When I go out for a beer or cocktail, I have a tendency to be a bit like Goldilocks. This bar is too busy, this bar is too boring, this bar is JUST right… It needs to be the right mix of space, ambiance and beverages to help you enjoy an evening of chatter and people-watching. Which is why I like places like Flash House on Peace Street. Brought to you by the folks who own the Black Flower, Flash House’s location off the beaten path means the only people here have made an effort and are looking for something different.
Located right off of Glenwood Avenue on Peace, you take a sharp uphill turn into a small parking lot shared with the Black Flower. Out front there’s an oasis-like patio with high walls and tiki torches, which will be great when the weather warms up. Inside, you’ll find an interior full of neon-glow and reds which sets a funky scene. Small bar in the corner and a busy but interesting interior full of odd pieces, furniture and decor which gives Flash House a steam-punk feel. And the crowd here is pretty hipster, probably service-industry type peeps which is cool with me.
With a smallish selection of craft beers, solid selection of liquors and alt-music pumping out of the speakers above, Flash House is a small intimate place to chat with friends. Prices are reasonable, especially with the typical daily specials they run and the bartenders are solid. And recently they put together a cocktail menu if you’re looking for something a bit more sophisticated. While I may tend to end up at C. Grace whenever I’m grabbing a drink on S. Glenwood, Flash House has become an interesting, alternative for my adult libations. Don’t miss out on this hidden bar gem in downtown Raleigh!
513 W. Peace Street
Raleigh, NC 27603