Goodbye loud crowds, parties and shots…

You’re looking for something more sophisticated and low-key.

Here are our top picks for where to grab a drink when you’re a grown-up (or want to act like a grown-up) in Charlotte. 


4905 Ashley Park Lane, Suite J

The Drink: Ashley Lane

The Deets: Citadelle Gin + PAMA Pomegranate + Mint + Lime

The Scoop: Known for their extensive list of wines and wine classes, Corkbuzz also has some killer craft cocktails that are a must try. We recommend complimenting those cocktails with one of their daily pizza specials.


4310 Sharon Road

The Drink: The TOPO Crack Up

The Deets: TOPO Gin + Cardamon Honey + Freshly Squeezed Lime + Cracked Black Pepper

The Scoop: This Gourmet Burger & Sushi Fusion Restaurant features a variety of unique cocktails that are as delicious as they are beautiful. Stop by and learn the story of how Burgushi came to be and the background of this unique establishment.


3106 N. Davidson Street

The Drink: Love Potion #10

The Deets: Vodka + Lemon + Rose Syrup + Champagne

The Scoop: Always ask for the floral ice, which has been carefully crafted by Carleen Hughes. We highly recommend staying for dinner, as most folks have said that this establishment houses the BEST FRIED CHICKEN they’ve ever had the pleasure of eating.


204 North Tryon Street

The Drink: Amazing Grace

The Deets: Spiced Rum + Strawberry + Peach + Mango + Lime + Black Tea Shrub

The Scoop: 204 North’s seasonal libations menu is brought to you by the talented Amanda Britton, who we recently gushed about here. When you’re seeking a relaxing atmosphere with delicious drinks and comfort food, look no further than this uptown eatery & cocktail bar.


100 West Trade Street

The Drink: QC Corpse Reviver

The Deets: Yellow Chartreuse + St. Germaine + Lillet Blanc + Fresh Lemon Juice + Sombra Mezcal

The Scoop: Stoke’s, swanky meets rustic, bar in uptown houses 24 rotating craft brews & ciders on tap, as well as an extensive list of refined small-batch cocktails. Located inside the recently renovated Marriott, Stoke’s bar and restaurant offer an elegant experience like none other in Charlotte. Make sure to say hello to their very own master & creator of libations, Disean Burns, and tell him Scoop sent you.

300 EAST

300 East Boulevard

The Drinks: Sunday Drink Specials include 1/2 Off Bottles of Wine + $4.50 Mimosas & Bloody Mary’s + Bellinis

The Deets: Sunday Brunch is served between 10am – 3pm.

The Scoop: Guests can expect an elegantly served brunch with choices that range from Beignets to Baked Marinated Vermont Goat Cheese. Pair these dishes with a glass of bubbly from the bar and you’ve got yourself a match made in the culinary heavens.


201 East Trade Street

The Drink: Vanilla Tequila Manhattan

The Deets: Milagro Tequila + Liquor 43 + Antica Formula + Angostura Bitters

The Scoop: This hidden gem is located on the 15th floor of the Ritz Carlton. The Punch Room specializes in custom-made libations that go way beyond the traditional, familiar menu. Larry Suggs mans the ship when Bob Peters is traveling, so make sure to say hello and tell him Scoop sent you.

Insider Tip: Want to know why their fresh herbs for cocktails taste so flavorful and fresh? Most are grown on their very own rooftop garden.


330 North Tryon Street

The Drink: (current obsession) Sazerac

The Deets: Classic Rye & Cognac Cocktail served in an Absinthe rinsed glass + Orange Peel garnish.

The Scoop: This speakeasy inspired saloon serves a variety of sophisticated craft cocktails that change seasonally. Whisk away to the era of the “Roaring Twenties” that were defined by glitz, glamour and booze. The Cellar at Duckworth’s offers a twist of classic cocktails that embrace the spirit of the olden days and leave you feeling as if you’ve entered a time machine.


601 South College Street

The Drink: Farmer’s Market Cocktail

The Deets: Bombay Sapphire Gin + Lemon Juice + Fennel Syrup + Balsamic Vinegar + Club Soda + Basil + Heirloom Tomato

The Scoop: It’s officially patio season and we immensely enjoy sippin’ on JP Charlotte’s crafted cocktails along with a board of their local cured meats & cheeses. The Farmer’s Market Cocktail embraces the flavors of the season and features locally grown herbs & produce.




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