In the heart of the southern Piedmont between the mountains and the coast lies Charlotte, the "Queen City" of the South. Charlotte, a big banking center and one of the powerhouses of the region, has almost completely rebuilt their downtown with steel and glass towers. The gay community isn't that large, but it’s lively and incredibly diverse.
Come October, locals pour out into the streets for Charlotte Pride.
Charlotte-Douglas International Airport is due west of Charlotte. Taxis cost $15 to $25 to most downtown destinations in Charlotte. Airport vans are about $8 per person. Amtrak trains also pull into Charlotte.
A car of your own will allow you to explore Charlotte and its beautiful countryside. CATS operates the LYNX Blue Line Light Rail, the Gold Rush Trolleys, the Charlotte Trolley, and city bus services with 40 routes.
Local Media & resources
Charlotte’s Lesbian and Gay Community Center has social groups, support groups, and info about the local scene.
For businesses listed below, and more, see our Charlotte gay map & listings pages.
As in all of North Carolina, the bars are membership clubs to comply with NC State ABC law. Members can sponsor guests at the door. New memberships take 3 days. Locals are used to this, and will help visitors. Call ahead or check the bar website for the fine print.
Bar at 316 (316 Rensselaer Ave) cocktail lounge, weekend dancing, karaoke, movie nights, Sunday barbeque.
Cathode Azure Club (1820 S Blvd, suite 106), azure lighting, white leather seating, lounge/ DJ dance club, patio, drag shows, pool and darts.
Central Station (2131 Central Ave) neighborhood cocktail bar hang out with drag shows and pool tables.
Chasers (3217 The Plaza) men-only nightclub, young male strippers dance in brief thongs, open seven nights.
Club Myxx (421 E. Sugar Creek) young, mixed crowd, new location, dances to hip hop and reggaeton,
Hartigan's Irish Pub & Restaurant (601 S. Cedar St) gay /straight mixed neighborhood hang-out, two floors, patio, Wi-Fi, live music, karaoke.
Marigny Dance Club (1440 S Tryon St) Thursday through Saturday gay dance club in South End, New Orleans theme, special parties.
Petra’s Piano Bar & Cabaret (1919 Commonwealth Ave) cabaret and drag shows, live music, performers, bear nights.
The Scorpio (2301 Freedom), large dance and show club, diverse gay crowd.
Sidelines Bar (4544 South Blvd) sports bar, internet jukebox, pool games and tournaments, Wi-Fi connection and food.
Woodshed (4000 Queen City Dr) men's leather and bear bar, patio, drag pageants, karaoke, underwear and blackout nights.
See our map and listings page for locations and websites links for the above, along with some restaurant suggestions.
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