The Landing RestaurantPull up a stool at this spot’s playful tiki bar and one of its daily drink specials like $13.50 buckets of beer on Wednesdays or $4 Bloody Marys on Sundays. 4491 Slanting Bridge Rd., Sherrills Ford, 828-478-5944, www.landingatthelake.com
The Rusty RudderOne of the lake’s most laid back—and favorite destinations—here you can sit on the deck where you’ll find live music many nights. 20210 Henderson Rd., Cornelius, 704-892-9195, www.therustyrudder.com
North Harbor ClubLake Norman’s swankier answer to waterside dining, this spot offers upscale bites and drinks. Try one of the “Docktails” like the spicy-meets-sweet Ginger Caipirinha on the lakefront patio. 100-D North Harbor Place, Davidson, 704-896-5559, www.northharborclub.com
Eddie’s Seafood and Raw BarStep 1: Grab a cold brew on draft. Step 2: Order a raw bar option like jumbo shrimp or crab legs. Step 3: Settle in on the sunny deck for the perfect evening on the lake. 643 Williamson Rd., Mooresville, 704-799-2090, www.eddiesrawbar.com
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Blue ParrotCome in on your boat and stay in your bathing suit on this casual waterfront deck where you can enjoy bites and beers at the bar or under an umbrella. 169 Pinnacle Ln., Mooresville, 704-663-1203, www.lknblueparrot.com