The hottest openings of the past 12 months, held in Charlotte – North Carolina.
Get to know the newish bars and restaurants that have been garnering some serious buzz.

1. Corkbuzz

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Master Sommelier Laura Maniec has been helping Charlotte drink better wines. Along with a highly curated wine list, the restaurant/wine destination also offers a full food menu and pairing classes so that you, too, can pick out the best wine to go with your gruyère.

2. Evoke

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Another hotel hot spot, Evoke, which opened in early 2015, undermines stereotypes about both hotel restaurants and steakhouses. With playfully paired crudos, excellent dry-aged steaks, and mid-century modern aesthetics allowing diners to forget the low-light steakhouses of their pasts, Evoke has become its own destination beyond the Le Méridien hotel it’s housed in.

3. Kindred Restaurant

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Joe and Katy Kindred’s eponymous eatery and bar makes its home in a remodelled pharmacy a worthwhile 25-minute trip north of Charlotte in Davidson. The menu changes regularly, but keep an eye out for Kindred’s signature milk bread and hyper-local ingredients.

4. The Punch Room

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Opened last Valentine’s Day in Charlotte – North Carolina with head mixologist Bob Peters at the helm.
In a Lounge Design, he’s offering a cocktail menu harkening back to a time where the social drink was punch… so go with friends in tow.

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5. Pizzeria Omaggio

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Since opening a few months ago, this little pizzeria tucked into the Metropolitan shopping center outside of Uptown is serving traditional Italian pies using a third-generation tomato sauce recipe. The tall windows and clean decor make for a modern interior design take on the pizza place your cousin from New York always talked about.