With a thriving gay and lesbian community, Charlotte has plenty to offer for out of town travelers. White Rabbit, in the trendy Plaza Midwood neighborhood, is “North Carolina’s gay and lesbian everything store,” selling books, magazines, calendars and knick knacks of all kinds. Stop by stylish Dilworth boutique Paper Skyscraper for unique home accessories, artsy cards and stationary and more for some retail therapy. Or hit up high-end SouthPark Mall for the latest fashions.
Nightlife abounds in the Queen City, with bars, clubs and entertainment cropping up faster than ever. Make your way to the NC Music Factory for first class music venues, bars and clubs all in one convenient location. Grab a late night bite at elegant Italian eatery Osso Restaurant & Lounge, recently featured as a date spot on ABC’s “The Bachelorette.”
Whatever your style, Charlotte has accommodations to match from the eco-friendly, LEED-certified Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte to modern and affordable Aloft Charlotte Ballantyne, or go all out and pamper yourself with a stay at The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge. With a lush spa, pool and golf course on premises, you could easily not leave the hotel for days!
Honor the man in the mirror with a trip to Emerson Joseph, Uptown Charlotte’s premiere men-only grooming lounge. This is no ordinary barbershop. Luxury experiences like hot facial towels, mini-manicures, massages, facials, waxing and even shoe shines are all available and encouraged at this posh outpost.
A local favorite, the NoDa Gallery Crawl is a hotspot for culture fans, drawing hundreds of people each first and third Friday of the month. Revelers peruse the works in galleries and shops around the area, walking from one open door to the next and enjoying a glass of free wine or two along the way. A great way to get a feel for local talent, the South End neighborhood also supports a gallery crawl on the first Friday of the month, complete with a food truck rally serving up everything from tacos to cupcakes.
Tickling the ivory was never as entertaining as it is at Petra’s Piano Bar, a cabaret-style lounge specializing in sing-alongs, karaoke and star-studded drag shows. A Creative Loafing pick for the best gay/lesbian bar in Charlotte, Petra’s doesn’t disappoint, rounding out the entertainment with a patio, pool room, live jazz, trivia and DJs spinning all the hottest tunes. Walk across the block to local favorite The Diamond for diner-style burgers, dogs and sandwiches with a Southern twist.