Dog Friendly Spots in CLT

If you walk down the streets of the Southend neighborhood in Charlotte, around every corner is someone walking their dog. The rail trail makes a great city-view stroll with your pup, but there are also a ton of dog-friendly hangouts in Charlotte! If you can’t bear to leave your furry friend at home, keep reading.


Lucky Dog Bark & Brew

2220 Thrift Rd

Charlotte, NC 28208

With several CLT locations, this is one of the most popular dog bars in Charlotte. It is an indoor/outdoor sports bar, but also offers daycare, boarding, and grooming services. The pups can play while the people hang!


Sycamore Brewing

2161 Hawkins Street

Charlotte, NC 28203

Located in Southend, this is one of the most popular breweries in Charlotte. Did you know you can bring your dog along, too? While dogs can’t run loose, they can hang out on leash as you enjoy a drink with friends! Dogs are also invited to the very popular Front Porch Sundays, where local businesses pop up at Sycamore for you to shop.


U.S. National Whitewater Center

5000 Whitewater Center Parkway

Charlotte, NC 28214 

If you love the outdoors and desire an adventure with your best fur pal, try bringing him to the Whitewater Center! On leash, your pup can enjoy paddle boarding, kayaking, or hiking. The Whitewater Center also has fun events that are dog friendly. Just check their calendar!



1402 Winnifred Street

Charlotte, NC 28203

Hoppin’ is a really fun, hip bar in Charlotte where you can serve your own beer/cider with a wristband connected to your card. Dogs are welcome to join in on the fun! Be sure to check out the list of everything they have on tap.


Seoul Food Meat Co.

1400 S Church St Ste A

Charlotte, NC 28203

Enjoy Korean BBQ and karaoke–and enjoy it all with your pup! Seoul Food Meat Co. has an outdoor, fenced dog park where your furry pal can run free. This fun restaurant has four stars on Yelp. See what people have to say about it!

Cheap (But Not Skimpy) Date Spots


Whether you’re looking for an easy, low pressure date spot for meeting someone for the first time or you just want to go on a date that won’t break the bank after you pay the babysitter and get yourself a drink, Charlotte has a wide variety of free to low-cost cultural offerings. Don’t miss the last one on this list—it’s a bonus for Saturday nights with the kids to get you through the aftermath of a fun night out.  


The Charlotte Folk Society  

926 Elizabeth Ave 

Charlotte, NC 28204 

 Celebrating almost thirty years of folk music, this organization has more than just string-bands. They offer monthly events on the second Friday of every month. The events include food trucks, bluegrass, and acoustic music and the main event – a concert in the sanctuary – at 7:30 p.m.  


Free but a $10 per person donation is suggested. 


McColl Center for Art & Innovation 

721 N Tryon St  

Charlotte, NC 28202 

(Located at W 10th St and N Church St)  

Located in a historic, neo-Gothic church in Uptown Charlotte, the Center houses nine artist studios and over 5,000 square feet of gallery space. Admission is always free, but donations are accepted. Even Parking is free! 


Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.  

Friday & Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  


The Light Factory 

1817 Central Ave 

Charlotte, NC 28205 

If photography is what interests you, let Charlotte’s only space dedicated to the photographic arts into your life. The art on these walls is always changing, cycling through signature events like their Annual, and curated exhibitions guaranteeing there is never a dull visit.  


There no admission for the gallery.  

Wednesday through Saturdays from 12 noon to 6 p.m. 


Charlotte Lit 

1817 Central Ave 

Charlotte, NC 28205 

The Charlotte Center for the Literary Arts is in the SAME building as The Light Factory, but caters to the written word rather than photography.  


There is a fee for the wide variety of workshops, but the quarterly poetry and art poster series is free and the community conversations are just one of the many engaging formats this organization offers. Check it out!  


South End Gallery Crawl  

South End is home to the largest concentration of art galleries in Charlotte and this twist on a Pub crawl offers you the chance to tour the following:  


Hodges Taylor Art Consultancy 

118 E Kingston Ave 

Suite 16 

Charlotte, NC 28203 


Elder Gallery of Contemporary Art 

1520 S Tryon St  

Charlotte, NC 28203 


Hidell Brooks Gallery 

1910 South Blvd 

Suite 130  

Charlotte, NC 28203 

The first Friday of each month 

Admission is free. 


Mint Museum 

500 S Tryon St 

Charlotte, NC 28202  

The innovative program, “ArtBreak,” at Levine Center for the Arts is a guided 30-minute tour of either The Mint Museum Uptown, the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, or the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Art + Culture, designed to give you a break during your lunch hour. It’s held at noon on the third Thursday of each month.  


Admission is free to both the Uptown and Randolph Rd locations. 


ImaginOn / The Joe & Joan Martin Center  

300 E 7th St 

Charlotte, NC 28202 

This collaborative effort between the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library and Children’s Theatre of Charlotte is a 102,000-square-foot space that is a dedicated library space for kids 11 years old and under, four multi-use classrooms, a teen-only library, a multi-media production studio, and an interactive exhibit space. 



Monday to Thursday 9:00am – 8:00pm 

Friday to Saturday 9:00am – 5:00pm 

Sunday 1:00pm – 5:00pm 


Photo by Cody Hughes @clhughes21

The Novice Guide to Cheap (Real) Art


Your significant other is right. It’s time to let the Scarface poster go. Or even the Starry Night, if you’re fancy like that. You are an adult. With a mortgage, more than one checking account, and your own health insurance. You know the difference between a 401K and a Roth IRA. You need art. Real art. Yes, Michelle Pfeiffer in that dress was art, but that’s not what I mean. Because you’re an adult, you know real art is expensive.  

Here are a few places to look for real art that won’t set you back on your savings plans.  


C3 Lab 

2525 Distribution St  

Charlotte, NC 28203  

Instagram: @c3lab 

C3 Lab is a multi-functional art-centered space. Operating as a gallery and as a co-working space, they host exhibits featuring local, regional, national, and international artists in styles ranging from traditional, contemporary, to hybrid art forms. The gallery’s annual art exhibit is the perfect time to browse and buy.   

This year’s theme centers on “Intersection: Personal styles, careers, and life don’t always function together in harmony, but when you intersect the common thread of the love of art throughout a creative space, with the true spirit of collaboration – an interesting collage emerges to tell a meaningful story.”  


Check it out Friday, December 7, 2018, from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. 


CPCC Holiday Art Market 

1201 Elizabeth Ave  

Charlotte, NC 28204 

CPCC Art Galleries host an Annual Holiday Art Market in Ross Gallery on CPCC’s Central Campus. Students, faculty, and other local artists will offer a wide variety of ceramics, jewelry, paintings, and photography. There’s even an under $50 section!  


November 5th-December 5th, 2018 

Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  



Currently located at:  

555 S McDowell St  

North Tower 

Charlotte, NC 28204 

Instagram: @artpopstreetgallery 


ArtPop is a street gallery. They feature local artists on billboards, buses, news racks, at airports — and turn the everyday “into opportunities for artistic appreciation and discovery.” Four times a year, the art of the current selection of ArtPoppers are shown, gallery-style, at Le Meridien Hotel Charlotte. Can’t wait for the next showing? Visit the ArtPop website artists’ page. From there, you can find individual artists’ websites for pricing info. 


Lark & Key 

128 E. Park Ave 

Suite B 

Charlotte, NC 28203 

 This lovely South End spot featuring art and craft is a great place for a novice collector to begin. Check out the website’s “Art for $500 and Under” page 

 And don’t forget that art encompasses more than 2-D works. A collection of handmade pottery mugs, vases, or bowls can be an inexpensive way to begin an art collection. 


Ruby’s Gift 

3204 N Davidson St  

Charlotte, NC 28205 

Instagram: @rubysgiftnoda 

This NoDa boutique showcases a variety of textiles, pottery, paintings, photography, and jewelry by local artists. 


Slate Furniture + Art Collective 

1401 Central Ave  

Chartlotte, NC 28205 

Instagram: @slateinteriors 

Perfect if you need to branch away from Scarface and Ikea. The Plaza Midwood furniture and art collective showcases rotating exhibitions of local talent and famous artists.  



Tuesdays – Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Photo by Cody Hughes @clhughes21

Nine Date Night Spots


Looking for some great Charlotte eateries perfect for your next date? We’ve got you covered.  


3106 N Davidson St 

A “southern kitchen and craft cocktail bar”, this eatery boasts food that is amazing to both eat and photograph. The dishes have regional touches from Haberdish’s mill history in the NoDa neighborhood. Don’t miss out on the fried chicken! 



225 S. Poplar St. 

Heirloom ingredients, preservation, and sustainable meats and seafood is all good, but nothing beats splitting a basket Levain bread with butter as you watch the sun sets across Romare Bearden Park.  



1508 S. Mint St. Unit B. 

The place to go for an intimate vibe, and eclectic, American small plate food. Located in Charlotte’s dynamic South End neighborhood, this is the perfect place for a sweet treat like the  carrot cake with ginger, cream cheese and opal basil. 


Dilworth Tasting Room 

300 East Tremont Ave. 

Located in the heart of Dilworth, this circa-1940’s style building creates an atmosphere reminiscent of the wine bars and Enotecas of Europe. On Tuesday’s you can get a free cheese board with a wine flight. Take these treats out to the secret garden and koi pond for a magical experience at night. 



222 S Caldwell St. 

The experience of Fahrenheit is all about the cocktail and the sweeping views of Charlotte’s skyline at night. The new American cuisine is great, but you’ll remember the romance of the view.  


Dressler’s Restaurant 

1100 Metropolitan Ave #125  

or 8630 Lindholm Dr, Huntersville  

This restaurant is a relaxed, cozy location for a perfect date that doesn’t try too hard. The signature dish, Just for the Halibut, started as a monthly special that only was available every now and then, but became so popular it was added as a regular menu item.  



500 S. Tryon St. 

Browse the art in the Mint Museum Uptown before heading to the refined Halcyon, in the same building. An upscale farm-to-table restaurant, Halcyon is a “celebration of artisanal farms, dairies and wineries from the Carolinas and beyond. . . “ Start with the blue cheese souffle. 



2000 South Blvd #510 

 This South End restaurant boasts a fresh and innovative take on traditional Japanese sushi and cuisine. Don’t pass up the edamame with pink Himalayan salt and truffle oil. 



6902 Phillips Place 

After a movie at Regal Phillips Place Stadium 10, walk over to this longtime Charlotte establishment for a sweep of the affordable sushi menu featuring day boat seafood and award-winning Pacific Rim cuisine.


Photo by Cody Hughes @clhughes21