Top 10 Date Night Ideas In Charlotte, North Carolina - Updated 2022

date night ideas in charlotte nc

In Charlotte, you don’t have to wait for February 14 to have a romantic evening with your loved one, because this city has everything to offer to make your dream of the perfect date night come true, Valentine’s Day or no Valentine’s Day. From cheap places to more extravagant options, from relaxing spots to adventurous finds, from foodie finds to bars offering good booze, there is something for every couple here, regardless of what their interests are. Check out this list of date night ideas in Charlotte, North Carolina, if you’re looking for leads to plan out the perfect romantic evening with your special one.

1. Go axe throwing at the Axe Club of America

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A trip to the Axe Club of America not only makes for a memorable date night, but it also makes for a good stress-buster, making this a great option if you and your significant other want to de-stress after a long day or week. Plus, it also gives the opportunity for friendly competition. There is personnel in the establishment that will help guests get started and give tips on how they can throw axes that stick to the wooden targets. Also, craft beers can be enjoyed on site.

Axe Club of America

Address: 933 Louise Ave #108, Charlotte, NC 28205, United States

Website: Axe Club of America

Opening hours: Sat: 12pm - 10pm; Sun: 1pm - 8pm; Thu - Fri: 4pm - 10pm (closed from Mon - Wed)

Price: 20 USD per person for one hour

2. Experience whitewater rafting at the US National Whitewater Center

USNWC Wilderness Channel-River Course
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Adventure Dining, hosted by the US National Whitewater Center, is a fantastic option for couples who are adrenaline junkies. This package is inclusive of dinner, but that’s about the only similarity it has with the typical date night, as it comes bundled with an outdoor adventure: a zipline ride, kayaking, or stand-up paddleboards, depending on which option guests prefer. Guests are then rewarded with a meal, prepared by a chef right by a fire.

US National Whitewater Center

Address: 5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy, Charlotte, NC 28214, United States

Website: US National Whitewater Center

Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)

3. Enjoy movie night with a craft beer

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Films on Tap is a seasonal event that provides movie lovers the opportunity to catch an indie flick while enjoying craft beer. The idea behind this activity is to support both the beverage and the independent film industry by carefully selecting the right beer that will go with the movie that they will be playing. For instance, you can enjoy a stout while watching a dark horror film or Belgian wheat beer if a buddy flick is on. You may even get the chance to listen to the filmmakers as they talk about the process they went through in producing the movie.

Films on Tap

Website: Films on Tap

4. Have a romantic dinner at Barrington's

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This date night option is perfect for couples who enjoy romantic dinners. Considered as one of the top restaurants in Charlotte, Barrington’s combines delicious food with a fantastic ambiance. The offerings alone make a trip here worth it: from the appetizers to the desserts and the wine selections, you and your date won’t find yourself wanting for anything here. Do make sure to make your reservations beforehand, as the restaurant is relatively small and tables get filled quickly.


Address: 7822 Fairview Rd, Charlotte, NC 28226, United States

Website: Barrington’s

Opening hours: Mon - Sat : 5pm - 10pm (closed on Sun)

5. Indulge in raclette cheese at Orrman's Cheese Shop

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This date night option is perfect for cheesy couples, literally and figuratively. Orrman’s Cheese Shop hosts raclette night every Thursday, where guests can enjoy the gooey melted cheese on top of boiled potatoes and bread. For an additional fee, you can add a charcuterie board and lettuce salad to your order. If these still won’t be enough to satisfy your love for dairy products, the establishment also offers a variety of grilled sandwiches and other kinds of cheeses, as well as wines.

Orrman's Cheese Shop

Address: 224 E 7th St, Charlotte, NC 28202, United States

Website: Orrman’s Cheese Shop

Opening hours: 11am - 5pm (daily)

6. Share laughs with your date at Comedy Zone

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This option is perfect for couples who bond through humor. Usually hosted by Comedy Zone on Tuesday Nights, Open Mic Night provides each aspiring comedian three minutes to elicit laughs from the crowd. If you’re brave enough and think you have the skills to get some giggles from the audience - and earn brownie points from your date - you can get in touch with Comedy Zone to book your slot so you can take the stage on your scheduled date night.

Comedy Zone

Address: 900 North Carolina Music Factory Blvd, Charlotte, NC

Website: Comedy Zone

Opening hours: Tue - Thu: 10am - 9pm; Fri - Sat: 10am - 10pm; Sun - Mon: 12pm - 8pm

Price: 10 USD in advance or 15 USD at the door

7. Play arcade games at Palmer St Arcade Bar

Editor’s note: establishment is permanently closed

Couples who are kids at heart will get a kick out of this establishment. Palmer St Arcade Bar features both classic and contemporary video and arcade games, including pinball machines and air hockey. Some games are free to play, while others will require you to spare some change before you can get your game on. Once they’ve had their fill of playing, they can grab a snack and some drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic) at the bar.

Palmer St Arcade Bar

Address: 412 W Palmer St, Charlotte, NC 28203, United States

Website: Palmer St Arcade Bar

Opening hours: Tue & Thu - Sat: 4pm - 12am (closed on Mon, Wed & Sun)

8. Explore the local art scene at Mint Museum

Mint Museum in uptown Charlotte, North Carolina
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Mint Museum is actually part of two buildings, neither of which features herbs nor coins, although the first building, the Mint Museum Randolph, is in a building that once served as the home of the Charlotte Mint and was the first art museum in North Carolina. This building features artwork, fashion, and ceramics from different cultures and points in history, while the Mint Museum Uptown features contemporary art.

Mint Museum

Address: 500 S. Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28202

Website: Mint Museum

Opening hours: Tue, Thu & Sat: 11am - 6pm; Wed & Fri: 11am - 9pm (closed on Mon)

Price: 15 USD (adults), 10 USD (college students and seniors), 6 USD (children 5-17 years old), children 4 years and under, free

9. Sample some cocktails at The Punch Room

Editor’s note: establishment is permanently closed

The Punch Room, located in the Ritz-Carlton in Charlotte, is a high-end bar with a speakeasy vibe that serves signature hand-crafted cocktails and punches, as well as small plates. The establishment itself is intimate - it only features 37 seats - making this a great option for those who want to enjoy a quiet date night with their significant other. Head here early: its small seating capacity means that the place gets filled fairly quickly.

The Punch Room

Address: 201 E Trade St, Charlotte, NC 28202, United States

Website: The Punch Room

Opening hours: 5pm - 11pm (daily)

10. Catch a show at The Evening Muse

Evening Muse open mic
Source: Photo by Flickr user James Willamor used under CC BY-SA 2.0

The Evening Muse is a fantastic date night option for music-loving couples. This bar opens its doors to independent music acts. While its preference leans towards acoustic performances, it welcomes performers - local, regional, and national - playing other music genres. The establishment doesn’t serve food, but the bar has a wide beer selection and other kinds of beverages, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic. Be sure to check the website ahead of time so you will know who’s scheduled to play on your date night.

The Evening Muse

Address: 3227 N Davidson St, Charlotte, NC 28205, United States

Website: The Evening Muse

Have the perfect date in Charlotte

Charlotte offers something for every couple, whether they’re out to celebrate a special occasion or want to experience something different from their usual date night. Use this guide to help you in planning a romantic evening that you and your loved one will surely remember.

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