5 Great First Date Spots in Charlotte

Planning a first date but not sure where to go? Here are a few first date spots in Charlotte that might help loosen the nerves and make for a fun date night out —

Pins Mechanical Co.

first date in charlotte at pins mechanical
(c) Pins Mechanical Co

If you are looking for a fun environment to take the edge off of a first date, Pins is the perfect place. Fill any awkward silences with giant jenga, bowling, arcade games, and so much more. Plus, with a large drink menu and a rooftop bar, Pins has a lot to offer to help break the ice.

Abari Game Bar

(c) Abari Game Bar

Who doesn’t love pinball and video games? Abari has a wide variety of gaming options such as classic pinball machines, old school arcade games (like Frogger, Pac Man, Donkey Kong, Mortal Kombat), video game consoles, and so much more. It has a $1 “membership fee” when you walk in and a bar in the back. The bartenders can also trades your dollars for quarters so you can keep playing games all night.


first date in charlotte at hoppin
(c) Hoppin

Want something with a laid back vibe but lots of drink options? (We all need some liquid courage on first dates every once in awhile.) Hoppin has a wide variety of beer, wine, and cider on tap in their downstairs seating area, an outdoor patio with cornhole boards, plus an upstairs loft area with dart boards and couches. So grab a wristband when you walk in and break the first-date tension by trying some new drinks together and playing a game of cornhole!

Dot Dot Dot

(c) Dot Dot Dot

Experience a different atmosphere by taking your date to a speakeasy such as Dot Dot Dot. Watch the bartender craft incredible cocktails or order some small plates and hang out with your date in this upscale 20’s-style lounge. (There is a membership fee upon entry, but each membership allows you to bring up to three guests in with you at a time.)

Axe Throwing

first date in charlotte axe throwing
(c) Axe Club of America

Add a competitive edge to your date by going to one of the axe throwing venues in Charlotte! Sip your favorite beer and feel like Jason Momoa as you split some wood and split the first-date tension (see what I did there? ;)). A couple of places to throw axes in Charlotte include Axe Club of America or Bad Axe Throwing. Check them out and enjoy!

One of the many breweries

Charlotte is full of breweries, so this is an obvious choice for a first date for many people. It’s a low key, relaxed environment that makes both parties feel more comfortable. Not sure which one to venture to? Check out my list of some of my favorite Charlotte breweries that might help narrow down your options!

Charlotte offers a variety of first date spots depending on the mood and atmosphere you are looking for. Wherever you go, I hope you have a great time! xoxo

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