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Jackpot - 11 Reviews - 1303 Hillsborough St, Raleigh, NC - Bars, Pubs & Clubs Reviews - Phone (919) 821-8422


1303 Hillsborough St
Raleigh, NC 27605
(919) 821-8422
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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....


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 PHO...

Disgusting! 7/30/2009

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. Pros: Making fun of emos in really tight jeans Cons: Smoky, the other patrons, ""bathrooms"" more

What a dump! 1/23/2009

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. more

Whiny Closeminded Twits Need Not Apply: 12/2/2008

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. Pros: No t.v., no cover, no nonesense. Cons: Weekend nights when college student come in. more

Not that hip and the bathroom stays broke. 3/1/2008

The Jackpot is a dark, dirty, and very smoky dive bar for local townies and ""hipsters"". Pros: Cheap beer and easy chicks. Cons: Smell like smoke and peepee. more

great music 11/13/2006

this place is def a hipster scene, great alter. music, private club, pool tables, cheap drinks and cool staff. i like it. more

Neighborhood Dive..gotta love it. 3/23/2006

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. Pros: Good music, Cheap/quality beer, NO ADS!! Cons: get over it but, loud, dark & smoky, crowded weekends more

Total Dive! 3/20/2005

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... Pros: cheap draft, stiff drinks, nice crowd more

Just a Bar 12/22/2004

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. Pros: Great drinks, Inexpensive, Rockin' Staff more

If you like Blink 182 and comic books... 6/17/2004

...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. Pros: alcohol is served, there are chairs, a floor to stand on Cons: , glam crowd more

Cash in at the Jackpot 1/3/2004

Hip, dark, and a vintage convertable Cadillac. Lots of sideburns, black tshirts, and alternative bar art. If you're looking for a slick, polished, glam bar, go somewhere else...this place is for people who like their drinks strong and listen to lots of Johnny Cash. Come not to be seen, but to see. Pros: Hip, Dark, Non-trendy Cons: Smokey more

Loud and Smooookey... 2/8/2003

It's a bar, given. Most of the time, it's a little loud. Loud as in you cannot hear the person beside you. Maybe it's the ultra-unknown band they are playing that consists of 900 songs that all have 3 minutes of shouting, cymbal crashing, and not much else. Warning, if you ask them to turn it down, you'll probably be ostracized. DJ nights are good, since it's better music with better sound quality, generally 60's superfunk with some dub and new wave thrown in. And the smoke: holy cow. This bar smokes like a '75 Chevy conversion van. The best part is the people. Not many baseball hats, few tucked in shirts, no frat symbols anywhere. Lots of black tshirts, an abundance of tattoos, and everyone could care less about their carefully careless dress. Pros: Good diverity of peop, The music Cons: lots of attitude, The music more
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  • 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...

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