Once an old mill village, the historical neighborhood near North Davidson and 36th Street has now blossomed into Charlotte’s most vibrant arts and entertainment district, attracting a new crop of trendy bars, restaurants and coffee shops, as well as cool co-working spaces, art galleries and live entertainment venues. Known to the locals as NoDa, this “center of inspiration” is brimming with things to see, do and explore.
Salud Beer Shop
Having started out as a bottle shop promoting local and regional craft beers, Salud Beer Shop is now one of NoDa’s favorite destinations, where friends can go to hang out, drink good craft beer — over 16 kinds are on tap — and admire the hundreds of local craft beer bottles and cans from all over the world. This humble watering hole is a local and national favorite, having been named the best beer bar by USA Today three years in a row.
Smelly Cat Coffee House
Step aside, Central Perk — Smelly Cat Coffee House is our favorite place to grab a cup of joe with friends. Visit this award-winning brewhouse for its welcoming and eclectic atmosphere; incredible drinks, sandwiches and pastries; shelves full of board games; and regular open mic and stand-up comedy nights.
NoDa Brewing Company
A community staple since 2011, the NoDa Brewing Company serves up a wide variety of cold brews, from sour sippers and craft-spiked seltzers to imperial stouts and the award-winning IPA Hop, Drop ‘n Roll. With its cool atmosphere and spacious patio, locals also love visiting for the cool atmosphere, spacious patio, and live music and trivia nights.
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From local Carolinas talent to artists from around the globe, countless artists have taken the stage at The Evening Muse. Take in the venue’s cool selection of original artwork and craft beer, wine and spirits while listening to a variety of acoustic, electric, blues, country, folk, hip-hop, jazz, pop, R&B, rock and more.
Abari Game Bar
If the Full Tilt: Space Cadet pinball game on Windows was how you passed time as a child, then it’s time to relive the rush of excitement you felt at the Abari Game Bar. Charlotte’s first arcade and bar hybrid, Abari is where you can try your hand at over 50 classic arcade and pinball machines while indulging in a craft beer, wine or spirit.
The Neighborhood Theatre
Built in 1945 as a movie theatre, The Neighborhood Theatre is now a modern live music venue showcases a variety of musical talent, from rock and R&B to DJ-driven parties. Having been restored in 1997, the venue is one of NoDa’s most popular entertainment spots.
The Rat’s Nest
Just around the corner from some of NoDa’s best restaurants and bars is The Rat’s Nest, a cool vintage spot filled with vintage apparel and accessories and no shortage of unique finds. Be sure to visit if you’re in the market for a new pair of cowboy boots, as they’ve got quite the collection!
Pura Vida owner Teresa Hernandez opened up shop with the vision of creating a space for artisans in poor countries to be able to sell their handmade goods and art. With an eclectic mix of clothes, accessories and jewellery inside, the shop is home to some of Charlotte’s best one-of-a-kind finds.
Historic Rosedale Foundation
Part of Charlotte’s history since 1815, Historic Rosedale is an urban oasis set on nine acres. Visit the restored historic house and blacksmith shop to step back in time, let kids explore the big tree museum, and explore the property’s lush gardens.
McGill Rose Garden
One of Charlotte’s most beautiful gardens (and wedding destinations), the McGill Rose Garden teems with color and life throughout the year, with over 200 varieties of roses and sculptural art pieces from local artists. Once the site of the Avant Fuel & Ice Company, the garden was started by Helen McGill, who wanted to beautify the area by planting roses. Today, the garden is one of 53 All-America Rose Selections public gardens in the USA.
Little Sugar Creek Greenway
A 19-mile stretch of nature once complete, the Little Sugar Creek Greenway winds throughout Charlotte and is home to a network of trails, walkways, paths and small streams. Walkers, runners and cyclists are all welcome to explore this lush urban green space.
There’s a lot to love about Charlotte’s NoDa neighborhood — so why not call it home? Our Landings at NoDa community features a collection of modern townhomes from the mid $300’s.
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