Apex Coffee and Cocktails


We’re big fans of getting out and enjoying what our local towns have to offer, and among our favorite times with friends and neighbors is enjoying coffee and cocktails in Apex, Cary and beyond. This week we’re focusing on Apex; take a peek at our recent Cary spotlight, too.  

One of the best things about living in Apex, NC is the availability of local products. Whether it’s locally-roasted coffee beans, brewed beer, or distilled spirits, we can enjoy beverages that originate right here in our state. It doesn’t matter if you prefer coffee or a cocktail, there is a destination that will deliver the flavors and ambience you want, right close to home!


Let’s start with some energizing locations for a good cup of coffee in the morning (or whenever you need a java jolt). With local roasters providing the beans, fresh is the most accurate way to describe the tastiest cups of java imaginable. And of course, it helps when there’s an array of mouth-watering treats to choose from, too…

Common Grounds Coffee House & Desserts:  219 N Salem Street

Open 7 am daily, Common Grounds Coffee House & Dessert is nestled in the Historic District of Apex. Great coffee plus sweet and savory treats come with a warm welcome and friendly service. You may also enjoy browsing their abundant displays of mugs and gift items. If you’re arriving after breakfast, go ahead and give in to their famous Death By Chocolate Cheesecake—a house specialty.

Wake Oasis / Wake Zone Coffee:  6108 Old Jenks Road  /  1750 Olive Chapel Road

With two locations in Apex, Wake Oasis Coffee serves a “cup of joy” brewed with beans roasted in Raleigh. From 7 am, use the drive-through or relax inside for espresso, blended drinks, frozen delights, and iced coffee. The beachy ambience sure adds a summery boost to begin your day.

Bonafide Bakeshop & Cafe:  1232 W. Williams Street

Locally-roasted coffee is even better when there’s a delicious pastry as a sidekick, and Bonafide Bakeshop & Cafe serves them both all day. Enjoy freshly baked goodies like cinnamon rolls and sticky buns with a cup of cappuccino, espresso, or latte from 7 am to 8 pm, daily.

Mustang Charlie’s Diner:  1501 N Salem Street

Not only is Mustang Charlie’s Diner located inside a car dealership, but it serves a full menu of breakfast and lunch items and a delicious cup of coffee. Open at 8:30 am daily, you can get your car serviced at Crossroads Ford while you eat at the home of the famous Trash Plate: fresh ingredients and meats, scrambled with eggs.

First Watch:  1280 W Williams Street

First Watch is open from 7 am to 2:30 pm for coffee, fresh baked items, and amazing breakfasts. Menus are seasonal, and coffee comes with a purpose you can feel happy to get behind: beans in Project Sunrise coffee is sourced from female farmers in the Huila region of Colombia.


If you’re in the mood for an icy mug of beer or a delicious cocktail, you’ll find Apex home to several personality-filled pubs.

Vicious Fishes Brewery:  1137 Old U.S. 1

A North Carolina favorite, Vicious Fishes Brewery combines both taproom AND coffee shop. Featuring an expansive outdoor space for kids and dogs to play, they open early (6 am weekdays, 8am weekends) and close late (10 pm Monday – Thursday, 11 pm Fridays and Saturdays, and 8 pm on Sunday).

Salem Street Pub:  113 N Salem Street

Serving moonshine, brews, and burgers, Salem Street Pub is a neighborhood pub that’s perfect for the whole family or a fun-filled evening out with friends. Open lunchtime until 11 pm Thursday, midnight Friday and Saturday, and 10 pm on Sunday.

JD’s Tavern:  800 W Williams Street

Food, fun, and spirits are found every day from 11 am to 2 am at JD’s Tavern. For many locals, JD’s is the go-to spot for wings and sports (though their menu boasts quite a bit more). Bonus points for craft beer and unique handcrafted cocktails, enjoyed al fresco on their relaxing patio.

Rudy’s Pub & Grill:  780 W Williams Street

The all-American pub, Rudy’s Pub & Grill is located in the Haddon Hall shopping center. Hear live music or sing karaoke while you sip a pint of craft beer from one of 18 taps. Open until 11 pm or later daily.

Shakey Ray’s Tavern:  5160 Sunset Lake Road  

Another friendly neighborhood bar and grill, Shakey Ray’s Tavern takes pride in its extensive beverage selection. Open 365 days a year, they also carry most TV sports packages so you can watch the big game with your friends here, as well.

Home is not just the house you live in, but the neighborhood you get to call yours—and Apex is filled with fun places like these. Places to linger over coffee and cocktails, close to work, school, shopping and adventure. Give us a call for help finding the perfect place for you and your family to settle in and call home!

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