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Best New Bars Of 2013 In Charlotte

December 26, 2013 7:00 AM

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Charlotte’s bar scene shone bright in 2013, with lots of new, exciting entries. Our first champagne bar opened, Ballantyne got its first gastropub and a massive taproom opened three blocks from Panther’s Stadium. There are plenty of new opportunities to sample everything from high-end champagnes to locally brewed beers.
Bubble
210 E. Trade St., Suite A200
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 733-9427
www.bubblecharlotte.com

This brand new champagne bar and lounge opened at the EpiCentre in the fall. It’s a high-end bottle service and cocktail club. The décor is sleek and chic, although the Barbie photos raise more than a few eyebrows. Both food and cocktails are designed to tempt even the most virtuous. Open only a few weeks, it’s already become one of Charlotte’s hottest venues.

Oak Room
200 E. Bland St.
Charlotte, NC 28203
(704) 779-6773
www.oakroom.com

This 6,000-square-foot, South End/Dilworth night spot is the place to be on Saturday nights. Admission and parking are free. Right now, it’s only open regularly on Saturday nights from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., but there are special events on other nights, so be sure to check the website. This hot spot has a dress code of no hats, shorts or t-shirts, so plan accordingly. The walls are paneled in oak, and there is a huge bar, dance floor and DJ booth where some of the hottest DJs around spin. Stop by on a Saturday night and judge for yourself.

Southside
1600 Montford Drive
Charlotte, NC 28209
(704) 525-8282
www.southsideclt.com

If you are looking for a hip, trendy, upscale spot in the hopping Montford area, Southside is the place to go. This lounge opened in the fall, complete with metal ceilings, chandeliers and an attractive clientele. It has an artisanal cocktail menu, with the Southside leading the charge – it’s packed with Tanqueray, fresh lemon, simple syrup and mint. Southside offers a small plate menu for those who want a light bite with their cocktails. During the week, Southside is used for private events and it’s open to the public Fridays and Saturdays from 9 p.m. until 2 a.m.

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Unknown Brewing Company
1327 S. Mint St.
Charlotte, NC 28203
www.unknownbrewing.com

Charlotte’s newest taproom is already a huge hit. It’s located three blocks south of Bank of America Stadium and it’s perfect for a game-day experience. The UBC space is the biggest brewery in Charlotte. Three core beers of its own making and nine more inventive brews like Fire Down Below (infused with sriracha), Peach Berliner Vice and Drop Top Saison, brewed with lemon drop candies, are on tap at any given time. The brewery is located in a 25,000-square-foot warehouse, adding ambiance (and indoor corn hole) to the massive space. It is open Thursday and Friday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon until 8 p.m.

Bradshaw Social House
8440 Rea Road
Charlotte, NC 28277
(704) 543-7351
www.bradshawsocialhouse.com

Ballantyne’s first gastropub opened this summer and has been keeping Charlotteans happy ever since. From trivia to bar bands, Bradshaw Social House is a great place for both drinks and comfort food with a casual, upscale vibe. The bar is the emphasis. It runs across almost a third of the space along the walls. Bradshaw has 17 different beers on tap, from local brews to Guinness and the usual selections. There are retractable massive doors that open the restaurant to the outdoors when the weather permits. It’s a fun, warm environment filled with good food and great booze.

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Lauren J. Walter is a freelance writer covering all things Charlotte. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.

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