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What is The Stagger?

The Stagger provides its readers an exhaustive listing of live music, events, and nightly drink specials for every downtown bar in Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill.

Who Uses The Stagger?

The Stagger appeals to people of all ages. Our readers tend to have more disposable income, be more involved in their communities, and have a more vested interest in the local economy than the average North Carolinian.

Where Can I Find It?

We currently distribute 6,000 copies every two weeks at over 350 locations in Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill. Our online and printed editions reach more than 25,000 readers each month.

What You Get…

The Stagger provides a variety of advertising options designed to fit any budget. With rates starting as low as $50 per issue, and per-issue discounts awarded when signing up for extended runs, The Stagger is accessible to many local businesses that may not otherwise be able to advertise. The price of design is included in the rates for each size, and includes a free advertisement on our website,


Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How much does it cost to be in the list?

A. It is, and always will be, completely free to advertise your events and drink specials in The Stagger. The only thing we charge money for are the graphic ads featured in the publication and on our website.

Q. Do I need to design my own ad?

A. No. Simply tell us what you want included, and we’ll take care of the rest. You’re welcome to submit your own artwork if you prefer, but ad design is always included in the purchase price.

Q. How often does it come out?

A. Every 2 weeks.

Q. How many do you distribute?

A. We currently distribute 6,000 copies in over 350 locations across The Triangle. Our online and printed edition combine to reach more than 25,000 readers each month. As our user base grows we plan to increase output to keep up with demand.

Q. Where do you distribute?

A. In addition to our handy street side boxes, every establishment in our listings and all our advertisers function as distribution locations.

Q. Can I advertise my food specials in The Stagger?

A. Yes and no. We don’t include any food specials in our listings, but you are welcome to push any aspect of your business (food included) in one of our paid advertisements.

Q. How long has this thing been around?

A. Our first issue came out on May 1st, 2009 in Chapel Hill. Our Triangle-wide edition debuted on January 1st, 2010.