Cheers! Everyone loves a good “girls night out” and whether you’re more of a martini lady or a wine girl, we’ve got you covered with this list of favorites.

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Dressler’s Restaurant

An upscale Continental-American featuring steak and seafood, Dressler’s is also a popular destination for drinks and cocktails. With unique items such as the Chocolate Martini, an evening at Dressler’s is sure to be a memorable one. For the seafood fans, try the Seared Rare Ahi Tuna, Maryland Lump Crab Cakes or Jumbo Shrimp Linguini. Located in Birkdale Village, this restaurant is also surrounded by a plethora of popular shopping destinations, an excellent way to end a day-well-spent with the gals.

Cosmopolitan at Dressler's Restaurant

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 131 MAIN Restaurant

With eleven unique concoctions to choose from, from the classic Cosmopolitan to the “Pearfection” specialty martini, 131 MAIN is sure to be a hit for a girl’s night out! The warm and inviting atmosphere creates the perfect space to relax and unwind after a long day. Stop by on Tuesday for half-priced wine night!


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Kindred Restaurant

You can’t just walk past the circa 1914 building that was once a pharmacy in downtown Davidson without wanting to sneak a peek inside! Take a seat at the unique and welcoming bar in and sip some of the most eclectic drinks around town. Not only does Kindred offer fabulous drinks, but the food is also a must-have. With everything from crisp oysters to squid ink conchiglie, the menu is rotated each week to give a brand new experience to each guest. You’ll definitely want to grab your girls to share some plates and cocktails!

Kindred table, cocktail, couple

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Galway Hooker Irish Pub

Rustic decor, Irish cuisine and a beautiful outdoor setting are what set this place apart. Sunday brunch specials include $12 bottomless mimosas, $5 Bloody Marys, $5 Spicy Bloody Marys with Bacon and $6 breakfast shots. Half-priced appetizers are offered daily, Monday through Thursday from 4-6 PM. Additionally, on the last Tuesday of the month, The Galway Hooker hosts the Lake Norman Comedy Zone upstairs in Waterford Hall.

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Lake Norman Cottage

Visit Lake Norman Cottage for the perfect wine, beer and gift retail experience. One side of the shop caters to tastings and trying new wines, offering the best homemade cookies and carrying very unique gifts. The other side is focused on giving the customers a fun place to hang out with friends and drink! A night at the Lake Norman Cottage will be sure to please!

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eeZ Fusion

With five hand-crafted cocktails offered on the menu, eeZ Fusion is a great place to relax with friends and enjoy some made-to-order sushi rolls! Martinis are offered for half-price on Tuesdays, and bottles of wine are half-price on Wednesdays. Located in Birkdale Village, the fun doesn’t stop after dinner; eeZ Fusion is the ideal destination for a night out!

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Port City Club

Port City Club is a uniquely designed waterfront restaurant located on beautiful Lake Norman. With a view of the lake from every room, Port City Club will be a scenic destination for a date night with someone special or a night out with friends! Head to Port City Club and grab yourself a cold beer on tap or a sweet specialty cocktail!

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Alton’s Kitchen & Cocktails

Picture a place grand in finishes yet understated and casual. A place to come, relax and shed the layers of the day. Whether it be an evening in the bar enjoying cocktails fireside or a gathering of friends and family out for no particular reason, Alton’s Kitchen & Cocktails offers the perfect combination of flavor rich food, inviting atmosphere and genuine hospitality. Stop by to try one of the $6 daytime cocktail specials!

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Flatiron Kitchen + Taphouse

Flatiron Kitchen + Taphouse is all about food, while balancing tradition with adventure. The chef-driven gathering place is located in Stowe’s Corner building in the heart of Davidson, which is reminiscent of the Flatiron Building in New York City. It has the feel of a neighborhood restaurant but boasts a big-city culinary experience. Helmed by Executive Chef and Partner Bill Shutz, Flatiron celebrates locally sourced produce paired with the finest ingredients. In addition to offering a premium list of food-friendly wines, Flatiron's "beer tower" features a large and thoughtful selection of imported and local craft beers on tap.

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Hello Sailor

From the same owners who introduced Kindred Restaurant in 2015, Hello Sailor has recently opened its doors in Cornelius, NC. With a focus on chef-driven dishes, seafood and retro charm make this eatery truly one of a kind. Hello Sailor also offers a handful of fruity concoctions, such as the local favorite, “Subterranean Spritz”, which includes vodka, key lime, pineapple, falernum, agave and lime La Croix. Whether you’re in the mood for sips or seafood, Hello Sailor is a great spot to enjoy the tranquil evening atmosphere at Lake Norman.

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Did we forget to mention any of your favorites? Comment yours below and don’t forget to tag @VisitLakeNorman in your cocktail photos on Facebook and Instagram!