Valentine’s Day is in the past, but you and your partner may be in need of some other date night ideas. Tax season is coming up, spring is around the corner, the kids’ school year is entering its last quarter. The stresses of everyday life are piling up. If you need to relax, look no farther than your hometown.

Smoke and Barrel

Heading into its fifth year in operation, Smoke and Barrel is a delightful neighborhood pub here in Sanford. The bar aims at promoting North Carolina and American crafts, stocking its fare with NC craft breweries and good ol’ American bourbon whiskey. Its selection includes well-known favorites like Asheville’s Wicked Weed Brewing, Farmville’s Duck Rabbit, both Big Boss and Lonerider from Raleigh, and more. If liquor is your beverage of choice, the options at Smoke and Barrel are top-notch: Woodford Reserve, Buffalo Trace, Eagle Rare, Makers 46, and a host of others. Plus, you can make it a night with Smoke and Barrel’s extensive food menu!

Libations on Chatham

Libations on Chatham is a celebrated beer and wine shop that hosts special events every month. With a rotating selection of 16 beers on tap, the shop offers occasional brunches, meet-ups, celebrations, trivia nights, and more. Libations on Chatham is known for its knowledgeable staff and down-to-earth, comfortable atmosphere that makes it a great place for date nights if you and your partner are beer and wine connoisseurs.

Copper Cricket Pub

What March list of bars would be complete without a perfect Irish pub for St. Patrick’s Day? Copper Cricket Pub has a full menu of delicious Irish fare like bangers and mash, corned beef sandwiches, and fish ‘n’ chips that will send your mind back to the Emerald Isle. Try out a good Irish stout or take your spouse for a sampling of the full bar. Either way, this is a great place to spend the upcoming holiday.


Sanford is home to several amazing pubs and bars to get away from the rigors of the fast-paced modern life. Plus, some of NC’s premium craft breweries are only a short drive away. But drinking locales are not the only highlights of local attractions. For more ideas on date nights and places to visit in Sanford, check out the Points of Interest section on our Area information page.

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