Raleigh >Bars & Clubs > The Lincoln Theater
126 E Cabarrus St., Raleigh, NC | Directions 2760135.774128 -78.637455
Really Good Bands Go To The Lincoln – Every time I go to the Lincoln Theatre, I have an awesome time! Really nice stage and a good crowd vibe!
Good for smaller crowds but avoid sold-out shows. – I have been to the Lincoln theater twice and the experiences were vastly different.
My first experience was at a Mindless Self Indulgence show. Now, granted, this isn't exactly the friendliest crowd of folks you could run into. The staff let in those who had hard tickets first, and those who had purchased online had to wait. If I had known ahead of time this was going to be the case I would have bought hard copies.
The place was jam packed from the stage all the way back. When it came time for MSI to go on, the entire crowd started pushing at each other. Not moshing, but people in the back pushing everyone forward to try to get in. My friends and I were at the front of the stage and we were all covered in bruises the next day. When we complained to the guy behind the bar he was rude and said that they would try to add more security in the future.
The second show I saw here several months later was much smaller and so much better. The staff was also a lot more friendly.
I would avoid shows that you know are going to be extremely big, because the layout of the venue is such that you can't hang off to the side. Otherwise it is a great place.
Great venue, intimate feel – The musicians they attract say a lot for the Lincoln Theater--it's a great place to see live music in an intimate atmosphere. Quite frankly though, the beer prices leave a lot to be desired. My memory is foggy and my tabs have always been extremely high, but I think a PBR is upwards of $3--ridiculous! Since they renovated there is a lot more space, and because there are different levels it's generally easy to find a good "spot" in the crowd to dance AND be able to see. The smokiness has been remedied a little bit by requiring smokers to use the upper balcony to smoke. Overall, it's an awesome venue. The door men are often a bit unfriendly, but that's the case at most places--the bartenders are great, especially the female one.
Good Music, Bad Air – We went to see Leon Russell this week and although it was a great show, the cigarette smoke was terrible. I love good music and especially love the good music at Lincoln Theater, but I won't go back until it's smoke-free.
I would go again! – The Lincoln Theatre is a great place to see a show...good sound, good seating...it was awesome...I would go again anytime.
Concerts – They have some of the best concerts, its nice an homie there and cleeen i love going there for concerts.
Pretty Good – Defintely a cool place. The layout is terrific for viewing, no sight line problems. The bar is located right at the entrance which cause some nasty traffic jams but I don't really know how that can solved. The bar staff worked hard and took care of everyone. I'm a smoker but I really didn't mind the no-smoking policy in the downstairs area. They let you smoke up in the back of the balcony which is a fair compromise. It does get crowded in there but that's to be expected. I really don't have any complaints about this place. Had a great time there.
This funky venue takes you back to when radio was king and the theater was the cultural center of town. – In Short
Built in 1939, the Lincoln Theatre used to be a movie house, showing the best films of the golden age of cinema. For years it remained dormant, occasionally used as a venue for private parties. But as 2001 rolled around, Pat Dickenson and his cohorts had other ideas for this architectural gem. At the beginning of the year, they opened the theater as a venue for larger acts that might have felt cramped in smaller clubs, and the results have been outstanding.
Small enough to enjoy any show, enough to overlook the little probems. – This is a really good place to see a show. The sound isn't that good but the fact that the place is set up well makes all the viewing good. The parking is very good. Someone else said the drinks are too expensive, WHAT, $3 a beer is a very good price. A little smokey but what the hell, you are in a club for crying out loud!!! I drove 8 hours to see David Allan Coe on Sept. 23rd and it was well worth it.
This Place Rocks! – The Lincoln is hands down the best place in downtown Raleigh to see live music.
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