20 perfectly classy date night ideas, from seafood towers to sommelier-led wine tastings

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Ricotta Gnocchi at Dot Dot Dot. Photo by Jessica Bentley.

Is it time to step it up on date night? Whether it’s a birthday, an anniversary, or any other special occasion, there are times that call for a fancy night out.

We’ve handcrafted a list of 20 spots that are sure to impress for a classy date night.

(1) Haberdish

3106 N Davidson St

C5 Pro Tip: Not only is the food delicious, it’s incredibly photogenic. Why not mix it up and do brunch on a weekday for a fun and tasty date? We highly recommend the fried chicken.

About last night… it’s all leftovers for today! 🤗 #friedchicken #southern #madeinthesouth

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(2) Haymaker

225 S. Poplar St.

C5 Pro Tip: Nothing is sexier than splitting a basket of Levain bread with butter. Start with that (and take notice of the sun setting across Romare Bearden Park through the tall windows), while you decide between fish and duck confit in this new, swanky space.

(3) Bardo

1508 S. Mint St. Unit B.

C5 Pro Tip: This small dining room creates an intimate vibe, so be sure to share something sweet by the end of your meal, like the carrot cake with ginger, cream cheese and opal basil.

(4) Dilworth Tasting Room

300 East Tremont Ave.

C5 Pro Tip: Did you know you can get a free cheese board with a wine flight on Tuesdays? Take these treats out to the back patio and koi pond for a magical experience at night.

(5) Bulla Gastrobar

4310 Sharon Road, Ste. w01

C5 Pro Tip: Relax into the expansive, warm space while you dig into a steaming presentation of paella with Valencia-style rice, calamari, prawns, clams, shrimp,
red sofrito and saffron, meant for a group (or for two).

(6) Corkbuzz

4905 Ashley Park Ln., Suite J.

C5 Pro Tip: Schedule a Wine Profile appointment ($45) with a sommelier to learn your tastes. You’ll be led through an eight-wine tasting.

(7) Fahrenheit

222 S Caldwell St.

C5 Pro Tip: It’s all about the view with Fahrenheit. And it’s hard to beat a nice cocktail while enjoying the beautiful Charlotte skyline at night. It may be cliche, but get those phones ready for the perfect picture.

The nightlife This #rooftop #fahrenheit Crowd pleaser …

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(8) The Punch Room

201 E Trade St (15th floor of the Ritz-Carlton)

C5 Pro Tip: Leave it in the hands of the mixologist to create the best drinks for you and your date in this speakeasy-style space. Just share what you like, and see what gets crafted.

(9) The Porter’s House

7417 Waverly Walk Ave.

C5 Pro Tip: Take a seat in the Whiskey Room, where you can order from the main menu, as well as order house infusions.

(10) Fin & Fino

135 Levine Avenue of the Arts #100

C5 Pro Tip: This new Uptown seafood destination is intended for exploration. Try something new to you, like the Tower of Power with 10 oysters, 10 shrimp, blue crab, mussels, two lobster tails and tuna-salmon poke.

(11) The Fig Tree Restaurant

1601 E 7th St.

C5 Pro Tip: Make sure to order the elk chop. This popular dish has been on the menu for almost a decade and this is the only place in town where you can regularly get elk.

(12) Customshop

1601 Elizabeth Ave.

C5 Pro Tip: Pop a bottle of wine in this dark and sleek spot — perhaps a red from Tuscany, to accommodate the chilly weather? On the dinner menu, the fresh pasta is to die for.

(13) Foxcroft Wine Co.

1235 East Blvd., Suite I or 7824 Fairview Rd

C5 Pro Tip: If you choose to enjoy a bottle of wine that costs more than $30, there is no corkage fee. Also: order a small plate to share, and maybe linger long enough for dinner.

(14) Dressler’s Restaurant

1100 Metropolitan Ave #125 or 8630 Lindholm Dr, Huntersville 

C5 Pro Tip: Order the signature dish, Just for the Halibut. This fish dish started as a monthly special that only was available every now and then, but was so popular the chef decided to make it a regular menu item. Also, you can impress your date with the background behind the restaurant’s name: Owners Jon and Kim Dressler first met when they were working at the same steakhouse.

(15) Dot Dot Dot

4237 Park Road Unit B (Backlot)

C5 Pro Tip: While this spot is known for its high-end cocktails, you will not want to overlook the food! Remember though, you need to be a member (or be with a member) to enter. Membership is $10, and you are allowed to bring a guest. Be sure to try “The Hot Box,” a cocktail made using Knob Creek 10-year Personal Selection Bourbon (120 proof), house blended sweet vermouth, Hellfire bitters, Islay Scotch, and pecan smoke.

(16) City Lights Rooftop

Le Meridien Charlotte, 555 S McDowell St

C5 Pro Tip: Due to seasonal hours, the bar “boasting the only 360-degree view of the Charlotte skyline” is open Monday through Saturday. Try the Strawberry Sunset cocktail — while you actually watch the sun set.

The happiest hours are spent with good company… and good food, of course. Try one of our new ‘Yum Boxes’ to split among friends.

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(17) Halcyon

500 S. Tryon St.

C5 Pro Tip: Grab your date’s hand and browse the art in the Mint Museum Uptown before making your way into the elegance of Halcyon, in the same building. Start with the blue cheese souffle.

(18) O-Ku

2000 South Blvd #510

C5 Pro Tip: If you are a sushi newbie or just struggle to find some sushi you like, we’ve got you covered with what you should be ordering at O-Ku. Also, try the edamame with pink Himalayan salt and truffle oil.

Tuesdays are always better with Sashimi! #okucharlotte #theindigoroad #okusushi 📸 cred: @sifuvang

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(19) Blumenthal Performing Arts Center

130 N Tryon St

C5 Pro Tip: Blumenthal has had some heavy hitters scheduled for 2018. Top Broadway shows like Phantom of the Opera, The Color Purple, The Lion King, The Book of Mormon, and Hamilton have been making their way to town.

(20) Upstream

6902 Phillips Place

C5 Pro Tip: Catch a movie at Regal Phillips Place Stadium 10 and walk over to this longtime Charlotte establishment for a sweep of the affordable sushi menu.

 

3 COMMENTS

  1. About #12, Customshop… I believe it is now closed. Signs for ‘remodeling’ and the phone is disconnected. Sad, was our go-to spot for many years.

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