1. Soul Gastrolounge

1500 1/2 Central Ave (at Pecan Ave.), Charlotte, NC
Gastropub · 128 tips and reviews

Joshua D.Joshua Drown: Really serious cocktails are created here, and honestly any of them will titillate your taste buds. I really like Tito's Cucumber Mule, on tap at Soul and served in an icy copper mug. Timeless.

Soul Gastrolounge is one of Joshua’s Tips.

2. Soul Gastrolounge

1500 1/2 Central Ave (at Pecan Ave.), Charlotte, NC
Gastropub · 128 tips and reviews

Joshua D.Joshua Drown: The Asian Glazed Pork Belly Tacos have a criminal amount of flavor. Overwhelmingly good stuff.

Tupelo Honey Cafe is one of Joshua’s Tips.

3. Tupelo Honey Cafe

1820 South Boulevard (At East Blvd), Charlotte, NC
Restaurant · Dilworth · 54 tips and reviews

Joshua D.Joshua Drown: If you like whiskey, and I do, try the Bourbon Basil Sour. A little bit sour, a little bit fresh, and all out good.

4. Stache House Bar & Lounge

1520 South Blvd, Charlotte, NC
Bar · Dilworth · 15 tips and reviews

Joshua D.Joshua Drown: Really good signature drinks, I love the Abracadabra, an infusion of Grand Marnier and Don Julio tequila, watermelon, and mint.

5. Dandelion Market

118 W 5th St (N Church St), Charlotte, NC
Tapas Restaurant · Fourth Ward · 73 tips and reviews

Joshua D.Joshua Drown: Great tapas menu with a European pub feel. Great beer selections, $25 wine bottles all the time, and really really good food.

6. The Belfast Mill

144 Brevard Ct (Church St), Charlotte, NC
Pub · Third Ward · 22 tips and reviews

Joshua D.Joshua Drown: Classic pub atmosphere tucked away in the French Quarter. Great friendly bartenders, cold beer, and good food options. I love the fish and chips.

7. Prohibition

200 N Tryon St, Charlotte, NC
Bar · First Ward · 27 tips and reviews

Joshua D.Joshua Drown: The patio overlooking Tryon is a great spot to people watch. Really good beer specials throughout the week, including Two for Tuesdays and $1 drafts on Thursdays.

8. Connolly's On Fifth

115 E 5th St (btwn N Tryon St & N College St), Charlotte, NC
Irish Pub · First Ward · 43 tips and reviews

Joshua D.Joshua Drown: Friendly staff, terrific atmosphere, often with great music playing on the huge patio. Perfect for after work cocktails, watching sports, or Sunday funday.

9. The Corner Pub

335 N Graham St (at 7th St.), Charlotte, NC
Pub · Fourth Ward · 17 tips and reviews

Joshua D.Joshua Drown: This is the classic 'local pub'. Friendly staff, great bartenders, and a good group of locals that gather game days and week nights.

10. Romare Bearden Park

300 S Church St (at W 3rd St), Charlotte, NC
Park · Third Ward · 31 tips and reviews

Joshua D.Joshua Drown: There are so many great interactive things going on during game day for adults and kids. Check out the Panthers’ new pre-game interactive area, Panthers in the Park.

11. Mellow Mushroom

255 W Martin Luther King Blvd #101, Charlotte, NC
Pizza Place · Third Ward · 24 tips and reviews

Joshua D.Joshua Drown: Really terrific spot at the ground level of The Catalyst. Great pizza, a ton of brews on tap, and large TVs everywhere. The Mighty Meaty pizza is a real star.

12. Fitzgerald's Irish Pub

201 E 5th St (at N College St.), Charlotte, NC
Irish Pub · First Ward · 36 tips and reviews

Joshua D.Joshua Drown: Great spot on the corner of College & 5th, central to Time Warner Arena, Blumenthal, and EpiCenter. Irish pub fare with lots of TVs for the sports fan.

13. Blue Restaurant & Bar

206 N College St (at E 5th St), Charlotte, NC
Mediterranean Restaurant · First Ward · 41 tips and reviews

Joshua D.Joshua Drown: A terrific spot for a quiet or romantic dinner. I just love the Duo of Wild Boar: grilled tenderloin and crepinette of shoulder braised with porcini mushrooms.

14. EpiCentre

210 E Trade St (College St.), Charlotte, NC
Other Nightlife · Uptown · 38 tips and reviews

Joshua D.Joshua Drown: A great spot day or night. Bowling, sushi, movies, pizza, shopping, margaritas, dueling pianos, bars, nightclubs. If you are in a group and only want to come to one spot Uptown, this is the one.

The Asbury is one of Joshua’s Tips.

15. The Asbury

235 N Tryon St, Charlotte, NC
American Restaurant · Fourth Ward · 11 tips and reviews

Joshua D.Joshua Drown: A great spot for brunch on Saturday or Sunday, I just loved the Lacquered Pork Belly Benedict. I was all about the pork belly, but each bite was balanced and the dish was delicious.

5 Church is one of Joshua’s Tips.

16. 5 Church

100 North Church St. (5th St.), Charlotte, NC
New American Restaurant · Fourth Ward · 78 tips and reviews

Joshua D.Joshua Drown: Stop in for a Viper, a perfect concoction of Patron, cayenne, cucumber water, lime, and orange.

Valhalla Pub & Eatery is one of Joshua’s Tips.

17. Valhalla Pub & Eatery

317 S Church St (Brevard Court), Charlotte, NC
Pub · Third Ward · 25 tips and reviews

Joshua D.Joshua Drown: Some of the best margaritas around, made with fresh squeezed orange and lime juices.

Aria Tuscan Grill is one of Joshua’s Tips.

18. Aria Tuscan Grill

100 N Tryon St, Charlotte, NC
Italian Restaurant · First Ward · 32 tips and reviews

Joshua D.Joshua Drown: The Cucumber Gin Spritz is a delightful mix that is refreshing, lightly sweet, tart and aromatic.

Vida Cantina is one of Joshua’s Tips.

19. Vida Cantina

210 E Trade St (at College St), Charlotte, NC
Mexican Restaurant · Uptown · 73 tips and reviews

Joshua D.Joshua Drown: The Corona-Rita will help you find your own beach, any time of the year.

20. 300 East

300 East Blvd (Cleveland Ave), Charlotte, NC
American Restaurant · Dilworth · 51 tips and reviews

Joshua D.Joshua Drown: For one of the best cocktails in Charlotte, come in on Wednesdays for the Matilda Wong. Might cut you off after two.

Toast Cafe Dilworth is one of Joshua’s Tips.

21. Toast Cafe Dilworth

2400 Park Rd, Charlotte, NC
Breakfast Spot · Dilworth · 45 tips and reviews

Joshua D.Joshua Drown: Great spot for breakfast in the heart of Dilworth, but if there's a wait ask about sitting at the bar. Sounds a bit crazy, but I really love the peanut butter and banana stuffed french toast.

22. Mert's Heart and Soul

214 N College St (btw 5th & 6th), Charlotte, NC
Southern / Soul Food Restaurant · First Ward · 102 tips and reviews

Joshua D.Joshua Drown: One of the most friendly places in Charlotte, a great way to start a weekend is with breakfast at Mert's. I like the southern faire: fried whiting fish and eggs & fried green tomatoes.

23. 5 Church

100 North Church St. (5th St.), Charlotte, NC
New American Restaurant · Fourth Ward · 78 tips and reviews

Joshua D.Joshua Drown: A great Uptown brunch spot on the weekends. I love the crab cakes and poached eggs, accompanied by bottomless mimosas.

24. Midnight Diner

115 E Carson Blvd, Charlotte, NC
Diner · South End · 170 tips and reviews

Joshua D.Joshua Drown: This is the ultimate 2am spot after a late night Uptown. I like to go with the chicken and waffles, it will set things right after a night of abuse or just help you get your day started.

Zada Jane's Corner Cafe is one of Joshua’s Tips.

25. Zada Jane's Corner Cafe

1601 Central Ave (at Thomas Ave), Charlotte, NC
Café · Plaza Midwood · 93 tips and reviews

Joshua D.Joshua Drown: It can be hard to get in on the weekends without a long wait, so I love to come in during on a weekday. Breakfast is served all day, do yourself a favor and order the Bunny Rancheros and a mimosa.

26. Smelly Cat Coffeehouse

514 E 36th St, Charlotte, NC
Café · North Charlotte · 83 tips and reviews

Joshua D.Joshua Drown: Love this NoDa spot for many reasons, but the tasty hot chocolate always seems to make a cold winter day brighten.

27. Petit Philippe

2820 Selwyn Ave #160, Charlotte, NC
Wine Bar · Myers Park · 5 tips and reviews

Joshua D.Joshua Drown: If you are in the Myers Park area, you have to stop into this wine and chocolate tasting room. Winter is a fabulous time to get the hot chocolate or one of the sipping chocolates.

28. Good Food on Montford

1701 Montford Dr, Charlotte, NC
American Restaurant · Madison Park · 33 tips and reviews

Joshua D.Joshua Drown: Such a great place all round, but it really shines at night and in the winter. They make a Hot Chocolate Martini that will warm you up and put you in great mood.

Caribou Coffee is one of Joshua’s Tips.

29. Caribou Coffee

7804 Fairview Rd (Space B), Charlotte, NC
Coffee Shop · Governor's Square · 16 tips and reviews

Joshua D.Joshua Drown: Great spot to grab a coffee anytime, but when the weather gets chilly I just love the Dark Chocolate Hot Chocolate, it is one of the best in town.

30. Bar Cocoa at The Ritz-Carlton

201 E Trade St (College St), Charlotte, NC
Hotel Bar · First Ward · 11 tips and reviews

Joshua D.Joshua Drown: There are all sorts of crazy good chocolate and dessert concoctions available, but stop in Chocolate Afternoon Tea (11am-3pm) for a fabulous cup of hot chocolate.