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.

  • September

  • 21

    Private Event   10pm-2am

  • 22

    DJ Papa Don   7-10pm

    Spinning the best of Beach and Blues.

  • 22

    Dae the DJ   10pm-2am

    Spinning a mix of House and Hip Hop.

  • 23

    DJ Aviation Parkway  10pm-2am

    Plan on dancing all night!

  • 28

    WCHL Ticket Launch Party   5-7pm

    Launch party    

  • 28

    Fundraiser for Carolina For The Kids   9pm-12am

    Please join CFTK with their Theme Reveal for the year. Donation at the door. DJ Big Joker will be spinning.  

  • 29

    DJ The Big Joker   10pm-2am

    This UNC alum will be spinning everything from Old School, House, R&B, to the current Dance hits.

  • 30

    DJ CJ   10pm-2am

    One of our own UNC alum spinning everything you want to hear!

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.