When you're in dire need of a night on the town, you're likely looking for a bar that has that "it" factor: top of the line decor, cute and strong drinks, and killer views from a rooftop. There's one North Carolina bar that reigns supreme above the competition and will definitely land on your must-go list. This Charlotte rooftop bar checks all the boxes of all you could need for a perfect girl's night out. 

City Lights Rooftop Bar is unique in that it's the only bar in Charlotte with an award-winning, 360-degree view of Queen City. There's never a bad place to sit or a bad time to come. 

The view is enough to draw anyone in, but the food, drinks, and decor will definitely make any skeptic stay. The funky colored furniture and plants are actually LED, turning into a glow-in-the-dark wonder at night. 

As far as food goes, you can indulge in street-style bar bites, ranging from pork belly sliders, wings, and lamb ribs. The menu ranges from $8 to $16, and most of the plates are shareable.

When you pair your food with a cocktail, you'll have some strong options that are never watered down. This selection includes a "Harvest Moon," an apple pie moonshine mix that nowhere but the South could pull off. If you're on the hunt for a handcrafted cocktail, you won't pay more than $13. 

This bar is no stranger to keeping up with the holiday season either. The decorations reflect the next upcoming holiday, so expect the rooftop to be decked out in Christmas gear with some boozy holiday drinks to match the mood soon. 

From the rotating DJs every weekend to the major events (New Year's Eve, anyone?), this no dress code zone exudes positive party vibes. 

If you want to uncover more boozy wonders of North Carolina, this wine shuttle and skate-up bar have everything you're looking for. 


City Lights Rooftop

Price: 💸💸

Cuisine: Bar food

Address: 18 S. McDowell Street, Charlotte, NC 28204

Why You Need To Go: This ultra-chic bar has the best views in the city. 


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