Best Nightlife

Out of all the clubs and bars in a city, 10Best narrows the options to those places with the most appeal and the best reputations. We offer a carefully vetted selection to let you explore Charlotte nightlife on your own. If time is really tight, though, and you don't have the leisure to look through all our offerings, we present our Charlotte Best Nightlife list. Here, we distill the best businesses down to a special selection of ten. These places promise a stellar experience and a taste of the city that you just can't miss.

Hartigan's Irish Pub


While not truly Irish and more of a sports-bar-meets-nightclub than a pub, Hartigan's is two things for sure: wonderfully friendly and wildly fun. This no-frills neighborhood gay bar is a lot of things to a lot of diverse people, including a...  Read More



300 East has a sophisticated European feel – a bit Bohemian, a bit Champs-Elysées – and always makes for a memorable evening. The antique mahogany bar is where you'll find one of the best martinis anywhere, and, unlike some bars, 300 East's...  Read More



One of Charlotte's more seductively hip gathering places once the sun goes down, Cosmos caters to stylish 20- and 30-somethings who have "big city palates." Indeed, on the one hand, the place gains wide approval for its bold, sexy fare, which...  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

Sir Edmund Halley's Restaurant & Freehouse


If you're looking for a place to chill out with a pint of stout, a single-malt scotch or a glass of wine, head over to this comfortable neighborhood spot, which has been featured on Turner South's "Blue Ribbon" series as one of the Southeast's...  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



One of Charlotte's best-kept secrets, "Al Mike's," as regulars know it, is the perfect neighborhood restaurant/bar. It's the type of place where everybody truly does seem to know your name. Here, you'll find standard pub fare, including...  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