Raleigh >Food & Dining > Players Retreat
Home away from home for Raleighites and NC State faculty for the last 50 years. A calm place for good conversation..
Players Retreat is tucked away a few yards from Hillsborough Street, hidden just well enough to prevent the undergrads from swarming it. Hundreds of beer steins and exotic bottles line the walls. You can read the original 1951 menus and hang your coat on the personal coatrack at the front of your booth. If games are your forte, there's billiards, darts, pinball and a few TVs to watch the Wolfpack beat the Heels.
Great Neighborhood Pub. The PR has good wine, lots of liquor and tons of new beers on tap. There is also a non-smoking section and a great jukebox. They have pool tables and the crowd is really cool and nice --not your uppity Glenwood Sou. crowd. The service is excellent at PR, too. The waitresses are all really friendly and fast. Great cheeseburgers. I just moved from Charlotte and the PR is my new favorite bar in Raleigh. They also have really cool fishtanks. The bartenders are oldish men (not hot) but they're nice.
SCOTCH. I love scotch and this place has a hugh selection. All the steaks are black angus and they don't cut them until you order them. They are great. Best burger and cheese fries
Great Drink and Food Specials. Being on a student budget, this places rocks. Cheap beer and food. Best place in town to watch NCSU and the CANES on HD TV's. Mondays pints of Bud and Bud light are $1.00. House liquor drinks $2.50 on Sundays.
The best ribs I have ever eaten. Very eclectic group of customers. In one booth is a guy drinking a $1.50 PBR and the next booth a guy drinking a $40 glass of Cognac. Great jukebox, pool and darts. Very extensive menu. Every thing on the menu is great and fresh.
Best Burgers, ribs, steaks and 42 brands of Single Malt Scotch.
Since Carolinagirls review, the place has been sold and powerwashed from top to bottom. Clean and cool!!!! New owners added outdoor seating, good wine, Black Angus Steaks cut to order and every type of liquor you could ask for. Every piece of equipment in the kitchen, except for one, has been replaced. Free high speed internet and 50' HD Plasmas. All the sports packages. Late night breakfast until 2am on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
Carolinagirl should give it one more try.
Hole In The Wall Bar!!.
I met some friends there this past Saturday and it was not the ideal place to go. The sanitation grade on the wall was a 81.0!! Gross! Thank goodness we had already eaten. It was creepy. The bathrooms still had a reuseable towel thingy that rotates, uh nasty! Anyway to say the least, the place is in need of major dusting and a serious make-over!
Will not go back, ever.
GREAT BAR!!!. If you like trendy, "glam" bar where you can show off your new Prada attire, don't go to PR. If you like Chococherrymochagrande martinis, don't go to PR. If you like Carolina, don't go to PR, just kidding but I suggest you don't tell anybody while your there. However, If you like good food, go to PR. If you like good bartenders, go to PR. If you like good beer, cheap beer or both, go to PR. If you want just want to go to a damn good bar, I mean a real bar like bars are supposed to be, a bar like my dad went to when he was at State, a bar that makes you forget about all the bad stuff in life for a while.....Go to PR and love it.
Order a love on the rocks with no ice!!!. WOW, after over 50 years the PR is still one of the most down to earth spots in all of Raleigh. Don't be surprised not to see the "elite" (ahem, overrated) crowd of Glenwood South, the Office and WCC. Do expect to feel as if you can spill your life story to one of the most personable (non-judgmental) bartender's around, especially LIBBY!!! Don't be alarmed by Pete the owner, but also don't get on his nerves. The dresscode is anything that would allow you to get down to some old school billy idol. You will be hooked!!!
You must go!. I grew up going to the PR and absolutely love it. They have wonderful hamburgers and chicken sandwiches, among other things I'm sure - I just never venture beyond what I like. :) It's a great little old place tucked away that needs all the support it can get! SAVE THE PR!
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