Best Places for Late Night Dining or Nightcap in Charlotte

For all those times hunger strikes well after dinner time, or when you’re not quite ready to call it a night just yet: We’re here for you. Take note of these 17 hotspots perfect for late night dining or a boozy nightcap.

Dilworth Tasting Room

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Dilworth Tasting Room offers plenty of options well into the evening. Sip on a cocktail from their new fall menu and snack on a charcuterie board, offered until 12 a.m. Friday and Saturday. The full kitchen menu is served until 11 p.m. Friday – Saturday.

DTR is also a go-to for daily drink specials. Enjoy them all day from open ’til close:

  • Monday: Featured wine special
  • Tuesday: Free cheese plate with the purchase of a wine flight
  • Wednesday: new special coming soon — stay tuned!
  • Thursday: Half off select Pinot Noir

Sophia’s Lounge

Enjoy sharable small plates, like the Yellowfin Tuna Poke Stack, at Uptown’s Sophia’s Lounge. You can’t skip out on a nightcap here; choose from 15 signature cocktails. Open Monday – Thursday from 3 p.m. – 12 a.m., Friday – Saturday from 3 p.m. – 2 a.m. and Sunday from 3 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Merchant & Trade

Head to the rooftop at Merchant & Trade for Uptown views and a selection of delectable plates and cocktails. Late night cartable dishes include the lobster sliders, short rib burger and for a sweet treat, a matcha green tea doughnut. The kitchen is open until 11 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 12 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Aria Tuscan Grill

With a direct entrance from Founders Hall into the restaurant’s upper level, Aria Tuscan Grill offers the perfect ending to a night at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, serving until 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 11 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Guests can choose from handcrafted cocktails, including selections developed by local mixologist Bob Peters, as well as a well-curated wine list, draft and bottled beers and a tempting $5 Bar Bites menu.

SoCo Lounge

If you find yourself looking for a relaxing and sophisticated late-night spot in Uptown, SoCo Lounge is the place to be. The late night menu, which begins at 10 p.m., features items inspired by the JP Charlotte menu such as the Carolina pork sliders and the JPC classic burger. Delectable desserts, like the Bourbon & Banana Pudding, are offered until 10 p.m.


The rooftop at Fahrenheit stays open until 11 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday serving pizzas and sharable dishes like the fried chicken steam buns, spicy yellowtail wonton tacos.


Venetian-style wine bar Cicchetti is the perfect Uptown spot for a late night digestif, glass of wine or espresso. Pair your beverage with delights from the bar’s extensive selection of authentic cicchetti, or Italian small bites, including desserts. Open until 10:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 12 midnight Friday-Saturday.

The Crunkleton

Elizabeth’s popular spot for open hearth dining and cocktails can also satisfy your cravings after the dinner rush. Enjoy a burger at the bar or top off date night with handcrafted cocktails. Open Monday-Thursday from 5 p.m. – 12 a.m. (kitchen closes at 11 p.m.), Friday from 5 p.m. – 2 a.m. (kitchen closes at 12 a.m.), Saturday 11 a.m. – 2 a.m. (kitchen closes at 12 a.m.) and Sunday 11 a.m. – 12 a.m. (kitchen closes at 11 p.m.).

The Stanley

Looking for a late night dinner during the week? The headline-making Stanley Burger is available at the bar Tuesday-Thursday from 5-9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday until 10 p.m.

5Church Charlotte

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Grab a Viper or the Ready Orgeat cocktail and enjoy 5Church Charlotte’s late night bar menu, including dishes like the yellowfin tuna sushi tots and the 5Church lamb burger.

Soul Gastrolounge

Until midnight, you can enjoy the Soul dishes you know and love, from the Asian glazed pork belly tacos to signature sushi rolls and banana phyllo turnovers to satisfy your sweet tooth. They’ll stay open for cocktails until 2 a.m.

Dot Dot Dot

Sometimes, the perfect end to an evening is a stop by the neighborhood speakeasy. Along with handcrafted cocktails, snack on small plates or sharable charcuterie until 11 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 1 a.m. Friday-Saturday and 10 p.m. Sunday.

Stoke Charlotte

In Uptown, the bar menu is available everyday until 12 a.m. Picks include a sweet pea and avocado guacamole and smoked trout pâté.

The Broken Spoke

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Snack on a selection of sharables, flatbreads and handhelds at The Broken Spoke until 10 p.m. Tuesday – Thursday and 11 p.m. Friday – Saturday. Options include charcuterie, roasted Thai cauliflower bites, brie bread and more. View the full bar menu here.


At this NoDa hotspot, the kitchen doesn’t close until 12 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. Don’t miss the PB & J Bacon Plate with thick cut Edward’s bacon, maple peanut butter, pepper jelly, cabbage jalapeño slaw with banana vinaigrette and an order of fried chicken tenders for just $2.75 each.

Barcelona Wine Bar

Grab a spot at Barcelona’s bar to sip wine, cocktails and beer until late into the evening. Fill up on a selection of sharables tapas, or build your own charcuterie and cheese plate.

Workman’s Friend

End the night at Workman’s Friend in Plaza Midwood, with food served daily until 11 p.m. and drinks served daily until 2 a.m. Expect seasonal desserts, sharables boards, sliders, mussels and more. View the full menu here.


Allison Hancin
A Charlotte-loving adventure seeker with an appetite for discovering local finds. Always planning my next trip!