Not sure how well known this place is so I thought I would share:
Horniblow's Tavern is the taproom/tavern for the Edenton Brewing Company. They are under new management (I think) and are renovating and changing their name to "Big Boss" Brewing Co. (I think). It is a bit hard to find, tucked away in north Raleigh, but they had some tasty craft-brews on tap (all Edenton/Big Boss), a mellow atmosphere, and views of the brewery floor below (tours available). I got the impression that the dudes working/hanging out at the bar were the same dudes who just spent the day brewing.
If you are in the area, surely you've seen some of their beers around...
And no, I have no connection to this place whatsoever beyond enjoying the beer.