Top 10 rooftops bars in Charlotte, ranked

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This article was originally published on August 16, 2016 and updated September 7, 2017.

If there are two things that are undisputedly Charlotte, they’re cold drinks and a love of the skyline. Here’s where to kill both birds with one stone.

#1 Fahrenheit

Best view and the fire pits are super swanky.

Neighborhood: Uptown (222 South Caldwell Street)
Hours: 4 to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 4 to 9 p.m. Sunday
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#2 City Lights

So hot right now.

Neighborhood: Uptown (555 South McDowell Street)
Hours: 4 p.m. to 12 a.m. Monday through Thursday, 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 to 11 p.m. Sunday
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#3 Whiskey Warehouse

Everybody’s personal favorite.

Neighborhood: Plaza Midwood (1221 The Plaza)
Hours: 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. seven days a week
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#4 The Peculiar Rabbit

Stunning view of the city with plenty of room.

Neighborhood: Plaza Midwood (1212 Pecan Avenue)
Hours: 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday and Sunday
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#5 Imperial

Cool urban rooftop with serious attention to craft cocktails.

Neighborhood: Uptown
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 5 p.m. to 2 a.m., closed Sunday and Monday
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#6 Rooftop 210

EpiCentre and Bud Light type of spot.

Neighborhood: Uptown (210 East Trade Street)
Hours: 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Saturday, closed Sunday
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#7 Rí Rá

Feels like you’re inside of Uptown.

Neighborhood: Uptown (208 North Tryon Street)
Hours: 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to midnight Sunday and Monday
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#8 Village Tavern

Not exactly a high a rooftop, but it’s the best that SouthPark has to offer.

Neighborhood: SouthPark (4201 Congress Street)
Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday
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#9 Moosehead

Order the wings and enjoy one of those most authentic vibes in Charlotte.

Neighborhood: Montford (1807 Montford Drive)
Hours: 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Friday, noon to 2 a.m. Saturday and Sunday
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#10 JJ’s Red Hots

Perfect size.

Neighborhood: Dilworth (1514 East Boulevard)
Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday
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Cover image via the City Lights Rooftop Facebook page

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