Charlotte for Couples
Whether you’re planning a date night or a longer city escape, Charlotte has plenty to do for two.
Dining & Nightlife
The most difficult thing about date night in Charlotte is choosing which restaurant to try. For fine dining, it’s tough to top the royal treatment you’ll receive at McNinch House Restaurant. Located in a charming turn-of-the-century home, McNinch House is regularly voted as Charlotte’s most romantic restaurant. If you’re the type of couple who likes to share everything, head over to Soul Gastrolounge to try out the mouthwatering tapas. Or if you’re keen on soul food, Mert’s Heart and Soul in the theater district will hit the spot. And if your passion for each other is only matched by your zeal for farm-to-fork fares, look no further than Heirloom, Kindred Restaurant, Stoke Charlotte and Fork!
Cooking For Two
For more hands-on couples, take a night to learn a new favorite dish at a cooking class with Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen. Those who prefer to try their hand at something sweeter should look no further than The Cocoa Lab at the Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte, to try your hand at whipping up French macarons or eclairs for two!
Late Night Libations
Slip into the intimate spaces of Idlewild or KiKi Bistro for an out-of-this era cocktail experience. Both spots offer an atmosphere of exclusivity with an expertly crafted food and drink menu. Idlewild has no menu; instead, the expert cocktail craftsmen will create a unique drink for you based on your personal preferences and flavor profile, guaranteeing a different experience each time you visit. Kiki Bistro has three distinct spaces: the main dining room, an exclusive outdoor terrace and an intimate cocktail lounge called Tattoo. Snack on Greco-French small plates while admiring the 1930's art deco design mixed with the glam rock of the '70s. Add some glamour and scenery to your evening as you sip unique cocktails perched on one of Uptown's most beloved rooftops, Merchant & Trade.
If you’d rather be sipping from a coffee cup than a martini class after hours, Amélie’s French Bakery, a popular French-inspired café and bakery whose NoDa location is open 24 hours a day, now has four Charlotte locations in Uptown, Rock Hill and Pineville in addition to the original. For a twist on the conventional desserts, you and your sweet will enjoy the creative dessert menu at Crave Dessert Bar.
Music & Art
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 Neighborhood Theatre are just four 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 Uptown Amphitheatre at AvidXchange Music Factory.
Stimulate the senses with a stroll 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).
For art lovers who are looking to uncork their own creativity, try one of Charlotte’s social BYOB painting classes such as Cajun Canvas, Wine & Design or Painting with a Twist. If painting isn't your thing, fire up your creativity at Paddywax Candle Bar.
Theater & Comedy
Step out on the town together and see exciting dance performances, theater, touring Broadway plays or even dramatic pieces by Opera Carolina and the Charlotte Symphony. Several theaters, including Booth Playhouse, Belk Theater and Knight Theater, are part of Blumenthal Performing Arts, providing just the right setting for any production. Or, have some laughs and unwind together a The Comedy Zone Charlotte at AvidXchange Music Factory.
Out of the Box Adventures
Thrilling Escapes & Experiences
Put your skills of cooperation and collaboration to the test at one of Charlotte’s escape experiences, which combine the art of puzzle and problem solving with the thrill of working together to complete your mission before time runs out. Repair your space ship during the Lost in Space challenge at Exit Strategy, or break your way out of an abandoned mental asylum at Codescape. Have a night full of friendly competition by playing laser tag at Coliseum V, zooming around in go-karts at Frankie's Fun Park or keep it old school at Lucky's Bar & Arcade.
Tours & Journeys
Get to know more about your significant other and the Queen City while cruising around Uptown with Charlotte NC Tours or Queen City Rides. Kick back and relax after you climb aboard a city-favorite, the Funny Bus, or learn more about Charlotte's spooky side during a Carolina History & Haunts walking tour. Experience Charlotte's history, diverse architecture and urban design in a whole new way.
The Great Outdoors
On any given day, there’s plenty to do with your number one while appreciating Charlotte's more natural elements. Take a hike at the U.S. National Whitewater Center. In addition to the Center’s permanent offerings, like rock climbing, hiking, biking and rafting, it also boasts a buzzing events calendar full of festivities to match the season. Need more ideas? Finding something to do is as easy as riding a bike. Technically the Charlotte B-cycle bicycles are built for only one rider, but that doesn’t mean you and your sweetie can’t take a scenic trip on one of Charlotte’s multiple greenways together. B-cycle’s grab-and-go bike stations are set up throughout the neighborhoods of Uptown, Dilworth and South End. Rent by the half hour or for a full 24 hours.