Urban Sip, The Ritz Carlton Located on the hotel’s 15th floor, Urban Sip offers spectacular views of the city—and an intimate atmosphere. With a large selection of wines and champagnes by the glass, as well as spirits, small bites, and desserts, it’s the perfect spot to start or end an uptown evening. 201 E. Trade St., 704-547-2244, www.ritzcarlton.com
Bentley’s on 27 Offering panoramic views of uptown from the 27th floor of the Charlotte Plaza building and French cuisine inspired dishes, Bentley’s has long been a destination for romantic nights out. 201 S. College St., 704-343-9201, www.bentleyson27.com
Fahrenheit Restaurant Headed by Food Network star Chef Rocco Whalen, this brand new 22nd floor spot on the rooftop of Skye Condominiums offers 360-degree views of Charlotte alongside drinks and bites. 222 S. Caldwell St.
Vivace Dig into some of the city’s finest Italian fare and indulge in the sweeping skyline views from the restaurant’s outdoor patio. In chillier weather, request a table upstairs for the best seats for the sights. 1100 Metropolitan Ave., 704-370-7755, www.vivacecharlotte.com
Soul Gastrolounge At this lively Plaza Midwood favorite you’ll find a variety of tapas, sushi, and handcrafted cocktails—and a patio serving up one of the city’s best skyline views. 1500-B Central Ave., 704-348-1848, www.soulgastrolounge.com