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Tired of Netflix and Chill? We've Got You Covered.
Posted on February 08, 2020 in CLT Food + Drink + Entertainment

Tired of Netflix and Chill? We've Got You Covered.


There is no such thing as one size fits all fitness- and equally – there is no such thing as a one size fits all for date nights. 

Good news: CLT has a lot of amazing options for date nights in the QC - and to make things easier – whether married, casual, committed or first time Hinge dates - our Urban MVMNT community selected probably the best CLT dates in the categories of ACTIVE, ARTSY, DAY DESTINATION, DOG FRIENDLY, FOODIE, and GAMER. 


Pasta and Provisions Run Club 

Thursday’s at 6:30PM the place to be for an active date night is at Pasta and Provisions for their weekly Run Club. 

“Food quality is high, snob level is low. Super chill and casual but absolutely delicious. Start out with a run through the surrounding Park Road neighborhood and then stick around to enjoy the intimate patio and affordable fresh pasta and killer wine and beer selection. Winning shareable combo: Cobb Salad (which includes the biggest, juiciest, pieces of bacon you will ever see) and the fresh Garlic Rosemary Fettuccine with Pomodoro Sauce and homemade Meatballs. ” – Julie Brauer 

Honorable Mentions: Axe Club of America , Urban MVMNT (no coercion was used) , Triple C Beer Run 


Art Walk in South End 

Around almost every corner in South End you can see Instagram-able street art, murals and larger-than-life installations. The local South End celebrates its growing art scene the first Friday of each month for Art Walk South End. Galleries and shops extend their hours, offering special events, and live painting and music. 

South End is full of art – and walking with an artist and curator who guide you to the art filled spots and illuminate the minutiae is a great conversation starter. Along with the fun you can have between just you and your date, you also get to meet a lively group of interesting people to jabber with. I love seeing the latest additions to the neighborhood, whether art, bar or retail”. - Cindy Woodlief

Honorable mentions: Charlotte Ballet, Artisans Palate, Mint Museum 


Crowders Mountain

One of the many countless benefits to Charlotte is how easily accessible it is to both mountains and ocean. Whether you prefer sea salt or crisp mountain air, you can experience almost any terrain in 3-5 hours. But when looking for a fast, day trip, Travis Frye recommends Crowders Mountain. 

Located only 25 miles west of Charlotte, Crowders Mountain is the perfect CLT Day Destination. With hikes ranging from challenging to a walk-in-the-park, Crowders Mountain has a trail for everyone.

“Crowders Mountain is a great opportunity to get out in nature and have a great conversation with your date. Plus, the views are among the best in the Charlotte area, without being in the city!” – Travis Frye

Honorable Mentions: The Asheboro Zoo, Riverbanks, Davante Winery 


U.S. National Whitewater Center 

What is better than a date with all your favorite companions? 

The US National Whitewater Center has copious land + water-based activities, races, films, festivals, and various outdoor events throughout the year - and they are dog friendly! 

A bonus: in addition to all the opportunities to get outside and be active, the Whitewater Center has delicious, five-star worthy, food and a dope craft beer selection with over 60 craft beer on tap. Be sure to check out the Pump House Biergarten or River’s Edge for libations. 

Oh, and don’t worry, while you’re enjoying your beverage, your dog can sip from any of the various dog bowls scattered throughout the facility. 

“The Whitewater Center has amazing walking and running trails which are dog friendly and are perfect to tire out the dogs. In the summer months, River Jam is a super fun and chill way to enjoy live music with your date and your pup. The USNWC also offer stand up paddleboards (SUP), which is dogs friendly too, if your pup enjoys the water”. – Nirali Mithal 

Friendly reminder: don't be that dog owner...pick up after your pup, use a leash and observe common sense when mingling pooches. 

Honorable Mention: Freedom Park, Luckys Dog Bar, Sycamore Brewery   


Soul Gastrolounge

Arguably the hardest part of embarking on a date night in CLT is the age old question of “where would you like to eat”. With so many delicious, noteworthy options, it can be daunting. 

Urban MVMNT’s resident foodie Robert Fewell shares his top picks for a CLT date night that that any foodie is guaranteed to enjoy.

Soul Gastrolounge has “a great atmosphere and a killer small plates which offers an abundance of different dish parings. My personal go-to trio is the pork belly tacos, fried brussels sprouts and dirty south nachos. Guaranteed to make your taste buds, and your date, very happy”. – Robert Fewell 

Honorable mentions: Indaco, Crunkleton, Barcelona Wine Bar 


Pins Mechanical Co. 

There is a common saying that “couples that play together, stay together” - with the belief that engaging in fun, fresh activities helps couples grow closer to each other- and as a result are happier. 

And CLT is booming with an abundance of fun game bar options. 

In an overwhelming landslide, Pins Mechanical Co. was submitted by our Urban MVMNT community as the best gaming spot in Charlotte – and it’s easy to see why. 

So, leave your casual competitiveness at home and get ready for a unique date night. 

“What makes Pins Mechanical Co. a great date spot is that it offers a little bit of everything for everyone. Gorgeous rooftop skyline views, including group or intimate seating + fire pits + all the popular 80s pinball and arcade games + duckpin bowling + life-size jenga + lite-bright + foosball + bocce ball + ping-pong + extensive craft beer selection + unique craft cocktails + tasty food truck shareables. My favorite cocktail is the ‘Hulk Hogan’ (blueberry vodka, lemonade, Bomb Pop) which comes with a classic Bomb Pop in the glass!” – Greg Zalecki

Honorable Mentions: Abari, Palmer St. Bar and Arcade, Queen Park Social

We want to thank everyone who contributed to this blog by providing your feedback on CLT's best date spots.  If you enjoyed this member generated content, let us know and we'll be making it a regular occurance!

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