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Apr 10, 2011 07:55 PM

Cocktails in Charlotte

I've wanted to go have drinks with friends here in town, but haven't really seen any threads recommending places to go. Is there anywhere in town with decent bartenders, and real drinks?

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  1. My favorite spot for drinks is the bar at the Ritz. I have a standing meeting with friends upstairs at Dandelion Market most Fridays. We love Cidi, the bartender.

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    1. re: southernitalian

      I love the bar at the Ritz also, SI. Great crafted cocktails (not NYC worthy, but as close as you'll get in Charlotte). They also have another bar in the hotel up on the 15th floor called Urban Sip. It's not been open all that long but they are serving many wines by the glass that you will not find anywhere else in the city. Like Opus one, Far Niente, Dom, etc. Also an extensive & impressive list of single malt scotches. Check it out:

      Another option with decent cocktails and apps is Soul Gastrolounge. More laid back than The Ritz but with a great atmosphere in the heart of Plaza-Midwood. Any place in town that serves St. Germain cocktails is trying to keep up (even though St. Germain is SO 2 yrs ago). ;-)

      1. re: lynnlato

        I'm so 2000 and late, I have no idea what "St. Germain" means. I'm going to add 300 East.

        300 East
        300 East Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28203

        1. re: southernitalian

          It's an elderflower liqueur. :)

          Ooh, I like the bar at Carpe Diem too. Also, that sushi place at the epicentre had a nice bar and lounge area.

          1. re: lynnlato

            My boycott of the Epicenter continues but I was thinking the bar at Chima is very shmancy. Also Blue has a beautiful bar area. Depending on what part of the city the OP is in, the Cosmos out on Blakeney has a great bar that's always packed (w/cougars, but still...). Ironically, the bar I probably spend the most time in in Charlotte is at Eddie's Place in Cotswold. I have a standing meeting there for a board I'm on. They make a great Bloody Mary.

            1. re: southernitalian

              Intermezzo also serves great cocktails. And I think tonight is half-priced martini night. Hmmmm ... that gives me an idea.

              1. re: southernitalian

                I was going to add that I was hoping that I could avoid the Epicentre, both for overpricing and far too many "cool" kids.

                1. re: Nocturnalbill

                  Avoid! Avoid! Vida wasn't that obnoxious because it's right there on the corner and you don't have to go into the bowels of the Epicenter.

                  1. re: southernitalian

                    Good to know. The parking alone horrifies me as it is.

      2. The return of the cocktail has not hit Charlotte yet, but there are plenty of great patios and beautiful places to enjoy. The new restaurant Halcyon at the Mint Museum would be my first stop. Gorgeous patio. Bentley's on 27th (drinks only), WXYZ bar at the Aloft hotel, Twenty Two on Central Ave. and bloody marys at Zada Janes. Couple of places on North Davidson, Growlers (beer pub) Jack Beagles (neighborhood bar, tiny back patio, nothing fancy) Revolution (pizza, great outdoor seating)

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        1. re: waitress

          I love the patio at Halcyon and can't wait to get up there again for dinner, but it's not really a place to go for just drinks. It's pretty much a food-focused kind of place. They have a small bar, but it's small and people are either eating there or are packed in there to get a drink while waiting for their table. Maybe on a Monday or Tuesday night it's not so bustling with diners?

          1. re: lynnlato

            My boycott of the Epicenter ended abruptly when my boss' boss suggested we got to Vida last night for drinks. It was PACKED! Uptown is crowded every night of the week these days. Love to see it.

            1. re: southernitalian

              That's great that it's progressed from the ghost town it's been for far too long. Now, if they would just get some retail... ;-)