South End’s Lincoln Street Kitchen and Cocktails strives to create an experience that is “one part neighborhood joint, one part special occasion and 100% unique,” which they accomplish through a rustic yet modern interior, thoughtful menu, and surprise speakeasy. Tucked away inside a hidden corner of the restaurant, The Green Room is a 450 square foot, 24-seat craft cocktail bar that isn’t a secret per se but nevertheless requires an element of being in-the-know to become your destination. Lincoln Street, which opened in 2019 after owners Alyson and Dan Davis enjoyed success next door at Craft, added The Green Room in late 2022.
Unlike your typical speakeasy, The Green Room is open and bright, with rattan lamp shades and a ceiling laced with ferns. Washed brick walls and light brown leather booth seating with velvet backs foster a warm ambiance, while a green ceiling and green well area support the bar’s name.
Where the Party Starts and Ends at The Green Room
The Davises partnered with locally famous mixologist Amanda Britton to bring the bar to life. Winner of the NCRLA Mixologist of the Year award and with stints at Orto, bardo, and Crowntown Collective under her belt, Britton brought a ton of experience to the project. She expertly curated a craft cocktail list of six to ten drinks that leverage lesser known spirits and premium ingredients. For example, take the Rocky’s Rival, featuring house-infused toasted pecan vodka, coffee liqueur, and chai horchata. Or, consider the Hanging Garden, which combines house-infused four citrus gin, elderflower liqueur, cucumber, lime, and lillet.
A small sharing menu is available at The Green Room for late snacks or pre-dinner bites. Standouts include the wagyu tartare, served with slices of buttery, toasted baguette, and the hummus bowl, topped with fresh, dippable vegetables.
You’ll find The Green Room (maybe) in the Gold District of Charlotte’s South End neighborhood where Resident Culture South End and Hopfly are located, as well as nightlife destinations Lost & Found and Slingshot. The bar is currently open from 6pm to 12am on Fridays and Saturdays, and doesn’t exist on Google Maps so jot down the address before you go.