Story by Kristina Hendley
Uptown Charlotte is known for being diverse, exciting and full of life. Whether you’re in search of a children’s library or hoping to catch the latest Broadway show, look no further than the streets of First Ward for a day’s worth of entertainment.
If there’s any place to start your day, it’s the 7th Street Public Market. Grab a local cup of coffee from Not Just Coffee and enjoy breakfast from your choice of locally-owned eateries. You can also pick up other local items, like honey, cheese, wine and organic produce.
First Ward is not only home to plenty of restaurants and bars, but it also houses the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. Parents, make sure to plan a visit to ImaginOn, which boasts a unique library, a children’s theater and a teen loft that caters to kids of all ages.
Need plans for dinner? If you’re looking for upscale Mediterranean cuisine, head to Blue Restaurant and Bar. Having more of a laid back evening? Grab a pizza or salad from Brixx Pizza, a local favorite.
The Queen City is abuzz with last year’s return of the Charlotte Hornets, so come out and cheer on Kemba Walker and the rest of the team at Time Warner Cable Arena. You won’t just see some great basketball; you’ll also enjoy amazing halftime shows. Not a big sports fan? Keep your eye out for other exhilarating events at the arena, like concerts, comedy shows and circus acts.
If you want to end the night listening to live music on a large patio covered with twinkling lights, make Connolly’s on Fifth your last stop. This Irish pub is always hopping and frequented by young professionals.
Start your day gliding around First Ward upright on two wheels. Book a Segway tour to see historical Uptown locations and foodie hot spots, or go for a ride later at night along the haunted ghost tour.
Pile a plate with macaroni and cheese, buttery cornbread and all the fixings from Mert’s Heart & Soul. After all, the South is the haven of homestyle soul food.
Catch dinner and a show. Make reservations at Aria Tuscan Grill and make your way next door to Belk Theater. Here, you can see major Broadway shows, like “Wicked,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “Motown the Musical.”
The Punch Room at The Ritz-Carlton may be the most intimate and exclusive late night spot in town. Only the hostess can grant you access to this posh drinking den, where all guests are seated in a lounge environment.
This article ran in the October 2015 issue of Charlotte Happenings.
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