So you’re in town for a bachelorette weekend? Figure out where you’re staying (don’t forget about these fancy Airbnb options) and move on to making the itinerary.
Be sure to remember the two rules of the bachelorette weekend: (1) It’s all about the bride and (2) the bride should always have a drink in her hand. If she wants it.
Now, here are 11 stops to make for the perfect bachelorette weekend in Charlotte:
303 S. Church St.
At least one visit to a rooftop bar with a skyline view is required. Enjoy the element of class 19 stories into the sky, while you sip on a house cocktail.
For the bride-to-be: Perhaps she would like the Electric Love cocktail, with Zaya Gran Reserva, Remy Martin 1738, Cocchi di Torino, Trinity bitters and Angostura?
3120 N. Davidson St.
Come ready to mingle in this cozy space in the NoDa arts district over a craft beer and wine selection. This is an easy launching point for brewery- and bar-hopping your way up and down North Davidson Street (hit every watering hole from Heist Brewery, to The Blind Pig, to Salud Beer Shop, to Crown Station, to Divine Barrel Brewing).
For the bride-to-be: Sprinkle her with some free popcorn at Growlers. Something salty will help.
For daytime and nighttime adventures:
6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont
Get off the beaten path with a short journey out to Belmont, NC, where you can get a couple of hours’ worth of scenic views and strolling exploration for an admission price of $12.95. Top spots to catch a look at include the Canal Garden (with a gorgeous water feature), the West Gardens (here, the Nellie Rhyne Stowe White Garden is a little oasis) and the Orchid Conservatory (a lovely, enclosed place filled with stunning orchids and tropical plants). Take time to browse the gift shop for random trinkets, too.
For the bride-to-be: Take her to The Wine Nook, right by the Garden Store, for a glass of wine after your walk.
155 Lytton Farm Road, Troutman
About 40 minutes from Uptown (with rural views along the way), you can get the gang moving along a slow-paced vineyard and winery tour to glimpse the four acres of family-owned vines (check out those Malbec grapes!). Wrap up the journey with a wine tasting.
For the bride-to-be: She’ll be needing some cheese and crackers (available for purchase) with her grape juice.
820 Hamilton St.
Get lively with some live music at this intimate concert venue located in a historic textile mill (don’t overlook the chandeliers hanging from the ceiling). Ben Rector, Eden and more have been on the schedule this fall. Check the concert lineup here.
For the bride-to-be: Get her a premium seating package with a private bar and VIP lounge access.
You have to get a little obnoxious with some karaoke on a weekend like this. Adjacent to The Fillmore, this venue features a pizzeria and bar (with weirdly excellent cauliflower balls), as well as a karaoke lounge, with multiple rooms and soundproof walls (thank goodness).
For the bride-to-be: Put her on the little stage in front of the screen with song lyrics and let her belt her sweet heart out.
210 East Trade St., Suite A300
What’s a last hurrah without a dance party at an upscale nightclub? Expect bright neon lights and bumping tunes.
For the bride-to-be: Get her a glass of water at the bar before she takes another shot.
3106 N. Davidson St.
Brunch and mimosas should always be on the list — for proper fuel. Haberdish has a weekday brunch menu, so this is a good stop for a Friday. Load up on hushpuppies with sweet tea butter, biscuits and bacon jam, grits and chicken and waffles, plus some Blonde Bloody Marys with local heirloom yellow tomato mix.
For the bride-to-be: Get that girl something green to freshen up, like the kale salad with orange, candied benne, goat cheese and pomegranate molasses dressing. Remember, this is a marathon, not a sprint.
1608 E. Blvd.
For a classy lunch of Mediterranean-inspired shareable items, grab a table inside (or on the adorable patio if it’s nice out), and order a smorgasbord with quinoa-stuffed avocado, cast-iron mac and cheese and the homemade spreads, to start.
For the bride-to-be: A lavender lemonade martini might be nice.
4205 Park Road
Located in a cute little kiosk in the middle of Park Road Shopping Center’s parking lot is the third location of Your Mom’s donuts, featuring 12 to 15 kinds of square donuts with locally produced ingredients each day.
For the bride-to-be: Something dense, to ward off hangovers.
2000 South Blvd., Suite 510
This South End spot is fun for nightlife — you can sit down to artful sushi delights (add some heat with a spicy tuna crunch roll), but also watch dudes take shots at the bar.
For the bride-to-be: She’s definitely earned one of the chef’s specialties, like the sashimi tacos.
Have fun! And don’t forget to hydrate. And get a Lyft.