Whether you’re planning a date night or a longer city escape, Charlotte has plenty to do for two. Here are some irresistible ideas for discovering (or rediscovering) culture, romance and excitement in the Queen City.
Intimate Music Venues – Although Charlotte has no shortage of arenas that host the hottest national acts, couples shouldn’t miss the smaller, more intimate settings. The Evening Muse, Visulite Theatre and The Neighborhood Theatre are just three of the many venues that offer a more personal experience for music lovers. Interested in an outdoor concert but on a smaller scale? Try the Time Warner Cable Uptown Amphitheatre at NC Music Factory.
Tosco Music Party – A 20-year tradition and a Charlotte original, the Tosco Music Party takes place several times a year and is a real draw for fun-loving couples. A surprising variety of music acts each perform one or two songs in a show that’s punctuated by audience sing-alongs.
Gallery Crawls – Stimulate the senses with an art walk through some of Charlotte’s most artsy, eclectic neighborhoods. Explore galleries, enjoy live music and soak in the atmosphere of NoDa (on the first and third Friday of the month) and Historic South End (on the first Friday of the month).
Blumenthal Performing Arts – Step out on the town together and see exciting dance performances, comedy, theater, touring Broadway plays or even dramatic shows by Opera Carolina. Several theaters, including Booth Playhouse, Belk Theater and Knight Theater, are part of Blumenthal Performing Arts, providing just the right setting for any production.
Thought-Provoking Theater – Looking for a theater experience that both entertains and challenges? Two small theater companies – Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte and Queen City Theatre Company – stage bold, innovative shows.
Favorite Restaurants – The most difficult thing about date night in Charlotte is choosing which restaurant to try. For fine dining, you can’t do much better than Blue Restaurant & Bar in the heart of Center City within the Hearst Tower. McNinch House Restaurant, in a charming turn-of-the-century home, is regularly voted as Charlotte’s most romantic restaurant. If you’re passionate about soul food, head to Mert’s Heart and Soul in the theater district.
A Great Late-Night Spot – Amelie’s, a popular French-inspired café and bakery, has become a Charlotte obsession since it started staying open 24 hours a day. The shabby chic décor and cozy nooks make the ambience perfect for couples, whether you’re indulging in a post-theater crème brulée or sharing a Sunday morning croissant and French press. The award-winning salted caramel brownie is a tantalzing combination of salty and sweet.