When I was a regular at the Ark, they only served tea to drink. Of course, that was at the original Ark in the old Adams house. The original Ark could hold maybe fifty people, tops. We went to fewer shows at the second Ark down on South Main by the railroad tracks. Now it has moved up into downtown and is much larger. They sell beer and wine, but only to members.
It is a little far from North Carolina, but a great venue.