The Warehouse District is a major downtown district in Raleigh, North Carolina, The Warehouse District is a growing arts, restaurant, nightlife, and entrepreneurial district located three blocks west of the Raleigh Convention Center. The district consists of six blocks of spacious red-brick buildings, most of which are re-purposed warehouses, factories and depots.
The Warehouse District was built initially as an industrial zone due to its proximity to the rail lines several blocks West of downtown Raleigh. The warehouse, depot, and factory buildings fell out of use in the mid 1950s. Many of the buildings were in a state of disrepair by the late 1970s and early 1980s when artists, designers, and performers began making use of the spaces again, including a young David Sedaris. By the late 1980s much of the district had found use as galleries, studio space, poetry reading space, and woodworking shop. Nightlife venues came to the district in the form of The Berkley and the Capital Coral, Culture Club, and Fallout Shelter in the mid to late 1980's.
Today the Warehouse District is home to a number of restaurants in addition to nightlife and art venues, including the legendary The Pit BBQ restaurant. The district now features several craft beer establishments including Crank Arm Brewing, Boylan Street Brewpub, Tasty beverage Company, and Brewmasters Bar & Grill.
The 2010s are seeing a surge of business growth in the district, with the largest move by Citrix who will open a 550-employee division headquarters in the former Dillon Supply building in 2014. HQ Raleigh, a co-working space with 45 businesses, announced in 2013 it is moving to the Warehouse District. Local business leaders have said the district is, 'starting to create an entrepreneurial reputation."
Eat and Drink
- Parkside Cafe
- The Pit
- Tuscan Blu
- Five Star
- Crank Arm Brewing
- Humble Pie
- Jose and Sons
- The Flying Saucer
- The District Raleigh
- Boylan Bridge Brewpub
- Moonlight Pizza
- Fiction Kitchen
- Antfarm Studios
- Litmus Gallery
- 311 West Martin Street Gallery & Studios (311 West Martin Street Gallery & Studios was originally opened by Bob Coster and Jason Craighead as Glance Gallery, and re-named by Tom and Judy Jones in 2007, when they repurposed the space with a number of studios for working artists, as well as a curated gallery featuring outside artists. In 2013 the business was acquired by Carol Joy Shannon, a painter who had had a studio in the space since 2008. Shannon added more studios and a gift shop and the gallery now functions as part of the vibrant art scene on Martin Street, next to Visual Art Exchange and Design Box.)
- Rebus Works & PH Seven
- Dovetail Woodworks The gallery and frame shop of Anthony Ulinski, a well-regarded local painter.)
- CAM: Contemporary Art Museum
- Visual Art Exchange (VAE is the premier arts incubator in the Raleigh area, with opportunities for artists of all genres and levels to exhibit work in juried and non-juried shows, attend classes and critiques, participate in SparkCON and IGNITE, and network with the other 1000 members who make use of this unique organization.)
- Flanders Gallery
- Tipping Paint Gallery (Tipping Paint Gallery is a "gallery-within-a-gallery" inside 311 West Martin St Gallery & Studios. Tipping Paint was started by 7 artists of different genres who left another location to open their own space on McDowell Street next to Poole's Diner. Two years later, they moved into 311 West Martin Street, when the new owner built them a large space in the back. They show their own work, rotating monthly, as well as hosting juried shows and fund-raisers.)
- Parkside Cafe
- The District Raleigh
- Legends Nightclub
- Deep South Bar
- Ugly Monkey
- 313 (Now named Caza, Moved to Hillsborough street, Raleigh NC.
- Boxcar Bar+Arcade
- Tasty Beverage Company
- Videri Chocolate Factory
- Raleigh Denim Workshop + Curatory
- The Saturday Market
- Boyette's Automotive Performance Machine Shop - Opened in 1949
- 'CueGrass Festival - Annual BBQ, beer, and bluegrass festival held in the Warehouse District.
- First Friday Gallery Walk - Gallery crawl held the first Friday evening of each month.
- "Old Warehouses Go Beyond Storage in Raleigh, N.C."
- "Reminiscences of a Raleigh Boy, Part 4: The Warehouse District".
- "Visit Raleigh - Warehouse District".
- "Citrix's move downtown could transform Raleigh's warehouse district".
- "HQ Raleigh relocating to downtown's Warehouse District".
- "First Friday".