A great way to enjoy your weekend night is to get together with friends and try out a new wine bar. Charlotte, North Carolina is teeming with amazing restaurants and bars.
If you’re in the mood to relax and have fun, here are the 12 best wine bars in Charlotte!
Foxcroft was established in 2004 with the desire to pair an eclectic selection of wines to foods made from scratch in their kitchen. They have over 5,000 bottles of wine in their collection for you to choose from. Foxcroft has become so popular they expanded to four different locations in the Charlotte area.
Why we like it: They offer more than just small plates, too. They have a full restaurant menu with fan favorites like their signature burger.
The Wine Loft is an upscale establishment in South End. It has a modern and intimate ambience without the snobbiness of typical upscale eateries. They have a smaller collection of wines but all are from smaller businesses with great histories and stories behind them.
Why we like it: They have live music from local talents on Fridays and Saturdays to enjoy with your wine tasting.
Dilworth Tasting Room is in a great location in the city and is a super chic place to hang out at. The owner of Dilworth is a Sommelier from Croatia, so this tasting room offers a seasonal menu based on Croatian cuisine which is paired with wine from their 400-bottle collection.
Why we like it: It was modeled after the wine bars in Europe and has a very 1940’s style to it. They also have a patio with luxury seating and a koi pond. The overall atmosphere is fantastic for a night out with friends.
The Wooden Vine is located right in the middle of Charlotte; a perfect spot to meet with friends. The atmosphere is romantic and moody with candles and dimmed lights. They have over 300 bottles in their collection and feature both classic wines and funky ones. They also serve tapas, charcuterie boards, and pastas.
Why we like it: They try to source most of their ingredients from local vendors, believing in both naturally grown food and also supporting your community’s small businesses. They also always have great music playing.
Petit Philippe is located in Myers Park and serves delicious chocolate to go along with your wine. They have an in-house chocolatier that makes these sweets fresh every day. They have a large variety of gourmet chocolates that you can even buy online for pick-up or delivery.
Why we like it: This wine bar is a meld of the husband and wife who own it. He is a Sommelier and she a pastry chef trained at Le Cordon Bleu. It’s always great to see the owners working in the store and mingling with the community.
Probably the most upscale wine bar in this list, Nuvole is Charlotte’s highest indoor-outdoor rooftop bar and lounge. It is twenty-two stories high, so you’ll get a fantastic view of the city while you enjoy your drinks. It is so popular that you need to make a reservation and join a waitlist.
Why we like it: They serve more than just wine and small plates. You can even visit them for a delicious brunch.
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7. The Bohemian
The Bohemian is a trendy two room wine bar that even has a roll up garage door. It features a 12-tap wine dispenser which can keep wines fresh for up to a month after opening. They also serve delicious charcuterie boards.
Why we like it: Unlike other bars, The Bohemian has no corkage fee so you can enjoy bottles that you purchased right away on site.
Located in the Morrison House, a Charlotte Historic Landmark, the owner managed to transform a Victorian house into an elegant wine bar and still maintain its charm and beauty. The restaurant and bar are influenced by Peruvian cuisine.
Why we like it: Every Friday night has live music and Wednesdays have specials like half-priced bottles. They are always running discounts, so make sure you check them out.
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Barcelona Wine Bar features a menu based off of Mediterranean, Spanish, and South American cuisines. They have almost 400 bottles of wine in their collection. This bar has a great patio that really adds to the intimate ambience of the place. Their price ranges are vast—you can buy a $20 bottle or even an $800 one.
Why we like it: Spanish tapas are always the best thing on a menu, and Barcelona Wine Bar does it best. You can mix and match from their selection of meats and cheeses. They source them from Spain and Italy.
Bonterra is located in what used to be a church. Originally built in the 1800’s, it served first as the Atherton Methodist Church, later the Dilworth Methodist Episcopal Church South, then the First Church of Nazareth, and finally the Greater Providence Baptist Church. This 100 year old building offers a romantic feel to the delicious food and extensive wine list.
Why we like it: They have over 200 by-the-glass options and 300 by the bottle. They have one of the largest collections in the country.
11. Reid’s SouthPark
Reid’s is an upscale dining experience with a really casual and welcoming environment. They have over
700 bottles in their collection that they pair with steaks that come from their own butcher shop. It’s like a grocery store and wine bar combined.
Why we like it: Their patio is a great place to hang out. They have a fireplace and heaters for colder nights and often have live music playing for you to enjoy alongside your wine.
NoDa is about as relaxed of a wine bar as you can find. It has porch swings, rotating food trucks, and the NoDa Farmer’s Market on Saturdays. It has a very laid-back atmosphere that makes it a great place to get together with friends.
Why we like it: It has a really funky design to it with murals and a popping personality. It feels like you’re going over to your friend’s house.
Regardless of what type of wine you prefer and which cuisine is your favorite, you’ll easily find multiple wine bars to become your regular spot.
Each of these spots are individually owned and have a great story behind them. Get to know your community by visiting them and enjoy yourself while you’re at it.