You can now get an alcoholic drink to go in Raleigh. The new rule goes into effect as of 11 am Monday. The North Carolina capital city officially has a social district where open containers of alcohol are permitted. Residents and visitors will be allowed to walk the streets in a select downtown area with a drink purchased at a bar or restaurant. The district will be “open” each morning at 11 am through 10 pm each night.

The social district will include the area centering around Fayetteville Street between the State Capitol Building to the Duke Energy Center. It will spread outward enough to include the city’s “boutique amphitheater” Red Hat Amphitheater (the same size as Charlotte’s CMCUA). Dawson, Morgan, Blount, and South streets are the rough border of the area. Signs will be around the area to let visitors know where the open containers are permitted.

Glass containers will not be permitted and it’s not BYOB. The permitted restaurants and bars will sell alcohol in plastic cups to those wishing to take the drink with them. City leaders hope this will bring more people to the downtown area.

What About Charlotte?

Is this what Charlotte needs to do to help revitalize our downtown that was been suffering? This is due to a combination of thriving other areas and the Covid-19 pandemic keeping workers at home. It is currently being talked about in several areas including Uptown, South End, Noda, Plaza Midwood, and Camp North End among others. In fact, the idea will be discussed tonight at a city council meeting that is open to the public.

North Carolina first permitted the idea of having a social district in cities and towns in 2021. So far Greensboro, Kannapolis, Monroe, Newton, Norwood, Raleigh, Salisbury, and Sylva have created districts. Charlotte and several other cities like Durham, Wilmington, and Winston-Salem are considering the idea. While the districts have strict rules compared to cities like Savannah and New Orleans I think it could be a great thing for Charlotte. It could help draw people to other areas and make restaurants and bars a little less crowded. Plus especially in the spring and fall being able to stroll with a drink would be fantastic!  And as someone whose second home is Raleigh I can’t wait to experience this firsthand there.

Source WRAL and QCityMetro.

The Ultimate List Of Charlotte North Carolina Rooftop Bars & Restaurants

As the weather gets warmer and the days get longer it’s the perfect time to enjoy all of what Charlotte has to offer. Whether you want to enjoy a good meal, day drink, watch the sunset or have a romantic nighttime skyline view a rooftop is a perfect place. And Charlotte has no shortage of places to do just that. Take a moment to enjoy the views, get that perfect Instagram picture, and enjoy delicious food and drinks. But to help you pick your next destination I’ve compiled a list of all the Charlotte Rooftop Bars.

Whether you want to be only a couple of stories up in your neighborhood or 20+ stories up in the heart of uptown there is something on this list for you. Family-friendly restaurants, 21 and up bars, breweries, tropical cocktails, gourmet food, or wings we’ve got you covered. Several are on the rooftops of Charlotte’s best hotels, but you don’t have to be a guest to visit. Uptown, South Park, Plaza Midwood, No-Da, Southend, and even Ballantyne are the neighborhoods these spots call home. Know of a rooftop bar I missed? Please let me know I’d love to check it out as well.

Just want to be outside and don’t care as much about the view? Check out our list of 15 Outdoor Patios to visit.

The Ultimate List Of Charlotte North Carolina Rooftop Bars

  • Aura

    Address: 124 E. Stonewall Street


    Follow the glow five stories high to the JW Marriott rooftop bar, a place inspired by the regal aura of Queen Charlotte herself. The views reflecting off of our mirror-like facade are even more alluring with a drink in hand – whether it’s one of Aura’s signature botanical cocktails or your favorite pour.

  • Buho

    Address:201 W. Trade Street


    Much like the rooftop bars and lounges across South America, Búho Bar truly is a destination itself, with sultry music, stirring conversation and artfully crafted concoctions that capture the essence of a vibrant culture and modern city, and inspire new levels of urban elegance. Stay, sip a cocktail and abandon plans, if only for a little while.

  • The Chamber At Wooden Robot

    Address: 416 E 36th St STE 100


    Our new wood-aging facility in the heart of the NoDa neighborhood. Enjoy the views of our oak foeders and barrels while exploring our taproom, patio and rooftop biergarten. The Chamber features a rotating selection of draft and packaged beer, with a focus on farmhouse ales and sours.



  • Charlotte Beer Garden

    Address: 1300 S Tryon St


    Located in heart of Southend right on the edge of Uptown enjoy the largest selection of beers at any restaurant on their rooftop patio overlooking uptown.

  • Cloud Bar

    Address: 555 South McDowell St


    Surrounded by the lights of Charlotte’s skyline, Cloud Bar by David Burke is located on the rooftop of Le Méridien. Sip on a signature cocktail while enjoying uptown Charlotte’s best sunset view and light bites from world-renowned celebrity chef David Burke.

  • Coaltranes

    Address: 1518 Central Ave


    Coaltranes is a South American-inspired rotisserie and char grill, with a focus on healthy. Enjoy local chicken, stuffed avocados, char grilled wings, freshly-made bowls, and many vegetarian options on their rooftop patio.

  • Coin Bar

    Address: 132 E Trade Street


    The Coin Bar provides guests a contemporary urban oasis with a stylish bar and grill. Double-sided LED television screens, each 22 feet wide by 12 feet high, some of the largest in the city, make the pool bar the destination of choice for any and all sports and entertainment happenings in the city. Come enjoy a cocktail poolside and take in stunning views of the Charlotte skyline.

  • Cordial

    Address: 1824 Roxborough Rd


    Cordial is a destination, but it’s also an everyday spot. It’s a bar where everyone belongs, and the bar belongs to everyone. We offer inventive cocktails for sipping, small plates for sharing, and plenty of good conversation—plus a stunning view of the Charlotte skyline from our spacious outdoor veranda.

  • Devil's Logic

    Address: 1426 E 4th Street


    On the edge of Cherry and Elizabeth and a mile from Trade & Tryon, we’re ‘next door’ to the best of Charlotte. Drinks and food can be enjoyed from two outdoor patios, one elevated and with a clear view of uptown Charlotte!

  • Fairwood 226

    Address: 226 Fairwood Ave,


    TF226 has a bar-centric open air vibe with plenty of indoor/outdoor seating. Oh, & did we mention we have rooftop seating with amazing Uptown views?

  • Fahrenheit

    Address: 222 South Caldwell St


    Fahrenheit features amazing, unparalleled views of Uptown Charlotte and inventive new American cuisine.

  • Gin Mill

    Address: 1423 S Tryon St


    The Gin Mill is a Southend restaurant and sports bar with a rooftop patio. They have daily features and live music on the weekends!

  • Graham Street Pub

    Address: 400 S Graham St


    Graham Street Pub & Patio offers skyline views and an eclectic menu of handcrafted cocktails and bites. Graham St. Pub and Patio, just blocks from Bank of America Stadium is a neighborhood bar with inside seating, a street-level patio, and a rooftop that overlooks Knights Stadium and the picturesque Queen City skyline.

  • Lincoln Street Kitchen & Cocktails

    Address: 1320 S Church St Suite 400


    The restaurant is also known for innovative cocktails featuring house made shrubs, sodas, barrel-aged cocktails and curated wine list. The restaurants midcentury nostalgic rustic yet refined design finds the balance between nature and modern, featuring a moss wall, lime washed brick, a walnut live edge bar, 48 seat dining room and a 30 seat roof top deck.

  • Merchant & Trade

    Address: 303 S Church St


    On the 19th floor, with panoramic views of Uptown Charlotte, Merchant + Trade is broken into four distinct zones – indoor bar, outdoor terrace, private terrace and the law.

  • Mizu

    Address: 3100 Apex Drive


    Inspired by the wood-fired Robata grills of Japan, Mizu offers a refreshed take on live-fire cooking atop the Hyatt Centric in the heart of Charlotte’s SouthPark neighborhood.

  • Novelty House

    Address: 123 E 5th St Suite 500


    Taking the energy of the 5th Street District vertical! Spend your evenings after work with us and enjoy craft cocktails, assorted champagnes, local beers and seltzers and more! That’s not all! Enjoy views on all four sides of Binaco Tower, including Uptown’s largest mural by local artist Alex Duncan.

  • Nuvole Rooftop 22

    Address:220 E Trade Street


    Twenty-two stories into the Charlotte skyline, Nuvolé is a rooftop bar and lounge that rises above expectations in every way. Here, just beneath the clouds, modern urban elegance meets natural beauty and fresh flavors intermingle with handcrafted cocktails. Pull up a seat at our sleek bar, share a variety of savory bites with friends, or just soak up the city views while enjoying your craft beer or wine — the perfect way to spend an evening in uptown Charlotte.

  • RH



    The RH Rooftop Restaurant features an ingredient-driven menu accompanied by a curated selection of artisanal wines and craft beers. Guests dine in a year-round skylit garden escape amidst trickling fountains, trellised London plane trees, and glimmering chandeliers.

  • Royal Tot

    Address: 933 Louise Ave Suite 350


    The Bird’s nest is the upper deck at The Royal Tot! Here you’ll enjoy a tropical experience but in a more relaxed, flippy floppies welcome kind of vibe. This area is walk-in only and complete with shade sails, individual fire pit tables, space heaters, and an unparalleled view of Uptown Charlotte.

  • The Waterman

    Address: 2729 South Blvd Ste D


    Ahoy! Welcome to The Waterman, where it’s easy to satisfy a craving for delicious, fresh seafood. Guests can belly on up after work at Happy Hour for a hearty fill of oysters (House Oysters are $1.5 Mon-Fri from 2-7PM), craft cocktails (we call them ‘boat drinks’ around here), or a cold beer (only the best here). For dinner, locals can enjoy fish camp-inspired dishes like The Waterman’s Platter or classic Fried Fish Sandwich. Don’t forget to check out the Uptown views from the rooftop bar ‘Topside’

  • Whiskey Warehouse

    Address:1221 The Plaza


    With a rooftop bar, a whiskey-forward cocktail program, and an endless roster of quality local beers, Whiskey Warehouse leaves little to be desired. The skyline view from the expansive string-light-clad rooftop earns this two-story bar/restaurant some serious street cred in the Plaza Midwood neighborhood.

  • Woody's Seafood Saloon



    This is the second location of Woody’s which is in the Ballantyne area. The first location? The Virgin Islands. The Shark Bites are said to be a must try and the cocktails will almost have you thinking you’re in a tropical oasis instead of NC.