Tripple threat in Charlotte NC- 5Church, The Iveys Hotel and Sophia's Lounge

5 Church opened just a little over a year ago in Midtown, but has quickly become a mainstay in the ever growing restaurant scene in Atlanta. The gorgeous restaurant in the heart of Midtown with it's ceilings covered in the full script from The Art of War and inventive ever changing menu, is not the original location however. Charlotte NC is home and has been a staple there since 2013. Appropriately named because of it's location on the corners of 5th and Church St in uptown Charlotte. The third location is in Charleston SC and is situated in an actual church.

5Church Charlotte is located in an old building that used to be home to a large department store called J.B. Ivey and Company Department Store in the 1900s. The building recently went through a 25 million dollar renovation and is now a gorgeous perfectly preserved boutique hotel, still named The Ivey's.

I took a nice weekend getaway up to Charlotte to check out the gorgeous new hotel and also visit the 5Church location up there and say Hello to chef Jamie Lynch who started the location in Atlanta but has now returned home to Charlotte.

The bar in Charlotte location just as gorgeous as Atlanta's

The bar in Charlotte location just as gorgeous as Atlanta's

When we arrived at the hotel I could tell just by walking in the front door how much care and time went into preserving the history and beauty of the old department store. You will hear me mention the amazing attention to detail that was given throughout the rest of this post. The front desk area was gorgeous and the ladies up front were very helpful and friendly.

Front desk lighting

Front desk lighting

Arriving in the room was like walking into a well curated vintage day spa. There were posters of old detailed maps of Charlotte and antique cameras sitting out on the coffee bar that was fully stocked with a Nespresso machine.

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The bathrooms had that old school charm but with modern finishes and appeal. We had the room with two twin beds and both beds were overflowing with plush pillows and crisp white sheets.

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After we got over the gorgeousness of our room, my friend Lindsey and I got ready to head down to the Hotel's in house bar, Sophia's Lounge. Such a great vibe and again amazing decor with amazing attention to detail in this bar.

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They have a great cocktail list and small plates that come from 5Church that is down the hall.

The lounge area. I could sit here all day!

The lounge area. I could sit here all day!

For our cocktails we started with the "Where is the Honey" with vodka, rosemary honey simple and fresh squeezed grapefruit juice, and "The Lolita" with campari, cochi americans, still and sparkling rosè and grapefruit bitters. 

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For our small plates we got the delicious deviled eggs and lobster salad sliders.

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Sophia's lounge was named for King George the 3rd's wife, Queen Charlotte and in one corner of the bar is a huge portrait of King George in all his glory. 

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So after our great drinks and bites from Sophia's we decided to hit the town in Charlotte and went to an amazing bar that is right across the street from the hotel called the Roxbury. It plays 80s and 90s classics and has old arcade games, photo booths and tvs everwhere playing the old music videos along with the songs. We had so much fun, I definitely recommend it.

The next morning we dragged our sorry selves (maybe a little too much fun the night before) up to 5 Church for some brunch and mimosas. I had the steak and eggs and Lindsey had the crab cakes Benedict. Both were amazing and the coffee was like life itself.

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After a day of wandering around Charlotte we were ready for dinner and again had the pleasure of dining at 5 Church. The restaurant was busy and had great tables that allowed the couple of bachelorette parties and big groups that came in to be seated comfortably. Our great waiter recommended a nice bottle of wine and we started off with blistered shishito peppers and NC Snead Ferry Clams. Both were amazing and continued my current obsession with shishito peppers. For main course I got the lamb with sweet potato gnocchi, which was cooked to perfection and seasoned just right. 

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Our last morning at The Iveys we went to the Library lounge to check out their elevated continental breakfast. The lounge was gorgeous per usual and they had bagels and lox with cream cheese, pastries from Amelie's bakery, fruit and coffee or espresso.

Perfect place to sit with a glass or wine or cup of coffee.

Perfect place to sit with a glass or wine or cup of coffee.

In the Library lounge they also offer a wine and cheese happy hour Tuesday-Saturday from 5-7pm.

I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at The Iveys hotel and left feeling relaxed and recharged. From the friendly service to the beauty and detail of the hotel, nothing was over looked or left out.

The hotel will be having grand opening festivities starting July 31st and ending with their grand opening celebration on August 3rd. A perfect time to go check them out and see for yourself the beauty of this hotel!!

Arielle Kleinman