24 hours is nowhere near enough time to explore everything Charlotte has to offer, but it was just enough to hit three of the more popular areas: Uptown, Montford, and NoDa.
Uptown Charlotte is like the downtown of most cities. It’s the business hub of the area with tall buildings and restaurants that are pretty much dead on the weekends. However, it is home to the Epicentre, a hot nightlife destination with plenty of live music, bars, and entertainment. Being a loyal Marriott gal, our hotel for the night was the Charlotte Marriott Uptown City Center. The lobby and lounge were recently renovated and are chic, modern, and host to a stylish bar and coffee shop.
We wandered away from Uptown as the sun began to set and headed towards Montford street. Montford is a cool, trendy strip with a bowling alley (with a bar), and a bunch of restaurants, bars, and club many of which have live music or karaoke. It’s a very popular area that draws some intense crowds. The typical game plan is to hop from bar to bar till close.
Prior to joining in on the bar hopping, we enjoyed a lovely dinner of tapas at Good Food on Montford. The food lived up to their name. We sampled the Steamed Bun with five spice rubbed pork belly, hoisin, and pickled vegetables; Pork Carnitas with sweet potato arepas, goat cheese, jalepeno, pomegranate, and BBQ sauce; and Shrimp with purple sweet potato risotto and apple chutney. And for dessert, coconut pie! Everything was completely on point.
The following day we dragged ourselves from bed and headed over to Whiskey Warehouse for a mimosa brunch on their rooftop patio. The Whiskey Poppers were amazing, but the Huevos de Guatemala left something to be desired. The mimosas, bloody mary bar, and atmosphere were perfect for the morning after a night out on the town.
Post brunch, and our last area of Charlotte to explore, was North Davidson, or NoDa. This hip, artsy area is home to Dog Bar (yes, this is a dog friendly bar), Smelly Cat Coffee, and PopBar (delicious custom gelato bars), among other crafty shops and foodie spots. Off the main street, it becomes residential with houses and newer condo buildings.
While 24 was still too short, we did manage to see quite a bit of Charlotte and get a lot of tasty eats in the process! If you’re heading to Charlotte and tight on time, I recommend check out these neighborhoods. Readers, please feel free to add any other recommendations to the comments.