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Located at 16 East Martin St. in Raleigh. 

NEW CHAMPAGNE CLASS LEVEL TWO! Sunday Dec 6th at 6pm Call 919.977.3829 for info and to book your tickets! 

Bittersweet is open for dessert, cocktail and coffee service: Wednesday thru Friday, 7am–all day until 2am. Saturdays we open at 4pm. Sunday-Funday theme-nights every Sunday starting 6pm. Check our social media for this week’s theme. Please note that Bittersweet is age 21+ only after 8pm on Friday and Saturday evenings.

IN THE MORNING: Visit our coffee window! OPEN MON-TUES: 7am-3pm. WED-FRI we’re open all day. When the weather is nice 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, muffins and delicious scones.

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)



    • derby pie: chocolate bourbon pecan pie, salted caramel sauce
    • cinnamon-carrot cupcakes: organic carrots, cream cheese frosting
    • cookie plate: ever-rotating variety of cookies such as homemade oreo, chocolate-chip sea salt, lemon-lavender shortbread, whoopie pie, etc
    • buttermilk pie
    • chocolate-espresso mousse
    • salty chipwich ice cream sandwich–chocolate sea salt cookies, rolled in bourbon caramel corn
    • red velvet cake: big, fat double-layer, cream cheese frosting
    • rotating cheese plate
    • affogato: vanilla ice cream drowned in Counter Culture Coffee espresso

    Bar Snacks

    Bar Snacks

    • spicy pimento cheese
    • sweet & spicy pecans and pretzels
    • chicken liver pate with bacon-onion jam
    • sugar rush frosting shot: shot glass of vanilla buttercream



    • classics: old fashioned, vesper, manhattan, negroni
    • Irish Coffee: hot or iced with house made whipped cream
    • Thin Mint: mint liqueur, vodka, Videri chocolate, milk
    • Laura Palmer: vodka, lemon, black tea, Chambord
    • James Joyce: Jameson, vermouth, Cointreau, lime
    • Fire in the Hole: tequila, bourbon, ancho chile
    • The Dude: vodka, house made coffee liqueur. cream
    • Rosemary’s Baby: rosemary vodka, tonic, grapefruit
    • Bittersweet Manhattan: Bulleit Rye, Torino vermouth, Burlesque bitters


    Coffee Beverages

    Coffee & Hot Drinks

    • Counter Culture Coffee French press for two, Classic hand-pour for one
    • Iced coffee, cold brew
    • hot cider: boozy or non-boozy version
    • drinking chocolate: thick melted chocolate, cream, seasonal spices
    • Black & Coke: chilled espresso, Mexican Coke


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16 East Martin St, Raleigh