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Return to HIGHLIGHTS LOFT 1523 Elizabeth Ave., 704/333-5898, www.loftl523.com
HOURS: Mon.-Wed. 5 P.M.-midnight, Thurs.-Fri. 5 P.M.-2 A.M., Sat. 8 P.M.-2 A.M.
No, you’re not lost. You do indeed have to go into the office building, take the elevator to the 2nd floor, and wander the halls past doctors’ offices to get to the entrance of Loft 1523. It’s an odd spot for a cocktail lounge, to be sure. The selling point is the outdoor patio with views of Uptown.
Charlotte Magazine voted the patio Best View, and crowds of well-dressed martini fans have flocked to the loft to see and be seen. The martini menu is extensive and offers everything from the classics to desserts in a glass.
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