trolley pub tour: raleigh, nc | swoon

We had friends in town last weekend visiting from Charlotte. These friends actually happened to also live in Chicago when we were living there (long story, but I can assure you we are not stalking one another). So, when we knew they were coming, I immediately knew they would be the perfect couple to try out the Raleigh Trolley Pub with.

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The trolley is operated by good ole’ man (or woman) power. You hop on those seats, strap in, and peddle your little heart out, Lance Armstrong style (and you get a little helping hand from a motor if things get extra tough on a hill). You spend the next couple of hours peddling through downtown Raleigh; oh did I forget to mention this is a booze cruise too? You can bring cans/plastic bottles and hook up your iPod as you jam, karaoke (terrify people) through downtown. As if that isn’t fun enough, it stops at cool little bar corners of the city and you get to grab some snacks and beverages while you stretch your peddling legs.

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trolley pub tour : raleigh nc | paperyrain.com

 Bry and Jules (our unofficial couple we follow around the country on moves)

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Our first stop, there were several bar options to choose from and we chose the quaint place called The Anchor Bar. It had a great Moscow Mule and not to mention, welcomed dogs (that’s all I needed to hear).

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Lucky for us, this little baby graced us with his presence. I literally forgot he wasn’t my dog after taking so many photos of him sleeping.. with a stick in his mouth!!! His owners were so cool and let me obsess over him for about 20 full minutes.

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I also met his sweet pittie older brother and sister, whom I also, obsessed over. I got a big hug from his brother and this sweet photo op with his big sister (melted).

trolley pub tour : raleigh nc | paperyrain.com

trolley pub tour : raleigh nc | paperyrain.com

trolley pub tour : raleigh nc | paperyrain.com

trolley pub tour : raleigh nc | paperyrain.com

Driving through the city was super fun, it was cool to see downtown Raleigh in a different way. Naturally, when we passed a fellow trolley pub tour, it was a trolley off.

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our new trolley friends

trolley pub tour : raleigh nc | paperyrain.com

trolley pub tour : raleigh nc | paperyrain.com

As we were getting off the trolley at our next location, we knew we were going in to a place that has great margaritas, tequila shots, and empanadas, Calavera Empanadas and Tequila. Naturally, things started to get a little loosey goosey at this stop. The margaritas were soooo good and the empanadas… unreal (the piggly wiggly blew my little piggies off and it was $3 bucks).

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Quick tip: you cheers and chug at every stop, so bring your sober face, because you’ll need to pretend you are for 2/3’s of the ride. 

The tour was so so fun and was such a unique way to show some friends around the city.

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The last stop, as you can expect, was a little fuzzy, so I’m just going to leave you with the not so tipsy photos.

A new town is so fun to explore, especially when you know you can officially call it home (not to mention getting to explore it with friends!). We are loving our little town and can’t wait to explore more!

If you are coming into Raleigh for time, I’ll pretend I’m an expert and expertly show you on this Trolley Pub Tour! It’s the least I can do! (wink wink)

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