Lower South End
Widely considered Charlotte's 'entertainment district.'
INDUSTRIAL, LAID-BACK, ENTERTAINING
You are likely already familiar with Charlotte’s historic South End neighborhood. But what you may not know is that just a few blocks further down Tryon Street, you’ll arrive in a whole new area called “LoSo,” also known as “Lower South End.”
Easily accessible by light rail at the Scaleybark Station, this entertainment district is home to a growing number of watering holes, crafting all sorts of alcoholic beverages (including beer, cider, liquor and even mead) — along with neighboring restaurants, coffee shops and fitness studios.
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Kick off your LoSo adventure with a signature lavender vanilla latte or a kombucha on tap at Mugshots Coffee & Tea. More in the mood for brunch? Stop by Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen, where the pancake tacos and stuffed French toast are not to be missed. If you’re looking for even more of a pick-me-up, you can squeeze in a quick workout at Urban MVMNT or Ride Or Die Spin Studio, both located within the same building as this local coffee and tea house.
Transition from sweating to shopping with a visit to Sleepy Poet, a massive warehouse filled with antique home decor, vintage clothing and even free popcorn. Be warned, though: you could spend hours wandering through this maze of abandoned treasures from decades past.
Things to do
Once you’re all shopped out, it’s time for a traditional German lunch at The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery. Enjoy your Bavarian pretzels, Currywurst or Schnitzel inside the “Brauhaus” or outside in the “Biergarten,” along with the fresh flavors of one of the award-winning German-style beers on tap.
From there, walk just a block to GoodRoad Ciderworks, where you can sample Charlotte’s only available meads, as well as ciders that range from traditional (like dry cider “East Meets West”) to distinctive (like blueberry cider, “Blue Byway”).
End your night at Queen Park Social, where you’ll find a massive menu of craft beer and cocktails to enjoy while partaking in the many entertainment options on site, including but not limited to bowling, Skee-Ball, ping pong, air hockey, darts and shuffleboard.
You can also find more hard cider at Red Clay Ciderworks, more craft beer at Thirsty Nomad Brewing, Brewers at 4001 Yancey and Sugar Creek Brewing, and more spirits at Doc Porter’s Distillery.