1303 Hillsborough St, Raleigh, NC | Directions 2760535.783269 -78.656181
Disgusting! – Where to begin! I needed a flea bath after hanging out here one night. The bathroom looks like a murder scene. The "hip" girl in front of me (white mohawk walking canvas for PHOENIX TATTOO super tight skinny jeans with a big muffin top squeezed into her seven days grace tattered t-shirt) left her number 2 in there. the "dj" was terrible.
Bottom line--dark, smoky, go to the GOAT instead--atleast they have an operable pinball machine.
What a dump! – I don't think I've ever met a person who hangs out at the jackpot that isn't a loser. The place is a dump.
Whiny Closeminded Twits Need Not Apply: – So here it is, the dump formerly known as Bourbon Street. Smokey, smelly, soapless busted bathrooms, black hoodie wearing-swearing-egoseeming patrons. Stiff drinks and spilt beer. Apparently attitude ridden 'hipsters' come here, or so I was told until I became a regular and realized 'hipsters' are just people you have never spoken to who dress better than you do. I love this bar for all it stands for and all it really isn't....a party shack for immature state kids who hoot and holler about boobies and sports while binging their education away with mommy and daddy's money. If you can tolerate a place that is not meant to impress than you might make it through your first night, if not, you won't really be missed.
Not that hip and the bathroom stays broke. – The Jackpot is a dark, dirty, and very smoky dive bar for local townies and "hipsters".
I guess you could say the Jackpot is a "hipster" bar but it's really not that hip. Most of the DJ's play tired 80's music, or cheesy "ironic" rock ballads. The few DJ's who actually play some newer stuff aren't that clued in either, as most of the songs were overplayed 6 months before they decide to grace the bar with them. If you're looking for a place to hear great new music this isn't it. Be prepared to listen to bands that were good in the 80s and 90s. That may sound snobbish to you dear reader but why call a bunch of dead enders "hip"? That's like calling a college bar "high class".
There is rarely anything good to dance to either, and if it is a good dance track it's smushed into a two hour block of boring, sad b@stard music. Some might say you don't go to the JP to dance though, and from the look of the patrons you can see why. You certainly don't go for good drinks either. Wait times are high as the bar tenders think they can get away with being slow because they know most of the patrons. Also, If you want a properly mixed drink go somewhere else. Expect a lot of water.
Still, it's a good place to have a cheap beer and pick up a semi-attractive college dropout with a bad attitude. If you're an attractive female you can always choose between the drunken boyfriends, creepy 40 year old pool players, or the jock like "punk rockers". Run, don't walk to get down with the scene my friends.
Call a spade a spade. A dive bar with some freaks isn't a hipster bar. :D
great music – this place is def a hipster scene, great alter. music, private club, pool tables, cheap drinks and cool staff. i like it.
The unofficial headquarters for Raleigh's underground bar scene. – In Short
It's clearly all about the people here, since the Jackpot, when empty, has the ambience of an ashtray (albeit a vintage one with lots of stained wood). Elevated booths against a far wall provide a good vantage point on a crowded weekend night. A bar opens on to both sides of the dim main room, creating good sight lines and making it easier to order a pitcher of PBR. In the side room, pool tables provide another milieu for socializing.
Neighborhood Dive..gotta love it. – Consistently dark, smoky, loud, and fabulous. Yes, scenesters abound, and yes, they're pretentious rock snobs, but if you can handle the attitude you might learn something or at least hear a story about Jeff Buckley receiving a truckload of produce at a show at Cup a Joe.
The bartenders are great. They remember their regulars and good tips, and take care of you in return. They won't kiss your butt, and have nothing to prove, so don't expect it. There's a good selection of cheap beer (PBR pitcher six bucks) and quality beer (Chimay, Dogfishead, etc.)
The DJs are reeeeeally good and love requests, but you've gotta like your music loud and sometimes obscure. No TVs or advertisements anywhere, which is refreshing.
Weeknights-quiet and cozy, with friends and good music. Weekends-packed and loud, with friends and good music. I love this bar.
Total Dive! – This place is great! I've gone in frumpy casual to work clothes and it didn't make a difference. Stand by the register for quickest service. The music isn't as loud in the middle room and check out the gold buddah. This bar has cabs on its speed dial, which helped out that night on the town...
Just a Bar – Raleigh is full of dance clubs, sports bars, and almost cool bars that are too over-run by the college crowd to be anything other than painful. Jackpot is just a bar, lots of smoke, strong drinks and rock'n'roll. Yeah, it's where you'll find Raleigh's scenesters, but you won't run into the frat/sorrority crowd either... which is fine by me.
If you like Blink 182 and comic books... – ...then The Jackpot is the place for you. This is the flagship bar of the overly image-conscious triangle scenester set. Lots of the same servers seem to work here work at the Rockford, which would be fine if they were actually good servers. I think it depends less on high nicely/politely you ask for your drink than face/name recognition. Someone needs to remind Raleigh that it's not Los Angeles/New York. You get the feeling you're in the midst of someone's house party here and you weren't invited. This place is a far cry from the Stingray in its prime, which is quite clearly what they're trying to emulate here. It's funny: when this place was the Bourbon Street bar, none of these people ever showed, but now that they painted the interior black and cooled up the bar staff, you've got to beat the hipsters off with a stick. Blah.
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