While I may not be a fan of country music, I am a fan of the Pink Boot! A self-proclaimed, honky tonk bar, the Pink Boot sits neatly in a small plaza on West Street next to the future Rainbow Luncheonette and next to flowCorps (Pilates studio). If you enjoy laid-back, basic bars and you appreciate a bit of Raleigh history, I think you’ll enjoy it too. Inside the Pink Boot, you’ll find a long, dive-bar type space with seating for maybe 25 people? Some stitched leather chairs to the side keeps the space a bit classy!
Country music plays lightly overhead giving the place some twang. What I enjoyed most is some of the retro, salvaged signage from some other old-school Raleigh bars and businesses in the area. On the wall, you’ll find signage for Charlie Goodnights, Sadlacks, and the Black Flower! If you’re not a recent transplant, you’ll likely remember those names and appreciate the nostalgia.
They’ve got some bottled beer, sake, and the basic liquors you need for standard drinks. A short list of cocktails include some quirky and odd mixes including Yoo Hoo, Squirt and Tang as mixers! If you’re hungry, Pink Boot has an eclectic mix of snacks: brussels sprouts, peanuts, and Lunch Lady pizza for noshing on.
The crowd is pretty young here but the bartenders are good and the drink prices, very reasonable. And you definitely don’t want to miss the disco ball in the bathroom! And while I may not stop here too often, I’d have no problems meeting a friend here for a bit. The Pink Boot is a quirky and chill spot just off the beaten path, which works nicely for most people…