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Historic Fourth Ward

A mix of quaint and charming with urban and contemporary, the 30 city blocks that make up Fourth Ward are worth a day of exploring and many return visits.

Located in the northwest section of Center City, Fourth Ward was originally designated as one of the four major areas of the city for election purposes in the mid-1800s. When Charlotte’s streetcar suburbs like Myers Park and Dilworth began to develop around Center City in the early 1900s, election boundaries were changed, but the name of the Fourth Ward neighborhood along with the other wards continued to live on. Today, Fourth Ward is a thriving Uptown community with a mix of restored Victorian homes, luxury condos, urban apartments, parks and businesses. A mix of quaint and charming with urban and contemporary, the 30 city blocks that make up Fourth Ward are worth a day of exploring and many return visits.

WHERE TO EAT 

A Fourth Ward favorite, Alexander Michael’s, or “Al Mike’s” as many locals call it, is a quaint and casual family-owned restaurant and tavern located in the former Crowell-Berryhill Store, a grocery store that originally opened in 1897. A few blocks away, the McNinch House Restaurant features a multicourse fine dining experience in a circa 1892 Queen Anne-style home formerly owned by Victorian-era Charlotte Mayor Sam McNinch. A mix of historic and contemporary, The Asbury is located in The Dunhill Hotel, the oldest hotel in Center City, but features a modern southern menu with ingredients sourced from farms within a 200-mile radius. 5Church offers new American cuisine like the popular “60 Second” NY Strip in a chic, modern setting while The Capital Grille serves up a classic steak dinner in an elegant atmosphere. Basil Thai gives the neighborhood some international flair with refined Thai cuisine. And don’t miss the gourmet burgers at Cowbell Burger & Whiskey Bar, the brunch at Dandelion Market, and the craft beer made in-house at Rock Bottom Brewery & Restaurant.

WHERE TO PLAY 

Bring the whole family to Discovery Place, an interactive science and technology center where the natural world is brought to life through hands-on exhibits, explosive experiments, groundbreaking exhibitions and larger-than-life IMAX films. After all the excitement, enjoy some quiet time in a green urban oasis at the 3-acre Fourth Ward Park. For a great overview of the neighborhood’s past, present and future, hop on a horse-drawn carriage ride with Charlotte Center City Carriage Tours. If you’re looking for some entertainment options after the sun goes down, head to Crave Dessert Bar or Sydney’s Martini and Wine Bar for decadent desserts, sensational cocktails and savory small plates. For dancing and DJs, check out the late night scene at 5Church, ‘80s and ‘90s nightlife at The Roxbury, or explore the NC Music Factory entertainment complex a few blocks east.

WHERE TO STAY 

Dating back to 1929, The Dunhill Hotel successfully combines the elegance of European luxury hotels with an American sense of comfort and service. The historic 10-story hotel is one of North Carolina’s Historic Hotels of America and one of its first luxury establishments. Designed by architect Louis Asbury, Sr., The Dunhill originally opened in 1929 as the Mayfair Manor residence. It has been fully restored and is now a landmark in the arts community and cultural district. Also in Fourth Ward, Charlotte Marriott City Center is one of Center City’s premier hotels with spacious rooms featuring 37" LCD TVs, upgraded bathrooms, signature furnishings and plush bedding. The hotel also offers dining and entertainment options including Savannah Red Restaurant and Wine Bar, Cutter's Cigar Bar & Lounge and Champion's Sports Bar & Restaurant.