Raleigh’s Sip and Shop Guide for a Memorable Holiday Season

Lace up your shopping shoes and raise your glasses to these sip + shop experiences in Raleigh. 

’Tis the season for holiday shopping—and taking the festivities up a notch is the sip and shop trend. Like happy hour and retail therapy rolled into one, this fad entails strolling through your fave shops to check everyone off your holiday gift list, all while savoring delicious drinks. Now that sounds like the kind of holiday shopping we can get behind (!). Here, five Raleigh hot spots that will make your spirits—and your shopping bags—bright this holiday season.

Trig Modern

Retail has a new buzzword: refinement. Kick back on a plush couch with a sophisticated cocktail in hand and drink in the ambience of this Dock 1053 midcentury-modern furniture store. The bar up front—pouring both wine and cocktails—guarantees your high-end shopping experience will be anything but dry. trigmodern.com

Unlikely Professionals

Saddle up for a wild retail ride! It’s unlikely you’ll have a bad shopping experience with a brew or a glass of vino from the saloon-style bar at this trendy shop serving urban menswear, outdoor gear, cool accessories and more—all perfect for the men in your life. edgeofurge.com

Hunky Dory

If music is what makes you merry, splurge on classic vinyls—for both yourself and your music-loving friends/fam!—while savoring unique local brews, with a heavy focus on IPAs, at this *dank* record shop in Seaboard Station. Records spinning, beers flowing and good vibes throughout… name a better trio—we’ll wait. hunkydorydurham.com

Fox & Bailey

A sparkling experience that’s worth its weight in gold (and diamonds!), Bailey’s watch shop offers top-shelf bourbons to enjoy while exploring luxury timepieces. Find the perfect piece of jewelry for that special someone—and while you’re at it, treat yo’self to that bling you’ve been eyeing all year. baileybox.com

Atlantic Gardening

Plant-powered shopping never tasted so good. Peruse myriad flora and fauna—or BYO bouquet!—in a lush setting while enjoying rotating local brews, wine and flavored mimosas (Dragonfruit! Mango! Lychee!) at the signature Garden Bar, which also hosts workshops and events like yoga. atlanticgardening.com

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