We clearly like giving our opinions on things, so we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to let you know what we think was the best of Raleigh in 2016. We speak of what we know: bars, food, and sports.  Keep note that JP is Raleigh City Sports’ Ambassador to Durham so his picks are a mix of the Triangle. Chime in with your own opinion below or on Twitter with #RCS2k16.

Best Bar To Watch Sports

Fitz: Brickhouse

Mike: Brickhouse – my guilty pleasure (cons: it also functions as a Patriots and Ohio State bar, two of the most annoying fan-bases in the world).

JPBull McCabe’s, especially for soccer

JFK: Lynwood Grill & Brewing Concern

Moneybags: The GOAT

Best Bar To Get A Drink

Fitz: Foundation

Mike: Person Street Bar

JP: Steel String Brewery in Carrboro

JFK: C. Grace. Old school speakeasy/jazz club vibe with solid menu of craft cocktails

MoneybagsThe GOAT

Best Restaurants

FitzEl Rodeo off Wake Forest

MikeCapital Club 16

JPHeavenly Buffaloes in Durham. It’s a shack that sells wings, fries, and beer. They just partnered with Bull Durham Beer Co to open a bar/restaurant next to the Bulls stadium called The Bullpen.

JFK: Chuck’s. Best burgers you’ll find anywhere. Beasley’s Chicken & Honey (next door) is nothing to sneeze at either.

Moneybags: Watkins Grill

Best Raleigh Sports Team

FitzNC State Men’s Swim Team —  Finished 4th overall at NCAA’s ; National Champs–200 Free Relay, Olympic Gold Medalist-Ryan Held, Defeated #1 Texas head to head in November.

MikeWake Forest HS boys 4AA state champs

JP:  North Carolina FC (Carolina Railhawks) – they signed Omar Bravo and are making some headway to become a new MLS franchise. Very exciting.

JFK: 3-4 year olds Bumble Bees t-ball team. Watched them dominate North Raleigh parish athletics over at The Franciscan School. Loaded with future MLB talent.

Moneybags: The line against the Pack.

Best New Sports Website

Fitz: Raleigh City Sports

Mike: Duh…Raleigh City Sports

JP: RCS!!!

JFK: You Know

Moneybags: Raleigh City Sports Presents Minting Money with Moneybags Smythe