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Restaurants and Breweries
The Kitchen Sink
Newly opened eatery, The Kitchen Sink, is located in the Brooklyn Arts District. Enjoy hearty soup options like the savory shrimp gazpacho or the tomato basil bisque paired with the house-made breads like their pretzel soup bowl. Or, savor freshly made salads and sandwiches featuring seasonal ingredients.
Brooklyn Arts District is now home to Three10 Restaurant. This family-owned and -operated business focuses on using sustainable, seasonal and local ingredients. Its menu features modern seafood dishes highlighting coastal and low country Carolina flavors paired with cocktails and rotating drafts. Three10 Restaurant is located inside the restored Allen-Oliver Historic home.
Located in The Cargo District, Bottles features curated lists of organic, natural wines, eight rotating draft beers and a host of other unique selections. Enjoy weekly events including live music on Wednesdays & Saturdays and Sangria & Spritzer specials on Sundays.
Find fun, fanciful cocktails paired with beautiful riverfront views at Sauce'd, located on the Riverwalk. In addition to craft cocktails like Smokey the Pear and Mojito on a Stormy Night, the menu also features a curated collection of fries, from air-fried sweet potato and yucca fries to waffle fries and traditional crispy potato fries, all of which are served with gourmet dipping sauces.
Catawba Brewing Co.
Featuring 24 craft beers and hard seltzers on tap, Catawba Brewing Co. recently opened a taproom in Wilmington. Pair your brew with food from the on-site restaurant, Zombie Fresh Kitchen, which offers traditional bar fare like nachos and pretzels, as well as seasonal specialties featuring local vegetables. Enjoy your brews and food indoors or on the dog-friendly outdoor patio.
Hi-Wire Brewing Company
Hi- Wire Brewing features a large bar with twenty-one taps of Hi-Wire beers, including seasonal, sours, year-rounds and three wine taps. The 7920-square-foot taproom includes two outdoor beer gardens, ample parking and family-friendly activities.
Panacea Brewing Company
In addition to their ever-growing list of craft beer and hard and non-alcoholic kombucha options, Panacea Brewing Company is expanding in 2022 to create a new 1,600-square-foot multipurpose space available for booking events, private parties and more.
Ponysaurus Brewing Co.
Opening their second taproom in North Carolina, Ponysaurus Brewing Co. is bringing more craft brews and pizza to historic downtown Wilmington. The new space, scheduled to debut in summer 2022, will feature an outdoor garden area for guests to enjoy outdoor seating, drinks and food. Ponysaurus Brewing Co.’s extensive repertoire of craft beers, featuring core, seasonal, specialty and barrel-aged beers, will be available in the taproom and restaurant. Until the opening, visitors can find Ponysaurus Brewing Co. brews in local restaurants and businesses like manna ave. 123, Cape Fear Wine & Beer, Brewer’s Kettle and more.
Cameron Art Museum's USCT Sculpture Park
Recently unveiled Boundless sculpture is now available for viewing on the grounds of the Cameron Art Museum. This sculpture honors the U.S. Colored Troops who fought for their freedom during the Civil War.
Coming summer 2022, Airlie Gardens' newest art exhibition will be feature larger-than-life rabbit sculptures. Take in the new installation, as well as 67 acres of formal gardens and lakes and the nearly 500-year-old Airlie Oak during your visit.
Aloft Coastline Hotel
Located in the recently opened Aloft Coastline Hotel, aView is the 125-room property's rooftop bar and bistro. Grab a cocktail and take in the spectacular river views while sampling their ever-changing eclectic menu featuring charcuterie plates, oysters, sharable small places and delicious housemade desserts. More dining is headed to the Aloft's ground floor with The Atlantic Restaurant & Loft, a fine dining restaurant opening in 2022.
Located in the heart of historic downtown Wilmington, The Hive will open a second location in early summer 2022 on North Front Street. The new property will feature seven Hive suites, and the stylish boutique hotel will continue to offer travelers a unique and comfortable lodging experience.
Tru by Hilton Wilmington
Featuring a pool, a 24-hour fitness center, bar, business center, restaurant and more, Tru by Hilton Wilmington is scheduled to open in spring 2022. Conveniently located 10 minutes from historic downtown Wilmington and 10 minutes from Wilmington International Airport, the hotel will offer 107 rooms.
Wilmington International Airport Expansion
Wilmington International Airport (ILM) offers non-stop flights to Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Newark, Philadelphia, New York, Washington, D.C. and Boston (seasonal); a $60 million airport expansion, scheduled for completion in late 2022 or early 2023, will see four additional gates, a restaurant, concessions and more added to the terminal. As part of a partnership with the Arts Council of Wilmington, public art will be included in the expansion project.