A guy’s guide to relaxation in Charlotte: 6 low-key destinations that’ll leave you refreshed and renewed

Why does it feel like women have all the options when it comes to services that leave you feeling relaxed and renewed? Sometimes, a man also needs to slow down and take a minute to find his zen—without sacrificing his masculinity. Here’s a round-up of some of the best spots to escape that are cool, low-key, and will leave you refreshed.

Emerson Joseph

It’s hard to find a men’s salon that gives outstanding haircuts and can work magic with a straight razor on a full beard, which is why Emerson Joseph is the choice to make when it comes to the art of male grooming. Offering an extensive list of services, you may want to carve out a couple of hours to pamper that manly ego. They offer everything you can imagine to boost your masculine aesthetic—haircuts, beard services, waxing, massages, manicures and pedicures, as well as access to a rentable speakeasy in the back that’s perfect for a game of poker with your buddies. Get a facial hair trim for $10 or, if your chin forest needs a little more attention, the pros offer a beard line-up service, starting at $24. 221 S. Tryon St. emersonjoseph.com

Workman’s Friend 

It is no secret that Workman’s Friend in Plaza Midwood is a hotspot. I go three to four times a month and fall into the vibe every time. As a craft beer guy, I don’t usually go out of way to seek the happening cocktails, but take my advice and try the Mother’s Ruin—an elevated gin and tonic with honeydew-infused Hendricks Gin, sweet hibiscus cane syrup, and just a bit of tonic. Most drafts cost between $4 and $6, and signature cocktails are $10. 1531 Central Ave. theworkmansfriend.com

Yoga at Triple C Brewing Co.

Here’s the deal, guys: it’s important to keep our minds and bodies balanced. It sounds like a hassle, but once a week at Triple C Brewing Co., you can get your workout in, hang out with cool folks, and have a craft beer when it’s over. The South End brewery offers a vinyasa flow yoga class every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. led by the Yoga Dude himself, Rob McAllen. All levels are welcome, and the best part: it only costs $5 for the class, a beer ticket, and a sense of accomplishment. Plus, Bleu Barn food truck is on-site Thursdays until 9 p.m., so you can replenish that temple of yours after working on your core strength. 2900 Griffith St. triplecbrewing.com

The Spa at the Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte

As soon as you walk in, the atmosphere slows down the annoying humming of life and work, and the spa offers a number of massages and treatments that cater specifically to your inner dude. I recommend the Power Hour for those looking to get back to center; you get a back massage, oil application, and full body salt and oil exfoliation, all in a 50-minute time frame. If you want to hang around, every spa service comes with access to the pool, vitality lounge, and fitness center. Pricing for the men’s amenities range from $130 to $200. 201 E. Trade St. ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/charlotte/spa

Dot Dot Dot

Dot Dot Dot offers a calm, upscale vibe in an old-school, speakeasy atmosphere in the back lot area of Park Road Shopping Center, which is quickly becoming one of the city’s hottest destinations. Grab a table with a few of your buddies, and order one of the phenomenal whisky selections or curated cocktails and split some of the locally sourced small plates. I love to pair up the Penicillin (Monkey Shoulder Scotch, honey, ginger, lemon, McClelland’s Islay scotch, served over ice) with the Bone Marrow (braised short rib, pickled shimeji mushroom, mustard seed, jalapeno) from the Butcher section of the menu. NOTE: Dot Dot Dot requires an annual membership, which costs $10, and there is a dress code: pants and collared shirt required. 4237 Park Road, Unit B (Backlot). dotdotdotcharlotte.com

Alton Lane

The era of the ill-fitting suit is over. Whether you’re making a first impression or just trying to amp-up the old wardrobe, Alton Lane in South End’s Atherton Mill can make your in-seam insanely cool and customized. Make an appointment, order a glass of scotch, and let the associates tailor to all of your suit needs. Custom-fitted blazers start around $475, and you can even have your new jacket lined with distinctive fabrics and prints (I’ve got a superhero collage). 2000 South Blvd., #400. altonlane.com

Montford Billiards

There’s a certain appeal of a group of guys getting together for a couple of beers and dart-throwing that’s hard to beat, and Montford Billiards delivers a man-cave vibe that keeps me coming back. It is easy to lose track of time, whether you’re enjoying a beer and playing pool or just hanging out with the fellas at the sports and cocktail lounge.  The food and drink options are an awesome blend of elevated bar options and easily identifiable stomach staples. 1607 Montford Dr., Suite G. facebook.com/MontfordBilliards