The new Charlotte Pride Magazine makes its inaugural edition debut! An annual publication profiling Charlotte Pride programs, the annual festival and parade, interviews, features, community resource directory, and more! Your year-round guide to LGBTQ Charlotte.
Charlotte Pride MAGAZINE COMMUNITY RESOURCE DIRECTORY charlotte’s lgbtq-friendly neighborhoods You might be familiar with some of the more famous, historic “gayborhoods” of cities larger than Charlotte — Greenwich Village in New York City, Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C., the Castro in San Francisco or Midtown in Atlanta may come to mind. Charlotte doesn’t necessarily have the same kind of LGBTQ hot spot as larger cities, but what we lack in a centralized LGBTQ neighborhood, we more than make up with a variety of LGBTQ-friendly areas spread across the city. Here’s a snapshot of just a few of the more welcoming and affirming “queer neighborhoods” of Charlotte. UPTOWN Encompassing all of the area within the I-277 loop, Uptown Charlotte is the artistic, cultural, nightlife, dining, business and government center of Charlotte. Five-star restaurants, swanky hotels, the city’s premier nightlife venues and more are wedged into the city’s burgeoning Center City district. Home to a growing number of LGBTQ residents and businesses, Uptown also plays host to each year’s Charlotte Pride Festival & Parade, the single largest gathering of LGBTQ people in the Carolinas and the largest LGBTQ Pride event between Atlanta and Washington, D.C. PLAZA MIDWOOD Centered at the bustling intersection of The Plaza and Central Ave., Plaza Midwood is a growing commercial and residential district with both established and up-and-coming restaurants, antique shops and galleries, retail, nightlife and more. The neighborhood’s large residential areas feed into the commercial district’s lively center — increasingly finding itself more populated with denser and newer apartment developments. The neighborhood also includes a variety of LGBTQ-owned and -friendly dining, nightlife and retail establishments, as well as a plethora of other bars, shops and restaurants known for their friendly, mixed and diverse crowds. The nearby NoDa and Elizabeth neighborhoods also offer a fun mix of restaurants, bars and other attractions. Top LGBTQ and friendly destinations in Plaza Midwood include Petra’s Piano Bar, Snug Harbor, Dish, and Common Market. NODA Praised as Charlotte’s eclectic arts district, NoDa encompasses a a stretch of N. Davidson St. lined with art galleries, coffee shops, restaurants, bars, performance and concert venues, apartments, condos and business offices. Home to the Neighborhood Theatre, NoDa also boasts other event and music venues like Evening Muse and Wine Up. With its historic charm, walkability, LGBTQ-friendly nature and diverse crowds NoDa is the perfect place to shop, wine, dine or party! Top LGBTQ and friendly destinations in NoDa include Chasers and the 24-hour coffee and pastry shop, Amelies. SOUTH END/DILWORTH Stretching south from Uptown along South Blvd. and extending eastward on East Blvd., South End and Dilworth offer a New South mix of urban sophistication, small town hospitality and historic charm. Tree-lined streets are dotted by a mix of new condos, mid-rises and historic homes and bungalows. Fun and popular restaurants, shops, galleries and nightlife make a trip south of town worth it. Within a short walking distance or LYNX Light Rail line of all points in Uptown, South End and Dilworth continue to experience extraordinary growth. Top LGBTQ and friendly destinations in South End include The Bar at 316, the long LGBTQowned Paper Skyscraper, and — further down South Blvd., Bar Argon and Sidelines Sports Bar. — compiled by Matt Comer 68
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