Raleigh, NC 27601
A glowing red neon sign signals the subterranean entrance. It reads “Foundation.” Step down the stairs and inside, and the décor feels just right -– stone and brick walls, exposed beams, bar and tables made of reclaimed local heart pine. And for those perfect Carolina days, there’s outdoor seating. "Foundation specializes in what is great about North Carolina and the surrounding region when it comes to all things drink related,” promises co-owner Will Alphin. Cocktails are made from seasonal, fresh, local ingredients, thanks to a weekly trip to the farmer’s market, and the bar makes its own mixers including cola and ginger ale. If that’s not enough, consider that Foundation serves only North Carolina draft beers, domestically-produced wines and North Carolina’s largest bourbon list. The South X Southeast Cocktail features NC-made moonshine, infused with SC-grown Early Grey tea. Note: This is a private club with online sign-up.