In absolutely no time at all, Rosie’s Wine Garden has claimed the #1 spot on my list of favorite places in Charlotte. Of all time. You heard me.
Imagine The Weasley’s Burrow turned wine bar. That’s Rosie’s Wine Garden. Named for the cat that used to roam the property that used to go by that used to go by McGill’s Rose Garden, Rosie’s is charming and casual. Other wine bars have tried and failed to be truly non-pretentious – but Rosie’s nails it. It’s a place so casual you could come by for a quick glass of red (for the antioxidants) and stroll the garden alone and then head off on the rest of your evening.
The garden is intriguing and overgrown to perfection. Nothing is too manicured, and it creates an atmosphere of true comfort and charm. Fairy lights hang from any available branch, and hidden nooks are home to benches and patches of grass for lounging.
Indoors, you’ll find brightly colored walls and counters, mismatched yet perfectly paired patterns, and cozy furniture that beckons you to sit down and stay for hours.
You’ll also fine a separate room – labeled with a hand painted sign – “The Gallery”. There’s a table and a couch for you to imbibe in this room leisurely as well, but it also serves as a gallery for local artists. The art is indeed for sale, so don’t forget to take a peak.
The wine list provides options without overwhelming. As opening night was on a Tuesday, I simply wanted a light bodied red and they offered a taste of a South African blend that – even as the cheapest option on the menu – is something I’d gladly buy a bottle of to drink at home.
For anyone who (weirdly) doesn’t drink wine, yes – there is a beer selection. You can’t exist in Charlotte one, it would seem. Some are local, some are classics you can find anywhere (like Bell’s Two Hearted IPA). There is even a cider or two.
While Rosie’s does not serve food, outside grub seemed welcome on the premises. I even spotted a very clever couple who brought take-out and a blanket and settled themselves on a patch of grass in the back of the garden with a bottle of wine from the bar. Cheap date night just got elevated – thanks to Rosie’s.
Hours are T-F 4-10 PM, and Sunday 11 AM-5 PM. Monday’s are closed, and Saturday’s are for private events. I’ll see you there…T-F 4-10 PM and Sunday 11-5 PM. Because I’ll be there every day. All day.