Whether you want to break out your two-step or you’d like a romantic evening under city lights, Uptown Charlotte delivers. Here are seven ways to experience the Queen City after dark.
1. Go dancing.
Dress to the nines and head out for a night of drinks and dancing at the EpiCentre. Dine at Blackfinn Ameripub, then make your way to Bubble, Suite and Vault for dancing and Howl at the Moon, Tin Roof, Whisky River or Rooftop 210 for another drink with your friends.
2. See a show.
Enjoy a Broadway show, concert or comedian at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, or go to AvidXchange Music Factory for some laughs at The Comedy Zone or to catch a concert at The Fillmore. You can also see concerts at The Evening Muse and Visulite Theatre in nearby NoDa and Elizabeth, respectively.
3. Root for the home teams.
Cheer on the Charlotte Knights, the city’s minor league baseball team, at BB&T Ballpark. On Friday nights, enjoy fireworks after the game. Or depending on the season, see major leaguers face off at an NBA Charlotte Hornets game at Spectrum Center or when the NFL Carolina Panthers play in Bank of America Stadium.
4. Horse around.
Cozy up on a horse-drawn carriage ride through Uptown with Charlotte Center City Carriage Tours.
5. Tap into your competitive side.
Play patio games and sand volleyball at VBGB Beer Hall & Garden, a beach bar located in AvidXchange Music Factory. Or geek out at NoDa’s ABARI Game Bar, where customers can play consule games, pinball and arcade games while sipping on cocktails and craft beer.
6. Take in the view.
Situated above the Hyatt Place Charlotte Downtown and Skye Condos on the 21st floor, Fahrenheit offers unparalleled views of the Queen City’s skyline, plus inventive New American cuisine. You can also see sky-high views on the top of Le Méridien Charlotte Hotel at cocktail bar City Lights Rooftop.
7. Go bar hopping.
The intersection of College and 5th streets draws out hordes of Charlotteans every weekend. Home to Tilt on Trade, Connolly’s on Fifth, Dandelion Market, Prohibition Bar and Roxbury NightClub (a 1980s- and 90s-themed spot), the strip is lively. But low-key options wait right across the street at popular 5Church and Sophia’s Lounge.