This post may contain affiliate links, meaning that we will receive a commission if you click through and make a purchase. All opinions are those of the author.
Known as the Bull City, Durham has come a long way from its tobacco roots. Home to Duke University, Durham does not feel like a university town. With plenty of outdoor spaces and a burgeoning food and beer scene, the city beckons to be explored. There are many things to do in Durham at night.
Don’t leave the city without visiting the American Tobacco Campus, a national historic district and historic tobacco company complex.
How to Get to Durham, NC
The Raleigh-Durham Airport (RDU) is the best way to fly in. The city is accessed by Highway I-40.
While public transportation is available, especially downtown, renting a car or using ride share is better for those not staying downtown or wanting to explore.
If staying downtown, take advantage of the Bull City Connector, a free bus connecting the Duke campus to Main Street.
Where to Eat in Durham for Dinner
Nana’s // Seasonally inspired American cuisine which helped placed Durham on the foodie scene. A Durham institution.
M Restaurants // M Sushi, M Kokko, M Tempura, and M Pocha (with plans for more restaurants opening soon) have developed a cult following. Only M Tempura and M Sushi accept dinner reservations. Expect a two-hour way at the other locations or to be turned away.
Namu // Korean fare, craft coffee, and craft beer served featuring a large seating area. Order the Kim-Chi Bull Fries.
Viceroy // Indian cuisine and British pub in one. The Vindaloo is great as are the Sweet Potato Samosas.
Mateo // Award wining Spanish tapas restaurant that receives rave reviews every time for good reason. Bring a crowd and share, share, share.
Luna // South American cuisine with an American South flair. Whether you eat an empanada or a beef brisket grain bowl, your belly will thank you. Plus you’ll make new friends at the mostly communal tables.
Elmo’s Diner // Good comfort food served in a friendly atmosphere. Order breakfast anytime!
Things to See in Durham, NC at Night
Enjoy a baseball game since we’re home to the Durham Bulls, though the movie Bull Durham was filmed in the old stadium.
Visit one of the amazing craft breweries like Fullsteam, Ponysaurus, Durty Bull, Glass Jug, Bull City, and Barrel Culture.
Catch a Broadway show and world-class entertainment at the Durham Performing Arts Center. It ranks nationally as one of the best theaters of its size.
Grab a drink at the rooftop bar at The Durham hotel and enjoy the best views of the city. Time your visit to see the sunset from the rooftop!
Wander Geer Street between Foster and Rigsbee. A plethora of bars, music halls, and restaurants dot a few blocks that are easily walk-able. From axe throwing to tiki bars, breweries to coffee houses, a wine bar to a music hall, this area has it all for one night’s entertainment.
Walk around the downtown area and admire all the murals. Some tell the story of the city, some of inclusivity. They all tell the story of Durham and of the creative spirit of its people.
Also check out:
- North Shore, Oahu, HI After 5:00 pm
- St. Petersburg, FL After 5:00 pm
- River North, Chicago After 5:00 pm
- San Francisco’s Financial District After 5:00 pm
- Plano, TX After 5:00 pm
- Charleston, SC After 5:00 pm