Raleigh >Bars & Clubs > The Lincoln Theater
126 E Cabarrus St., Raleigh, NC | Directions 2760135.774128 -78.637455
Lincoln Ripoff – High drink prices, over-priced cover charges, bad sound. That is what you'll find on your next visit to the Lincoln. I have been their 5 times and ask myself WHY each and every time. Of the 5 times, the sound was decent once. Of the 5 times, the bar staff wasn't rude 2 times. The Lincoln seems to be a little big-headed because they are the biggest venue in Raleigh. Unfortunately, biggest doesn't mean best. The smaller venues in town are much friendlier and have better cover charges at the door. They do get decent nationals at the Lincoln, which is the only reason to go. Other than that, try one of the smaller places in town.
Awesome Place! – The Lincoln is the best-sounding room in Raleigh. The staff, old movie-style architecture, and location make it one of the premiere venues for live music.
BOOK LOCAL BANDS – How about booking more local bands that play ORIGINAL music? You make it so hard for these bands to play there, no wonder you book so many cover bands...C'mon! Give these guys a bit of a break!
Got booker? – Get a decent booker for crying out loud. So MANY good bands skip Raleigh because either the venues are too large (Alltel Pavilion) or too small (Brewery). This IS Raleigh's in between spot for live music. The location is good, it has potential but the booking down right sucks. Coverbands ARE BORING. Some decent NATIONAL talent would draw decent croweds and put a spark into Raleigh's very lacking night life.
Love it – It is great to see bands that aren't quite able to get a large enough crowd for Walnut Creek but are definitly better. Basically every spot is easy to see the band and the sound is great. Tickets are cheep and always a great crowd. Convient parking as well
Choking smoke with a side of great music – The Lincoln is a cool atmosphere for live music --- the raised floor allows good viewing spots if you get there early enough. There's a great bottled beer selection and the staff was very friendly. However, if you are not a smoker you'll feel like one the next morning after the show. In all the live shows I've ever seen, this BY FAR is the smokiest venue I've ever attended. Not sure the Lincoln can do anything about that, but keep the smoke factor in mind if you see a live show here.
Smokey, but classic – If you can stand to inhale a good deal of smoke over a few hours, this is one of the best places to see live bands in Raleigh, and they have an array of styles/genres that pass through here. It has a bit of the same feel as the Mad Monk that used to be in Wilmington. Catch Hobex whenever you can, they have put on some great shows here, as did Far Too Jones before breaking up.
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