Southern Belle in Training

Fashion, Travel & Lifestyle Blog || Est. 2012 || Virginia Beach, VA

June 2, 2016

City Lights and Craft City Social Club Launch Party Recap!

     I was invited to attend the grand opening party for two new Uptown Charlotte social venues last night, and I had the most wonderful evening! City Lights Rooftop Bar at Le Meredien hotel is the new kid on the block in Charlotte's rooftop bar scene, and its sister venue Craft City Social Club (which is located next-door at the neighboring Sheraton Hotel) is bringing a pool and day club atmosphere to Uptown. Their joint opening events were quite the party!

      My new friend and fellow Charlotte fashion blogger Amy, from Pastel n Pink, was my guest for the evening's activities!

     The first part of the evening was spent exploring the Craft City Social Club at the Sheraton Hotel. This is a pool and day club, with private cabanas (pictured above!) available for rental. There is a full service bar, and a fun latin inspired menu. Craft City Social Club also does a special twist on their menu for brunch on the weekends! I think that this would be such a fun place to bring a group of friends to on a weekend in the summer. A beautiful pool, cozy cabanas, a delicious menu and bar and great views of Uptown Charlotte?! Count me in!

     The second portion of the evening took place in the neighboring Le Meredien hotel, which is home to Charlotte's newest rooftop bar, City Lights. I feel like the few iPhone photos that I was able to take during the event do this venue no justice at all! I have never seen views of Charlotte like this- I was completely blown away! Charlotte has my favorite skyline of all, and the incredible panoramic views from the balcony of City Lights are unbeatable. Charlotte does have another well-known rooftop bar and restaurant called Fahrenheit, which I have been to once briefly before. But I think that City Light's views absolutely blew Fahrenheit out of the water, and that is saying a lot!

     City Lights is decked out with colorful couches and lounge chairs, and the panoramic views go all the way around the bar, so you not only have views of Uptown, but also of other parts of Charlotte as well (I could just barely spot my university in the distance from one spot of the bar!). City Lights has a fun drink menu, featuring local beers, speciality cocktails, and possibly the most fun "beverage" option of all: the Sparkle and Pop. The Sparkle and Pop is your choice of a sparkling wine or champagne paired with popsicle from Charlotte's famous gourmet popsicle company, King of Pops. King of Pops was at the launch party and was serving the Sparkle and Pops directly from their adorable popsicle cart! I tried the Fresh Peach pop paired with Proseco- I would highly recommend it! City Lights would be the perfect place to bring out-of-town visitors so they can get a full taste of all that Charlotte has to offer. Anyone want to come visit me soon? I know where I'll be taking you! ;-)

     A huge thank-you to Craft City Social Club and City Lights Rooftop Bar for hosting Amy and I at their grand opening launch party! We thoroughly enjoyed both events, and hope to return to both places soon!

     The great city of Charlotte has so much to offer, and I hope to feature more of my favorite Charlotte spots on the blog in months to come!

     My dress, shoes and clutch that I wore to to the event are linked below:

     xoxo Miss ALK



  1. I'm so glad I was able to follow along with you last night on snap-chat, it looked like you were having an awesome time! I may just have to try to recreate one of those sparkle & pop's for myself, they sound delicious!

    xoxo, SS

    The Southern Stylista

  2. This looks like such a fun night! I love the idea of the rooftop bar with the beautiful views of Charlotte. Booking my flight to visit asap (;

  3. Enjoyed your grand opening venue post and awesome view of Charlotte!! You look lovely in your dress!


  4. Looks like you had a lot of fun! Your dress is GORGEOUS!

  5. The rooftop bars look awesome! That's one thing Grand Rapids is lacking!

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