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🥃 This guide will lift your spirits
A yellow cocktail with a foamed top and dried lemon wedge floating on top next to a candle.
Sophia’s Lounge features cocktails + mocktails for any craving and a comfortable atmosphere.|Photo by CLTtoday
Can we interest you in a post-work beverage? Gather your closest friends and colleagues (read: drinking buddies), and hit the town with this guide in tow.

Whether you’re hankering for a locally brewed IPA, a chilled glass of sauvignon blanc, or a gin and tonic featuring Great Wagon Road’s 704 Gin distilled right here in Charlotte, grab a drink at these 25 places around town.

Beer lovers

Legion Brewing, multiple locations | Drink we love: Passionfruit Orange Guava Supernova
Known by many as “Legion,” the brewery features $5 pints daily at their Morehead and Plaza taprooms.

Resident Culture, 2102 Central Ave., Charlotte | Drink we love: Island Time Mexican lager
The selection of beers changes. Expect some bottled and canned beers available for purchase.

A short cocktail with jalapeno slices stands next to a tall coupe glass with a clear cocktail.

Great Wagon Road Distillery provides fresh cocktails and is the only place with bottles of liquor available for purchase on Sundays.

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Photo via Great Wagon Road Distillery

Keeping spirits up

Great Wagon Road Distilling, 610 Anderson St., Charlotte | Drink we love: Key Lime Mule
Watch the distillery process while sitting in the taproom or enjoy live music on the patio every Wednesday and Saturday nights.

Humbug, 2501 The Plaza, Ste. 1, Charlotte | Drink we love: The Frothy Boy
This unique cocktail bar in Plaza Midwood combines comfort and craft cocktails under one roof. Pro tip: Children and dogs are not allowed.

A flight of four sangrias on a brown and black holder.

Catalú's cocktail menu features a sangria flight so diners can try four types of sangrias available.

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Photo via Catalú

Off the vine

The Bohemian: A Wine Bar, 1319 Pecan Ave., Charlotte | Drink we love: Dio Fili Xinomavro Rosé
Grab a friend and dish over charcuterie or flatbreads and a menu featuring seasonal wine by the glass.

Catalú, 135 New Bern St., Charlotte | Drink we love: The Bubbly sangria
Enjoy $15 sangria flights on Thursdays + savor Spanish flavors in a paella to share with your friends.

Now that to-go cocktails are legal in North Carolina, we’ll be sure to update our post-work drinks City Guide as local spots make changes to their menus.”
 
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I am most proud of my city’s…

A. Bubbling craft beer scene
B. Delicious distilleries
C. Mocktail masterpieces
D. Vines and wines
 
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Events
 
Wednesday, July 10
  • Drop In Art at Mint Randolph | Wednesday, July 10 | 4-8 p.m. | The Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Rd., Charlotte | Free | Draw and create collages in the museum’s weekly art room.
  • Grand Opening Mixer | Wednesday, July 10 | 6 p.m. | Moulin Bouge Lifestyle Coterie, 2422 W. Sugar Creek Rd., Charlotte | Free | Tour a new wellness and aesthetic salon suite opening in northwest Charlotte.
  • Copa America Semifinals | Wednesday, July 10 | 8 p.m. | Bank of America Stadium, 800 S. Mint St., Charlotte | $135 | Cheer as Colombia and Uruguay face off in South America’s biggest championship.
Thursday, July 11
  • North End Farmers Market | Thursday, July 11 | 4-8 p.m. | Camp North End, 1801 N. Graham St., Charlotte | Cost of purchase | Stroll through Camp North End while buying from local farmers and artisans.
  • Jazz Funk Soul | Thursday, July 11, Thursday, July 11 | Times vary | Middle C Jazz Club, 300 S. Brevard St., Charlotte | $50-$85 | Groove to the smooth sounds of the Grammy-nominated trio.
  • Nature’s Nightlights - Movie Under the Stars | Thursday, July 11 | 7-10 p.m. | Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Rd., Belmont | $12-$20 | Watch “FernGully” while surrounded by an illuminated botanical garden inspired by nature.
Friday, July 12
  • Car Cruise-In at The Courthouse Self-Pour Beer & Wine | Friday, July 12 | 8 a.m.-5 p.m. | Monroe Downtown Historic District, 222 N. Main St., Monroe | Free | A monthly spectacle — get a close look at classic hot rods lining the streets.
  • The Literary Lounge | Friday, July 12 | 5-8 p.m. | That’s Novel Books, 300 Camp Rd., Charlotte | Free | Meet local authors, listen to spoken word, and spark conversations at this community event.
  • Rumours ATL: A Fleetwood Mac Tribute | Friday, July 12 | 8 p.m. | The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., Charlotte | $24.50+ | “Go Your Own Way” to this show with a tribute band playing the best of Fleetwood Mac.
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News Notes
 
Civic
  • Following short-term rental complaints, the Town of Matthews could implement changes to the Unified Development Ordinance. The proposed changes include obtaining a zoning permit, limiting guests, and barring rentals used for events. The town will consider the changes on Tuesday, July 23. (WCNC)
Announced
  • Part of the Rail Trail between Tremont Avenue and Remount Road will close Monday, July 15 through the end of summer for construction. Improvements include fencing, landscaping, lighting, and new bike racks. An estimated completion date is TBA. (WCNC)
Transit
  • The NCDOT needs your opinion on a nearly $1 billion project to widen Independence Boulevard. The project will start near Idlewild Road and end at I-485 in Matthews, adding an express and general purpose lane. A public meeting is planned for Tuesday, July 23 at East Mecklenburg High School (6800 Monroe Rd.).
Drink
  • To-go cocktails are now legal in North Carolina. Gov. Roy Cooper signed the ABC Omnibus Bill into law this week. Pre-mixed liquor drinks must be sealed and sold with food and cannot be more than 24 ounces. (WSOC)
Eat
  • Chef Bobby Flay’s burger joint quietly opened in SouthPark. Bobby’s Burgers is a 3,000-sqft restaurant at 6000 Fairview Rd. A grand opening is scheduled for July 17. See what we tried. (Charlotte Business Journal)
Open
  • The Plunge House is now open in Lower South End. The spot at 3216 South Blvd. offers cold and hot plunges, steam saunas, vitamin C-infused showers, and a co-working patio. Memberships are required.
Opening
  • Frenchy’s Sip and Shop announced its opening at 12 p.m. on Saturday, July 13. The bottle shop at 200 W. Tremont Ave., Ste. 103, boasts more than 700 wine and beer options.
Active
  • The US National Whitewater Center opened a new area for children. “Wildwoods” features climbing structures, ropes courses, and pedal-free balance bikes. Kids of all ages are welcome. Single activity passes are $18.
Trending
  • A former Charlotte CEO put his SouthPark mansion up for sale at more than $13 million. The mansion on Fox Brook Lane is just shy of 14,000 sqft and sits on 1.27 acres. The listing is one of the most expensive ever seen in Charlotte. (Charlotte Business Journal)
Arts
  • The NASCAR Hall of Fame is honoring the “The King” of NASCAR, Richard Petty and his family. The attraction unveiled “The King’s Hat,” a nearly 1,000-lb, six-ft handcrafted cowboy hat featuring images from Petty’s career. (WCCB)
Sports
  • Miles Bridges returns to the Hornets with a three-year deal. Could he be traded before the deal is up? Go beyond the court for the biggest stories on the Charlotte Hornets with Locked On’s daily, team-focused podcasts.
Finance
  • Did you know you could finance your fixer-upper with home equity? You could get up to $50K with a HELOC — calculate your payment.*
     
     
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    Art 🤝 Nature
    A rainbow-lit underground tunnel with round light displays on the walls.
    “State of Flow” along Torrence Creek Greenway pays homage to the waterways that surround the Charlotte area.|Photo by Adam Buente via Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation
    The next time you’re on the greenway, look around. Torrence Creek Greenway has new art along the inside of its 300-ft-long tunnel under I-77.

    The light installation is called “State of Flow” by Project One Studio. Led by artist Adam Buente, the display represents and blend “movement, liquidity, and ephemerality with the region’s natural history.” It’s inspired by Lake Norman, Torrence Creek, and McDowell Creek.

    The project was spearheaded by the Arts and Science Council, a group supporting artists across the city + boasts accessibility to arts and culture.

    “Park and Recreation needed to make a dark and dreary-looking tunnel light and welcoming,” said Randella Davis, ASC’s Public Art Program Director. “The greenway is a huge asset to our region, and Park and Recreation, naturally, want to encourage use of it.”

    A ribbon cutting is scheduled for Monday, July 15 at 6 p.m. at 10300 Compass St. in Huntersville.
     
    The Buy
     
    Cozy Earth’s Bamboo Viscose Sheet Set, so you can enjoy soft, luxurious sheets that also keep you cool. How you know they’re good: The sheets were featured on Oprah’s 2018 Favorite Things list.
     
    Answered
     
    Construction at the airport peaked our curiosity — which traveler do you most identify with?

    Lines of travelers carrying luggage make their way through Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

    Passengers can access all gates from any checkpoint once cleared through TSA at Charlotte Douglas.

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    Photo by CLTairport

    Summer travel is upon us and if you’re planning a getaway this month, construction at the American Airlines desks could lead to delays.

    When asked if you arrive early or with little time before your flight, 90% of you said early is best. We couldn’t agree more.
     
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    The Wrap
     
    Headshot of CLTtoday author Maria Delgado Today’s edition by:
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    From the editor
    Foodies. If you have time, grab a bite from Bobby’s Burgers in SouthPark. City Editor Jack and I met a friend for lunch and we each ordered the Crunchburger. The fries were good, the onion rings were huge, and the milkshakes were so creamy. Highly recommend.

    A burger with bacon, french fries, and a milkshake in the background.
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