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Places to Go, Things to Do in Downtown Raleigh

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RALEIGH — The downtown business sidewalks that use to fold up at 5 p.m. are now coming alive again, but catering to a different clientele.

Restaurants, bars, pubs and clubs are creating a new downtown Raleigh night life that people are flocking to, rather than leaving from.

"There's a whole string of places to go on this road, and it's a nice area," resident Marie Doklovic said.

"It is competition, but it brings more people down to the downtown area, which is just, in general, better for all of us to get people aware that there is a nice restaurant scene downtown," restaurant owner Andrew Haag said.

T.S. Elliott City Market Bistro is in its third year providing casual fine dining along downtown's city market.

Just across the street is the only brew pub in Raleigh: Greenshields, where you can have the bar scene and dining of your choice.

However, the people running these places agree downtown needs a bigger attraction to draw the crowds.

"They need more stuff for going on for them to stay downtown otherwise most people in this business are going to be out at RTP where most of the business is in Durham," said business owner Doug Meyer.

Word has it another very popular night spot downtown is about to open a second spot. The owners of the Irish pub Tir na nOg are looking at a location at the corner of Blount and Martin streets. It's the former home of Park place antiques. If all goes well the doors will open to a nightclub as soon as December.

The owners of Tir na nOg declined an interview because they say that they are still trying to finalize the deal. No word on what the name of the new night club might be. Photographer: Chad Flowers

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