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The Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte boasts two of the city’s top bars. Located on the 15th floor, wine and scotch bar Urban Sip features a stunning 180-degree view of the city, which when paired with either a glass of one of the 90 wines or 35 scotches, including single malts, on hand, makes this bar popular with businessman and locals alike. Urban Sip also dishes up tapas and other light fare — find the perfect artisan cheese to pair with your drink of choice. The bar is open Tuesday to Thursday from 5 to 11 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.
The luxury hotel’s Lobby Lounge also serves cocktails, including signature martinis and regional wines, and hosts live music on Friday and Saturday nights. This is the place to be seen on a weekend night where some of the city’s most attractive and powerful residents come to sip on jalapeño-infused cocktails by the fire.