reCONNECT 2020 will be taking place in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina. We are excited to share this fantastic city with our out of town guests during the third annual User Group Meeting. To plan your stay in the Research Triangle, view our recommendations below of our favorite restaurants and activities or explore the Visit Raleigh website for things to do while you are between sessions.
- North Carolina Theatre: Memphis the Musical
From the underground dance clubs of 1950s Memphis comes the Tony and Olivier Award-winning musical that bursts off the stage with explosive dancing, irresistible songs and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love. Inspired by actual events, Memphis follows the story of a white radio DJ who wants to change the world and a black club singer waiting for her big break. Come along on their incredible journey to the ends of the airwaves – filled with laughter, soaring emotion and roof-raising rock ‘n’ roll.
Restaurants (our favorites!)
- Ashley Christian
Local to Raleigh, Ashley received the Outstanding Chef Award from the James Beard Foundation in 2019, the highest individual honor for a chef at the “Oscars of the food world.” Her restaurants in downtown include:
- Poole’s Diner: Menus at Poole’s are inspired by the season and its many offerings. As the season changes, at some points on a daily basis, so do the chalkboard menus. Everything is made to order, from scratch, and is delicious gourmet southern cooking.
- Poole’side Pies, located next to Poole’s Diner, is Ashley’s Christensen’s take on Neapolitan-style pizza. In addition to offering Neapolitan-style pizza, Poole’side features fried bites, Italian-inspired desserts, and a spritz-focused cocktail menu.
- Fox Liquor Bar: Raleigh’s subterranean drinking den featuring classic and contemporary cocktails.
- Death & Taxes: Contemporary wood-fired cooking featuring Southern ingredients.
- Chuck’s: Gourmet burgers made with house-ground chuck, delicious ingredients and piping hot french fries. Fancy yet simple food in a non-fancy Southern atmosphere.
- Beasley’s Chicken + Honey does fried chicken. Fried quarter chicken, chicken biscuits and fried chicken and waffles are the staples here.
- Crawford and Son: James Beard Award semifinalist Scott Crawford’s neighborhood restaurant.
- Garland: Cheetie Kumar, a semifinalist for the James Beard Foundations “Best Chef: Southeast” award in 2017, 2018 and 2019, offers spice driven seasonal cuisine with a focus on Indian and Asian flavors and the evolution of those culinary traditions. Enjoy live music at King’s upstairs.
- Bida Manda: One of the first Laotian restaurants in the U.S.
- Brewery Bhavana: Communal beer experiences that exhibit the hand of the maker. Brewery, dim sum, book and flower shop in the heart of downtown Raleigh.
- Empire Eats is a restaurant group reshaping downtown Raleigh as a modern culinary destination! There restaurants showcase passion for great food and excellent hospitality woven through the unique dining experiences:
- Sitti’s: The kitchen pays homage to our favorite Lebanese dishes.
- The Pit: Pitmasters are serving up traditional whole-hog pit-cooked barbecue and delicious Southern sides.
- The Raleigh Times Bar: Draft Magazine’s 2015 Keeper of the Craft winner, chefs prepare hand-crafted, creative takes on classic bar fare alongside an extensive Belgian beer selection and locally and regionally crafted beers.
- The Morning Times: The crew serves up locally roasted coffee, healthy breakfast fare and fresh sandwiches by day and wine and homemade confections by night.
- Gravy: Italian-American kitchen, fresh tomatoes and locally grown herbs create our signature Gravy.
- Food Halls
- Morgan Street Food Hall: Multi-vendor food hall located in downtown Raleigh’s Warehouse District, opened in summer 2018 to great fanfare and was voted one of the top 10 best new food halls in the country.
- Transfer Co. Food Hall: A food hall and market housed in a 43,000-square-foot renovated warehouse in downtown Raleigh’s Olde East neighborhood (just a few minutes on foot from the North Carolina State Capitol), saw its first vendors begin to open to the public in early 2019.
- North Carolina Museum of History
Located in downtown Raleigh, showcases more than 14,000 years and 150,000 artifacts of N.C. history, from native inhabitants to the 20th century. Dozens of exhibits are on display focusing on a variety of eras in state history, and there are always new exhibits to come and visit.
- North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences is the Southeast’s largest natural history museum, complete with its Nature Exploration Center and Nature Research Center, with four floors of exhibits, live animals, gift shops and cafés. Explore on a variety of different self-guided tours through all the different exhibits.
- Marbles Kids Museum
Delivering purposeful play in a big way, Marbles allows children to imagine, discover and learn in dozens of interactive exhibits, daily educational programs, field trips, birthday parties, special events and giant-screen IMAX films. Kids connect, communicate, create and learn through extraordinary adventures in play.
- CAM Raleigh
Contemporary Art Museum of Raleigh is a multimedia contemporary art gallery in Raleigh, North Carolina. CAM Raleigh has no permanent collection but offers exhibitions of works by artists with regional, national, and international recognition.
- Trolley Pub is a pedal-powered, eco-friendly, pub-crawling trolley like Raleigh has never seen before! Hop on board as you pedal your way to Raleigh’s best destinations. Bring your own beer; tours last two hours.
- Boxcar Bar + Arcade
Named one of the best bars in Raleigh and home to hundreds of arcade-style games, including 70+ classic and modern arcade cabinets, over a dozen pinball machines and 175+ console games. Full liquor bar with 24 constantly rotating American craft drafts.
- Videri Chocolate Factory
This little hidden gem makes handcrafted bean-to-bar chocolate while supporting cacao farmers who are committed to the highest quality beans and sustainable farming practices. Discover the factory by taking a walk through the viewing area or visit the Chocolate Counter to purchase handmade chocolate bars, seasonal bonbons, caramels, and other confections, as well as baking chocolate, hot chocolate mix, cocoa nibs, cocoa tea, and a selection of lovingly curated local products. Chocolate is made Monday – Friday from 10am – 3pm.
- Raleigh Beer Trail: Drink beer, win prizes!