May 24, 2022 - Food and Drink

11 new restaurants and shops in Charlotte

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In just one month, we saw nearly a dozen new restaurants and entertainment venues pop up across the city and in surrounding areas.

Here are 11 cool new restaurant and entertainment venue openings we saw in Charlotte this May.

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A music-themed bar with craft beverages and small plates. It even features an airline-style ticker to show what’s playing.

Location: 1440 S. Tryon St., Ste. 105

Go deeper: New music-themed bar called Vinyl now open in South End

Early Girl Eatery

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Popular Asheville spot serving innovative plates like their popular Biscuit French.

Location: 1515 S. Tryon St. in the Dimensional Place building

Go deeper: Popular Asheville breakfast spot Early Girl Eatery expands to South End

Bar à Vins

Early Girl Eatery
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A wine store and bar owned by friends and sommeliers Natalie Stewart and Jeff Kellogg.

Location: 3206 N Davidson St.

Go deeper: Expect champagne, caviar and hip-hop at new NoDa wine bar

Southern Pressed Juicery

Bar A Vins
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Expect plant-based juices, smoothies, açaí bowls and other food.

Location: 4325 Park Rd.

Drift on Lake Wylie

A waterfront restaurant that serves steak and fresh seafood.

Location: 315-M Lanyard Ln. in Belmont

Go deeper: 2-story waterfront restaurant in Lake Wylie opening May 9

Condado Tacos

Drift Lake Wylie
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Popular Ohio-based, build-your-own-taco eatery. Tacos range in price from $3.85 to $5.50.

Location: 1536 Camden Rd., #107

Go deeper: See inside: New build-your-own-taco restaurant opens in South End this May

Indie Grille

Condados Tacos
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Fast-casual Indian restaurant serving traditional dishes like chicken tikka masala, naan and palak paneer.

Location: 1600 E Woodlawn Rd., #150

Go deeper: Fast-casual Indian restaurant called IndiGrille now open in Charlotte

Bit by Seoul Food

Indie Grille
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This sister concept to Seoul Food South End draws menu inspiration from the original location while introducing a few new flavor combinations.

Location: 721 Governor Morrison St., Ste. F

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Bit by Seoul
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Super Abari

21+ bar and arcade with 35 pinball machines and 60 arcade games.

Location: 1015 Seigle Ave.

Go deeper: Highly anticipated bar-cade set to open in Belmont

Trap Beauty Bar

Super Abari Belmont
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A one-stop-shop for beauty services including brow treatments, makeup, facials, waxes, hair, nails and body contouring. They also offer cocktails, like Trapoholic, their signature drink.

Location: 11855 N Tryon St.

Hive Nightclub

Big-room nightclub with big city vibes.

Location: 300 N College St.

Go deeper: Charlotte nightlife is growing with Hive Nightclub

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