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Parents' Night Out


Parents' Night Out

At the helpful suggestion of some of our visitors, we are adding some information that parents can use to plan nights out (without the kids).  We will continue to add more links and information, and we appreciate your with suggestions for inclusion.

Please click on links below or scroll down.


Clubs & Coffee Houses- Live Music

Outdoor Live Music

New Year's Eve


Outdoor Live Music 
After Hours at Weaver Street in Carrboro
Enjoy music and community Summer Thursdays from 6 - 8 pm at Weaver Street Market in Carrboro.  (Come for a parent's night out, or bring the kids!)

August 25 - Tristeza - pop twang Bossa Nova
September 1 - Armand & Bluesology - house rockiní music
September 8 - The Hushpuppies - old time music (last After Hours)
(919) 929-0010

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Local Clubs & Coffee Houses - Live Music 
Blue Bayou
Open Microphone on Tuesdays at 8pm.  Clark Stern, Boogie piano on Wednesdays; live music on weekends.  Check the website for this week's bands.  
106 S. Churton St., Hillsborough
(919) 732-2555.

Bynum General Store
Live music; call for details.
950 Bynum Road, Bynum, NC.  
(919) 542-1858.

Caffee Driade
Chapel Hill coffee house is reputed to have some of the best coffee in town, along with great live music evenings.  Check the website for live music calendar or call for details. 
1215-A E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill, NC.

(919) 942-2333.

Captain John's Dockside
On the third Thursday of each month enjoy the music of the Chris Reynolds' Swing 'n' Jazz Trio. 
Cole Park Plaza, 11550 U.S. 15-501, Chapel Hill NC.

(919) 968-7955.

Carolina Coffee Shop
Enjoy a meal and drinks in this cozy, exposed brick old-style pub.  Featuring the music of Jazzbeau on Wednesdays from 7-9pm.
135 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill, NC.
(919) 942-6875.


Cat's Cradle
Long-time favorite local music venue features wide range of national and locally-based performers.  Check the website for the schedule or call for details.
300 E. Main St., Carrboro, NC.
(919) 9
The Cave
Check the website for the schedule or call for details.
452 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill, NC.
(919) 9

Goldie's Grill
Enjoy Regional American Cuisine as you check out the live music.  Check the website for live music schedule or call for details.
137 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill, NC.
(919) 9

Local 506
Check the website for the schedule or call for details.
506 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill, NC.
(919) 9
Weathervane Restaurant at A Southern Season
Live Jazz in the Bar (music is free) Mondays - Saturdays from 6-9pm.
201 S. Estes Drive (located in University Mall), Chapel Hill.
(919) 9
Wetlands Dance Hall
Features local bands; check out the website for the calendar and upcoming events.
157 Rosemary St., Chapel Hill, NC.
(919) 9

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431 Peace St., Downtown Raleigh, NC
Every Friday & Saturday; Fridays, 8:30 pm; Saturdays, 4:45 pm & 8:30 pm.
Live, competitive improvisational comedy. Tickets may be purchased at the door before showtime. Call for ticket prices! or check the website.  (As of October 2005, the price for evening shows is $10/person. Matinees (4:45 on Saturday) are $6/person. Tickets for The Double Feature, generally held the first Friday of the month, are $5/person.)

(919) 829-0822.

Dirty South Improve Troupe
Carr Mill Mall (back entrance), 200 N. Greensboro St., Carrboro, NC
Friday and Saturday, 7:30pm, 9:30pm and 11 pm.  Tickets $5 - $10.
Featuring CompedySPortz (improv franchise with a competitive comedian team format, similar to the TV show "Whose Line is it Anyway?"

From the website: "DSI Theater entertains audiences with its energetic and extremely committed take on improvisational theater. With business operations in North Carolina and Chicago, two critically acclaimed touring shows, a growing college improv network with IMPLOSION, the college comedy resource, and a national improv festival, DSI continues to be more than just another comedy theater. We are recognized for the development, promotion and performance of the art of improvisation."
Reservations:  (919) 225-6330.
(919) 423-5121.

Transactors Improv Co. at the ArtsCenter, West End Theater
Local comedy troupe offers comedy at the Carrboro ArtsCenter and in other venues.  Check the Transactors calendar.
Sat., August 27th at 8pm:  Back to School with Transactors Improv.  From the website:  "School days are here again and Transactors Improv explores the unique excitement and/or horror of this time of year from the perspective of students, teachers, and parents. The performances will also feature at least one mystery guest. This evening of improvisational theater is based on audience suggestion and will include everything you've come to expect from the South's oldest improv company, including music, movement, complex stories, and rich and ridiculous characters. Just remember that if you laugh they're doing comedy and if you don't they're doing drama. For more info on the company, please visit or call 824-0937 $13, $11 ArtsCenter Friends."
ArtsCenter, 300-G E. Main St., Carrboro.
(919) 929-2787 or (919) 824-0937.

Restaurants (Chapel Hill, Carrboro and further afield)
Also see Family Friendly Dining for more Local Restaurant Ideas.  This is just a small sampling of local restaurants!  Please send us an to suggest your favorite for inclusion in this Parent's Night Out listing.
ACME Food & Beverage Co. - American
110 E. Main St., Downtown Chapel Hill
(919) 929-2263
AnotherThyme - Mediterranean, Asian Southwest
109 N. Gregson St., Durham
(919) 682-5225
Carolina Brewery - Contemporary American Food
460 W. Franklin St., Downtown Chapel Hill
(919) 942-1800
Carolina Coffee Shop - American Bistro; Great Ambiance - Exposed Brick Walls, Music 
138 E. Franklin St. (near the Planetarium), Downtown Chapel Hill
(919) 942-6875

Crook's Corner - Great Critically Acclaimed Southern Cuisine 
610 W. Franklin St., Downtown Chapel Hill
(919) 929-7643

Fearrington House - Critically Acclaimed; American with Southern Influence 
2000 Fearrington Village Center, Pittsboro
(919) 542-2121

General Store Cafe - American; (Live Irish Music - Check website for Dates) 
39 West St., Downtown Pittsboro
(919) 542-2432

Il Palio - Italian Cuisine 
1505 E. Franklin St. (Siena Hotel), Chapel Hill
(919) 918-2545

Jamaica Jamaica - Authentic West Indian Cuisine / Jamaican Cuisine 
Restaurant, take-out
4853 Apex Highway South, (Intersection of Hwy 54 and 55 (behind Bohangles) Durham, NC 27713.  Hours: Mon-Fri 11:00am-10:00pm; Sat 11:00am- 2:00am (closed Sunday).  Live Jazz Lunch (Weds., Thurs. and Fri.).
(919) 544-1532.

Provence - Southern French Cuisine 
203 W. Weaver St., Carroboro
(919) 967-5008

La Residence - French Cuisine 
202 W. Rosemary St., Chapel Hill
(919) 967-2506

Margaret's Cantina - Mexican; Best Margarita in Town (Chapel Hill News Rose Award)
1129 Weaver Dairy Rd.
(919) 942-4745.

Spotted Dog - American
111 E. Main St., Carrboro
(919) 933-1117

Top of the Hill - American, Italian, Seafood - Check out the UNC-themed Gargoyles 
100 E. Franklin St., Downtown Chapel Hill
(919) 929-8676

Tylers - American
102 E. Main St., Carrboro
(919) 9292-6881

Weathervane Cafe - American, Seafood; Live Jazz Music - Located in A Southern Season
201 Estes Drive (University Mall), Chapel Hill
(919) 253-3663

Woody's Tar Heel Tavern & Grill - American 
175 E. Franklin St., Downtown Chapel Hill
(919) 968-3809

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New Year's Eve Celebrations
Also see Festivals & Events Guide - December 2005/January 2006 for more ideas.
December 31, 2005
New Year's Eve Gala and concert presented by the NC Symphony at The Meymandi Concert Hall at the BTI Center.  December 31, 2005; music begins at 7:30pm.  Caitrin Finch will be featured on the harp.  Extravaganza package includes hors d'oeuvres before the concert, and dinner and dancing following the show.
(919) 733-2750.


First Night Raleigh 2006 presented by Artsplosure
2pm until Midnight
Annual family-friendly New Year's celebration held in downtown Raleigh.  Admission "buttons" which participants wear pinned to their coats or hats go on sale over Thanksgiving weekend at over 70 outlets, including Harris Teeter stores in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area.  Over 100 performances at 125 locations.

2 - 6pm:  The Children's Celebration
7pm - Evening Performances begin featuring 100 performances in 25 downtown Raleigh venues 
10:30 pm: Main Stage entertainment begins.

Click here for more information (after November 15, 2005).
(919) 832-8699.


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