Charlotteans are good at finding the perfect balance between work and play. Once the clock strikes five, head to one of our top picks for Charlotte’s best happy hours. The round-up is sorted by neighborhood, making it easy for you to find your fit no matter where you are in the Queen City.
Everyone has a favorite spot, and there are almost too many to name in one article. We’ll be updating this round up over time, so please comment below if we missed your favorite so we can add in for all to enjoy.
Fran’s Filling Station
2410 Park Road
The scoop: Head to this Dilworth favorite for half price bottles of wine Monday-Thursday, plus a $50 prix fixe menu that includes one appetizer, two entrées and a bottle of wine, also Monday-Thursday.
More weekly specials:
- Monday: $3 local beers on draft
- Tuesday: $10 flatbreads every Monday
Dilworth Tasting Room
300 East Tremont Ave.
The scoop: Whether toasting on the lush garden patio or from inside the beautifully appointed tasting room, this neighborhood favorite has all the making of a perfect happy hour, from weekly specials to sharable plates and wine retail options to continue celebrating at home.
- Monday: Login to the wifi for featured wine specials
- Tuesday: Enjoy a free charcuterie board with a wine flight purchase
- Thursday: Half off select bottles of Rosé through September, followed by half off Cabernet Sauvignon
The Summit Room
1531 East Blvd.
The scoop: Nestled into Dilworth’s popular East Boulevard, The Summit Room offers a shaded patio for a happy hour al fresco, plus a full menu of chef-driven dishes if you plan to stay for dinner. Sip from a rocking chair on the porch for ultimate relaxation.
- Mondays: $6 glasses of wine
- Tuesday: $8 Crafted Margaritas
- Wednesday: $25 wine bottles
- Thursday: $8 Summit cocktails
1608 East Blvd.
Scoop: Cozy up to the bar and enjoy $6 small plates and spreads from 3-6 p.m. every weekday.
- Monday: $6 martinis
- Tuesday: Half off wine bottles
- Wednesday: Half off whiskey, Bourbon and Scotch
- Thursday: $6 craft cocktails
Queen and Glass
1315 East Blvd.
The scoop: For an elevated and intimate take on happy hour, seek out Queen and Glass, tucked behind The People’s Market on East Boulevard. Choosing from their cocktail menu may just be the hardest you’ll work after clocking out for the day; original spirits include Catherine The Great (New Amsterdam gin, muddled watermelon, Thai basil syrup, lime, topped with soda) and The Victoria (Titos vodka, St. Germain, muddled blueberry, topped with Prosecco). Nibble on the tenderloin carpaccio (thinly sliced beef tenderloin, frisée, black pepper, sea salt, manchego, lemon dijon aioli), flatbreads and an array of spreads and small plates.
1961 East 7th St.
The scoop: Stop in to enjoy small plates on the ever-evolving menu and cocktails by Mixologist Alison Adkins.
1957 E 7th St.
The scoop: A go-to for cocktails and bites, The Crunkleton offers beverage options for everyone plus $1 oysters on Monday. The bar opens Monday-Friday at 5 p.m.
366 N. Caswell Rd.
The scoop: In the heart of Elizabeth, Caswell Station’s patio fills with happy hour patrons flocking towards weekly food and drink specials (they offer half price appetizers Monday-Friday from 4 – 6 p.m.), plus music bingo and trivia on select nights.
- Weekdays: Half price appetizers 4 – 6 p.m.
- Monday: $2 domestics, $4 well drinks, $.75 wings
- Tuesday: Half off flatbreads, $3 pints, $6 Don Julio
- Wednesday: $8 burgers, $3.50 NC drafts, $6 Crown & Down, 1/2 price bottles of wine
- Thursday: Any taco for $3, $3 Modelo, Tecate & Coronas
- Friday: Chef’s Special, $6 You Call It’s
1609 Elizabeth Ave.
The scoop: For a casual happy hour atmosphere, plus the ability to pick up dinner for later, look no further than Earl’s Grocery. Earl’s offers wine and beer, plus cheese, charcuterie and sharable spreads.
MYERS PARK & MONTFORD PARK
Napa on Providence
110 Perrin Pl.
The scoop: A popular daily happy hour special earns Napa on Providence a well-deserved spot on our list. In the bar and on the patio, enjoy food and drink specials priced from $5-7 from 5-7 p.m. Sunday – Friday.
512 Brandywine Rd.
The scoop: Perfectly situated along the greenway, yet conveniently accessible behind Park Road Shopping Center, ROCKSALT is a go-to happy hour spot for seafood lovers. Their $1 Oyster Happy Hour happens each Monday through Friday from 3 – 7 p.m.
- Monday: $10 Craft Cocktails
- Tuesday: $5 Local Drafts
- Wednesday: W.O.W Cocktail $10
- Thursday: 1/2 off Wine Bottles
4201 Park Rd.
The scoop: At Co, enjoy Asian fusion small plates and bites on their happy hour menu, available Monday through Friday 4 – 7 p.m. On Tuesdays and Thursday, they also have half off Makimono rolls.
- Monday: $5 martinis
- Tuesday: Half off sake carafes
- Wednesday: $5 specialty cocktails
- Thursday: Half off sake carafes
2801 Selwyn Ave.
The scoop: This neighborhood go-to has a healthy happy hour following. After work, choose a bottle of red or White House wine for just $15 (Monday – Friday). Plus, don’t forget their famous transfusions are $5 every day.
Harris Teeter Myers Park Wine Bar
1015 Providence Rd.
The scoop: Could one of the neighborhood’s best happy hour spots be inside of a grocery store? You bet. Find neighbors and friends upstairs at the bar sipping on drink specials.
2909 N. Davidson St #200
The scoop: A popular brewery for happy hour, Heist Brewery boasts a menu perfect for sharing from small plates, flatbreads, open faced pork sliders to beer cheese with house-made pretzels.
3120 N. Davidson St.
The scoop: A favorite in the NoDa ‘hood for brews and pub fare, Growlers Pourhouse serves $2 PBRs everyday, plus half price cans and $7 wings on Wednesdays. Other sharable plates include the cheese plate (chef’s selection of cheese with crostinis & mustarda), smoked peanut hummus with warm pita plus poutine (hand cut, twice-fried french fries covered with gravy, cheese curds and bacon).
3213 N. Davidson St.
The scoop: Visit JackBeagle’s on Monday, Wednesday or Thursday to enjoy these weekly specials:
- Monday: $5 Cuervo Margaritas and $2.50 Mexican Beers
- Tuesday: $3 craft drafts, $5 Red Bull and vodka
$1 off Jumbo Wings (dine in only)
$1 off all whiskey
$3 Select Craft Beers
$6 Deep Eddie & Red Bull
Resident Culture Brewing Company
2101 Central Ave.
The scoop: If a brewery is more your style, take in the hip yet casual vibe at Resident Culture Brewery. Grab a pint of beer (unique small batch options abound), a glass of cider or wine and settle in on the patio or inside the taproom. A daily food truck line-up is posted to their Facebook page.
The Bohemian: A Wine Bar
1319 Pecan Ave.
The scoop: Expect a laid-back vibe with fun decor (even zebra print barstools) and wine retail featuring more than 100 bottles to enjoy on site or take home. While you sip, enjoy cheese and charcuterie boards and flatbreads from the kitchen. Open Wednesday-Thursday at 3 p.m., Friday-Sunday at noon.
1221 The Plaza
The scoop: Enjoy the picture-perfect rooftop city view, plus half price appetizers Monday through Friday 4 – 6 p.m.
- Monday: $3.50 Sam Adams Seasonal Draft and $5 George Dickel Lemonade
- Tuesday: $6 Classic Cocktails and $3 Mich Ultra
- Wednesday: $4 Drafts and $3 Sparkling Rose
- Thursday: 1/2 price glasses and bottles of wine and $3 Truly Cans
- Friday: $4 Corona & Corona Light and $6 Remix Classics
1500 Central Ave.
The scoop: A favorite for happy hour and beyond, Soul serves a menu of sharable plates and crafted cocktails in an atmosphere that’s the perfect blend of hip and cozy. Don’t miss the Asian glazed pork belly tacos on flour tortillas with watermelon salsa, flatbread with truffle whipped goat cheese, pistachio pesto, honey braised garlic and fresh arugula. Complement your sharables with cucumber mules on tap or another choice from the cocktail menu.
1531 Central Ave.
The scoop: Head to Workman’s Friend for cocktails, beers and Irish whiskeys. Grab a spot on the garden patio or inside the warm interior to enjoy small plates including mussels with white wine, garlic, thyme and tomato and the beet and goat cheese tower.
SOUTH CHARLOTTE & BALLANTYNE
7828-E Rea Road
The scoop: Head to this new South Charlotte hotspot to enjoy drinks specials and appetizers including fried calamari, bruschetta, steamed mussels and charcuterie. Opens daily at 4 p.m. for dinner.
- Monday: $3 Peroni
- Wednesday: $5 rose all day and $5 Pinot Project Rosè
- Thursday: $5 draft beers
- Friday: $5 Seasonal Cellos
11318 N Community House Rd.
The scoop: In Ballantyne, don’t miss half price apps Monday-Friday from 4-6 p.m. in addition to the following daily drink specials.
- Monday: $3 Wells, $3.50 Sam Adams Draft
- Tuesday: $4 Wine, $6 Specialty Cocktails and $3 Mich Ultra
- Wednesday: $3.50 Draft, $3 Sparkling Rose
- Thursday: $2 Domestic Cans, $5 Tito’s and $4 Truly
- Friday: $3.50 Corona & Corona Light, $5 Sofia Vergara
1328 Broadcloth St.
The scoop: In Fort Mill, Taco Molino is serving up margaritas, Palomas and tequila flights when the bars opens at 4 p.m. Monday – Saturday. Enjoy with sharable chips and salas, guacamole, quest or ceviche.
Chuy’s Tex Mex
7314 Waverly Walk Ave.
The scoop: Whether you’re stopping in for the free fully-loaded nacho car from 4 – 7 p.m. Monday – Friday or grabbing a drink before dinner, Chuy’s Tex Mex is a destination in the Waverly shopping center. View all daily food specials here.
- Monday: $1 off premium beers
- Tuesday: $1 off house grande ‘ritas
- Wednesday: $1 sangria
- Thursday: $1 off New Mexican Tinis
- Friday: $1 off The Original TX Tinis
CharBar No. 7 (Carmel location)
6300 Carmel Rd.
- Monday: $3.50 TecateLage, $5 Wells Drinks
- Tuesday: $3.50 Corona & Corona Light Bottles, $6 martinis
- Wednesday: Half price Select Bottles of Wine, $3.50 Founders All Day IPA
- Thursday: 75 cent wings, $7 Tito’s mules and old fashioned, $4 Blue Moon drafts
- Friday: $5 house margaritas and Fireball, $3.25 Miller Lite bottles
Bradshaw Social House
8440 Rea Rd.
The scoop: At Bradshaw Social House, enjoy multiple sharable options in a fun and lively atmosphere. Try the smoked whole wings, the Hefeweizen beer cheese with soft pretzel sticks and bacon-wrapped smoked jalapeños.
The Waterman Fish Bar
2729 South Blvd.
The scoop: Head to Topside, The Waterman’s rooftop bar, to enjoy sharables, boat drinks and $1 oysters Monday-Friday from 2-6 p.m.
1930 Camden Rd.
The scoop: Grab a spot at the indoor/outdoor bar and patio to enjoy $3 select small plates, $3 select brews and house wines and $6 select craft cocktails. Monday-Friday from 3-6 p.m.
Barcelona Wine Bar
101 W Worthington Ave. Ste. 110
The scoop: There’s no better place to indulge in happy hour than with Barcelona’s extensive wine list, cocktail options, tapas and build-your-own charcuterie. Open daily at 4 p.m.
235 W Tremont Ave.
The scoop: Enjoy the stunning interior decor or patio ambiance with a cocktail in hand. Try the Baby, Don’t be Chai champagne cocktail or the Pineapple Skies, a take on the classic French 75. Visit the host first, as their bar is seated-only.
Craft Tasting Room and Growler Shop
1320 S. Church St.
The scoop: One of our top picks for a happy hour in South End, Craft has a rotating chalkboard of beer and cider options, along with wine bottles and cans. Try multiple on Monday Flight Night, when a flight of five is just $8.50. When you get hungry, share a cheese or charcuterie board ($6 on Wednesdays) or one of their flatbread pizzas.
The Suffolk Punch
2911 Griffith St.
The scoop: Grab a seat at the bar, inside the rustic and beautiful dining room or outside on their sprawling patio to enjoy appetizers and small plates.
- Tuesday: Half price wine bottles
- Wednesday: $8 house cocktails
- Thursday: $3 select beer
The Broken Spoke
227 Southside Dr.
The scoop: Settle in to the cozy atmosphere at The Broken Spoke. Your whole crew will love sharing plates like the stuffed brie garlic bread (creamy brie stuffed into sliced ciabatta, topped with house made herb compound butter), various flatbreads and the charcuterie board (chef’s selection of cured meats and artisanal cheese, pickled veggies, spicy mustard and house made Bán Blackberry sauce).
The Wine Loft
2201 South Blvd.
The scoop: The Wine Loft lives up to its name with a wine to fit your palate and plates perfect for sharing. Try the tapas style appetizer plate ($35) which includes charcuterie and artisan cheese selections, roasted almonds, mushroom bruschetta, and caprese. Other plates include garlic feta dip and hummus with toasted whole grain pita, flatbreads, cheese and antipasto boards and more.
- Monday: Cabernet, chardonnay and red blend glasses are $6
- Tuesday: $6 well liquor drinks
- Wednesday: Half price martinis
- Thursday: Half price bottles of wine between $40-$100.
Seoul Food Meat Company
1400 S Church St.
The scoop: Grab a soju, a karaoke room (half price Sunday-Thursday) and $1 sides Monday-Thursday from 4-5 p.m.
Big Ben British Restaurant & Pub
2000 South Blvd.
The scoop: Hungry? You’re sure to find something on Big Ben’s happy hour food specials menu, available weekdays from 4-7 p.m.
- Monday: $6 Beer Cocktails, $2 off all Vodka
- Tuesday: $8 All Mules, half off all gin
- Wednesday: Half price bottles of wine
- Thursday: Half price specialty cocktails, $4 well drinks
- Friday: $5.50 Guinness & Crispin, $6 Red Bull & Vodka
4905 Ashley Park Ln.
The scoop: Corkbuzz is your go-to for a SouthPark happy hour. In addition to half price appetizers Monday-Friday from 4-6 p.m. (including their stuffed dates), enjoy daily drink specials.
Weekly drink specials:
- Monday: Half off wine bottles
- Tuesday: Half off wine by the glass
- Wednesday: Half off specialty cocktails
- Thursday: Half price glasses and bottles of rose
- Everyday: Three blind wines for $15
3920 Sharon Rd.
The scoop: Stop in to this newly-opened (but sure-to-be favorite) eatery for cocktails at the bar, including the Marcel Apertini made with freshly squeezed grapefruit, white lilet, Drambuie and dried fruit garnish. It’s the perfect pairing for the Octopus Gallego and Crispy Brussel Sprouts small plates. Opens for dinner daily at 4:30 p.m.
Reid’s Fine Foods SouthPark
4331 Barclay Downs Dr.
The scoop: The patio at Reid’s Fine Foods SouthPark is calling your name with plenty of sharable options (our picks are the mussels with green curry and coconut milk and the beer cheese and pretzel bites made with OMB Copper). View the full after-5 menu here. Your happy hour continues with half price glasses of wine on Wednesday, half price house cocktails on Thursday and live music on select nights.
6902 Phillips Place
The scoop: In Phillips Place, Upstream serves up a lively happy hour and impressive seafood specials all week, including half price oysters Tuesday – Thursday and unlimited sushi on Thursday.
- Monday: $1 East Coast oysters on the half shell (all day). Half price glasses of wine
- Tuesday: $8 specialty cocktails, half price oysters 4 – 6:30 p.m.
- Wednesday: Half price “by the glass” bottles, half price oysters 4 – 6:30 p.m.
- Thursday: Unlimited sushi ($24.95) in the bar and on the patio from 4 – 7 p.m., half price sake bottles, half price oysters 4 – 6:30 p.m.
4310 Sharon Rd.
The scoop: Happy hour has its own name at SouthPark newcomer Bulla Gastrobar. Bulla Hour offer guests a special tapa menu available at the bar Monday – Friday from 5 – 7 p.m.
WP Kitchen + Bar
6706 Phillips Pl.
The scoop: Grab a seat at the U-shaped bar to enjoy appetizers, small plates and weekly drink specials.
- Monday: Half off all draft beers
- Tuesday: Half off all bottles of wine
- Wednesday: Half off classic martinis
- Thursday: $6 seasonal cocktails
4201 Congress St.
The scoop: Head to this tried and true favorite and gather ’round a charcuterie board or an order of ahi tuna sliders, both found on the bar and patio menu.
- Monday: $3 off margaritas, mules, and mojitos
- Tuesday: $3 off specialty cocktails
- Wednesday: Half price wine
- Thursday: $3 off crafted classics
- Friday: $2 off drafts
Ruth’s Chris SouthPark
6000 Fairview Rd.
The scoop: Enjoy $9 food specials and drinks on their Sizzle, Swizzle, Swirl Happy Hour menu Monday-Friday from 4:30-6:30 p.m.
4720 Piedmont Row Dr.
The scoop: Head to the bar at Piedmont Row’s BRIO for small plates starting at just $4. View a sample menu here.
Piedmont Social House
2135 Ayrsley Town Blvd.
The scoop: Piedmont Social House is a Steele Creek happy hour destination not only for the food and drinks, but for the games and bowling too. Load up on select half price appetizers like sweet and spicy meatballs, fired green tomatoes and hummus Monday – Friday from 3 – 6 p.m.
- Monday: $4 OMB pints
- Tuesday: $4 well drinks
- Wednesday: Half off select wine bottles
- Thursday: $3 PBR cans
37 Sol (Steele Creek)
8724 Outlets Blvd.
The scoop: Over by the Premium Outlets, 37 Sol serves us daily drink specials plus $5 “Hungry Hour” food specials Monday-Friday from 4-7 p.m.
Weekly drink specials:
- Tuesday: $6 Moscow, Mexican & Mezcal Mules $6 Citrus Margaritas
- Wednesday: 1/2 Price Glasses of Wine & Sangria $6 Palomas
- Thursday: $5 Local Draft Pints, $6 Blackberry Margaritas, $6 Blackberry Vanilla Mojitos
- Friday: $15 El Mayor Tequila Flights, $20 Casamigos Flights, $2.50 Domestic Bottles $3.50 Mexican Bottles, $6 Habanero Grapefruit Margaritas
Harry’s Grille & Tavern
2127 Ayrsley Town Blvd.
The scoop: Also in Ayrsley, snack on the southern sliders (pimento cheese with pecanwood smoked bacon, chicken salad with cranberries, bison meat loaf and chipotle aioli) and the Harry signature duo (hummus topped with piquillo and artichoke tapenade and Tavern Pimento Cheese made with sharp cheddar and smoked gouda with jalapeno-bacon jam, warm pita points).
Aria Tuscan Grill
100 N. Tryon St.
The scoop: Aria offers a hearty Bar Bites menu with all selections $5 after 5 PM at both of the two-story restaurant’s bar areas, with choices such as Caramelized Gnocchi with prosciutto di Parma, pear, Gorgonzola, and truffle oil; Angus Beef Burger Sliders with onion mostarda, garlic aioli, fresh tomato, and arugula; Pork Ribs with tomato jam and balsamic; and Calamari Fritti with marinara and lemon aioli.
222 S. Caldwell St.
The scoop: Up on the 21st floor, Fahrenheit serves up small plates and crafted cocktails that rival the stunning city views. Watch the sunset while sipping on the Alexis Aviation (Hendrix Gin, Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur, Roth and Winter Crème de Violette) or the Spicy Charlotte (Stoli Vanil, Vanilla Simple Syrup, Fresh Jalapeños, Lime Juice, Cloister Honey). Our picks for small plates include the ahi poke nachos (Tuna, Wontons, Pickled Red Onions, Jalapeños, Green Onions, Chili Aioli) and chili-cumin lamb meatballs served with dates, yogurt, cucumbers and Tandoori bread.
303 S Church St.
The scoop: Whether you’re stopping in before dinner or making happy hour the main event, enjoy cocktails at Angeline’s, including The Cactus Rose: El Jimador Tequila, Hibiscus Syrup, Lime and The Crimson Kings Gimlet: Infused Cardinal Barrel Rested Gin, Earl Grey/Hibiscus, Lime, Simple. Through September 30, support the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation and the endless fight to battle pediatric cancer as $1 from every 24 Karat cocktail will benefit the cause. The bar opens every day at 5 p.m.
601 S College St.
The scoop: After work on Thursdays, head over to the SoCo Bar at JP Charlotte for live music, half off appetizers, drink specials and rotating vendors. Don’t miss the blood orange Negroni (Beef Eaters Gin, Egg White, Rosemary, Blood Orange, Lemon Juice, Campari, Sweet Vermouth).
127 N Tryon St.
The scoop: Happy hour at Sophia’s starts as soon as you walk in the door. You’re immediately transported to a sleek, sophisticated lounge where every detail works together to create an atmosphere that feels like an after-workday treat. Master Mixologist and Sommelier Patricia Smith crafts the cocktail menu, which features The Meloncholy made with vodka, yellow pepper, watermelon, vanilla and lime, while Top Chef alum Jaime Lynch creates dishes for sharing, like the cucumber bruschetta, cheese and charcuterie boards, Maine lobster sliders and more.
Merchant and Trade
303 S Church St.
The scoop: To take in Charlotte city views from above, head to Merchant and Trade for elevated bar bites in a chic rooftop setting. Popular cocktails include the Beet It! (Deep Eddy vodka, Domaine de Canton, lime juice and Lenny Boy beet kombucha) and the Cyclone (Sutler’s Gin, Plantation 5 Yr Rum, citrus blend, ginger, raspberry, Demerara, Bittermens Tiki Bitters). Snack on a sampling of cheese and charcuterie, plus oven baked lamb meatballs with cucumber tzatziki.
327 S Tryon St.
The scoop: Mimosa Grill isn’t just a go-to for new southern fare. Head over for happy hour to enjoy weekly specials in the beautifully appointed and cozy bar.
- Monday: Half off all wines by the glass
- Tuesday: $5 local taps
- Wednesday: $4 sangria
- Thursday: $5 16oz cans
- Friday: Half off signature cocktails
127 N Tryon St.
The scoop: Even before the dinner crowd fills in, 5Church is the place to be. Head to the bar for selections from their bar menu and a signature cocktail. Top picks include the Viper (silver tequila, orange liqueur, lime juice, cucumber water, cayenne pepper) and the raspberry gin fizz (Hendricks, liquid egg white, rosemary simple syrup).
Graham St. Pub & Patio
400 S Graham St.
The scoop: Whether you’re getting ready to head into a Panthers or Knights game or simply celebrating a Wednesday, the new Graham St. Pub & Patio has just the thing. Enjoy half price appetizers Monday-Thursday from 4-6 p.m.
- Monday: $2.50 domestics, $4 well drinks, $.75 wings
- Tuesday: $3.50 pints, $5 Dixie drinks, $8 quesadillas
- Wednesday: $4 local craft beer, half price bottles of wine, $5 Crown drinks, $6 burgers and live music
- Thursday: $3 Tecate and Modelo, $5 margaritas, $4 Lunazul, $6 Don Julio, $2.50 tacos
- Friday: $8 Moscow Mules, $5 green tea shots
129 E 5th St.
The scoop: A top pick for Uptown happy hours, Sea Level serves up $1 oysters from 2 – 6 p.m. Monday-Friday. To accompany your oysters, try the corn fritters, signature cocktails and beer and wine.
Assorted Table Wine Shoppe
224 East 7th Street
The scoop: Inside 7th Street Public Market, enjoy Tuesday Night Wine Flights for just $5. You’ll get a taste of five wines, tasty bites, a $5 ATWS gift card and 10% off bottles of the evening’s featured selections. 5-7 p.m.
Ink N Ivy
222 S Church St.
- Monday: $4 Sam Adams Draft and $5 Tito’s
- Tuesday: $4 Drafts
- Wednesday: 1/2 price GLASSES of wine
- Thursday: 1/2 Price cocktails & $4 Truly
- Friday: $5 Wells and $4 Corona
820 Hamilton St.
The scoop: Before karaoke, enjoy a charcuterie board and two glasses of. select wine or sangria for just $20.