March 21st, 2017 | Making the Rounds By Helen Benefield Billings
Downtown Charlotte, North Carolina has never been more intriguing or exciting, thanks to a complete redesign and renovation of the Charlotte Marriott City Center in the business district.
Stoke Restaurant, located within, offers diners an engaging experience that envelops guests in a warm, inviting kitchen encounter featuring a wood-burning oven. The walls between diners and the kitchen are blurred, reflecting a true interactive environment, as Chef Chris Coleman and team present rustic, cultivated seasonal dishes sourcing fresh, local products.
And just a few steps from the restaurant you’ll find the lively Stoke Bar, an ideal spot for meeting up with friends and colleagues. It features a tremendous selection of local craft brews and apple ciders on tap, signature handcrafted cocktails and wines by the glass from around the world. A feeling of warmth envelops guests in this space as well, emanating from the use of reclaimed wood throughout and an 18-seat copper bar.
Charlotte Marriott City Center has thoughtfully developed each aspect of its distinctive craft cocktail program and groundbreaking beer program that includes the Plow to Pint program. In conjunction with two North Carolina breweries, Stoke Bar is in the unique position of presenting “new and experimental drafts for beer aficionados.” The impressive wine program was created in conjunction with The Bottle Shop, its retail wine shop just adjacent to the bar.
According to Crissy Wright, General Manager of Charlotte Marriott City Center, “With Stoke Bar, we really wanted to create a place that was welcoming for locals and that celebrated our amazing local North Carolina beers and craft spirits. We are proud to have one of the most innovative cocktail programs in Charlotte, with barrel-aged cocktails, drinks on tap and served in a French press. The personalities behind the scenes are just as important as innovation. Stoke Bar Manager DiSean Burns is passionate about cocktails and we are excited to have him as our new drinks ambassador. Our head of food & drink, Sean Potter, has forged relationships with local breweries, which allows him to get beers before anyone else, as well as exclusive small batches.”
STOKE BAR facts:
Eclectic global wine list; 34 taps featuring local craft beers and exclusive microbrews; cocktails, including four on draft, bottled selections, pressed and made-to-order classics and signature libations; wines by the glass (also four on tap); Nitro Cold Brew on tap. Provided by Marriott International.