Charlotte's Best Openings of Summer

Charlotte's Best Openings of Summer

Monday, Jun 27 2016

Charlotte's eating and drinking scene is booming! With opening after opening, it's hard to keep tabs on every new spot. Take a look at 11 of the city's most buzzed-about new eating and drinking options, and get ready to sip and sample the summer away!

Craft Your Path at Blue Blaze Brewing at Blue Blaze Brewing
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Craft Your Path at Blue Blaze Brewing

Blue Blaze Brewing is the first brewery in Charlotte to blaze the way into west Charlotte. Head over to enjoy one of their five flagship beers in a sleek taproom with trail vibes.

Craft Your Path at Blue Blaze Brewing
$   .  Blue Blaze Brewing   .  Charlotte
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Salivate Over Moo & Brew at 1300 Central Ave
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Salivate Over Moo & Brew

What beats a good burger paired with a good beer? The folks at Moo & Brew don't think much can, so they opened up a burger joint with a passion for great beer and good times. Come out for absurdities like the LargeMarge, a Bloody Mary topped with an Angus burger, applewood bacon, fried green tomatoes and more.

Salivate Over Moo & Brew
$$   .  1300 Central Ave   .  Charlotte
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Grab a Coffee at Hex Espresso Bar at HEX Espresso Bar
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Grab a Coffee at Hex Espresso Bar

Hex transitioned from a pop-up coffee shop to a brick-and-mortar. Find their espresso bar inside Good Bottle Co. for delicious coffee bevs Wednesday–Saturday, plus waffles on Saturday. This beauty is a Shandy—lemonade, muddled mint and simple syrup topped with cold brew—perfect for cooling down on a hot summer day.

Grab a Coffee at Hex Espresso Bar
$   .  HEX Espresso Bar   .  Charlotte
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Cheers To Charlotte's Largest Rooftop Bar at City Lights Rooftop Bar
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Cheers To Charlotte's Largest Rooftop Bar

City Lights Rooftop Bar is elevating cocktail hour. Sitting on the 19th floor of Le Meridien in Uptown Charlotte, this rooftop bar offers unparalleled views paired with summertime cocktails like the instant favorite, a popsicle dunked in Prosecco.

Cheers To Charlotte's Largest Rooftop Bar
$$   .  City Lights Rooftop Bar   .  Charlotte
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Cool Off With Cocktails & Cabanas at Craft City Social Club at Craft City Social Club
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Cool Off With Cocktails & Cabanas at Craft City Social Club

Craft City Social Club is your only chance to take your drinking poolside in Uptown. Located inside Second Ward's Sheraton Hotel, the poolside club offers cabana rentals, giant Jenga and craft bevs.

Cool Off With Cocktails & Cabanas at Craft City Social Club
$$   .  Craft City Social Club   .  Charlotte
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Find NC Beer & Music Heaven at Flight at Flight
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Find NC Beer & Music Heaven at Flight

When you're Uptown and you tire of neon lights and cover charges, find refuge at Flight, a rustic beer and music hall featuring a massive selection of NC beer on tap.

Find NC Beer & Music Heaven at Flight
$   .  Flight   .  Charlotte
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Caffeinate at Not Just Coffee at HQ Charlotte at Packard Place
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Caffeinate at Not Just Coffee at HQ Charlotte

Not Just Coffee delivers delicious pour overs, espresso bevs and teas. But NJC is bringing more than its passion for craft coffee to this new Uptown space, it's also bringing a dank small food menu featuring the likes of avocado toast.

Caffeinate at Not Just Coffee at HQ Charlotte
$   .  Packard Place   .  Charlotte
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Dig Into Thai Street Food at Rai Lay at Rai Lay
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Dig Into Thai Street Food at Rai Lay

Rai Lay Thai brings delicious Thai food to South End, but don't expect just the typical Pad Thai—the menu will reflect the eats you might find while strolling the streets of Thailand.

Dig Into Thai Street Food at Rai Lay
$$   .  Rai Lay   .  Charlotte
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Eat Fresh & Clean at Rico's Acai at Rico's Acai
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Eat Fresh & Clean at Rico's Acai

Rico's Acai produces gorgeous, gourmet bowls inspired by the Brazilian berry. Stop by their new spot in 7th Street Public Market for healthy bowls packed with energizing superfoods.

Eat Fresh & Clean at Rico's Acai
$   .  Rico's Acai   .  Charlotte
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Cool Down at the King of Pops POP SHOP at King of Pops
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Cool Down at the King of Pops POP SHOP

Recognized around Charlotte for their pop-up coolers and rainbow umbrellas, King of Pops finally has a brick-and-mortar store! Stop by their new South End shop for some sweet summertime goodness.

Cool Down at the King of Pops POP SHOP
$   .  King of Pops   .  Charlotte
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Past Experiences

Gorge Yourself on Joe's Doughs at Joe's Doughs
Photo by @CLTchomp

Gorge Yourself on Joe's Doughs

After months of hosting pop-up shops all over Charlotte, Joe's Doughs has a home to call its own! Stop by the NoDa storefront for freshly made donuts in unique flavors. Sign us up for one of each!

Gorge Yourself on Joe's Doughs
$   .  Joe's Doughs   .  Charlotte
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Charlotte's Best Openings of Summer
Charlotte's Best Openings of Summer