If your idea of nightlife includes hitting a bar for drinks and socializing, then our Charlotte guide is just what you want. Capitalizing on first-hand experience and extensive research, we've located the best bars in Charlotte for hanging out and kicking back in. From long-lived mainstays like 300 East to busy places like Rí~Rá that get lots of 10Best reader approval, we present the top bars in town and offer details about them all. What's the energy like? How do the bartenders pour? Are most bars located in the Uptown area? No fear - we share all the facts!

Fourth Ward
Press Wine/Food


Billing itself as an urban wine bar with a cozy neighborhood feel, Press is a favorite among sophisticated Charlotte urbanites. This standout restaurant and bar offers more than 200 wines at retail price, but patrons especially love the nightly...  Read More



One of the Queen City's more popular watering holes, the multi-level Rí~Rá offers all the charm and comfort of a traditional Irish pub – in fact, considering that the Victorian-style bar itself was once part of the officer's mess hall at the...  Read More



Tucked away inside the historic Dilworth neighborhood of Charlotte, 300 East is where locals head to enjoy a casual drink. The intimate space is ideal for both a romantic evening sipping wine or a more relaxed night sharing drinks and appetizers...  Read More



This neighborhood restaurant and tavern is one of Charlotte's best-kept secrets. Nestled in the Fourth Ward district, Al Mike's, as it's known to locals, has an excellent selection of beer that includes about nine taps, various microbrews,...  Read More

Moosehead Grill


If the exterior of this popular watering hole looks familiar, that's probably because Moosehead occupies a building that once housed a Pizza Hut. It's true that the place isn't as pretty and stylish as hipster joints Uptown, but what it does...  Read More

TILT on Trade


Formerly the Liquid Lounge, TILT is a great place to blow off steam after work and on the weekend. A barometer of what's cool on the Uptown scene, TILT features great live music, eight flat-screen TVs, classy chandeliers and hardwood floors, an...  Read More

Flying Saucer Draught Emporium


A haven for Charlotte beer lovers, Flying Saucer Draught Emporium offers over 200 beers in bottles and more than 80 on tap. The selection features beer from national breweries like Abita Brewing Co, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery and Sierra Nevada...  Read More



Nothing fancy or over-the-top, this may be a popular neighborhood watering hole at night – heck, it even gets high marks for its specialty martinis, country-fried chicken and hearty, homemade meatloaf. But what has truly impressed the regulars...  Read More

Dixie's Tavern


What's the recipe for fun at Dixie's? Try this on for size: Big Easy-style eats, DJs and great-looking clientele.