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“Local bar with great beer and food”

The Players Retreat
Ranked #127 of 1,502 Restaurants in Raleigh
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $1 - $25
Cuisines: American, Bar
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Outdoor Seating
Description: In 1951, Bernie and Mickey Hanula founded the institution known as the Players Retreat. Less or a bar and restaurant, and more of a family. With menu options for every appetite, the PR remains a popular respite for the young and the old, the rich and the poor.
Reviewed May 13, 2014

The Players Retreat is a great neighborhood bar, which has affordable drinks and a good range of food. It is a nice place to go for a drink after work, and has a great atmosphere.

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Thank Jennifer F
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Reviewed April 28, 2014

This place has been here for years, has a very good reputation. My wife and I finally decided to try it for a late afternoon lunch. We were not disappointed and we look forward to returning. When planning another visit there are a number of items to take into consideration. 1.Seating outside is the way to good for an older couple. The interior bar is stuffy and beer soaked from years of college patronage. However, sitting outside one has to be concerned with the weather (heat, sun, rain, and humidity) 2. The location is hard to find, located on Oberlain Rd. it's at an end that is one way in fromt of the establishment. 3. Parking doesn't seem to be an issue, a lot just accross the street. Once you start considering the food things are looking good. FOOD is outstanding !! Also worth noting is the pleasant, friendly and helpful staff.

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Thank Michael G
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Reviewed April 4, 2014

Visited Raleigh on NYE 2013. Did happy hour at the Players Retreat which was really nice. The food was great and reasonably priced. The drinks were a great price, service was friendly/fast, locals were very friendly. Went back closer to midnight which was very hectic/crowded. It is right near NC State and it was NYE so I'm sure it was not normally so crowded. Still had a great time and would definitely go back if we're in the area again sometime. Would be a great place for a casual evening with friends/family.

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Thank S W
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Reviewed January 7, 2014

The Players Retreat is a "Raleigh institution" near NC State University, where locals and students have gathered for over fifty years. It's a sports bar with lots of beer and TV sets and it is a family place with people bringing their kids there, especially on Friday nights. The PR has one of the best wine cellars in the Triangle area and the best Scotch collection, as well as delicious hamburgers and homemade potato chips. A friend from Chapel Hill has declared their fried oysters the "best in the state" and insists on coming here to have his oysters before attending the symphony. There's something for everyone, including the atmosphere with its old, burnished wood, the photos from glory days gone by, the beer steins brought back by loyal customers from around the world, as well as excellent French gourmet offerings on the weekends. The resident weekend chef blends his experience running French restaurants with his knowledge of what the locals will like - and he offers new taste experiments every few weeks. The PR has the best cheese plate this reviewer has ever had - in the U.S. or Europe - and the soups are innovative, hot and delicious. Well worth a visit for an informal, relaxed and rewarding experience!

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Reviewed December 15, 2013

After going here more than once in a week it's a good idea to check with your cardiologist to make sure you still have a chance at meeting those pesky life expectancy tables. It's not health food here at the PR - the folks wouldn't stand for that kind of madness, nor would you - and the cheap prices on beer make it likely you will drink too much and possibly develop an alcohol problem.

You needn't waste your time looking for bean sprouts or yogurt-based dishes on this menu, and why would you? You are there to have great comfort food. Sure, after a few visits you may notice the innermost layer of your arteries becoming thickened by the accumulation of fat, but you also know that this just means the good-times will last as long as you will. You'll see lots of your Raleigh homies, and perhaps watch the Wolfpack win a game, although your odds are better if it's basketball season.

They grind their own beef here at the PR, so you can have the meat so rare a good NC State veterinarian could bring the cow back to life. I like my beef that way; like my grandpa said; "just clip it's horns, wipe its a*s, and send it on to my table."

In all seriousness, the PR is a Raleigh landmark, an institution, and a very popular hangout with great food.

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