Top 11 rooftop bars in Charlotte

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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.


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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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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[Agenda related story: 10 must-try Charlotte cocktails] via Instagram


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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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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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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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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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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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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Graham St. Pub & Patio

Perfect location just steps from BB&T Ballpark and Bank of America Stadium.

Neighborhood: Uptown (400 South Graham Street)
Hours: 11 a.m.-12 a.m. Monday through Wednesday, 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Thursday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-12 a.m. Sunday
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Merchant & Trade

Swanky and gorgeous bar perched atop the Kimpton Tryon Park Hotel.

Neighborhood: Uptown (303 South Church Street)
Hours: 4:30 p.m.-12 a.m. Monday through Thursday, 4:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Friday and Saturday
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Gin Mill

A fresh take on the South End staple, now housed in the former Amos’ space.

Neighborhood: South End (1423 South Tryon Street)
Hours: 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Saturday and Sunday
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One to watch: Nuvole Rooftop TwentyTwo

4,400-square-foot space on the 22nd floor of the AC Hotel/Residence Inn at the EpiCentre. Related story: Uptown’s next rooftop bar includes a luxury 2-bedroom penthouse suite available for VIP and event rental

Neighborhood: Uptown (220 East Trade Street)
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Cover image via the City Lights Rooftop Facebook page

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