Local Guide to Charlotte Pride

Written By: Shannon McCauley



If you're planning to attend one of the largest LGBT events in the South this weekend, this guide will cover some of the most welcoming places to eat, sleep, and socialize during this two-day festival.

Eats & Drinks

Plaza Midwood is filled with local eateries all within walking distance of each other on Central Avenue. 

Grab classic Southern favorites at the Diamond on Commonwealth Ave. or at Dish around the corner on Thomas St. Lupie's Cafe is just a short drive down 7th Street and a Charlotte staple serving up home-style cooking for 25 years. 

There's no shortage of great pizza and BBQ with choices like PureFuel, The Pizza Peel and Midwood Smokehouse.

If you're not into meat, Fern - Flavors from the Garden is an incredible restaurant with familiar dishes reinvented in vegetarian and vegan form.

One of the most popular spots in Plaza Midwood is Common Market, a unique deli with a modern twist on general stores of the past. It's a chill hangout where you can grab a sandwich and beer. It will be packed all night but worth the wait in line!  

Brunch Before the Parade

Brunch is something Charlotte does well. Zada Jane's Corner CafeThe Peculiar Rabbit (skyline view!) and Moo & Brew are all fantastic choices to set you up for a day uptown enjoying the Parade.

After all that good food, you need a good drink to wash it down! 

Have some craft beer at Legion Brewery or if you're more into cocktails, Soul Gastrolounge knows how to make a mean one. 

Bar 316 in South End is an LGBT friendly bar in a house with a roof deck and porch offering karaoke, DJs & Sunday brunch. Sidelines is another sports bar welcoming the LGBT community.

Party Time

  • Petra's is a low-key piano bar with a cozy string light decorated back patio.
  • Hattie's Tap & Tavern has live music and video games you can play while you drink at the bar.
  • The Scorpio has more of a club scene, complete with drag shows and live entertainment.


If you want to go all in on experiencing local, get your slumber on at the breathtaking VanLandingham Estate.  It's one of Charlotte's most distinctive inns and gay-friendly.

For a hotel room in the center of the action uptown, book a room at  Marriott City Center or Courtyard City Center.

Le Meridien hotel is just right outside of center city and has an amazing rooftop bar. It's called City Lights and you can drink Prosecco with a King of Pops popsicle. Yes, you read that right. Prosecco AND a popsicle, dubbed the "Sparkle & Pop."

Thanks everyone for checking out my guide, I hope you have a wonderful weekend at #CLTPride :D

Written by: Shannon McCauley | @uptowngirlclt
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