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Charlotte's 25 Most Popular Spots of 2017, Ranked by You +608 fire icon
Wednesday, Jan 03 2018

We know 2017 was a bit of a hot garbage fire, but you Offline users made the best of it—just like we knew you would. Y’all got out there in 2017: you nerded out over Cat Cafés, shopped the pop-ups ’till you dropped and got boozy early thanks to Brunch Bill.

But now you need some inspo to get started on 2018. Luckily, your fellow Offline users have spoken and we listened. Check out our roundup of 2017’s 25 most beloved restaurants, bars, places to hang—all according to you.

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#1 Get Away at SouthBound

Brand new SoCal inspired restaurant, SouthBound, is bringing the flavor and style of Southern California to the heart of South End.

Get Away at SouthBound
$   .  SouthBound   .  Charlotte
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#2 Take a Break at Recess

Charlotte's newest gastrolounge wants you to relive the glory days of recess—but with a drink in your hand! Come out to Recess to eat Asian-inspired tapas, drink fishbowl margs and play all the games.

Take a Break at Recess
$$   .  Recess   .  Charlotte
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#3 NOW OPEN: Mac Tabby Cat Café

Charlotte's first cat cafe has officially opened in NoDa. Head to the new space to enjoy coffee, beer and, of course, cats! Reserve a time slot to see 10-15 adoptable cats will be roaming around.

NOW OPEN: Mac Tabby Cat Café
$   .  Mac Tabby Cat Cafe   .  Charlotte
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#4 Live It Up With Live Jazz at The Imperial

Head to The Imperial to warm up with whiskey-spiked hot cider, heated tents on the roof and live jazz music in the cocktail lounge. Sounds like the perfect way to ease into the weekend.

Live It Up With Live Jazz at The Imperial
$   .  The Imperial   .  Charlotte
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#5 Roll into Dessert with Nom Nom's Rolled Ice Cream

Located near Victoria's Secret and Fabletics, Nom Nom will be Charlotte's first rolled ice cream shop. This store is expected to open 5/30/2017.

Roll into Dessert with Nom Nom's Rolled Ice Cream
$   .  Nom Nom   .  Charlotte
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#6 Sip & Sweat on Sundays at Lenny Boy

Grab your mat, water bottle and a towel (because you will definitely be sweating) every Sunday for Sip & Sweat! Challenge yourself to this 60- minute bootcamp and be rewarded with a free 6oz kombucha!

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Sip & Sweat on Sundays at Lenny Boy
$5   .  Lenny Boy Brewing   .  Charlotte
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#7 Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth at Jolly Rolls Ice Cream

Step 1: Choose from 21 signature flavors. Step 2: Jolly Rolls hand rolls your ice cream right before your eyes! Step 3: Enjoy! Bonus, the unique treat takes less than two minutes to craft.

Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth at Jolly Rolls Ice Cream
$   .  Jolly Rolls Ice Cream   .  Matthews
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#8 Hyde Brewing & Suffolk Punch Bring Craft Beer, Coffee & Fermentation Lab

Hyde Brewing brings a craft brewery, a craft coffee shop and fermentation lab to South End (right off The Rail Trail) at New Bern Station, plus a partner restaurant, The Suffolk Punch.

Hyde Brewing & Suffolk Punch Bring Craft Beer, Coffee & Fermentation Lab
$   .  Hyde Brewing   .  Charlotte
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#10 Treat Your Taste Buds to Ninety's Sandwiches & Ice Cream

Enjoy Ninety's sweet treats and good eats! Best known for their Macaroon Ice Cream Sandwiches and cereal milkshakes, they also serve a full menu of burgers, salads and wraps.

Treat Your Taste Buds to Ninety's Sandwiches & Ice Cream
$   .  Ninety's Sandwiches & Ice Cream   .  Charlotte
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#11 Free Your Soul with Soul Sunday at Snug Harbor

Join Snug Harbor every third Sunday of the month to ease and rejuvenate your soul. While you're there, check out Diggers Delight and their crates of vinyl records for sale or trade.

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Free Your Soul with Soul Sunday at Snug Harbor
Free   .  Snug Harbor   .  Charlotte
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#12 Sip & Search at Subsecreto

Nestled in First Ward, Subsecreto is a spot serving up craft coffee and curiosity. The brainchild of two creatives, the space is inspired by secrets, magic and the exploration of the unknown.

Sip & Search at Subsecreto
$   .  Subsecreto   .  Charlotte
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#13 Find It All at ROOTS Café

ROOTs Café brings it all—breakfast, lunch and dinner, grab-n-go options, coffee, draft beer, wine by the glass and bottle, all in a comfortable setting that'll make you want to settle in stay awhile.

Find It All at ROOTS Café
$   .  ROOTS Cafe   .  Charlotte
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#14 NOW OPEN: 19th Floor Rooftop Bar, Merchant & Trade

Merchant & Trade promises a gorgeous cocktail program crafted with NC-produced spirits paired with sweeping views of Uptown Charlotte from the 19th floor for the Kimpton Hotel.

Dine In The Sky at Merchant & Trade
$$   .  Merchant & Trade   .  Charlotte
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#16 A Members-Only Speakeasy to Park Road's Back Lot

Dot Dot Dot, a members-only speakeasy, is set to open in the Back Lot of Park Road Shopping Center mid-June. Here's how to become a member before they open, details on their 12 house rules and more!

A Members-Only Speakeasy to Park Road's Back Lot
$$   .  Dot Dot Dot   .  Charlotte
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#17 Settle in for a Pint at Salud Cerveceria

An experiment in homebrewing is now Charlotte's newest brewery! Salud Cerveceria, an extension of Salud Beer Shop will serve as a hub of creativity in NoDa, both in brewing and energy

Settle in for a Pint at Salud Cerveceria
$   .  Salud Cerveceria   .  Charlotte
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#18 Get Your Gelato Double Dipped at Popbar

Choose your pop base (gelato, sorbet or yogurt), pick your dip (white, dark or milk chocolate), choose your 'poppings' (from sprinkles to cereal), then watch the Popologist create your pop and enjoy!

Get Your Gelato Double Dipped at Popbar
$   .  Popbar   .  Charlotte
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#19 Lift Heavy Weights at Sugar Creek's Crossfit Class

Every Wednesday, lift and repeat at Sugar Creek Brewing's free crossfit class. Expect to work hard then rehydrate in the taproom... if you can still lift your arms.

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Lift Heavy Weights at Sugar Creek's Crossfit Class
Free   .  Sugar Creek Brewing   .  Charlotte
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#20 Geek Out with Thirsty Nomad Brewing

Join Thirsty Nomad every Thursday for trivia where they will focus on hard hitting themes like Harry Potter, Star Trek and Disney. Trivia is free but be sure to RSVP because space is limited.

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Geek Out with Thirsty Nomad Brewing
Free   .  Thirsty Nomad Brewing   .  Charlotte
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#21 NOW OPEN: Bulgogi Box

Charlotte, get ready to dig into delicious Korean barbecue! Bulgogi Box is bringing delicious, authentic Korean-Style BBQ and signature cocktails to Camden Gallery in South End!

NOW OPEN: Bulgogi Box
$   .  Bulgogi Box   .  Charlotte
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#22 Find Craft Coffee at Trade and Lore

Trade and Lore comes from the mind behind popular NoDa spot The Daily Press (it operated in The Evening Muse). Now with a new name and home, they're doing the same thing—making creative coffee.

Find Craft Coffee at Trade and Lore
$   .  Trade and Lore   .  Charlotte
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#23 Experience Top-Notch Tacos & Tequila at RuRu's

RuRu's tacos are named for famous cult comedies, while the Spanish Villa setting screams elegance, confused? It'll all make sense once you're on the patio sipping a house infused tequila.

Experience Top-Notch Tacos & Tequila at RuRu's
$$   .  RuRu's Tacos & Tequila   .  Charlotte
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#24 Double the Sweetness at Two Scoops Creamery

Two Scoops offers 32+ fresh churned, homemade year round flavors as well as scores of seasonal flavors! All of the recipes are family secrets—made with all natural ingredients and love.

Double the Sweetness at Two Scoops Creamery
$   .  Two Scoops Creamery   .  Charlotte
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#9 Carve Up the Winter Wonderland Ice Skating Rink at South Park

Glide into the new year at South Park Mall, where a pop-up, open-air Winter Wonderland exhibit will include a 5,000 square foot ice skating rink, live music and festive, seasonal activities.

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Carve Up the Winter Wonderland Ice Skating Rink at South Park
$12+   .  Southpark Mall   .  Charlotte
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#15 Twerk for Your Beer at Lenny Boy

Good things come to those who twerk for it! Get your twerk on every Wednesday night with Kara Vasseur as she guides you through an hour of high energy dance moves! After class enjoy a free kombucha.

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Twerk for Your Beer at Lenny Boy
$5   .  Lenny Boy Brewing Co.   .  Charlotte
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#25 Explore Charlotte's High Fashion Scene at 'Charlotte Collects'

If you think your closet is on point, take a whirl around 'Charlotte Collets' and think again. The Mint's exhibit highlights sartorial splendor from the closets of 11 local high fashion collectors.

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Explore Charlotte's High Fashion Scene at 'Charlotte Collects'
$   .  Mint Museum RANDOLPH   .  Charlotte
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