Welcome to Downtown Chapel Hill
An energetic, creative mixed-use district
where North Carolina meets the world!
Our Downtown launches entrepreneurial ventures, supports a thriving arts & cultural community, boasts world-renowned dining, and serves as the gathering spot for young and old; all while preserving and enhancing our community's unique character.
Are you moving your kids into the dorms this weekend? Take a break and head to @lanternrestaurant for a refreshing cocktail!
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Although we have to hand the Instagram back to our friends at @downtownchapelhill, we’ve loved sharing our stories with you all. It is a true privilege! We hope that you come in sometime to experience our bar for yourselves. We each have countless more stories and spirits to share with all of you. Remember to follow us at @thecrunkleton for announcements and future events! For private events, please email email@example.com
Here at The Crunkleton, we like to provide unique opportunities for our patrons in many different ways. Every few months, we host tastings for different spirits, giving people the opportunity to try new brands or spirits and to learn in a classroom-like atmosphere. Most recently, we’ve done a High West tasting, a Charles Medley Distillery tasting, and the Spirits of Mexico (which mostly focused on mezcal with a little bit of tequila talk). These events provide a great chance to ask questions among new friends and our staff, and sometimes representatives from brands/distilleries. These events are open to the public to buy tickets and are advertised on our social media pages! If you cannot attend one of these events or are wondering about other options, we also host private bourbon and scotch tastings for small groups of people. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Elderflower Sour is another one of our favorite cocktails. Although the recipe has changed a bit from when Gary first created it, it still remains a classic on our menu. Made with elderflower liqueur, gin, simple syrup, ginger, and lime, it is guaranteed to hit the spot every time. Don’t forget the that whole slice of cucumber too! (It makes for a perfect snack at the end of a great cocktail)
For our bartender spotlight, we chose Colin, who got to participate in a really exciting event in NOLA this year. He wrote a little note to give y’all a taste of this special opportunity! “During Tales of the Cocktail the Trade Commission of Miami hosted a pisco-centric event showcasing the national spirit of Peru. Pisco, an unaged grape brandy, is as varied a spirit as any other, showcasing terroir and unique flavors through it's different grape varieties and producers. I was invited to take part in this year's event, which focused on the humble Chilcano, a favorite cocktail of Peru. Simplicity at it's finest, a classic Chilcano is made using Pisco, Fresh Lime, Ginger Ale, and Bitters. I, along with 5 other bartenders from around the nation, was tasked with creating a unique riff to the Chilcano that paid homage to the traditional recipe while being creative. I was paired with Vinas de Oro Pisco, an amazing producer who focuses on single varietal piscos to highlight each grapes natural flavors and aromas. The Cocktail I came up with was the "Sakura Maru", which highlighted the Japanese influence in Peru's culture. Made using Pisco, Miso-Lemongrass Syrup, Ginger Beer, Lime, and a Kombu Tincture, this light and refreshing drink was a nod to tradition and history within the country of Peru.”
When you’re at The Crunkleton, it’s easy to be in awe of our vast selection of bottles and creatively designed cocktail choices. One of our other interesting aspects though can be found on the wall by the far end of the bar—our barrel-aged cocktails. We fill up these barrels with classic cocktails and let them age for a little while. Afterwards, we’re left with a new take on a classic drink with a slightly different flavor profile, but it’s just as lovely as before. Come in and try one of our barrel-aged cocktails! If you’re feeling adventurous even, try a barrel-aged Manhattan next to a freshly made one, and see the difference!
If you’re looking for a drink with a little kick, the Chest Rockwell is the one for you. Combining mezcal and Oaxacan rum with turmeric, Chile de Arbol, lime, and Yellow Chartreuse, this cocktail is an adventure in a glass! We’d have to say, this is probably one of our most popular seasonal cocktails right now.
Up next, we pulled out some really interesting antiques for you. Both of these bottles are incredibly special for a few reasons. If you look closely at the labels, you’ll see they both say “For Medicinal Purposes,” which is a tell-tale sign of their age—they were both distilled pre-prohibition! Also, they are both “bottled in bond,” meaning they are both 100 proof. Come in and check out these bottles (just a few of our collection!)
This is perhaps one of our most beloved bottles from our wall right now. Back in 2017, our team visited the Charles Medley Distillery located in Owensboro, KY to take a tour of the facility and choose a barrel to bring home for our very own. They chose barrel #10, and we were shipped over 100 bottles of Wathen’s Barrel Proof. This whiskey is 115.7 proof, but don’t let the high proof scare you. The flavor profile actually reminds us of a Payday, a little sweet and nutty! Come in and try it this week!