Gary Crunkleton

Chapel Hill, NC
The Crunkleton

Gary Crunkleton’s first bartending job was around twenty years ago at an undergraduate bar in Chapel Hill, NC as a student at the university. Gary cut his teeth at the busy bar as the co-eds wanted their drinks fast and often. A more civilized and sophisticated bartending opportunity followed as he developed the necessary personal skills of a true barman. Realizing the significance of his achievements as a bartender, Gary opened his own bar, The Crunkleton, in Chapel Hill, NC after more than a third of his life working on his craft. The Crunkleton has become one of the most acclaimed bars in the region by a few of the more popular magazines of the South. When not at the bar following his passion, Gary spends his time with his other loves – an adoring wife, Megan, and their three boys (all under seven years old), Montgomery, Hudson, and Beaufort.

Accolades & Publications

  • Southern Living – 100 Best Bars of the South (2014), The South’s Best New Bars (2014)
  • Garden & Gun – The 50 Best Southern Bars (2013)
  • The Bourbon Review – America’s 55 Best Bourbon Bars (2013)
  • Imbibe – 100 Best Places to Drink in the South (2011)


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