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Opened in 1992, Local 506 is an all-ages rock club in downtown Chapel Hill. The 506 is a showroom and a full bar, providing audiences the opportunity to see up-and-coming touring musicians and local bands in a simultaneously accessible and professional musical setting. Located on West Franklin Street, the 506 is conveniently within walking distance to many of Chapel Hill and Carrboro’s restaurants and bars, and a great location for either catching a show or enjoying a full night out in Chapelboro.
Parking can be a bit tricky unless you’re familiar with the area. A helpful parking guide for Chapel Hill is here. In general, street parking is free after 6pm Monday-Saturday, and completely free on Sunday. Keep an eye out for UNC lots that are often free after 6pm as well. There is also a parking deck next to the Hampton Inn in Carrboro that is free and within walking distance to the club.
In accordance with NC Law, memberships are required to attend shows at Local 506. Memberships are $2, available at the door the night of the show, and are good for life. A membership card is issued when purchased, and must be presented at the time of entry to the club (a picture on a smartphone will do just fine!). Over 21 members are welcome to have a guest, though under 21 members must each have their own membership. For more information about North Carolina’s membership laws, see page 12 here.
TL;DR: Because we serve liquor and not food we are required by NC to be a private club and charge for memberships (only $2, though). They’re good for life and you can have a guest as long as you’re over 21.
- Membership is required for entry to Local 506
- Once inside, don’t be dumb. No alcohol for under 21 folks, no fighting, and generally be respectful of everyone around you.