Cocktail Bar, Bar, and Whisky Bar$$$$
Central Raleigh, Raleigh
  • Susan M.
    "Try the Tom Collins or do it Mad Men style with an Old Fashioned."(8 Tips)
    "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'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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