Things to Do

Just Opened in Charlotte - July '22

Lovers of South End, rejoice – there are lots of new neighborhood places to explore this month! That’s not the only hopping spot, though. New spots are opening up all over, from Plaza Midwood to Ballantyne, and there’s never been a better time to explore new restaurants!

Food and Drink


Canopy Cocktails & Garden

Neighborhood: South End
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 4 p.m.-2 a.m.; Closed Monday.

Cocktail lovers will flock to this new bar in South End for its three bars, funky vibes and drinks made with housemade syrups and real juices. The concept can hold up to 300 people and features an expansive outdoor area with lounge seating. Guests will be required to pay a $1 yearly membership fee to enter, and the bar plans to add light food options in the future.


Cheat’s Cheesesteak Parlor

Neighborhood: Plaza Midwood
Hours: Noon-8 p.m. daily.

Have you longed to enjoy a cheesesteak from Cheat’s but kept missing their pop-ups? You’re in luck! They now have a brick-and-mortar in Plaza Midwood where they’re serving up cheesesteaks, hoagies, loaded cheesesteak fries and breakfast all day. Take note – there’s even a vegan version of their cheesesteak (and Dole Pineapple soft serve, which is vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free!).



Neighborhood: Ballantyne
Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 5 p.m.-12 a.m.

Whisk yourself back into the past at this 1920s-style cocktail bar and adult lounge. The menu features classic craft cocktails, like an Old Fashioned and French 75, plus charcuterie, shareable small plates and entrees. The owners hope to bring friends and family together for a sense of community, choosing not to include LED screens or TVs in the space.


Hi-Wire Brewing

Neighborhood: South End
Hours: Monday-Thursday, 3-10 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, noon-midnight; Sunday, noon-10 p.m.

This family- and dog-friendly brewery from Asheville has opened its doors in South End. Guests can enjoy up to 20 Hi-Wire beers plus wine, cider and non-alcoholic options. Plus, the brewery is conveniently located next to Benny Ferrovia’s, so you can order a giant slice of pizza and enjoy it in the taproom.



Neighborhood: Uptown
Hours: Sunday, Tuesday-Thursday: 5-10 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 5 p.m.-midnight; Closed Monday. (temporary soft opening hours)

This much-anticipated yakitori and sushi bar is in its soft opening phase, where reservations are required, and hours are limited. The menu features flavors and dishes from Japan, such as sushi rolls, nigiri and several yakitori (skewered and grilled meats and veggies) options. You’ll find Japanese-inspired cocktails, too, such as the Lemongrass Ginger (bourbon, lemon juice, lemongrass ginger, honey). If you’re ready to check this spot out, book your table on OpenTable ASAP.


Salted Melon Market & Eatery

Neighborhood: South End
Hours: Monday 7 a.m.-8 p.m.; Tuesday-Thursday, 7 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday 7 a.m.-11 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

Another one-stop-shop has opened in the Queen City! Salted Melon features breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee, baked goods, pantry essentials, a bone broth bar … you name it, it’s happening. The concept is owned by the folks behind Reid’s Fine Foods, which currently has four locations in town and one in Greenville, S.C. This new spot is sure to become a staple for Charlotteans, whether they need a quick pick-me-up, a healthy lunch option or even all-day breakfast.



Neighborhood: South End
Hours: Tuesday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-1 a.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Closed Monday.

Before Bocado occupied the space, Big Ben Pub operated here for 10 years. Now, Big Ben’s co-owner Neel Gandhi has taken back over with a new restaurant featuring burgers, sandwiches, salads and a few main plates, like blackened salmon and lobster mac and cheese. Make this your new game-day destination and enjoy game-day drink specials, multiple TVs and ample space.