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Old 05-15-2017, 05:09 PM
 
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Two mid-to-late 30s married straight guys are meeting up in Charlotte to hang out on a Saturday night (one flying in from the West Coast, one coming in via train from Durham). Neither knows anything about downtown Charlotte nightlife. We're looking for recommendations as to what to do (both for food and then drinking after) as well as where to spend the night. Ideally all within walking distance of each other, although we have Lyft/Uber if that isn't possible.

Not looking for night clubs, dancing, or anything like that. Mostly looking for some brew pubs, perhaps even a brewery, or generally some decent not-too-classy bars. If you are familiar with both Raleigh and Durham, we're definitely looking for more of a Durham than a Raleigh vibe.

Is there an area in Charlotte that comes close to meeting this? I've searched the forums a bit, but hoping to get a clearer idea if I outlined some specifics of the situation.
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Old 05-15-2017, 05:12 PM
 
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Yep, hit up NoDa (North Davidson).
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Old 05-15-2017, 06:15 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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Agreed with NoDa above.

Also consider Plaza Midwood or Montford St.
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Old 05-15-2017, 10:04 PM
 
Location: Charlotte NC
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Music Factory

There are 3 or 4 brewery's in and around Uptown.
Unknown
Sycamore
Birdsong
Noda Brewery
Rock Bottom

Also hit up Duckworths across from Rockbottom. They have a cellar with an endless list of beers
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Old 05-16-2017, 04:48 AM
 
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This is all awesome info, thanks! I'll map out some of these places to figure out the best place to stay and the best way to get there from the Amtrak station. I get there about 3 hours earlier than my friend and am a public transit enthusiast, so don't mind spending a while on some buses driving around the city.
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Old 05-16-2017, 06:26 AM
 
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This is all awesome info, thanks! I'll map out some of these places to figure out the best place to stay and the best way to get there from the Amtrak station. I get there about 3 hours earlier than my friend and am a public transit enthusiast, so don't mind spending a while on some buses driving around the city.
Uptown and South End will be the most convenient area. Lots of hotels in Uptown. Bus #11 will take you from the Amtrak Station to Uptown, or its a short Uber ride.
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Old 05-16-2017, 08:48 AM
 
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Yeah sounds like you want NoDa (maybe Plaza Midwood), which is also close to the Amtrak station. Only issue is no hotels in the immediate area, but would be a short uber ride to uptown where you'd probably want to stay. Probably wouldn't recommend the hotels near Sugar Creek/I-85 which isn't a great area although not far from NoDa. Might be worth looking into Airbnb if you really want to stay within walking distance.

SouthEnd could work, but I think that's more of a "Raleigh vibe." The Westin while still technically uptown would put you closest to the restaurants and such in SouthEnd.
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Old 05-16-2017, 11:22 AM
 
Location: Jersey City
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am a public transit enthusiast, so don't mind spending a while on some buses driving around the city.
You'll be done in 15 mins. Or end up somewhere you really don't want to be.
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Old 05-26-2017, 10:24 AM
 
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I'll be arriving about 4 hours before my buddy - any suggestions as to what to do to pass the time? Once I take the 11 bus to uptown area, looks like I'm in walking distance of a bunch of stuff. I love baseball so I'll probably check out the Charlotte Knights ballpark. Any parks or anything I should check out? Basically, anything a first-time visitor should do? Also, any good lunch spots?
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Old 05-26-2017, 10:42 AM
 
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I'll be arriving about 4 hours before my buddy - any suggestions as to what to do to pass the time? Once I take the 11 bus to uptown area, looks like I'm in walking distance of a bunch of stuff. I love baseball so I'll probably check out the Charlotte Knights ballpark. Any parks or anything I should check out? Basically, anything a first-time visitor should do? Also, any good lunch spots?
Check out 7th Street Market:
7th St. Public Market | Shop, Eat, Drink in Charlotte NC

Romare Bearden Park is a beautiful central park surrounded by skyscrapers right next to BB&T ballpark - great views of the skyline

If you like history, check out the Levine Museum of the New South (plus air conditioning!). You might also enjoy the Liberty Walk and learning about our revolutionary war history.
Museum in Charlotte | Levine Museum of the New South
Liberty Walk | MeckDec.org

If you like modern art, check out the Mint Museum Uptown:
The Mint Museum | Home

If you like NASCAR, cars, etc.. you'll probably enjoy the NASCAR Hall of Fame:
NASCAR Hall of Fame - Charlotte, NC l Our sport. Our house.

Take a walking tour of the beautiful Victorian architecture in the Fourth Ward:
https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attracti..._Carolina.html

Try the salted caramel brownie at Amelie's Uptown:
Charlotte-uptown - Amélie's French Bakery

If it is a nice day, get a cocktail or beer at Ink and Ivy on Romare Bearden Park to enjoy the view, or Essex Bistro right on the square for people watching.

Coco and the Director is also a good place to beat the heat: http://cocoandthedirector.com/
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