Charlotte's Best of Nightlife

BEST Bar Crawl Of The Year

14TH ANNUAL SANTA BAR CRAWL

There’s nothing like seeing close to 1400 people walking around uptown looking like its Christmas time. From Santa’s to Elf’s to Reindeer’s it’s a sight be seen. They crawl from bar to bar drinking beers and cocktails while part of the proceeds benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank.
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.231.9700

5Church located in uptown offers an exclusive dining and cocktailing experience with a casual, yet refined feel within a sophisticated ambiance.
127 N. Tryon St., U8
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.919.1322

Al Mikes offers a good selection of beer and simple, fresh, well-prepared food that gives you value for your dollar, served by a friendly, attentive service staff in a neighborhood tavern atmosphere.
401 W. 9th St.
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.332.6789

BEST Lounge Lizard

APOSTROPHE LOUNGE

The All-New Apostrophe Lounge is Charlotte's new Professional Playground for urban sophisticates. Their oh-so-sexy ambiance commands class and poise when you enter their doors. Join them daily for drink specials, mixers, networking, and live DJ's!
1440 S. Tryon St.
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.371.7079

Step out of the ordinary and into sophistication at Bubble Charlotte, a premium establishment that stimulates the senses. Bubble Charlotte serves an extensive list of unique cocktails, spirits and select wines that complement chef-driven small plates, crafted for a mature palate.
210 E. Trade St., SA200
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.733.9427

Damn Good Dog, Great Beer and Wine! They have a large selection of bottled craft beer, 13 rotating craft beers on tap, handpicked wines and a back patio to kick back and enjoy it all.
2447 Park Rd., SB

Charlotte | 28203 | 980.335.0492

FAVORITE Door Guy

CASH, PHIL'S NY DELI & TAVERN

105 E. 5th St.

Charlotte | 28202 | 704.347.0035

BEST Gay/Lesbian Spot

CATHODES AZURE CLUB

Cathode Azure Club is a South Beach styled super lounge awash in azure-blue lighting and tuffed-white-leather-furnishings. They proudly feature some of Charlotte's best top live DJ's.
1820 South Blvd., S106

Charlotte | 28203 | 704.823.6066

BEST Party of the Year 2013

CHARLOTTE BARTENDER'S BALL

This annual semi-formal charity event is one of Charlotte’s biggest. This past year the ball was hosted at The Blake Hotel and featured over 30 of Charlotte’s favorite bars. Attendees were not only welcome to an open bar with top-shelf liquors and a full line of beers, but also a catered dinner by The Blake Hotel.

Charlotte Cigar Club provides the ultimate environment for a true cigar experience! Whether you’re just stopping by to pick up a few cigars for the weekend or you’re one of their discriminating members enjoying a respite from a long business trip or taking care of business while having a fine cigar in their relaxing surroundings.
105 E. Morehead St.
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.371.4000

BEST Beer Bar

COMMON MARKET

A modern twist on the general stores of past, the common market offers fresh deli sandwiches’ cold beer, wine, knick knacks and a most importantly, a community connection.
2007 Commonwealth Ave.
Charlotte | 28205 | 704.334.6201
515 S. Tryon St.
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.332.7782

BEST First Date Night To Hang

CU COPPER BAR, 131 MAIN

They worked hard to combine the identity of the Queen City with the old feel of the speak easies of the 20's. The name came easy with the beautiful hammered copper bar that brings comfort and style in a relaxed setting that will make you feel at home.
1315 East Blvd.
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.499.9824

BEST Bar To Meet Singles

DANDELION'S MARKET

Taking its name from the famous outdoor market that thrived in Dublin back in the early 70’s, Dandelion Market provides Uptown Charlotte with a place for friends and family to gather and enjoy the best in food and drink, served with a smile, in a cozy pub setting.
118 W. 5th St.
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.333.7989

LARGEST Selection Of Draft Beer

DUCKWORTH'S GRILL & TAPHOUSE

At Duckworth’s you’ll find a variety of great food from Steaks & Ribs to Pizzas & Wings to Philly Cheese Steaks & Hand Cut Fries. Their FULL MENU is always available until closing (2am)! They're also known for their outstanding Craft Beer selection.
Multiple Locations

Enso offers visitors an upscale scene in which guests can enjoy creative Asian classics as well as exceptional distinctive sushi. From the exotic flavors offered on the menu to its contemporary elegance and décor, Enso is a feast for the senses.
210 E. Trade St., SA108
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.716.3676

BEST Brew Master

ERIC MITCHELL, HEIST BREWERY

2909 N. Davidson St., S200
Charlotte | 28205 | 704.375.8260

Home to the World’s Greatest Rock ‘N’ Roll Dueling Piano Show, Howl At The Moon’s highly talented entertainers will tickle the ivories as well as your funny bones all night while playing the best music from the ‘70s to today.
210 E. Trade St., SA308
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.936.4695

BEST Karaoke

JACKALOPE JACKS RESTAURANT & BAR

Jackalope Jacks is one of Charlotte's best hangouts from brunch till close. They stay up late and wake up early to serve brunch on Saturdays and Sundays! They have Trivia on Monday and Tuesdays, Comedy Night on Wednesday, and Karaoke on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
1936 E. 7th St.
Charlotte | 28204 | 704.347.1918

At LABEL, you will experience a true entertainment setting. There are twenty-six VIP tables in the main room for the patron that prefers a milder ambience or, chose to spend their time in the stylish trend setting lounge.
900 NC Music Factory Blvd., SB6
Charlotte | 28206 | 704.281.2612

Voluminous, intoxicating beauty and a polished environment set the stage for business or pleasure; whether closing the deal or out for a Boys’ Night On the Town. Watch the big game on the big screen TVs, or stop by for a high class victory celebration.
444 Tyvola Rd.
Charlotte | 28217 | 704.525.8525

Who doesn’t love a classic diner with good food? This authentic diner is one of few in the region. They offer numerous options that are sure to satisfy any craving, regardless of when it’s calling.
115 E Carson Blvd.
Charlotte | 28202 | 980.207.3641

BEST Uptown Bar

MORTIMER'S CAFÉ & PUB

Conveniently located at The EpiCentre, Mortimer’s is your neighborhood café and pub. Come and enjoy a fantastic menu with curbside pickup and drink specials every day of the week!
210 E. Trade St., SC148
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.688.0366

BEST Brewery (Charlotte Area)

NODA BREWING COMPANY

NoDa Brewing Company was founded on a home brewing culture. They proudly offer more varieties than most and are always stretching our creative muscles and looking for exciting new flavors. Every Tuesday they roll out a NoDable small-batch beer that’s only available in their taproom.
2229 N. Davidson St.
Charlotte | 28205 | 704.900.6851

Oak Room open next to All American Pub, located in the heart of vibrant South End, with convenient access to the light rail. Music, Dance, VIP and cocktails
200 E. Bland St.
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.779.6773

Come into Osso and send your senses into heaven. As you walk in you can feel the hip vibe that sets the mood of this warm yet modern restaurant and lounge.
1000 NC Music Factory Blvd.
Charlotte | 28206 | 704.971.0550

BEST Magical Martini Menu

PISCES SUSHI BAR & LOUNGE

Pisces Sushi Bar & Lounge has a huge menu with unique options like the Bobcats roll, as well as more traditional rolls like the California and the Philly. With daily drink specials, lunch specials, and options for non-sushi eaters, Pisces is sure to please any palate.
1100 E. Metropolitan Ave., S120
Charlotte | 28204 | 704.334.0009

210 E. Trade St. SA300
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.971.7878

The longest running nightlife complex in Charlotte, located on Freedom Drive. They have an outdoor patio, two dance rooms, and a drag show most nights. The DJ keeps great music going all night, while the crowd enjoys dancing and cocktailing!
2301 Freedom Dr.
Charlotte | 28208 | 704.373.9124

BEST Happy Hour/Drink Specials, BEST The Scene (Place To See All Your Friends)

SELWYN AVENUE PUB

Selwyn's most compelling attraction is its patio, easily one of the best in Charlotte. Fenced off to keep the road noise out, and sheltered by an old enveloping oak tree, it's a great spot to rest any time of the day.
2801 Selwyn Ave.
Charlotte | 28209 | 704.333.3443

BEST Dive Bar

SMALL BAR

They feature a large outdoor patio, and they make a perfect chill spot before or after any concert or event near the Music Factory. Every night they feature drink $1, $2, and $3 drink specials.
1000 Seaboard St.
Charlotte | 28031 | 704.641.3773

FAVORITE S.I.N. Night

SIP

SIP is a two level establishment with the upstairs bar with a garage roll up door; the perfect place to do some people watching. Take the stairs down and you will find a lounge like no other, the perfect place to relax after a long week at work.
200 N. Tryon St.
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.334.3315

Stache House features high-end liquors, specialty martinis, select wines, local craft beer and a variety of flavored hookah. Stache House is the ideal destination for the young sophisticate to relax and enjoy after work cocktails or celebratory drinks.
1520 South Blvd., S120
Charlotte | 28203 | 980.335.0530

2909 N. Davidson St., S200
Charlotte | 28205 | 704.375.8260

Originating in Nashville, TN, the Tin Roof takes great pride in providing all of its customers with great food and amazing live music!
210 E. Trade St., SD286
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.910.1330

BEST Hotel Bar

URBAN SIP WINE & SCOTCH BAR, RITZ CHARLOTTE

Urban Sip offers Charlotte’s largest selection of wines by-the-glass, Scotches and a full bar, offered in a stylish evening setting on the hotel’s 15th floor. Open Thursday through Saturday to hotel guests and the public.
201 E. Trade St.
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.547.224

BEST Margarita Menu

VIDA CANTINA OF CHARLOTTE

Vida Mexican Kitchen y Cantina hosts an engaging atmosphere, specialty Mexican fare and hospitality alongside handcrafted cocktails, an extensive list of tequilas and their signature Skinny Margaritas. Vida is evolved Mexican cuisine.
210 E. Trade St., SA104
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.971.8432

At World of Beer, having the most extensive beer selection is not enough. It is important that a broad spectrum of patrons, from the beer aficionado to the casual beer fan, can enjoy the best beers on the planet and increase their beer knowledge in a comfortable and upbeat setting.
222 E. Bland St.
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.333.2080

Charlotte's newest and premier high energy electronic dance club located at the NC Music Factory.
950 NC Music Factory Blvd.
Charlotte | 28206 | 704.288.1781

Come in and find Charlotte’s sexiest dancers right in the heart of Uptown. This sensual adult nightclub is the perfect atmosphere for your Sunday night.
108 E. Morehead St.
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.344.0802

Whisky River delivers the best live performances by today's chart-topping artists, plus world-class DJs spinning your favorite rock, country and all around fun music seven nights a week! And with celebrity guests dropping in from time-to-time, you never know who you will run into at Whisky River.
210 E Trade St., sa208
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.749.1097

This hotspot is one of Uptown Charlotte’s most exclusive clubs and lounges. Their upscale atmosphere and service make Suite the ideal venue for parties and events of any kind. Suite has a full complement of audio/visual equipment accommodating the club and lounge.
210 E. Trade St., SA300
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.971.7878

FAVORITE Thursday Night Place

PHIL'S NEW YORK DELI & TAVERN

Cheers in Charlotte… head to Phil's where everybody knows your name. Friendly staff, authentic New York deli, and great drink specials every day!
105 E. 5th St.Charlotte | 28202 | 704.347.0035

Leroy Fox is the historic Cotswold neighborhood’s favorite place to enjoy golden fried chicken in an inviting Southern atmosphere. Mixing old Southern values with a fresh contemporary vibe, Leroy Fox Kitchen & Cocktails marries the perfect combination of service and flavor.
705 S. Sharon Amity Rd.
Charlotte | 28211 | 704.366.3232

As one of the newest additions to Charlotte’s nightlife scene, Prohibition has made a name for itself. The bar is constructed from reclaimed wood and tin from local N.C. barns, while the walls of the nostalgic watering hole are plastered with old quotes dating back to the Prohibition era.
200 N. Tryon St.
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.358.4244

Their unique brand of casual dining, lively bar atmosphere, and sports enthusiasm provides the perfect destination no matter what
time of day. Plus, with numerous area locations, there is sure to be one close by!
12210 Copper Way, S212
Charlotte | 28277 | 704.295.9009

FAVORITE Neighborhood Bar (Dilworth)

DILWORTH NEIGHBORHOOD GRILLE

This locally owned, relaxed restaurant and bar serves excellent food and drinks with a friendly staff. Plus, check out their daily drink specials that are too good to pass up.
911 E. Morehead St., S200
Charlotte | 28204 | 704.377.3808

The Tilted Kilt is a Celtic themed Sports Pub with hints of Ireland, England and Scotland. They’ve got Ice Cold Beer, delicious Pub Fare, plasma TV's and the World Famous Tilted Kilt Girls!
1625 Windsor Square Dr.
Matthews | 28105 | 704.845.2211

Brazwell’s was named in loving memory of William Braswell “Braz” as he was known,. He lived everyday to the fullest, surrounded by good friends while enjoying life and toasting each other’s blessings. They hope that you can enjoy moments like that just like the “Braz” did at Brazwell’s Premium Pub!
1627 Montford Dr.
Charlotte | 28209 | 704.523.3500

This unpretentious neighborhood bar is the local’s top option for a fun-filled evening. Enjoy the outside patio or inside open area while participating in fun activities including beer pong, giant jenga and connect four, air hockey, as well as pool tables and darts.
453 E. 36th St.
Charlotte | 28205 | 980.819.9942

FAVORITE Neighborhood Bar (Plaza Midwood)

KENNEDY'S PREMIUM BAR & GRILL

For great bar food, great drinks, and a great atmosphere, check out Kennedy’s on North Caswell. Not only is it a great place to eat and drink, but it’s also one of Charlotte’s favorite evening trivia hangouts!
366 N. Caswell Rd.
Charlotte | 28204 | 704.375.0218

Centrally located just minutes from Uptown Charlotte in historic Atherton Mills, Icehouse features a diverse selection of upscale casual American Fare along with over 200 beers and full service bar.
2100 South Blvd.
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.375.1128

This neighborhood restaurant specializes in a casual, elegant atmosphere, with a menu that features comfort foods and items you crave. In addition to the delicious menu, there is a full service bar complete with an extensive wine and martini list.
4331 Barclay Downs Dr.

FAVORITE Neighborhood Bar (Uptown)

FITZGERALD'S IRISH PUB

Fitzgerald's Irish Pub is located in uptown Charlotte and is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., They will provide the perfect atmosphere to enjoy spirits and great food. Lively and festive anytime of the day, Fitzgerald's is the perfect place to gather with friends or to meet new people.
201 E. 5th St.
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.900.8088

FAVORITE Neighborhood Bar (University)

BOARDWALK BILLY’S RAW BAR & RIBS
Boardwalk Billy's Raw Bar & Ribs offers a variety of starters, soups, salads, sandwiches, wraps and homemade desserts. It specializes in burgers, seafood and barbecued items.
9005 J M Keynes Dr., S2
Charlotte | 28262 | 704.814.7427

Favorite Beers & Liquors

FAVORITE Amber Beer

SMOKED AMBER, TRIPLE C BREWING

FAVORITE IPA Beer

HOP DROP N ROLL, NODA BREWERY

FAVORITE Lager Beer

BROOKLYN LAGER, BROOKLYN BREWERY

FAVORITE Porter Beer

BOURBON OAKED, ASS CLOWN BREWING

FAVORITE Pale Ale Beer

I2PA, HEIST BREWERY

FAVORITE Pilsner Beer

CAPTAIN JACK, OLDE MECKLENBURG BREWERY

FAVORITE Red Ale Beer

QUEEN CITY RED, FOUR FRIENDS BREWING

FAVORITE Wheat Ale Beer

SHOCK TOP BELGIAN WHEAT

FAVORITE Stout Beer

MEXICALI STOUT, BIRDSONG BREWERY

FAVORITE Gin

Hendrick’s Gin

FAVORITE Shot

FIREBALL WHISKEY

FAVORITE Scotch

JOHNNIE WALKER BLUE

FAVORITE Whiskey

JACK DANIEL'S HONEY

Favorite Sports Bars

FAVORITE Sports Bar (Ballantyne)

BRADSHAW SOCIAL HOUSE

Bradshaw Social House is an exciting & new casual themed concept offering American fare with a focus on premium comfort foods, jumbo wings with house recipe sauces & dressings.
8440 Rea Rd.
Charlotte | 28277 | 704.543.7351
BRADSHAW SOCIAL HOUSE

At Lebowski’s Neighborhood Grill they offer a casual dining experience with great food and friendly service. Locally owned and operated, they feature a menu of classic all-time bar favorites, over 70 craft and imported beers, signature cocktails, wine and daily food and beverage specials.
1524 East Blvd.
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.370.1177

Located on beautiful Lake Norman in Cornelius NC, the Rusty Rudder is the lake’s hottest restaurant/bar with great cuisine and live entertainment attracting locals and tourists alike.
20210 Henderson Rd., S101
Cornelius | 28031 | 704.892.9195

FAVORITE Sports Bar (Matthews)

KRISTOPHERS SPORTS BAR

A family style Restaurant & Sports Bar with over 63 flat screen TVs. Stop by and enjoy a cold drink on the patio or step inside and catch the game while enjoying friends and great food.
250 N. Trade St.
Matthews | 28105 | 704.845.6200

FAVORITE Sports Bar (Myers Park)

BRAZWELL'S PREMIUM PUB

Brazwell’s was named in loving memory of William Braswell “Braz” as he was known,. He lived everyday to the fullest, surrounded by good friends while enjoying life and toasting each other’s blessings. They hope that you can enjoy moments like that just like the “Braz” did at Brazwell’s Premium Pub!
1627 Montford Dr.
Charlotte | 28209 | 704.523.3500

Solstice Tavern is CLT's premiere sports bar offering the coldest brew, tastiest bites, 24 flat screens, a huge outside deck with cornhole boards, and an upbeat staff. The sun always shines on you at Solstice!
3221 N. Davidson St.
Charlotte | 28205 | 704.342.2556

Feel at home instantly when you have a seat in a plush couch surrounded by one of many giant TVs, and sip on a $4 Jack Daniels at Whiskey Warehouse. This restaurant/bar is sure to become a staple in Charlotte nightlife.
1221 The Plaza, SA
Charlotte | 28205 | 704.334.7005

This pub takes traditional bar food to a new level by integrating the freshest ingredients into Classical Southern fare. Open for lunch, dinner, late night and features one of the area’s best Sunday Brunch Menus.
200 E. Bland St.
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.370.2000

Taco Mac Sports Grill has become one the Southeast’s most beloved places for people to come together to share what they love: food, beer, sports and good times with friends, family and fellow fans.
4625 Piedmont Row Dr., S115
Charlotte | 28210 | 704.972.0503

Bar Louie is an eclectic urban bar made famous for our signature martinis, cocktails and dynamic beer selection. Bar Louie also features an exceptional selection of burgers, small plates, and sandwiches.
8760 J M Keynes Dr.
Charlotte | 28262 | 704.285.7010

FAVORITE Sports Bar (Uptown)

BLACKFINN AMERICAN SALOON

BEST Big Screen Sports Bar
BEST Get The Night Started

BlackFinn offers a classic saloon environment that complements its dining spaces. Dozens of flat-panel TVs and state-of-the-art sound system surround the floor, making it the ultimate sports-viewing venue. The relaxed atmosphere is perfect for unwinding and socializing.
210 E. Trade St., SB120
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.971.4440

Favorite Wine Bars

D'Vine Wine Cafe has been selected as a Wine Spectator “Award of Excellence" winner for 2013! As one of only 3,793 restaurants in the WORLD to win this award, they are extremely proud to be Charlotte's newest and only selected recipient for 2013.
14815 Ballantyne Village Way, S240
Charlotte | 28277 | 704.369.5050

Brixx Wood Fired Pizza restaurant applies fine dining techniques and quality to casual, everyday food. Love of great pizza with a good beer is universal. So the goal was to keep it simple and fun, but add a unique style.
1801 Scott Ave.
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.376.1000

At the Corkscrew Wine Shoppe & Bar, it’s all about atmosphere. They place the highest importance on your comfort. They have created an atmosphere that they hope feels like home.
16916 Birkdale Commons Pkwy.
Huntersville | 28078 | 704.987.0011

They offer over 50 wines by the glass from $5 and up; and more than 350 wines by the bottle from all over the world starting $15 and up. To complement the wine they offer a great food menu including Homemade Hummus, Bruschetta, Selection of European Cheeses as well as Flatbreads, Salads and Sandwiches.
2233 Matthews Township Pkwy.
Matthews | 28105 | 704.845.0524

Reid's is Charlotte's original hometown specialty food store providing superior meats, wines, regional provisions, locally grown produce and seasonally fresh meals & gift baskets to a very loyal customer base. Friendly service wrapped in Southern style, in a convenient neighborhood location.
2823 Selwyn Ave.
Charlotte | 28209 | 704.377.1312

This wine bar is a great place for friends to enjoy a casual and fun adventure while exploring great wines and beers in a relaxed and entertaining atmosphere. Located in NoDa, this is not your average wine bar!
3205 N. Davidson St.
Charlotte | 28205 | 704.334.1052

Lulu's dine/wine is an unassuming old house nestled nicely on Central in the trendy Plaza Midwood neighborhood. Upon first glance you notice the darling garden patio located sidewalk side in front of the quaint little house. Weather permitting, you should certainly do your dining and wining here, as the ambiance is like that of a secret garden!
1911 Central Ave.
Charlotte | 28205 | 704.376.2242

They offer a rotating selection of fine wines and spirits, savory appetizers, distinctive entrées and delightful desserts. Come enjoy a relaxing evening in a comfortable, artsy and eclectic South Park setting. J. Sam himself, along with his staff, will show you how true Southern hospitality can become the standard.
4625 Piedmont Row Dr.
Charlotte | 28210 | 980.406.3761

If you’re not sure of exactly what type of wine you’re looking for, just ask a member of their friendly team for a suggestion. They’ve all been trained to make recommendations based on your taste preferences and you won’t be disappointed. Be sure to check out their website as they offer ½ priced wine and appetizers on specific days.
2201 South Blvd.
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.919.0222

The Wine Vault is Charlotte's premier source for great wine, beer, and live music. Nestled in the Shoppes at University Place, their store has convenient access to fine dining, walks around the lake, and our very popular patio.
9009 J M Keynes Dr., S1
Charlotte | 28262 | 704.548.9463

Sommelier, David Soper has carefully hand-selected some fabulous wines by the glass that will pair perfectly with Chef Nicolas Daniels' delicious new American menu with large plates, small plates, and excellent desserts.
231 N. Tryon St.
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.376.8463