9 Lively Rooftop Restaurants in Charlotte

October 20, 2021
Food & Drink
jason wolfe

Charlotte is home to the NASCAR Hall of Fame, the PNC Music Pavilion, an abundance of art and history museums, and several sites for outdoor adventures. But where can you turn when the charm of a wholesome day in the city has worn off and you’re in search of a good time? Look no further than these lively rooftop restaurants located in Charlotte with fun music, delicious food, and of course, stunning city views.

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1. Whiskey Warehouse

Rustic rooftop with whiskey-forward cocktails and an endless roster of local beer.

1221 The Plaza | Charlotte | whiskeywarehouse.com 

This rustic rooftop is the place to go if you want simple, solid food, drink, and views. Serving typical bar fare, as well as whiskey-forward cocktails and an endless roster of local beer, you’re not there for the food necessarily, but for a comfortable experience topped with stunning views of the city.

Be sure to grab their “Mule of the Month,” the Plantation Pineapple Mule and check their website for their daily specials - there’s a reason to head over to Whiskey Warehouse every night of the week!

As for the weekends, the staff makes way for DJs and live bands on Friday and Saturday nights. And on Sundays, Whiskey Warehouse takes on the role of the neighborhood spot for Sunday football!

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“Went to brunch with my grandma and sister here. My sister was over the moon over $2 mimosas. The amount of food given was a lot and well worth the money. Waffles were to die for in my opinion. Absolutely loved this place.” - Yelp Review

2. Merchant and Trade

Vibrant retreat with expertly crafted cocktails and delicious bar snacks.

303 S Church St | Charlotte | merchantandtrade.com 

Located on the 19th floor, this chic rooftop bar offers panoramic views of Uptown Charlotte you won’t find at any other rooftop restaurant. Being that Merchant + Trade is broken into four distinct zones – indoor bar, outdoor terrace, private terrace, and the lawn, it’s easy to determine what kind of experience you want the night to offer you.

Wherever you choose to spend your time at Merchant and Trade, you will find a carefully curated cocktail list made with North Carolina produced spirits as well as elevated bar bites.

Of their House Cocktails, we recommend Bog Days (espolon reposado, cranberry, lemon, honey, and buck spice ginger bitters) for the tequila lovers and Wake up Call (cold brew, demerara, bourbon, and Bailey's whipped cream) for those whose night is just getting started!

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“Overall, the atmosphere is amazing. The views of the city are beautiful. Be prepared to wait in line then wait in line again at the elevator before being allowed to the rooftop. Be patient. The views are worth the wait!” - Yelp Review

3. Nellie’s Southern Kitchen

Owned and operated by the Jonas family.

36 N Main St | Charlotte | nelliessouthernkitchen.com 

If you are a Jonas Brothers’ fan, run, don't walk to support their family-owned and operated restaurant honoring their great grandmother, Nellie. Kevin Jonas, Sr. thought it the best way to honor his grandmother’s warm nature and delicious cooking. Today, you can order the namesake Nellie’s Chicken and Dumplins among other Southern dishes.

We recommend getting the Basket of Biscuits to share with the table and the Chicken and Waffles to keep all to yourself.

Come Wednesday-Sunday night for live music starting at 6:30 pm or for Sunday brunch (which also features live music) from 10 am-3 pm.

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“Loved the food here and all the Jonas brothers memorabilia!! The manager is very nice and the staff has great manners!! 10/10 recommended. Great place for some southern hospitality.” - Yelp Review

4. RH Rooftop Restaurant Charlotte 

A skylit garden escape. 

6903 Phillips Place Ct | Charlotte | rh.com/charlotte/restaurant 

You don’t have to leave Charlotte to escape into this garden oasis complete with trickling fountains, trees, and chandeliers. Could you imagine a better spot for dinner drinks and pictures?

Experience the magic that is RH Rooftop for brunch, lunch, or dinner seven days a week. Be sure to try the Truffled Grilled Cheese served on artisan sourdough and treat yourself to a glass of white wine to wash it down with.

This is the perfect spot to dine with friends from out of town or enjoy a light refreshing lunch with coworkers. Head over as soon as you can!

“This place is AMAZING!! The food, vibe, service, everything was just great! I have tried the lobster roll, bacon, mushroom medley, and broccolini and they were all delicious! Also, get the bellini champagne thing. Super yum!” - Yelp Review

5. Lincoln Street Kitchen and Cocktails

Small plates and innovative cocktails.

1320 S Church St | Charlotte | lincolnstreetkitchen.com 

Owners Alyson and Dan Davis designed Lincoln Street Kitchen and Cocktails to be local inside and out. Here you will find small plates inspired by the produce of the region and sourced from local farmers, as well as innovative cocktails featuring house made shrubs, sodas, barrel-aged cocktails, and a curated wine list. 

As for the atmosphere, you just have to see it. It carefully balances nature with modern, as evinced from the moss wall, lime washed brick, and walnut live edge bar.

On Tuesday, all bottles of wine are ½ off. And on Wednesday, each of the classic cocktails are $8! 

Do yourself a favor and order a side of Herbed Potato Wedges. They are “chef’s kiss!” 

“Cute little restaurant with great cocktails! I loved the My Sweet Summer cocktail! We also ordered the carrot cake, which was amazing! Service here was great as well! Everything was so good! I will definitely be back to try their dinner or brunch!” - Yelp Review

6. Cordial

A destination as well as an everyday spot boasting a Spanish-inspired menu.

1824 Roxborough Rd | Charlotte | cordialclt.com 

The word “cordial,” meaning both a stimulating drink and marked by warm and often hearty friendliness, perfectly encapsulates what you will find at Cordial. Here you will find inventive cocktails, small plates, and of course, stunning views. 

With a cocktail menu that changes with the seasons (and their mood!) you will never be bored. While it lasts, be sure to try the Pink G&T and the Mi Amorcito, Paloma.

As for the fare, their Spanish-inspired menu boasts tapas you can enjoy as an appetizer, dinner, or late-night snack. We recommend the Yuca Fries, served with Mojo and a Pink Sauce, as well as the Chicken Empanadas. But really, you can’t go wrong.

“I liked this bar! Came for my birthday in May and I appreciate that it's still a bit of a hidden gem. We were able to get seats and enjoy our night without being crowded or pushed out. Beautiful views and drinks!” - Yelp Review

7. Búho Bar

Sultry music and artfully crafted cocktails.

201 W Trade St | Charlotte | kesslercollection.com/bohemian-charlotte/dining

Journey to Argentina without leaving Charlotte at this elegant rooftop bar. Designed in the bohemian style, this spot captures the essence of the vibrant culture not only through the visual, but through the sound and taste as well thanks to sultry music and unique flavors.

Try the Búho itself, 15 Cold Distilled Cucumber Vodka, Twisted Alchemy Watermelon Juice, agave, and lemon. Or venture to try the Blushing Búho, 16 Roku ‘Suntory’ Japanese Gin, elderflower, grapefruit, lemon, and sparkling rose wine or the Machu Picchu, 15 Ketel One Botanical Cucumber & Mint Vodka, lime juice, fennel, and honey.

As for the tapas, get the Crab Fondido and the Cotija Street Corn Twisted Fries served with paprika aioli. 

“You MUST ORDER the Machu Picchu cocktail. First you eat the flower (yes, chew and swallow) then take a tiny bite of the honey comb and sip the drink. SO cool! Overall, this is my favorite rooftop bar in Charlotte.” - Yelp Review

8. Cloud Bar by David Burke

Charlotte’s best sunset view with bites from celebrity chef David Burke.

18 S McDowell St | Charlotte | cloudbarbydb.com 

As if you needed more of an excuse to visit world-renowned celebrity chef David Burke’s restaurant, Cloud Bar boasts the best sunset view in Charlotte. It doesn’t get much better than this!

Enjoy the 360° city view on the rooftop of Le Méridien Charlotte as much as you’d like, but don’t forget to take advantage of the delicious food and spectacular drink on offer. 

Start off with the DB Maple Glazed Bacon Clothesline and the Chilled Tuna Poke Firecracker Salad, and indulge in a DB Burger if you’re still hungry.

Order Sky High Margarita, but we be wary of the Red Bull! Order the Head in the Clouds served with fresh fruit if you want to play it safe.

Don’t skip out on dessert when a celebrity chef is making it for you! The French Macarons and Mochi are great for the table, and the DB Cheesecake Lollipops are one of a kind and so delicious.
“We were served by Matt who was amazing. The restaurant was celebrating st. Patrick's day early and had a live bagpipe performance which was great. I had an uptown girl which tasted so good and reminded me of a pina colada.” - Yelp Review


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