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Dram and Draught whiskey bar opens Friday in Raleigh

Dram & Draught, a Raleigh bar in the former Tao Auto space on Hillsborough street, is opening this week.
Dram & Draught, a Raleigh bar in the former Tao Auto space on Hillsborough street, is opening this week. Andrea Weigl

Dram & Draught, a whiskey bar at the corner of Hillsborough Street and Boylan Avenue in Raleigh, will open at 5 p.m. Friday.

The bar, located in the former Tao Auto location, is the latest project by Kevin Barrett and Drew Schenck.

Barrett managed Foundation, another downtown Raleigh bar ,for many years, where he met Schenck. He also worked at C. Grace Cocktail Bar and Fox Liquor Bar. Schenck is the owner of RallyPoint Sport Grill in Cary. (The two men also briefly turned the beloved Borough bar into Hadley’s, a Lost Generation-inspired restaurant and bar at the corner of West Morgan and Dawson streets that didn’t resonate with customers. They have put Hadley’s up for sale; no word yet on that front.)

Dram & Draught (the latter is the English spelling of draft and pronounced that way) is intended as a neighborhood bar offering Raleigh’s best whiskey selection, along with craft cocktails and beer. It is a private club and will not serve food but Barrett says food trucks are planned and there’s always Snoopy’s or Char-Grill across the street.

Though the bar opens on Friday, its grand opening will be Saturday from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. They will have food trucks both nights, though – Chirba Chirba on Friday and Qspresso Cubanos Saturday. There will be beer, cocktail and whiskey specials Saturday as well.

Info: 623 Hillsborough St., Raleigh, 919-607-8501, dramanddraught.com, Hours: 5 p.m.-2 a.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 5 p.m.-midnight Sunday.

Andrea Weigl: 919-829-4848, @andreaweigl

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