5 of the best places in Charlotte for spirits & small plates

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Planning a night out? Kick things up a notch with delectable drinks and bites at these extraordinary bars and restaurants.

(1) Bonterra Dining & Wine Room

1829 Cleveland Ave. bonterradining.com. 704-333-9463.

Photo by Bonterra Dining & Wine Room

Looking for an incredible culinary experience that’s well outside of the ordinary? Visit Bonterra Dining & Wine Room to enjoy a glass of wine and an exquisite meal in a historic church in Charlotte’s Dilworth neighborhood. Led by restauranteur John “JD” Duncan, Bonterra has been a staple in the Queen City for nearly 20 years.

The restaurant’s new take on Southern Cuisine and focus on fresh, local flavors comes from Executive Chef Blake Hartwick. The expansive menu changes regularly to feature seasonal favorites and local ingredients whenever possible. Featuring a main dining room, choir loft, bar, and patio, Bonterra is the perfect spot for everyday dining as well as special occasions.

Bonterra is best known for its astounding list of 200 wines-by-the-glass and another 200+ reserve wines from its private wine cellar. With that many wine offerings, everyone can try something different from around the world with every visit. The experienced staff at Bonterra can help you find the perfect wine to match your palate (and to pair with your meal) every time.

(2) Fahrenheit

222 S. Caldwell St. chefroccowhalen.com. 980-237-6718.

Photo by Peter Taylor

Fahrenheit is Charlotte’s first open-air rooftop restaurant and bar located on the 21st floor of the Skye Building in Uptown. The 8,600 sq. ft. rooftop restaurant features a sleek, contemporary design, inventive American cuisine, and spectacular unobstructed views of the Uptown Charlotte skyline. The wrap-around rooftop patio is designed with linear fireplaces, an herb garden, and outdoor seating available for dining.

From learning under Wolfgang Puck to becoming the Executive Chef at Blue Point Grille in his native Cleveland, Chef Rocco Whalen has evolved his passion for food into the success seen in his restaurants today. It is Chef Rocco’s dedication to using the finest and freshest, locally sourced seasonal ingredients along with Asian insinuations that make this fare uniquely his own.

Fahrenheit is open daily for dinner, as well as Sundays for brunch. Stop by to enjoy the rooftop bar and patio, or reserve a private space for your own special event. Hosting an event in another location? You can also work with Fahrenheit for off-site catering.

Make your reservation today to enjoy an upscale meal and craft cocktails with a gorgeous skyline view.

(3) Gallery Restaurant

10000 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy. gallery-restaurant.com. 704-248-4100.

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Experience artfully presented, regionally inspired cuisine and a sophisticated bar at Gallery Restaurant. Exuding approachable elegance, Gallery provides an ideal setting for date night or group dining. Under the direction of Executive Chef Garrett Merck, Gallery’s talented culinary team creates delicious and beautiful food featuring the season’s best ingredients from local farms.

While the menu changes seasonally, expect to find fresh seafood, top-quality steaks and inventive specials. Gallery serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, weekend brunch and features a full bar and bar menu. Enjoy handcrafted cocktails, an extensive wine list and Coravin wine pours, as well as an unrivaled single malt Scotch and whiskey collection, including personal selection bourbons from Maker’s Mark and Woodford Reserve.

Additionally, Gallery Restaurant has a private dining room that accommodates up to 16 guests for events daily. Complementing Gallery’s creative culinary offerings is its ongoing commitment to exceptional service, which truly sets it apart.

(4) Napa on Providence

110 Perrin Place. napaonprovidence.com. 704-900-8535.

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Unique, upscale cuisine and an expansive wine list await at Napa on Providence, an airy restaurant and wine bar offering a taste of Napa Valley right here in Charlotte.

With every visit to Napa on Providence, you can look forward to dishes with French and Italian influences, made with fresh local ingredients and prepared by a talented team of chefs —led by executive chef Ashley LaRose —with a passion for scratch cooking.

If you’re interested in drinks, Napa on Providence offers a world-class wine selection in addition to unique craft cocktails. Don’t miss the amazing happy hour specials and the gorgeous patio that will make you feel like you’re sipping from your glass at a vineyard in California.

(5) Nuvolé Rooftop 22

220 E. Trade St. Suite 2200. Nuvole22.com. 980-960-9800.

Photo by Nuvolé Rooftop 22

At Nuvolé Rooftop TwentyTwo, the recipe is simple: savory food and handcrafted cocktails made with the freshest ingredients, service that keeps your glass full and conversations going, and the perfect setting just beneath the clouds in the heart of Uptown Charlotte. It’s the sit-and-stay-awhile atmosphere that makes it truly unique – in addition to the sleek bar, the modern, laidback rooftop retreat is the perfect way to spend an evening Uptown.

From a selection of charcuterie and cheese boards to North Carolina poached shrimp and Carolina bison tartare, Nuvolé Rooftop TwentyTwo has a little bit of everything to suit your mood. Sip a fine wine, try a local craft beer, or step out of your comfort zone with a specialty cocktail. The rooftop invites you to unwind and unplug twenty-two stories into the Charlotte skyline, while admiring exquisite surroundings and a carefully curated collection of local artwork.

And if you want to stay longer, check out Suite TwentyTwo, the luxury residence available for rent adjacent to the rooftop lounge. Experience the energy of Uptown Charlotte in a completely new way at Nuvolé Rooftop TwentyTwo, where the most ordinary moments become extraordinary. It’s the change in atmosphere you’ve been looking for.

Featured Image: Nuvolé Rooftop 22