201 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC | Directions 2751435.914272 -79.052857
Nice but unsuccessful try – Coming from the northeast I was excited to try the one and only martini bar in Chapel Hill. While not bad, it certainly does not succeed at being a hipster place to be in terms of decor (cheesy and obviously cheap), top shelf selection (Grey Goose alone does not make a good top shelf), and clientele. It does succeed in being a decent place to get a drink, and they do have good bartenders. It's a good place for after work, but not so hip (and isn't that the goal of all martini bars?)
Great Service – This bar is my favorite bar in all of Chapel Hill, and believe me, I've been to plenty. The people who work there have awesome personalities and can make a damn fine drink. There are a few martinis not on the menu that I highly recommend, for example the Estrogene Overload is one of my personal favorites. If you're looking for somewhere to meet great people and have great drinks come here! I'm sure I'll see ya there.
I love this place! – On Franklin St, practically every other door is a bar, but the East End Martini Bar is the best - especially on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Back when I was an East End virgin, my friends and I were headed towards Linda's in search of cheap drinks, until the bouncer at the Martini Bar seduced us with the promise of $3 shots, $5 martinis, $2 house wines and $1 bud lites. Now it's a Tues/Thurs staple for us. I now drool just thinking of their delectable Berry White or tangy Apple Martini - and the good looking bartenders that call me "sweetheart" and make ordering my drinks the best part of the night. The atmosphere is great too, especially when they have live music as they frequently do. If I could go to the Martini Bar every day, I would. It's the best place in Chapel Hill!
Great food too! – I've been a customer of East End since its first week in business and I have to say that if you haven't been for the food it's definitely worth it. The seafood is always fresh and the restaurant is a great lunch spot if you can find parking. Of course, the martini menu is the best I've come across. Cheers!
Solid Nightlife – East End has quickly become my go-to spot in Chapel Hill. I haven't eaten a full meal at East End yet but have heard great things about the food. I do have to say though, that the fries may be the best fries I've ever eaten. What I do know about this place is the simple fact that the nightlife at East End rocks. There's always a band rocking the walls loose, the staff is solid, and the place is always crawling with talented women. And then there are the martini's - the absolute martini, formely known as the absolute mess sneaks up on you like Old Saint Nick on Christmas Eve. Check this place out on a Thurs., Fri., or Sat. and you'll know exactly what I'm talking about. Bottoms up...
Love it! – The food here compares in taste to something at La Rez or Carolina Inn w/ a much cheaper price tag. The seafood is really fresh (shipped in daily I heard) and other entrees like pork tenderloin were absolutely wonderful. We have told all our friends about this place. I highly reccomend this restaurant!
A Hidden Gem in the Chapel Hill Crown – What a hideaway in the bustle of Franklin Street! I consider myself now one of the privileged to know of this place.
East End carries a brilliant variety of martinis, many I never knew existed. The food was devine and easy on the wallet. Bumped into the owner while there and his attitude reflected the ambience of the place: warm, open, inviting.
I recommend it to anyone visiting Chapel Hill. An essential stop on your list of places to visit.
Great Live Music – Round Two plays here alot! They're the best around. Plus the martini bar rocks. Chapel Hill has nothing that can compare to East Ends style.
infusion inferno – I had no idea that Chapel Hill had such a jewel in its storied crown. I was drawn to East End by the live music. We ventured in and were blown away. At the bartender's recomendation, we tried the pineapple martini, and were amazed. We've tried other local infusions, but this drink stands alone. Just when we thought it couldn't get any better, the bartender gave us a late night menu. We tried the calamari and the crabcakes. Both were done to perfection, with excellent seasoning and accompaning sauces. The staff was quite friendly, knowledgeable, and seemed genuinely interested in our comfort. Even if everything else had been below par, the service alone would bring us back. As a newcomer, it is hard when you move to find the right blend of service, quality, and atmosphere. East End has it all.
bad bad and more bad – i was excited about going to this place after reading the last review. i was in there thursday night, and the food was terrible, service slow, and the drinks were just bad. at least the oysters were cheap. i would have felt terrible about spending alot of money on such a bad night.
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