Dec 18, 2017
Posted by Dara Brewton • Nightlife Reviews
Everyone knows there is a ton of stuff to do in Charlotte, but if you haven’t ventured out into the greater metro area then you just might be missing out on a ton of awesome places! There are so many spots around Charlotte that are full of restaurants, bars, coffee shops, and cool things to do that you have to get out of Uptown every once and awhile to see what else this city has to offer!
Are you ready to explore Ballantyne?
Ballantyne is a 2,000 acre upscale neighborhood bordering Pineville and South Carolina that started out as a hunting tract until it was rezoned to make way for the Ballantyne Corporate Park. Now it is home to around 20,000 people, the Ballantyne country club, and a lot of other restaurants, bars, and retail establishments. Fun Fact: in 2012 the residents of Ballantyne discussed breaking away from Charlotte to form their own town which they would have named Providence.
The Gallery is a farm-to-fork restaurant in the Ballantyne Hotel that offers upscale American fare. It is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily.
Stewart Penick’s Terrace is serving up southern cuisine...with a twist. Grab a crab cake BLT or a plate of fried green tomatoes at lunch or some chicken and waffles during breakfast hours!
In the mood for some traditional Indian fare? Head to Persis Biryani! They even have a buffet during lunchtime hours.
Vine is the spot for American cuisine featuring local and organically sourced foods. They have a large indoor dining area, and an awesome outdoor spot complete with fire pit.
Head to Brazwell’s Pub for daily drink specials or the Saturday night dance party! If you are more of an early bird, check out their weekend mimosa brunch!
Growler USA has 100 taps. Yep. Enjoy a brew (or two) on their outdoor patio while sharing some snacks with a friend.
Rush Espresso cafe and wine bar has the best of both worlds! Highly caffeinated beverages to chase down your wine.
Regal Cinemas Ballantyne is on the third floor of the main Ballantyne Village building. The theater shows less mainstream films with a leaning toward independent or art house flicks.
The Ballantyne Fitness trail includes 20 fitness stations with illustrated directions. It is located in the wooded area just off the Ballantyne Corporate Park.
Want to see a really, really big rock? The Big Rock Nature Preserve is a 22-acre wooded area tucked into a Ballantyne neighborhood. Tip: Park on the street near the entrance to the park, unauthorized cars in the lot will be towed.
There is so much to see and do in the Charlotte area! I guess that’s why the say Charlotte’s got a lot!
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