Charlotte City Guide

2018

Charlotte, NC Official Visitors Guide

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42 Charlotte City Guide 2018 A s Charlotte has grown, so has its variety of boozy beverages. Brewed, distilled, poured and stirred, local libations are a lasting craze. From Uptown's chic lounges to neighborhood bars with activities and animals, here's a guide to filling your cup. Getting Crafty Charlotte is one of the Southeast's top cra beer cities, with more than 20 local breweries within city limits, another 20 or so in the region, and more on the horizon. e Olde Mecklenburg Brewery started the craze in 2009. Its German beer has captured big awards both in the U.S. and Europe. NoDa Brewing Company has medals of its own, highlighted by the outstanding Hop, Drop 'n Roll IPA. In South End, visit Sycamore Brewing, Triple C Brewing Co., Lenny Boy Brewing Co. and Wooden Robot Brewery. Or check out other popular cra beer hubs around town like Birdsong Brewing Co., Heist Brewery and Legion Brewing in NoDa and Plaza Midwood, or D9 Brewing Company and Primal Brewery in Lake Norman. Can't choose? Charlotte Brews Cruise or Charlotte Brewery Tours can curate a trip for you. Uncork and Unwind Each within a 45-minute drive of Uptown, Davesté Vineyards, Treehouse Vineyards and Rocky River Vineyards are three of the area's closest wineries. And with an array of Charlotte tasting rooms offering vino by the glass or bottle, you can wine down in town, too. Foxcro Wine Co. has two locations with an extensive list, all of which pair nicely with the menu's superb small plates. If you prefer sweets with wine, Petit Philippe serves housemade chocolates with its tastings. Formerly a pool hall, Dilworth Tasting Room cues up an impressive selection; be sure to venture outside to the koi pond while sipping. Just getting into wine or wanting to expand your palate? Schedule an appointment with an expert sommelier at e Cellar at Corkbuzz. For the Kids … Having a little one doesn't mean staying home. Kid-friendly patios are a staple at many breweries, including Free Range Brewing, which even has a kids activity area. e city's two cideries, GoodRoad Ciderworks and Red Clay Ciderworks, both have games and fresh-pressed juice for kids. … and For the Kid in You Remember the pinball and arcade games you played as a kid? ey're back, and this time you can play them with your favorite drink (in a cup holder, of course). Head to Abari Game Bar, Palmer St. Game Bar and Lucky's Bar & Arcade. Everything's big at VBGB Beer Hall & Garden, including huge steins of local cra beer to enjoy while playing giant versions of Connect Four and Jenga. Piedmont Social House, Queen Park Social, Recess Charlotte and Seoul Food Meat Co. are known as "adult playgrounds;" their offerings include activities such as bowling, shuffleboard, table tennis and Skee-Ball. You can even try your hand at LumberJaxe CLT, a BYOB axe-throwing joint. Hair of the Dog Four-legged friends are welcome at many of city's drinking establishments, particularly breweries and their expansive outside areas. Bulldog Beer & Wine and Pop the Top Cra Beer Shop are two cra beer stores that are more CHARLOTTE'S CRAFT CULTURE SUITS ALL SIPPING STYLES. 1 2 3

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