South End is a district in Charlotte. Extending from the southern side of the I-277 freeway loop south of Uptown, it extends along South Boulevard toward I-485. It was historically dominated by mills and factories, but it has been reborn as an arts and entertainment district. It is one of the city's fastest-developing districts, primarily due to the placement of a light rail line along South Blvd.
South End is well connected to other parts of Charlotte. South Blvd connects to I-485 south of the city, giving visitors from that direction an easy inlet to the district. Visitors from the Uptown area may travel down South Blvd by car (the easiest way is to take S. Brevard until it becomes South Blvd after the I-277 junction). A cab is also a reasonable option, since the district is only about a mile from Uptown.
Visitors may also reach South End via mass transit. The Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) [dead link] operates the transit system in the city. The LYNX Blue Line [dead link] light rail service runs the length of the South End, stopping at Carson Blvd., Bland Street, and East/West Blvd. The Blue Line connects the South End to Uptown to the north and travels along South Blvd. to the south. Frequency varies from 7-10 minutes on weekdays to 20-30 minutes on weekends. Fares for LYNX are $2 one-way (seniors and youth receive a discount), $4 round-trip. In addition, bus routes 10 and 16 serve the South End corridor while numbers 19 and 36 just pass through the area.
The northernmost end of the district is within reasonable walking distance of Uptown, though this requires crossing over I-277 via a somewhat unsightly pedestrian bridge.
- Tremont Music Hall, 400 W Tremont Ave, ☏ . Home of the city's best series of underground concerts. Its gritty location on the edge of SouthEnd is right in tune with the personality of the music hall. At maximum capacity it can only hold a few hundred people, and the lack of permanent seating allows you to get as close as you like to the stage. A good mix of local and national acts.
- Canine Cafe, 125 Remount Road, ☏ . Lots of homemade treats for your dogs and gifts for both canines and dog lovers.
- Charlotte Art League, 1517 Camden Rd, ☏ . 11AM-3PM daily. A non-profit adult arts organization, which provides gallery space to local artists.
- Crossland Studio, 118 E. Kingston Ave, ☏ . M-F 8:30AM-6PM, Sa 9AM-4PM. Architectural antiques: doors, stained and beveled glass, mantels, gates, and terra cotta.
- Dilworth's Little Secret, 2000 South Blvd. #530, ☏ . Garden and home accessory shop.
- Elder Gallery, 1520 S Tryon St, ☏ . Tu-F 10AM-6PM, Sa 10AM-2PM. Showcasing the work of many renowned American artists.
- South End Exchange, 1616 Camden Rd, ☏ . A large consignment store with a broad range of antique items.
- Price's Chicken Coop, 1614 Camden Road, ☏ . Great fried chicken. The restaurant is take-out only, and the line often stretches out the door during lunch. Your best bet is to find a spot in nearby Latta Park to eat.
- Greek Isles, 200 E. Bland St, ☏ . In the middle of South End. A larger restaurant that serves primarily Greek fare.
- Tavern on the Tracks, 1411 S Tryon St, ☏ .
- Pewter Rose, 1820 South Blvd, ☏ . M-Sa lunch and dinner. Su lunch only. F Sa open late. $8-$35.
- Carrabba's Italian Grill, 1520 South Blvd, ☏ . M-Th 11:30AM-10PM, F 11:30AM-11:30PM, Sa 11:30AM-11PM, Su 11:30AM-10PM. One of four locations in the Charlotte area. $9-11.
- Fuel Pizza, 1801 South Blvd, ☏ .
- Pike's, 1930 Camden Rd, ☏ . M-F 6:30AM-9PM, Sa 8AM-4PM, Su 8AM-2:30PM. Old fashioned soda shop.
- Sauceman's, 228 West Blvd (corner of West and Tryon), ☏ . 11AM-9PM. BBQ, pizza and grill. Menu items consist of ribs, BBQ sandwiches, pizza, pork tenderloin sandwiches, Chicago style Italian grinders, hot dogs and hot Italian sausage $7-8.
- Sullivan's Steakhouse, 1928 South Blvd, ☏ . $20-40.
- Vinnie's Sardine Bar, 1714 South Blvd, ☏ . M-Sa 11AM-2AM, Su noon-11PM. Seafood, sandwiches, and salads. $8-14.
- Mr. K's Ice Cream, 2107 South Blvd, ☏ .
- Nikko Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar, 1300 South Blvd, ☏ . Lunch M-F 11:30AM-2:30PM, Dinner Su-Th 5PM-10PM, F Sa 5PM-11PM. At around 10PM most nights, the owner arrives and dances go-go dances on the tables for a few minutes. $8-20.
- Owen's Bagel & Deli, 2041 South Blvd, ☏ .
- Midnight Diner, 115 E Carson Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28202, ☏ . Diner serving scratch comfort food 24/7 in a classic railroad car-style space
- 300 East, 300 East Blvd,28203, ☏ . Family-run spot serving New American fare in a quaint renovated house with a bar & patio.
- Crispy Crepe, 1436 South Blvd, ☏ . Spacious eatery with outdoor seating for sweet & savory crêpes, plus other breakfast & lunch fare.
- Tupelo Honey, 1820 South Blvd, ☏ . An all-day menu of Southern comfort food with a creative twist, plus craft beers & cocktails.
- Mac's Speed Shop, 2511 South Blvd, ☏ . Local restaurant & bar chain serving BBQ, burgers, wings, Southern fare & more, plus numerous beers.
- Amos' South End, 1423 S Tryon St, ☏ . Like South End Brewery, Amos' popularity exceeds the mere gentrification of the neighborhood; it helped make South End hip. Amos' hosts a very diverse range of live acts, but the proprietors have good taste and shows there are generally expected to be pretty good. One of the best singles joints in town, and typically a good stop for a beer regardless of who's on stage.
- The Gin Mill, 1411 South Tryon St, ☏ .
- [dead link] The Liberty, 1812 South Blvd, ☏ . Innovative American pub fare & a generous selection of draft brews in a polished, simple setting.
- Sycamore Brewing, 2161 Hawkins St, ☏ . Bustling taproom & beer garden offering in-house sandwiches & international food-truck fare.
- The Brass Tap - SouthEnd, 1440 S Tryon St #105, ☏ . Festive pub with a patio offering myriad beer options, wine & TVs tuned to sports plus live music.
- Triple C Brew, 2900 Griffith St, ☏ . Excellent brewpub offering varied beers in cozy, industrial digs complete with games & a patio.
- Java Passage, 101 West Worthington, ☏ . M-F 7AM-5PM.
- Not Just Coffee - Atherton, 2102 South Blvd. Aesthetic coffee shop with a hipster atmosphere.
- Nova's, 1515 South Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28203, ☏ .
- Hex Espresso, 125 Remount Rd. Stylish coffee bar inside Good Bottle Co. for pour-overs, cold brew & espresso, plus baked goods.
- All Nations Coffee, 101 W Worthington Ave, Charlotte, NC 28203, ☏ .
Despite being the location of many high-end apartment complexes, there are no hotels in South End. For accommodations, your nearest options are to cross I-277 into Uptown.