Nightlife

60 Ways to Go Out in Charlotte

The Queen City’s got a lot going on after the sun goes down.

Not sure how to breach the Queen City’s social circuit? Start by exploring the city and its neighborhoods through these lively bars and venues.

EpiCentre in Uptown Charlotte

Social Hubs

1. Knock down strikes, dominate the shuffleboard court and hang with friends as the sun goes down at Queen Park Social in LoSo (Lower South End).

2. Channel “Kingpin” and unwind with craft beer at retro-chic Montford Street alley 10 Park Lanes.

3. Bowl, catch a flick, savor a great dinner and sip cocktails at Uptown’s nightlife hub, the EpiCentre.

4. Find stand-up comedy, hopping dance floors and unforgettable lives shows at the city’s one-stop entertainment shop: AvidXChange Music Factory.

The Cellar at Duckworth's

Speakeasies

5. Enjoy masterpieces crafted by mixologist Stefan Huebner at Dot Dot Dot, hidden in Park Road Shopping Center’s back lot.

6. Travel back to Prohibition days while indulging in divine cocktails and delicious plates at The Cellar at Duckworth’s.

7. Toast special moments at The Cotton Room, where laidback vibes complement classic and specialty cocktails.

8. Try to keep the Room XIII speakeasy, hidden within Emerson Joseph Salon in Uptown, a secret (advanced reservations required).

9. Access the divinely covert speakeasy The Dock through the Charlotte Marriott City Center’s loading dock

10. Pay tribute to departed music venues at BackStage Lounge, located behind SouthBound and Mac’s Speed Shop in South End.

The Fillmore at AvidXChange Music Factory

Live Music Lairs

11. Experience AvidXchange Music Factory's multivenue bliss, enjoying everything from outdoor concerts to mid-sized tours to nightly Latin tunes.

12. Relax while rocking out to some of Charlotte’s best cover bands at The Gin Mill.

13. Watch dueling pianists duke it out for weekend or weeknight glory at EpiCentre’s Howl at the Moon.

14. Discover an up-and-coming roots musician—or an oldies-inspired band—at intimate music hall Visulite Theatre.

15. Enjoy a NoDa’s taste for alternative tracks amid stellar acoustics at live music hub Neighborhood Theatre.

16. Cozy up while touring bands of various genres, spanning country to Ska, perform at The Evening Muse.

Jeff's Bucket Shop - Photo by Kyo H Nam

Karaoke Bars

17. Belt out the lyrics to your favorite boy band on stage at Jeff’s Bucket Shop on Montford Drive.

18. Order a few local beers for liquid courage and showcase your pipes in front of a crowd at NoDa 101.

19. Grab the mic at Lucky Lou’s Tavern after a game of pool and treat patrons to your “perfectly rehearsed” renditions of golden oldies.

20. Soothe your stage fright with a slice of pizza and a cocktail on tap before reliving your high school playlist at 8.2.0.

21. Become Plaza Midwood’s next rock-and-roll up-and-comer by snagging a spot on Snug Harbor's karaoke lineup.

22. Reserve a private serenade session in one of Seoul Food Meat Company's themed karaoke rooms.

Ed's Tavern - Photo by Kyo H Nam

Beer Bars

23. Bring quarters for arcade games and your A game for trivia nights at Ed’s Tavern, where the draft beer flows like water.

24. Look for a seat on the sprawling patio at Brazwells Premium Pub—the best spot in the house for sipping suds.

25. Sip frosty pours on the friendly patio at Tavern on the Tracks, situated in the heart of South End.

26. Cozy up to the counter at Brawley’s Beverage and ask the owner for best bets on local brews that span saisons to sours.

27. Order a round of the fan-favorite tater tots and a bucket of chilled beers for an evening spent on the deck at Angry Ale’s.

28. Self-serve your own brews at Hoppin’, which offers drafts in a soda fountain-style setup.

Suite Charlotte - Photo by Uncle Jut

Dance Clubs

29. Pop, fizz and clink at Bubble Charlotte before making your way onto the dance floor.

30. Enjoy DJs, VIP tables and, most importantly, plentiful square footage for dancing at Club ONE.

31. Throw on your cowboy boots and brush up on your line dancing skills for an evening spent shuffling to country music at Coyote Joe’s.

32. Soak up skyline views of the city and show off your fancy footwork at Suite Charlotte.

33. Summon signature moves from your 80s and 90s dance routines to reintroduce them at Roxbury Nightclub.

34. Samba to south-of-the-border beats at La Revolucion in AvidXchange Music Factory.

LGBTQ Favorites

35. Mingle with LGBTQ customers, straight allies, drag performers, spoken-word artists and singer-songwriters at Petra’s Piano Bar.

36. Take advantage of affordable drinks, pool tables, an outdoor patio and more at The Woodshed Lounge.

37. Relax on The Bar at 316's beautiful second-floor patio—the perfect place to sip a drink, feel the breeze and chat with friends.

38. Dance along with your favorite music videos on the big screen at Bar Argon, Charlotte’s only gay video lounge and dance bar.

39. Find drag queens, food and fun at Boulevard 1820, Charlotte’s premier drag dining and bar.

Sophia's Lounge - Photo by George Lainis

Cocktail Bars

40. Toast the end of the daily grind with refreshing cocktails and a plate of Irish nosh on the garden terrace at The Workman’s Friend.

41. Have a nightcap atop the cozy vintage velvet sofas at Sophia’s Lounge, located inside The Ivey’s Hotel.

42. Experience the magic mixologist Bob Peters brings to the cocktail menu at The Punch Room on the 15th floor of The Ritz-Carlton.

43. Eat (exquisite American fare), drink and be social at Uptown’s Ink n Ivy, which peeks out at Romare Bearden Park.

44. Order your signature drink and enjoy it with top-shelf spirits at The Oak Room in South End.

45. Sip a signature martini and swing to live jazz at The Imperial, which transports patrons from its First Ward perch to the Big Easy.

Dilworth Tasting Room

Wine Bars

46. Try any of the 70 wines by the glass or 100 by the bottle at The Wine Loft, pairing them with tasty tapas.

47. Find a cadre of crave-worthy wines at Vinmaster, where you can uncork a bottle and enjoy it with great company.

48. Search a selection of artisanal, small-production and naturally made wines for your next favorite at Foxcroft Wine Co.

49. Learn about acidity, aromas and perfect pairings at Corkbuzz Restaurant & Wine Bar's Wine 101 tasting classes.

50. Save and splurge, thanks to weekly wine specials and scrumptious charcuterie boards at Dilworth Tasting Room.

51. Sample fine wines—and complimentary charcuterie—at Cork & Crate's bimonthly $10 wine tastings.

All American Pub

Game-Day Mainstays

52. Arrive well before a kickoff or tipoff to claim a TV-front table and a cold one at popular All American Pub.

53. Catch the game at Moo & Brew while indulging in the pub’s eponymous burger—topped with brew-braised onions, brew chili, brew cheese and mustard.

54. Pair good hoops with good hops at Pint Central in Plaza Midwood.

55. Join futbol fans for friendly rivalry and lots of “cheers” at Courtyard Hooligans, the city’s official soccer watching spot.

56. Pregame with rounds of billiards before your favorite teams battle it out on TV at Sidelines Sports Bar and Billiards.

57. Wash down chicken wings with brews at game-appropriate hangout Hickory Tavern.

Dive Bars

58. Order the Champagne of beers, Pabst Blue Ribbon, and rock the juke box during an unforgettable night at the no-frills Thirsty Beaver.

59. Order a burger and a round of suds at the king of Dilworth dive bars, The Comet Grill, where bands play nightly.

60. Quench your thirst at Park Road Shopping Center’s famously casual watering hole, Sir Edmond Halley’s.