About Us

Modern, spacious, industrial —
The Strowd is everything the
other bars on East Franklin are not.

Abstract art hangs on exposed brick walls. Bare ceiling beams stretch across the raised dance floor. Giant windows provide expansive street views. Live DJs take the stage after shag lessons. It’s all happening above Sutton’s Drug Store, up the stairs in Amber Alley.

Discover a new bourbon. Watch the game. Dance to weekly house music. Chill on leather sofas in the VIP area. Bring your friends…all of them. At The Strowd, you have the space to do it all.



Calendar of Events

There’s always action at The Strowd. DJs, shag lessons, EDM, beach music, themed dance parties, live jazz and swing bands keep the dance floor hopping, while two 100″ HD projectors show all the games you can’t miss.

  • January

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    Come on out to Prohibition Night, a swing dance every first and third Wednesday from 8-11pm.  The wooden floors are spacious, the bar is flowing with spirits and vintage cocktails, and we're thrilled to be featuring The Blue House Quintet, a swingin' five-piece gypsy jazz band based right here in Chapel Hill. Whatever your dance experience, we would love to have you come out and dance with us! Local swing dance instructors Jonathan Ng and Gillian Fortier will be teaching a beginner East Coast Swing dance lesson from 8-9pm for no extra charge-no experience or partner necessary. Parking? Refer to http://www.parkonthehill.com/.  Or park on the street (free after 6pm). 8-9pm- Beginner East Coast Swing dance lessons 9-11pm- Blue House Quintet $5 cover DSC_0135[319434]  

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    Private Event  10pm-2am

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    Private Event  10pm-2am

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    Come join us and get your shag on! DJ Papa Don will be spinning and the bar will be serving some iced cold beer. Every Friday from 7-10 p.m. FullSizeRender(2)

Private Events

Private Events

Reserve Our Space

At 5,000 square feet, The Strowd can welcome up to 360 people for private parties, engagement and anniversary celebrations, business meetings and more, all with catering services available. The Strowd is located across the street from UNC Chapel Hill at 159 1/2 East Franklin Street.

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Truly a space like no other

In 2014, George Draper and Michael Rosenbacher embarked on transforming the old Players nightclub into a unique space that offered something different, something better than anything else in Chapel Hill. After six months of extensive renovations, they opened The Strowd, named after the nearly century-old building it occupies.

Centrally located on historic East Franklin Street, The Strowd is much more than a bar. It’s a live music venue with one of the town’s best sound systems. It’s an exceptional event space located steps from campus. It’s a gallery for local artists. It’s a place to grab a drink after work or meet up for late-night revelries.