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Located at 16 East Martin St. in Raleigh.

Open for dessert, cocktail and coffee service: Wednesday thru Saturday starting at 5pm. Sunday-Funday theme-nights every Sunday starting 7pm. Check our social media for this week’s theme. 

IN THE MORNING: Visit our coffee window! OPEN MON-FRI: 7am-3pm. We have coffee service you can order from the sidewalk! Full espresso bar and drip coffee, iced coffee and tea PLUS morning pastries like cheddar biscuits, cinnamon-sugar doughnuts and pumpkin bread.

Our Special Sunday event on OCT 12 is a GIN & TONIC EDUCATION. Bar Manager, Lewis Norton will talk about the history of gin and tonic, different botanicals used in gin production and the importance of quality tonic. Tickets are $35 and guests will receive a flight of four different gins, and four tonics–plus a full cocktail of your favorite combo. Class begins at 7pm and there will be trivia and prizes too. 

Stick around afterwards for the Season Premiere of THE WALKING DEAD at 9pm. Zombie drinks and treats galore!  

Bittersweet is a terribly wonderful dessert, coffee and cocktail lounge with an all-natural, seasonal menu. We are a place where you can get bourbon with your pie, champagne with your cake and Irish whiskey in your coffee. Our menu changes each season, with drink and dessert pairing specials offered regularly. We have a full coffee and espresso menu—everything from cappuccinos to pourovers—with beans from our pals over in Durham, Counter Culture Coffee.

Desserts are baked in-house daily by owner, Kim Hammer of bittycakes and our in-house bakers. You will nightly find Kim behind our bar plating tasty treats, next to our mad-skilled bartenders.

Bittersweet offers a seasonal cocktail menu, local beer and wine…especially bubbles—champagne, cava, prosecco—our motto is “champagne saved is champagne wasted.”

Join us for dessert, drinks and late night banter—that’s right, we said banter and we meant it. We expect some magnificent banter.

Sample Menu

(year round and seasonal items—menu will consist of year-round standards & rotating menu that will change with each season)



    • classic apple pie: double crust, organic apples, fresh ground spices
    • cinnamon-carrot cupcakes: organic carrots, cream cheese frosting
    • brownie sundae: Videri Chocolate brownie, vanilla bean ice cream, bourbon-caramel sauce, chocolate sauce, whipped cream, bourbon cherry, sugared pecans, sprinkles.
    • key-lime pie: graham cracker crust, whipped cream
    • winter-on-the-farm cheesecake: local goat cheese, raspberry syrup, rosemary sprinkle
    • red velvet cake: big, fat double-layer, cream cheese frosting
    • cheese plate: rotating cheese and fruit platter, sugar/spice nuts
    • strawberry-crème fraîche ice cream with flourless chocolate cake
    • punk-rock strawberry shortcake: lemon-basil poundcake, fresh strawberries, basil whipped cream
    • triple-crème affair: lemon scone, triple crème brie, wine-poached plums
    • jacked-up gelato: chocolate-hazelnut gelato drowned in coffee, cinnamon churros
    • can’t catch me: gingerbread with bourbon-caramel sauce
    • flowers in winter: vanilla butter mini cupcakes, lavender-gin buttercream

    Bar Snacks

    Bar Snacks

    • edamame: soybeans, ginger, salt
    • moonshine caramel corn
    • spicy ramen noodle bar mix: crunchy ramen noodles, pecans, peanuts, wasabi peas, cornflakes
    • peanut brittle
    • sugar rush frosting shot: shot glass of vanilla buttercream



    • classics: old fashioned, vesper, manhattan, negroni
    • rusty nail: scotch, Drambuie
    • thin mint: mint liqueur, vodka, Videri chocolate, milk
    • Laura Palmer: vodka, lemon, black tea, Chambord
    • James Joyce: Jameson, vermouth, Cointreau, lime
    • Sherry O’Cherry: sherry, lime, sour cherry syrup
    • seasonal lemonade: fresh lemonade with choice of vodka, ouzo, rum, or tequila and seasonal syrups (i.e. strawberry, blackberry)
    • toasted almond: amaretto, coffee liqueur, cream
    • gingerbread martini: ginger liqueur, rum, vanilla, coffee liqueur, honey


    Coffee Beverages

    Coffee & Hot Drinks

    • Counter Culture Coffee French press for two, Classic hand-pour for one
    • Iced coffee, cold brew
    • irish coffee: 12-year Jameson, hot coffee, whipped cream
    • hot cider: boozy or non-boozy version
    • drinking chocolate: thick melted chocolate, cream, seasonal spices
    • cherry coffee: coffee, cherry brandy, whipped cream, cherry


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16 East Martin St, Raleigh