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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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26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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54 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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
Orlando, Florida, USA
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles 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 Ashraf H
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles 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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57 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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
5 of 5 bubbles 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
4 of 5 bubbles 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
Charlotte, North Carolina
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28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016

I liked this place and would go back and give them another try. However, they aren't doing themselves any favors by only having two bartenders working and making customers wait 10-15 minutes upon sitting down at the bar to get any attention. I had this happen to me and then saw it happen in the next 1-2 hours that I... More 

Thank telllikeitis
Cincinnati, Ohio
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148 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016

This is wonderful bar, which emphasizes thoughtfully and carefully prepared classic and new cocktails. On a hot afternoon, the cool, dark room and the long wooden bar are absolutely enchanting. You can get a Ramos Gin Fizz here that Mr. Ramos himself would have been proud to serve. And the experienced bartenders can offer you a variation on a Negroni,... More 

Thank Cincinnati-Bill
Chapel Hill, NC
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50 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016

The Crunkleton is a fantastic place to enjoy some top shelf liquor or cocktails made by expert mixologists. A fun place to spend an evening. Would highly recommend to anyone looking for a great bar, but be forewarned that it is expensive!

Thank teefisch

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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?