South End Charlotte: What to Eat, Drink, and Do

Photo Via Historic South End

From candle-making to duckpin bowling to relaxing with a beer in hand, the South End has everything you need for an amazing day out. Here are 12 of the best things to do while in the Charlotte South End. 

Pins Mechanical Co.

Located in the heart of South End, Charlotte, Pins Mechanical Co. is a social destination featuring duckpin bowling, dozens of classic pinball machines & many more ‘old school’ entertainment options along with high-quality cocktails and crafts beers served daily. 

Covid Restrictions: Mask required, Hours are subject to change

Address: 307 W Tremont Ave

Kid-Friendly: No

Inner Peaks Climbing

Inner Peaks South End is our state-of-the-art climbing gym, right in the heart of historic South End and a short walk from breweries, restaurants and nightlife. An indoor climbing facility that offers tracks for all skill levels. Single day passes start at $19, not including equipment. Shoes and a harness are $5 to rent. 

Covid Restrictions: Reservation and mask required

Address: 2220 S Tryon St

Kid-Friendly: Yes

Sycamore Brewing

Outdoor beer garden that offers food trucks and occasionally live music. If you are a fan of beer, check out their award-winning craft beer brewing. Sycamore Brewing is open to people of all ages, making it a great stop for the family.

Covid Restrictions: Open for pickup orders only 

Address: 2161 Hawkins St

Kid-Friendly: Yes

QC Pourhouse

Neighborhood bar with pub food and unique cocktails. QC Pourhouse is the go-to place in Charlotte to watch a Hornets or Panther game, they even have a Panthers-themed cocktail called “Panther Punch”.

Covid Restrictions: Mask required 

Address: 200 W Tremont Ave #101

Kid-Friendly: No

Photo credit: Jamey Price

 Elder Gallery of Contemporary Art

A contemporary art gallery that mainly focuses on fine art glass and paintings. Enjoy art, food, music, and drinks at this warehouselike gallery

Covid Restrictions: Mask required 

Address: 1520 S Tryon St

Kid-Friendly: Yes

Rail Trail

A 3.5-mile paved trail that runs along the Blue Line light rail track into Uptown. People come daily to bike, walk, and run on this beautiful trail that runs through the heart of Charlotte.

Covid Restrictions: Mask required 

Address: 100 E. Park Avenue

Kid-Friendly: Yes

South End Interactive Street Art

This is your chance to interact with some of the South End’s most iconic street art! All you need to do is scan a QR code on your phone and you’ll get videos of the artists, site-specific face filters, and the ability to explore a 3-D model of the art pieces.

Covid Restrictions: Mask required 

Address: Varies based on what art piece you are viewing. See all the addresses here.

Kid-Friendly: Yes


A seafood lover’s paradise lays in the South End under the name Stir. Their menu includes a raw bar, tuna, scallops, and so much more. Plus, if you order a cocktail, pay attention to the artisan ice which has been strategically shaped in one out of seven ways to make sure your cocktail doesn’t end up watered down. 

Covid Restrictions: Mask required. In accordance with the modified stay-at-home order, STIR accepts the last seating at 8:30 p.m. and stops serving alcohol at 9:00 p.m.

Address: 1422 S Tryon, Suite 130

Kid-Friendly: Yes

Arrichion Hot Yoga 

Looking to loosen up and get a good workout? Arrichion Hot Yoga is here for you. The studio offers a diverse array of hot yoga and circuit training classes so you can pick the one that aligns best with your goals!

Covid Restrictions: Mask required. Reservations required for in-person visits.

Address: 125 Winona Street

Kid-Friendly: No



VANA translates to “wooded area of the forest” and this South End restaurant certainly lives up to its name. The dinner menu has four core categories: farm, woods, sea, and pasture, and one key commonality, the sizzling flavor of having been cooked over a wood-burning fire.

Covid Restrictions: Mask required. 

Address: 1440 S Tryon St Suite 100

Kid-Friendly: No

Paddywax Candle Bar

Paddywax Candle Bar is the perfect place for some grown-up arts and crafts. In the hour-long workshop, you’ll pick your favorite vessel and scent and then be led through each step of the candle creation process. Beer and wine are available for purchase or you can BYOB so you can drink while you craft. You’ll be able to pick up your candles three hours after your pour time.

Covid Restrictions: Mask required. 

Address:  1930 Camden Road #130

Kid-Friendly: Yes (Children must be 10 or older to participate and need a guardian present) 

Pepperbox Doughnuts

The thing that could make the South End end even better is experiencing it with something sweet in hand. Pepperbox Doughnuts is here to help with over 15 different types of donuts including vegan options. With prices as low as $1 for specific treats, you’re guaranteed to satisfy your sweet tooth without spending too much dough. 

Covid Restrictions: Mask required. Take-out only. 

Address: 101 W Worthington Ave #150

Kid-Friendly: Yes

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