North Carolina ABC laws can be quirky, and the state does not actually permit "bars". 

Businesses wishing to sell alcohol must choose from a list of categories like restaurant, brewery, distillery, event venue, etc. and each has its own guidelines concerning type/percent of food sales, seating and more.

That's why The Basement is categorized as a Private Club which requires that we:

  • charge an annual fee ($1 is all it takes!)
  • collect basic member information
  • check in members for each visit.

Our check-in kiosk will get you in quickly and painlessly!


  • $1 membership fee can be paid in cash at the door or added to your bar tab   
  • Members must be 21+ and may bring up to 5 guests under 21 until 9pm.
  • Under 21 guests must be supervised at all times    
  • From 9pm on, we are 21+ only

Good to Know

Proper attire is required to enter.  Nothing fancy, but the basics…shirt, shoes, etc.

Sorry, but no pets, smoking/vaping or weapons on the premises