First Friday Cocktail Roundtable

Event Ended: Friday September 6th, 2019

The Excitement Continues

Our next cocktail roundtable is on Friday, September 6th, and our line up of bartenders are only getting better. This next First Friday, we welcome Katie Boatner from Royale to join us behind the bar to showcase her skill in crafting that oh so perfect cocktail. Laurel Cavanagh will be up from Vidrio.

New to Our Cocktail Roundable?

If you haven’t yet had a chance to stop in during First Friday, then make sure you add Vidrio as a stop either before, after or during your gallery tours. Every first Friday of the month, we join the list of exciting downtown activities, such as gallery openings, and events held by local businesses, to bring you a very unique event showcasing the amazing cocktail culture Raleigh has cultivated.

Guest bartenders join us behind the bar, to prepare a unique, innovative, no holds barred cocktail creation to serve up to guests, as a chance to compete for Cocktail of the Year. And who makes the ultimate decision? You do. Guests have a chance to taste the two cocktails up for debate, from our guest bartender and our staff bartender, and vote on who had the better libation. Want to be surprised, try something new, and join in the excitement, then join us for our upcoming event, September 6th.


Meet Katie

Katie Boatner of Royale is always on the hunt for something new. Having said that, she has a deep respect for classic libations as well. With varied industry experience in both food and wine, she is currently experimenting with port and vermouths in cocktails. Katie is not afraid to try anything and her regulars can attest to her spur of the moment creativity. Having grown up on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, she knows that flavor and soul take an experience from something ordinary to something indelible and lasting. Come experience her gustatory creations First Friday.

Katie Boatner Headshot Royale



Meet Laurel

Laurel Cavanagh has a passion for working with people, making strong connections, and introducing them to new flavors. That is what has brought her to working in hospitality and service in the first place. She thrives on learning what makes people tick, what their preferences are, and using that to craft libations that will bring them returning time and time again.

Laurel Cavanaugh
Laurel Cavanaugh

Visit Some of Our Favorite First Friday Partners

If venturing downtown, there are tons of museums, and businesses having events to celebrate First Friday. We’ve put together a list of some of our favorites, so be sure to check our their featured events and exhibits!

VAE Gallery:


Artist Exhibit, Field Notes. Photographic evidence of Climate Change.

VAE supplied nine researchers, from Puerto Rico to Maine, with instamatic cameras to document their daily work of observing and conserving our natural world.

Link to event details:

Exhibit: July 12 – September 21, 2019
Opening: July 12, 6-9pm
First Friday: Sept 6, 6-10pm

Colors of Yoga:

Head over to colors of yoga for a showcase of gorgeous and vibrant body jewelry! And maybe even make some of your own!

Event: 6-9pm

Address: 16 Glenwood Ave., Suite 30B, Raleigh, NC


Bishops will be featuring an artist exhibit for First Friday showcasing the work of artist, Nicole Drake. Nicole Drake is an artist working in Raleigh, NC. Originally from coastal Georgia, she attended undergrad in the North Georgia Mountains, where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts. Nicole’s art work focuses on layered fields of color to create engaging paintings.

Event: 6-8pm

Address: 207 S West St, Raleigh, NC 27603

Local Color Gallery:

Make sure Local Color Gallery is a stop along your route for First Friday. This is a wonderful gallery with several collaborating artists.

Exhibits change monthly and feature a different artist, or group exhibit from their artist community.

Visit: Local Color for more event details.


Check our Revolver Consignment Boutique for great finds and clothing steals! They are located just a 5 min walk up the street from Vidrio!

122 Glenwood Avenue South
Raleigh, NC 27603