, Bar, and Whisky Bar$$$$
Central Raleigh, Raleigh
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  • Susan M.
    "Try the Tom Collins or do it Mad Men style with an Old Fashioned."(8 Tips)
    Daniel
    "My favorite bar in Raleigh"(3 Tips)
    Melissa Ashley
    "so far loving Tom Collins + South Side."(4 Tips)
    Mary B.
    "Favorite cocktail in Raleigh: the Charleston Sour at Foundation."(2 Tips)
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  • Michele
    MicheleJune 17
    Great cocktails
  • Matt Davis
    Matt DavisApril 17
    Good drinks, good atmosphere
  • Liz J.
    Liz JohnsonAugust 16, 2016
    Summer sangria is awesome!
  • Robert B.
    Robert BelcianoApril 17, 2016
    If in Raleigh, this is definitely a must stop for a quick drink. It is set in the old Raleigh Times building, so pretty cool history/atmosphere.
  • K
    KFebruary 16, 2016
    Loved the space but service took a while. Bartenders not paying attention and focused on talking to bar patrons.
  • William V.
    William VaughanFebruary 11, 2016
    Quite the cozy place to hide for a beer out and about. Perfect place to go to escape the huge crowds!
  • Brandon 🍣🍶☕️
    Brandon 🍣🍶☕️December 26, 2015
    I'll be honest. The fact that there is no cell service in this basement bar is nice. Best whiskey selection in Raleigh.
  • Katherine M.
    Katherine M.October 20, 2015
    "House-made colas and syrups are mixed into cocktails like the Sweet Home Carolina (Cruzan light rum, sweet potato simple syrup, an egg and autumnal spices; $10)." --NYT 36 Hours Read more
  • Megan T.
    Megan ThayerSeptember 9, 2015
    Cool vibe! Their sangria is yummy!
  • Joseph S.
    Joseph SilversAugust 17, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Great seasonal cocktails, and their whiskey ginger is the best in Raleigh.
  • Meredith B.
    Meredith BabbJune 1, 2015
    Amazing cocktails, amazing service.
  • Mandeep B.
    Mandeep BalApril 28, 2015
    Great bar! Large bourbon collection
  • h
    hMarch 20, 2015
    Cozy, underground, mostly local beers
  • Conner H.
    Conner HobsonNovember 10, 2014
    I asked about the $5 cocktail menu that someone on foursquare mentioned and it doesn't currently exist; however the drinks are well worth the money. The woodwork in here makes for great ambiance.
  • Todd W.
    Todd WilliamsSeptember 2, 2014
    Great bar. Excellent bourbon list. I would go with the Old Fashioned. Perfection.
  • Bryan S.
    Great whiskey spot, but only American whiskey and bourbons
  • Melissa Ashley
    Melissa AshleyApril 12, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Making my way through their unique and quality cocktail list, but so far loving Tom Collins + South Side. Come in for an intimate, conversation friendly bar! $1 membership on weekends required.
  • Jim H.
    Jim HerrickApril 6, 2014
    If you love natural flavors in a hand-crafted drink made by an educated bartender, you will really enjoy this place.
  • shayna r.
    shayna rileyMarch 14, 2014
    The Improved Chapman is most improved.
  • Gregor M.
    Gregor McElvogueJanuary 23, 2014
    The house made ginger ale is special and the peanuts help whatever alcohol you choose go down smoothly.
  • Pax W.
    Pax WhitfieldJanuary 5, 2014
    One of the few bars in Raleigh that I don't feel is making some compromise to appeal to a wider swath of folks. The result is one of the few places in town I genuinely like without reservation.
  • McKinney B.
    McKinney BrownDecember 27, 2013
    The "Tarheel" was incredible. REAL ginger ale made in-house.
  • Rebecca D.
    Rebecca DixonOctober 18, 2013
    Great spot for cocktails with Frienfs....
  • Bill T.
    Bill TraversSeptember 28, 2013
    Beer tent good!
  • Jorge G.
    Jorge GomezJuly 6, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Everything is awesome....but don't leave without trying the peanuts!!!!
  • Esther W.
    Esther WallaceJune 30, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Bring your membership, and be ready to drink beverages you can't get anywhere else on Fayetteville St.
  • Jess ⚓
    Jess ⚓May 27, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Say hi to Laura White. Also, gin lovers pleaseee give the Seven Seas Sour a chance. Won't disappoint.
  • James W.
    James WrightApril 25, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Old Fashioned.
  • Jessi R.
    Jessi RogersApril 11, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Order a Tom Collins. Carrie is awesome!
  • Walter J.
    Walter JohnsonApril 5, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    The whiskey gingers ate the ish
  • Rodney
    RodneyJanuary 20, 2013
    Drinks are something special here. I wish I could remember the name of the one made with kudzu jelly. At first thought it was too tart, but now wanna try again!
  • Andrew B.
    Andrew BlackburnJanuary 20, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Best gin and tonics in Raleigh. I dare you to prove me wrong.
  • Jen C.
    Jen CurrierAugust 31, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Olde Hickory Hefeweizen, jalapeño infused vodka, lime juice, and honey.
  • Brad C.
    Brad CoatsJuly 29, 2012
    Basil Smash!
  • Kelly L.
    Kelly LJuly 17, 2012
    Get the Root Beer Flip No.3! It's freaking amazing!
  • erin b.
    erin brasherJune 21, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Laura white is hot
  • Glenna A.
    Glenna AshleyJune 11, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The staff is the best! Get the ginger slinggggg!
  • Kyle S.
    Kyle ShafferMay 9, 2012
    Catdaddy Carolina Moonshine. Get. It.
  • Todd B.
    Todd BukerMay 2, 2012
    Not a lot of room, but a great bar all around. Great selection of whiskeys and unique cocktails.
  • V B.
    V BryanApril 5, 2012
    Awesome specialty cocktails. Bourbon list that makes you want to slap yo mama! Get the Tar Heel if you like soda drinks.
  • Jimmy F.
    Jimmy FarrowMarch 24, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    You absolutely must try the Country Thyme cocktail.
  • Tom J.
    Tom JMarch 13, 2012
    Imbibe Magazine recognized Foundation for pouring some of the Best Contemporary Cocktails in the South in their March/April 2011 Southern Issue.
  • Christopher S.
    Christopher SJanuary 29, 2012
    Maple Old Fashioned every time.
  • Daniel
    DanielDecember 27, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    My favorite bar in Raleigh and a great place for drinks and conversation.
  • Lindsay
    LindsayNovember 27, 2011
    Be patient! Worth waiting to get in. Also get a drink with ice cubes. You will see why.
  • Clay O.
    Clay ONealOctober 29, 2011
    Homemade ginger ale in any concoction here will mind fuck you
  • Mary B.
    Mary B.September 11, 2011
    Favorite cocktail in Raleigh: the Charleston Sour at Foundation.
  • Ken H.
    Ken HayesSeptember 3, 2011
    Just became a member... but is it worth it...?
  • Jess ⚓
    Jess ⚓August 27, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Become a member and visit often. Unique drinks and atmosphere that attract only the coolest people in Raleigh.
  • Evan K.
    Evan KinneyAugust 25, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Ask Betty for a Misha's Wrath. You won't regret it.
  • Sam S.
    Sam SpencerAugust 22, 2011
    Great non-alcoholic drinks. Read more
  • Steven K.
    Steven KeithAugust 14, 2011
    If you deserve it, grab their Old Fashioned. Read more
  • Ben S.
    Ben SteelJuly 20, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Get a Double Ridgemont Reserve 1792 Maple Old Fashioned.
  • Bryan Y.
    Bryan YountJuly 19, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    The drinks are unlike any I've had elsewhere. Get any of the drinks with egg whites in them. Trust me on this!
  • Lauren C.
    Lauren CollaltoJuly 10, 2011
    The Charleston Sour and the Tar Heel are great.
  • Kevin E.
    Kevin EdwardsApril 30, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The soap in the bathroom is nice.
  • Mihaela C.
    Mihaela CiulianuApril 9, 2011
    Cute atmoshpere, great selection of wines (on tap) and they carry a lot of local beers
  • Andrew R.
    Andrew RomanFebruary 20, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Have some Coffee and Pie. It's not food; it's their best drink yet. Or skip the eggy mix, and get an Old Fashioned. Both rock
  • Alex A.
    Alex ArroyoOctober 9, 2010
    Prissy old british guy at door did wanna let us in cuz my boy was rocking a Germany jacket!!!!! What a place!!!
  • melissa
    melissaAugust 24, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    regular sazerac > piedmont sazerac.
  • Mike A.
    Mike A.August 22, 2010
    Old Fashioned. Done & done.
  • Mike
    MikeJuly 14, 2010
    Go to Foundation and get a Tom Collins
  • Marc
    MarcApril 7, 2010
    Have a drink with fresh herbs and sit at a table on Fayetteville Street
  • Marla B.
    Marla BApril 7, 2010
    Farmer Collins...it's Deeelightful. Not sure if it's on their spring menu though.
  • Adam K.
    Adam KincaidMarch 23, 2010
    Amazing selection of mixed drinks. However, I would recommend against the house made sodas, especially the ginger ale. Not what you expect!
  • Richard H.
    Richard HunterMarch 20, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    That kevin is the worlds greatest bar tender! Even though jordan has "the trophy"
  • Susan M.
    Susan MarshFebruary 15, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Foundation has, hands down, the best $5 recession cocktail menu around. Try the Tom Collins or do it Mad Men style with an Old Fashioned. You won't be disappointed!
  • Penny A.
    Penny Ashley-LawrenceJanuary 17, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Spicy rum and their cola. When the bring the first one, go ahead and order the second.
  • Anne O.
    Anne OwnbyJanuary 11, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    go on the first night of a new season and try all the new cocktails
  • Jeff T.
    Jeff TippettJanuary 6, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    If you're here, you should invite me. This is my favorite bar in Raleigh. Read more
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