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A Very Franklin Street Father's Day

Struggling to figure out where to dine or what to buy for Father's Day on Sunday? We've got you covered. Have a very Franklin Street Father's Day with restaurants, bars, movie theaters, shops and more downtown to plan your perfect Sunday with Dad.

Might As Well

  • It's a newer sports bar on Franklin Street, but they've already gotten the hang of what Chapel Hill's all about. Dad will love their buffalo chicken pizza, the barbecue bacon cheeseburger nicknamed "The Tarheel" or any of their award-winning wings. They've also got quite the beer selection, and if you decide to go on Father's Day, all pizza is at half price all day along with $10 beer pitchers, half price bottles of wine and $2.50 mimosas.

Four Corners

  • Named after Dean Smith's famous "Four Corners" technique that ensured the Tar Heels to victory before it led to the creation of the shot clock in the '80s, Four Corners grill has a fun sports atmosphere that any dad would enjoy. They've got wings, quesadillas, and even a Carolina Burger with chili that donates $1 to UNC Athletics with each purchase.

Carolina Brewery

  • Complete with beautiful street-side outdoor seating and craft beer on tap, Carolina Brewery is the perfect spot for a Father's Day lunch. Dad will find Sky Blue, Flagship IPA, Pamlico Pale Ale and more to go along with pimento cheese burgers and fish tacos, or waffle crusted chicken and $1 mimosas for brunch.


  • If Dad's feeling something a little fancier, Talullas is a decadent Turkish spot with a special Father's Day menu just for him. Their normal menu includes favorites such as lamb kebabs, gulf coast tilapia, fried eggplant and baklava. 

Sup Dogs

  • Sup Dogs isn't just for college students -- Dad will enjoy this classic hot dog joint too. Famous for their cheesy tots, beer served in mason jars and specialty hot dogs with delicious fries and an opportunity to "double dog" it for a low price, Sup Dogs is a treat for the whole family with adorable outdoor seating right on Franklin Street.

Al's Burger Shack or Buns

  • Is he feeling burgers instead? These two top-notch spots are the best way to get your burger fix in Chapel Hill. Al's features a bacon cheddarburger, crispy crinkle cut fries and even a vegetarian burger option made from sweet potato, black beans and oats. You can build your own burger at Buns by choosing a type of patty (you can even "Tar Heel Triple it with three patties"), a cheese, your choice of seven signature sauces and fresh toppings.

Top of the Hill

  • You can dress it down for lunch or dress it up for dinner, but Top of the Hill is a versatile Chapel Hill staple. Indulge in their bavarian pretzels, buttermilk fried chicken and coconut cream cake to finish, but don't be afraid to wash it down with one of their house-made Old Well White beers. They also feature bananas foster french toast on their brunch menu along with bloody marys, white mimosas and more. 


  • Need something sweet to end the night? Sugarland bakery has been featured on the Food Network, the Today Show, Good Morning America and more for their exquisite cupcakes like the Boston Cream Pie Sunday special, their creamy gelato featuring 24 flavors every day, and their signature blue martini.
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DSI's Prix Fixe Show

  • Kick back, have a few laughs and maybe a few drinks with Dad Saturday night at 8:30 as DSI presents a "buffet of improvised comedy" with teams Black Ops and Lake House for only $10. Stay after for easy admission to the free show "Pork: A Vinegar-Based, Slow Roasted, Carolina Comedy Showcase" immediately afterwards.

Nightlight's Sundae Social

  • Surprise Dad with free ice cream sundaes provided by Maple View Farms at Nightlight Bar & Club's Patio Party on Sunday from 2-6 PM accompanied by talented DJs. All ages are welcome, so bring the whole family!

Varsity Theater

  • The Varsity is showing $4 movies that cater to every film affinity this weekend. If Dad likes modern twists on classics, take him to Beauty & The Beast. If he's in for a comedy, try Snatched with Amy Schumer or Boss Baby with Alec Baldwin. If he's more of a science fiction guy or a horror junkie, there's always Alien: Covenant. All have showtimes on Sunday!

Fridays on the Front Porch

  • Porchetta and Baozi food trucks will accompany the Brooke McBride Band as they perform on the lawn of the Carolina Inn while you relax, eat and enjoy time with Dad.

Light Years

  • This may not seem like the top choice for a dad who doesn't rock earrings, rings or necklaces, but Light Years has more than just jewelry. They're selling Father's Day trinkets, socks, mugs, magnets and cards perfect for a smaller gift or just something quirky.

Gentlemen's Corner, Julian's

  • If you're gunning to get Dad something fancier this Father's Day, try these two classy apparel stores. Gentlemen's Corner offers tailored fittings, popular brands such as Johnston & Murphy shoes, Robert Talbott shirts and sports coats, and Maui Jim sunglasses. Julian's can give you the Carolina spin on dressy clothes, with Carolina blue dress shirts, National Championship ties, Old Well cufflinks and more.

Underground Printing

  • If you don't think Dad would like anything he didn't pick out himself, he'll be sure to fall for something you designed especially for him. At Underground Printing, you can make your own charming Father's Day shirt, hat, pants, bag, socks, planners and more.

Shrunken Head Boutique, Johnny T-Shirt, Chapel Hill Sportswear

  • These classic Franklin Street spots have all you need for a true Tar Heel born, Tar Heel bred dad. If he doesn't have a National Championship shirt yet, a jersey to sport on game day or one of those Carolina coozies, he'll love anything you buy here so he can show off his Carolina pride.

Ackland Museum Store

  • Not only does the Ackland have beautiful, artfully made cards, but there's also a wide range of art books perfect for a dad who appreciates history, design and culture. There's also a dedicated section for publications of the UNC Press, which includes everything from cookbooks to visual journals of the South.

Bicycle Chain

  • If you have a dad who loves to exercise on the weekends or bike to work, the Bicycle Chain has everything he'd need for the perfect biking experience including biking gloves, top-of-the-line bike locks, rechargable bike light systems and more.