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Wilmington’s freight district continues to expand, wine and whiskey bar opens Friday

On Friday, The Starling will open to the public from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The Starling opens in the Cargo District on April 15, 2022 (Photo: Matt Ray)

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – Wilmington’s freight district is getting bigger again with the addition of a local wine and whiskey venue opening Friday.

Since 2018, the Wilmington Cargo District has grown from two buildings to more than 30 across multiple blocks.

On Friday, The Starling will open to the public from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Matthew Ray and Abbye McGee have teamed up to open the new spot on Queen Street in Wilmington.

“Abbye and I grew up together in Wilmington and we always wanted to work together. So it made sense to combine our loves for wine, bourbon and community. As far as the community goes, the Cargo District just seemed perfect for it,” Ray said.

The bar plans to have live music, wine and bourbon pairing dinners on their upper deck, bourbon and wine tasting clubs and more.

The website says The Starling’s greatest fame is the award-winning cocktail makers behind the bar and our extensive wine and whiskey collection including vintage bottles you won’t find anywhere else.

You must have a $1 membership to enter the bar. Click here to find out more.

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The Starling opens in the Cargo District on April 15, 2022 (Photo: Matt Ray)