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Rooftop Bars Charlotte

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Rooftop Bar Charlotte
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Charlotte Rooftop Guide

Updated:February 28, 2024

The largest city in Noth Carolina just keeps on growing, and an ever changing skyline means more and more Charlotte rooftop bars. Fantastic! To help you keep up with the pace, this ultimade guide will lead you straight to all elevated venues worth a visit. From swanky Uptown Charlotte rooftop lounges to charming rooftop brews, packed with all info you need about each terrace: opening hours, dress codes, pictures, locations and much more.

So, which are the best rooftop bars Charlotte? Just scroll down and find the Charlotte rooftop bar best suited for you.

The list

13 best rooftop bars in Charlotte

Rooftop Aura Rooftop bar in Charlotte

Aura Rooftop

$$$ | 5th floor | Second Ward
  • Highlights
  • Botanical
  • Bright & chic
  • Rooftop pool

Discover Aura Rooftop on the 5th floor of the JW Marriott Charlotte in Uptown, a beautiful and elevated oasis to escape the city buzz. The bright and chic lounge is divided into two sections: the Aura Rooftop Bar and the Aura Rooftop Pool. The lush poolside area is available to guests staying at the hotel, or by reserving a Private Luxury Cabana, while the rooftop bar is available by walk-in or online reservations. Both sides offer a large selection of hand-crafted signature cocktails, rosé and bubbles, as well as vibrant small plates fit for royalty.

Rooftop Fahrenheit Rooftop bar in Charlotte

Fahrenheit Charlotte

$$$$ | 21st floor | Second Ward
  • Highlights
  • Creative cocktails
  • Bar + restaurant
  • Sunday brunch

A trendy Charlotte rooftop bar and restaurant with a magical panoramic view over the city. Perched on the 21st floor of Hyatt Place in downtown, Farenheit comes with both a stylish indoor restaurant / lounge and a rooftop terrace, equipped with lounge sofas, dining tables and cosy fire pits. Here you can enjoy inventive American cuisine created by Chef Rocco Whalen, along with a great selection of specialty cocktails, an extensive wine list and crafted local beers in a sophisticated and trendy yet casual vibe.

Rooftop RSVP South End Rooftop bar in Charlotte

RSVP South End

$$ | 2nd floor | South End
  • Highlights
  • One address, four moods
  • Skyline views
  • Nightlife experience

RSVP South End offers four different vibes in one upscale facility, creating Charlotte’s complete nightlife experience. Covering close to 15,000 square feet, the venue includes the high energy Stage, the refreshing escape Veranda, the elegant cocktail bar Parlor, and as cherry-on-top, modern and trendy Rooftop. Here you can take in the amazing views over the Charlotte skyline, and enjoy a wide selection of premium drinks from the stylish rooftop bar, available year round.


10 Spectacular Rooftop Bars in Charlotte

Rooftop Novelty House Rooftop bar in Charlotte

Novelty House Rooftop

$$$ | 5th floor | Uptown
  • Highlights
  • Floral-themed
  • Energetic
  • Live DJs

The modern and beautiful Novelty House is an insta-worthy rooftop cocktail bar, found in the popular 5th Street District. Taking the energy of the neighborhood to an elevated level, here you find a bright and open-air terrace decked out with flowers and more flowers, both on the walls and above. Overlooking Uptown's largest mural, this is a perfect venue for vibrant after-works, enjoying crafted cocktails, assorted champagnes, local beers, seltzers, along with live DJs raising the atmosphere most evenings.

Rooftop Merchant & Trade Rooftop bar in Charlotte

Merchant & Trade

$$$$ | 19th floor | Third Ward
  • Highlights
  • Swanky lounge
  • Amazing views
  • Curated cocktails

Merchant & Trade is a swanky rooftop bar and lounge set on top of Kimpton Tryon Park Hotel in Uptown Charlotte. Divided into indoor bar, outdoor terrace, private terrace and the lawn, the rooftop is very stylish and modern throughout, offering panoramic views over the city skyline. Filled with a sophisticated yet vibrant lounge vibe, this is a great venue to gather with friends for some carefully curated cocktails, local Chralotte-brews and elevated bar bites. Just be prepared to wait a bit by the elevator going up.

Rooftop Nuvolé Rooftop TwentyTwo Rooftop bar in Charlotte

Nuvolé Rooftop TwentyTwo

$$$$ | 22nd floor | Uptown Charlotte
  • Highlights
  • Upscale cocktail bar
  • Panoramic views
  • Highest

An upscale rooftop cocktail bar, set on top of the dual-branded AC Hotel and Residence Inn in the heart of Charlotte. With a 22nd floor location, Nuvolé Rooftop 22 is the highest rooftop bar in the city, offering amazing and panoramic views over the Charlotte skyline. In a modern and stylish indoor / outdoor setting you can enjoy hand-crafted seasonal cocktails and nice set of tasty bites, either by the large U-shaped bar or in comfy lounge sofas by the fire tables.

Rooftop Charlotte Beer Garden Rooftop bar in Charlotte

Charlotte Beer Garden

$$$ | 3rd floor | South End
  • Highlights
  • Easygoing
  • Greenhouse feel
  • Lawn games

The easygoing Charlotte Beer Garden has one prime feature: it offers the world’s largest selection of draft beers under one roof. Set over three levels, with local beer on the first floor and international on the second, at the top brews are served in the spacious and partly covered rooftop, mixing a cozy greenhouse feel with some cool city views. Apart from beers, you can also enjoy a healthy food menu, during weekends served as brunch.

Rooftop City Lights Rooftop bar in Charlotte

City Lights Rooftop

$$$ | 18th floor | Second Ward
  • Highlights
  • Signature cocktails
  • 360° view
  • Live music + DJ

City Lights Rooftop is one of the few rooftop bars Charlotte with a complete 360° view. The terrace is perched on the 18th floor of the five star Le Meredien Charlotte, and can boost stellar city views from one of the highest (and largest) rooftops in the city. The rooftop bar serves crafted and refreshing signature cocktails, a good selection of beers and light bites with a Spanish touch. Fun and vibrant atmosphere with a trendy crownd and weekly live music.

Rooftop The Pump House Rooftop bar in Charlotte

The Pump House

$$$ | 5th floor | Rock Hill
  • Highlights
  • Great food
  • River views
  • Outside city

An affordable upscale restaurant and rooftop bar located a little bit outside of Charlotte. Between Rock Hill and Fort Mill, it is only about a 30 minute car ride away from the city center, but during the drive you do actually swap state from North to South Carolina. But such a unique place, it is well worth a bit of traveling. Beautiful setting in a authentic old pump house, the stylish multi-level indoor restaurant with patio and a 5th floor rooftop bar serves Southern-inspired American cuisine, well crafted signature cocktails and crafted beers.

Rooftop Coin Bar Rooftop bar in Charlotte

Coin Bar

$$$ | 3rd floor | Uptown
  • Highlights
  • Resort-style oasis
  • Large LED screen
  • Rooftop pool

The luxurious Omni Hotel, found in the heart of Charlotte’s financial district, offers a rooftop oasis made to feel like you’re really on vacation. Called Coin Bar, the stylish rooftop terrace comes with both a refreshing rooftop pool, and a double-sided 22-foot-by-12-foot LED screen. Available daily for guests staying at the hotel, but usually also to outside patrons on specific days/nights or by purchase of a Day Pass. Come for gameday's, or relaxing hours enjoying refreshing cocktails and poolside small bites to the skyline views.

Rooftop Whiskey Warehouse Rooftop bar in Charlotte

Whiskey Warehouse

$$$ | 2nd floor | Plaza Midwood
  • Highlights
  • Whiskey bar
  • Weekend brunch
  • Neighborhood feel

Whiskey Warehouse is a neighborhood-feel Charlotte rooftop bar, located in the Plaza Midwood area. Only two floors up, Top Shelf, as the rooftop patio is named, still offers a beautiful view over the Southern sky and cool glimpses of the skyline. A favorite among locals, here you can enjoy classic bar food for both lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. But it's the drink menu that is most impressive, especially in the whiskey-area (no surprise). Fun and casual vibe with both live DJs and live bands on weekend nights.

Rooftop Graham St. Pub & Patio Rooftop bar in Charlotte

Graham St. Pub & Patio

$$$ | 2nd floor | Third Ward
  • Highlights
  • Casual vibes
  • Daily special
  • Sunday Game Party's

Located between BB&T Ballpark and Bank of America Stadium, Graham St. Pub & Patio is a two level neighborhood bar, offering casual vibes all week long. The prime spot is the charming top floor rooftop terrace, overlooking both the Knights Stadium and the picturesque Queen City skyline. Apart from a generous menu of brews, handcrafted cocktails and creative pub fare, this venue also offers daily specials and plenty of happening events. From live music to weekend brunch and vibrant Sunday Game Party's.

Rooftop Topside at The Waterman Fish Bar Rooftop bar in Charlotte

Topside at The Waterman Fish Bar

$$ | 2nd floor | South End
  • Highlights
  • Casual
  • Seafood
  • Year-round

The casual neighborhood seafood restaurant The Waterman Fish Bar comes with a charming rooftop terrace, called Topside. Open year-round (weather permitting), the 80-seat rooftop has its own bar, and despite only being on the second floor, it still offers some really cool views over the South End rooftops and the Charlotte skyline. Visit for the $1.5 Oyster Happy Hour on weekdays, Thursday live music, weekend brunch, or anytime to enjoy casual alfresco drinks and bites with view.

Rikard Fredricson
Rikard Fredricson

Rikard has spent the last 10 years exploring, enjoying, researching and working with rooftop venues. During these years he has visited more than 700 rooftops across the globe. The experience he has gained is used to create helpful, in-depth and accessible content, and to share his knowledge and rooftop expertise with fellow rooftop-lovers.

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City info

Rooftop bar Charlotte

Rooftop-grade: 7/10

Prime season: Mars-Oct

Residents: 2,5 million

Climate: Humid subtropical

The climate in Charlotte is subtropical humid, with long warm summers and short mild winters. This is good for all the rooftop bars Charlotte has available. They can stay open all year around, and the weather is mostly rooftop friendly.

There are a good amount of Charlotte rooftops here and a great variety of them as well. Luxurious patios, rooftop swimming pools, sports bar rooftops and much more.

Charlotte is a good city when it comes to places to drink with a view and that have been shown the last couple of years when some really good rooftop bars have opened up here.

About Charlotte

Charlotte is the largest city in the State of North Carolina with a population of 2,5 million in the metropolitan area. It’s also the 22nd largest city in United States. Charlotte is the home of the corporate headquarters of Bank of America and the east coast operations Wells Fargo. This along with many other financial institutes makes it the second largest banking center in the whole country. Charlotte is also famous for its universities and high schools, which contributes to making the city a great sports city. Charlotte Hornets in basketball and Charlotte Panthers in American Football.