8 best late night bars in Charlotte

8 best late night bars in Charlotte
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After midnight and not ready to head home? That’s cool. Shut it down at this list of Charlotte’s best late night bars.

Dandelion Market

Two-story Irish-inspired restaurant and bar with a late night dance club crowd.

Best for: Low key drinks at the downstairs bar and dancing upstairs until they close.

Cover: None.


Drink order: Holy Water  — Jameson Irish whiskey, demarara sugar syrup, citrus zest and ginger beer.

Fun fact: Dandelion Market got it’s name after an old famous outdoor market in Dublin.

Location and hours: Uptown. 118 West 5th Street. 11am-2am Monday-Friday, 10am-2am Saturday & Sunday.


Jeff’s Bucket Shop

A quirky, dive-y karaoke bar hidden in a Montford Drive basement. 

Best for: Ending a rowdy Saturday night with your best rendition of Sweet Caroline.

Drink order: $5 Fireball shot. Liquid courage?

Cover: Just one-time fee of $1 for a membership card.

Location & hours: 1601 Montford Drive. 7pm – 2am Monday – Saturday. 8pm – 2am Sunday.


80s & 90s-inspired dance club filled with retro memorabilia. Expect all your favorite throwback hits.

Best for: Birthdays, bachelor/bachelorette parties or when you need to dance your heart out to Salt -N-Pepa.

Drink order: Super Freak – vodka, cranberry, sour, lime, Sprite.

Agenda tip: Take a break from dancing in their retro game room upstairs with games like Pac Man and SkeeBall.

Cover: Yes, usually around $5-$7.

Location and hours: Uptown. 116 W. 5th Street. Friday & Saturday only. 8:30pm-2:30am.


Firehouse Bar and Lounge

Hookah lounge with VIP table service and a premium food truck menu

Drink order: Vitamin Water — double shot of vodka, cranberry juice, OJ, pineapple juice

Best for: Club amenities (like VIP sections and bottle service) in a more casual, intimate bar setting

Location & hours: South End / Gold District. 320 W. Carson Boulevard. 5pm-2am Tuesday – Saturday. 3pm-10pm Sunday.

Connolly’s on 5th

Cozy, traditional Irish pub with live music. 

Drink order: A perfectly poured pint of Guiness.

Cover: Expect around $5 on the weekends.

Best for: A casual night out. Beer. Football. Nothing fancy.

Location & hours: Uptown. 115 E. 5th Street. 3pm-2am Monday – Thursday. 12pm-2am Friday – Sunday.


Rí Rá Irish Pub

Irish pub anchored by a 19th century Victorian bar, serving up craft beers and cocktails. Expect a late night party vibe.

Drink order: Southern Mule – Firefly sweet tea vodka, Goslings ginger beer, lime.

Agenda tip: Enjoy your drink on their rooftop patio overlooking the courtyard at Hearst Tower.

Best for: Reliving your glory days in a sea of Barbour jackets.

Location & hours: Uptown. 208 N. Tryon. 11am – 2am Wednesday – Saturday. 11am – 12am Sunday and Monday. 11am – 1am Tuesday.


Selwyn Pub

A classic Charlotte watering hole with a tree-shaded deck and an old school, frat party vibe.

Best for: Nights when you’re looking for a laid back neighborhood bar.

Drink order: A $5 Selwyn Transfusion — vodka, ginger ale & a splash of grapefruit juice.

Fun fact: The $5 price tag of their infamous transfusions hasn’t changed since they opened in 1990.

Cover: Nope.

Location & hours: Myers Park. 2810 Selwyn Avenue. 4pm – 2am Monday-Friday. 11:30am-2am Saturday and Sunday.

Thomas Street Tavern

A casual, no-frills neighborhood bar with live music and outdoor ping pong.

Best for:  Cheap beers and overly competitive ping pong games with your friends.

Drink order: A ice cold PBR.

Cover: Usually none before 9pm.

Location & hours: Plaza Midwood. 1218 Thomas Avenue. 11am – 2am Monday – Saturday. 12pm – 2am Sundays.


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