The best bars in Charlotte include a variety of haunts that range from intimate settings with craft cocktails to game bars with brews. No matter where your preference of bar scene lands, these joints are sure to please.
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This bar puts its soul in the glass and on the plate. The eclectic space is warm and cozy and features a DJ spinning records after 10 pm most nights. The bar serves up stunning cocktails to match the equally impressive globally-inspired dishes.
Order an avocado stack, a side of cheese stuffed-pepper bruschetta and a Sancho cocktail.
Located on the 15th floor of the Charlotte Ritz Carlton, The Punch Room is a luxurious bar that only seats 37. Richly decorated and comfortable, this is one hotel bar definitely worth visiting. Order the Blue Ridge for a taste of the south, but the $500-cocktail, Touched by the 1700’s, clearly puts a price tag on a night out of luxury.
There’s always music thumping at this honky-tonk-style bar. Whether its the jukebox or a live set, this is the place to go for tunes, cheap beer and well drinks. Expect fast service and a local scene.
The Cellar at Duckworth’s is perfect for a cozy night out in a bar with low lights and quiet chatter. The bar offers an extensive menu and top-notch craft cocktails as well as American fare. Order from the signature cocktail menu, and try the Mezcal Thymencello.
A small gastropub, this bar offers great bar bites and even better specialty cocktails. The bar is exceptionally inviting from its fire-side booth on a cold night to the outdoor space during pleasant warmer weather. Order a glass of wine or from the draft beer menu. Otherwise, try the Mother’s Ruin.
The Dillworth Tasting Room is a warm, brick-walled wine bar and the best place in town to try a variety of vintages. Pair a glass with a cheese board if you’re feeling peckish–which are actually free on Tuesdays when you order a wine flight. Sit outside in the courtyard during warmer months.
A dive with an obligatory hint of nostalgia, Tommy’s Pub is another great local spot to catch live music. The bar is also known for its games, fast service and killer cocktails.