Charlotte's skyline is always changing; Forbes has ranked the Queen City No. 8 on its list of the next biggest boom towns in the U.S. Whether you want to keep tabs on the city's growth or just hang out with a great cocktail, elevated cuisine and good company, you'll want to sink into these gorgeous rooftop environs.
City Lights Rooftop
Charlotte's largest rooftop bar and the only with a full 360-degree view of Queen City, Uptown's City Lights Rooftop is a great place to raise a glass and drink in the skyline's lights. The bar is known for its Sparkle & Pop creations—add a fun kick to your champagne with a popsicle in your glass. There's also a lengthy list of craft beers and specialty cocktails. Thinking of popping the question? Email the staff—they'll help you create a night to remember.
Fan the flames of passion at chef Rocco Whalen's Fahrenheit, where new American cuisine meets an extensive list of wines, craft cocktails and sights that put you in the midst of the city's skyline. You'll find the seasonal herb garden on the rooftop, along with linear fire pits that add drama to Uptown evenings. It's also a great place for brunch and to watch the game.
This relaxed lounge is a haven for those who love a good cocktail, and weekend jazz performances only enhance the vibe—both the music and ingredients are locally sourced. There's nine signature martinis alone; classic drinks such as Tom Collins', Manhattans and Mint Juleps also rule the roost. Heat lamps on this Uptown rooftop make it the perfect year-round spot.
Merchant & Trade
Those who love a sleek, modern aesthetic should head to Uptown's Merchant & Trade—its rooftop terrace is filled with lush foliage, modern furnishings and soft lighting. Kick back and enjoy the custom play lists, craft cocktails and nosh on tasty snacks such as parmesan black kale chips, lobster corn dogs and blue crab rolls from chef Robert Hoffman.
Nestled in the heart of Uptown is EpiCentre's Rooftop 210, a special-events venue with contemporary design and city views that don't quit. It's home to Alive After Five, Charlotte's largest happy hour and free entertainment celebration on Thursday nights.
The Peculiar Rabbit
Sometimes a little distance makes all the difference. That's the case at this gastropub; its Plaza Midwood location affords a great vantage point for Uptown views. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the packed events calendar and the innovative menu, which includes items such as sweet tea-brined wings, avocado fries, steak bahn-mis and turkey chorizo burgers.
Also in Plaza Midwood is this stylish pub with a festive rooftop. Whiskey Warehouse delights with half-priced happy hour appetizers M-F, weekend brunch Sa-Su from 10 am, daily drink specials and views of the city that appear they were framed just for you.