City Stage

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Located in New Bern’s Uptown Historical District, City Stage is an eclectic restaurant, lounge and entertainment venue offering a full bar and casual dining. Featuring the very finest acts from our local and regional music and arts scene. A Modern cabaret of sorts! Nightly entertainment is showcased on our main stage with performers spanning the entire musical spectrum from jazz to hard rock and everything in-between. Home of Madame Z and her Drag divas, Comedy nights, Theatrical performance, Burlesque shows and so much more. Don’t overlook this gem that was born out of a passion for Arts and inclusivity in our community.
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CM
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took a crew of 13 guests. They loved to show and service.

AM
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Unfortunately as much as I enjoy the City Stage, the Jack Willhite comedy Rock and Roll show was good, but much too short. For an $8.00 cover I would have expected him to perform more than just 90 minutes. But, I will still return to the City Stage - because they are great.

AM
Wilmington
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Although we did not eat, several others were enjoying the food.
The comedy show was not very well attended.
I love the atmosphere at City Stage as they always have something different to offer.

TH
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My friends and I had a great time. The crowd was small but we danced laughed and sang.

TI
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

We had drinks but no food. Food aromas became awfully strong. Drinks were good. Entertainment was Very Good.. we really like Alicia Mike.. her voice is amazing & she seems genuine. Some of the audience were Extremely Rude, talking incessantly during the show.

b
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

When it was City Laundry the food/drink department was a bit convoluted. No one knew how to take orders, to bring orders, etc. Since it became City Stage it has improved a little in that department. The wait staff is very friendly but still seemed somewhat disorganized. My wife and I each ordered the margarita pizzas. Hers came but mine never did. I wasn't charged for it anyway which was fine. The drink prices seem higher than before too. Others at our table commented that it still seemed they were short on staff, even though the place wasn't packed at all. The music, Big Jim Koehler and his band was great!! I think most of the entertainment there is pretty good. Overall we would go back, especially when Jim is playing there!

C
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience3

The music was terrible and too loud. Not the venue for this group. My party left after we ate (the food is fine though)

LC
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

I enjoy going there. Lots of fun and diversity. I do find the drinks to be too expensive for what you get.

RS
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We brought family members to CS and we all had a ball. It is so nice to be able to go someplace that you can have fun. Enjoy good music and be able to dance a little or enjoy someone else dancing. I said to my hubby we have to put this on our schedule a little more as we can go out enjoy ourselves and know we will have fun.

M
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The place is unique. The food is good to excellent. The entertainment varies but we saw Alissa Mike and she is fabulous. She has the voice of an angel and great stage presence. She makes the audience feel like you are in her living room.
We try to support City Stage as a place for live entertainment and theater in New Bern. Come on out and see for yourself!

EB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great, friendly staff, superb entertainment, easy to find and parking was easy

RS
Wilmington
2 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great evening with Alisa Mike. She is very entertaining and has a beautiful voice. My daughter from Arkansas came and she really enjoyed herself. We will definitely be back again.

AL
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I actually gave you a shout out on the radio on Saturday - it was an excellent experience and the food was great! I reserved at table #15

DE
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall5food3service3ambience4

Ms. Alisa is fantastic. She is fresh, sexy, gifted and puts on a wonderful 2 hours performance!
The audience is not always polite with talking and laughing too loud but she seems to handle that fine.
I enjoy very much coming to City Stage and need to attend some different performers.
This time the food (actually just my Italian sandwich) was really below par. All the appetizers and everyone else's food was very well received. A good time NO a GREAT time was had by our group.
I am so glad you are here in New Bern. I would like to be put on your e-mail list to receive a calandar of performances.
Thanks so much,
Debbie Drechsler

B
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

I enjoy myself everytime I go. I am so glad that City Stage provides a platform for individuals to be be themselves and not judged. Comfortable and nonjudimental environment. If only the rest of society could be like City Stage!Thank you.

KK
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alisa Mike is a New Bern treasure! Please don’t ever let her go on Thursday night!! Atmosphere is great for dinner and conversation, and cannot be found in most other New Bern bars.

J
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Very nice wait staff,lots of attention. The door person was very charming.

LS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

No A/c too hot

B
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Enjoy myself every time I go. Love the vibe Happy that people have a place to come and freely express themselves.

g
Wilmington
5 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We love going to the City Stage for trivia nights(every other Tuesday) but, should check with them for specific dates.
Everyone is friendly and good pub food with a nice variety.
We also like going there for the folk concerts from down east folk arts society about 6 times a year.
Great music from up and comers as well as a great vibe.
Gina B.

W
Wilmington
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I just wish I could pick a better table when I make a reservation! I always end up with a table in the back & people crowd around you (that’s not good when you have slight anxiety issues)!!!

LA
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

First time since redo. Very nice. Welcome was warm and inviting. Server was very good. Alisa Mike was outstanding. Food is still only average but cocktails were above average. Great place to go with friends.

S
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love coming here for drag nights. My friends and I attend almost all of them. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for a fun, be yourself type of atmosphere.

CC
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I thoroughly enjoyed Madame Z’s girls. But my guest and I ordered mixed drinks and they tasted awful.

OT
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

great food, great drinks, great entertainment! This is our go to place for friends night out!

b
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We all had a fun night. Service was very good. Bar food was ample.

MK
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoy City Stage with the improvements made to the interior and food over the last several months. There is a good variety of entertainment.
Appreciated the people who were on stage for Irish night, which has lost it’s “fizzle” since the group used to gather at a coffee house on middle street. Too bad more musicians, etc. didn’t drop in, but the ones who were there were appreciated. Sorry the audience turn out was so low.

US
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Really enjoyed the Irish music. Wish the menu was a little more diverse. Service was friendly although a little slow -- just one waitress on hand -- but it was a small crowd.

LD
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed IslandTime very much and hope you will have them back this summer. Food was very good so were the drinks.

SG
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had a good time. Entertainment was good and informative. He (Simon Spaulding) played different instruments and told about the instruments and some history about the songs he did. Very enjoyable.

W
Wilmington
3 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Very disappointed in our table! The placement was terrible & the table itself needed to be put in the trash!!! Other than that, everything else was good...

RF
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a great time. I had never heard of this place. Not sure if it is new or not. We went to Trivia night. There was only about a dozen people. I think with more advertising, more people would know about it.

YP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a ball. The comedy show was awesome. It was nice to have adult only entertainment in New Bern with alcohol.

v
Atlantic City
7 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall3food1service4ambience2

Great show but the food was very mediocre! The waitress was sweet and also very efficient.

L
Wilmington
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience4

The website was confusing so I didn’t know if I was making a reservation for dinner or the comedy show. The cover charge was not listed anywhere online or the “membership” fee. So once I got past how weird/shady that was, I enjoyed the experience. The service was great, the salted caramel brownie was to die for, and I would go back.

DK
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

City Stage is my favorite place in New Bern. The staff are always friendly & welcoming and the food & service is great.

DC
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great place to hang out. For all kinds of people straight old young fat. Bi transgender and gay but great food awsome entertainment

AM
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall5food3service4ambience5

We had reservations for a show. We were seated upon arrival. Before the show started, we noticed empty tables and asked to be moved up. They took some wait-listed customers first, then we were moved up to the front. The pasta salad and panini were a bit bland, but the fries were amazing.
The show was fabulous. Madam Z and her friends were very talented and entertaining. The cover charge was modest. The place got super crowded, so service started out great, but got a bit slow. I think this was because there were so many people seeing the show. Overall this was a great night out.

j
Wilmington
5 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Love trivia, and sorry that one of the weeks it is held (4th Tuesday) makes it difficult for me to attend that night. Better questions than other trivia venue. Always have a good time.

MD
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Alisia made our evening! She has a divine voice and her repertoire was selected in accordance with the age group of patrons. Wise selection. I had missed such wonderful live music since a long time. We will definitely come again and bring friends along. You should be advertising in near by cities such as Morehead city and Beaufort.