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Fuquay Varina coffee and cocktails

COFFEE AND COCKTAILS: FUQUAY-VARINA

Locally-owned options for coffee and cocktails in Fuquay-Varina are on the rise, keeping pace with the town’s growing population. The southern-most town in Wake County is one of the few hyphenated towns in the U.S.—the result of a merger of the two towns back in 1963.

Newcomers often struggle with the pronunciation (sounding it out, it’s: Fyookway-Vaareenuh), but they enjoy exploring the two historic downtowns, the parks, and knowing major retailers like Home Depot, Aldi, Walmart and others are available right in town.

And from morning ‘til night, there are excellent options for morning (or all-day) coffee, as well as cocktails, craft brews and dinner. Here are just a few of the locally-owned favorites.

COFFEE

Cultivate Coffee Roasters

Cultivate at 128 S. Fuquay Avenue is a popular spot for those working away from an office and as a meeting spot. In part this is because they’ve got a fairly large amount of comfortable seating both inside and out front. While they don’t do hot breakfasts, their tasty seasonal baked goods are always fresh and sweet (and there’s usually a selection of gluten-free items too—though, sadly, no calorie-free ones!).

Naturally their brewed javas, teas and specialty beverages are on point—and you can buy bags of various beans, teas and coffee accessories for those days you prefer to stay home, too.

One of the welcome options for early birds in town, they open at 7am weekdays, 8am Saturdays, or a leisurely Noon on Sunday. Street parking is free.

Tsuru Sweets & Coffee

Though not quite a fit for your classic coffee stop, leaving Tsuru off the list of must-visit destinations would be a huge loss, at any time of day! This corner bakery and coffee stop at 411 Broad St brings a unique, international flair to the northern historic district, with pastries and sweets inspired by the owner’s Costa Rican heritage. (You may have tasted some of Chef Paola’s work pre-Tsuru: she worked at Fearrington House Restaurant some years ago.).

Of course you’ll also enjoy a good cup of coffee (hot and iced), tea and/or other beverage with your treat. And if you like what you taste, they’re also a source for high-end dessert catering, and remarkable wedding cakes.

Opens at 8am Wed-Sat, 10am on Sunday

COFFEE AND COCKTAILS IN FUQUAY-VARINA

Brus on Main

Brus on Main, at 135 S. Main St, is one of the newer spots to choose from on Main Street, adding a 3rd option to the Fuquay side of town. Among their claims to fame: fun (and tasty) coffee flights. They also have quickly become a popular spot for brunch (or lunch) thanks to their generously-sized breakfast sandwiches, burritos and pizzas; grilled paninis and indulgent bites from the fryer (like chicken cordon bleu bites, zucchini bites and more).

Brus on Main might become a favorite for both coffee and cocktails. Because in addition to beer and wine, you’ll find specialty “Boozy Drinks,” “Boozy Coffee” and Mimosa flights. You can have some fun with your dinner, too, with karaoke on Fridays, and music bingo or trivia every Wednesday.

They’re winning fans for other reasons too, like community support. Here’s one example: they’re donating complete supplies for turkey dinners—complete with potatoes, stuffing, corn, gravy and rolls—to 20 families in need this Thanksgiving.

Opens at 7am weekdays, 8am weekends. Street parking is free.

The Mill

The Mill, at 146 S Main St, is another local spot that pulls both coffee and cocktail duty. It’s a nice airy space, with exposed brick and a large loft area that’s especially popular. Javas (hot and cold), teas and pastries kick start your day; 18 taps for craft brews, plus an assortment of wines, help wind down the evening. Every Friday and Saturday evening they have a rotation of food trucks so you’ll never go hungry (or get bored with the same menu).

Game nights on Wednesdays, live music on Fridays are among the events that keep things lively. They also feature daily specials like 25% off pitchers on Saturdays, and $3 mimosas on Sundays.

Opens at 9am all week. Bar stays open for your after-work R&R (til 11:30pm Fri/Sat, earlier on other nights). Street parking is free.

You may notice that these are all on the west side of town, in the walkable historic districts. The east side is covered primarily by a mix of major and minor chains, including Eggs Up Grill, Starbucks and Dunkin.’

COCKTAILS, PLUS!

If you’re on the hunt for a more substantial evening meal to pair with your cocktails and brews, two popular options are:

  • Aviator, at 525 E. Broad Street, seems to have locked up the entire corner between the indoor/outdoor bar on one side of the street, and the bottle shop, Smokehouse restaurant and relatively new pizza + 2-story open air bar on the other.
  • Vicious Fishes has its F-V location a little further south on S. Fuquay Avenue. Definitely a favorite for both creative cocktails and a menu filled with southern specialties, it’s also a destination for brunch and lunch.

Living in a place where you can enjoy a relaxing start or end to your day is high on many people’s “quality of life” checklists. If it’s something you love too, you’ll certainly get to enjoy your pick of coffee and cocktails in Fuquay-Varina. We’d be happy to help you find your perfect home nearby.

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