From ultra-swanky nightclubs and pulsing live music venues to quiet cocktail lounges and neighborhood pubs, there are more reasons than ever to get dressed up and spend the evening checking out Charlotte’s exciting nightlife scene.
Charlotte Bars & Nightclubs
EpiCentre – When the sun goes down, things start heating up at this Uptown nightlife hotspot. With options ranging from dueling piano players at Howl at the Moon and line dancing at Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Whisky River to DJs spinning at Suite at EpiCentre or Bubble Charlotte, the something-for-everyone adage definitely applies at EpiCentre. On Thursday nights from early May through mid-September, the popular Alive After Five celebration kicks off the weekend with free entertainment and Charlotte’s biggest happy hour.
AvidXchange Music Factory – If you love live music, spend some time exploring this sprawling entertainment complex. Many of the tenants are nationally known: The Fillmore Charlotte, an offshoot of the renowned San Francisco music venue, is beloved by fans and musicians for its great sound, lighting and ambiance. The 5,000-seat Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre attracts popular musicians for a rockin’ good time. For something a little more lux, try Label Charlotte, a sleek, bi-level nightclub that hosts DJs and live music.
Montford Avenue – For a late-night bite, it’s hard to beat the restaurants lining Montford Avenue. Have dinner at Good Food on Montford before stopping at Angry Ale’s for a nightcap or challenging friends to an evening of bowling at 10 Park Lanes, which boasts a wrap-around patio, great barbecue and cornhole. To satisfy your late night karaoke craving, slink over to Jeff’s Bucket Shop. Billed as a “members-only” speakeasy, Jeff’s is one of the worst-kept secrets in town; it has claimed Charlotte Magazine’s BOB Award for Best Place for Karaoke for three years in a row.
Uptown Nightlife – The intersection of College and 5th streets is home to some of the hottest dance bars in Charlotte, including Bar Charlotte, Tilt on Trade, Connolly’s on Fifth, Dandelion Market, Prohibition Bar and Roxbury NightClub (a 1980s- and 90s-themed spot) where the lights are low, the music is thumping and the dance floors are crowded.
Uptown Charlotte Lounges
The Punch Room – With a prime location on the 15th floor of The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte, this upscale bar offers an impressive selection of single-malt scotches and wines not found anywhere else in the area. Ask renowned mixologist Bob Peters for a recommendation, settle in and enjoy the views.
The Cellar at Duckworth’s – Part-speakeasy, part-gastropub, The Cellar offers a tap list of specialty and rare beers and signature cocktails for patrons to pair with chef-driven eats. It also features an enormous beer cellar, which keeps the hard-to-find brews it houses finely chilled. This underground space was originally built in 1912 and has a Prohibition-era feel that spans the tiniest details—proper glassware, staff uniforms and décor.
Blue Restaurant & Bar – Blue is a popular spot for a romantic nightcap thanks to an impressive wine list, which has earned the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence since 2004, a popular martini menu and live jazz music in the bar.
5Church Restaurant – 5Church seamlessly blends an upscale, Uptown dining experience with a casual, yet refined ambiance. The restaurant’s two-story design allows patrons the option of tasting classic American dishes with a twist in the downstairs dining area or sipping on delicately crafted cocktails in the bar/lounge upstairs.
Fahrenheit – Situated above the Skye Condos on the 21st floor, Fahrenheit offers unparalleled views of the Queen City’s skyline, plus inventive New American cuisine. Choose a selection from the extensive wine list and cozy up next to the row of fire pits for an evening that will leave you with that “top-of-the-world” feeling.