Raleigh's quirky little bar attracts a diverse crowd..
"Come and hang with the herd" is the motto of this unlikely little bar at Western Boulevard and Powell Drive. You'll find the herd to be unpredictable in this shoebox-sized hangout. That may be the coolest part--people are the draw here. The decor is minimal, even a bit tacky (a sunglasses-wearing groundhog is a highlight), but the setup is fine for socializing. As it gets smoky, the airy front lounge with couches is something of a refuge.
Depending on the night, Goat patrons may be college students, local bar staff, hippies or neighborhood good ol' boys. Part of the diversity derives from the fact that one of the owners put in some years at Goodnight's and the Old Bar, making a lot of friends along the way. After work tends to feature an older Budweiser-and-cigarettes clientele; if you're looking for a sizable crowd, later is better.
DECENT PLACE. THIS IS A LOCAL JOINT THAT'S A GOOD PLACE TO GRAB A FEW CHEAP BEERS BEFORE GOING SOMEWHERE ELSE. NOT THAT IT'S A BAD PLACE, BUT IT IS SMALL. THEY DO HAVE GOOD SPECIALS AND IT HAS GREAT LOCAL CHARM, ESPECIALLY WHEN COMPARED TO COOKIE-CUTTER CHAINS LIKE WOODY'S OR HIBERNIAN. VERY STRONG NC STATE UNDERGRAD CROWD.
Love The Goat. Yay to The Goat for becoming a new favorite bar in Raleigh... finally a place with diverse, chill crowds.. no cover... and drink specials ALL the time!! Not only are the drinks cheap but the bartenders know how to make them fabulous!! A toast to The Goat in hopes that it sticks like glue as a faithful hangout for everyone tired of the same old Raleigh nightlife.
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