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19 places in and around Charlotte featured on Netflix’s “The Ultimatum”

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Figo36 in NoDa. Photo: Symphony Webber/Axios

We did the research so you don’t have to. With the help of this list, you can recreate all of the suspense-filled, semi-romantic dates on the latest season of “The Ultimatum: Marry or Move On.

Why it matters: The entire season looks like an ad for Charlotte. Views of the skyline, Romare Bearden Park, the Rail Trail and Freedom Park are just some of the landscapes that make you think “That’s my city!” while watching the Netflix reality TV show.

Driving the news: The first eight episodes aired Wednesday, Aug. 23. The finale and reunion episodes will air on Wednesday, Aug. 30.

What they’re saying: Some of the cast spoke to Axios’ Maxwell Millington about their experiences on the show.

  • “The hardest part was becoming hyper-aware of all the ways that you fall short and being faced with the decision of working on them or denying them,” said Antonio Mattei, a 30-year-old freight broker from South Carolina.
  • “It was a great experience for both of us to endure. It made us really have to think about our relationship instead of putting it on the back burner,” said Lisa Horne, a 32-year-old vice president of clinical services also from South Carolina.

Go deeper: Meet the Charlotte couples on Netflix’s latest season of “The Ultimatum”

Here at 19 local restaurants, breweries and venues we spotted while watching this season of The Ultimatum.

  • Warning: Spoilers ahead.

Oak Room

  • Featured in episodes 1 and 2

Details: Lisa and Brian got into a verbal and physical altercation inside this South End hot spot. When they took their argument outside we got a peek of another South End favorite — Hot Taco, which will soon be replaced by Muraya.

Go deeper: 50 popular late night spots in Charlotte

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Photo: Axios archives

Olde Mecklenburg Brewery

  • Featured in episode 2

Details: Riah and James had their first one-on-one date at OMB before choosing to move in with each other for a trial marriage.

  • In the same episode, Trey and Ryann go on their first one-on-one to do the same.

Go deeper: Olde Mecklenburg Brewery is opening a second Biergarten and restaurant in Ballantyne

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Photo: Axios archives

Broken Promises

  • Featured in episode 2

Details: Lisa and Trey went on their first one-on-one date at this 24+ cocktail lounge before choosing who to move in with for a trial marriage.

Go deeper: Broken Promises opens in South End

Photo: Axios archives

LaBelle Equestrian

  • Featured in episode 4

Details: This horse stable is located less than an hour north of Charlotte’s city center in Mt.Ulla, N.C. It’s where Kat and Antonio had a picnic.

The Bar at Supperland

  • Featured in episode 4

Details: Alex and Roxanne sat for drinks at the cocktail bar separate from one of Charlotte’s best restaurants — Supperland.

Go deeper: 5 quick takeaways from my first visit to Supperland

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Cocktail bar at Supperland

Lake Norman

  • Featured in episode 4

Details: Trey and Ryann rented a Party Pontoon for their day out on the lake.

Go deeper: 9 boat rentals near Charlotte starting at $255

Lake Norman
Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

Bakersfield

  • Featured in episode 5.

Details: Roxanne and Alex met up with Roxanne’s parents at this Tex-Mex restaurant on East Blvd.

Go deeper: 15 spots in Charlotte to get a margarita

Figo 36

  • Featured in episode 5.

Details: Ryann and Trey went on a double date at Figo 36 with Ryann’s brother and his girlfriend.

Go deeper: Italian restaurant with a burrata bar opens in NoDa

Figo36 NoDa
Photo: Symphony Webber/Axios

Canopy Cocktails & Garden

  • Featured in episode 5.

Details: Guys’ night takes place inside this relatively new South End cocktail bar.

Go deeper: South End’s newest cocktail bar Canopy Cocktails & Garden

Canopy Cocktails & Garden
Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

Saku Yakitori and Sushi Bar

  • Featured in episode 5

Details: While the men drank in South End, the ladies met up for sushi and drinks in Uptown at one of Charlotte’s best restaurants. 

Go deeper: New sushi restaurant Saku now open in Uptown

Photo: Alexis Clinton/Axios

Havana 33 Cuban Restaurant and Bar

  • Featured in episode 6.

Details: Riah and James met up for Miami-style Cuban food at this waterfront Lake Norman restaurant. 

Go deeper: 16+ Hispanic and Latino-owned restaurants to visit 

Treehouse Vineyards

  • Featured in episode 7.

Details: James and Ryann reunite after for a trial marriage of their own at this vineyard, located less than an hour from Uptown.

Go deeper: 7 scenic vineyards within an hour of Uptown

Hi-Wire Brewing

  • Featured in episode 7.

Details: Ten days before the ultimatum is answered, Kat and Alex meet up at this South End brewery with Kat’s concerned friends.

Go deeper: Asheville brewery Hi-Wire heads to South End

Photo: McKenzie Rankin/Axios Charlotte

Catawba Brewing Co.

  • Featured in episode 7.

Details: Five days before the ultimatum is answered, Riah and Trey meet up at this now-closed brewery.

Go deeper: Catawba permanently closes its massive Charlotte brewery

Catawba Brewing
Photo: Katie Peralta Soloff/Axios

Giddy Goat

  • Featured in episode 8.

Details: Ryann and James met up with James’s mom on the second floor of this popular Plaza Midwood coffee shop.

Go deeper: The 25 best coffee shops for working remotely in Charlotte

Giddy Goat
Photo: McKenzie Rankin/Axios

Deluxe Fun Dining

  • Featured in episode 8.

Details: Riah and Trey went on a date at this Uptown restaurant known for its creative and Instagram-worthy dishes.

Dumplings out of a toaster and other dishes from Deluxe Fun Dining. Photo: McKenzie Rankin/Axios

Wooden Robot Brewery

  • Featured in episode 8.

Details: Antonio and Roxanne meet up with Roxanne’s parents at this South End brewery.

Go deeper: Complete list and map of Charlotte’s 40+ local breweries, plus the most popular beer at each

Photo: Axios archives

Billy Sunday

  • Featured in episode 8.

Details: On the final night of trial marriages, Ryann and James go out for cocktails on the ground floor of Optimist Hall.

Go deeper: Everything you need to know about Optimist Hall

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Billy Sunday Old Fashioned. Photo: Axios archives

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

  • Featured in episode 8 and finale.

Details: The end of episode eight shows Riah and Trey driving to Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden in separate cars. In a preview for the season finale, you can see the other two couples arriving at the scenic Belmont garden.

Go deeper: 18 things to eat, see and do in Belmont including a rum distillery and farm-to-table brunch

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Photo: Axios archives

Editor’s note: This story has been corrected to reflect that Episode 5 featured Bakersfield restaurant (not The Workman’s Friend gastropub).

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