Winston Salem Visitor Guide - 2018 - 21
is an ideal time
DOWNTOWN ASSETS Bailey Park (opposite); The
Winston-Salem Dash (above); city skyline (right)
clothes and handmade goods; Bookmarks, an independent
bookstore; and Garner Foods, of Texas Pete hot sauce fame.
Continuing toward Winston-Salem's most iconic structure, the
R. J. Reynolds Building (today home to Kimpton Cardinal
Hotel and residential apartments), you'll approach what has
affectionately become known as Restaurant Row. Here, you'll
not want for any type of fare: pizza, smoothies, Thai, Mexican,
Mediterranean, and of course, Southern.
Just beyond, hang a left onto Trade Street and discover the
Downtown Arts District. If you visit the first Friday night of the month,
its galleries, restaurants, and shops are thrumming with people out
for the Gallery Hop. Find craft cocktails at watering holes such as
Single Brothers (a clever play on its selection of single malts and the
Single Brothers house in nearby Old Salem), and enjoy late-night
nosh at Finnigan's Wake Irish Pub. The district is pushing farther
north, where new breweries, such as Fiddlin' Fish and Wiseman,
have set up shop, and east to Liberty Street, where restaurants,
bars, and shops are breathing life into historic storefronts.
Liberty Street is the unofficial boundary between downtown
and the beating heart of Winston-Salem's new knowledge-based
economy, Wake Forest Innovation Quarter. The city's industrial past
lingers in century-old tobacco factories that have been rehabbed
into stylish lofts, laboratory and office space for biotech research,
and classrooms for the Wake Forest University School of Medicine.
The rehabbing continues across from the area's hub, glittering
Biotech Place and Bailey Park, at the iconic brick smokestacks of
R.J. Reynolds' Bailey Power Plant, which have been designated
to become a mixed-use space for events, exhibits, and a TexMex restaurant. And just across the street? A high-end residential
building will house a growing young population of students,
scientists, designers, and tech entrepreneurs, the lifeblood of a
city forever looking toward the next horizon.
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