Charlotte for Couples
Whether you’re planning a date night or a longer city escape, Charlotte has plenty to do for two.
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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 Kindred Restaurant, The Stanley, The Asbury and Haymaker.
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, or Sweet Spot Studio to try your hand at whipping up French macarons or other sweet treats for two!
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 1930s art deco design mixed with the glam rock of the '70s. QC Social Lounge offers a trendy and elevated after-dinner cocktail spot with live entertainment. 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 with multiple locations, including the NoDa location, which is open 24 hours a day. 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 a few of the many venues that offer a more personal experience for music lovers. For the jazz aficionados, enjoy small plates, cocktails and live performances at Middle C Jazz in Uptown. Interested in an outdoor concert but on a smaller scale? Try the Music at the Met on Thursdays in the summer and fall, The Music Yard in South End and the Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre at AvidXchange Music Factory.
Stimulate the senses with a stroll through some of Charlotte’s most artsy, eclectic neighborhoods. Explore galleries andstreet art, enjoy live music and soak in the atmosphere of NoDa (download a street art map for a self-guided crawl) and 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 Wine & Design or Painting with a Twist. If painting isn't your thing, fire up your creativity at Paddywax Candle Bar or AR Workshop.
Theater & Comedy
Step out on the town together (or enjoy a virtual performance from the comfort of your couch) and see exciting performances 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. And small theater companies like Theatre Charlotte, NarroWay Productions and Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte stage bold, innovative shows. Or, have some laughs and unwind together at The Comedy Zone Charlotte at AvidXchange Music Factory.
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, break an Egyptian god’s spell in King Tut’s Curse at Escape Tactic or free the passengers in Runaway Train at Breakout Games. Head to District 57 entertainment complex for an immersive post-apocalyptic-themed adventure. Set in 2085 after a global power outage, District 57 offers up activities to help its “citizens” refuel and test their survival skills. The Grid, its main attraction, has 30 rooms with various physical and mental challenges for teams of up to four to complete as fast as they can. Or for a night full of friendly competition, zoom around in go-karts at Frankie's Fun Park, tee off and grab a cocktail at indoor miniature golf club meets speakeasy Stroke or see if you can hit the target at Bad Axe Throwing.
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. On one of these tours, you'll 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 USNWC’s permanent offerings, like rock climbing, hiking, biking and rafting, it also boasts festivities to match the season. Find more scenic and urban trails to explore by foot or bike using our interactive Charlotte Trail Guide.
Need more ideas? Finding something to do outside is as easy as riding a bike. Technically the Charlotte Joy Rides e-assist 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. Charlotte Joy Rides' 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.