Charlotte NightlifePeople in Charlotte enjoy a night on the town, especially after a sporting event, but they also revel in more intimate lounges and local watering holes. Many bars and clubs can be found in Uptown as well as the trendy area around NoDa, aka North Davidson Street, where you can find live music and restaurants open late. Nightclubs that offer entertainment may charge a cover; phone ahead and confirm cover, hours, entertainment and dress code before you go.
Celebrate the Game
The Epicentre (210 E. Trade St.) is the place to go at night, especially on game days. With LYNX light rail and the Spectrum Center right there, you can cheer on the team while indulging responsibly. Options include bowling at Strike City, toasting the score at the Rooftop 210 bar and enjoying the upscale nightclub and lounge at Suite Charlotte. For dueling pianos, there's no better place than Howl at the Moon; phone (704) 936-4695.
Entertainment in NoDa
NoDa, or North Davidson Street, is a must if you’re looking for things to see. This is where to find trendy local restaurants and bars, many of which sport spectacular murals. One popular venue is NoDa Company Store (3221 Yadkin Ave.), which sells a large selection of craft beers and features a stage out back with plenty of space to dance. Check ahead for live performances; phone (980) 859-0441.
Are you looking for things for couples to do this weekend? Reserve seats at The Charlotte Comedy Theater (2909 N. Davidson St.) and laugh with your date over this local ensemble’s zany antics; phone (803) 548-6824.
Upscale Nightlife in Charlotte
Tilt on Trade, 127 W Trade St., is where you'll find young professionals unwinding after hours working in Charlotte. Converse, sip handcrafted cocktails or enjoy some live entertainment. Note that dress code is enforced, so dress to impress. Phone (704) 347-4870.
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North Carolina has a 4.75 percent state sales tax; Mecklenburg County levies an additional 2 percent sales tax. Mecklenburg County also levies an 8 percent occupancy tax for lodging, a 1 percent prepared food and beverage tax and an 8 percent tax for rental cars.
(704) 336-7600. Info hotline: 311
Atrium Health University City, (704) 863-6000; Carolinas Medical Center, (704) 355-2000; Carolinas Medical Center-Mercy, (704) 304-5000; Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center, (704) 384-4000.
501 S. College St. Charlotte, NC 28202. Phone:(704)339-6040 or (800)231-4636
Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) is 6 miles west of the city on Josh Birmingham Parkway, and is accessible from Billy Graham Parkway or Wilkinson Boulevard. A hub for American Airlines, the airport is served by other major airlines as well; phone (704) 359-4910. If you're looking for things to do this weekend, check AAA.com or ask a AAA Travel Agent about airline tickets—sometimes available as part of a AAA Vacations® package.
Hertz, 5489 Josh Birmingham Pkwy., offers discounts to AAA members; phone (704) 359-0114 or (800) 654-3080.
Amtrak, (800) 872-7245, has a station at 1914 N. Tryon St.
A Greyhound station serves Charlotte at 601 W. Trade St.; phone (704) 372-0456.
Cabs are metered and charge a base fare of around $2.50, plus approximately $2.50 per mile or 50c per minute when the vehicle drops below 15 miles per hour. These companies operate from the airport's queue—City Cab, (704) 333-3327; Crown Cab, (704) 334-6666; Green Cab, (704) 777-1117; and Yellow Cab, (980) 785-1405; they all increase the base fare $2 per person for more than two passengers.
Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS), (704) 336-7433, serves the city with more than 70 local and express routes. One-way fare is $2.20; $1.10 (children in kindergarten through grade 12, ages 62+ and the physically impaired); free (ages 0-5). Express fare (buses pick up in a limited area and travel directly to Uptown) is $3; $1.50 (children in kindergarten through grade 12, ages 62+ and the physically impaired); free (ages 0-5). Transfers from local to express are 80c; local to local transfers are free.