Coffee and Cocktails in Cary NC


Those of us who are fortunate enough to live and work near Cary, NC, know and love that it’s filled with fun places to sip! Whether it’s a morning cup of joe with your pals from the gym, a beer after work, or cocktails before dinner on date night, you’ll find numerous local spots with character, great service, and delicious drinks.

When you call Cary home, your beverage of choice comes with a side of atmosphere—from eclectic to southern charm—at any of these morning and evening hangouts…


Cary residents love their coffee, so you’ll find many cafes offering multiple roasts, as well as organic or fair trade products—and delicious baked goods to pair with them.

Brew Coffee Bar: 122 East Chatham Street

Open at 7am Monday through Friday and 8am on the weekends, Brew Coffee Bar brews an impressive menu of coffee drinks to match any mood. All your standards of drip coffee, espresso, café au lait, latte, and Americano are joined by a delicious selection of more adventurous and dessert coffee items. The Black & Coke is made by adding espresso and vanilla syrup to Coca-Cola. The Betsie is a mixture of cold coffee concentrate, vanilla syrup, and milk of your choice shaken over ice. The Affogato, a customer favorite, is a scoop of vanilla ice cream with a shot of espresso mixed in.

Crema Coffee & Bakery: 1983 High House Road

Serving traditional coffees, flavored lattes, teas, iced drinks, milk shakes, smoothies, and bubble tea, the Crema Bakery and Espresso bar opens at 6:30 daily. Adding scrumptious scents to the ambience, all beans are roasted in-house, and the shop carries a wide selection of freshly baked Korean goodies and delectable pastries.

Esteamed Coffee: 114 S. Academy Street

For mission-driven coffee, support individuals with disabilities when you enjoy a cup at Esteamed Coffee. Building esteem and employment for adults with differing abilities, they strive to connect people in a purposeful, intentional community via a great cup of coffee. Open 7:30am, Tuesday through Saturday.

Java Jive Coffee & Tea: 2425 Kildaire Farm Rd., suite 403

Java Jive Coffee & Tea is one of the coziest coffee shops in town. Open 8am Monday through Friday and 9am on Saturdays, this is your place for a relaxed cup of coffee. Great customer service and great tasting coffee is paired with some of the best scones and baked goods around.


Cary offers several great options for unwinding with a cocktail at the end of the day or starting the evening with one.

Sidebar: 215 E. Chatham St.

Opening at 4pm Wednesday through Friday and 2pm on weekends, the Sidebar serves classic cocktails with their own unique twist, wines, and assorted drafts. Live on the wild side and try their wine-based cocktails for fresh flavors and innovative, top shelf drinks.

Hank’s Downtown Dive: 111 E. Chatham St.

It claims to be a dive, but don’t you believe it! Offering an exciting menu of cocktails and small plates, Hank’s is the perfect place to regroup after a long day at work. Margaritas your thing? They’re kept on draft at Hank’s. Bar seats become available at 4:30pm each day with the kitchen opening at 5.

Hot Shots Hideaway: 107 Edinburgh Dr.

Hot Shots Hideaway Bar  is a pool and billiard hall serving draft beer by the pint. Featuring sport streaming on widescreen TVs, it’s a great place to meet friends. Open Monday through Thursday at 2pm; 12pm Friday through Sunday.

Abbey Road Tavern and Grill: 1195 W Chatham St.

A draft beer haven open 7 days a week, Abbey Road Tavern and Grill also serves beer in bottles and cans and features a nice selection of wine, as well. Daily beer and cocktail specials pair well with an extensive bar menu of burgers, sandwiches, salads, tacos, and wraps.

Whether it’s time for coffee or cocktails, there are plenty of hot spots to satisfy your thirst in Cary, NC. Ready to call it home? Just give us a call and we’ll help you navigate to your dream property.

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