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Sep 20, 2016


Top Halloween Events in Charlotte 2016

Posted by Hunter Wilson • Nightlife Events

Halloween is our favorite time of the year! The costumes, the parties, and of course the party photos are always crazy in Charlotte. This year is no different with a great line up of events all week long.

For the true Halloween enthusiast, the parties start Oct 22nd (the weekend before). There will be events throughout Uptown Charlotte all week long culminating at the Grave Diggers Ball on Sat. Oct 29th.

Make sure to snag your tickets for these events early. A lot of them sell out fast and many of them have early bird ticket pricing.

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11th Annual Halloween Howler Bar Crawl: Saturday, Oct. 22nd

Exclusively at the EpiCentre.

Sat. Oct. 22nd: 5pm-2am

The first and probably largest Halloween Bar Crawl in Charlotte. This event is the kick off to a week of Halloween festivities!

Checkin will start at 5pm at Rooftop 210 (3rd floor of the EpiCentre). Bring your ticket printed out or on your phone. 

Participants will be given an event wristband that will give you FREE ACCESS to ALL participating venues at the EpiCentre. Checkin EARLY! Last year the EpiCentre was packed by midnight.

Participating Venues: Bubble, Blackfinn, Vida Cantina, Vida Vida, Suite, Rooftop 210, Howl at the Moon, Tin Roof, Whisky River, Strike City.

Last year's attendance: 4,168! 

Modelo Especial and Larceny Bourbon on special at all participating venues!

Costume contests at each venue!

21+. No Refunds. Do NOT drink and drive. Use Uber or Yellow Cab to get home safely.

Eventbrite - 11th Annual Halloween Howler Bar Crawl

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5th Annual Nightmare on 5th St Block Party

Friday, October 28th 5pm-2am

The concept is simple. We will start the bar crawl at 5pm with checkin at Fitzgerald's Irish Pub (you get free parking at the parking deck directly behind Fitzgerald's if you keep your ticket and get it validated at Fitzgerald's). Checkin will last from 5pm-7pm. Please come as early as you can. We have a lot of people to checkin! You can check your friends in as well, just have the names their tickets are under.

Once you are checked in we will give you a wristband that will give you FREE COVER at all the participating venues on the bar crawl and the event itinerary. Follow our staff as we lead the group from bar to bar throughout the night.

We will have Modelo and Larceny Bourbon on special all night at each venue.

Participating Venues: Fitzgerald's, Flight, The Local, SIP, Prohibition, Ri Ra, TILT, Roxbury, Connolly's. 

21+ only. No refunds. Costume Contests for best male and female costumes.

Eventbrite - 5th Annual Nightmare on 5th Street Block Party

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17th Annual Grave Diggers Ball featuring Afrojack

Get your tickets now before the price goes up!

This year's headliner is AFROJACK! Watch the man himself Stand Ten Feet Tall as he Takes Over Control of Grave Diggers Ball.

Kiss 95.1 Grave Diggers Ball turns the Queen City into the Scream City every October with the area’s largest costume contest ($10,000 in cash & prizes), DJs and live music performances by chart-topping acts. For over a decade, national recording artists such as Capital Cities, Flo-Rida, Ke$ha, Backstreet Boys, Katy Perry, One Republic, and B.o.B have performed for thousands of fans dressed up in the craziest and most innovative costumes. Grave Diggers Ball has garnered national attention as one of the biggest Halloween celebrations in the country and has cemented itself as an annual Charlotte institution. Kiss 95.1 Grave Diggers Ball makes Charlotte scream every Halloween.

This is a 18+ Show - Rain or Shine - All sales are final - No refunds.

Eventbrite - 17th Annual Grave Diggers Balll

Aug 23, 2016


Top 5 Spots to Watch Panther Games

Posted by Hunter Wilson • Nightlife Events

The Carolina Panthers have a great season ahead of them and us Charlotteans are dying to watch every last second of their games. We have some amazing home field games to attend this year but what about those away games? Charlotte has you covered with these top 5 places to watch the game offering game day menus, drink specials and PLENTY of televisions. GO PANTHERS!

1) Draught Charlotte - One of Charlotte's newest Panther's location sits directly behind the stadium on Cedar St. For those of you who have been in Charlotte for more than a year know that this is the original location of Hartigan's and the party is just as wild during the games. Draught is the official location for Cans Recycled so expect Kiss 95.1 to pump out the tunes, large outdoor televisions on the patio, plenty of pounders to drink and of course some amazing game day food including nachos, pretzels and pub burgers - YUM!

2) The Doghouse - Only open for home games, but by far the best tailgate in the city whether you have a ticket to the game or not! Positioned even closer to the stadium is the infamous Doghouse. The bar features a lawn decorated as a football field t play cornhole, a stage that always has the best music to jam out to and of course the large indoor and outdoor bar that gives you plenty of space to grab a nice cold one. The Doghouse has been open since 1997 and it's stronger than ever! They have plenty of TV's to cheer on the Panthers with old and new friends.

3) Brevard Court - To some of you this area is known as the "French Quarter" but this brilliant hidden gem is filled with some of the best bars in Charlotte and one of the best tailgates! While walking around the massive crowd that settles in Brevard court check out the 30 year old French Quarter restaurant, Courtyard Hooligans, and Valhalla. Watch the game in the adjacent parking lot with a massive blow up screen to cheers with your friends your Carolina Panthers.

4) All American Pub/Oak Room - During the day All American Pub is packed to the brim with hungry fans watching one of their several dozen flat screen TV's. Their menu is full of great game watch foods and their drink list is perfect for sharing a bucket or two. Once the sun goes down, Oak Room next door has great music and plenty of party space to celebrate a Panther win! Get there early to make sure you get a table!

5) Tyber Creek Pub - South End has some fantastic bars to attend to watch the games but Tyber Creek has a great space to do it in style. Two stories with televisions everywhere (albeit older TV's), easy access bars, and a huge patio with games and plenty of seating. Tyber also features great drinks specials and incredible Irish style food that you will crave after being inside for a few minutes. Of course they have plenty of Guinness on tap too!

Aug 16, 2016


Dates with Dogs - Spots that encourage BYODog in Charlotte

Posted by Kala Halbert • Nightlife Reviews

Is there anything worse than the look on your dogs face when you are leaving the house and are headed to a place where they aren’t welcome? Well good news my guilt filled friends - those days are over! Whether you have a brand new puppy that you want to show off to the world or just want your trusted ol’ companion by your side, Charlotte is a great city for those with an affinity for the furry. This is not an all inclusive list of all the great places you can bring man’s best friend, but these are definitely some of our favorites!

1. Bark in the Ballpark

News flash!! Unfortunately this one is time sensitive and not ongoing - but boy are we excited. BB&T Ballpark partnered up with Purina and PetSmart for the Charlotte Knights game vs. the Bulls on Tuesday August 23rd. As if those games weren’t fun enough, they are opening up the doors that night to dogs too! Between baseball, beer, nachos, dogs and children on the loose - it is going to be total mayhem and we can’t wait.

2. Twenty-Two art gallery in Plaza Midwood

If you haven’t checked out this funky art gallery right below Soul Gastrolounge on Central Ave. you are missing out. In addition to the incredible works of local artists, Twenty-Two offers 15 different beers on tap, wine, and a super cool atmosphere for you and your friends to go pretend to be real critics. So pick out your favorite handkerchief and doggie beret - it’s time to get hipster with the hounds.

3. Smelly Cat Coffeehouse

In this day and age, I swear people are just aimlessly strolling around parking lots, looking for dogs in cars to report to the police or shame their owners. It doesn’t matter if you are just running in for a cup of coffee - it just won’t fly. So avoid the embarrassment, get a great cup of locally brewed joe, and sit and relax with your favorite co-pilot at Smelly Cat Coffeehouse in Noda. 

4. Atherton Market

This quaint, little, open-air marketplace tucked in the heart of South End is truly a hidden gem. From local produce and organic dog treats to succulent terrariums and jewelry, there truly is something for everyone at Atherton Market. Not in the mood to shop? No worries. There are shaded tables and chairs if you and your four-legged friend want to sit back and watch the action with a fresh breeze and a good book. 

5. Lucky Dog Bark & Brew

Now we will talk more on the ample amount of breweries and bars that open their doors to dogs in the Queen’s City, but this place is above the rest. If you haven’t made your way out to the West side (best side) to visit Lucky Dog Bark & Brew, cancel your plans this weekend because this is heaven on earth for you and your dog. This off-leash, indoor/outdoor arena has enough room for them to run and you to enjoy libations. Single and looking for like-minded animal lovers? This is the place for you. 

6. Food Truck Friday

If you never made it to the South End Food Truck party every Friday night - don’t worry, they aren’t gone, just relocated! Food Truck Friday is now hosted in Plaza Midwood right behind the Light Factory and is boasting an even bigger fleet than before. Once you’ve made the monumental decision on which truck will win your favor that night - don’t forget to leave a couple scraps for Lassie. 

7. Canine Cafe

You and your dog are in for a real treat at Canine Cafe in South End - pun intended kids. This one-of-a-kind doggie bakery offers a great variety of handmade, hand-decorated treats made on-site daily - ALL FOR DOGS! So the next time you are celebrating a dog’s birthday or are having a play date with other friends and dogs, be sure to stop in here first to pick up a doggie party platter.

8. Sleepy Poet Antique Mall

Now Number 8 might not appeal to everyone, but Sleepy Poet Antique Mall is super cool whether you are decorating your place, working on a DIY project, or just want to go mess around with your significant other (your dog of course). The coolest part about this 55,000 sq. ft. antique warehouse is that they will let your dog get in on all the fun. So the next time it rains and you have 2 hours to burn - check this one out. 

9. Whitewater Center

If you have a dog and haven’t brought it to the Whitewater Center, you may want to reconsider your ability to parent. Just kidding, but seriously. The USNWC offers over 20 miles of woodland trails extending along the Catawba River for you and Fido to enjoy. Have a dog that loves the water? Take them out for a ride on a paddle board or kayak and enjoy the great outdoors on the open water. 

10. Breweries, Bars & Restaurants…

Sycamore, OMB, Blue Blaze, NoDa Brewing Co., Triple C, Birdsong, Craft, VBGB, Mellow Mushroom, Angry Ale’s, Thomas St. Tavern, Zada Janes, Hickory Tavern, Hare of the Dog.. Need I go on? In a city where the weather is agreeable 3/4 of the year, it won’t be hard to find a place that won’t accommodate your beloved pups. 

All dogs go to heaven, so go out there and enjoy - and don’t forget to bring your doggy bags folks! 

Jul 06, 2016


Charlotte's Other Bars

Posted by Ashley Massis • Nightlife Reviews

Everyone knows when you have friends in town; you take them to the Epicenter. If you’re new to the area, it couldn’t hurt to look beyond what Uptown offers.

Did you know some of Charlotte’s best bars are located on eclectic side streets or away from the main roads? Here are some other great Charlotte options that will make you wonder why you haven’t explored other neighborhoods a long time ago.

The Punch Room

The Punch Room resides on the 15th floor of The Ritz-Carlton, and is known for its Great Gatsby-esque vibes. Gold accents, skyline views, and your own personal Bob Peters make the bar one of the best in Charlotte. 

l I could write an ode to Bob Peters. Bartender, master mixologist, mad drink scientist…whatever you want to call him it doesn’t matter as long as you know his concoctions are genius. Try the Strange Brew with coffee ice cubes and smoked bourbon, or a daily punch. I guarantee you’ll try nothing like it.

VBGB

The NC Music Factory is known for its eclectic mix of part concert venue, part restaurant row, and part beer garden. VBGB is the German beer hall you never knew you needed in your life. Whether picking up a game of volleyball on the outside sand courts, playing adult Connect Four, or trying to figure out which one of the 30+ taps you want to try, VBGB is an adult playground. To sweeten the deal, they offer bites such as beer cheese and German pretzels or nachos. Sold.

Soul Gastrolounge

With similar vibes to a speakeasy, Soul Gastrolounge has been a tried and true pick for the ultimate date night. This Plaza Midwood hotspot has been a continued hotspot for years and it still doesn’t lose the hype. Both cocktails and tapas menu options change seasonally. Their mixologists put together boozy deliciousness and add seasonal flavors such as muddled fresh fruit, herbs, or homemade syrups. Its delicious tapas style food offers their famous watermelon pork belly tacos, ramen specials, sushi, and unusual but delicious options such as their Southern Fried Nachos or Rocky Mountain oysters. Although you’ll have to wait on the weekends, it’s worth every minute once you order.

Selywn Pub

For you Myers Park fans, Selwyn Pub is an oldie but a goodie. The bar gets crowded during the weekends; especially the outdoor patio. On cooler nights, the gas lamps and outdoor seating is the perfect option after stuffing yourself from one of the many surrounding restaurants.

Fun game: Drink every time you see a polo shirt or khaki pants/shorts. You won’t make it sober over 30 minutes.

Jun 20, 2016


Tin Roof LIVE Band Schedule for July

Posted by Hunter Wilson • Nightlife News

Tin Roof at the EpiCentre is rolling out a new promotion every Monday night that focusing on showcasing local Charlotte area musical talent.

Starting at 730pm every Monday evening three separate artists will take the stage at Tin Roof. They will play a few acoustic songs each of their own original music! Followed by a full band or trio as the featured act each week.


They also have great drink specials and awesome food. Plan to grab a quick dinner at Tin Roof before for Locals Live and enjoy our half price select appetizers until 7 pm. Thanks for being a Regular! 

Locals Live Lineup

July 1- Shannon Mcarthur 5pm & Mic Larry 10pm
July 2- Laura Rabell 5pm
           Jerry Jacobs 10pm
July 3-  Thirsty horses 8pm
July 5- Laura Rabell 7pm
July 7- Jon Linker 9pm
July 8- Trent Glisson 6pm
             Wes Cook 10pm
July 9- Craig Veltri 5pm
           Pluto 4 Planet 10pm
July 10- Craig Veltri 7pm
July 12- Lisa De Novo 7pm
July 14- Mad Hatters Finest 9pm
July 15- The Deltaz 5pm
             Mad Hatters Finest 10pm
July 16- Haley Mae 5pm
             Heavy Sole 10pm
July 17- Lisa De Novo 6
             Tin Roof Sunday band 9pm
July 19- Taco pony 7pm
July 21- Steve and Chuck 9pm
July 22- Jon Linker 5pm
              Jay Taylor 10pm
July 23- Craig Veltri 5pm
              Kris Hitchcock
July 24- Comedy night 7pm
July 26- Chas Troyer 7pm
July 28- Time Sawyer 9pm
July 29- Jon Linker 5pm
             Anthony Orio 10pm
July 30- Pluto 4 Planet 4pm
             Brandon Lay 8pm
             Brandon Stiles 10pm


Jun 06, 2016


204 North Review

Posted by Ashley Massis • Nightlife Reviews

One of Charlotte’s latest restaurants to open before the summer officially starts, 204 North, is a force not to be ignored. Focusing on farm to table seasonal dishes and craft cocktails, 204 North brings something different to the usual bar scene of Uptown. As the Charlotte culinary scene begins to grow, this restaurant raises the bar for future newbies coming its way.

When I first arrived at the restaurant, I was pleasantly surprised at the décor being different than the normal “Charlotte bar strip” we’ve see over the past years. Different from neighboring Irish pub RiRa and nighttime staple Connolly’s, 204 North adds Southern industrial chic to the strip. From the historic brick, exposed beams, minimalist floor, and traditional lighting, the eclectic modern vibe makes the restaurant both inviting and cool.

I’m going to be honest, as soon as I glimpsed at the cocktail menu I already had high hopes. For the beer lovers they offer over 30 taps, which a large portion is local craft beers (LOVE the local promotion and loyalty). The names of the drinks pay homage to popular Charlotte neighborhoods such as the Noda, Southend, or the Cotswold. After one sip of the Ballanytne and its sweet strawberry/St. Germain concoction, I knew I was sold. Their signature cocktails blend together unusual and seasonal flavors to create complex masterful cocktails that are incredibly delicious.  

Don’t get me started on the food. There wasn’t one dish I tried that I didn’t love or was blown away by. From appetizer or tapas style options such as their beet salad with a strawberry vanilla vinaigrette to their spin on the traditional calamari dish (instead of fried it was cooked a la plancha served with confit potatoes), they offer a wide range of southern inspired dishes that are both equally delicious and comforting.

In all, I am a bit obsessed with 204 North. The location is easy to get to and a much needed elevated addition to the area. The food and drinks highlight local and seasonal flavors in a way that eases you into southern dishes without throwing you in the deep end (I’m looking at you transplants). It’s the best kept secret that won’t stay that way for long..so GO!

Top Favorites: -Non-traditional Calamari

-Burger-Oh. My. God. The burger. It melts in your mouth!!! Perfect late night/pig out because you want to meal. 

-Homemade Brioche bread-comes with every meal and the butter changes based on seasonal flavors. Ours was a strawberry fennel, which was absolutely delicious against the crusty texture of the brioche. -Shrimp and grits is a southern staple. The grits are extremely creamy -Desserts: Sticky bun with bourbon ice cream! All homemade! Thinking about it now makes me drool a bit. interested in you! Email us your resume at info@204north.com!

Check out their website here http://204north.com/

Jun 02, 2016


New Bars in Charlotte

Posted by Hunter Wilson • Nightlife News

It seems like every week there is a new addition to the Charlotte nightlife scene. This week we welcome the likes of City Lights Rooftop and Craft City Social Club, both located at 550 S. McDowell St inside of the le Meridian Hotel.

Both City Lights Rooftop and Craft City Social Club have unique features that will make their bar a great new hangout spot! City Lights will have yet another amazing Charlotte skyline view service really crafty Champagne popsicles! Craft City Social Club will be Uptown Charlotte's only poolside bar and restaurant (only open to the public after 4pm daily).

RECENTLY OPENED:

FLIGHT: Charlotte also welcomed another huge craft beer hall in Uptown with Flight this past week. Boasting over 80 craft beers on tap, a lot of which are local to Charlotte or North Carolina! Flight has a great concept with live music, good food, and a huge list of beers to choose from. Located at 300 N. College St, Flight will have the most craft beers on tap in the Uptown Charlotte nightlife scene.

KANDY BAR: Looking for an upscale lounge bar in Uptown Charlotte? How about some delicious deserts for that late night sweet tooth? Kandy Bar opened at the Epicentre a few weeks ago. We stopped by to try out the cocktails from the bartender Jonathan. The menu selection was great. 

204 North: 5th Street District got a great new restaurant and craft cocktail bar a few weeks ago also. From the owners of TILT, 204 North adds some much needed sq footage to the Charlotte nightlife scene within the 5th Street area. Two floors of seating and a full service bar on both levels, 204 North can crank out craft cocktails in high demand. 

May 31, 2016


5th Annual Super Hero Bar Crawl: June 18th

Posted by Hunter Wilson • Nightlife Events

5th Annual Super Hero Bar Crawl

June 18th. 5pm-2am


Dress up as your favorite Super Hero of Super Villian in this bar crawl around Charlotte's unique 5th Street district!

The concept is easy! Grab your tickets via Eventbrite (ticket box below) and bring a copy to the checkin (either a printed ticket or the ticket on your phone for us to scan). We can also lookup tickets by name. Make sure to dress up in your favorite costume!


Checkin will be at Fitzgerald's Irish Pub from 5pm-7pm. You MUST checkin during that time or have one of your friends checkin for you.

We will have a Best Female and Male Costume Contest with prizes!

First 500 participants to checkin will receive a free event koozie.

$3 Corona and Corona Light. PLEASE DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE. Download UBER app and use coupon code CLT20 for $20 OFF your first ride!

Eventbrite - 6th Annual Super Hero Bar Crawl

May 24, 2016


After 21 Years, Bar Charlotte Will Close Forever

Posted by Hunter Wilson • Nightlife News

One thing is for certain, bars and nightclubs have a huge turnover rate (2 out of 3 bars will close or change owners in the first 3 years). If a bar lasts more than 5 years, it was doing something right. If a bar lasts for 21 years, it was an iconic watering hole for that city!

That is the case with Bar Charlotte. Opened in 95' by Bob Durkin and the people behind BMG, Bar Charlotte was a mainstay in the Uptown nightlife scene next to the likes of Mythos and Have a Nice Day Cafe (among others).

One might wonder what kept Bar Charlotte open for so long. Bar Charlotte's theme was simple and consistent; "No Theme, No Attitude, Just BAR". You knew what you were getting every time you stepped through the door. It was a predictable night out at Bar Charlotte with affordable drinks, good music, and a great party.

I would venture to guess the name alone played a helpful role in it's longevity. Imagine all the people that travel to Charlotte and jump on Google to figure out what bar to hit after their conference or business engagement. Google Search: Bars in Charlotte, etc. Bar Charlotte would come up naturally as a top pick. A genius name created even before Google was a thing.

Whether it was the name or the concept, the fact remains that after 21 years of being the home to some of Charlotte's craziest parties, Bar Charlotte will close it's doors for good this weekend!

Come out this weekend, May 28th, 2016 and make a toast to one of Charlotte's oldest nightclubs with us!

Here is a link to all of Bar Charlotte's photos on CharlotteNightlife.com.

May 16, 2016


Best New and Upcoming Charlotte Restaurant Bars

Posted by Ashley Massis • Nightlife Reviews

Charlotte’s growing and growing fast. This year’s freshman restaurant additions to an already elaborate list of local restaurants and bars are nothing to brush off. Uptown is getting a luxury facelift with new farm to table, rooftop, and social club options. From sipping on a cocktail poolside to eating decadent Mediterranean dishes at Essex Bistro, Charlotte Uptown is fast becoming a prominent nightlife destination.

Looking for new places to eat or gather with your friends? Check out our list of summer 2016 restaurant and bar openings.

City Lights

Who doesn’t love a good rooftop bar in Charlotte? With an expected opening on June 2, this new rooftop bar located on the 19th floor of the of Le Méridien hotel in Uptown is promising to come in with a bang. Promising refreshing summer cocktails, burgers/sandwiches, and fun music, City Lights is claiming rights to being the largest rooftop bar in Charlotte. With the view and location, we’re sold.

Craft City Social Club

Put the words “Craft” or “Social Club” into any bar name and you’ll be sure to have Charlotte hooked. The Sheraton in Uptown’s new ground floor poolside bar is guaranteed to be epic. Offering games such as Billiards, darts, foosball, a massive adult sized Jenga and shuffleboard, and summery cocktails such as margaritas by the pitcher, Craft City Social Club is one to put on your radar. The 200 person venue is offering both outdoor dining and private cabanas, reminiscent of hotels in Las Vegas. Opening in partnership with City Lights on June 2, this bar is the one Charlotte has been craving for. Food choices are inspired by “Nuevo Latino” cuisine which features delicious dishes such as Argentinian skirt steak, Cuban sandwiches and lots of fish. To sweeten the deal even more, Craft City Social Club is also offering brunch on weekends. Sign me up!

204 North

Seated between Ri Ra’s and Sip/Prohibition, this empty space has been an eye sore for some time now in Charlotte’s Uptown. 204 promises to vitalize that void with a 3-story 7,620 square foot restaurant that will offer mid-level to high-end quality food. Offering exposed brick, wood beams, and hard industrial steel accents, the restaurant is bringing a new vibe to North Tryon. The new hot spot will offer decadent farm to table dining options and craft cocktails.  

Essex Bar and Bistro

Opening in the Bank of America Plaza, Essex Bar and Bistro is the place where “craft cocktails and international cuisines come together”. The 5,000 square foot restaurant is in prime Uptown real estate; where Trade and Tryon intersect. Owner Pete Lloyd is promising a “chic, cool, and modern feel”. Dedicated to the craft of the cocktail, Essex is promising both classic and unique cocktails I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to a martini on that chic outdoor patio!

May 04, 2016


The Best Late Night Eateries in Charlotte

Posted by Ashley Massis • Nightlife Reviews

There are so many things to do in Charlotte. As the weather warms up, those who have been hibernating come out from where ever they have wrapped in their snuggies eating grilled cheese sandwiches (don’t judge me) to see all the new sights and sounds. Whether a late night owl or someone who’s been hibernating, it’s hard to know where to go and eat, especially when those midnight munchies hit. Whether looking for a quick bite to eat or something to keep the hangover at bay, we have you covered!


New Kids on the Block

Blaze Pizza

1750 Camden Road

Charlotte, NC 28203

980-859-1463

Blaze Pizza may be a newcomer to the Charlotte area, but it’s not new to serving quality at lightning fast speed. Open until 11pm, Blaze Pizza offers made-from-scratch dough and a large variety of ingredients on the assembly line.  When hunger hits and you want it now, wait180 seconds post assembly for fast-fired, perfectly crisp perfection. 

Benny Pennello’s

2909 N Davidson St

Ste 100

Charlotte, NC 28205

980-949-8398

Speaking of Pizza (because why wouldn’t our list talk about mostly pizza for late night snacks), Benny Pennello’s is a relatively NoDa treat that ensures your eyes and slice to be bigger than your stomach. Located next to Heist Brewery, the slices are served on double paper plates…because a regular slice doesn’t fit on just one. Open until midnight on weekdays and 3 am on weekends, Benny’s promises $5 slices and is the ULTIMATE late night pizza stop.

Side note-if you are trying to Uber/drive with a box of pizza from Benny Pennello’s, make sure you don’t have a compact. The box/pizza takes up the entire width of a sedan. You’re welcome.


The Classics

Taco Mac 

4625 Piedmont Row Dr. Bldg E, Ste 100 Charlotte, NC 28210 (704)-972-0503

Known for its large variety of beer, Taco Mac has become a quick favorite of Charlotte. Located in the Piedmont Town Center of the South Park area, the sports bar-style environment complements the menu in more ways than one. Their Signature Buffalo Wings are so good any New York native will think they are back in the cold. Join their Brewniversity and collect points to win prizes such as exclusive access to the secret upstairs bar that offers even more of a variety of beers.

The Midnight Diner 

115 E. Carson St. Charlotte, NC 28202 (980)-207-3641

Located between Southend and Uptown, the Midnight Diner should be on your list if you haven’t been yet. It’s a Charlotte staple! Open 24/7 and within walking distance of a lot of popular bar scenes, this diner serves breakfast all day so you can get scrambled eggs, French toast, or omelets anytime you want. In addition to breakfast, they offer burgers, mouthwatering fried chicken, grilled cheese, and other comfort food munchies.

The Diamond 

1901 Commonwealth Ave. Charlotte, NC 28205 (704)-375-8959

Located in the hipster central Plaza Midwood neighborhood, this diner is a known gem. The Diamond may be an “oldie” in our list, but it’s still a top favorite. The staff is friendly, the beer is cheap, and they always have great service. Open until 4 a.m. on Friday and Saturday (12 a.m. the rest of the week), The Diamond has some staples such as their fried pickles to meet any comfort craving (and soak up any residual alcohol). 

Amelie’s French Bakery 

2424 N. Davidson St. Charlotte, NC 28205 (704)-376-1781

If I could write an ode to Amelie’s…I would. This Parisian inspired bakery is the perfect location to pull an all nighter or get some serious snacks. Amelie’s offers two locations (one in NoDa and Uptown) which serves up an amazing array of pastries, tortes, and cakes. We dream about their salted caramel brownies.

Open 24 hours, this eclectic coffee house has tons of space, free WiFi, and a friendly staff making it a perfect place to meet friends, stay for a bit, or grab a killer breakfast sandwich before the sun comes up.

May 01, 2016


Charlotte Hottest 2016

Posted by Hunter Wilson • Nightlife Reviews

More info coming soon!


To nominate someone, please email their name and category to charlotteshottest@gmail.com.

Apr 28, 2016


FIND YOUR BEACH: Cinco de Mayo Corona Specials in Charlotte

Posted by Hunter Wilson • Nightlife News

Here is a quick list of great Corona Extra and Corona Light specials around Charlotte for Cinco de Mayo! Make sure to FIND YOUR BEACH at some of these local favorites around the Queen City!


Vida Vida: 

$15 Corona Extra & Corona Light buckets, $3 Modelo and Corona Light draft, $4 Corona Extra, Corona Light and Modelo bottles and cans

Strike City:

$3.50 Corona Extra and Corona Light and Modelo

On the Border on Providence:

$3.00 Corona Extra, Corona Light, Modelo cans, $3.00 Constellation bottle, $3.00 Constellation brand 16 oz. drafts

Tavern on the Tracks:

Corona & Corona Light Bottles $2.75, Corona & Corona Light Buckets $16.50, Modelo Cans $3 

Ru-Rus Tacos & Tequilas:

$3 Corona Light, Pacifico, Modelo Especial drafts,  $3 Corona Extra and Corona Light cans

Pacos Tacos:

$2 Corona Extra & Corona Light bottles, $.50 cent Coronitas

Fitzgeralds:

$4 Corona Extra & Corona Light bottles

Carolina Ale House:

$12 Corona Extra & Corona Light buckets

Salsa’s Ayrsley:

$3 Corona Extra, Corona Light, Modelo, & Pacifico bottles

Tilt on Trade:

$3 Corona Light draft (all month of May)

Picasso's near UNCC:

$3 Corona Extra & Corona Light bottles

La Revolucion:

$2.75 Corona Extra & Corona Light bottle, $3 Negra Modelo draft, Pacifico draft, Corona Light draft

Rusty Rudder:

$2.75 Corona Extra & Corona Light bottles

Selwyn Avenue Pub:

$3 Corona Extra & Corona Light bottles, $4 Corona Light draft

Hot Taco:

$3 Corona Extra & Corona Light bottles, $1 Negra Modelo draft & Corona Light draft

Bradshaw's:

$3 Corona Extra & Corona Light bottles

Chuys:

$3 Corona & Corona Light & Modelo bottles

Press Box:

$3.50 Corona Light draft

Tres Pesos on Woodlawn:

$3 Corona Extra, Corona Light. and Modelo bottles

Azteca on Woodlawn:

$10 Corona Extra & Corona Light buckets, $3.50 Modelo draft

La Unica in Huntersville:

$2.75 Corona Extra & Corona Light bottles, $3 Negra Modelo draft

Apr 25, 2016


Best Bloody Mary's Cocktails in Charlotte

Posted by Hunter Wilson • Nightlife Reviews

I love the start of football. Besides the start of fall, fantasy team drafts, buffalo chicken everything, and of course Sunday Funday all come to mind when football gets into gear. There wouldn't be a true Sunday Funday without cocktails...Am I right?

For those early tailgating in preparation for those 1pm games, I've compiled a list of the best Bloody Mary options in the Charlotte area.

1. Tupelo Honey - With their "farm fresh" approach, Tupelo Honey focuses on creative menu options and the freshest ingredients. Their menus have a seasonal focus around the produce and their flavors. Their cocktail menu is just as creative, and their bloody mary options mark as my favorites in Charlotte. Yes, I said options. From their traditional Bloody Mary made with vodka to their "Moonswine Mary" that offers bacon, pimento cheese-stuffed olives, and a bacon salt rim, you'll be happy you stopped over in Southend. However, that's not even my favorite Tupelo Honey Bloody Mary. The Queen Mary is 20 ounces of "over the top" deliciousness, that even the most traditional Bloody Mary enjoyers can respect. Made with roasted yellow tomatoes, moonshine, and a large array of tasty options (Maple Bacon, Pickled Jalapenos, Grilled Shrimp, etc), this cocktail is the Queen of Bloody Marys.

2. The Thirsy Beaver - This dive bar is your perfect neighborhood honkytonk bar. The crowd and bartenders are friendly. The jukebox is filled with tunes. The PBR tallboys is cheap. For those of you who haven't tried the Bloody Marys at The Thirsy Beaver...it's a hidden novelty that needs to be on your list. It's salty, it's vodka is heavily poured, and the hint of spice at the end makes you need the next sip. Sold.

3. Dandelion Market - For the Uptown crowd, Dandelion Market is the place to go when you want to dance the night away upstairs, and then recover heavily over brunch and their Bloody Mary bar. Their Bloody Mary bar is for those that want options. You want alot of bacon? You got it. Want to add gin instead of vodka? Go ahead, you crazy kid.

4. Tavern On the Tracks - If you want to watch Football and drink your Bloody Mary too, this bar is the place to be. TVs line surround the bar area, making the chances of your game being on very likely. Their food menu has alot of great sandwiches, wraps, and wings to accompany your salty beverage, and their drink menu keeps everyone happy.

5. Whiskey Warehouse - Ballin' on a Budget? Whiskey Warehouse is the place for you. With large TVs, a roofttop bar, and spacious seating, sit back and relax while you're watching football. On Sundays, they offer $2 Mimosas and $3 Bloody Mary bar. Your wallet can take a sigh of relief.

Apr 25, 2016


Science on the Rocks at Discovery Place

Posted by Hunter Wilson • Nightlife Events

About Science on the Rocks

Science on the Rocks is Discovery Place’s new adults-only event that takes place the third Friday of every month from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. Guests age 21+ have a chance to explore the Museum afterhours to “play like a kid and party like an adult.” Each month has a theme, and unlike fieldtrips from your childhood, Science on the Rocks transforms each floor with bars and music from Channel 96.1, 102.9The Lake, 96.9 The Kat and 106.5 The End. So meet your friends, bring a date or leave the kids at home for a Friday night you won’t soon forget.

Check out all the upcoming events here on Discovery Place's Website.

Apr 25, 2016


Sushi Making Class at Enso

Posted by Hunter Wilson • Nightlife Events

Have you ever looked for something new and fun for a date night? Enso has what you are looking for! Sushi Making Class! 

We stopped by Enso last week and participated in their new Sushi Making Class.

For $25 per person you get to learn how to roll sushi and a glass of wine! After making two different rolls (both of which you can easily make at home once you know how) and a glass of wine, it is well worth the 25 bucks.

We asked Enso how long they have been hosting the Sushi Classes and to our amazement this was the first time. Hopefully they will start hosting these classes regularly.

Stay tuned to their website at EnsoCharlotte.com or their Facebook Page to keep updated on when the next class will be.

Apr 25, 2016


CharlotteNightlife.com Photographer

Posted by Hunter Wilson • Nightlife News

Are you are interested in being a Nightlife Photographer? Awesome! CharlotteNightlife.com looks for the most outgoing and fun photographers to cover the nightlife scene!

We are looking for part-time photographers to go out to popular bars and nightclubs and cover the nightlife scene. In Charlotte we are hiring local photographers, both professional and amateur! We are always hiring and always looking for great new talent to add to our team!

The best part is, CharlotteNightlife.com Photographers can work when they want. The photographers go out on nights that work for them and fit into their schedule! Once hired, photographers let us know what nights they can work and we will schedule them at the popular events!

Photographers will shoot pictures in the nightlife and upload them directly to our website!

Photographers must be at least 21 years of age to apply.


HOW TO APPLY:

Photographers should email us directly at hunter@charlottenightlife.com to submit their interest in starting to shoot for our website. Then we will have our local manager in your city meet with you and get you started shooting. In your email, please include the following information:

1. Picture of yourself

2. Brief biography of yourself

3. What City are you applying for?

4. What kind of camera equipment do you shoot with?

5. How old are you?

6. What nights can you consistently work each week?

7. What is your best contact phone number?

For other questions, please call us at 704-516-2674.

Mar 02, 2016


Top 5 Best Desserts in Charlotte

Posted by Hunter Wilson • Nightlife Reviews

Charlotte has some of the best restaurants in the country to eat at whether it’s southern comfort food, celebrity chef restaurants, or international cuisine. So my big question is always, “What about the best place to eat dessert?” I happen to have to huge sweet tooth and after an incredible savory meal I want something that is going to end the night off right. Most restaurants have a dessert menu but not all have a GREAT dessert menu. Here is my list of the top 5 Best Desserts in the City for the next time you’re craving something sweet.

1) Crave Dessert Bar - Bailey’s Bread Pudding

Crave does happen to be known for their desserts, but this one “takes the cake” if you will. Their decadent Bailey’s® Irish cream, artisan bread with brandy caramel bread pudding is absolutely to die for. I am a huge fan of bread pudding but the reason this is one of the best desserts in the city is its perfect flavoring to pair with a gorgeous cocktail. You can’t end the night on just dessert, adding a sweet cocktail to the mix really boosts your endorphins and your night will get that much better. Trust me.

2) George’s Brasserie – Vanilla Panna Cotta

This one was difficult for me to choose between their classic Crème Brûlée and the Panna cotta because I LOVE Crème Brûlée. The reason George’s Panna Cotta trumped the Brûlée for me was their addition of passion fruit curd, blueberry compote, and brown sugar wafer. The flavors are killer! It’s a pure explosion of sweet, tart, creamy and crunchy. Everything you could ask for in a classic French dessert. George’s also features great French wine and after dinner liquors that will pair perfectly for a night cap.

3) Amelie’s French Bakery – Salted Caramel Brownie

For those of you who have lived in Charlotte for over a month have been to Amelie’s at least once. The original location in NODA is 24 hours and essential to everyday life. Their colorful and delicious display case encompasses some of the best handmade desserts in Charlotte, but for me the Salted Caramel Brownie is a go-to classic during a craving. Of course their macaroons are no match in the scale but give me a rich dark chocolate brownie with a crunchy buttery crust, a sweet caramelized top, and a touch of salt to tame the taste buds and I’m in heaven.

4) Cupcake Delirium – Velvet Bottom Cupcake

For the cupcake lovers of the world, Cupcake Delirium food truck is honestly the best of the best. Don’t believe me? Ask the people who literally voted it “Best of the Best!” Their handmade, love infused cupcakes make this food truck one to be sought after. Once you've located where this truck is going to be, buy the Velvet Bottom Cupcake. Red velvet fans may faint over the gooey amazingness that is this cupcake. It features the red velvet cupcake with a chocolate chip cheesecake center. With plenty of other options to choose from after you buy and engulf this cupcake, your taste buds will never get bored.

5) Pike’s Soda Shop – The Black Cow

This iconic diner encompasses the feeling of a classic American Diner with great food and even better milkshakes. Located in the heart of South End, when you enter Pike’s Soda Shop you feel like you’re taken back to a better, simpler life where everyone would hang out at the Soda Shop and listen to the juke box. The feeling isn't even the best part about being there, it’s their Black Cow Ice Cream Float. Nothing makes me feel more like a kid again than an ice cream float and this one is perfect for sharing a straw with your dream boat guy or gal. The drink features root beer syrup layered between three scoops of vanilla ice cream and soda water and takes more than one person to drink. No need to have an excuse to come here, any time of day is perfect for an Ice Cream Float!

Mar 01, 2016


It's 5 o'clock: Time for Happy Hour

Posted by Hunter Wilson • Nightlife Reviews

Charlotte has a hugely dense population in the city during the week thanks to some of our heavy hitting companies such as Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Ally Bank and trust me - many many many more! With all these hard working, life changing people, at the end of the day they need to unwind with friends and colleagues with a great happy hour. To me “Happy Hour” is not just the drinks, it’s the food and atmosphere too. With that being said, here is my list of some fantastic spots to hit up after work in the city

1) Chima Brazilian Steakhouse

This spot is known as the all-you-can-eat meat spot for a gorgeous dinner. It may feature high prices on the dinner menu but the happy hour is great! This is a perfect spot for taking your out-of-town boss somewhere that will impress the socks off of them. The atmosphere is laid back, intimate (but not too intimate) with casual upbeat music and comfortable décor and seating. This little unknown spot offers bites all under $10 and cocktail specials every night of the week. Make sure you get there between 5pm – 7pm to get the deals. They change often so check them out and impress your colleagues you know a thing or two about the city they didn’t!

2) McCormick and Schmick’s

This seafood centric spot also adorns high prices that may turn those looking for a deal away. Fair not! During happy hour, 5pm – 7pm, they have $5 bites and even $5 drinks! Another spot to feel classy while sipping a martini and eating grilled shrimp. This is a hot spot for big wig corporate employees to hang out and play, so make nice – you’ll never know who you’ll meet!

3) Flemings Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar

I have deep connections with Flemings since I used to work in the same building and as I’m sure you could imagine, frequented quite often. The bar is small and cozy, just the way it should be. The bar tenders are friendly and the seats are comfortable. Don’t be fooled by the fancy steakhouse décor and the allure of Fleming’s cost – this happy hour is phenomenal. From 5pm until 7pm they offer $6 bites which include filet mignon sandwich bites, grilled streak trio, wedge salads and the tuna tartar tacos. The drink menu is great too with draft, wine and cocktail specials. Of course you can go to a dive bar and eat, drink cheaper but the opportunity to eat food like this for that prize is one not to be missed.

4) Ri Ra’s Irish Pub

I love Ri Ra’s starting from lunch to late night drinking on the roof. Some of the best things about Ri Ra’s are their loyalty program – if you’re not a member it’s worth it – they’re beer list, and their food. What makes them even better is during Happy Hour they have ½ off appetizers from 5pm – 7pm! If that wasn’t enough for you, stop by specifically on a Monday night to get half off select burgers (with a side) AND ½ apps! Just be sure to get there early because you will be waiting. Just grab a perfectly poured Guinness while you wait.

Feb 01, 2016


Charlotte Bartender's Ball

Posted by Hunter Wilson • Nightlife Events

For as long as I can remember, the Charlotte Bartender's Ball has been the annual 'Super Bowl' of nightlife events in the Queen City. It is a night where everyone in the industry gets dressed to the nines and parties on open bars all night

You can't really ask for a better party. 

Each participating bar builds a custom made bar to serve the event guests. The bar creations are somewhat a matter of pride as there is an award for the most creative bar!

Here are some photo albums from last year!

2015 Bartender's Ball Album 1

2015 Bartender's Ball Album 2

2015 Bartender's Ball Album 3

2015 Bartender's Ball Album 4

It is one of the best events in Charlotte every year. You will want to go to this event. Proceeds of the event go to charity, so its also for a great cause!

Feb 01, 2016


Charlotte Restaurant Week: Editor Picks by Neighborhood

Posted by Hunter Wilson • Nightlife Reviews

Charlotte Restaurant Week is going on throughout the Queen City from Jan 21-31. With the winter storm we just had, some restaurants will be extending their restaurant week offerings for a bit longer. We suggest you contact each location to see when they are offering CRW. 

We wanted to break down the massive list of restaurants that are participating this January to the best of the best of each neighborhood!

Here is what we came up with. Feel free to check out the full list of participating restaurants here.

Dilworth:

Fiamma

Eastover:

Lumiere

Elizabeth:

Carpe Diem

Myers Park:

ROCKSALT

Midtown:

Vivace

NODA:

Heist Brewery (the only participating restaurant in Noda).

Plaza Midwood:

Peculiar Rabbit.

South Charlotte:

Pearlz Oyster Bar (also a favorite of ours in Charleston)!

SouthEnd:

Nan & Bryon's.

Uptown Charlotte:

Chima.

SouthPark:

Upstream

Feb 01, 2016


Get Saucy: Charlotte's Best Wings

Posted by Hunter Wilson • Nightlife Reviews

As a Charlottean, I appreciate a good dozen wings while watching football. There's nothing like the smell of buffalo wing sauce and a cold beer while watching your favorite team dominate the opponent. For all of the newbies in Charlotte, here's a list we've compiled of a few our our best wings in Charlotte:

Mac's Speed Shop-Southend:

If you're looking for size and flavor, head over to Southend and order the wings at Mac's Speed Shop. The wings are different than the usual fryer simply because they are smoked and then grilled...rather than fried. Not only is the smoky flavor prevalent, but the sauces seem to absorb better!

The Roasting Co.-South Park:

If you're looking for tasty and inexpensive, you have found your mecca. The Roasting Co. offers a large array of all delicious things chicken. If you're all about the spice, try the Nuclear or Evil sauces for a little extra kick. There's also a giant assortment of beer, so your palette can sing.

DD Peckers Wing Shack-Ballantyne:

DD Peckers Wing Shack makes traveling to Ballantyne worth the highway hassle. For the indecisive type, you can order a 5-flavor sample. Don’t be deterred by the dive bar exterior. I recommend trying the Honey Hot or Hot Gold wings that are my sticky sweet favorites of the bunch.

Jan 01, 2016


Winter Invasion Weekend

Posted by Hunter Wilson • Nightlife Events

Winter Invasion Weekend

Massanutten Resort

Mcgaheysville, VA

February 26-28th, 2016

Looking for a fun weekend full of skiing, snowboarding, drinking and partying? Then this is it! Our Winter Invasion Weekend is an all out weekend party at the ski slopes of Massanutten Resort! 

Our ski-lodging-party inclusive packages make it easy to shred the mountain without shredding your wallet!

Our package includes a full size condo with one or two bedrooms, two lift tickets per person, free cover access to our slope side party BOTH Friday and Saturday nights with LIVE MUSIC!

Itinerary:

Friday, Feb. 26th:

- Check-In at the registration building there will be a CarolinaNightlife.com table where you can pick up for packet, including keys, ticket, map, & some goodies. Text 704-516-2674 for questions about checking in.

- Go Night Skiing or to the Waterpark

- LIVE Band Party at Resort Bar

Saturday, Feb 27th:

- Go Day/Night Skiing or to the Waterpark

- LIVE Band Party at Resort Bar

Sunday, Feb. 28th: Check Out. Usually the resort doesn't mind if you ski Sunday as well and check out after you ski.

Accommodations:

The packages include condos which have 1 or 2 bedroom layouts with a Jacuzzi tube in each that can easily hold up to 4+ people!

PRICES:

1 Bedroom Package for 4 people: $736 for the weekend ($184 per person)

2 Bedroom Package for 6 people: $1104 for the weekend ($184 per person)

*There is a $200 deposit per Package due at booking. We can book groups all the way up until Wednesday the week of the event. Remaining balance will be due at check-in

To reserve your weekend cabin for the 2016 Winter Invasion Weekend you must call and book with Hunter Wilson at 704-516-2674 for our group rates!

Dec 10, 2015


Spring Break PARTY Cruise 2016

Posted by Hunter Wilson • Nightlife Events

Before you know it, March will be here and hundreds of thousands of college students will be headed off to their Spring Break party, where ever that might be. The choices for Spring Break are endless, IF and only IF, you plan ahead.

When you think of Spring Break, the beach naturally comes to mind fairly quickly. However, if you have ever been to a beach destination for Spring Break, you will know they are usually pretty trashy. A lot of people wait around till the last minute and end up booking cheap rundown hotel rooms on beaches up and down the East Coast. 

A Spring Break PARTY Cruise requires that you plan ahead and book well in advance. That is why Spring Break Cruises are always packed. Smart people plan ahead. 

A lot of people ask, when do you need to book by in order to reserve a cabin for a Spring Break Cruise? Last year, most Spring Break Cruise boats were SOLD OUT by late January. The BEST time to book your Spring Break Cruise is in November or December to ensure you are getting the cheapest rate.

So, why go on a CRUISE for Spring Break? EASY, it's the least expensive way to party for Spring Break and have all meals, drinks (unlimited alcohol packages are extra) & entertainment included PLUS you get to cruise around in PARADISE!!

Yeah, you heard all that right... No cover charges to get into the clubs, no cab rides, and no late night drive through for a snack. Everything is included in one price. 

Spring Break will be here before you know it. Don't wait till the last minute and get stuck with a boring trip again this year. Cheer up...there is no better time to start planning SPRING BREAK than right now! With a HUGE party cruise for Spring Break aboard Royal Caribbean's luxurious ships...you are sure to have a blast (how much of it you'll remember is up to you)!

For more information, visit our website at SpringBreakPartyCruises.com. Or you can call Hunter, our Spring Break Cruise Director, at 704-516-2674.