As any host knows, the success of any party begins with the right venue – especially when trying to accommodate large groups. Thankfully, Charlotteans know how to enjoy a cocktail, a special meal, a stellar skyline, a Karaoke session, and so much more. In fact, the Queen City is brimming with so much culture and creativity, it can be a little overwhelming trying to choose just where you’ll throw the perfect bash.
Fear not, though: Here’s 15 places ranging from vast to intimate and casual to formal, to host your next extravaganza fit for the Queen, her posse and The Royal Family.
Uptown offers a variety of flavorful options for your next soiree – especially at one of these funky event spaces burgeoning with city flair.
Capacity: 16 – 300 guests
Location/concept: Uptown hot spot 5Church, is best described as eclectic, innovative, and bold – look up and you might find these words sprawling across their hand-painted ceiling. Added bonus: 5Church masterminds opened Sophia’s Lounge, a swanky cocktail bar, right next door.
Capacity: 35 – 200 guests
Location/concept: Uptown. Sister bar to Great Wagon Road Distilling Co. , this “tasting room” offers a laid-back, rustic setting. Think worn, comfortable, brown leather couches and reclaimed wood tabletops at the bar. This spot is the kind of place you want to sip whiskey in.
The Punch Room
Capacity: 10 – 50 guests
Location/concept: Located inside the Ritz Carlton in the heart of Uptown, the intimate cocktail bar is the perfect place to entertain your guests Gatsby-style. Renowned mixologist Bob Peters crafts cocktails inspired by seasonal ingredients, many of which are grown onsite. This venue is sure to “punch-up” any party.
If city skylines are your name and rooftop drinking is your game, elevate your after-work libations with seasonal cocktails. These rooftop restaurants offer a diverse menu that pares well with fresh-made cocktails, spirits and local beers.
Capacity: 260 guests
Location/concept: Atop the 19th floor of Le Meridien Charlotte, this vibrant urban rooftop is sure to add the Sparkle & Pop to any party, literally, with King of Pops Popsicles. Featuring signature cocktails, lively lounge music, and breathtaking 360-degree views of Charlotte’s skyline.
Capacity: 65 – 400 guests
Location/concept: Located atop the 21st floor of Hyatt Place in Uptown, the rooftop bar puts you right in the middle of the action. The elegant spot packs a photogenic 360-degree city view, linear fire pits and comfy chairs for your next get-together.
Capacity: 250 guests
Location/concept: Uptown. Offering the trifecta of nightlife: live jazz, crafted cocktails, and a heated Uptown view, The Imperial creates an ambiance best inspired by the 50’s.
Merchant & Trade
Capacity: 10 – 250 guests
Location/concept: Uptown. Charlotte’s rooftop bar scene reaches new heights (19 stories atop the Kimpton Tryon Pak Hotel, to be exact). The chic and inviting lounge offers panoramic city views and a retractable roof for year-round enjoyment, classic cocktails, local beers and modern cuisine.
Groups and Games
Engage in some friendly competition at these Charlotte bars, where you can play while you drink.
Lucky’s Bar & Arcade
Capacity: 75 – 250 guests
Location/concept: Uptown. 90s game bar that offers a chance for you to challenge friends with vintage video games and arcade classics.
Piedmont Social House
Capacity: 6 – 100 guests
Location/concept: Ayrsley. Gaming areas include darts, billiards, ping pong, corn hole, shuffleboard, board games, Golden Tee, Big Buck Hunter, retro arcade games and of course, bowling.
Queen Park Social
Capacity: 25 – 800 guests
Location/concept: South End. A social club down the street from Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, includes outdoor seating, a live music stage, private rooms, bowling, life-sized board games and shuffleboard.
Seoul Food Meat Co.
Capacity: 7 – 30 guests
Location/concept: South End. Channel your inner Celine among the company of close friends at this fast-casual, Korean-style barbecue restaurant. Offering more soul than bao buns in 4 themed, private karaoke rooms, an adult playground and dog park.
If you’re looking beyond the traditional party venue, check out these entertainment spaces that will have your friends and co-workers talking about their fun for months to come.
NASCAR Hall of Fame
Capacity: 10 – 2,400 guests
Location/concept: Its pedal to the medal at this Uptown venue. Host receptions encircled with NASCAR memorabilia, dinner beside a NASCAR Hall of Fame Inductee’s car, or private events in the Legends Room.
Capacity: 12 – 1,000 guests
Location/concept: Charlotte. At this 65,000-square-foot multi-level driving range, your festivity is sure to be a hit! The space also features a full food and drink menu catering to golfers and non-golfers alike.
Location/concept: Plaza Midwood. Lace up your skates and take your outing to the ice while the Checkers are in season. Concessions are available, where you’ll find the garbage plate, a tribute to Northern delicacies, and the fired Twinkie is a twist on Southern staples.
U.S. National Whitewater Center
Capacity: 50 – 450 guests
Location/concept: Charlotte. At the world’s largest man-made whitewater river, the distinct venue provides group-friendly activities and settings, many of which are customizable to your groups’ specific likings. The center features an onsite restaurant, River’s Edge Bar & Grill, with catering services as well.
Written by Breanne Sykes. Updates by Chelsea Galusky.