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Top bar recommendations from locals

Hotel
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“Looking for a night out on the town in Charlotte? Call your UBER and enjoy an experience that is memorable, fun and exciting. You’ll find outdoor patios, over 200 TV screens, a captivating rooftop venue, a five-screen state of the art cinema and an amazing bowling alley at the Epicentre. Cafés, restaurants and fine dining can easily take you from breakfast to late night dining; with over 25 venues featuring nightlife, restaurants and eateries. The Epicentre is the perfect spot, day or night! Centrally located on College, between Trade and Fourth Streets in the hub of The Queen City, the Epicentre is just minutes away from some of Charlotte’s biggest attractions including Spectrum Arena, Bank of America Stadium and the Charlotte Convention Center, the Epicentre is the perfect location to start or end your day with nonstop fun.”
  • 142 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“As you ascend the wrought iron staircase to Soul Gastrolounge, you are met with intoxicating smells coming from the restaurant, as well as skyline views of Charlotte. Soul does not take reservations, so expect to wait for a table, but it’s worth it. Lamb lollipops with rosemary, pork belly tacos with watermelon salsa, fresh sushi, and fried Brussels sprouts are some of the enticing menu items at this tapas style restaurant. While waiting, try one of the seasonal cocktails created by Soul’s mixologist, Kel Minton.”
  • 84 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Spacious brewery with a pub & 8-acre beer garden offering its house brews in a lively setting. Try out their Baltic Porter called Fat Boy or take a tour of the brewery!”
  • 52 locals recommend
BBQ Restaurant
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“This is in the Plaza Midwood area and is the best BBQ in town in my opinion. ”
  • 51 locals recommend
Taco Place
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“Casual, hipster-friendly Mexican stop for Southern California-style tacos, burritos & margaritas. ”
  • 46 locals recommend
Farmers Market
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“Although 7th Street Public Market is just that (a market), it’s one of the best-kept secrets for food in Charlotte. It features vendors from celebrated sushi, pizza, crepes, and coffee purveyors in the city -- easily making it a one-stop culinary destination. Pro-tip: head to the market on a Thursday night for the Raclette Night where the purveyors at Orrman’s Cheese fire a wheel of semi-hard cheese under a broiler and scrape the cheese onto your plate of meat, bread and pickles.”
  • 48 locals recommend
Bar
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“NoDa Brewing is not only the second oldest and one of the most successful breweries in Charlotte, but it has also created some of the most award-winning beers in the city and beyond. At their larger taproom located in the North End, you can imbibe their award winning Hop Drop ‘n Roll or try one of their Brizo brand spiked seltzers. Their “OG” location on North Davidson has reopened on a Friday through Sunday schedule and serves a selection of their sour beers. ”
  • 37 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“Rooftop views at this fancy restaurant. Pricey but the views are worth it. Firepits on the patio make for a nice nightcap”
  • 51 locals recommend
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“Birdsong started in 2011 with two full-time employees, and has now grown into a 17,000-square-foot brewery and tap house in the Belmont neighborhood of Charlotte. With popular beers such as the Jalapeño Pale Ale, Paradise City, and Higher Ground IPA, Birdsong is popular with both novices and connoisseurs alike. ”
  • 32 locals recommend
Deli / Bodega
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“Very chill place where you can find many things to eat and drink. It's like a convenient store that has good counter service with a bar and drinks you can buy from the coolers and drink on property. A neighborhood favorite! ”
  • 48 locals recommend
Irish Pub
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“Great Cead Mile Failte (100,000 welcomes) Irish bar, with great selection of pub grub. Highly recommend the Salmon plate, the Fish & Chips and Workman's Burger. Off course as they say inside "a pint of plain is your only man", the pint of Guinness goes down well. Also have great music, great crowds (popular spot), outside covered bar and live trad Irish traditional music on Sunday evenings.”
  • 35 locals recommend
Bar
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“Heist Brewery opened in 2012 as not only a brewery, but as one of the top cocktail hotspots in Charlotte. You can grab a cocktail, or brunch on the weekends at the original NoDa location. Their second location, Heist Brewery & Barrel Arts, opened this year near Camp North End and will focus on their barrel-aging program. ”
  • 31 locals recommend
BBQ Restaurant
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“This place is well known for its delicious Bar B' Que. There aren't many places to get good Bar B' Que, so I recommend this place before giving up hope!”
  • 32 locals recommend
Bar
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“Sweet & savory crêpes, bistro bites, French-press coffee & European beers in a cozy, chill setting.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Bar
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“Intimate venue hosting touring bands of various genres, from country to ska, in a smoke-free room.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Bar
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“Gourmet burgers, sushi & fusion combos plus beer & spirits in a vibrant, colorful space.”
  • 31 locals recommend