When the sun goes down in Charlotte, there’s still plenty to do! From live music to unique bars to good restaurants, the city has something for everyone, so check out our list of the best nightlife spots in Charlotte.

Howl at the Moon

Howl at the Moon is the place to go if you're in the mood to dance. This club has locations all over the country, so it’s clear they know what they’re doing. Their music is exclusively dance bops and party anthems so that the moods is never down and you can dance all night. You’ll need to cool down, so indulge in their signature “Buckets” of cocktails- just be sure to have a group of friends ready to drink it with you! Not one for ridiculously oversized drinks? They also have regular cocktails, beer, and shots, so get to this nightlife hot spot and "howl at the moon!"

Sugar Creek Brewing Company

Sugar Creek is a local brewing company that follows the Belgian style of brewing. Their taphouse is open for tasting Monday through Sunday along with their kitchen, serving up traditional Belgian eats. They also hold events in the tap room including yoga, dance fitness, a running club, and trivia nights. Their beers range from pale ales to IPAs to a Belgian Dubbel. They follow the styles of the Belgian Trappist monks and focus on creating high-quality, unique beer. Enjoy the nightlife in Charlotte here with some beer and paninis!


A speakeasy-style bar, Prohibition aims to take you back in time by surrounding you with history: old wood, tin, and Prohibition Era quotes. They’re serving up delicious cocktails and beer along with drink specials every day. Visit their second-floor patio and enjoy live music from local bands and DJs.

Ri Ra Irish Pub

This pub was restored from an old Irish pub and then shipped from Ireland to Charlotte! It first opened its doors in 1997 and survived a fire in 2009 to bring the best of Irish pub life to Charlotte. Its bar provides the perfect place to watch sports with a menu full of good comfort food. You won’t have a problem finding something to drink, though you might have a problem choosing. 

The Fillmore Charlotte

Housed in an old textile mill, The Fillmore Charlotte styles itself after the Fillmore in San Francisco.  You’ll be greeted with a painted red interior, vintage music posters, and chandeliers. Stadium-style tiers and state-of-the-art lighting and sound mean you’ll be able to enjoy the show from anywhere. For an even better experience, get premium tickets for a private bar, VIP lounge, premium seating, and parking and a concierge. Enjoy the best music shows at the top venue for Charlotte nightlife.

The Comedy Zone

If you need to laugh, head to the Comedy Zone! This Comedy Central-certified comedy club describes itself as “casual and airy with a hint of French couture” and is a perfect night activity for you and your friends after a long week. While you watch the live performances, you can order from their menu and enjoy a delicious meal. They even have open mic nights so you can test out your jokes on a completely forgiving crowd. Head out and watch a new comedian or get tickets to your favorite for the ultimate dinner-and-a-show!

Alive After Five

Every Thursday at Rooftop 210 is a happy hour and a free entertainment event called Alive After Five. Starting at 5:00 p.m., the bar is host to a weekly celebration where friends and coworkers can gather and network. You’ll enjoy live music, happy hour, and a casual atmosphere here. No matter the week, you’ll always find a great party at Alive After Five.

There’s plenty of nightlife options in Charlotte, so be sure to bookmark this article and try them all! Let us know which spot was your favorite in comments.

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