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Killjoy

4.7
4.7
24 Reviews
$30 and under
Cocktail Bar

Killjoy is a colorful, comfortable cocktail bar where all drinks are treated with the same exquisite respect. Located in Downtown Raleigh, NC.

2020 Raleigh Magazine - Best Cocktail Bar Overall
2020 Raleigh Magazine - Best Spirit-Free

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  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Cocktail Bar, Tapas / Small Plates, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Fri 5:00 pm–12:00 am
    Sat 3:00 pm–12:00 am
    Sun 3:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (919) 675-1433

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Neighborhood

    Raleigh

  • Parking details

    From parking decks to parking lots, there are over 70 places to park in Downtown Raleigh. Patrons can pay to park in metered spaces using the Passport Parking App. Nearby, you'll find the Powerhouse Square Parking Deck at 513 W Jones Street and the St. Paul Lot at114 N West St. View more at https://downtownraleigh.org/getting-around/parking.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

Menu

Bar Snacks

All served with Crackers

  • House Fresh Hummus$12.00

    • Meat & Cheese Board$18.00

      Mix of Cheeses, Meats, Jam & Bar Nuts

      • Bagel & Cheese Board$18.00

        Lox, Veggies, Pickles, Cheese, Cheese Spread, & Bar Nuts

        • Tuna & Cheese Board$18.00

          Tuna Fish Dip, Veggies, Pickles, Cheese, & Onions

          • Fruit & Cheese Board$18.00

            Assortment of Veggies & Fruit, Cheese, Cheese Spread, & Bar Nuts

            • Mediterranean Board$18.00

              Peppers, Cucumbers, Onions, Tomatoes, Grapes, Cheese, Hummus Sample & Bar Nuts

              Summer Cocktail Menu

              • Buzzed Bee's$11.00

                Gin, Elderflower, Egg White, Lemon, Honey Simple

                • Laventini$12.00

                  Vodka, Lavender Syrup, Lemon, Bitters, Salt

                  • Hot Loma$12.00

                    21 Seeds Cucumber Jalapeno Tequila, Grapefruit, Lime, Simple, Bitters

                    • That's My Jam$13.00

                      Makers 46 Bourbon, House-made Strawberry Rhubarb Jam, Lemon, Simple

                      • Carried Away$13.00

                        Tanqueray 10 Gin, Cocchi Americano, Simple, Bitters

                        • Argentine Handshake$11.00

                          Fernet Branca, House-made Cola, Club Soda

                          • Hound Dog$13.00

                            Peanut Butter Whiskey, Banana Rum, Cream, Chocolate Shavings Topping

                            Last Chance Spring Cocktail Menu

                            • Hi-Bish$13.00

                              Tanqueray Sevilla, Hibiscus, Lemon, Egg White, Flower Garnish

                              • Grasshopper$13.00

                                Crème de Menthe, Crème de Cacao, Vanilla Almond Milk, Bitters, Vegan Chocolate Shavings

                                Killjoy Classic Cocktails

                                • Ube Old Fashioned$12.00

                                  Bourbon, Ube, Allspice Bitters, Orange Peel

                                  • The Luckiest$13.00

                                    Irish Whiskey, Cocchi Americano, Earl Grey Tea, Lucky Charms-Rested Dairy, Lemon, Marshmallow Garnish

                                    • Badd & Fruity$10.00

                                      Rose Safflower Marigold Blossom Tea Infused Vodka, Rose' Reduction, Lemon, Bitters, Soda

                                      • Godcousin$12.00

                                        Cognac, Amaretto, Passionfruit, Lemon, Cinnamon

                                        Draft Beer

                                        • Cloud Surfer IPA, Raleigh NC

                                          • 16 oz$7.00
                                        • NicklePoint Vienna Lager, Raleigh NC

                                          • 16 oz$6.00
                                        • Fortnight 50 Shades of Grain, Cary NC (14.5% ABV)$8.00

                                          Bottles & Cans

                                          • Utica Club

                                            • 12 oz$3.00
                                          • Ponysaurus India Pale Ale 6.3% Durham, NC

                                            • 12 oz$7.00
                                          • Ponysaurus Biere De Garde 6.3% Durham, NC

                                            • 12 oz$7.00
                                          • Tribucha Strawberry Lemonade Kombucha

                                            Non-Alc. Great with a shot of tequila

                                            • 16 oz$6.00

                                          Specials

                                          • Maker's Mark Tasting Flight$35.00

                                            Try 4 – 1oz pours of Maker's Mark, Maker's 46, Maker's Mark Cask Strength, and a unique Private Select Barrel designed from our friends at The Haymaker

                                            • Bulleit Flight$18.00

                                              Bulleit Bourbon, Bulleit Rye, Bulleit 10y

                                              Season Broadcast

                                              • Season Broadcast$52.00

                                                Hornito's Reposado Tequila, Pomegranate, Cinnamon, Ginger, Lime

                                                • Single Serving for$11.00

                                              Non-Alcoholic Drinks

                                              • Jarrito's Soda$3.00

                                                Pineapple or Orange

                                                • Pucker Up$8.00

                                                  Tribucha Strawberry Lemonade Kombucha, Lemon, Sugar, Bitters. Great with a shot of tequila

                                                  • Paddle Flower$9.00

                                                    Cactus Tonic, Desert Flower Tincture, Candied Prickly Pear

                                                    • Gordon's Chip$9.00

                                                      Pineapple, Cucumber, Lime, Hot Sauce, Salt + Pepper

                                                      • Russian Nog$8.00

                                                        Cold Brew Coffee, Sugar, Whole Egg, Nutmeg

                                                        • Ginger Limeade (0.05% ABV)$8.00

                                                          Ginger Syrup, Lime, Fee Brothers Bitters, Soda

                                                          White

                                                          • Tobias Chardonnay – Mendocino, California$12.00

                                                            • Constant Disruptions Sauvignon Blanc – Dry Creek Valley, California$15.00

                                                              Red

                                                              • Athena Cabernet Sauvignon – Modesto, California$12.00

                                                                • Cherry Pie Pinot Noir – Rancho Santa, California$13.00

                                                                  Rose / Sparkling

                                                                  • Bieler Pere & Fils Rose'$13.00

                                                                    • Champagne Jacquart – Champagne, France$100.00

                                                                      • Perelada Cava – Catalonia, Spain$8.00

                                                                        • Sparkling Rose Ruggeri$10.00

                                                                          • Straightaway Apicco Spritz on Tap!$11.00

                                                                            • Straightaway Last Word Spritz 13% ABV

                                                                              • 250ml$10.00

                                                                            Last updated: July 9, 2021

                                                                            What 24 people are saying

                                                                            Overall ratings and reviews

                                                                            Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                                                                            4.7
                                                                            4.7 based on recent ratings
                                                                            • 4.2Food
                                                                            • 4.5Service
                                                                            • 4.7Ambience
                                                                            • 4.3Value

                                                                            NoiseModerate

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                                                                            • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

                                                                              Late Night Find

                                                                            • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

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                                                                            • Raleigh

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                                                                            1. OT

                                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                                              Raleigh

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              4.0

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              Dined on November 21, 2021

                                                                              overall4food3service3ambience4

                                                                              It has a cool trendy vibe, but drinks are super sweet. Definitely a younger crowd.

                                                                              KilljoyResponded 7 days ago

                                                                              Thank you so much for your feedback! We hope to see you again soon!

                                                                            2. R

                                                                              Robert

                                                                              Raleigh

                                                                              13 reviews

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              13 reviews

                                                                              Dined on November 17, 2021

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                              The cocktails were excellent and the staff was knowledgeable and attentive.

                                                                              KilljoyResponded on November 19, 2021

                                                                              Hi Robert, Thank you so much for your five-star review! We are so glad you had such a great experience with us. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

                                                                            3. M

                                                                              Marlly

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              4.0

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              Dined on November 12, 2021

                                                                              overall4food2service1ambience5

                                                                              I didn’t actually eat any food to make a fair assessment on how it was, but there wasn’t much food on the menu.. must snacks. The service was definitely lacking & it didn’t seem super busy but we had to actually go looking for our waiter many times, other than that he was very accommodating. Ambience was awesome, drinks were great & staff was friendly. Lots of EDM music. I’d give it a second visit.

                                                                              KilljoyResponded on November 17, 2021

                                                                              Hi Marlly, Thank you for taking the time to leave us your feedback. We are disappointed to hear about your service and apologize for the long wait times. We are happy to hear you loved the ambiance, drinks, and staff. We look forward to hosting you again soon!

                                                                            4. OT

                                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                                              Raleigh

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              Dined on November 6, 2021

                                                                              overall5food4service4ambience5

                                                                              Lovely But slow service A bit cold insode

                                                                              KilljoyResponded on November 17, 2021

                                                                              Thank you so much for your feedback! We will be sure to share this with the team. We hope to see you again soon!

                                                                            5. OT

                                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                                              Atlanta

                                                                              8 reviews

                                                                              vip
                                                                              5.0

                                                                              8 reviews

                                                                              Dined on October 30, 2021

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                              Service was excellent and drinks were great!

                                                                            6. OT

                                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                                              St. Louis

                                                                              3 reviews

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              3 reviews

                                                                              Dined on October 30, 2021

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                              Loved the esthetic! Staff was super nice!

                                                                              KilljoyResponded on November 1, 2021

                                                                              We're so glad you enjoyed our vibe and the hospitality from our crew! Please stop in again soon. Cheers!

                                                                            7. OT

                                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                                              Chicago

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              1.0

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              Dined on October 30, 2021

                                                                              overall1food1service4ambience4

                                                                              We had the Orange Inal cinn and the O g my gourd they were both overly sweet drinks (we did not finish any of them) a cheese tray of the same quality as a children’s lunch, with only a piece of cheddar and cream cheese, some ham that tasted like it had been in the fridge for a while. The servers were nice and the place looks cool.

                                                                            8. OT

                                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              Dined on October 27, 2021

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                              Service, ambiance and cocktails were amazing. You have to try the Godcousin!

                                                                              KilljoyResponded on November 1, 2021

                                                                              Thanks so much for this high praise! The Godcousin is a favorite of ours, too. Please stop in for another round or two again soon!

                                                                            9. OT

                                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              Dined on October 23, 2021

                                                                              overall5food4service3ambience5

                                                                              Very instagramable spot for a night out with the girls! Staff was super friendly and it was a fun time

                                                                              KilljoyResponded on November 8, 2021

                                                                              Thank you so much for your kind words! We are so glad you had a great experience with us.

                                                                            10. F

                                                                              Finedineandwine

                                                                              Raleigh

                                                                              2 reviews

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              2 reviews

                                                                              Dined on October 23, 2021

                                                                              overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                                              We really enjoyed the atmosphere and the drinks were fantastic!! Very original and creative. Service was a little slow at first, but like all other businesses being short staffed right now that was understandable. Everyone was very friendly and helpful. We will definitely be back!!

                                                                              KilljoyResponded on November 1, 2021

                                                                              Thanks so much, Fine Dine & Wine! We're so glad you enjoyed and appreciate your understanding. Our crew looks forward to hosting you again soon!

                                                                            11. MJ

                                                                              MJRM

                                                                              Raleigh

                                                                              4 reviews

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              4 reviews

                                                                              Dined on October 23, 2021

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                              Love Killjoy. Cocktails are amazing and the ambiance is great!

                                                                              KilljoyResponded on November 1, 2021

                                                                              You're making us blush, MJRM! Thanks so much for this stellar review. We can't wait to host you again soon!

                                                                            12. J

                                                                              Jeremy

                                                                              Raleigh

                                                                              68 reviews

                                                                              vip
                                                                              5.0

                                                                              68 reviews

                                                                              Dined on October 16, 2021

                                                                              overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                                              Excellent cocktails. A little slow, but we’d repeat.

                                                                              KilljoyResponded on October 18, 2021

                                                                              Thank you for the wonderful review, Jeremy! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

                                                                            13. OT

                                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                                              Des Moines

                                                                              15 reviews

                                                                              vip
                                                                              5.0

                                                                              15 reviews

                                                                              Dined on October 16, 2021

                                                                              overall5food4service4ambience5

                                                                              Great ambiance and decor, super interesting and fun to be at! Very limited food menu and seating was really close to other parties so it almost felt like you were sitting with other people, but overall good experience!

                                                                              KilljoyResponded on October 18, 2021

                                                                              We appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts. Thank you for the positive feedback and five-star review!

                                                                            14. OT

                                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              Dined on October 15, 2021

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                              This place has a great vibe and great music! The Friday night DJ played all the hits. Definitely coming back

                                                                              KilljoyResponded on October 18, 2021

                                                                              Thanks so much for the stellar review! We're so glad you were able to visit us this weekend. We look forward to serving you again soon. Cheers!

                                                                            15. i

                                                                              ieatalot

                                                                              Raleigh

                                                                              5 reviews

                                                                              vip
                                                                              1.0

                                                                              5 reviews

                                                                              Dined on October 15, 2021

                                                                              overall1food1service1ambience1

                                                                              Called and left messages a bazillion messages trying to give a CC payment for wives evening out. Never received any callback or acknowledgement from their manager. Also didn’t have table available for the ladies when they arrived. Miserable fail.

                                                                            16. OT

                                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                                              Raleigh

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              Dined on October 8, 2021

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                              Killjoy was a great place to meet my girlfriends for a night out! They had a great drink menu with plenty of mocktail options. The cheese boards were also delicious. Their outdoor seating was great, comfy cushioned seats and every seat was covered by the awning. Will definitely be back!

                                                                              KilljoyResponded on October 12, 2021

                                                                              We are thrilled you chose Killjoy for a girl's night out! Thank you for the positive feedback. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

                                                                            17. OT

                                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                                              Raleigh

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              Dined on October 3, 2021

                                                                              overall5food2service5ambience5

                                                                              Very laid back & chic for a quiet girls night!

                                                                              KilljoyResponded on October 12, 2021

                                                                              Thank you for the five-star rating and positive feedback! We look forward to your next visit!

                                                                            18. IC

                                                                              IvelisseC

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              Dined on September 25, 2021

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                              We enjoyed the new fall menu so much! We love ALEX!!! He makes amazing drinks! We will definitely be back soon…

                                                                              KilljoyResponded on September 27, 2021

                                                                              Hi Ivelisse, We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed the new Fall menu options! We will pass along the positive feedback to Alex and our team. We look forward to spending another Happy Hour with you in the future!

                                                                            19. MS

                                                                              MarciaS

                                                                              Raleigh

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              Dined on September 24, 2021

                                                                              overall5food4service5ambience4

                                                                              Didn’t have food, but drinks and atmosphere where awesome!! Great girls night!

                                                                              KilljoyResponded on September 27, 2021

                                                                              Hi Marcia, We love that you chose to spend a Girls Night with us at Killjoy! Thank you for the positive feedback regarding our drinks and the atmosphere! We are looking forward to your next visit!

                                                                            20. JW

                                                                              JasmineW

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              Dined on September 18, 2021

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                              Great environment and decor of setting was so fun and lively ! The large cocktails were so good and enough to split between 4 people. The waiter was very informative and helpful with answering questions about the different drinks. I can’t wait until their fall menu of drinks next week

                                                                              KilljoyResponded on September 21, 2021

                                                                              Hi Jasmine, We appreciate you taking the time to provide such positive feedback about your experience here at Killjoy! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed the cocktails and the ambience! We look forward to providing the same 5-star experience at your next visit!

                                                                            21. OT

                                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                                              Raleigh

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              4.0

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              Dined on September 18, 2021

                                                                              overall4food5service5ambience4

                                                                              Fun space as usual. Drinks are good, music is upbeat. My only complaint was some odd odors which our server said was related to some HVAC issues they were dealing with (totally understanding). That definitely won’t affect us coming back whatsoever. Definitely recommend this spot if you’re looking for a fun date night or hanging out with friends.

                                                                              KilljoyResponded on September 22, 2021

                                                                              Thank you for the positive feedback! We are happy to see that you enjoyed the drinks, music, and overall atmosphere. We look forward to providing the same experience at your next visit!

                                                                            22. s

                                                                              shellys

                                                                              Raleigh

                                                                              2 reviews

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              2 reviews

                                                                              Dined on September 5, 2021

                                                                              overall5food1service4ambience5

                                                                              Very cool cocktail bar but disappointed they had no food to offer.

                                                                              KilljoyResponded on September 28, 2021

                                                                              Hi Shelly, Thank you for the five-star review!

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                                                                              MariaM

                                                                              Raleigh

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              Dined on August 27, 2021

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                              Amazing cocktails & service! Definitely recommend for girls night or date night!

                                                                              KilljoyResponded on August 30, 2021

                                                                              Maria, We're so glad to read you enjoyed such a great outing with us. Our team looks forward to hosting you again soon!

                                                                            24. AR

                                                                              AbigailR

                                                                              Raleigh

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              5.0

                                                                              1 review

                                                                              Dined on August 27, 2021

                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                              Very good atmosphere! Nicole was the best bartender! Drinks were amazing! Would definitely go back!

                                                                              KilljoyResponded on August 30, 2021

                                                                              Three cheers for Nicole! We're so glad you enjoyed visiting us, Abigail. We can't wait to see you again soon!

                                                                            FAQs

                                                                            Killjoy is rated 4.7 stars by 24 OpenTable diners

                                                                            Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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                                                                            Google Map for Killjoy

                                                                            116 N West St Raleigh, NC 27603-2397

                                                                            • Neighborhood

                                                                              Raleigh

                                                                            • Hours of operation

                                                                              Tue–Fri 5:00 pm–12:00 am
                                                                              Sat 3:00 pm–12:00 am
                                                                              Sun 3:00 pm–10:00 pm

                                                                            • Cuisines

                                                                              Cocktail Bar, Tapas / Small Plates, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

                                                                            • Dining style

                                                                              Casual Elegant

                                                                            • Dress code

                                                                              Smart Casual

                                                                            • Parking details

                                                                              From parking decks to parking lots, there are over 70 places to park in Downtown Raleigh. Patrons can pay to park in metered spaces using the Passport Parking App. Nearby, you'll find the Powerhouse Square Parking Deck at 513 W Jones Street and the St. Paul Lot at114 N West St. View more at https://downtownraleigh.org/getting-around/parking.

                                                                            • Payment options

                                                                              AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                                                            • Additional

                                                                              Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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