The Best Bars for Foodies in Charlotte

The growing city of Charlotte represents one of America's coolest destinations for history, business, culture, cuisine and good times. Mixing the Coastal Carolina vibe with Southern charm, the best bars in Charlotte provide an engaging mixture of excellent food, fine drinks, and a lively atmosphere. But where are the smartest, savviest diners in Charlotte headed out to when looking for the best bars in town? Welcome to our Tastemaker List. Here, we've put together a list of the best bars in Charlotte, developed with the input of those who know the town the best. From Southern honky-tonks and acclaimed restaurants to fabled downtown bars and pubs, the best bars in Charlotte offer fun for all. Grab a table and a few drinks in Charlotte tonight!

The OpenTable Team
Restaurants:Ri Ra Irish Pub - Charlotte, Fahrenheit - Charlotte, 5Church - Charlotte
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Irish, American
Neighborhoods:Uptown

Ri Ra Irish Pub - Charlotte

$$$$·Irish·
Uptown
579 reviews
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Good for Groups
  • Neighborhood Gem

The local outpost of this nationally-recognized Irish chain is one of the best bars in Charlotte. A welcoming and always-lively slice of the Emerald Isles in the heart of the city,...

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89% recommended
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Fahrenheit - Charlotte

$$$$·American·
Uptown
4,671 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic

The heat is on at this modern, upscale restaurant in the heart of Charlotte from chef Rocco Whalen. Above the trendy Skye Condos, Fahrenheit is one of the best bars in Charlotte. H...

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Scenic View in Charlotte
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5Church - Charlotte

$$$$·American·
Uptown
3,573 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies

This buzzworthy spot on North Tyron spot is in the middle of some of Charlotte's best destinations. A quick walk from the Discovery Place Science building and the Levine Museum of ...

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85% recommended
Most Booked in Charlotte

The Cellar at Duckworth's

$$$$·Gastro Pub·
Uptown
1,355 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date

In the heart of Charlotte's Fourth Ward, The Cellar at Duckworth's is a place for elegant craft cocktails with Southern flair. Try one of the New York gin sours, blackberry mezcals...

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99% recommended
Best Ambiance in Charlotte

Eddie V's - Charlotte

$$$$·Seafood·
Charlotte
1,540 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date

The combination of fine jazz, excellent seafood, and potent drinks makes Eddie V's one of the best bars in Charlotte. Right in the heart of the city's bustling Center City neighbor...

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98% recommended

Fin & Fino

$$$$·Seafood·
Uptown
1,145 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date

The Uptown “social seafood house” Fin and Fino is an airy and upscale spot for excellent drinks and some of the best seafood in Charlotte. Oysters are the prime choice at Fin and F...

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99% recommended

Bulla Gastrobar - Charlotte

$$$$·Spanish·
Charlotte
1,215 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Tapas
  • Good for a Date

Bulla is an excellent spot for Spanish tapas and good times in the SouthPark neighborhood of Charlotte. The small specialty plates at this upscale place feature favorites like cure...

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95% recommended
Most Booked in Charlotte

37sol Southwest Kitchen & Tequila Bar

$$$$·Mexican / Southwestern·
Charlotte
276 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Lunch
  • Casual

For those looking to upgrade their wardrobe and get a quick drink, 37sol is the place to go. Between the Under Armour “Factory House” and Nike Factory Store, 37sol is a lively tequ...

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The Foundry at Trilogy® Lake Norman

$$$$·American·
Denver
498 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Business Meals
  • Casual

Lake Norman's Foundry restaurant is the place to go to for some of the tastes and flavors of Charlotte. Start with some of the creative cocktails, like the “Back Porch Rocker” with...

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100% recommended
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The Porter's House

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Waverly
924 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Notable Wine List

A hit restaurant in the Charlotte Waverly district, The Porter's House offers diners “a modern chophouse for the new South.” This elegant space delivers all the traditional steakho...

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93% recommended
Best Service in Charlotte
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