There’s nothing better than grabbing a drink and feeling like you’re on top of the world. That’s why I love rooftop bars. You get views, a nice breeze, and Instagram-worthy pictures all in one!
If you’re in Queen City, you know the skyline is one of the most unique and beautiful in the country. It makes for a fantastic backdrop for sipping your cocktail.
That’s why I’m so glad that Charlotte has so many rooftop bars.
- Novelty House
- Aura Rooftop
- Charlotte Beer Garden
- Cloud Bar by David Burke
- Coin Bar
- Fahrenheit Charlotte
- Graham St. Pub & Patio
- Merchant and Trade
- Nuvole Rooftop TwentyTwo
- Whiskey Warehouse
- Topside at The Waterman Fish Bar
- Búho Bar
In a city of breweries with picnic tables, these rooftop bars offer more variety in settings to sip your favorite drink. Check out my list of the best rooftop bars in Charlotte below.
123 E 5th St Suite 500, Charlotte, NC 28202
If you’re looking for a pic that’s Instagram-worthy, look no further than Novelty House in the bustling 5th Street District.
Five stories up with an upscale dress code and seriously decked out with floral arrangements; this bar is gorgeous.
Novelty House is truly a rooftop bar–they focus on their cocktails, so there’s no restaurant attached. Plus, the entire space is open-air, so the operation is weather dependent.
On a sunny day, there’s nowhere else like it. I loved their Higher Love cocktail–a summery watermelon and Red Bull mojito.
124 E Stonewall St, Charlotte, NC 28202
Aura Rooftop, on top of the JW Marriot hotel in uptown Charlotte, is all about ambiance. It’s right by Charlotte hotspots like the Mint Museum.
Not only do you get to take in the views from five stories up, but you can also do it all while swimming in their rooftop pool. With private cabanas, it’s an upscale spot that will transport you to vacation mode.
They’re known best for their handcrafted cocktails, but don’t miss out on their tasty food menu either. I love pairing the Mirror Image elderflower cocktail with the Ahi Tuna tacos.
1300 S Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28203
If you’re a Charlottean, you know it’s a beer city. That’s why Charlotte Beer Garden is such a perfect CLT rooftop bar–it combines local brews with local views!
While the first floor is dedicated to NC beers and the second floor to international beers, the rooftop offers the best of both.
Charlotte Beer Garden has all of the best of a traditional beer garden–tables big enough for your whole crew, a relaxed vibe, and world-class beers. I’m partial to Sycamore Brewing’s Sticky Crystals Hazy IPA.
555 S McDowell St, Charlotte, NC 28204
Cloud Bar by David Burke, located on top of Le Méridien, offers a stunning 365˚ view of the uptown skyline.
It’s perfect for celebratory occasions because of its neat casual dress code, sunset views, and a wide variety of food and drink. Celebrity chef, David Burke, creates perfect pairings of signature cocktails with light bites.
Wine, beer, and canned drinks are available as well. I’m a big fan of gin, so their Roof Top Rickey is a go-to for me, paired with the Burrata Salad.
132 E Trade St, Charlotte, NC 28202
For game day, there’s nowhere better than Coin Bar, located on the roof of uptown Omni Hotel on Trade St.
With some of the largest TVs in Charlotte plus a luxurious pool, Coin Bar is made for a chill day of sipping cocktails, taking in the views, and cheering on the Panthers.
It’s casual game day or not. When the lights go down, the party starts, and things tend to get a little dressier. On game day, I love their frozen margarita with crispy wings!
222 S Caldwell St 21st Floor, Charlotte
Chef Rocco Whalen outdid himself with Fahrenheit. On top of the Skye Condos on S Caldwell, it has some of the best views in Charlotte. It’s an upscale, Asian-influenced bar and restaurant known for its creative fusion dishes.
It’s a go-to spot for Charlotteans to celebrate graduations, engagements, and birthdays thanks to its intimate atmosphere and killer food and drink.
I like to indulge with some bubbly and their Slow Braised American Wagyu Short Ribs.
400 S Graham St, Charlotte, NC 28202
Graham St. Pub & Patio is my favorite place to take out-of-town friends. The central location, casual atmosphere, wide variety of drinks, and amazing food make it a fun place to start the night.
You can also enjoy brunch here, which I highly recommend. As it is located on Graham St, right by the Bank of America and Knights Stadium, the rooftop views and access to the rest of the city are amazing.
I love a draft Legion Juicy Jay beer with their appetizer platter.
303 S Church St, Charlotte, NC 28202
If you’re looking for panoramic views, Merchant and Trade is located right in uptown on the 19th floor of Church St. with floor to ceiling window. This means every seat has a view.
What’s special about Merchant and Trade is that they have an indoor bar, outdoor terrace, private terrace, and lawn–all 19 stories high.
It’s on the dressier side of casual with signature cocktails and an extensive wine and beer list. I’m obsessed with The Redeemer cocktail–it’s spicy, fruity, and perfect for sipping on.
220 E Trade St Suite 2200, Charlotte, NC 28202
Nuvole has craft cocktails, small plates, and incredible sunset views from 22 floors up for an intimate night. The lounge seating makes for a cozy but upscale atmosphere.
This bar has seating available both inside and outside, so you can enjoy their long list of signature cocktails, local beer, and wine whether it rains or shines.
For a cozy night, I always choose the Maple Leaf cocktail–with bourbon, maple syrup, and lemon, it warms me up from the inside out!
1221 The Plaza, Charlotte, NC 28205
Plaza Midwood is home to many of the best bars in Charlotte, but none do it quite as well as Whiskey Warehouse. With sunset views and a neighborhood vibe, it feels special and comfortable all at once.
They serve mainly-whiskey cocktails and local beers alongside perfected classic bar food like wings and pretzels.
It’s a perfect spot to meet up with friends on a Friday after work. I dream of their Buffalo Cauliflower washed down with a Blackberry Mojito.
2729 South Blvd suite d, Charlotte, NC 28209, United States
Located right on the LYNX blue line in South End, Topside is the rooftop bar of the famous Waterman Fish Bar.
It’s known for its beach vibe and delicious seafood. Because it’s easy to catch the LYNX from Topside, it’s a great spot for after-work drinks or casual dinner.
They feature mostly local craft brews, plus their “boat drinks” craft cocktails. I love sipping on their Cat 5 rum cocktail with some of their signature oyster plates.
1824 Roxborough Rd, Charlotte, NC 28211
If you’ve spent the day shopping away at SouthPark mall, Cordial is a great spot to take in the city views and rest your feet with a craft cocktail in hand.
With both indoor and outdoor seating spaces, the atmosphere is lively and fun. The Spanish-inspired food menu offers mainly tapas, perfect for sharing and trying all of their dishes.
Their drinks menu is seasonal, but my favorite from my last visit is the Setenta Y Cinco mezcal-based cocktail.
201 W Trade St, Charlotte, NC 28202
Búho Bar, at Grand Bohemian Hotel Charlotte, is a 16-story high sipping and dining experience. With bohemian and Argentinian decor and cuisine influences, there’s nothing else like it in the Queen City.
With a business casual dress code, weekend live music, and sultry decor, it’s a spot to celebrate, even if you’re just celebrating a night out on the town.
I love their La Vida Bohemia cocktail with jalapeño and butterfly pea tea-infused tequila paired with their Chorizo Croquettes.
3100 Apex Dr 9th Floor, Charlotte, NC 28211
For a SouthPark rooftop experience, Mizu, located on top of the Hyatt Centric, creates Asian-Southern fusion in both their cocktails and foods. It’s the perfect spot to get away from it and indulge your senses.
You can enjoy their creative cuisine above the tree line on their rooftop. Complete with string lights and lots of greenery, it has a fresh and intimate atmosphere with plenty of fresh air.
I love anything off of their chilled and raw menu, like the salmon Sake Tataki with the Kikusui Funaguchi sake.
With so many rooftops bars in Charlotte, choosing a favorite is hard. I love Charlotte Beer Garden for a casual Saturday afternoon brew, while Búho Bar is a great anniversary dinner date. I truly have a different favorite for every type of occasion.
Charlotte is a city made for rooftops bars. With its iconic skyline, gorgeous weather, and local brews and liquors, there’s no better way to enjoy the Queen City.