VBGB Beer Hall & Garden is a charming place frequented by local patrons and eager tourists. The feel of the traditional beer garden with alfresco seating and wooden tables is infused with modern-day entertainment like gaming zones, live gigs, DJ nights and other exciting line-ups. Try not to forget the varieties of bottled beer and microbrews and lip-smacking food that truly define a beer garden.
What happens when you mix sushi and burgers? Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar serves this interesting combination of Japanese and American cuisines to its adventurous patrons. A good place to experiment with food, it allows diners to mix and match dishes calling it the 'Burgushi'. Try a Deliverance Roll which contains pork wrapped in seaweed and covered with barbecue sauce or sample a Bento Box with a burger-sushi combination. An open mind is all you need as you experience two diverse cultures come together in a memorable gustatory experience.
Growlers Pourhouse is a favorite Charlotte destination for the crowds looking to unwind with a refreshing afternoon beer. This pub has fantastic beer on tap and also a menu of classic, pleasantly-greasy bar food, such as french fries and an enticing soft pretzel with a side of beer cheese. Growlers' seasonal beers throughout the year surely give a reason for the season.
This popular, members-only concert venue hosts bands like Out of the Blue in addition to its in-house rockers who perform on the stage. Several country music concerts also take place here. Free dance classes are offered on ladies nights when women patrons can enter free of charge. Keep your ID on hand —you can enter only if you are 18 or above, while drinks are offered only to those over 21 years of age.
Perched on the 15th floor of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Punch Room is a classy lounge that boasts of sprawling views of the city. This lounge is known for offering an extensive list of cocktails, wines and other spirits to choose from to accompany you. In case you feel hungry, you can munch on the Tapas style delicacies or other dishes from Punch Room's delightful menu. The elegant interiors are adorned with luxurious furnishings that have a classy appeal and an old-world charm. Its stylish interiors and an impressive menu makes this a great spot to hang out with your special someone and unwind after a hectic day. Though pricey, a visit here is an experience in itself.
A downtown favorite, the Thomas Street Tavern is a former post office converted into a bar and restaurant. It's always good for either an inexpensive meal or a late-night drink, and the locals can be seen relaxing inside anytime. A beer garden out back, opening at 5p on weekdays and 3p on weekends, features ping-pong tables and is pet-friendly.
TILT on Trade is a unique spot in Charlotte's nightclub scene. A Charlotte landmark, the building has remained much the same as it was in 1906. Once a cafe, then a cleaners and now a local bar, TILT is a neighborhood institution. Daily specials range from the standard whiskey Wednesday's to boozing bingo night and Thursday mug night. A small dance floor and DJ's get the dancing started, while the quality drinks and friendly bartenders keep the locals coming back for more.
Nestled on the rooftop of Charlotte's leading entertainment complex, the Rooftop 210 at EpiCentre offers one of the most unique ambiances in Uptown. This open-air venue features a bar and restaurant offering American cuisine, and can be rented out for private parties, corporate events and wedding receptions. Their top-notch event planning services are tailor-made to suit your preferences, while the landscaped gardens, urbane architecture and stunning skyline views are unrivaled.