Nightlife & Music

A Guide To NoDa

June 8, 2011 5:57 PM

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NoDa has quickly become one of the hottest neighborhoods in Charlotte. Located on and around North Davidson Street, NoDa is officially Charlotte’s Historic Arts District. With numerous art galleries, funky shops, hip bars and restaurants you can’t walk through this neighborhood without being creatively inspired. On any given evening you’ll find the streets crawling with people who have come for the music, the food, the art or just the company of the neighbors. If you’re looking for a relaxed, liberal, welcoming environment, then NoDa is the ‘hood for you.
Green Rice Gallery


Gallery Crawl

NoDa is home to several art galleries. In fact, you won’t find this many art galleries in any other neighborhood in Charlotte. And they’re all within walking distance of each other.

The first and third Friday of every month is Gallery Crawl. A very casual “open house” of sorts to all businesses in the area. Wander in the galleries, peruse the art, buy a painting if you wish, have a beer at a nearby pub, catch a live musical street performance, grab a slice of pizza, check out the vendors who’ve set up shop on the sidewalks. All in all, enjoy the culture of NoDa and the talent of it’s people.

The art galleries of NoDa include:

The ArtHouse, Center for Creative Expression
“Where the street ends: culture begin!!!”
103 Cullman Ave

Dialect Art Gallery
A unique gallery with a focus on architecture as art. This design-build firm has an international client base and has been recognized for innovative and imaginative work.
3204-c North Davidson St

Green Rice Gallery and Studios
A working studio that specializes in local artists, Green Rice provides opportunities for people of all experience levels to create and showcase their work in a fun environment.
451 E. 36th St

And that’s not all. Come on out to Gallery Crawl to check out even more gallery spaces and find a new favorite artist, maybe even a local one.

Neighborhood Theatre


Live Music

Live music is a staple in NoDa. You can’t walk down the street without hearing the strains of a guitar riff or a lingering voice drift out into the night breeze. Many local musicians get their start playing the stages of NoDa. But it’s not just local music they’re pushing. Plenty of established, nationally-reknown bands and soloists have graced NoDa with their music talents as well. Whether you’re looking to hear your favorite artists live on stage or you’re out to discover the newest Charlotte-based talent, come on out to NoDa for an evening to remember.

NoDa’s music venues include:

The Evening Muse
One of the best music venues in all of Charlotte, The Evening Muse offers live music at least 5 nights a week. The casual pub atmosphere is great for chilling with friends while catching an awesome musical show featuring local or not-so-local talent.
3227 North Davidson St

The Neighborhood Theatre
The Neighborhood Theatre is an awesome performance space with fantastic acoustics, professional lighting system and plenty of room for all your friends. And no concert space would be complete without a bar stocked with your favorite beers and wines.
511 E. 36th Street

Revolution Pizza



If you’re coming to NoDa for the music or art, chances are you’ll stick around for a bite to eat. And NoDa has some delicious options to delight your taste buds.

Some of NoDas restaurants include:

Cabo Fish Taco Baja SeaGrill
If it’s fish tacos you want, Cabo is the place for you. Cabo offers a variety of seafood dishes inspired form California and Baja cuisine. The word for Cabo Fish Taco is fresh. Fresh atmosphere, fresh food and fresh homemade margaritas.
3201 North Davidson St

Growlers Pourhouse
Growlers Pourhouse is the ultimate place for beer lovers. They offer a variety of great American craft beers and the foods that taste good with them. With everything made in-house, Growlers is sure to please.
3120 N. Davidson St

Revolution Pizza and Ale House
Revolution is a funky pizza place with a large outdoor patio/balcony. The delicious pizzas are hand-tossed, stone-fired and made with local ingredients. Bring a friend and split a pie.
3228 N. Davidson St

Tasty Yo



Come for the art and music, stay for dinner, stay longer for dessert. NoDa offers several options to tantalize your sweet tooth. Whether you’re looking for rich pastries or desserts on the lighter side, you can find it in NoDa.

Tasty Yo
Tasty Yo is the ultimate place for tart frozen yogurt. With a multitude of fresh fruit toppings to choose from, this yogurt is not only refreshing, but good for you. Of course, you can also have your pick of chocolate, candies and syrups to don your yogurt as well.
2116 North Davidson St

Smelly Cat Coffe House
A favorite among locals, Smelly Cat offers hot, cold and frozen coffee drinks, pastries, smoothies and more to tempt your taste buds. Bring a friend to play board games with while you enjoy your treats. Dogs are also welcome on the patio and in the shop.
514 East 36th St

Amelie’s French Bakery
Open 24 hours a day, Amelie’s Bakery is an eclectic blend of art, decor, music and pastries. Come in for tantalizing conversation and savory sweets. From brownies to tarts, Amelie’s has it all.
2424 N. Davidson St

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