With the spring weather kicking into gear, there’s nothing more cool than gathering with friends and sipping on wine or a cocktail at a rooftop bar. And Charlotte, NC has them!

As the largest city in the Tar Heel State, there is always new construction adding to the city’s skyline. That ‘new’ construction includes everything from high-rise condominiums to sleek restaurants. And what makes some of those restaurants more attractive are the rooftop bars. They all have that ‘WOW’ factor!

Thanks to some help from The Rooftop Guide, here’s a  look at some of the hottest rooftop bars Charlotte has to offer. From swanky lounges to rooftop brews, here is information you need to know before hitting the rooftop.

Novelty House Rooftop – Uptown Charlotte, 5th Floor

Novelty House Rooftop

It’s a modern on top of the Binaco Tower in Uptown Charlotte.  Novelty House Rooftop is a modern and beautiful rooftop bar, with a bright and open-air terrace. You’ll likely be wowed by the plethora of flowers on the walls and above. It’s the perfect spot for after-work cocktails, champagnes, local beers and more. It does offer private events for rental. And on set nights, there’s a live DJ!

Aura Rooftop – Uptown Charlotte

Aura Rooftop

Located on the 5th floor of the JW Marriott Charlotte in Uptown, Aura Rooftop is a beautiful escape from the city buzz. It’s terrace is bright and chic and divided into two sections: the Aura Rooftop Bar and the Aura Rooftop Pool. Oh, and we can’t forget the pool area. It is available to guests staying at the hotel, or by reservations.

Merchant & Trade19th Floor, Third Ward

Merchant & Trade photo

Merchant & Trade is a swanky rooftop bar and lounge on top of Kimpton Tryon Park Hotel in Uptown Charlotte. It’s stylish and modern and has a sexy and sophisticated vibe. It has both an indoor bar, outdoor terrace, private terrace and the lawn. What makes it so special is the panoramic views of the city’s skyline. A great spot to gather friends and family to have a few curated cocktails, bar bites or local brews. Photo cred: william_avery_photography

Cloud Bar By David Burke

Cloudy Bar by David Burke

Perched on the 18th floor of the Le Meredien Charlotte,  Cloud Bar by David Burke is one of the few rooftop bars in Charlotte with a complete 360-degree view. It is one of the highest rooftops in the city. Sit here and have crafted and refreshing signature cocktails, a selection of beers and light bites from celebrity chef David Burke. The atmosphere is fun trendy. It offers live music weekly.


Fahrenheit photo

This is one of the more popular and trendy rooftop bars in Charlotte. It sits on the 21st floor of the Hyatt Place in uptown. The rooftop bar serves up specialty cocktails along with a sexy, chill vibe, and a panoramic view over the city. The restaurant serves up its own flavor of incredible bites and entrees  prepared by Chef Rocco Whalen. Your meal can be complimented by an extensive wine list and local beers. There’s even a Sunday brunch menu to close out your weekend.

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