In this edition of Free Yourself Friday, we’re excited to take you to Charlotte, NC where Vaco has provided expert consulting, permanent placement, executive search, and strategic staffing since 2005.
Yes, we specialize in talent & solutions, but most importantly, we help people find freedom. We believe in the power of an entrepreneurial spirit, staying team focused, and true work-life balance.
So whether you find yourself in North Carolina’s Queen City for business or you’re just passing through, we have the top five places to Free Yourself in Charlotte (recommended by our local Charlotte Vaconians themselves)!
1. Exploring Local Restaurants
Whether you prefer healthy or hearty, the Charlotte food scene includes a vibrant mix of southern classics with a twist of new modern cuisine! North Carolina is known for its Lexington style BBQ which is featured at Midwood Smokehouse, Queen City Q, and City Smoke. Their menu includes different cuts of pork and beef smoked for 12+ hours over a mix of cherry and pecan woods to lock in the succulent BBQ charred taste. If you prefer a lighter fare, you can check out vegan options such as Luna’s Living Kitchen and Fern. Their menu consists of vegan/vegetarian friendly selections using the finest fresh ingredients from local farms. Charlotte restaurants have been featured on Food Network shows including “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives” (Mert’s Soul Food, Pinky’s Westside Grill), “Drinking Made Easy” (Prohibition, Crave, VBGB), and the Travel Channel’s “Man vs. Food” (Bar-B-Q King, Price’s Chicken Coop, Jackalope Jack’s). Show your taste buds some southern hospitality and check out the restaurant scene in the Queen City! —Josh Gray, Senior Associate, Accounting & Finance Recruiting
- Charlotte Rail Trail
The 3.5 mile trail connects various neighborhoods and goes into Uptown. There are tons of bars, restaurants, shops, apartment complexes and more along the trail so you can make several stops and check out some new spots. The trail is typically full of people running, biking, walking their dogs, or bar hopping. It’s a great way to explore Charlotte and meet new people! —Meghan Phinney, Staffing Associate
3. Charlotte Checkers — Dollar Beer Nights (Wednesday Home Games)
The Charlotte Checkers are a minor league ice hockey team and they’re the AHL affiliate of the Carolina Hurricanes NHL team! They play just outside of Uptown at an easily accessible arena that’s surrounded by tons of great restaurants. You can grab dinner before the game and on Wednesday’s, you can enjoy Dollar Beer Night. The arena always has many of the native North Carolina craft beers readily available as well as the domestic staples. It’s a great way to show some hometown pride and have some fun during the work week. —Nikki Witt, Administrative Coordinator
4. Great Music Venue’s
Charlotte has a music venue for everyone. PNC Music Pavilion features major touring acts that are making their way around the country. It’s an outdoor music venue with lots of local beer selection, the option for close up seats, or a more laid-back vibe on the lawn seats. Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre is also a great outdoor venue. There are smaller settings like The Evening Muse, The Underground and The Filmore that are guaranteed to have a great show while you’re in town. Even breweries feature great local acts who you might see on tour someday with larger acts, it’s definitely worth checking out. —Ali Sewalt, Marketing Coordinator
5. Brewery Tour’s
Craft breweries are taking off everywhere, but Charlotte has over 50 and is adding more every day. The cater to all styles and types and offer so much variety. You can do your own guided tour and pick a neighborhood like NoDa or South End and take your own brewery tours on foot, Uber, or rent one of our electric scooters or bikes found all around the city. There are also more formalized tours if you have a big group like the pedal tour via Trolley Pub or small busses you can rent out. Check out shops like Salud if you want some local Charlotte beer to take with you when you go! —Jennifer Singleton, Operations Manager