The Laughing Seed Bar

Here at Laughing Seed, we believe that delicious food is best paired with equally-enticing drinks. This is why our Bar Manager, Benjamin Combs, has dedicated his eight years behind the Laughing Seed bar to mixing the finest regional, organic, and rare spirits, creating a plethora of original cocktails to enhance your dining experience. He also works closely with our local wine purveyors to ensure that we can offer you sustainable, organic, and vegan wine selections that will perfectly complement your favorite dishes. Benjamin celebrates our city’s great brews with his commitment to featuring only local draft beer. Of course, there are those times when a Pimm’s Cup, a pint of Green Man ESB, or a glass of NXNW chardonnay are not the way to quench your thirst. For this reason, Benjamin and our team of talented bartenders have created our potion tonics. These healthful drinks feature locally-made herbal tinctures from Red Moon Herbs, as well as agave infused with flavor combinations like citrus-ginger, vanilla-almond, and strawberry-basil. Whether you need a refreshing, non-alcoholic pick-me-up or crave a cocktail made with fresh, natural ingredients, our bartenders are sure to please!

Weekly Specials
Post-Weekend Wellness

- $1 off all potion tonics

Whatever Wine You Want On Wednesday

- $10 off all 750ml bottles of wine on the wine list

- $5 off all half bottles

- All glass pours $5!!!

  (includes Sherry, Madeira, Sake, Mead and dessert wines)

Thinking of Drinking on Thursday?

- $3 off all specialty cocktails

Sneak A Sip On Sunday

- $3 off any spirit or liqueur ordered neat, up or on the rocks

Custom Cocktails

Basil Lemonberry – Prairie organic NC vodka, strawberry-basil agave, lemon, soda, on the rocks…..8

East of Eden – Rain Organic Vodka, Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur, fresh lime and apple juice…..9

Serendipity – St. Germain, Momokawa Silver Saké, pineapple, and basil, straight up…..8

Fireflower Margarita – Rosangel hibiscus-infused reposado, Cointreau, fresh lime, Buchi Fire…..10

The Trap Door – Maker’s Mark, Amaretto DiSaronno, sweet vermouth, Angostura served up…..9

Basil-Ginseng Martini – Rain Organic Vodka, organic sweet basil, ginseng infusion served up…..10

Phoenix Rising  – Bombay Sapphire, Pimm’s No. 1, muddled cucumber and mint with ginger beer…..9

Spanish Rain – Rain organic vodka, Licor 43, lemon, Cava Brut…..8

Revolver - Espolon Reposado, Drambuie, fresh lemon, agave, chili and smoked paprika, served up…..9

Root Soda – Root organic liqueur, Stoli Vanil, Drambuie, lemon, soda…..8

Bottled Beer

Erdinger Non-Alcoholic Wheat Beer – Germany, NA…..4

Mother Earth Endless River Kölsch – Kinston, NC – 4.9% ABV…..4

New Planet Off the Grid Pale Ale – Boulder, CO – 5% ABV (gluten-free)…..4

Highland Gaelic Ale – Asheville, NC – 5.8% ABV…..4

Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock – Aying, Germany – 6.7% ABV…..5

Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) – Belgium – 9% ABV…..8

Uinta Dubhe Imperial Black IPA – Salt Lake City, UT – 9.2% ABV…..5

Samuel Smith’s Organic Cider – Tadcaster, England – 5% ABV…..4

Samuel Smith’s Organic Lager – Tadcaster, England – 5% ABV…..4

Duck-Rabbit Milk Stout – Farmville, NC – 5.7% ABV…..4

Apéritif & Fortified Wine

Lillet Blanc, Podensac-Gironde, France…..6

- Herb and fruit infused wine, served chilled or on the rocks with an orange twist

Cinzano Vermouth, Italy…..6

- Rosso or extra dry, chilled or on the rocks

Carpano Antica Sweet Vermouth, Italy…..8

- Rich, complex, and layered high-end vermouth

C. Da Silva Presidential White Port, Portugal, NV…..6

- Chilled or on the rocks with tonic and a twist

Lustau Light Manzanilla Sherry Papirusa, Jerez, Spain NV…..6

- Light and dry with a saline note, a great digestif

Lustau Dry Amontillado Los Arcos Sherry, Jerez, Spain NV…..6

- Super nutty, a great companion to mushrooms, asparagus or artichokes

Blandy’s 5-Year Sercial, Madeira, Portugal NV…..5

- Crisp, dry and nutty, pairs well with salted nuts and hot peppers

Blandy’s Rainwater, Madeira, Portugal NV…..5

- Semi-sweet and well-balanced, a good all around sipper that can pair with savory or sweet

Blandy’s 5-Year Malmsey, Madeira, Portugal NV…..5

- Fruity and honeyed with concentration and acidity, pairs with cake, cheese or chocolate

Pacific Rim Vin de Glaciere Riesling, Columbia Valley, Washington 2010…..6

- Focused, concentrated, honeyed wine that pairs with baked fruit, bleu cheese or curry

Graham’s LBV Porto, Quinta dos Malvedos, Douro Valley, Portugal 2006…..5

- Ultra-rich black fruit and spice, pairs with chocolate or hard cheese

Sparkling Wine

Castellblanch Cava Brut, Sant Sadurni D’Anoia, Spain NV…..6 / 22

- 33% Macabeo, 33% Xarel·lo, 33% Parellada from the Penedès

Champalou Vouvray Brut Méthode Traditionelle, Loire Valley, France NV…..40

- Madly dry and crisp with a kiss of lemon and biscuit, sustainable, family owned and operated

Rosé & White Wine
By the Glass

Pacific Rim Organic Riesling, Columbia Valley, WA 2012…..8 / 27

- Subtle sweetness, bright acidity, citrus, jasmine, honey, a balanced and refined finish

La Chablisienne La Pierrelée Chablis, Burgogne, France 2009…..10 / 33

- 100% Chardonnay made for food, northern Chablis, stony clay and limestone soil

Lagaria Pinot Grigio delle Venezie IGT, Italy 2010…..7 / 25

- From the Lagarina Valley south of Trento and northeast of Lake Garda

Brancott Estate Marlborough Savignon Blanc, New Zealand 2011…..8 / 27

- Ultra-conservationist, first producer to plant Savignon Blanc in Marlborough

Mercer Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, Washington 2010…..10 / 32

- A joint venture with David Hogue and Columbia Valley’s premier grower

Half Bottles (375 ml)

Château de Trinquevedel Tavel Rosé, Rhône, France 2010…..25

- Concentrated and lively, from vineyards of sand and quartzite galets roulés (rounded stones)

King Estate Signature Pinot Gris, Oregon 2009…..18

- Organically farmed southwest of Eugene, sur lie aging, estate functions as a raptor refuge

Hugel & Fils, Pinot Blanc Hugel, AOC Alsace, France 2009…..23

- Pinot blanc and Auxerrois from clay and limestone vineyards in and around Riquewihr

Honig Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley, California 2011…..20

- Sustainably farmed, solar-powered estate, fresh tropical fruit with lasting minerality

Miner Simpson Vineyard Viognier, Napa Valley, California 2009…..23

- Whole cluster pressing, stainless fermentation, low yielding single-vineyard Madera site

Steele Cuvee Chardonnay, California 2009…..24

- From 7 majorly prestigious vineyards in Santa Maria Valley, Carneros and Mendocino County

Bottles (750 ml)

Domaine du Salvard, Cheverny Rosé, Loire Valley, France 2011…..30

- 60% Pinot Noir, 40% Gamay, chalk, sand, 5th generation family-operated, silky tart fruit with good acidity

Chevalier Muscadet Côtes de Grand Lieu, Loire Valley, France 2010…..36

- Lutte raisonnée farming, 4th generation family-owned, sur lie aging, a minerally expression of the coast

Pacific Rim Riesling, Columbia Valley, Washington 2010…..28

- Dry, 100% organic, native yeast fermentation

Adelsheim Auxerrois, Ribbon Ridge AVA, Willamette Valley, Oregon 2011…..38

- Ribbon Springs Vineyard, one of three Auxerrois producers in U.S., ultra-sustainable, all about structure

Meyer-Fonné Edelzwicker Vin d’Alsace, France 2010…..30

- 60% Pinot Blanc, 15% Muscat, 15% Chasselas, 10% Riesling, lutte raisonnée viticulture, amazingly alive

Breggo Pinot Gris, Anderson Valley, Mendocino County, California 2011…..40

- Grapes from Filigreen and Donnelly Creek Vineyards outside of Boonville, cool vintage, pristine elegance

Domaine Dupeuble Pere et Fils Beaujolais Blanc, France 2010…..33

- As clean and light as chardonnay gets, 500 year old domaine near Le Breuil, family run, hand-made

Pieropan Soave Classico DOC, Veneto, Italy 2010…..38

- Volcanic soil, fermented in glass, zingy acid, straw, marzipan, fresh fruit, a great vegetable companion

Régis Minet Pouilly Fumé ‘Vieilles Vignes’, Loire Valley, France 2010…..45

- Perfect old vine, flinty sauvignon blanc, sustainable viticulture, native yeast fermentation

Frey Natural White, Mendocino County, California NV (no added sulfites)…..20

- Proprietary blend of Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc, USDA Organic, no added sulfites, native yeast

Lucien Le Moine Bourgogne Blanc, Beaune, Côte d’Or, France 2008…..70

- 100% chardonnay from the golden slope, every single aspect of viticulture is performed by hand

  according to trappiste tradition, a very pure and rich expression, ripe, earthy, floral and plush


Ozeki Dry Junmai, California 750ml…..7 / 24

- 30% polish, +8 SMV, 14.5% ABV, very dry, nutty and floral-perfect with sushi or fried food

Momokawa Silver Junmai Ginjo, Oregon 750ml…..8 / 30

- 60% polish, +7 SMV, 14.8 ABV, dry with some roundness and depth, stone fruit, mineral

Momokawa Pearl Junmai Ginjo Nigori Genshu, Oregon 750ml…..8 / 30

- 60% polish, -18 SMV, 18% ABV, creamy, minimally pressed, hearty sweet rice flavors

Momokawa Organic Junmai Ginjo, Oregon 375ml…..18

- 40% polish, -1 SMV, 14.8% ABV, USDA organic, bright with some tropicality and spice notes

Tozai ‘Snow Maiden’ Junmai Nigori, Kyoto, Japan 300ml…..18

- 30% polish, +6.5 SMV, 14.9% ABV, a drier more elegant nigori with notes of banana and nuttiness

Ozeki Karatamba ‘Dry Wave’ Honjozu, Japan 300ml…..15

- 60% polish, +7 SMV, 15% ABV, super dry with a lot of texture, stone and citrus

Mantensei ‘Star-Filled Sky’ Junmai Ginjo, Tottori, Japan 300ml…..28

- 50% polish, +3 SMV, 15.5% ABV, toji-owned brewery founded in 1859, subtle honeyed richness

Rihaku ‘Wandering Poet’ Junmai Ginjo, Shimane, Japan 300ml…..28

- 45% polish, +3 SMV, 15.2% ABV, from Yamada Nishiki, the king of rice-fruity and stunningly pure


Fox Hill Meadery, Marshall, NC…..9 / 34

- Blackberry or Ginger-apricot

Red Wine
By the Glass

Block 9 Caiden’s Vineyards Pinot Noir, California 2011…..9 / 30

- Family owned winery in St. Helena making only Pinot Noir

Cantine Elvio Tintero, Rosso “Tintero”, Mango, Piedmont, Italy NV…..8 / 26

- Sustainable, 40% Nebbiolo, 40% Barbera, 10% Dolcetto, 10% Cabernet Franc

Bodegas Aletta Veraz Garnacha, Campo de Borja, Spain 2009…..7 / 23

- 100% aged in stainless, 60+ year old vines

Volver Tempranillo, La Mancha, Spain 2008…..10 / 33

- Single vineyard, 50+ year old vines, aged 14 months in new French oak

Michel Torino Cuma Cabernet Sauvignon, Cafayate, Argentina 2010…..9 / 30

- All organic, produced in 100+ year old Bodega El Esteco

Half Bottles (375 ml)

King Estate Pinot Noir, Eugene, Oregon 2010…..25

- Organic farming, estate functions as a raptor refuge, soft oak, round and ripe

Jaboulet Parallèle 45 Côtes du Rhône, France 2009…..15

- 60% Grenache, 40% Syrah, lutte raisonnée viticulture, zesty and firm with a tidal wave of juice and spice

Château Aney Cru Bourgeois Haut–Médoc, Bordeaux, France 2007…..25

- Less than 200 yards from Ch. Margaux, organic/Lutte Raisonée farming since 1972

  65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot

Clos la Coutale Cahors(Malbec), France 2009…..19

- Estate founded in 1895, Cahors is the birthplace of Malbec, this wine is all about concentration

El Coto Crianza, Rioja, Spain 2007…..16

- 100% Tempranillo from all three sub-zones of Rioja, silky, liquorice, vanilla, fruity bouquet

Frog’s Leap Zinfandel, Napa Valley, California 2009…..30

- Sustainable, solar-powered and LEED certified, 77% Zinfandel, 22% Petit Sirah, 1% Carignan

Bottles (750 ml)

Potel Aviron Moulin à Vent, Beaujolais, France 2009…..40

- Blend of 4 old vine parcels, made only in exceptional years, 100% Gamay, sustainable

La Posta Glorieta Vineyard Pinot Noir Mendoza, Argentina 2009…..30

- Sustainable, family-owned, vineyard-designate cooperative winery in Tupungato appellation

Maysara 3 Degrees Pinot Noir, McMinville AVA, Willamette Valley, Oregon…..35

- Demeter Certified Biodynamic, native yeast fermentation, family-operated

Righetti Campolietti Valpolicella Ripasso Classico Superiore DOC, Veneto, Italy 2009…..28

- Single vineyard, 4th generation family-operated, 60% Corvina, 30% Rondinella, 10% Molinara

Telmo Rodríguez Al Muvedre, Alicante, Spain 2010…..30

- Biodynamic viticulture, soft red fruit with a rusty backbone, the way premodern wine was made

Pacific Redwood Organic Red, Mendocino County, California NV (no added sulfites)…..20

- Proprietary blend, USDA organic and sulfite free, juicy palate

Telmo Rodríguez Lanzaga Rioja DOC, Spain 2007…..60

- From the cool Lanciego zone of Rioja Alavesa where vineyards are interspersed with hundred

  year old olive groves and tended by the same families with the same methods for over 200 years

Bodegas Aletta Granate Garnacha, Campo de Borja, Spain 2008…..33

- Old vine Garnacha cultivated in chalky and sandy soil, 10 months new French oak, round and juicy

Susana Balbo Signature Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina 2010 45

Sustainable, Signature series features the barrel select of the estate vineyards, amazingly plush

Ben Marco Cabernet, Mendoza, Argentina 2009…..38

- Sustainable, sourced from 4 vineyards averaging 3600 foot elevation

Newton Red Label Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa County, California 2008…..42

- Sustainable, winery 80% underground with rooftop garden, unfiltered, native yeast fermentation