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The Crunkleton

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320 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516-2521
16:00 - 02:00
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Asheville, North Carolina
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

At first glance the thought might be 'bearded hipster haven', go anyway! They may be wearing bowties but the bar staff is super knowledgeable, their bourbon (and other liquors) selection is impressive to say the least! Great old school wooden bar and lots of cozy leather chairs for small groups. Great spot! Craft cocktails that are 100% worth it.

Thank Jamie B
Chapel Hill, United States
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24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great local bar not inundated with college kids. Excellent drink menu handcrafted by experienced bartenders! Gem of a find!

Thank Patricia P K
Knightdale, North Carolina
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192 reviews
141 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Not that the Crunkleton needs yet another amazing review, but I have to give one. I have never had better cocktails or service than at this place. Gary Crunkleton knows how to procure fine choices and my husband and I nerd out entirely on their scotch, whiskey/bourbon and gin selection. Mr. Crunkleton also offers classes at times (at Southern Season... More 

Thank jermsshan
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26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2017

The Crunkleton is hands down the best bar in the triangle, and one of the very best bars in the southeastern USA. That includes Charleston, New Orleans and and other damn place youn can name. Owner Gary is a Star with a capitol S. The bartenders are all comsumate professionals, the surroundings are comfortable ala a high end NYC midtown... More 

Thank Tom L
Chapel Hill, United States
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63 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

They always have unique adult beverages and I can always bring friends there that are routinely blown away by what they do.

Thank Jim W
Atlanta, Georgia
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22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 January 2017

Went in for a drink with friends on Friday around 10. Not too crowded and a good vibe. My drink was tasty, but my friend's was a bit off to us. We've had plenty of Blood and Sands in our time, and this one was just a bit off. I went back to the bartender to ask him to try... More 

1 Thank shraffo
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 18 January 2017

Nice to be able to go to a bar that has revived the art of the cocktail and has a good array of bourbons.

Thank 934kirstinf
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56 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 November 2016

The Crunkleton is a great place to have a cocktail. The selection of whiskey is beyond comprehenion. Great bar staff and my first tasta of a barrel agen cocktail, this time a Manhattan, and it was great, a little smoother and pricier but good.

Thank Tullymore
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 November 2016

It can be hard to find a bar in a college town where you don't feel really old. This is one of them. Excellent (and unusual) cocktails, pool tables in back (free), and a classy atmosphere.

Thank tarheel617
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35 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 August 2016

We stopped in and had a couple of drinks. Known as a whiskey bar. New to me, have to pay $5 to become a member and tou can bring in up to two guests. I didn't really pay attention to the reason, something like its nc law if the place doesn't serve food you are required to become a member.... More 

Thank RoJo2008

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Restaurant Details

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Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
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Bar Scene
Open Hours
16:00 - 00:00
16:00 - 02:00
16:00 - 02:00
16:00 - 02:00
16:00 - 02:00
16:00 - 02:00
16:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 320 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516-2521
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Chapel Hill
This is a bar more than a restaurant...

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?