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Jul 24, 2017


If you haven't been to Flight Beer and Music Hall, you're missing out!

Posted by Summer Berry • Nightlife Events

Some of you have already visited, but for those of you who haven't yet ventured into Flight Beer and Music Hall, you're in for an uptown treat! Flight offers 90+ local craft brews on tap, 90% of which are North Carolina beers, and a few domestics for the rest of you. With crafty selections also comes a full-range menu, which seems to be their best kept secret. Every Monday, $35 all you can eat crab legs, potatoes and corn. On the regular, homemade mac and cheese, "garbage plates," and most importantly: build your own bomber brat menu, specially made from Flynn Farms in Concord, NC. 

On stage Friday and Saturday nights, you can find very diverse musical talents, which is simply refreshing about the weekend scene uptown! Hosting local bands each week, they also invite national acts each month, and open mic nights in between. Different musical sets range between country, rock, reggae and even some throwback 80's and 90's cover bands! (Blue Monday, Aug 18th)

The newest summer event is the Drunken Spelling Bee! It's truly great. This month, a local charity helping to provide school supplies for underprivileged children and teachers is teaming up with Flight in efforts to collect more. 

"Those who bring in school supplies receive one complimentary drink, courtesy of our sponsors," says Event Manager, Stephanie Marrero. "We have our spelling bee the last Friday of each month, from 7-9pm."

Other weekly events include Music Bingo every Tuesday from 7-9pm, and coming up in August, Battle of the Bands every Thursday until the grand finale at the end. The winners will receive a $2K music video prize! 

Lastly, football season is finally approaching, and it's time to highlight this beer garden as the home of Charlotte's Gamecock Nation! Friday, September 1st, Flight will be hosting the best Carolina kickoff party in Uptown! Patrick Davis will be performing, the talented Cheerleaders with mascot Cocky will be pumping up the crowd, and other surprise guests will pop in with special announcements. This is will be an open event to fans, and a great tailgate time! Saturday, September 2nd, USC vs NC State will be in Charlotte for the Belk College Kickoff Game, and of course it will be aired, audio sound included.

Located in the heart of Queen City, the atmosphere and space is described most often as “rustic." The patio includes a extra long picnic tables and Jumbo Jenga and cornhole for those who aren't occupied with Skee-Ball, Ping Pong or NBA Hoops inside. The partners behind this successful project also own familiar restaurants and popular spots such as Libretto’s Pizzeria, Draught, Prohibition, and Angry Ale’s. 

I'm very excited for the upcoming season, and food/drink menu updates to follow! RSVP your next big event in advance by calling (980) 474-1551, or email Stephanie@flightclt.com. Cheers!

Jul 21, 2017


From the DJ booth: DJs/Producers you should be listening to.

Posted by Jeffrey Clark • Nightlife Reviews

This edition of the FTDB will focus on two Charlotte based DJ/Producers who are really on the move. Don’t forget to add their music to your playlist and follow them on their various social media accounts. Remember that just following them you are supporting Charlotte’s music scene just like purchasing beer and wine from your local brewery and winery! Lets get to the music.

Get to know… B!tch Be Cool.

House music, especially the variations of deep, tech, future and g-house dominate today's landscape. This local male/female duo, made of of Richard Wette, and Domii have catapulted themselves into the spotlight with these variations after being supported by artist like LaidbackLuke and Carter Cruise. Charlotte’s dance music scene was hit by lighting when these two well respected and well versed DJs got together in the studio and you can hear it in the music. Usually I like to only talk about an artists latest release, however they have released so much great material in such a short time frame, I think it’s only fair to talk about the last three releases.

First Up…

Catch My Breath - This is a G House monster and with a little help from up and coming artist
Chachis, the dynamic duo create dance floor smashing groove with those signature baseline
plucks and lace it with with a screaming lead you can't help but make the stank face to.

Next Track…

Pump - With their second offering on Pretty Sick Records, a Charlotte NC record label, B!tch Be
Cool delivers a massive party jam! Bouncing future house basslines, and screaming leads drive
this tune forward at full speed!

Last Dance…

On It - B!tch Be Cool comes correct with a smooth deep house tune that sways between b-more
and g-house all while minimal plucks and a rolling bassline keep your head nodding and your
feet moving.

At them time of this publication, this duo has since expanded nationally with Richard Wette now having a Los Angeles CA, base of operations. He is now an on Air Talent and Dj for Dash Radio. Domii has taken over them helm in Charlotte and continues her many residencies at places like Sip, and Oak Room. The Queen City continues to be an awesome platform for aspiring musicians to make the jump to a bigger audience. #SupportCharlotteMusic Support B!tch Be Cool by following their Music and Social Media outlets! There official releases are available at all fine digital music retailers.

Jul 19, 2017


It’s My Birthday and I’ll Party if I Want To: Birthdays in Your 30’s in the CLT

Posted by Katie Vaas • Nightlife Reviews

Oh the possibilities!  Birthdays in your 30s in Charlotte can run the gamut:  Crazy nights out on the dance floor just like the good old days in college or quiet cozy nights snugging with some loved ones.  Below we explore what some of those birthday celebrations options are here in the Queen City.

  • Fancy Dinner Date – Grab your best outfit and your boo and hit up one of the more elegant restaurants in the city.  Birthdays are times for splurging and treats.  Fahrenheit, The Capital Grille, and Mimosa Grill are just a few restaurants great for celebrating in style.
  • Large Group Dinner – Surrounding yourself amongst a dozen of your nearest and dearest friends may be more your scene for celebration.  If that is the case, then Roosters and Vivace may be places of interest.
  • Elegant Cocktail Hour – Gather those friends, get them dressed up, but don’t want to break the bank?  Go somewhere for some nice cocktails like Stoke or The Cellar at Duckworth’s.
  • House Party – Lots of people in their 30’s have homes and townhomes (or killer apartments) where entertaining is an absolute must.
  • Rager – Celebrating the 10th anniversary of your 21st BDay and want to do so like it was 10 years ago?  This means lots of SoCo and lime shots and Fireball.  Hit up any of the fun spots in Uptown or South End including Roxbury and Gin Mill.
  • Bar Crawl – Why go to just one place?  Take your party and spread it through the streets on a crawl of all your favorite bars in Charlotte!
  • Brewery – Birthdays are exceptional reasons to hit up a brewery.  Granted, there are many reasons to hit one up but birthdays really are a fine, fine reason.
  • Activity – Not the type to drink?  Want to get out there and be a bit more active?  Hit up a peddle bar, go to the White Water center, Bowl, play some mini golf, or take a class of an activity you have always wanted to try!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Regardless of how you choose to celebrate your special day, and one could choose to do it in a number of ways, enjoy it my friends!

 

Jul 18, 2017


FIRST LOOK: So Good - An Afternoon Delight

Posted by Jeffrey Clark • Nightlife Events

Charlotte is on everyone's list as one of the fastest growing cities in America, as we grow so does our nightlife. The guys over at the 704 Shop have a brand new day party series starting this month at Ink & Ivy’s incredible “VINE” patio. Here are the details.


“So Good” is following in the steps of the legendary “Do Over” event series based in Los Angeles CA, by bringing the best DJ’s out to play an all throwback set of music set around good vibes, awesome food options, and a pop-up shop of 704 clothing and accessories. The soundtrack leaves the current Top 40 set of music on the sidelines and reverts to jams you know but have forgotten, the tracks that have been sampled on today's hits, funk & disco jams of yesteryear, hip hop’s golden era, and any song that fits in between all those grey areas.

Why does Charlotte need this event? Charlotte’s nightlife/events can get “vanilla” at times. If you are a music lover and paying attention you will hear the same soundtrack wherever you go on most weekends. There are exceptions like the FYI series and the Drop It! series but these are EDM based and only cater to one scene of music. This makes the “So Good” series stand out because bends genres and really encompasses the entire musical catalog. No requests are taken, there are no birthday shout outs, and no one shouting on the microphone all day. Dancing, head bobbing, day drinking and shopping are all encouraged. Admission and the good vibes are free.

Unless you have been under a rock, you have seen the 704 Shop’s fashions around the QC. Not sure? Here is a link to their store www.704shop.com. They plan to take this Charlotte party series around to different locations like breweries, parks, and rooftop patios around the city. Make plans to attend now, grab some 704 swag and rep our city. The first event is July 30th

2017. 

Jul 14, 2017


Why you NEED to check out Rose Sundays at City Lights Rooftop

Posted by Katie Vaas • Nightlife Events

Rose all day!  The millennial female mantra of the summer can be seen and heard all over.  Sprawled from head to toe- earrings, t-shirts, and shoes- the catchy phrase brings joy to many.  Also bringing joy to many is Rose All Day at City Lights Rooftop, where every Sunday is Rose Sunday and they are taking it to a higher level.  The event starts at 2 pm and lasts until 11 pm. 

For only $30, attendees can enjoy the city’s only 360 views of the skyline as well as bottomless rose all while enjoying live music.  Tickets do need to be purchased in advance but the minor pre-planning is well worth it.

“My girlfriends and I love to brunch and discuss the previous nights’ activities or go over what the week ahead has instore for us.  However, brunch can only last so long and we are not morning people. This offers exactly what we want to just chill and help us enjoy what Charlotte has to offer- a sophisticated and laid back scene.” stated Sarah, a Rose All Day regular.

This event takes place every Sunday and if extras are your thing, get the Early Bird ticket which also offers the Rose All Day Pink Balloon that includes: pink candy, pink confetti, a Sparkle & Pop drink coupon and a chance to win some prizes.

Cleary, this event is not only the perfect opportunity to recap the weekends’ events with your friends but also to relax and enjoy the Carolina sunshine on a Sunday afternoon and set those worries aside until Monday morning.

Jul 13, 2017


7 Foolproof Ways to Meet and Make Friends in Charlotte

Posted by Amanda Erskine • Nightlife Events

Life after college is rough. Instead of nightly study sessions and 3 classes a day, you’re working upwards of 12 hour workdays and living off of frozen dinners or blowing all of your money at Viva Chicken instead of using meal plan money/your parent’s money on dining hall food. However, those aspects are more manageable than the glaring truth: that making friends after college is just not as easy as it once was.

Back in the university days, builiding relationships was so easy because of the close proximity of dorm rooms, sorority and fraternity life, parties, clubs, classes, etc. Now your life is one endless cycle of working, getting home, wanting to go for a drink, reaching out to your two friends who also happened to move here as well, them being busy, and you having the realization that you are a lonely person who needs to expand their contact list. Branching out in the real world is intimidating because now conversations revolve around what career you have and who you bank with, as opposed to mindless things like mixer themes.

Be reassured to know that you are not alone! So many people are experiencing the exact same feelings. How sad is it to know that someone, somewhere is also opening a solitary beer and watching Netflix alone on their couch, when what they really want is company and inside jokes. Charlotte is massive with an ever-growing  population of 809,958 individuals (according to the last census conducted in 2014).That’s 810,000 potential BFFs waiting for you to come into their lives and join them on that metaphorical couch of friendship. So where do you meet these people?

1.Group Exercise/Run Club

While sweating profusely and breathing heavily is not the best conditions for camraderie, bonding with someone over how you are both almost dead from exertion is lasting. Group workouts like STAX encourage friendships and parterning up with individuals you’ve never met before, and becoming a regular at these events makes it more likely that you will actually create a friendship with those people!

2.Young Professional Events

While these events are more focused on networking for jobs, there is no reason why they can’t be seen as networking for friends as well! Meeting people that might be in the same career as you, or one you’re interested is a great bridge to get their number and plan a coffee meet up to talk about your newest Netflix binge or how you guys should have gotten drinks instead of coffee.

3.Apartment Clubhouse Events

First and Foremost I want to dispute any naysayers: THESE ARE NOT LAME. Free food and drinks and getting to meet your neighbors is probably one of the coolest things you can do in Charlotte. Namely the free food and drinks. But why not introduce yourself to the people living in your complex while you’re there!? For these people you don’t even need to order an Uber to hang out with, talk about a cheap, convenient friendship. It’s basically dorm life all over again, but everyone has their own bathroom!

 4.Sharing a table at a brewery

Introducing yourself to people is so much easier when alcohol is involved. Proximity is also a very crucial part of this formula, so in conclusion: Alcohol + Proximity= Friendship. I definitely suggest eavesdropping on the conversation, and once you hear something you even mildly relate to, insert “I promise I wasn’t eavesdropping, but did I hear you say (insert topic conversation) here is my opinion/experience/two cents to this topic.” Totally works.

5.Joining  a kickball team 

There are tons of Charlotte Kickball and other intramural leagues to join that allow you to join as a “Free Agent.” This puts you on a random team with a group of other individuals who most likely already know each other, along with other Free Agents who had the same idea as you. Competition + Teamwork is also a great formula for bonding, and being together once a week guarantees standing plans with your new friends.

6.Get a dog and go to the Dog Park

This is a 100% gurantee. Literally NOTHING is more approachable or starts a conversation faster than when two people both have dogs. The conversation basically starts itself by finding out how old, what breed, what name, etc. From there, you both can talk about other similar interests, like what else you like to do with your dog or the best dog bars around or how you’re not cat people.

 7.Bumble BFF

Yes, I’m serious. This app, while mostly known for finding dates with individuals more interested in realtionships than hookups, also has a “BFF” feature that will allow you to swipe right or left on individuals solely looking for FRIENDS. Yeah, there’s an app for that. If you’re reading this and saying “I’m not THAT desperate,” then congratulations on your blinding insecurities, you’ll be super popular in no time. In all honesty, it totally works, and I happened to meet my best friend on it, so don’t knock it till you try it.  

Jul 11, 2017


Looking For Somewhere To Go That Isn't Uptown? Check Out Harvey's!

Posted by Summer Berry • Nightlife Reviews

So what if you're heading out for a Saturday night, but the Uptown crowd isn't really your scene? 

Don't get me wrong, the city is not bad enough to avoid altogether, but it's not always the adventure you want to sign up for each weekend. For the low-key folks who appreciate an inviting atmosphere, appetizing menu, crafty beer selections and live music, there are other outskirts to visit!

With two locations in Cornelius and Huntersville, Harvey's has all the necessities to be your weekend hot spot. Having a main focus on craft beer, the line-up on tap changes every month from local brews to selections from around the United States. Live music is both full band sets and simple acoustics on stage. Harvey's is a neighborhood hangout where you can enjoy wine tastings in the courtyards, bourbon inspired dinners or a crawfish boil with all the locals. Definitely consider either location for game days as well, with tables seating 20+ and flat screens mounted on every wall, you and your crew won't miss a single play!

But hey, maybe your friends decide where you're going on the weekends, and if that's the case, there are even better days to visit during the week. Take full advantage of half-priced wings on Mondays, half-priced wine bottles on Tuesdays, and then $3 pint nights on Thursdays! The diverse menu ranges from Danish Pork BBQ Ribs, Barrel Cut Filet, and Fish Tacos, to Louisiana Shrimp 'n Grits, Half Pound Burgers on a Brioche, and Signature Salads with Homemade Dressing. The "Snacks" section is on a whole other level!

It's hard to list all the highlights and best features without a bunch of photos, but when you visit the website and read more, you will decide to visit in person and taste for yourself. After rescheduling twice due to weather, Harvey's in Huntersville is hosting the 7th Annual Neighborhood Crawfish Boil on July 23rd. Flown in straight from Louisianna, you won't want to miss these live mudbugs in all their delicious glory! RSVP in advance for $25 by calling 704.947.5080 or email Harveys.Huntersville@gmail.com. To see more photos, menu options, music line-up and special events, visit http://harveyslkn.com

Jul 10, 2017


3 Upcoming Events Where You Can "Drink for a Cause"

Posted by Katie Vaas • Nightlife Events

A great afternoon of hanging out at a brewery or restaurant with friends becomes even better when it is linked to helping to make a positive impact.  Over the past few years, there has been a marked increase in the number of events that combine socializing and supporting a cause, and I could not be more excited to participant in them.  

The formula for these events is fairly simple, for a nominal donation, event attendees tend to get drink and food specials, and some sort of entertainment.  There is often quite typically a Facebook event invite that goes out to spread the word and a cool, catchy hashtag to ensure social media success.

Not only are these events great for raising money, but also for helping people meet those with similar interests and passions.  People are coming together to help combat Alzheimer’s, Autism, or Domestic Violence (to name just a few of the causes that I, personally, have attend to help support the fight against) and are walking about not only feeling like they are making a difference but connecting with others who seek to feel the same way.

A quick personal aside, I have been involved in Charity Power Puff league that supports Alzheimer’s research since moving here to Charlotte three years ago, and have not only met some amazing lifelong friends but also my boyfriend.  Personal plug- we are planning some activities this fall so come out and join us!

If interested in checking out any of the upcoming drink for a cause events here are just a few:

Jul 07, 2017


Why you should go to the Morgan Page show at Rooftop210? Read this and get $5 off!

Posted by Jeffrey Clark • Nightlife Events

Charlotte NC has a long and rich dance music history (but that is a post for another day) and it continues with Morgan Page’s appearance at Rooftop 210.  Here is why this is not just another show and you should definitely go.

Headliner 

Chances are if you listen to dance music, you have heard of Morgan Page, if you haven’t, here are the details.  Besides being a Grammy Nominated artist, he has a show on Sirius XM Radio (“In The Air”) and has performed landmark sets at festivals across the world, including Coachella, Electric Daisy Carnival, Electric Zoo, and Ultra Music Festival.  Now that you are up to speed on that here are some other reasons you should attend this show.

Prism Live Design  

Locally owned and operated by dance music enthusiasts, Prism’s focus has been on creative concert and event lighting production.  So you can expect a scaled down version of a festival stage setup which is unlike anything Rooftop 210 usually does.  This alone is worth the price of admission, with Morgan Page, you are getting your money’s worth. 

https://www.facebook.com/prismlivedesign/ 

Your Favorite Locals with Direct Support  

DOMII - She is fresh off a big release with her EDM group “B!tch Be Cool”, The colab entitled “PUMP” was released on local dance music label Pretty Sick Records and she will be releasing her 1st EP on Night Moves with in the next month.  She is set to play the Imagine Music Festival in Atlanta later this Summer and continues her residences around the region.  She lays down one of the best sets you will ever hear and has already made herself a standout in the EDM scene, get out their early and support!

Her latest release:
https://open.spotify.com/track/7bxH21mUkpTrNR5FRU6iQB

JASON WIGGZ - Long time resident dj for Label, Jason has made his way from local dj to up and coming American favorite.  He’s mostly on a plane traveling to NY or Vegas with stops in between but still calls Charlotte NC home.  He is a dance music ambassador, 1/2 of Wiggz&Wonz, a Queen City favorite and a perfect dj for the nights festivities.

Listen to Jason Wiggz here:
https://soundcloud.com/jason-wiggz

Atmosphere  

Rooftop bars are rare in Charlotte and having Morgan Page spin along with a huge custom lighting rig AND some of your favorite local dis, this is really something special.  This is a chance to dance underneath the stars and our city… It doesn't get much better than this.

After Party   
You are steps away from nightclubs you know and they are some of the best at what they do.  Suite, Bubble, and Kandy Bar are perfect for ending your night on the highest note.  Not feeling it, grab some food afterwards… here is a link to the best places to eat after midnight in Charlotte. 

$5 Off Admission

If you got this far, I’ve got a sweet $5 off coupon for the show, follow the link below.

https://morganpagerooftop.eventbrite.com?discount=Skip

Jul 07, 2017


Looking to Earn Your Beer? Check Out CYCLEBAR’s Happy Hour on Fridays!

Posted by Brittany Moffitt • Nightlife Events

Now that we have entered July, summer is in full force. Spoiler alert: Saturday was July 1st (ready or not, here it comes). This can only mean one thing—we are all hustling to perfect our summer bodies!

Are you someone who has drinker’s remorse when enjoying those delicious craft beers after work on Friday? Why not sweat to earn your indulgence by checking out CYCLEBAR’s happy hour at 5:30pm? There is no better way to start your weekend than by squeezing in an intense and FUN 50-minute workout.

I took my first CYCLEBAR class on Friday and let me just say, a butt-kicking is certainly what I received. The class was tough but the energy kept me pushing through. Our instructor, Shannon, was fantastic and very motivating.

The 50-minute class was filled with different cycling techniques and involved core and arm work. The best part of the class? One of my favorite Charlotte hangouts, Birdsong Brewery, was in attendance and serving a variety of beers after class. An ice-cold beer has never tasted better.

After having barely survived the class with my “feeling-like-Jell-O” legs, it was nice to kick back and meet new people.

Terrified to commit to a new fitness class? The age and fitness level of everyone in the room was vastly different. The instructor gives a range of targeted RPMs to best suit even the newest cyclers. Bonus point, a majority of the class is completed in the dark so you can sweat and look as crazy as you’d like.

Don’t beat yourself up for enjoying your weekend with a few beverages. Take advantage of all the opportunities our city offers! Charlotte is certainly one to embrace its alcohol-fueled workout classes and I’m a fan.

Check out both CYCLEBAR locations in Waverly and Midtown.

Midtown 335 S Kings Dr. Charlotte, NC 28204

Waverly 7315 Waverly Walk Ave. Suite F1-2 Charlotte, NC 28277

Class schedules and instructor biographies can be found on the website. 

Jul 06, 2017


Charlotte Restaurant Week is Approaching. Stake your reservation claim

Posted by Hunter Wilson • Nightlife Events

SUMMER 2017 QUEEN'S FEAST: CHARLOTTE RESTAURANT WEEK® TO RUN JULY 21-30

Updated website now live with participating restaurants and menus

The Charlotte metro area’s favorite culinary celebration returns Friday, July 21, through Sunday, July 30, 2017, as the semi-annual Queen's Feast: Charlotte Restaurant Week  features 134 restaurants in a 9-county area offering prix fixe menus of three courses or more at dinner for $30 or $35 per person (not including tax and gratuity). Diners can visit CharlotteRestaurantWeek.com to peruse participating restaurants' prix fixe menus and make reservations.

The July promotion includes restaurants in Mecklenburg, Gaston, Lincoln, Catawba, Iredell, Cabarrus, Union, York, and Rowan counties.

Ten first-time restaurant participants have joined this summer’s Queen's Feast, including (but not limited to) Oak Steakhouse in SouthPark; FOURK in Hickory; The Porter’s House in Waverly; Living Kitchen in South End and SouthPark; Harbor Inn Seafood in the University area; and Tavolo in Uptown Charlotte.

Sponsors and partners of July’s promotion include presenting sponsor Morningstar Storage; Aldi; Piedmont Natural Gas; Pepsi Bottling Ventures; Autobell Car Wash; Rose Chauffeured Transportation; CharlotteMagazine; the Greater Charlotte Hospitality & Tourism Alliance; Charlotte Center City Partners; AAA Carolinas; Axis Marketing Group; CLT Dining; Woodford Reserve; 1800 Tequila; Cointreau; Yelp; EZ Parking; CharlotteNightlife.com; iHeartMedia; 106.5 The End; Channel 96.1; 96.9 The Kat; 102.9 The Lake; 99.7 The Fox; and OpenTable.com.

Queen’s Feast is owned and operated by Hensley Fontana Public Relations.

Some Queen's Feast restaurants will again extend an exclusive offer to AAA members via the AAA Discounts & Rewards program. Diners presenting a current AAA membership card while dining in those restaurants during Queen's Feast will have the opportunity to purchase a $50 gift certificate for a return visit to the restaurant for only $25.

Reservations during Queen’s Feast are strongly recommended. The list of participating restaurants, along with menus, reservation links, and contact information, can be found at CharlotteRestaurantWeek.com.

Participating restaurants in the Summer 2017 Charlotte Restaurant Week are:

BELMONT / GASTONIA / GASTON / WEST CHARLOTTE

Old Stone Steakhouse
Riverview Raw Bar
Webb Custom Kitchen

CONCORD / CABARRUS

Rocky River Grille
The Speedway Club
Union Street Bistro

CORNELIUS / DAVIDSON / HUNTERSVILLE / N. MECKLENBURG

131 Main - Lake Norman
Alton’s Kitchen & Cocktails
BLOCK Bistro
Campania Café
Dressler’s – Birkdale
Firebirds Wood Fired Grill – Northlake
Kabuto Japanese Steak House & Sushi - LKN
The Melting Pot - Lake Norman
Mickey & Mooch - Lake Norman
Red Rocks Café – Birkdale
Sabi Asian Bistro

COTSWOLD

Mezzanotte
Namastay Kitchen & Hangout

DILWORTH

300 East
Bonterra Dining & Wine Room
Dolce Ristorante
Fiamma
Fran’s Filling Station

EASTOVER

Aix en Provence
Lumiere French Kitchen
Napa on Providence

ELIZABETH

The Cajun Queen
Carpe Diem Restaurant & Caterers
Luca Modern Italian Kitchen**

FORT MILL / ROCK HILL / YORK

Fish Market Bar and Grill
Five & Dine
The Flipside Café - Fort Mill
The Flipside Restaurant - Rock Hill
The Pump House

HICKORY / CATAWBA

BOCA
Café Rule & Wine Bar
FOURK**
Standard Oyster Company

INDIAN TRAIL / UNION

The Trail House

LINCOLN / DENVER

Chillfire Bar & Grill

LOSO (LOWER SOUTH END) / MONTCLAIRE SOUTH

Carolina Prime Restaurant & Steakhouse

MATTHEWS

Café 157
Santé

MIDTOWN

Dressler’s – Metro
Maharani Indian Cuisine
Mama Ricotta’s
The Melting Pot – Midtown
Pisces Sushi Bar & Lounge – Charlotte
Vivace

MONTFORD PARK / PARK ROAD SHOPPING CENTER

Burtons Grill & Bar
CO
ROCKSALT

MOORESVILLE / STATESVILLE / IREDELL

The 220 Café
Epic Chophouse
Jeffrey’s Restaurant

MOUNTAIN ISLAND LAKE / COULWOOD

Heirloom

NODA

Heist Brewery

PLAZA MIDWOOD

Bistro La Bon
Comida

QUAIL HOLLOW / PARK CROSSING

Ilios Noche – Quail Corners

SALISBURY / GOLD HILL / ROWAN

Morgan Ridge Vineyards & Brewhouse

SOUTH END

The Liberty -- South End
Living Kitchen – South End**
Luciano’s Ristorante Italiano
Nikko Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar
O-Ku Sushi
Sullivan’s Steakhouse

SOUTH PERIMETER / BALLANTYNE / PINEVILLE

131 Main – Blakeney
Blackfinn Ameripub – Ballantyne** [this location only]
Firebirds Wood Fired Grill – Stonecrest
Gallery Restaurant
Global Restaurant
Harper’s -- Carolina Place
The Liberty -- Blakeney**
Mickey & Mooch – Arboretum
New South Kitchen & Bar
Pearlz Oyster Bar
The Porter’s House**
Smoke BBQ Grille
Stone Mountain Grill
Trio Restaurant
Vine American Kitchen
Waldhorn Restaurant

SOUTHPARK / FOXCROFT

Aqua e Vino
BAKU
Café Monte
Corkbuzz Restaurant & Wine Bar
Dean & DeLuca Wine Room
Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House
Firebirds Wood Fired Grill – SouthPark
Flagstones Restaurant and Bar
Georges Brasserie
Harper’s – SouthPark
Living Kitchen – SouthPark**
Maggiano’s Little Italy
McCormick & Schmick’s – SouthPark
Oak Steakhouse**
Paco’s Tacos & Tequila
Red Rocks Café – SouthPark
Reid’s Fine Foods -- SouthPark
Rexford Park Public House
Ruth’s Chris Steak House – SouthPark
Toscana Ristorante Italiano
Upstream
Village Tavern

UNIVERSITY

Harbor Inn Seafood**

UPTOWN CHARLOTTE

5Church
204 North Kitchen & Cocktails
Aria Tuscan Grill
Bernardin’s at Ratcliffe
BLT Steak
Brazz Carvery and Brazilian Steakhouse
Bubble Charlotte
Caffe Siena
The Capital Grille
Chima Brazilian Steakhouse
City Smoke
Enso Asian Bistro & Sushi Bar
Essex Bar & Bistro
Evoke
Fahrenheit
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse
Libations Kitchen & Bar
Luce Ristorante e Bar
Malabar Spanish Cuisine
McCormick & Schmick’s – Uptown
Mimosa Grill
Morton’s The Steakhouse
Red Ginger Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi
Room 112 Modern Asian & Sushi Lounge
Ruth’s Chris Steak House – Uptown
Sea Level
Tavolo**

**First-time Queen’s Feast participant.

Jul 06, 2017


Tin Roof LIVE Band Schedule for July

Posted by Hunter Wilson • Nightlife News

Tin Roof at the EpiCentre has changed up their stage and rolling out more and more live shows.

Also Tin Roof has Trivia EVERY Wednesday at 7pm & Karaoke at 9pm.

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

Live Lineup for July

7/1- Tristin White 5pm-8pm
7/1- Fran Vidal 10pm-2am 
7/2-  Ashley Wineland 9pm-1am
7/3- Tim, Chuck & Steve 10pm-2am 
7/4- Dj Matt B 9pm-1am 
7/5- Trivia 7pm/ Karaoke 9pm
7/6- Southern Experience 9pm-1am 
7/7-Thirsty Horses 10pm-2am 
7/8- Blue Monday 10pm-2am 
7/11- Jon & Lev 9pm-12am 
7/12- Trivia 7pm/ Karaoke 9pm
7/13- Jordan Middleton 9pm-1am 
7/14- Mic Larry 10pm-2am 
7/15- Todd  Murray 5pm-8pm
7/15- Mic Larry 10pm-2am 
7/18- Bald Brothers 9pm-12am 
7/19- Trivia 7pm/ Karaoke 9pm
7/20- Southern experience 9pm-1am 
7/21- Brandon Stiles 10pm-2am 
7/22- Craig Veltri 5pm-8pm
7/22- Jerry Jacobs 10pm-2am 
7/25- Spencer Rush 9pm-12am 
7/26- Trivia 7pm/ Karaoke 9pm
7/27- Matt Minchew 9pm-1am
7/28- Matt Bennett Band 10pm-2am 
7/29- Ezra root 5pm-8pm
7/29- Thirsty Horses 10pm-2am


Jul 06, 2017


Pop the Top Craft Beer Shop is Your Wallet's and Dog's New Best Friend

Posted by Addie Gottwald • Nightlife Reviews

A new beer shop and hang out has opened in South End. Pop the Top Craft Beer Shop opened on June 3rd and is already getting some buzz. The shop is located right by the West/East Blvd stop on the Light Rail – a great location for anyone hanging out in South End. You can buy your beer to take home or enjoy a drink with friends at the bar or on the patio. It’s a great, casual place to catch up with a friend or host a book club or small get together.

Even though it’s a "beer shop," they sell wine too. On Wine Wednesdays they offer $5 house wine by the glass and 15% off all retail bottles of wine. They have many other good deals, including three “beers of the week” that are served at discounted rates. All alcohol is from the Carolina's and even their flights show off their pride for the Queen City (go for the ‘gram!).

Since the owners are dog-lovers, the store is pet-friendly. (The store’s logo is a picture of the owners’ late black Labrador, Louie). They’ve even partnered with pet charities and adoption centers and will be hosting an event for them later this summer.  

Follow their Instagram or Twitter account, @popthetopclt, for more information on upcoming events!

Jul 05, 2017


From the DJ Booth: Styles&Complete and DJ Dirty

Posted by Jeffrey Clark • Nightlife News

With 20 years of Dj experience, I want to bring you up to date on the people from our area that are really making moves in the music industry.  This will be an ongoing series about DJ’s and Producers that you should be supporting just like you support Charlotte, NC’s craft beer makers and sports teams. You can follow them on Spotify, Apple Music or your favorite music subscription, or come out to one of their shows!  #SupportCharlotteMusic

Styles&Complete

Genre: EDM/Rap/Trap

Track:  Run Cities ft. Wake Flocka Flame

This Charlotte duo has been touring constantly over the past 5 years and with now a headquarters on both coasts they are really the guys “on deck” next to their counter parts like Diplo and Skrillex.  They along with this track were just featured billboard.com just this past week and justifiably so!  Huge drums, trapped out vocals and tons of energy are what you can expect in this offering!  

Song: https://open.spotify.com/track/5EHVZNJd7hrkzCDBXoNqOI

Billboard Article: https://goo.gl/g3rQ1r


Dj Dirty

Genre: Country/Pop

Track: DeeJay Silver ft. Golden - Made To Do (Dj Dirty Remix)

Charlotte native and long time Dj, fresh off his appearance at the Carolina Country Music Fest in Myrtle Beach SC drops his remix of Made To Do by DeeJay Silver.  Dj Dirty took this country themed track and gave it a pop make over.  His track bridges the gap between Pop and Country and easily fits in with Chainsmokers or a Taylor Swift song.  Expect more of this from Dj Dirty as he is now apart of Country Club DeeJays and gearing up for more Country Festivals.

Song: https://open.spotify.com/track/3Nqb5dzORKZ15VHanpdupK

Follow Dj Dirty: https://www.facebook.com/djdirtyusa/

Jul 03, 2017


Four “Must Try” Drinks for the 4th of July Holiday

Posted by Brittany Moffitt • Nightlife News

We are all super excited for the upcoming holiday but a little bitter that it falls on a Tuesday this year, ridding many of us from enjoying a long weekend. 

Don’t let Monday get you down. Spend your day planning your celebratory drinks for tomorrow. I’m here to provide a few of my patriotic favorites for you to enjoy by the pool, on the lake, or even in your backyard. Serve all in a mason jar to show off your delicious and stylish beverage!

Red, White, and Blueberry Punch

  • 1 or 2 bottles of sweet white wine
  • 3 or 4 bottles of your preferred blueberry juice
  • 2 or 3 cups of preferred vodka—a berry flavor is best
  • Top with fruit for that patriotic look

Classic American Flag Jell-O Shots

  • Red and blue Jell-O
  • Preferred liquor—vodka or rum are my two favorites!
  • Vanilla pudding
  • Pour the blue Jell-O in the bottom of each shot glass, include a layer of vanilla pudding, and top off with a layer of red Jell-O

Patriotic Mimosas

  • 1 or 2 bottles of champagne
  • Splash of cranberry juice in each glass
  • Top with blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries
  • Best way to start off your holiday

Classic Vodka Watermelon

  • This is a define favorite! Cut a hole in your watermelon and insert a fifth of liquor (I prefer the sour vodka to give a tarty taste)
  • Let soak overnight and enjoy the next day as an alcohol-fueled snack

Remember to enjoy your alcoholic beverages responsibly wherever you may be celebrating. Have a wonderful holiday and we hope you enjoy your time with your loved ones.

 

Jul 03, 2017


New Adult Playground Bar, Recess Charlotte, is Opening Soon!

Posted by Amanda Erskine • Nightlife News

For all you Charlotteans who identify as being “young at heart,” it’s time to awaken the child in you because Recess Charlotte is opening soon!!

Recess Charlotte is an adult playground bar in Plaza Midwood near Vistas at 707 apartments, where drinks are available and playing is encouraged.

There will be swings, Four-Square, Giant Jenga (of course), shuffleboard, TV’s, cornhole, and TETHERBALL. I used to dominate at tetherball during my elementary days, so all who dare to challenge me, you know where to find me.  There will be craft beer on draft from all local Plaza Midwood and NoDa breweries along with Fishbowl Margaritas and signature shots.

While there are many youthful activities, this is not to be confused with a kid’s play area. Families are welcome during the day, but Recess Charlotte is mostly designed to be a place where people (namely adults) can go and have fun without having to go to a bar or club. Owner, Markus Hunter said that he envisions locals in the neighborhood walking and/or riding their bikes over after work, to just have a drink and blow off steam.  There is an anticipated July 7th Grand Opening Date, so mark your calendars! 

The hours will be: 

Mondays: Closed (at least until Football Season)

Tuesdays and Wednesdays: 4pm-12am

Thursdays and Fridays: 3pm-2am

Saturdays: 11am-2am

Sundays: 11am-12am

This  new bar concept is one of many in Charlotte that goes along with the newest business trend “drinking + entertainment." It seems that while breweries are popping up every other day, there is a high demand for activities to be available at these day-drinking spots as well. Some other locations in Charlotte where you can get a drink and play games include:

-Queen Park Social

-Palmer Street

-The Blind Pig

-Abari

-Lucky’s Barcade

-Seoul Food Meat Co. 

Jun 30, 2017


Sounds of the Season: Concerts You Need to Know for Summer 2017

Posted by Erin McNeely • Nightlife Events

Concert season is officially in full swing my friends! Need a list of concerts happening this season? Look no further. Here’s a list of the most popular venues and artists from all different genres coming to crown town this season. Whether you love the outdoors or hate the heat, Charlotte has a venue for you. 

From the scorching summer nights, through crisp evenings of fall, concert season is one of the most wonderful times of the year. It’ll be over faster than you can say “huntin’, fishin’ and lovin’ every day,” so be sure to fill up your calendars with your favorite artists! 

July 1st – Pops in the Park: Celebrate America – Symphony Park

July 3rd – The Monday Night All Stars (Every Monday Night) – Visulite Theatre

July 5th – Vans Warped Tour – PNC Music Pavilion

July 9th – Rooney, Run River North, and Messenger Down – Neighborhood Theatre

July 11th – Incubus and Jimmy Eat World – PNC

July 13th – Jason Aldean – PNC

July 13th – Holy Ghost Tent Revival – Visulite Theatre  

July 14th – Summer Lights with Mercyme and Jeremy Camp – Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre

July 18th – Spoon – Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre

July 19th – Against All Odds Tour – Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre

July 23rd – The Cure and Twilight Sad – PNC Music Pavilion

July 26th – 311 with New Politics – Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre

July 26th – Patty Griffin and Lee Ann Womack – Neighborhood Theatre

July 26th – School of Rock All Stars – Visulite Theatre

July 28th – Toad and the Wet Sprocket and Beta Play – Neighborhood Theatre

July 28th – Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band – Visulite Theatre

July 29th – Sam Hunt – PNC Music Pavilion

July 30th – Bad Company and Joe Walsh – PNC Music Pavilion

Aug 2nd – Michael Franti & Spearhead and Trevor Green – Neighborhood Theatre

August 3rd – Florida Georgia Line with Nelly – PNC Music Pavilion

Aug 5th – Foreigner with Cheap Trick and Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience – PNC Music Pavilion

Aug 5th – Same As It Ever Was (A Tribute to Talking Heads) – Visulite Theatre

Aug 9th – J. Cole – Spectrum Center

Aug 12th – Charlotte Funk Fest – PNC Music Pavilion

Aug 12th – Natural Wonder (The Nation’s only Stevie Wonder Tribute Experience) – Visulite Theatre

Aug 13th – Dashboard Confessional with All American Rejects – Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre

Aug 13th – The Australian Pink Floyd Show – Visulite Theatre

Aug 15th – John Mayer – PNC Music Pavilion

August 17th – Linkin Park – PNC Music Pavilion

Aug 18th – Luke Bryan – PNC Music Pavilion

Aug 18th – Earth, Wind & Fire – Spectrum Center

Aug 20th – Matchbox Twenty and Counting Crows – PNC Music Pavilion

Aug 27th- Goo Goo Dolls and Phillip Phillips - Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre

August 29th – Kendric Lamar – Spectrum Center

Sept 3rd – Ed Sheeran – Spectrum Center

Sept 12th – 2 Chainz – The Fillmore

Sept 14th – Bruno Mars – Spectrum Center

Sept 10th – Ruff Ryders with Fat Joe – PNC Music Pavilion

Sept 24th – Mutemath – The Fillmore

Sept 27th – Kings of Leon – PNC Music Pavilion

Sept 27th – Katy Perry – Spectrum Center

Oct 2nd – Foster the People – The Fillmore

Oct 5th – Clean Bandit – The Fillmore

Oct 5th – Zac Brown Band – PNC Music Pavilion

Oct 17th – Halsey – Spectrum Center

Oct 21st – Blind Pilot – Visulite Theatre

Nov 3rd – Fall Out Boy – Spectrum Center

Nov 5th – The Shadowboxers – Visulite Theatre

Nov 8th – Imagine Dragons – Spectrum Center

Nov 16th – The Shins – The Fillmore

 

See you in the crowd!

 

 

For more details or additional events, visit these sites below:

 

PNC Music Pavilion:

https://www.livenation.com/venues/14471/pnc-music-pavilion

 

Charlotte Metro Credit Union: https://www.livenation.com/venues/14076/charlotte-metro-credit-union-amphitheatre

 

The Fillmore:

http://www.fillmorecharlottenc.com

 

Neighborhood Theatre:

http://www.neighborhoodtheatre.com/calendar/

 

The Visulite Theatre:

https://www.visulite.com/upcomingShows.cfm

 

Charlotte Symphony  - Summer Pops

http://www.charlottesymphony.org/concerts-tickets/summer-pops/

Jun 28, 2017


The Formula to Finding the Perfect Patio

Posted by Katie Vaas • Nightlife Reviews

Warm sunshine and the occasional refreshingly cool breeze of summer always make me day dream about porch/patio socializing.  Although Charlotte has a plethora of amazing patios, I have only made a meager dent in repeated visits during my 3 years here:

In examining this collection of establishments, albeit it not terribly small, I realized I am such a creature of habit.  I rarely step out of my comfort zone, or, rather, general geographic comfort zone.   I tend to stick to the South End or Uptown areas. Sure, there is an outlier or two to the list, but for the most part, it’s the same.

Then, I noticed they are also all similar in atmosphere, again, I recognize that there is an outlier or two but, for the most part my taste is consistent.  Now, I am going to make some broad strokes, but for me, what makes an enjoyable patio experience is:

  • An anything goes atmosphere- I want it to be totally acceptable for me to show up in my work or workout clothes
  • Good drinks and food - whether it comes from a truck or kitchen doesn’t matter
  • Some activities - whether I participate or not, it doesn’t matter
  • TVs where sports and the sunshine can be enjoyed simultaneously
  • Opportunity for a live band
  • Places where I can find shade

Having officially recognized my patio needs, I am going to make it a personal challenge to seek out some more in the other parts of town.  Please feel free to send over your suggestions in what makes a great patio experience and/or some that I need to check out by tweeting me at @katiev03. 

Jun 27, 2017


Camp North End Friday Night Lights, Bites, and Drinks

Posted by Katie Vaas • Nightlife Events

You have heard about the “North End.“ There have been mutterings around town (and via this blog)

about “just past VBGB on Statesville, there is some place…” Now, it is time to explore it and Varian, the

CAMP North End Community Manager, has your reason why:

"These amazing old buildings have been here for 100 years with a rich history that not many

people know about. This place once housed the production of Model T’s and Army missiles, but

is now being reimagined as a creative hub where people can gather and innovate in tech, the

arts, and civic engagement. Every Friday we invite the community to discover Charlotte history

and get inspired to make the future.”

Totally intrigued now? Think of it, plenty of space and seating areas with a really cool industrial and

artsy vibe coupled with food and drinks? Well, mark your calendars from 5-9pm on Fridays during the

months of June-October, as the above quote is informing you of why Camp North End has become the

place Charlotteans should plan to be.

Each week, they will rotate and feature a different food truck, beer (from many of the favorite

breweries), ice cream/pops, music and a few surprises (of the arts and culture variety). All are welcome

to kick back and relax in the Boileryard, including children and on-leash pets. Parking is plentiful in the

adjacent lots or ride share your way on over to 1776 Statesville Ave.

More specific details on what will be in store for attendees will be provided on a weekly basis via their

social media platforms (@campnorthend).

Jun 26, 2017


Top 5 Places to Eat After Midnight in Charlotte

Posted by Jeffrey Clark • Nightlife Reviews

We have all been there,  it’s late, you are hungry, and not quite ready to go home yet.  Nothing beats a great late night menu after a great night out in the Queen City.  Here is my Top 5 places to get the best grub after Midnight!

5. Brixx Pizza (Open until 1am) Dilworth Location
Starting our list is a tried and true staple of Charlotte NC.  Brixx Pizza has an amazing menu of wood fired pizzas,  great beer selection including local craft beers, and specials throughout the week like 2 for 1 Pizzas on Thursdays.  Brixx Pizza would be higher on our list however they only stay open until 1am.   I think this is a perfect place to go from 10pm to 1am.  Pro Tip: Sit at the Bar for the best service!   
brixxpizza.com 

4. Cook Out (Open until 4am)
Dropping in at number 4 is Cook Out!  Cook Out now rivals west coast burger chain In and Out and it’s easy to see why.  The Coot Out Tray lets you pick your favorite burger or sandwich and 2 sides that includes things like, chicken nuggets, corn dog, quesadilla, or hushpuppies, with a large drink.  Drinks included are the usual staples but the standouts are the Cheerwine Float or for $1 more you can add a Fancy Shake.  Did someone say Milkshake?  They have over 40 plus Fancy Milkshakes to choose from and starting in July the carry a special Watermelon Milkshake that is perfect parts Southern and Sweet.  Pro Tip:  Outside lane for the fastest service!
cookout.com

3. Red Eye Diner (Open 24 Hours)
This 50’s styled diner, located in the Epicenter is our number 3 pick.  The Red Eye Diner is easily the most accessible late night spot to grub and is close to a lot of our favorite nightlife destinations.  A short walk after the bar or club and you are ready to take on the most extensive menu on our Top 5 list.  From breakfast food staples like French Toast to full on Seafood Platters, there is something on the menu for everyone.  The menu really is a throw back to Diner service of the 50’s where you could get just about anything cooked to order.  If you make it in before 2am, they even have a limited alcoholic beverage list.  Pro Tip: If it’s busy, order online from your phone and take it to go!
redeyedinercharlotte.com

2. Quick Shoppe Shell Gas Station Fried Chicken (Open 24 Hours)
Before you turn your nose up at this, take heed, this is some of the best fried chicken in Charlotte period.  This use to be a well guarded secret but the word is out.  After a night out on the town, make a pit stop at the Shell gas station located on the corner of South Blvd, and East Blvd.  There usually is a line but it’s worth the wait.  This fresh fried chicken is crispy, juicy and has been satisfying foodies and critics for years.  Add on some mac n cheese or potato wedges and a fountain drink to complete your late night chicken dinner!  Don’t be surprised to find yourself stopping in during lunch and dinner.  Pro Tip:  Don’t forget to try the spicy wings!
quikshoppe.com

  1. Amélie’s French Bakery & Cafe (Open 24 Hours) NoDa Location

My top spot goes to Amélie’s flagship location.  They have a super impressive french breakfast, lunch and dinner menu but let be honest we came for the desserts.  From cakes to pastries, and from cookies to croissants, Amélie’s desserts and sweet treats are what we take that late night Uber ride out to Noda for.  Pair that with there made to order coffee and tea menu and you have the makings of the end of a perfect night or the start of the perfect day.  Their French decor along with the seating area’s layout gives you a perfect place to enjoy your sweet treat with someone special in cozy atmosphere.  Pro Tip:  Order two, sample and share!
ameliesfrenchbakery.com 


This is my list, and we can debate these all day, my point is for you to go and try them and see for yourself!

Jun 23, 2017


Need Something to Wear This Weekend? Check out Local Boutique ElsaFine!

Posted by Amanda Erskine • Nightlife Reviews

Okay, I’m gonna be real here. Leaving the house for any reason sucks, but there lies within this action, a very important purpose, which is what truthfully gets me up and going. As soon as plans are mentioned and/or made, my first instinct isn’t to plan on how I’m going to get there or what time I will be arriving by, but WHAT IN THE WORLD AM I GOING TO WEAR!?!?

I have a rule of thumb that I follow, called “Always go into an event with the intent of being the best dressed there.” If I don’t receive at least 5 compliments regarding my outfit throughout the day or a night that I have specifically curated one for, I consider myself a failure. That sounds depressing, and it is, but it’s just my reality and you are totally lying if you say it isn’t yours too.

I am caught in an endless cycle of buying clothes, wearing them once, complaining about having nothing to wear, rinse, repeat. This weekend, I plan on going to brunch, but have already over-worn my brunch friendly outfits, and need some new inspiration.

 If you are also suffering from outfit block, then you NEED to visit the super cute, local boutique, ElsaFine. Elsa Fine is owned by Charlotte Native, and Appalachian State University alumni, Jordan Dollard, who started the boutique when she moved to the Queen City back in 2015.

I recently visited the store, and Jordan helped me to pick out a handful of outfits, all designed for a specific purpose and Charlotte neighborhood. Here are the 4 beautifully curated outfits that I guess I give you permission to copy:

 

  • Going to grab a few beers at Common Market in Plaza Midwood. 

    Olive Sweater Tank: Sold Out

    Black Moto Denim: $48 

    Cutout Booties: $42


  • A summer night on Montford Drive.

    Mixed Pattern Loose Peplum: $36

    White Distressed Skinnies: $48

    Pom Pom Earrings: $16

  • Fourth of July at the BB&T Ballpark

    Red and White Striped Off-the-shoulder Tee: $30

   Denim Shorts with tassels: $36

   Straw Clutch: $22

  • Brewery Hopping in South End

   Stone Romper: $38

   Reflective Sunnies: $22

   Turquoise Hoops: $16

Make sure to check out Elsa Fine’s BRAND NEW location in Plaza Midwood at 1222 Central Avenue. They are next to Pint Central, alongside TUFT.

  

Jun 22, 2017


Switch-Up Your Next Date for the AM at 7th Street Public Market

Posted by Brittany Moffitt • Nightlife Reviews

Who made the decision that dates should mostly take place at night? What does someone have against breakfast?

With summer right around the corner, our days are getting longer and the temperature is getting hotter. Kickstart your weekend with a fun date scheduled earlier in the day. Whether it’s a big first date, an awkward blind date, or maybe you’re trying to decide on a place to eat with your indecisive girlfriend.

Don’t you wish there was a place with nine different restaurants that also serves local beer, wine, and coffee? You’re in luck. This place does exist and it’s right here in Charlotte.

If you haven’t checked out 7th Street Public Market, we suggest you check it out as soon as possible. Not sure what you want to eat? No problem. You have tons of different options, perfect for any craving.

The restaurants included are listed below:

  • Assorted Table Wine Shoppe
  • Bonsai Fusion Sushi
    • Highlight: the Chop Chop sushi burrito (when you combine a burrito and sushi, all things are great)
  • The Gateau Baking Company
  • Hazelnuts Creperie
    • Highlight: the Maple Dream crepe (cheese + maple syrup, count us in!)
  • Local Loaf
  • Not Just Coffee
  • Orrman’s Cheese Shop
  • Pure Pizza
  • Rico’s Acai
    • Highlight: the Panther bowl (Go ‘thers! Even before football season)
  • Tank’s Tap
  • Viva Raw
  • Zia Pia Imports

For even the pickiest of eaters, 7th Street Public Market has an answer. With a vivacious environment, it’s a place to enjoy breakfast/brunch and lunch. Seating is located inside and outside. 7th Street is known to get packed during the weekend but don’t let that stop you. First Ward Park is only across the street. Grab an acai bowl from Rico’s, a coffee from Not Just Coffee, and snuggle up in the park for the remainder of your date (unless it’s a typical summer day, then we advise sitting as far away from each other as possible).

It is even conveniently located right next to the Light Rail station. Should you decide your date is going well, you have endless opportunities of where to go to next!

7th Street Public Market 224 E. 7th Street Charlotte, NC 28202 (704) 230-4346 http://www.7thstreetpublicmarket.com/

Hours: M – TH 7AM – 7PM Friday 7AM – 8PM Saturday 8:30AM – 8PM Sunday 8:30AM – 7PM

 

Jun 20, 2017


Only two more chances to attend Summer Pops this year!

Posted by Jeffrey Clark • Nightlife Events

This unique outdoor concert series put on by the Charlotte Symphony is nestled in an amphitheater behind South Park Mall with convenient access to Reids Fine Foods and Dick Sporting Goods.  Here are a few tips on how to get the most out of your experience!

You want to arrive early say 5pm and set up your picnic area.  Trust me, if you wait until show time you might be standing, space is limited. Chairs and coolers are allowed! You can bring umbrellas for shade but you will need to take them down before show time so not to block anyones view and they ask if you have a high back chair to sit along the perimeter.  If you need a chair, or any outdoor stuff, grab it from Dick’s Sporting Goods.  After you get your area set up, drop in to Reid’s Fine Foods for a drink or appetizer and wait for the sun to set.  Reid’s has a full menu and impressive drink selection so indulge yourself!  Don’t forget to grab a bottle of wine or craft beer before you leave.  If you are really smart you will grab one of their fresh “to-go"charcuterie plates and a couple bottle waters.  The nice folks at Reid’s will even give you a corkscrew to open you wine when you get back to your picnic area.

Finally, they music starts around 8:15 and is theme driven.  Themes include, Hooray for Hollywood, Jazz at The Park and Star Wars so far this season.  I had the chance to see they Hooray for Hollywood, and it was fantastic!  From Beauty and the Beast to James Bond, The Charlotte Symphony took you on a ride down memory lane while give another memory to share!  You have 2 more chances to see them perform on Sunday June 25, and Saturday, July 1st. The Charlotte Symphony Summer Pops has become a Charlotte tradition and tickets are available online in advance for $12 and $14 day of show.  VIP seating and ticket packages area available. This is a family friendly event but leave the fur babies at home as they do not allow pets.  

For more info including FAQ’s, tickets, and showtimes please visit their website at http://www.charlottesymphony.org

Jun 19, 2017


DOT, DOT, DOT Opening Soon!

Posted by Amanda Erskine • Nightlife Reviews

UPDATED: JUNE 19TH, 2017

Attention all Scotch lovers, Bourbon connoisseurs, and Whiskey aficionados: “…” or phonetically speaking, “Dot, Dot, Dot,” Charlotte’s newest Cocktail Lounge, is projecting to be opened by July 4th! The area has been described as a Speakeasy in recent conversation, but co-owner Stefan Haubner, formerly of Heist Brewing, describes the space as more of a ‘Social House’ in regards to atmosphere, design, and experience.

The storage-space-turned-cocktail-haven is located behind the Park Shopping Center, near Sir Edmond Halley’s, and across from CorePower Yoga. Currently the space is still undergoing construction, including laying down the wood floors, installing the marble bar, and putting in tables and chairs and intricate design pieces to complete this "sexy" space. 

Along with the innovative designs being done on the interior, a new development for the exterior has been planned as an extension of Black Hawk Hardware. The original plans had included keeping the brick that currently surrounds the entry way and walk-up to the front entrance, but now, Black Hawk Hardware is expanding their storage space and as a compromise, the two locations have decided on an all glass wall where the adjacent expanse of brick currently stands. (see pictures below)

Dot, Dot, Dot, will be a private club with room for about 89 seated patrons and 10 standing at a time, with a required membership for entry. $10 will grant you access to a year-long membership to the club, where you can expect small, creative plates, intricately curated cocktails, intimate lighting and seating, listening to Etta James’ powerful, earthy voice, and the largest whiskey, scotch, and bourbon collection in Charlotte.

 If you are interested, they are currently offering a limited amount of pre-opening memberships on their website (http://www.dotdotdotcharlotte.com).

Huebner, along with his partner Conrad Hunter of Foxcroft Wine & Co. are a dynamic pair of seasoned professionals, who understand the service industry and how to succeed. Their combined experience, along with Interior Designer, Elizabeth Mydosh’s, keen and innovative eye for design, will without a doubt bring a much needed, missing experience to the Charlotte Nightlife scene, and we are all looking forward to seeing their passion come to life. 

The owners have finally finished their intense hiring search for the best bar staff in Charlotte, NC and are beginning training to make sure that they also have the most knowledgeable and skilled staff in the Queen City. Dot, Dot, Dot will be bringing in guest Whiskey, Scotch, and Bourbon experts such as: Jim Beam rep, Kevin Creasy @BourbonGuru to teach the staff on bourbon and whiskey distillation, resident expert, Heather Chaney, to teach about Gin and Vodka distillation, and Lynn House, National Brand Educator for Heaven Hill. 

While the space is still undergoing final touches, the owners have huge plans for both the near and far future. Make sure to continue looking back to hear about potential Charleston USBG (United States Bartenders Guild) bartender takeovers, whiskey classes being taught and hosted at the space for members, and much more. 

See below for sneak peeks of the space as it is currently. Check back for photos of the finished space along with more information about the owners and their journey to making this dream a reality!

Jun 16, 2017


The Montford Drive Breakdown: How-to manuever a night out on Montford.

Posted by Amanda Erskine • Nightlife Reviews

Montford Drive is basically the Rodeo Drive of Charlotte, NC, sans the boutique stores and Mercedes' and everything else except the world "drive."  Located near the Park Rd. shopping center, is a road lined with bars that answer all of your going-out-in-convenience dreams. A night out on Montford comes complete with 5 bars all w/n 500 feet from each other, and a bunch of super intoxicated individuals stumbling down the middle of the road until they reach the next bar. It's super fun. Think Greek Village/Frat Row but with a Jet's Pizza and no keg stands or composite pictures being stolen. If you're looking for a wild night out, but trying to avoid the Uptown crowd, you should definitely check Montford out this weekend. And if you haven't been out on Montford yet, then you need to read on to learn the secret to systematically champion "the Drive." 

Each bar along the road has a specific time frame/intoxication standard that has to be met before entry is permitted. While you may not necessarily hit all of the stops throughout the night, it is important to follow these guidelines closely so as to make sure that your night flows along nicely and you aren’t caught off guard by entering a bar that you are clearly not mentally or emotionally ready for.

Angry Ales

Drink Requirement: 0-1

The night has just started, and while Ales is truthfully fun at any time of the night, this is definitely the best “starting point” bar. So grab your bucket of Bud Lights/BAC and a table and start preparing for the night ahead with conversation or whatever is on Sportscenter.

Brazwells

Drink Requirement: 2-3

Brazwells is perfect for a "not the first, but also not the last" stop. Their two bars, and front and back patios are perfect for mingling OR if you’re feeling like making a commitment, there is always the option of sitting at a booth, and people-watching everyone elbowing their way through the crowd.

Park Lanes

Drink Requirement: 3-4

Let’s be honest, bowling is a great time in any state of mind, but if it’s a Friday or Saturday night, past 11pm, you’re going to want to be on the same level as the majority of your other fellow bowlers. Bumpers are encouraged but not required, because the real goal of the game is to see who can miss the most pins anyways!

SouthSide

Drink Requirement: 5-6

You my friend, are drunk. This means it’s time to shake what your mom and Beyonce music videos, have given you. SouthSide is where you let loose and dance on the tables like everyone is watching and cheering you on.

Joe’s Bucket Shop

Drink Requirement: 6-10

An indeterminate amount of drinks have been drank/drunk/drinked, it’s approximately 1 am and you alone have had the best idea in the world: KARAOKE. End your night on an off-key note, request some Pony by Rihanna and give the people what they so clearly want.

 

Jun 15, 2017


Thirsty Nomad Brewing's Geeky Trivia Night will rock your nerd socks

Posted by Amanda Erskine • Nightlife Events

We are all familiar with the different General Knowledge and Music Trivia options around Charlotte, but have you heard of the Thirsty Nomad’s Geeky Trivia Night?!

A geek’s dream comes to life in the form of themed trivia based on specific topics that require a major obsession and devotion to, to play. While knowing things about history is kind of cool and who is the most famous Wide Receiver might get you a fist bump, being an absolute expert on non-fiction fantasies, is WAY more impressive and a skill you can take straight to the bank.

Trivia starts at 7pm every Thursday, but getting there at 6:30 is a #lifehack to make sure you get a seat inside with air conditioning and prime placement near the bar.

It is completely free to play, but since the Thirsty Nomad is a smaller space, you need to register for these events on Eventbrite prior to showing up. We recommend doing so at LEAST a week in advance on  because they sell out quicker than a Firebolt.

Also, just a heads up, this trivia is no game. Only four people are allowed to a team, so start weeding out the weakest links in your friend group ASAP to accommodate.

The themed trivia nights include:

-Harry Potter

-Firefly

-Star Trek

-Supernatural

-Doctor Who

-Disney

And just in case you missed one trivia night that you were REALLY looking forward to, they do the occasional “reboots” on Wednesday nights!

Thank you TNB for answering all of our nerdy prayers. Live Long and Prosper, Geeky Trivia Night. 

 


Jun 14, 2017


WORLD Nightclub takes over the Label venue

Posted by Hunter Wilson • Nightlife News

Earlier this week we let you all know that Label was closing down and the owners were taking their concept to Dallas, TX. We knew they had sold the space to a new owner but we didn't have all the info yet.

We did some digging and here is the scoop on the new owners...

The owners behind Kandy Bar have bought the space Label is in. Kandy Bar will stay at the Epicentre and continue its normal business there.

As for the space at the AvidExchange Music Factory, we want to welcome WORLD. We called it WORLD Nightclub in the title but that was just to catch your eye. I think they are simply calling it WORLD.

From the conversation I had with the owner, I am pretty stoked about the place. My #1 take-away from that conversation was the fact that they are building an indoor nightclub pool slated to open in 2018!

For now, the new WORLD will focus on top talent from all over the world every Friday and Saturday night. They will be upgrading everything on the inside starting with new sound and lighting (I thought the AV in there was already pretty awesome). Above and beyond that, they will be doing a lot of cosmetic renovations to the space but not moving any walls around. So the layout will be pretty much the same.

They are going to completely redo the patio. Its going to be brand new apparently. So, look out for that! 

The pool will be something they will open before summer of 2018. It will open around 11am and close down around 3 or 4pm as a pool nightclub, then reopen at night as a traditional nightclub (do not ask me about the logistics behind that, ill find out more and let you all know). 

The whole look, feel and concept will be completely different from Kandy Bar. So even though its the same people, expect a different vibe.

More to come soon!


Upcoming Events:

6th Annual Super Hero Bar Crawl: Saturday, June 17th

Jun 14, 2017


Charlotte Needs a NEW Trendy Neighborhood

Posted by Charlotte Nightlife Staff • Nightlife Reviews

Charlotte has a good number of trendy neighborhoods for people to explore and live. However, with rent skyrocketing in all of them, is it time for a new neighborhood to pop up on the radar as the next up and coming popular corner of town. Right?

Rent is so high in places like South End, developers are building micro-apartments with around 400 sq ft each to save people on rent expenses. If a spot is so expensive that you are willing to consider living in a 400 sq ft concrete box, it might be time to consider some other areas of town.

Don't get me wrong, South End is awesome. So is Plaza-Midwood and NODA or Montford. All are great places to live and everyone knows it. That is why the rent is going up so much.

So, what does it take for the next neighborhood to pop up and start being the next trendy corner of Charlotte?

Steele Creek for instance just had the hotly anticipated Top Golf open. It is a very short distance to the US White Water Center. Ayrsley Town Center is becoming popular with Piedmont Social House and Carolina Beer Temple. Mac's Speed Shop is right around the corner.

Rent is cheap in Steele Creek. Best part is the traffic in Steele Creek isn't that bad at all. It is easy to get anywhere in Charlotte with 77, 485 and 85 all really close.

Steele Creek sits right on Lake Wylie and plans to build a massive River District is underway. Apparently the River District will be larger than Ballantyne in years to come and they are planning to build a new bridge that crosses Lake Wylie right there in the River District.

It certainly sounds like that area is primed for a popularity boom. But what does it really take for a new area to become the next 'it' spot to be?


UPCOMING EVENTS:

6th Annual Super Hero Bar Crawl: Saturday, June 17th

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Jun 14, 2017


Beat the Heat at Brew Stash Bash

Posted by Erin McNeely • Nightlife Events

Even though it’s not “officially” summer, most days it already feels that way. This Saturday, June 17th, the USNWC is gearing up for the summer season with their 6th annual Brew Stash Bash! The festivities will kick off at 9am with the Brew Dash 6k run.  

 

If you are a runner, you know that the summer months can bring some of the most difficult running conditions. However, places like the USNWC provide relief to some of those treacherous summer conditions with plenty of shaded trails, running along parts of the Catawba river, buddying up with fellow runners, and of course the rewarding refreshments (yep, you guessed it) plenty of local brews after your running feat (and adequate hydration, of course!)

 

Not a runner? Not a problem. The Brew Stash Bash has a full line-up of festivities to fill the day:

 

  • 9:00am – Brew Dash Competition Heat
  • 9:30am – Yoga
  • 10:00am – Brew Stash Breakfast
  • 11:30am – Brew Dash Recreational Heat
  • 1:00pm – Craft beer sampling begins
  • 1:00pm – Rebekah Todd & The Odyssey
  • 3:00pm – CBDB
  • 5:00pm – Pimps of Joytime
  • 6:00pm – Craft beer sampling ends
  • 7:00pm – Perpetual Groove

 

For more details and information, visit the event site here:

 

http://usnwc.org/relax/festivals/brew-stash-bash/

 

Don’t forget, the center also hosts their River Jam Run every Thursday evening all summer long through September. You have the option to run 1.5, 3, or 6 miles beginning at 6:30pm, followed by free live music afterwards!

 

See you on the trail!

 

Upcoming Events:

6th Annual Super Hero Bar Crawl: Saturday, June 17th!

Jun 10, 2017


LABEL is Closing Forever

Posted by Charlotte Nightlife Staff • Nightlife News

Rumor has it, Label Nightclub will be closing their doors for good at the end of June. We have affirmed this news through multiple sources.

Sad to see yet another large nightclub close down. However, from what we've been told, it has been purchased by a new group of owners and the space will be reopened as something new.

The previous owners are taking the Label concept to Dallas, TX. Honestly, with a venue that size, bringing in DJ names as large as they were, Dallas is a bigger market for that kind of business.

We do not have much information on the new owner's concept for the space. When we know more, we will let you all know!


As far as Label is concerned, they have some AWESOME events you should not miss in June before they close. Here is their remaining large shows:

June 10: Zacarias Ferreira

June 11: Money Man

June 17: Benny Bennasi

June 23: Audien



Upcoming Events:

6th Annual Super Hero Bar Crawl: Saturday, June 17th!

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Jun 09, 2017


Picnic Blankets vs Patios: How to successfully make the switch

Posted by Katie Vaas • Nightlife News

Warm early summer afternoons call for one thing. Patios. Well, in a sense. They call for basking in the sun's rays, appreciating the gorgeous Carolina blue skies, and taking a moment to relax and Instagram how awesome it is to live in Charlotte. #makeveryonelesejealous.   In all seriousness, we really are lucky. There are a multitude of awesome patios, rooftop decks, and other outdoor spaces at restaurants to be able to enjoy all the above with your food and beverages. But enjoying these amenities typically means spending medium-large amounts of money, and we are all for having fun while balling on a budget and using a bit of creativity to enjoy the public parks and spaces around Charlotte to have a picnic.

Before you embark on your picnic, take a gander that the few tips below:

  • Ensure you have something to sit on. No one wants a saggy seat because the grass is a bit damp. So, grab an old blanket or a couple of beach chairs before heading out.
  • Be conscious about your containers.  In other words, use aluminum and plastic when possible. No one likes broken glass, so do not contribute to that problem. Some red party cups or plastic/silicone ones are your picnic’s best friends.
  • Pack easily snackable foods- it is an absolute must. Think sandwiches or charcuterie plates vs. spaghetti and meatballs. You are eating off of your lap and no one looks cute when sporting food stains.
  • If you are not attending a cool park event (like these at Romare Bearden) bring along your phone so you can play some cool jams.
  • Books and magazines are instant relaxers and nothing helps you forget your week's worries like getting lost in someone else's world
  • Don’t forget to bring something to toss around. Frisbees, footballs, whiffle balls. Etc. are all awesome for a bit of physical activity while out picnicking.  They are also an easy attention-grabber for those of you seeking a picnic partner.
  • Last but not least, throw some bug spray and sunscreen in your bag. Don't let your evening end early due to some uninvited guests. You also do not want a sun burn souvenir.

Here is a list of some perfect picnicking spots to help you get your picnic party started:

-Freedom Park (Dilworth/Myers Park)

-Romare Bearden (Uptown)

-Park Road Park (SouthPark/Montford)

-Symphony Park (SouthPark)

-Independence Park (Elizabeth/Plaza)

-Marshall Park (Uptown)

-Latta Park (Dilworth)

-Fourth Ward Park (Uptown)

-Midtown Park (Metropolitan)

-Frazier Park (Uptown)

-Marion Diehl Park (South Charlotte)

-Baxter Street Park (Metropolitan)

-William R. Davie Park (Pineville-Matthews)

-Bryant Park (Wesley Heights)

Alright Charlotte, now you are ready to get on out there and enjoy that weather! 

Jun 06, 2017


Top Golf Grand Opening this Friday. Here is what you need to know.

Posted by Hunter Wilson • Nightlife News

Top Golf Charlotte opens this Friday, June 9th!

We stopped by the Top Golf Media Night last week and were really impressed by how prepared they are for the opening this week. Usually in our industry, bars and restaurants are struggling to finish up final inspections and permits right before they open. A lot of times, openings have to be pushed back. 

This Friday at 9am, it all starts at Top Golf. 


Here is what you need to know:

- If you are wanting one of the 102 golfing bays, we highly suggest getting there early. They will be slammed all weekend starting Friday afternoon. 

- Each golfing bay can hold up to 6 players. 

- Top Golf charges for the golfing bays by the hour, whether you are playing alone or with all 6 players. So, get 6 players and split the cost up.

- Bay Rental Prices are $25 an hour (open-Noon), $35 an hour (noon-5pm), and $45 an hour (5pm-Close)

- There are 420 parking spots total. Thats for all the staff, and all the guests. We would highly suggest you car pool or UBER to Top Golf as much as possible. There really isn't a close parking lot for over-flow parking.

- Do NOT forget to try the food menu. Top Golf is actually a chef driven business. They take their food menu really seriously. We met the chef at the Charlotte location and she is for real. They smoke all their meat in-house and the menu has something for everyone! 

- There will be a LIVE DJ on the weekends playing until 1:30am on the outdoor patio. Grab a drink, stay awhile. You dont have to be playing Top Golf to enjoy Top Golf. I highly suggest the Tipsy Palmer.

- Here is a link to the full menu at Top Golf Charlotte.


UPCOMING EVENTS:

6th Annual Super Hero Bar Crawl


Jun 01, 2017


Brunch Bill Progress Has Been Made...Cheers!

Posted by Amanda Erskine • Nightlife News

Raise your glasses and cheers the person to your immediate left, because pro-alcohol-related progress, in the state of North Carolina is being made.

Today, the NC state Senate made a patriotic decision when they said “Hell Yeah” to Senate Bill 155, or as we fondly know it, the "Brunch Bill." Only 13 of the 32 senators were lame enough to vote against the legislation, but no hard feelings, we forgive you! For now. 

While this doesn’t officially mean that the bill has become written law in NC, it does mean that we only have to sit solely on the edge of our seats for a little while longer to hear if we will 100% be able to fully celebrate Sunday Brunch a whole two hours earlier, as the decision moves to the House for review. (Read about the entire exciting process here!)

While the “Brunch Bill” has so much more to do with than just brunch, it is definitely the item being most celebrated by the brunch-obsessed millennials (guilty!) and every other brunch-loving generation.

Keep sending out ~good vibes~ and signing those petitions, friends. All of our Bloody Mary, Mimosa, and Peach Bellini dreams are so close, I can taste the tomato juice. 


Super Hero Bar Crawl

May 23, 2017


Carolina Country Music Festival: Ticket Give-A-Way

Posted by Hunter Wilson • Nightlife News

Charlotte seems to love Country Music. So do we.

We have partnered with the organizers of the Carolina Country Music Festival to offer you a way to win 2 FREE tickets for the weekend (June 9-11th).

All you have to do is enter the contest and we will draw a winner on May 31st!

Follow the link above, click the Register button and fill out the form to be entered. You must be over the age of 21 to win!

GOOD LUCK!


UPCOMING EVENTS:

6th Annual Super Hero Bar Crawl



May 22, 2017


13 Last Minute Memorial Day Weekend Plans

Posted by Addie Gottwald • Nightlife Events

Sometimes a three-day weekend falls right in your lap and you’ve forgotten to plan anything. Your friends are all leaving town with the plane tickets they bought months in advance and you’re feeling like an idiot for not thinking of a trip soon.

Memorial Day Weekend is approaching fast (May 26 – May 29) and we’ve thought of some last-minute plans for you. Whether you want to get out of town or just out of the house, we’ve got you covered.

LOCAL ACTIVITIES:

Don’t feel like leaving town but still want to do something fun? Fear not, there are various events to enjoy not far from home. Try Top Golf, drink beer at Legion Brewing Yoga, go to Carowinds (free entrance to military members on Sunday), or attend some of the weekend’s special events:

The Coca-Cola 600

The Coca-Cola 600 takes place Sunday at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. The cheapest tickets are a little over $50. Buy them here.

https://www1.ticketmaster.com/event/0E0051889A133426?camefrom=cfc_cms_disp_tm_tmta600&pageType=home&spotlight=1%257C1387556&spotlight_ren_od=1&tm_link=tm_homeA_4_f1

Knights Baseball Game

What better way to start off the beginning of summer than with a baseball game? The Knights will be playing against Buffalo on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday at home. Tickets are $23.

http://www.milb.com/schedule/i...

Whitewater Center Festival

The Whitewater Center is offering a series of events for the weekend. Run in races, go to yoga, try stand-up paddleboard yoga, enter the cornhole tournament, watch fireworks. Much of it is free! Check out the schedule here:

http://usnwc.org/relax/festiva...

DAY TRIPS:

Don’t have the funds or the energy to make a trip but want to do something a bit out of the ordinary?

Go for a hike

Drive less than two hours to any of these hiking locations: Chimney Rock State Park, Stone Mountain State Park, Congaree National Park. Want something closer? Crowder Mountain is only 40 minutes from Charlotte.

Tiger World

Just 45 minutes north of Charlotte are two different animal parks. Head to Mooresville and go to Lazy 5 Ranch. For $11/person you can take your car through this drive-thru zoo and feed zebras, giraffes, emus and the like. Or head north on 85 and go to Tiger World. For $15 you can visit this wildlife preserve and see tigers, ligers, lions, leopards, wolves and more.  

Goat Yoga

Have you heard about this new silly craze? Do yoga as baby goats walk around, making you laugh, relax and cuddle. This goat yoga is offered at Cat’s Paw Winery about 45 minutes south of Charlotte. On Monday for $40 you can attend yoga, play with goats, enjoy a wine tasting, listen to the Chubby Knuckle's Band, and take home a souvenir stemless wine glass.  

https://www.crittercreekfarm.c...

DESTINATION TRIPS:

Brave enough to combat some traffic? Hit the road for these nearby destinations.

Asheville

Want a mountain weekend? There are plenty of hotels on the outskirts of Asheville still available for less than $200/night.

https://www.expedia.com/Hotel-...

Wilmington

Want to work on your base tan? Don’t underestimate the power of even last-minute Airbnb destinations. Wilmington has some starting at $51/night. Try for Hilton Head, Myrtle Beach, or Charleston. All are less than 4 hours from Charlotte (though we all know traffic on holiday weekends can get bad).

https://www.airbnb.com/s/Wilmi...

LAST MINUTE CHEAP FLIGHTS:

Use Kayak Explore to find cheap flights still available on your budget.

https://www.kayak.com/explore/...

New York

I don’t know how it’s possible but there are still round-trip, non-stop tickets to New York available for less than $200 and you don’t even have to take off early from work. Jump on it before it everyone else does. Call that old friend that’s living in Brooklyn and see if they have room on their sofa for a visitor.

https://www.expedia.com/Flight...

Phoenix

Need to go on a real adventure? You can still catch round-trip tickets to Phoenix for $301. Rent a car and check out Sedona, Flagstaff, the Grand Canyon, and more.

https://www.kayak.com/flights/...

Boston

It’s a great time of year to visit Boston. Right now you can get round-trip flights for Memorial Day Weekend for $204. Even cheaper if you can skip work Friday!

https://www.kayak.com/flights/...

Philadelphia

Round-trip to Phili for $220 still available! Go see the Liberty Bell on a weekend that celebrates our country’s heroes.

https://www.kayak.com/flights/...

No matter what you end up doing, remember all those that have died for your freedom. Enjoy your long weekend and Happy Summer!


UPCOMING EVENTS:

6th Annual Super Hero Bar Crawl


May 18, 2017


You have to eat at this Charlotte historical landmark-Poplar St. Cafe

Posted by Katie Vaas • Nightlife Reviews

Nestled in a quiet corner of Fourth Ward, sits the Poplar – Restaurant and Tapas Bar, located at 224 W. 10th Street.  From the outside, it is unassuming and cozy.  Twinkle lights hanging over the front garden first sparked my interest and imagination when I was cutting through 10th Street to try and circumnavigate Uptown traffic.  It quickly morphed into being the perfect spot to settle in and enjoy delicious bites, good wine, and the company of friends for an upcoming “Girl’s Night out.”   

The Elizabeth-style home, originating from 1885, was transformed into the restaurant early 2016, and has slowly been increasing in its popularity.  This cozy space has been designated as a Charlotte Historic Landmark and clear care in the preservation of the architecture and character of the home is quite evident in the picturesque setting.

As previously mentioned, this became a destination for my girlfriends and me to catch up and celebrate a Birthday in a sophisticated manner (we were celebrating a 29th Birthday after all; so, sophistication was a top priority).  The staff was warm and friendly, eagerly sharing the home’s story and showing off some of the unique features.  Additionally, the food was delicious!  We got a few tapas to share and a few bottles of wine. Note: A great time to check out this unique setting is on Tuesdays for #tapasTuesday where they offer buy one, get one half off Tapas!  (The ceviche is the best I have had in town!) A pianist was even set-up in a parlor-area and he played a beautiful rendition of “Happy Birthday” amongst others in his set list.

Since that night, visions of a whimsical romantic midsummer date night have been dancing in my head.  I also have my parents visiting Charlotte soon and have been racking my brain on a spot to take them that is uniquely Charlotte and not a brewery.  My mom is not one to partake in beer guzzling festivities.  The moral of this tale is, there are plenty of reasons to go and enjoy the ambiance that is tucked away on a tree-lined area of 10th St.  Now, just pick one!



UPCOMING EVENTS:

6th Annual Super Hero Bar Crawl


May 13, 2017


Not One, but TWO Top Golf Locations in Charlotte

Posted by Hunter Wilson • Nightlife News

Apparently, Top Golf is apart of a development deal with the city zoning board to rezone a piece of property in the University Area to bring a huge mixed used complex to the area.

The complex development plans mentioned Top Golf as well as a large apartment complex. The development will be located near the corner of West Mallard Creek and 85...

Top Golf has gathered a TON of interest among Charlotte residents. The South West Charlotte location, opening in only a month or so, has been mentioned before in our blogs and people seem to be really excited!

Here is a link to the overview of the South West Charlotte location (opening in Late June).


UPCOMING EVENTS:

6th Annual Super Hero Bar Crawl


May 05, 2017


Why you should not be upset about Wicked Weed 'selling out'

Posted by Hunter Wilson • Nightlife Reviews

Let me first be very clear. This is an opinion piece...

There are a lot of craft beer lovers out there that are upset with Wicked Weed selling their brewery to Anheuser-Busch. The internet is buzzing with slang terms calling them 'sell outs'. Mostly insinuating they are more interested in profit over beer.

Here is why that is just dumb, in my humble opinion:

Wicked Weed is a business. The owners started a business to provide for themselves and their family. They sell a product to consumers and the goal of a product based business to maximize sales and minimize costs so your overall take-home profit is as high as it can be.

Anyone that says that is not what it is about, isn't running a business. They might be running a hobby that makes a little bit of money... but not a business. 

Wicked Weed is no different. 

Further, Wicked Weed has grown to be a huge craft brewery and had reached a point where it is difficult to legally grow any further.  A lot of articles out there are not mentioning the pains breweries of this size face (enter some mentions of the legal battles Olde Mecklenburg Brewery is facing).

I have no problem with Wicked Weed selling their business to a company that practically runs the industry. Why? Because the NC law makers have made it so difficult if not impossible for craft breweries to compete on a large scale. 

I am upset with the law makers getting involved in our free market, not Wicked Weed.

The phrase 'if you cant beat them, join them', is not a myth. People say that for a reason.

Wicked Weed had risen to what I would imagine is as profitable as it could as an independent brewery. The owners made a decision that was probably the only decision they could that would further grow their brand.

Closing words: 

If a business isn't growing, its dying. This is probably what was growing through the minds of the Wicked Weed brand owners.


UPCOMING EVENTS:

6th Annual Super Hero Bar Crawl



Apr 26, 2017


​A week of free workouts around the South End/Gold District/Dilworth/LoSo area​

Posted by Amanda Erskine • Nightlife Events

Living in Southend, I am no stranger to a tight budget. The area is so fun and up and coming, so living there definitely comes at a higher cost than it would in some of the other Charlotte neighborhoods. However, I am one of those people who is willing to sacrifice eating out for meals in lieu of a nice home. Along with my limited funds for food, I also find that I don’t have enough money left in my budget to join any of the fancy boutique-style gyms offering the fun workout crazes around the area.

Luckily, Charlotte is a very generous city that puts community health as a high priority. And with some research, eavesdropping, and accidental stumbling, I have managed to find a week’s worth of exercise classes and activities within a 2-mile radius from me to help me work on my summer bod.

Monday

STAX Bootcamp @6:30pm

Probably the hardest, most intense, makes-you wanna-cry-but-you-can’t-stop-going, rewarding class in the world, ever. STAX is a collaborative bootcamp led by former New England Patriots player, Randy Moss and Emily “Breeze” Ross, with you and 200 of your closest friends. It’s held on the field directly behind the facility and getting there early is essential unless you want to miss the workout and do burpees to make up for it. 

 

Tuesday

OMB Yoga on Tap* @6:30pm

Another large group class, perfect for stretching out those aching muscles after a vigorous workout at STAX, Olde Mecklenburg brewing hosts a Tuesday night yoga class for all levels. 

 

Wednesday

Sycamore Run club* @ 6:30pm or back to STAX 

Running is the worst. Or is it just me? But sometimes it’s necessary, especially if you are still too sore from Bootcamp and you need a more cardio-centric workout. However, if you have managed to recover, STAX has another bootcamp class at the same time!

 

Thursday

YMCA Brewery Bootcamp @ Unknown Brewing @ 6:30pm

 No membership needed! The YMCA hosts free community bootcamp classes in Unknown’s warehouse. Make sure to bring a yoga mat for floor work and expect to sweat and inhale the aromatic scents of brewing beer. 

 

Friday

#CLTFreeWorkout along East Blvd.

This initiative, powered by OrthoCarolina, allows you to travel down a stretch of sidewalk, stopping at intervals to perform a workout painted on the sidewalk with clean graffiti. If you feel self-conscious performing these exercises with cars driving by, turn and face the super cute houses and buildings along East Blvd. as a nice distraction.

 

Saturday 

Sycamore Run club* @12pm

Again? Yes. Sycamore’s run club meets twice a week, and this is actually the perfect Saturday set-up because by the time you finish your run, you end back up at Sycamore where you can ease your day into a day-drinking spree. 

 

Sunday

Run/power walk/jog/bike the rail trail or booty loop

Sundays are meant to be lazy, so taking this day to meander and enjoy the views of the Charlotte Skyline or the beautifully classic homes near Queen’s Univeristy, won’t require too much exertion, and will guarantee you get your steps in.


*workouts that come with an optional donation of $5 and a beer. 

Apr 26, 2017


10 Party Tricks To Impress Your Friends

Posted by Addie Gottwald • Nightlife Reviews

You should always have at least one party trick up your sleeve, something to impress your crush or liven up a boring conversation. Show off your trick at a brewery, at a bar, a wedding, a happy hour. As soon as you do yours, you’re likely to learn your friends’ tricks as well. (“I’ll show you mine if you show me yours.”) Learn some of the following and your night will become much more entertaining.  

1. Bust a move.

Study up on choreography and dance to “Thriller” or “Single Ladies” with some style. Learn to moonwalk, do the worm, line dance. Do the Charleston, the dab, the dougie, the stanky leg, the running man, the robot. Twerk your way into the center of attention.

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2. Show off a bodily talent.

Double jointed? Can you put your fist in your mouth? Learn to raise one eyebrow, wiggle your ears, burp the alphabet, do the two-finger whistle. 

3. Play with fire.

Lick your thumb and pointer finger and put out a candle flame. Blow smoke rings. Learn to make a fireball in your hand with a lighter. 

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4. Open a beer without a bottle opener.

Use a lighter, a stiletto, another bottled beer. Bang it off on the side of the table.

5. Turn water into wine.

You don’t have to be Jesus. Fill a shot glass to the brim with wine, then fill another shot glass to the brim with water. Place a card on top of the water glass and flip it upside down with the card now in between the wine and water. Move the card a bit and leave it for a few minutes. Watch as water density amazes your friends.

6. Show off your strength.

Are you one of those annoying strong guys? Smash a beer can on your forehead. Do pushups with someone on your back. 

7. Learn some tongue twisters.

And I don’t mean “Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.” Tie a cherry stem with your tongue. Undo a Starburst in your mouth with no rips. Touch your nose with your tongue or make a clover leaf. 

8. Play games with coins. 

Lay out 17 pennies/coins/straws. Bet your friend that if you take turns picking up 1, 2, or 3 pennies/coins/straws, you can make them pick up the last penny/coin/straw. Make them go first. Then make sure 4 pennies are taken every round. If they take one penny, you take three. If they take two, you take two. They’ll be left with the last one. 

Or try the trick that fooled Einstein: Get 10 quarters, 2 dimes, 2 nickels and 5 pennies and put them in your pocket. Walk up to your friend and ask them to take out their change but not to show it to you. Get them to put it between their palms and shake it. Say that by listening to the jingle you bet that you have just as much as they have plus two quarters and enough left over to make their sum equal $2.35. This will work with any amount as long as they don’t have more than $2.35 in coins.

9. Tell a riddle. Tell a joke.

The classic: A boy and his father get in a car accident. The dad is taken to one hospital and the boy is rushed to another. The surgeon, upon seeing the boy, says, “I can’t operate on this boy. He is my son.” How is that possible? The surgeon is the boy’s mother. 

The corny: How did Harry Potter get to the bottom of the hill? Walking, JK Rowling.  

10. Read people’s minds.

Tell the person you’re trying to impress to pick a number between 1 and 10 and don’t tell you what it is. Next get them to multiply it by 9. Now tell them to add up the digits – if the number was 14, it’d be 1+4=5. Now tell them to subtract 5. Take that number and correspond it to the letter in the alphabet. 1 would be A; 2, B etc. Next tell them to think of a country that starts with that letter. Then tell them to take the last letter of the country and think of an animal that starts with that letter. Take the last letter of the animal and think of a color that starts with that letter. Ask them if they’re thinking of orange kangaroos in Denmark. The majority of the time you will blow them away.

This works because all numbers between 1 and 10 that are multiplied by 9 will have digits that add up to 9. Subtracting 5 will always give them 4. Number 4 is D in the alphabet. There are only three countries that start with the letter D: Denmark, Dominican Republic, and Dominica. The majority of all people choose Denmark, but you could fail if they choose one of the other two. When asked for an animal that starts with k, there are basically two popular responses: kangaroo and koala. Most people say kangaroo. When asked to think of a color that starts with o, everyone says orange. There’s always a chance it’ll be thrown off, but if you guess correctly, your friend will be dumbfounded.

Apr 25, 2017


Rainy Day Solutions in Charlotte

Posted by Katie Vaas • Nightlife Reviews

The rainy season is upon us.  While we love that the skies are clearing away the pollen, we hate being cooped-up and missing out on all the cool stuff Charlotte’s Night Life has to offer. Well, we’ve put on our thinking caps and have a few suggestions for you. 

  1. Inner Peaks- Climbing Crowder’s Mountain is the coolest thing to do on a sunny day, taking on some rock walls could be one of the coolest things to do on a rainy day.
  2. Bowling/Arcades- Nothing passes time better than a little competition. 
  3. Roller skate/Ice Skate- Depending on what is nearest to you, strap on some skates and get ready to test that balance. 
  4. Movies- Whether you want to watch with a full drink list and menu or just enjoy getting lost in someone else’s world for a few hours rainy days are made for movies. 
  5. Local attractions- check out spots you may pass by every day but don’t necessarily give much notice to- like the NASCAR Hall of FameScience on the Rocks is a blast!)
  6. Museums/Live Performances- Whether they are off Broadway tours or the local comedy improve group, Charlotte has a bunch of different venues so check out the spots Uptown, South End, or NODA (to name a few areas) and get your culture on.
  7. Cool times indoors- invite friends over. Have a Cards against Humanity marathon or play some drunken charades.  Regardless of the selected game, the hours will fly by and laughs will ensue.
  8. Build boats and sail them down the street- Embrace your inner kid and enjoy the rain!  Throw on those designer rain boots and dance, sing, and play.  The rain won’t last forever so enjoy the environmental mix-up.

If all else fails, the bars and breweries do still open when it rains. So, call up that Uber, splash through some puddles (because why not) and get out and enjoy yourself!

Apr 24, 2017


The Beer Fest You Don't Miss: South End Hops Festival

Posted by Addie Gottwald • Nightlife Events

Do you love beer and dogs like the majority of Charlotte residents? Then come to the 4th Annual South End Hops Festival on Saturday, May 13th. This local festival supports RescuedMe, a nonprofit that helps dogs find homes. Bring both your four-legged and two-legged friends to support the cause. 

The event will be help at 308 W Carson Blvd at the corner of Mint Street from 2 to 6pm. With a 21+ ID and $35 you can get four hours of unlimited beer tastings and a souvenir sampling glass. The event will feature 40 North and South Carolina breweries so you can sip on your favorite Sycamore and Legion beers or try something new. Various food trucks will be open for business at the event and music will be provided by The Clydes and The Business People.

If you’re rolling with a solid crew these days, consider getting the VIP ticket bundle for 10 people. Each ticket is $50 compared to the standard $35-entry but a few perks make this additional $15 well-worth it. For one, you are also allowed to enter the festival an hour early to avoid lines and get an extra hour of beer sampling. Secondly, you get a table, chairs and umbrella for your crew. This is big because there will be no seating provided for the rest of the festival attendees. Most importantly, there are food perks. The regular festival goers are not allowed to bring in external food or beverage, you on the other hand will have permission to bring outside food to your table. Chick-fil-a nugget platter anyone? You will also receive free food from the bratwurst and hamburger cookout, providing you with some sustenance to get you through a long afternoon of spring frolicking. Lastly, you are given access to a VIP-only bathroom to help you avoid long beer-bladdered lines. 

There will be limited parking on the side streets for any designated drivers who want a special $10 entry (four water bottles included, no beer). For others, you can take the light rail to Carson Street Station, try to find a free Cruise Cart on the way there, or use the $50 code HOPSFEST if you’re a first-time Lyft user. 

Buy your tickets now online and we’ll see you and your furry friend there.


Apr 18, 2017


Earn $250 for in-person research study

Posted by Hunter Wilson • Nightlife News

$250 for in-person research study 

Accelerant Research is recruiting for a research study among Charlotte, NC consumers. As a thank you for sharing your opinions, we will pay qualified research respondents $250 for participating in a 2-hour research interview. If you are interested in participating in this research study, please click the link below to answer a few qualification questions:

www.CharlotteResearchStudy.com Even if you don't qualify for this particular study, we invite you to sign up for our research panel (please do so at http://www.ResearchPanel.org). We conduct other paid research studies all the time and will keep you in mind for future research. Just for registering for our research panel, you will be entered into a $500 sweepstakes drawing.

Apr 11, 2017


Kennedy's is Closed

Posted by Hunter Wilson • Nightlife News

Kennedy's opened its doors across its hugely popular outdoor patio in November of 2010. However, this week they closed their doors for good.

Development projects in the Elizabeth area, most met with unfriendly public opinion, have changed the landscape of the area. The area is just not what it used to be. 

Now Kennedy's is closed. Rumor has it that the building has been sold but I haven't been able to confirm that nor find out who/what will be there next. 

This comes at a rather bad time as locals in Elizabeth are ready to hit the outdoor patio. 

Apr 06, 2017


The End of Excelsior Club

Posted by Hunter Wilson • Nightlife News

It’s the end of an era for Charlotte, as the Washington Heights community recently bid farewell to the Charlotte institution known as the Excelsior Club. Founded back in 1944 by James Robert “Jimmie” Mckee, Medium shares that it’s one of the longest running nightclubs in America, playing a key role in the civil rights movement and welcoming black politicians from the 1950s to the present day. Former president Barack Obama celebrated his first and second wins at this monumental establishment.

Sadly, all good things come to an end. For almost three quarters of a century, the club faced an uphill battle full of ownership changes, economic downturns and racial upheaval. Fast forward to 2017, Excelsior is not only undergoing foreclosure, but the Charlotte Observer also reports that the club has accumulated over $174,000 in unpaid taxes. Excelsior started running into financial trouble during their closure last June for renovations, and unfortunately, the closure cost the owner too much to keep up with mortgages, taxes and other payments. The foreclosure came unexpectedly for those who were waiting for the club to open back up with a revamped look.

What was once the heart and soul of the black community has now shut its doors to the public and may never return to its former glory. NC Rep. Carla Cunningham, who inherited the club from her late husband in 2010, will spend the next three or four months tending to the multiple code violations, and will look at leasing or selling the property after. 

Dance and music clubs of the modern age definitely lack the historical significance that Excelsior is known and celebrated for. Although it is worth noting that many of today’s up-and-coming artists are finding their musical identity in sounds reminiscent of the 1980s, a decade characterized by neon lights and blaring synthesizers, as indicated on digital titles like Rad Pack Pro on Google Play and Neon Staxx from the online gaming portal Slingo. However, none of these retro stylistic choices in their artistry compare to the nostalgia provided by establishments as such, which had legends like James Brown, Louis Armstrong and Nat King Cole perform for their patrons.

Though the future of this Charlotte landmark is unclear, leaders, politicians and clergy members have gathered to rally and find ways to save what’s left of Excelsior. With the club being deeply rooted in black history, the community is working hard to preserve the significance and revive this institution.

Apr 03, 2017


500 Jobs Now Available at Topgolf Charlotte

Posted by Hunter Wilson • Nightlife News

Global sports entertainment leader  announced hiring plans for its 33rd location, which will open in early June. Approximately 500 new jobs have been posted online at topgolf.com/careers, and auditions begin in two weeks.

Available positions include: servers, bartenders, kitchen, maintenance, guest services staff and many more. Interested applicants should register to audition at an upcoming recruitment event.

Recruitment events are unlike any typical job interview. They are interactive, high-energy and fun, with activities such as:

 

·       Team-building challenges

·       Idea Factory: Applicants get creative to plan a special event for Topgolf

·       X-Factor-style panel interviews: Applicants speak or perform for 90 seconds about a topic of their choice

·       One-on-one interviews

 

“We are looking for talented Associates who are passionate about hospitality and want to work in a buzzing, high-volume social environment,” said Topgolf Charlotte Director of Operations Clayton Stanley. “We are excited to assemble an all-star team and start creating memories for our guests.”

 

Through the premium experience of play, food and music, Topgolf is inspiring people of all ages and skill levels – even non-golfers – to come together for playful competition. Guests can enjoy point-scoring golf games using microchipped balls that instantly score themselves, showing players the accuracy and distance of their shots instantly on a TV screen in their hitting bay. The venues also feature an outstanding chef-driven menu, top-shelf drinks, big screen TVs and music in climate-controlled hitting bays for year-round comfort. Year-round programming includes events for kids and families, social leagues, golf tournaments, golf instruction and more.

 

Topgolf Charlotte is located at 8024 Savoy Corporate Dr., Charlotte, NC 28273. Recruitment events will take place offsite, and the location will be displayed online upon applying. Hired associates for the new 65,000-square-foot venue will receive free Topgolf game play, food and beverage discounts, plus the opportunity to obtain medical, vision and dental insurance and participate in a 401(k) retirement savings program.

For more information about working at Topgolf, visit www.topgolf.com/careers.

ABOUT TOP GOLF

Topgolf inspires the connections that bring people together for unforgettable good times. Whether it’s a date night, girls’ night, happy hour, work breakfast, lunch hour or any other kind of hour, Topgolf makes socializing a sport – literally. Through the premium experience of Play, Food and Music, Topgolf is inspiring people of all ages and skill levels – even non-golfers – to come together for playful competition. Topgolf also brings interactive experiences to the community that facilitate shared moments and deep relationships through Topgolf U golf lessons, weekly leagues, The Topgolf Tour competition, KidZone parties, social and corporate team-building events, and the World Golf Tour (WGT) app. Each venue features high-tech, climate-controlled hitting bays for year-round comfort, delicious food and beverage, live events, music, hundreds of HDTVs and outstanding hospitality. With 31 venues entertaining 10.5 million Guests annually and the world’s largest digital golf audience, Topgolf is creating the best times of your life both in-venue and online. To learn more about Topgolf, follow @Topgolf or visit www.topgolf.com.


Apr 03, 2017


16 Cheap Day Date Ideas Under $25

Posted by Amanda Erskine • Nightlife Reviews

If you are like me, you are probably extremely cheap. Because of this highly appealing quality, I am always looking for low-cost or (preferably) free events around Charlotte to entertain my boyfriend for the day when he comes down to visit. No stranger to my thrifty lifestyle, and a fellow penny pincher himself, we thoroughly enjoy our weekend excursions of frugal fun. While there are some wonderfully inexpensive events and activities popping up around Charlotte all the time, we have some tried and true ones that we always fall back on.

Full Disclosure: Half of these activities would not be possible without the use of Groupon and different money saving applications. God Bless.

Entertainment:

1. Bike Ride and Ice cream

At 24 different locations around the Queen City, the Charlotte B-Cycle stations are a wallet’s best friend. For the first 30-minutes, you can ride your rented vessel around the city, free of cost, with each additional 30 minutes costing $4. And truthfully nothing complements a bike ride better than ice cream. If you download the Stealz app, you can get a free Kiddie Cup or Cone from Golden Cow Creamery! (Pro Tip: Make sure you both download the app to access the deal AND a ton of other awesome free items from different charlotte locations)

                Total: Two 30 min. bike rides (free) + Two kid-sized Ice creams (free)= $0-$8+

2. See a Movie at Studio Movie Grille

Every Tuesday is $5 Tuesday at SMG where you can get movie tickets for $5, select drinks such as their house margarita for $5, Kid’s Meals for $5, Dessert/Theater Candy for $5, and appetizers included in the Two for $25/$30 deal for $5. While this can add up fast, if you are smart and share an appetizer or sneak in your own snacks (did I suggest that?) then you have an awesome and cheap rainy day activity on your hands! https://www.studiomoviegrill.c...

                Total: Two tickets ($10) + Two drinks ($10) + One appetizer ($5) = $25

3. Funny Bus

This PG-13 and R-rated comedic bus drives around Charlotte giving hilarious facts and stories about the Queen City. At $25 each, you can bring on your own cooler of drinks and have a super hilarious afternoon. (Side Note: This date applies to the “under $25” if you pay for yourself. Worth it.) https://funnybus.net/tickets-c...

                Total: $25 each (or $50 total)

4. SEA Life at Concord Mills

The newest addition to Concord Mills, SEA Life is another perfect rainy day activity, or it’s perfect for a sunny day if you really like aquatic animals. While at the location tickets are $13.95, if you buy tickets online, you will get them for only $9.95! Then you can use the extra money left over to buy a pretzel from Auntie Anne’s because it’s impossible to walk buy without doing so. https://www.visitsealife.com/c...

                Total: Two tickets to SEA Life ($19.90) + 1 Original Salted Pretzel ($5) = $24.90

5. Laser Tag at Laser Quest

A rainy-day activity that Barney Stinson and Robin Scherbatzky would be proud of. This Groupon deal gets you two games for two people for only $18! https://www.groupon.com/deals/...

                Total: $18

6. Studio Cellar Wine and Design

While taking a regular class with instruction will be over the $25 budget, going to Studio Cellar for a No Reservation, Freestyle session is definitely within range. If you and your S.O. both get 6X6 canvases ($11), you’ll get access to the paint bar and can either paint whatever your mind’s eye comes up with, or use one of the designs for inspiration without step-by-step instruction. Bring your own wine/beer for the full “Wine and Design” experience.  http://charlotte.studio-cellar...

                Total: Two 6X6 canvases ($22) $22

7. Free Admission to Mint Museum on Wednesdays

For an artsy, late afternoon activity, the Mint Museum offers free admission on Wednesday nights! If you feel so inclined to morph this into a night-date, you can walk to Amelie’s and spend some money on coffee and pastries.

Total: $0-$25

8. Stroll through Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens

Now that Spring is here, taking full advantage of the weather and appreciating all the budding flora and fauna with the assistance of Claritin Clear can be a super romantic and relaxing day-date. Tickets for entry are $12.95 per person or free for all DSBG members. If you are feeling especially wealthy, on Thursdays, you can go for Sip & Stroll and purchase some wine to drink while admiring the gardens. http://www.dsbg.org/

                Total: Two tickets to DSBG ($25.90) = $25.90

Side Note: I realize this is .90 over $25, so if it isn’t breaking the bank too much, I definitely suggest shelling out the extra dollar.

9. Pack a lunch and hike Crowder’s Mountain

This suggestion has been so worn out, but seriously Crowder's is such an great date idea if you are looking for something outdoors and active to do! Packing a blanket, some champagne and a couple of sandwiches can really amp up this date and make the hike worth it.

                Total: $0


Food and Drinks:

10. Beer and Cheese at Craft Growler Shop and Tasting Room

Craft in South End is one of the best tasting rooms for day drinking in the entire city and on Wednesday, the experience is even more frugally fantastic. Every Wednesday, you can get their cheese plate (originally $9) for only $6! Grabbing beers varying in price from $5-$10 and a $6 plate of cheese is the perfect combination for a satisfyingly cheap day.

                Total: (Two $5.50 beer) $11 + (Cheese plate) $6 = $17

 

11. Wine Flights at The Assorted Table

Another option involving cheese is, The Assorted Table, located in 7###sup/sup### Street Public Market. At this pop up shop, you can get a $5 wine tasting including complimentary cheeses and crackers for pairing. While this might be a short-lived date, spending an extra 30-45 minutes walking around the indoor marketplace and using the leftover $15 at various shops is the perfect time-wasting solution.

                Total: (Two wine tastings) $10 = $10.

 

12. Sunday Brunch at Heist Brewing

Famous for their enormous breakfast buffet, Heist also offers ala carte menu items for separate purchase at only $4 each. Even though the portions are small, they are extremely filling. Especially if you go with the Endless Waffles. Paired with $5 Bloody Mary’s or $12 mimosa carafes, this could be one of the most delicious and cheap brunch dates ever.

Total: (Two Bloody Mary’s) $10 + (Two ala carte menu items) $8$18 (+tip) OR

(One mimosa carafe) $12 + (Three ala carte menu items) $12 = $24

 

13. Treehouse Vineyards

One of the closest vineyards to Charlotte, Treehouse Vineyards is located approx. 40 minutes away from the center of the city in Monroe, NC. Groupon saves your wine loving life here with a $17.99 deal that includes a wine tasting for two and a bottle of wine. Say whaaaaat.  https://www.groupon.com/deals/...

                Total: Groupon two wine tastings and one bottle of wine = $17.99             

 

14. Watch the Sunset at Whiskey Warehouse

Romance without an admission cost. This bar in the heart of Elizabeth offers a great view of the city from their rooftop patio, perfect for watching the sunset from. Go on a Tuesday for $4 drafts and some wings or a shared appetizer or Saturday for their $4 Bloody Mary bar and $2 Mimosas for a cheap date with a beautiful view.

                Total: (Depending on how many drinks/selection of food) = anywhere from $4-$25

 

15. Dinner for 2 at Cajun Queen

While there are a ton of awesome meal deals available on Groupon, the Cajun Queen deal is arguably the best. Only $24 for $40 worth of food at this cute little house-turned-restaurant that has the most mouth-watering New Orleans flavors available is definitely worth trying. https://www.groupon.com/deals/...

                Total: Groupon $24 for $40= $24(+tip)

16. Two for $20 at Chili’s

Hands down best idea on this list. I am a huge supporter of everything Chili's and could not express more how important this deal is. $20 gets you a shared appetizer and two entrees. Plus, you can play games on the table side IPad for only $1.99, ‘cause conversation is overrated anyways. Pro Tip: For your appetizer, definitely get the Bottomless Chips with Guacamole over the Bottomless Chips with salsa, because salsa comes with it. Otherwise, you are failing at the 2 for $20.

                Total: $20 + (table side games) $1.99 = $22.99 (+tip) 

Apr 03, 2017


Brewery Crawl Tips and Tricks

Posted by Katie Vaas • Nightlife Reviews

It is officially drink outdoors on a patio or at a brewery time.  Now, let’s take it even one step further.  Many of you are probably familiar with and/or have been on a pub crawl. Charlotte has quite a few popular/semi-famous bar crawls throughout Uptown and the South End.  They are fun, but are also an exhausting day.  Even more fun (in my humble opinion) is the increasingly popular brewery crawl.  These crawls are more unofficial and often hosted by friend groups and publicized through Facebook events.  Do not get me wrong though, these are still exhausting days and not for the faint of heart.  

In order to successfully complete a full day or drinking craft beers, one must not only be physically prepared with a solid tolerance that is in it for the long-haul, but also mentally prepared. 

Here are just a few tips and tricks to help make your crawl successful: 1) Have a single leader – Every endeavor like this needs someone to follow.  More specifically, one person who sets the tone, makes the plan and keeps everyone to it. Multiple people trying to do this causes confusion. 

2) Have a clear plan and stick to it – Speaking of plans, have one.  Don’t just wander aimlessly.  It is on the leader’s shoulders to create the ideal path for the group- maximizing time and walking distance, minimizing senseless meanderings. Also, said leader needs to enforce this plan- latecomers cannot catch the group “at the next stop” if the group deviates from the plan.  Again, this is a reinforcement of a need for a good, single leader. 

3) Create a theme – Have fun with this!  Create a theme so that your group can be easily identified and it also helps make new friends! 

4) Eat Food – This is a key part of the plan.  Most, if not all, of the breweries serve food and/or have food trucks on site.  The group needs to take time and ensure everyone eats so that there are minimal drop-outs. 

5) Choose your beers wisely – Although this tip is listed last, it is most definitely the one with the greatest importance.  You are embarking on a six to ten hour drinking voyage, don’t go all in on Beers #1 and #2 with high alcohol percentages.  This is a marathon and not a spring so don’t become the drunkest kid at the crawl early on- eventually you will get there. 

Happy Crawling Charlotte!

Mar 25, 2017


Uncork and Unwine at Corkscrew on 5th

Posted by Katie Vaas • Nightlife Reviews

Hey! Listen up.  Stop whatever you are doing. No multi-tasking right now, I am going to need your full attention as I have a secret to tell you.  It could be considered a “best kept secret”, however, this spot hasn’t been open long enough to qualify.  Therefore, we shall call it a hidden gem instead. This place I am referring to is Corkscrew on 5th Wine & Coffee Bar. Now, the name may sound vaguely familiar.  Originally, it opened as Corkscrew Vue, having fully opened in December of 2016, but believe it or not, people weren’t totally sure where The Vue was; hence, the name change.  Now, you also may know Corkscrew Birkdale, which has been around a few years, but I am here to tell you about the new location in Uptown. 

Overall, the vibe is upscale, classy, and cozy.  You feel right at home snuggling in to spend the night chatting it up with friends enjoying bottle after bottle (or beer after beer).  And if you are riding solo, you are more than comfortable chatting with the amazing bartenders (if you see Ed, ask him about his special hot chocolate!)  In addition to the smooth, chill vibe, the concept is really cool- as one half, the urban coffee bar, is open during the first half of the day while the other half of the space is a swanky place for eats and drinks.  I really dig the custom shelving systems they have- a full wall of wine bottles and a honeycomb display shelf. (Fun fact- it can support up to 300 lbs.!) 

The vibe and atmosphere are on point, but what else is there?  Where is the real “secret” piece of this post?  Well, it is in their specials, and in my humble opinion, the night to go is Wednesdays.  Yes, Wednesdays, although they do have pretty great specials every single night of the week, I am telling you to go on Wednesday.  The flat breads are AH-MAZING and only $5.  Get the 4###sup/sup### Ward.  You will not be sorry.  But that is not the only special part of Wednesdays, you can also grab a bottle of wine for half price! If flatbreads aren’t your thing, all of the food is fantastic (shutout to the charcuterie board with the boar’s meat salami.)  

Corkscrew has craft beers, wine by the glass and bottle, killer food, wine tastings on Thursdays, live music on Friday and Saturdays, and bottomless mimosas on Sundays. Harry Hoover, the on 5th manager, put it simply, “we are a little bit of everything for everyone.” 

So, go check it out while you still can say you are in on the best kept not so secret hidden gem in Uptown to “relax, uncork, and unwine”. 


Upcoming Events:

April 15th: 4th Annual Bunny Hop Bar Crawl

June 17th: 6th Annual Super Hero Bar Crawl


Mar 23, 2017


The 15 Things You Need to Know About Wu’s Cajun Seafood

Posted by Amanda Erskine • Nightlife Reviews

Welp, The Bottle Cap Group is doing it again.

By now you have probably heard about the newest food haven coming to South End, Wu’s Cajun Sea Food. Wu’s will be located right beside the Rite Aid on South Boulevard where Nan and Byron’s previously stood. In an Avant Garde attempt to shake things up in South End, the Bottle Cap Group has come up with a restaurant theme that is unlike anything anyone (or at least me) has seen before. So, for those of you who are on the edge of your seat or have been biting your nails in anticipation to know more, here are the 15 most important things you should know about Wu’s:

1.       This location was previously owned by a founder of the Bottle Cap Group as Vinnie’s Sardine Raw Grill and Bar, which closed back in 2012 after 20 years due to the economy. 

2.       The restaurant is going to be a fusion of New Orleans and Asian dining. Should we start calling this blend Casian? Or Ajun? Email us your votes. 

3.       The group described Wu’s as a combination of Hot Taco and Brazwell’s in the sense of dining and atmosphere. 

4.       While BCG is eventually planning to transition this location into a more “nightlife” scene, they are primarily putting more of a focus on family dining. 

5.       True to the family dining vision, there will be a kid’s menu. (and hopefully coloring sheets, am I right?)

6.       The primary focus of the menu will be on seafood, so think Po Boys and crawfish. YUM.

7.       The dining experience will be unparalleled because at Wu’s, they will be pouring out a seafood bake straight onto the table for you to eat from, which sounds super messy and super fun. 

8.       Along with eating off the table, prepare for banging on the table because there will also be sake bombs!  

9.       Specialty Drinks are planned to be on the menu with a Hurricane Cocktail being a featured one.

10.   The main chef, Troy, has a resume including an appearance on TV and a cookbook, so you know this food is going to be verifiably AWESOME. 

11.   All the artwork that you will see, both the mural on the side of the building and the painting inside, was done BY HAND. It’s extremely intricate too (see pictures below)

12.   This project is one of three that the BCG is currently working on in the Carolinas. 

13.   They are also working on another Ink N Ivy location in Charleston, SC and a 24-hour restaurant/diner in Greensboro, NC

14.   Wu’s does not have a specified projected opening date and is currently dependent on the progress of the other two. 

15.   As the renovations continue, there will be more information to come!

GET READY FOR SOME CAJUN AND SEAFOOD, SOUTHEND. 


Upcoming Events:

April 15th: 4th Annual Bunny Hop Bar Crawl

June 17th: 6th Annual Super Hero Bar Crawl


Mar 20, 2017


Why you should be drinking Kombucha this Spring

Posted by Amanda Erskine • Nightlife Reviews

Spring is officially here and with it welcomes bikini and 3” inseam season. In preparation for the beach, pool, lake, backyard, etc., everyone is looking for the health plan that will allow them to comfortably rock a crop top while still being able to eat Chicken Minis for breakfast, pizza for dinner, and consume patio beers every day. While the Chicken Minis and pizza dreams are not yet reality, there is a healthy alternative for day drinking that will most definitely help you achieve your dream bod.

What is Kombucha?

You’ve probably heard this word A LOT in the past year or so, even though it has been around for over 2,000 years. Kombucha is an answer to all your 75-degree weather fantasies because not only does it sate your desire for a cold and refreshing drink, but it’s actually GOOD FOR YOU. Some Kombucha vets may be reading this and saying “I drank Kombucha before it was cool,” but ignore them. We can all be members of the Kombucha club. 

Lenny Boy Brewing is most widely known across the Queen City for their innovations in Kombucha brewing and distributing as well as being the only certified organic Kombucha makers in the SouthEast.  They currently provide their probiotic creations in over 60 locations including breweries, yoga studios, and grocery stores. See the locations here and read about how they make it here!

What does Kombucha do?

1.       Aids Digestion and Improves Gut Health

2.       Improves Mental Clarity and Elevates Mood Stability

3.       Detoxifies for a healthy liver

4.       Boosts your energy levels

5.       Strengthens your immune system

These effects aren’t immediate and will typically require you to consume Kombucha every day for at least a week before you feel any difference in your mood or energy levels, but that just means more patio time! If you’re not completely sure if you will like the taste, Lenny Boy offers Kombucha flights so you can taste test all the options and pick out your new go-to “booch.” I highly recommend the Mint Condition! It has 15 calories, 4 grams of sugar and is absolutely delicious.

Be Aware

There is such a thing as too much Kombucha, say whaaa? Yup, there are high levels of lactic acid, so while you will definitely benefit from this drink, limitation is still a factor. You know what they say: too much of a good thing will potentially disintegrate your stomach lining.  

Remember my health seeking friends: in order to detox yourself, you first must intoxicate yourself with health. 



Upcoming Events:

April 15th: 4th Annual Bunny Hop Bar Crawl

June 17th: 6th Annual Super Hero Bar Crawl


Mar 17, 2017


Rhino Market 2.0 to Uptown

Posted by Katie Vaas • Nightlife Reviews

Picture this -brown sugar bacon, havarti cheese, egg, all piled on a toasted English muffin.  The perfect sandwich, greasy and ready to cure your mid-week hangover (or Saturday/Sunday morning). Wash all that goodness down with some freshly brewed North Carolina coffee and you are ready to win the day.  Now, in a mere couple of months, you will not have to trek on over from your Uptown apartment to enjoy Rhino Market’s incredible breakfast sandwiches.  A new, second, location, is expanding into Uptown, at 400 S. Tryon, with a gorgeous view of Romare Bearden Park. 

Those sandwiches, stuff dreams are made of, are only the tip of the iceberg that are the offerings at Rhino.  They have an incredible assortment of beers and wines in their market with local favorites on tap at the bar.  On various nights you can enjoy trivia, live, music, or even an open mic night.  If you have not yet been to the location in FreeMoreWest (at 1500 W Morehead St) then get yourself over there pronto! 

But, I digress, back to the new location.  Robert Rondelez, the owner, says "I’m excited to bring breakfast burritos and our killer sandwiches, wine and beer to uptown!!!”  No longer will the Uptown workforce be made to buy lunchtime salads at 711 in order to enjoy the park on a warm sunny afternoon because the line at Crisp is unbearable.  Casual happy hour after work?  No problem at Rhino- grab a beer on tap or an easy 6-pack and enjoy the down to earth vibe. Rhino 2.0’s bar will be even bigger than the O.G. bar so you can spend even more hours chatting with the friendly staff and making new best friends.

Upcoming Events:

April 15th: 4th Annual Bunny Hop Bar Crawl

June 17th: 6th Annual Super Hero Bar Crawl


Mar 14, 2017


Dim Sum closes after 21 years

Posted by Hunter Wilson • Nightlife News

Like Chinese food? I literally had some last night. 

Well, you can't get anymore from Dim Sum in Plaza Midwood anymore.

After 21 years in business, it closed its doors this week. The owner simply noted the reason for closing was that she was tired of running a restaurant. 


My take on another smiling popular spot closing... Why wouldn't the lady just sell it if she was tired of running it? 

Let us know your thoughts on our Facebook post!

Mar 13, 2017


Working with CharlotteNightlife.com

Posted by Hunter Wilson • Nightlife News

Welcome to CharlotteNightlife.com, Charlotte's #1 source for Nightlife information.

Known for our camera flashes at top venues all over the Charlotte area, tens of thousands of local Charlotteans flock to CharlotteNightlife.com every month to check out our recent photo albums, news/blogs, upcoming special events, and even our nightly drink specials.

We work with the top venues in Charlotte to curate the best information our audience wants to see. If you are not working with us currently, we would love to speak with you about getting on board!

Monthly Clients get access to a lot, including:

  • Weekly Photo Albums (with your logo watermarked on all photos)
  • Upcoming Special Events featured
  • Nightly Drink Specials featured
  • Inclusion in Weekly Email Newsletter to our Charlotte Subscribers
  • Access to make posts directly on our Social Media Channels
  • First claim to Bar Crawl slots throughout the year
  • and much more... We work with our clients on everything!

Further, our clients provide us with great insight for our popular Blog section. Have some interesting news you want to pass on to our audience? We can handle that too!

Our client rates start at only $75 a week! Make sure your information is in front of the 'Nightlifers' in Charlotte with CharlotteNightlife.com!

Interested? Drop Hunter Wilson a line at Hunter@CharlotteNightlife.com to get started!

Mar 13, 2017


The 10 Distinctive Types of Players on your Coed Sports Team

Posted by Katie Vaas • Nightlife Reviews

If you are like many Charlotteans, you have been a member of at least a kickball, softball, volleyball, and/or flag football coed team and will recognize and easily identify the below teammates. If you have not yet taken part on one of the many possibilities Charlotte has to offer- you should and use the  below to help mentally prepare you and register next open season. Furthermore, to play visit Sportslink or Club Waka.

Regardless of what the sport is or how it came to be, there is a fundamental truth about roster make-up; every team is composed of a random assortment of friends and acquaintances that are available the same night for about 10 weeks and are interested in being active and drinking together. Within these teams are some very distinct personalities that are all vital to the makeup of the team.

1) The uber competitive teammate- this teammate was the jock all through school. He/she may have been a collegiate athlete or just the star player of their dorm teams. Regardless, this person lives and breathes the rec league and their opinion of you will be greatly influenced by how well you play that particular game.

2) The teammate there just to drink this person just wants to party. They love drinking and especially when it came be done tailgating or at the local sports bar. Their play is highly dependent on whether or not it is an early or late start and how many drinks they have had.

3) The teammate there to meet their next significant other. This teammate is over tinder and bumble. Been there and done that with match and aren't going to suffer through any more long nights at the bar. They try hard, ensure they look good, and are always up for team drinks hoping a spark will fly with someone.

4) the teammate that sucks- yes, every team has one. He/she tries really really hard but somehow they are just bad. Quite often they fall down because their own feet got in their way while running to first. They aren't good, but you like them because you feel a little bad deep down because they really do have a lot of fun being on the team.

5) the teammate there to socialize- this teammate is a tricky one. They always have a great story or a good joke to share but it is conveniently when they should be up to bat. They are easily identified as they are the first volunteers to "sit this inning out" or "rotate in if needed."

6) The teammate that is never there. You actually have no idea what this teammate looks like. They paid the fee and have yet to show up-they are a mere name on the roster. (You may wonder how this player type is vital to the team- it is an excellent bonding joke for everyone else to guess what excuse was given for their absence this week.)

7) The teammate that is way too hard on themselves. This teammate is constantly self-deprecating and finding ways for self improvement. They may have just gotten a double but they respond to your compliments with "next time it will be a triple."

8) The teammate that is effortlessly incredible at all sports. This teammate usually comes rolling in late, a bit of a frenzy and has their shoes untied. At all times. You at first think this is going to be the teammate that sucks. However they then proceed to amaze all with their incredible talent. It may also appear that they are half asleep while playing.

9) The teammate that just moved to town. This teammate is new and trying to find their place. They have a hard time finding the field the first few games so may be either super early or late. They are the friend of a friend and identify themselves as such for the first 4 weeks. Despite their initial awkwardness, they are just down for some human interaction and the potential for a solid social life in their new city.

10) The teammate that won't be back next year.  This teammate tried.  They sucked, it just wasn't their thing, or they saw themselves becoming the teammate that never showed up.  Whatever their reason, they have decided to hang up their cleats.


Upcoming Events:

April 15th: 4th Annual Bunny Hop Bar Crawl

June 17th: 6th Annual Super Hero Bar Crawl


Mar 10, 2017


Top Golf Charlotte Opening in June. Hiring has already started

Posted by Hunter Wilson • Nightlife News

As you can see, Top Golf Charlotte is coming right along!

UPDATE: Top Golf Charlotte is slated to open in June! Hiring has already started on their website.

For those of you who love Top Golf, and I know there are a lot of you, this is going to be a HUGE addition to South West Charlotte (for all of Charlotte really). 

For those of you who are not familiar with Top Golf, this is not a driving range for avid golfers (although avid golfers do love it). This is a family friendly yet still a party atmosphere bar & restaurant that allows you to try your hand at golf without the pressure of being really good at it. The games consist of hitting micro-chipped golf balls into the driving range at different targets. The closer you get to the target, the more points you get.

This is a HUGE venue. You do not have to go just for the golf games. There is plenty of bar space and entertainment areas including a large outside patio to enjoy their extensive menu of food and drinks. For the kids, there is also a game room with billiards and arcade games. Big Screen TVs are literally everywhere so sports games will be a huge attraction here as well.

Top Golf Charlotte will be very similar in layout and design as the Jacksonville, FL location (and many other locations). Sadly, the Charlotte location will not have a pool with a swim up bar like the one in Las Vegas:(

Check out these pictures to wet your whistle on whats to come:

Mar 10, 2017


Be Social, Active and Have a Drink… All at Once

Posted by Kristen Creed • Nightlife Reviews

Charlotte is a very active city. There’s always something going on (lots of times for free!) that get its people moving. You barely have any excuse to not squeeze in a workout. It’s entirely too easy to find one that works for you. That being said, check out these free (or affordable) workouts in Charlotte that pair nicely with a cold beer, because life really is all about balance.

  • OMB Yoga on Tap

Held Tuesday’s at 6:30 pm, $5 gets you a beer and an awesome hour of yoga with a different instructor each week. Bring your own mat and a couple friends.

  • Sycamore Brewing Run Club

Wednesdays at 6:30 and Saturday’s at 11:45 — choose a 1, 3 or 5 mile run that ends back at the brewery. You’ll get a 25% off coupon to spend on a brew and there’s usually a food truck. Refuel.

  • Triple C Yoga & Run Club

Both workouts start at 6:30 on Thursdays. Choose your length of the run and circle back for a beer. Take the yoga class and get a beer for $5. These instructors push you — it’s a great workout.

  • Legendary Legion Run at Legion Brewing

Every Thursday at 6:30, this is a casual, untimed group run of four miles in Plaza Midwood. Runners typically gather after for a post-run beer.

  • Free Range Brewing Yoga

Thursdays at 6:30, this yoga class is free without a free beer, but hey — support local!

  • CycleBar - Midtown

Okay, you can go ride at CycleBar any day of the week, but take it from me, the Happy Hour class at 5:30 on Friday afternoon is awesome. Riders show up ready to set the tone for an awesome weekend, and there is wine and beer after! I may be biased, but I just love the vibes of this studio. However, this one is not free  — check out packages and first-time rider specials here.

This is just a handful of ways to be active all through the week, (and also some of my favorites.) Uphold those New Year’s resolutions and set your sights on pool season. Get after it.

Upcoming Events:

April 15th: 4th Annual Bunny Hop Bar Crawl

June 17th: 6th Annual Super Hero Bar Crawl


Mar 09, 2017


Ed's Tavern is no more.

Posted by Hunter Wilson • Nightlife News

So, Ed's Tavern has been doing a little bit of renovations. By renovations I mean they redid their back patio, updated their menu and changed their name. Thats about it. 

The new name is Bourbon N Burgers (in a bright yellow Chuckie Cheese style logo)...

Let me be clear before I start my rant: Mike, the genius manager from All American Pub who took that spot into the popular stratosphere of Charlotte's Millennials, is calling the shots at Bourbon N Burgers. So, I would expect everything will be a hit. Deep breath.

However, Bourbon N Burgers? Really? Is that the best name y'all could come up with? Why not Ed's Burgers N Tavern. Something. Anything! 

Further, the sign out front jumps out at me like Hungry Howies or Chuckie Cheese. IDK. It just doesnt strike me as a type of place I would want to go have a drink with my buddies after work (if I didn't already know what the vibe was like, which is awesome of course).

It is just disappointing to see so much of Charlotte's past dissolving away. I understand a bar/restaurant needing to make some changes, update their look and feel, etc. This just seems like an extreme change to drop the name so many in Charlotte grew up with:(

The Agenda did a great article showing the 'renovated' inside and the new menu items if you want to check that out.

Upcoming Events:

April 15th: 4th Annual Bunny Hop Bar Crawl

June 17th: 6th Annual Super Hero Bar Crawl



Mar 06, 2017


New NC Senate “Brunch Bill” Could Mean Alcohol Before Noon on Sundays

Posted by Amanda Erskine • Nightlife News

Sunday Mornings are widely recognized as a time for recovery, aided by brunch and specialty cocktails. Unfortunately, early rising brunch goers are typically unable to achieve efficient recovery due to the infamous regulation that restricts restaurants from serving alcohol before 12pm, and are therefore forced to wait to order a drink to accompany their meal. 

But all of that might be about to change. This past Wednesday in an act of unity and American spirit, some of the Republicans and Democrats of the North Carolina Senate came together, all in the name of brunch, and filed a bill that would allow restaurants to start serving alcohol after 10 am on Sundays. 

While Senate Bill 155 still wouldn’t allow the purchase of beer or wine from grocery stores or other retailers before noon, you and all of your very best buds would finally be able to wake up (at like 9:30am) and go straight to brunch without having to strategically plan your arrival and estimated wait time to correlate with the strike of noon, just so you can order that Bloody Mary at the same time you order your Farmer’s breakfast with an extra side of bacon.

Along with the lifting of restaurant restrictions, other provisions included in the proposal would loosen the regulations on the NC craft distillery industry and allow them to operate more similarly to breweries and wineries. Meaning: these craft distilleries would be able to expand their marketing efforts and receive a permit to offer free liquor tastings at special events around the state, as well as offering tastings at ABC stores. Meaning: Free Shots!

Of course there are the typical protesters who believe that allowing people to have a mimosa two hours earlier on Sunday will cause more public health issues and the people of North Carolina to run around drunk and rampant, wreaking havoc on their respective towns. But if War of the Worlds taught us anything, it’s that the government would be right there in at least three days using their most impressive weapons and restraints to tame the issue, so I think it’s worth the risk.

While there is some pushback, ultimately the passing on the bill depends heavily upon whether the local counties and cities of NC agree to allow this change within their limits.  We called Mayor Jennifer Roberts to see what her stance on the proposal is and what we can expect for our future brunch endeavors. We're still waiting for a call back. Hopefully the Mayor likes brunch as much as we do.

In the meantime, create your Facebook Support groups and proudly raise your booze and brunch supporting fists to the sky.

Feb 28, 2017


Your New Favorite Day Drinking Spot: Bulldog Beer and Wine

Posted by Amanda Erskine • Nightlife Reviews

This past weekend was absolutely BEAUTIFUL and for some reason, when the weather reaches above 70 degrees, paired with sunlight, a Pavlovian reaction takes over and I instantly find myself craving beer and a porch to drink it on. 

SO in pursuit of sating this instinct, we decided to head to Wooden Robot Brewing, an outdoor brewery in SouthEnd (who birthed the Good Morning Vietnam, arguably the most delicious beer brewed in Charlotte, NC), but were usurped by the entire 21+ population of Charlotte and couldn’t find any room on the patio to join in comfortably. Then across the street, shining in the daylight, was Bulldog Beer and Wine. 

I’ve always noticed this business and wondered about it, but have never given it the chance it deserves. But now, I can honestly say that it is one of my new favorite spots to go for a beer, and I’ll tell you why:

Upon walking in, I was greeted by a bunch of dogs and available seating, which is what I look for most in a day drinking environment, besides the beer. While Bulldogs is not a brewery, it does host an expansive variety of rotating popular microbrews on their 24 taps, that change up the constant flow of the local Charlotte taps. But if you don’t have the time to sit down for a drink, they also have a bottleshop section that offers wine, growlers and packs of beer for purchase.  

Along with alcohol, the indoor/outdoor space is filled with other great additions to a day of drinking such as dart boards and corn hole boards and FREE POPCORN. Also, if you’re more of an artistic type who doesn’t give into the commercial lifestyle of bar games and food trucks, then I definitely recommend ordering a glass of merlot and spending the day admiring the exquisite bathroom art, because it is beautiful.

Don’t think it can get any better? Well, just keep reading: Bulldog Beer and Wine has multiple locations! While the newer SouthEnd location caters more toward the young adults crowd, they also have their Dilworth location that is more likely to meet your How I Met Your Mother expectations with its laidback atmosphere and crowd of regulars. Plus, you can stop crashing your local nursing home because they have Bingo night every Tuesday with potential prizes!

Fun Fact: Bulldogs was actually started in Boone, NC, home of Appalachian State University before the owner closed up shop and headed to Charlotte. The owner also attended school in Georgia, hence the name “Bulldogs.”  

This weekend is calling for 70-degree weather and crowded breweries, so all of you fellow Mountaineer and Bulldog Alums, show some respect and get your beer and wine craving butts out here this weekend. 

Feb 27, 2017


St. Patrick’s Day Bar Crawl, Done Right

Posted by Kristen Creed • Nightlife Events

Call your friends and your friends’ friends and your out of town crew, because the 17th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Bar Crawl is here once more, on Saturday, March 11. Here’s what you need to know to prepare, and a few more tidbits of advice on making the most of it.

  1. The Week Before the Crawl

Get your tickets, which in this case, is the green shirt that you’ll need to get into all of the 20+ bars on the itinerary. You can get them one of three ways: online for $25 pre-pay events left for $20, or the day-of for $30. Keep in mind, you can pick up as many t-shirts as you need at once for you and your entire group, and, if you choose to wait the day of the bar crawl, sizes may be limited. Get it done early, and grab a beer while you’re at it.

        2. The Night Before the Crawl

IF you choose to pregame the bar crawl, (emphasis on “if” — I don’t quite understand this concept but always find myself partaking, regardless,) gather the goods early, so you there’s no running around the day of. There are far more important things to be doing than hurrying around Harris Teeter at 11 am that Saturday. Think beer, Gatorade, Advil, etc.

         3. The Day of the Bar Crawl

Choose one of two avenues before the crawl that involves food — lots of food. Host a brunch or go out for brunch/breakfast. Don’t make the mistake of not eating before this monumental St. Patty’s Day crawl! 

         4. Head to the Bar Crawl Lot

This is right across from 7th Street Market and parking deck. Check in from 12-3 and grab a special edition green Bud Light as soon as possible. This is easily one of the best parts of the crawl, in my opinion. 

         5. After the Bar Crawl

If you and your friends have it in you the day after the crawl, refer back to the brunch list linked above and go chat over pancakes and egg bennys about how fun last night was.  

Feb 26, 2017


Uptown Shooting during CIAA Weekend, again. (VIDEO)

Posted by Hunter Wilson • Nightlife News

Last night around 630pm, right before the final game of CIAA was starting, a gun battle in the streets of Uptown broke out. Over 100 shots were fired around the 600 block of N. Caldwell St. HERE is a video of police at the crime scene.

Seriously, this is the third year in a row where CIAA has brought gun violence to Uptown Charlotte. This year probably tops them all with the most shots fired.

When will Charlotte learn that not all events are great for business or for Charlotte? Charlotte Observer was even brazen enough to say the gun battle was not "CIAA related" even though the two parties shooting at each other were the entourage following two rappers in town for CIAA events.

In 2016, three men were found with AK-47 assault rifles after firing off over a dozen shots.

In 2015, a woman was shot in the head.

...what's next? 

My thoughts jump straight to the City of Charlotte NOT deeming CIAA an extraordinary event. This classification gives the police temporary power to increase searches and other security measures during the event. THAT WAS A MISTAKE. 

What are your thoughts? Share your opinions on our Facebook post here.

Feb 21, 2017


Heist Brewery 2.0 and the Emergence of the North End

Posted by Katie Vaas • Nightlife Reviews

I hear of all these new breweries opening up, and I can’t help but wonder, how do they really differ from each other? Sure, this one has run club on Wednesdays whereas that one has yoga on Tuesdays, and then there’s that other one, with the trivia every Monday night.  And of course, there are also different types of brews- fruity, hoppy, chocolatey, coffee-ish.  But when it comes down to it, they are all very similar but awesome in their own little quirky ways.  That’s what makes the Charlotte Brewery scene so fantastic you know, for the most part, what to expect.  However, I am more excited to see new locations of the tried and true breweries opening vs. new ones entering the stage; which is why I am so amped to hear about the second Heist Brewery opening up in the emerging “North End.” 

Heist’s new location, only 4 miles down the road from the O.G. Heist, called Heist Brewery and Barrel Arts, will be located very conveniently near Uptown, just off Woodward Ave. Surely, this location will become the neighborhood watering hole for the nearby Brightwalk Neighborhood which has been thirsting for such an establishment for a few years. The new Heist will not only offer the beers that all know and love, but also have a production facility, bakery, and butcher.  It is slated to open mid to late summer. 

Heist Brewery and Barrel Arts is rumored be the first of a litany of restaurants and shops for the area many are clamoring to dub Charlotte’s North End. The patch of land formerly occupied by a Rite Aid distribution facility will undergo a transformation over the next couple of years bringing a much needed resurgence to the area.

So, is that all that is in store for Charlotte’s new North End?  Well, word on the street of Statesville is that Mattie’s Diner will be relocating just slightly north of Brightwalk as early as December of 2017.  Keep your fingers crossed and your eyes peeled for more news on what is to come to that area. 

Feb 14, 2017


You Can’t Have Your Dog and Drink Beer Too

Posted by Amanda Erskine • Nightlife Reviews

The most disappointing news to hit Charlotte so far this year is definitely that of dogs being restricted from brewery taprooms. 

This ordinance was first brought to light at the Three Spirits Brewery, 5046 Old Pineville Rd, Charlotte, NC 28217, when a customer called in a complaint to the Mecklenburg County Health Department about animals being in the taproom, and the inspectors who responded explained the law that has apparently always been in place as far as dining room areas of food establishments are concerned.

I just got a dog myself, and I’d be lying if I said part of the reason I did wasn’t so I could bring him around to breweries and join the dog owner population and be accepted into their elite society, (besides saving an animal and having a four-legged best friend of course). 

Now I’m having to be creative in my schemes to force myself into the canine community and make friends. Luckily, animals are still allowed to be present on patios and outdoor dining facilities, just not inside the taprooms. While this is definitely a relief, it still puts a damper on the brewery atmosphere, especially now during the winter when sitting outside and drinking a beer may result in frostbite and/or hypothermia. Cross your fingers that the ice caps keep melting, and global warming’s effects keep spreading and affecting our ozone layer so that we may keep experiencing 70-degree weather.

Until then, you will find me and my accomplice (mostly) inside and playing it cool at:

Lucky Dog Bar and Brew: An off-leash dog bar located in Uptown that is permitted to have dogs inside due to their lack of reusable utensils and glasses. Here, I am able to confidently comingle with all the other dog owners while my wingman does his part just by being him. Plus: Tuesday Night Trivia!

Dog Bar of Noda: An off-leash dog bar located in NODA, that also eludes the dog restrictions because of its business design, where you'll have access to a fun play area for your canine companion, a bar with a large variety of beer, liquor, and wine, and other individuals just begging you to schedule a standing doggy playdate. 

Bulldog Beer & Wine (SouthEnd): The exception to the rule, this indoor/outdoor taproom offers a variety of rotating beers on tap, free popcorn and furry friends galore. This is the perfect place to enjoy either a sunny or gloomy day of drinking and bonding with the dog owning masses.

Farmer’s Market at Atherton Mall: Every Saturday morning from 8am-12pm, this indoor market filled with dog treats, local veggies, and more made from scratch goods, is the place to be on the weekend to meet other dog owners, and score some free samples.

Local Dog Parks: Not an indoor facility, but a dog’s gotta run around at some point, so I will bundle up and brave the weather for my bag of fleas and social interactions. 

Petco: Going back to where it all began, because what better way to befriend someone than with a chance encounter in the dog food aisle, bonding over what brand of pet food is the best. 

Here is a list of the breweries with food service permits that are expected to (unfortunately) comply with the law:

  • Birdsong Brewing Company
  • Blue Blaze Brewing Company
  • Free Range Brewing Company
  • Heist Brewery
  • Legion Brewing
  • Lenny Boy Brewing Company
  • NODA Brewing Company
  • Olde Mecklenburg Brewing Company
  • Red Clay Cider Works
  • Sugar Creek Brewing Company
  • Sycamore Brewing Company
  • Thirsty Nomad Brewing Company
  • Three Sprits Brewery
  • Triple C Brewing Company
  • Unknown Brewing Company
  • Wooden Robot Brewery

Feb 13, 2017


3 Must Try Valentine Craft Beers that will make you fall in love (Video)

Posted by Hunter Wilson • Nightlife Reviews

Valentine’s Day is not just for wine and champagne. Some of the flavors in chocolate are best accompanied by beer!

So NBWA asked beer experts and Certified Cicerones Tony Walldroff and Jennifer Balik from Mims Distributing Company in Raleigh – What are the best beers to pair with chocolate this Valentine’s Day?

Click to watch video





Upcoming Events:

April 15th: 4th Annual Bunny Hop Bar Crawl

June 17th: 6th Annual Super Hero Bar Crawl



Feb 13, 2017


Valentine's Day Ideas for the Smitten and Singles

Posted by Amanda Erskine • Nightlife Reviews

The most dreaded and simultaneously anticipated day of the year: Valentine's Day! A day where some women anxiously await the romantic gestures of the special someone’s in their lives solely so they can post it on social media, while the men Google “Last Minute Valentines Day” ideas the day before in hopes they can pull something off.

Others of course do not share these feelings at all. These individuals have taken to the practice of avowing each year that Valentine’s day is a made up holiday or that St. Valentine didn’t even know what Hallmark was because he was a freaking martyr ugh doesn’t anyone know the history of the Roman Catholic Church!?

Regardless, whatever your attitude towards February 14th, there will still be events both anti and pro going on. So to assist you in deciding what to do this Tuesday, here are some events you can check out based on your current relationship status:

Independent and Single and Don’t Need No Man/Woman to Complete You: For all you raising your glasses in single life celebrations, check out the Ultimate Singles Party at Whisky River.  Here, you will be able to get in FO FREE just by shredding a picture of your ex at the door. Talk about empowerment. 

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/c...

Single and Looking for a Husband: While you don’t have a Valentine’s date, yet, you are feeling really lucky this year. True love is right around the corner and you can just taste it! You should RSVP for the Valentine’s Day Speed Dating Event at 8.2.0. where you will get to meet at least 10 different bachelors and exchange riveting 5-minute conversation, all while imagining their last name succeeding yours. 

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/v...

On a Tinder Date: Flowers and dinner at Chick-Fil-A. Nothing says romance with a side of commitment issues like a date at Chick-Fil-A. BUT the venue will be decorated and have live music, so that’s special.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/c...

Just Recently Broken up with: The best move for you is to take your mind off of anything “couple-y” this V-day. You don’t need that negativity in your life. Avoid all grocery stores, convenient stores, and really any store or restaurant and instead try visiting your local shooting range, or bring a friend to the Valentine’s Barre Blast at Carolina Bar and Core, and really just sweat it out, honey. 

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In a Relationship with Your Career: Relationships with people won’t get you that C.E.O position, so you don’t buy into it. Valentine’s day is just another day to work on sharpening your skills and building your resume, so you should beef up your LinkedIn profile at the LinkedIn Business Training.

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In a Relationship: If you and your S.O. are looking for something fun yet romantic to do this V-day, you should definitely celebrate love at Sycamore with a 4 course meal catered by Papi Queso and an option for Beer or Wine pairing.  Nothing says forever like gazing at each other while eating gourmet grilled cheese. NOTHING. 

 

Long Distance Relationship: While the events to attend together are limited, there is always the classic Skype date. Make it romantic by both eating dinner and watching a movie at the same time. 

Married: A great Valentine’s idea for the betrothed is attending Paint and Sip Date Night at Studio Cellar. Here you’ll be able to both paint a canvas to add to your shared home. This date is perfect for any stage of marriage because if you’re still in the honeymoon phase, you’ll get to be together and if the romance is dying, at least there’s wine! 

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Valentine’s Day is a Myth: It’s just a regular Tuesday, so throw some chicken in the crockpot, and binge watch the Office.

Feb 10, 2017


From Chess Rivals to Dynamic Duo: An Interview with Cherub

Posted by Sarah Shannon • Nightlife Events

Describing themselves as an “electro-pop duo that is the dance love-child of 80’s funk” – Cherub will be visiting Charlotte on February 24th at the Fillmore.This stop will be one of many on their current tour, “Your Girlfriend Already Bought Tickets.”

Jordan and Jason started as rivals in chess club. Realizing they worked better as partners than rivals, they took their love of chess and blossomed it into the unique and amazing sound that has put Cherub on the radar, alongside some top name acts.

Coming off a mention in Rolling Stone magazine, mentioning their single “Signs” featuring Atlanta based rapper T.I. as one of their favorite songs right now, they are ready to let it all hang out at their show this month in Charlotte. This single is from their new album “Bleed Gold, Piss Excellence”. 

We sat down with Cherub to talk about it! Here is what they had to say...

The duo described the Rolling Stone article to be humbling, being mentioned in a magazine they grew up reading was surreal. “We’d read the articles in the magazine to learn all the inside information about our favorite musicians,” mentioned Jordan. “It’s insanely flattering to be involved with that same publication.” 

But what we all want to know, what was it like working with T.I.?

“I have been listening to his music even before we started recording any shows. T.I. is one of the most down to earth people I have ever met.” 

So, what can we expect from Cherub at their show?

“Full frontal male nudity,” said Jason. “Charlotte can expect us to bring it. This tour we are going back to the original live show format, where it is just Jordan and I on stage. We’re tapping back into our roots.”

When asked to describe what their show is like, visually and musically, Jason described it in the most relatable way possible – with food. “A peanut butter and jelly sandwich, flambéed. Just like a big combo sandwich, plus popcorn.”

“Charlotte, we love you – we cannot wait to be in you,” Jordan closed with. “We are looking forward to the night to come. Let’s all get rowdy and have some fun!”

Jason added, “We were really bummed we were not able to play the show the first time around but are so excited to come back to Charlotte!”

Tickets are still available for the show here!

You can listen to Cherub’s new album “Bleed Gold, Piss Excellence” on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, and go purchase their album where all great music is sold.


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Feb 09, 2017


Plaza Midwood's Snug Harbor 'Might' Be in Hot Water

Posted by Hunter Wilson • Nightlife News

Here are the facts... 

A 26 year old guy was at Snug Harbor on Tuesday night. He was drinking. He drove. He wrecked his car into an I-77 highway construction area and hurt five construction workers. His BAC was .19 (legal limit is .08).

Now the ABC board is investigating Snug Harbor for any wrong doing in the incident. Currently, if a bar servers someone who is already 'drunk' then they can lose their liquor license and face heavy fines. 

Here are my thoughts...

Drinking and driving is a really stupid and dangerous thing to do. I can't imagine the pain and loss suffered from families of a drunk driving fatality. It is not hard to call an Uber or Yellow Cab and get home safe. Your car will be ok until tomorrow. 

That being said holding a bar responsible for serving someone who is drunk seems difficult to enforce. I have certainly met my fair share of people who seem 'drunk' after one drink. Having a law where bars are responsible for cutting a patron off when they are visibly drunk or had way too many drinks makes complete sense when its easy to spot. 

However, I also have met my fair share of people who can drink half a case of beers and still 'seem' fine. At least fine enough to pass a bartenders test for the few seconds a patron is at the bar ordering.

Imagine you are a bartender and the place is packed. You have customers every where waving you down for their next round. Some guy walks up and wants a vodka/Red Bull. He seems fine among the rest of the crowd. Little do you know that he might have been drunk when he got there. You serve him.

Now you (the imaginary bartender) could be in some serious legal trouble. 

Granted, ABC does have programs called TIPS and RASP to educate and help sellers of alcohol server their products more responsibly. I think this is great and as a former bartender from decades past, a welcomed one. 

In my mind, 99 times out of 100 the fault should remain with the driver. 

What are your thoughts? Chime in on our Facebook post here.

Photo via Char-Meck Police Dept.

Feb 08, 2017


Make a Good Place Great : Gin Mill’s Expansion

Posted by Katie Vaas • Nightlife News

It was only a few months ago that we were lamenting the impending loss of a South End staple, Amos’ South End (Read more about that here).  However, we have recently learned of the plans for the spot, and this girl, for one, is amped. 

Amos’ is set to close their doors officially on March 5th.  Gin Mill will quickly begin work to occupy the space and take what is already a fabulous Charlotte bar and make it better.  For those of you unfamiliar with the current Gin Mill, or just could use a simple refresher, it is an unpretentious spot for friends to gather, grab a cold one and enjoy games on the TV or around the building.  Often, on the weekends, a local band will occupy the stage and the whole place turns into a dance party rocking out to all sorts of hits from Oldies, Rock, and Country, to Pop. 

As mentioned, the expanded location promises to have the same vibe and offerings- but make it that much more!  They will have renovations to the space that include adding a kitchen, rooftop deck, and a dog-friendly outdoor patio.  The menu will offer American bar food favorites like sandwiches, flatbreads, and wings.  

Now the trendy question to ask about anything in regards to South End these days is “Where the heck do I park?”  Well, I connected with John Ellison, the owner, and he provided the 4-11.  “For a few months there will be some parking in lot in front of Gin Mill. When they start construction there is a paid lot a couple blocks down the street from the Gin Mill as well as all of the street parking. When construction for the project across the street is completed there will be a parking garage (2 or 3 years down the road).”

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Feb 06, 2017


Top 5 Cures for Football Hangover

Posted by Katie Vaas • Nightlife Reviews

It is the worst time of year.  Time to pack up the jerseys, lucky t-shirts, face paint, and tailgating supplies. The football season is officially over.  Yes, the Panthers season and College Football has been over for some time now, and the promise of next year is shining so brightly, we just cannot wait for Training Camp; but that wait is a long time. Sure, Clemson fans can revel for the next few months in their stature as National Champs.  Sure, we can indulge to some extent watching the Combine in a few weeks.  Sure, there is The Draft and Spring Games down the road and for those brief moments, we can break out our gear and celebrate the future.  But, it is not the same. 

These are the days where we experience that unmotivated, slightly nauseated, minorly depressed state of a Football Hangover.  So, what to do?  Here is a list of the Top 5 activities that can occupy your time while waiting for the glorious fall come upon us again.  Please note these activities are exclusive of sitting at home, drinking at a brewery, and diving into basketball season (both NBA and college). 

  1. Hit up the White Water Center.  The weather is getting increasingly nicer (and by the way, dear weather, stope being gorgeous during the week and cold on the weekends, ok?!) The White Water Center offers so many awesome activities.  Whether your thing is yoga, biking, rafting, hiking, running, people watching, or drinking one can have a blast at the WWC. 
  2. Get Cultural.  Go check out what the Blumenthal Performing Arts CenterThe Charlotte Ballet, or any of the local theaters for a night of wonderment and expanded horizons. 
  3. Learn a skill.  Take a Skill PopChef Alyssa. Learning something new lets you meet new people and makes you more interesting in general.  
  4. Organized group drinking activities. Grab your friends and random strangers and do a brewery crawl.  Try flights of beers you wouldn’t normally do.  Host a wine tasting party and see what you can learn and discover in regards to the different grapes.  The possibilities are endless when you put just a little bit of effort and a group Facebook event together. 
  5. Social Sports. Join a league, grab your friends and hit up a local park for some pick-up games, or just head over to VBGB for some fun.  Getting out and getting active is always a great decision. 

Whatever catches your eye, the best way to past the time while waiting for kickoff is to stay active! 

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Feb 06, 2017


Tex-Mex spot "Superica" to Replace Phat Burrito in South End (8 Photos)

Posted by Hunter Wilson • Nightlife News

Well, kind of... It will be a few blocks down. 

Superica, an Atlanta Tex-Mex joint from award winning Chef Ford Fry is coming to South End. 101 W. Worthington Ave to be exact. 

Scheduled to open in early 2018, Superica's 7,000+ square feet restaurant will replace the sadness of Phat Burrito's departure with a killer menu and incredible local-sourced craft cocktails (def more than Phat Burrito offered). 

The Agenda put out a blog this morning about Phat Burrito and how you can't blame new development for it closing. I could not agree more. You have to fight to stay in business. Fight hard. Be vicious. Especially if you are small business facing mounting obstacles like parking limitations.  


This just shows that concepts are not being 'pushed' out by new development per say, but rather growing with the times. Will South End be the same as what it was 10 years ago? NO. Should it be? Probably not. We celebrate the fact of Charlotte being a fast-growing city bringing in more and more new residents. With that comes some bumpy roads and growing pains.  

Superica will bring a clean new vibe with the Tex-Mex concept. Click over to their website to take a look at the menu. Also, as you can see by the pictures, it looks like it will be a really dope place.

Feb 04, 2017


Hooters' New Restaurant Concept to feature Male Waitresses. (Yup, we're serious) #NotmyHooters

Posted by Hunter Wilson • Nightlife News

A few days ago the Hooters corp announced what I thought had to be a link bait joke of a press release. Their new fast-casual dining restaurant will feature male waitresses. The concept will be called "Hoots: A Hooters Joint. 

If you have ever been to a Hooters then you know what their marketing strategy is...

Started in 1983, Hooters is literally only famous for one reason. It has seen incredible growth since it started, again for only one reason. There are currently 430 Hooters WORLDWIDE (for only one reason)! That is a lot and obviously a successful model. 

Here are my thoughts on this:

When I saw the press release, I LoLed at the thought of Hooters trying their hand at anything other than making money off of hot chicks. I get it though, we live in a different world now and people get offended easily. Maybe its time for them to put on a more politically correct face to their business model.

However, their plan is to drop the sex appeal outfits, mix in some dude waitresses (there will still be lady waitresses but not in the famous outfits), and keep the regular food menu! 

WHAT? Your plan is to get rid of everything that got you to the glory you are today, and KEEP the terrible, overly breaded, and deep-fried to death food menu? Thats a horrible idea.

Their concept of 'fast-casual' will be something very similar to Five Guys but with a Hooters design aesthetic and the same or slightly deflated menu.

The first (and I would be willing to guess only) store will open soon in Chicago. I wouldn't hold your breath for a Hoots to be opening up any time soon in the Queen City. 

What are your thoughts? Let us know on our Facebook post.


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Feb 03, 2017


Murphy’s Irish Pub- Celebrating the Stories of Irish Immigrants

Posted by Katie Vaas • Nightlife Reviews

Right on the fringe of Uptown, nestled in near the BB&T Bank Ballpark (home of the Knights) is our own local Irish Pub built to celebrate the stories of Irish Immigrants.  “Where is this place?” You may ask.  Well, it is the fairly new  (they will be celebrating their one year anniversary this spring) tenant in the building most recently known as Celebs, at 445 W Trade St, Charlotte, NC 28202.  

At Murphy’s Kitchen and Tap, when you step in the door, you step in amongst friends, immediately part of the family.  Murphy’s Mob, as the regulars (and newsletter subscribers) are fondly referred to, love the place for many reasons- the food, the friendly wait staff, and of course, the owner, Murph himself with his fantastic Irish brogue.  (For the record, Murph’s wife is pretty spectacular in her own right and can often be found filling in wherever extra hands may be needed.)  

This family owned pub takes great pride in celebrating the stories and success of Irish Immigrants, including their significant contributions to the history of our country. From the décor to the food, you understand the Irish influence. The menu consists of comfort foods with an Irish twist- in my opinion, you cannot leave without trying the Scotch Eggs, Pretzel Bites, Cheddar & Ale soup, and Fish ‘n Chips- you will not be sorry. Also, you should probably go when hungry.  

Murphy’s not only offers amazing food and drink but also FREE PARKING IN UPTOWN every day after 5:30 pm.  This lot can be found on the corner of 4th and Graham in Paved Lot# 96501 across the street from the Pub.  Please note, this does exclude any special event dates. 

So, moral of this blog, when you are in the mood for a good drink ($2 mimosas on the weekends, friends), good eats, all from good people, hit up Murphy’s.


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Feb 03, 2017


5 Things to Do this Weekend Besides Watch the Super Bowl

Posted by Kristen Creed • Nightlife Events

Didn’t football season (seemingly) start just yesterday?! It’s come and gone again, and whether you identify as a hometown fan of the Carolina Panthers or not, the season in the Queen City hasn’t been quite the same as last. But I digress. The culmination of this great American sport takes place this Sunday, February 5 as more than 100 million viewers watch the Falcons battle the Patriots. Make your bets now, grocery shop for your buffalo dip and stock up on beer now, because Charlotte is giving you some pretty awesome things to do prior to game time.  

1. Sycamore’s Food Truck Friday (Winter Version)

What is it? A scaled back winter run of the Food Truck Friday that we’ve all grown to love, (complete with Sycamore’s beer!) There will only be four trucks until the full culinary experience returns in April.

When is it? Friday, February 3

Anything else? Only the most important part — the food! Tin Kitchen, Papi Queso, Gyro Twins and OooWee BBQ will all be there.

2. 6th Annual WinterSplash at Visulite Theater

What is it? A Bob Marley Tribute concert with live performances by Sun Dried Vibes, Of Good Nature, Bakalao Stars, Jahlistic, Lovely Buds and The Loz Band

When is it? Saturday February 4, Doors open at 5 pm

Anything else? 18 + only; Tickets are $15 in advance, $17 at the door

3. 2017 Chili Cook off at Sycamore

What is it? A chili cook off with unlimited samples of chili, prizes, raffles, various booths, Sycamore’s awesome brews and more. All proceeds benefit Hurricane Matthew victims of Haiti. (Eat, drink, do something good — win, win, win!)

When is it? Saturday February 4, begins at noon

Anything else? If you have an award-winning chili recipe, it’s only $25 to enter it into the contest. Otherwise, tickets are only $10 and remember (unlimited samples!)

4. The 6th Annual Queen City Brewers Festival at Fillmore

What is it? An awesome beer festival featuring lots of local craft beer and breweries, and winter fundraiser that supports ACEing Autism - Charlotte. There will be two tasting sessions: 1-4pm and 6-9pm, food, live music, games and more.

When is it? Saturday, February 4

Anything else? Tickets are on sale for both sessions at $45 each.

5. Winey Grapes at Slate

What is it? An indoor wine festival featuring more than 100 wines, art, music, jewelry and more.

When is it? Saturday, February 4

Anything else? General admission tickets are $30 until January 30; $35 from January 31— February 3. V.I.P tickets are are $40 until January 30; $45 from January 31 — February 3.

So, there you have it. Go forth and have an awesome Super Bowl weekend. Here’s to hoping your team wins, or that you at least fill up on Super Bowl food to your heart’s content. Til August, football season! (We still love you, Panthers.)

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Feb 02, 2017


Phat Burrito to Close FOREVER, and the reason is just sad.

Posted by Hunter Wilson • Nightlife News

I love Phat Burrito in South End. It was one of the best spots in that area of town for a quick, affordable, and delicious meal at a place that still had some character left.

As with a lot of South End charm, it will be closing the doors for good this Saturday.

You would guess it is because they are going to tear it down to build some more concrete box apartments. But nope. The owner is shutting the door because the lack of parking has all but killed his 20 year old business.

The issue here is a double edged sword. I get a city needing to grow and build new buildings in beloved areas of town. Growth IS necessary and healthy. However, it comes at a cost. 

Parking has always been an issue in South End. I would have thought the Light Rail station would have helped keep this lunch staple in business. Maybe even the growing number of people who are bike-riders to work could pedal over there still. 

I obviously don't know this guy's business. Maybe he is just tired of fighting the good fight. But I think he could have switched things up a bit to keep the doors open. Maybe made some aggressive special offers or clever marketing campaign to keep it going. 

The owner even said he doesn't plan to open in a different location. 

Who knows. It is just sad to keep seeing Charlotte's history close its doors. Soon we will be a city of nothing but boring buildings with no character.

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Jan 30, 2017


How to Conquer your Super Bowl LI Reservations in Charlotte

Posted by Kristen Creed • Nightlife Reviews

February 5 is the big day and it’s the Atlanta Falcons versus the New England Patriots for Super Bowl LI. And although lots of us have mixed opinions about this football game, most of us don’t plan to miss it — mostly because there’s so much more to miss than the game. Like wings and beer and friends… some of life’s greatest joys. So, no matter who you’re rooting for, here are some of my top-picks of where you and your friends can grab reservations:

$10 all-you-can-eat wing buffet from 4-7pm and $15 beer towers. Enough said. Do you know how many wings that is? Challenge accepted.

If you want the most all-inclusive option you can get your hands on, this is the place for you. For $20, enjoy select drafts to your heart’s content and for only $10 more, enjoy a tailgate BBQ plate. Throw in games and prizes, and you have the perfect Super Bowl LI setup.

This is a prime choice for Super Bowl Sunday. They have about 150 beers on tap and are featuring $3.50 drafts for the game (with some exclusions.) Pro tip: awesome wings aside, they make a phenomenal buffalo chicken philly.

This is where you want to be if you really want to party. And if you’ve been here for any other football Sunday during the season, you are well-versed in what to expect. A crowd, good food, lots of beer, loud music and even billiards at Slate. And on Sunday’s, All American Pub has $1 mimosas, $3 Corona Light and Modelo cans. Pro tip: If you don’t fill up with wings, Hot Taco is right next door!

Half-price wings on Sunday still applies for the Super Bowl (eat-in only.) Pair that with $2.50 Bud Lights, $2 mimosas and $4 bloody mary bar and you’re all set.

Other notable hot spots include:

So, if you’re not hosting your own Super Bowl soiree, these options definitely won’t disappoint. Many are taking table reservations now, so think fast for one of the most important Sunday Fundays of the year.

Jan 28, 2017


Carolina Beer Temple Opens New Location in Ayrsley

Posted by Hunter Wilson • Nightlife News

I love craft beer. So this is great news as I live in South West Charlotte (Steele Creek) area. 

Ayrsley now has a craft beer store called the Carolina Beer Temple. They have a few other locations in Matthews that all have been doing really well. This new location is supposed to bring all the best ideas from the other locations into one.

One of my favorite concepts with CBT is that they are not big on TVs. They let the beer be the entertainment. With a world that has it's nose stuck in their iPhones and never really interacting with one another, this is refreshing.

Steele Creek is a booming area too. CBT opening is just another example of the growth. Top Golf is opening in a few months right down the street from Ayrsley as well.


Jan 28, 2017


Walmart is now a Craft Brewery as well

Posted by Hunter Wilson • Nightlife News

I don't know many people that buy their 'craft beer' from Walmart. It isn't the place that comes to mind when I am thinking to pick up some unique beer for the weekend.  

However, Walmart is banking on the people who do. So much so, they have bought their own brewery (Trouble Brewing) and are stocking their shelves with what they are calling 'craft beer'. You wouldn't be able to tell it is Walmart brand beer by looking at it. In a disguise to mask the beer's origin, all the cases have really cool designs and all the beer names are whimsical and fun. 

When I heard about this my mind jumped straight to the controversy over what is 'organic' food. Marketers slap on the word organic and crank up the price tag a few dollars. Forget whether it is organic or not. Then they try out the buzzword 'all-natural', etc. The list goes on. People have a hard time keeping up with the truth in food.

Now it is coming to beer. Seriously? Walmart of all people is a craft brewer! Let me layout what exactly it is to be called a 'Craft Brew':

via Brewers Association: a craft brewery is defined as small (annual production of 6 million barrels of beer or less); independent (less than 25% of the brewery is owned or controlled by an alcoholic beverage industry member that is not itself a craft brewer); and traditional (“a brewer that has a majority of its total beverage alcohol volume in beers whose flavor derives from traditional or innovative brewing ingredients and their fermentation”).

Does any of that sound like Walmart AT ALL? No. 

Granted, Walmart isn't brewing their own beer. It is a partnership with a brewery they now have ownership in. However, how 'crafty' and unique is a beer when its mass-produced for Walmart stores of the world? 

Just so you know Walmart isn't alone in this trickery. Costco has it's own 'craft beer' fake too. 

Thankfully there are stores out there that focus on selling the craftiest of crafty beers. Stores like the new Carolina Beer Temple in Ayrsley for example.


Jan 26, 2017


Hard Rock Casino Project Stalls Outside of Charlotte

Posted by Amanda Erskine • Nightlife News

If you haven't been living under a rock, then you have most likely heard about the plans for an approx. 220,000 – 1.8 million square foot casino to be built in King’s Mountain, NC. 

Many articles that circulated during the first couple of years of this project’s announcement suggested that this new casino would be a $600 million collaboration between both the Catawba Indian Nation and the casino franchise, Hard Rock International.

I contacted Hard Rock International’s customer service, located in Orlando, FL, to ask about the project, but unfortunately the two representatives I spoke with both stated that they could not provide any information about this project unless a press conference had been held, and also that there was no available information or word that this was even a potential. 

Because I’m annoying, I also contacted Todd Hricko, the VP of Business Development for Hard Rock, in the hopes of getting a more definite answer, to which he replied “I’ve never heard anything about it.” 

So either, they have some really poor communication issues, there has been a misunderstanding, or everyone is lying.

Regardless of who the collaboration is between, this project has technically been in the works since 2013, when the Catawba Indian Nation was first reported to have asked the federal government for permission to build on a proposed 16 acres off of Interstate 85. The plan was created in the hopes of bringing more tourism revenue to King’s Mountain, as well as creating approximately 5,000 jobs for the residents of surrounding areas.

So why haven’t we heard any more news about this project?! 

Since the initial word was spread about the Catawba Indian Nation’s interest in this development, there have been numerous petitions and protests, mostly anti-operation casino. Many locals don’t believe that the addition of a casino will benefit their lives or town financially, and the State has brought up the issue of NC’s gambling laws, barring the ease of permitting this project. 

No protester is as adamant about getting this project diminished as Adam Forcade, the founder of the King’s Mountain Awareness Group, who holds an extremely firm stance on the casino having only negative effects on the town. Both him and his wife have been loyal fixtures in this fight against Texas Hold ‘Em and slot machines, and have dutifully updated their Facebook page throughout the entire process. The last post made on the KMAG’s Facebook group was dated January 16th, 2017, and stated “Let’s all hope for another casino free year”. So, a main hint to gather from this, is that there is still fighting and hoping going both for and against the project. 

On the pro-side, both the ex-mayor of King’s Mountain Rick Murphey, and the current mayor, Scott Neisler have voiced their support to the affects that the casino will have on their town. I had the pleasure of chatting with Mayor Neisler about his views on the project and any clarity that he could provide. When asked about the likelihood of this project coming to fruition, Neisler stated, “I feel confident about it.” He prides himself on his ability to displace his personal opinions from his professional ones, which is why he doesn’t oppose this project. Neisler’s main hope for the casino’s outcomes is the potential economic development that it will bring to King’s Mountain.  “The town supplies our own gas and electric, and the casino would double the electric system…” While he wasn’t able to provide a defined timeline for when an answer would be provided, he did suggest that with the Trump Administration, the process might go more smoothly. 

Aside from efforts within King’s Mountain, there has also been a lawsuit filed, “Thompson vs State of North Carolina,” calling to overturn NC gambling laws by attacking the allowance of the NC Education Lottery in contrast with denying a casino. Depending on the outcome, this case could potentially pave the way for more projects of this nature to crop up. 

Read about it here.

So What Now?

The project has definitely generated a ton of controversy, but then again, so does everything now-a-days.

The best thing to do now is to just wait to hear what the US Department of Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs decides. 

In the meantime, who wants to take bets on which side will win? 


Jan 24, 2017


Will You Choose to Zig When Everyone Zags During Restaurant Week?

Posted by Katie Vaas • Nightlife Reviews

Every six months it comes around again, the perfect excuse to try out the amazing dishes at some of Charlotte’s best (and most delicious) restaurants at an affordable dinner only prix fixe menu. Yes, I am talking about Queen’s Feast.  The week-long decadent extravaganza kicked off this past weekend, Friday, January 20th and continues until the 29th; just in time to completely ruin all New Year’s Resolutions to eat less, drink less, and skip desserts. However, to be frank, it is worth it.

As most know, the way this week works, is that local establishments set a special three to four course menu for either $30 or $35; optional add-ons are available as well.  Typically, the menu follows the template of starter, entrée, dessert.  Chefs are showing off some of their best dishes but also often times trying something new and unique.  At such an affordable price, this may be your best reason to dine at some of the more extravagant establishments the Queen City has to offer. It also may be your excuse to check out a restaurant that is either your all-time favorite or one you have been wanting to hit up for a while. 

A few of my favorites are:

  • 300 East ($35)
  • Mama Ricotta's ($30)
  • Luciano's Ristorante Italiano ($35)
  • Sullivan's Steakhouse ($35)
  • Luce Ristorante e Bar ($35)
  • Ruth's Chris Steak House - Uptown ($35)

The full list of participating restaurants can be found here.  Reservations are often hard to come as the event is so popular, so planning in advance is a must but also don’t be afraid if your familiar spots are booked up on the only night you can go- expand your horizons.  All are awesome. 

If going with the crowds isn’t your thing, Queen’s Feast still offers you a unique opportunity.  You can zig when everyone else zags and go check out a restaurant NOT participating in the festivities.  If everyone is flocking to a specified list of restaurants, gobbling up tables left and right, one may comfortably assume that this will leave unusual availability at the other spots.  For example, Cowbell and Basil are both amazingly delicious and often packed at night.  Perhaps this week is the time to go.  

Regardless of whether you want to zig or you want to zag, Restaurant Week provides opportunity and a great excuse to go out to dinner.  Grab your friends, family, or significant other and enjoy all the good eats in this city.

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Jan 22, 2017


HIRING Sales and Event Manager: Ink n Ivy

Posted by Hunter Wilson • Nightlife News

The group behind some of Charlotte's cools bars and restaurants is hiring! The Bottle Cap Group are the owners of All American Pub, Oak Room, Slate, Hot Taco, Whisky Warehouse, and Brazwells in Charlotte.

About Ink n Ivy

"Eat, Drink n Be Social, that's what Ink N Ivy was created for! All are welcome, dressed to the nine's or dressed down in your favorite tee, the atmosphere of this eclectic restaurant is all about being yourself and eating the food you love. As soon as you walk through the door you'll be blown away by the aroma of delectable American cuisine, engrossed by the choices of raw and fresh seafood, seared & sizzling certified angus steak, and delighted by the superb selection of cool cocktails customized by our expert bartenders, craft beers, with both local and international appeal, and an extensive wine list sure to please any palette."

Looking for a great Sales and Event Manager gig? This is it! Get ya resume lit.

(Job Listing via Charlotte Agenda):

Overview: We are currently seeking a dedicated and energetic Sales and Event Manager for our Charlotte, NC market. Individuals should be willing to work a flexible schedule to include late nights and weekends. The ability to work in a fast paced, HIGH VOLUME event environment is an absolute must!!!

Skills: • At least 2-3 years of sales experience specializing in large events. • Ability to conceive, organize and execute special events. • Attention to detail. • Ability to work late night and weekend hours when events are booked.

Personal attributes: • Strong communication skills (written and verbal). • Strong organizational skills. • Ability to work in a fast paced, deadline driven environment. • Create a positive working environment with high energy. • Honest and trustworthy. • Respectful. • Flexibility. • Demonstrate sound work ethics.

Job description:  • Soliciting new clients and following up with previous ones to generate sales through a proactive sales approach which includes making warm/cold calls. • Cultivate and maintain relationships with local convention visitor’s bureau (CVB), destination management companies (DMCs), travel agencies, hotel staffs, other restaurant/entertainment venues, and catering companies. • Attend local networking events and promote Bottle Cap Group restaurants. • Maintain master client database to be used for future bookings. • Manage and coordinated on-site events and staff. • Coordinate the accounting/budgets of all events. • Ensure the smooth operation of all event functions. • Inspection of restaurant space prior to guest arrival ensuring that client specifications have been met. • Meet with function group leaders to determine last minute changes and various set-up arrangements. Provide quick service for last minute changes. • Ensure proper cleaning and storage of all equipment after function is completed. • Ensure nightly event reports are completed following events and sent to marketing department. • Become fluent with computer systems and technology used in each restaurant and administration as it relates to the banquet department.

To apply: Email your resume to HR@bottlecapgroup.com.


Jan 20, 2017


An Old School Movie Date in Charlotte with a Twist

Posted by Katie Vaas • Nightlife Reviews

“I want you to take me on a movie date,” I casually told my boyfriend the other night. “I want an old school dinner and a movie date, and I don’t want to eat my dinner while watching the movie.  I want to talk to you.” It probably seems so silly to have to clarify that need, but he understood.  One of our favorite spots to go see a movie is Studio Movie Grill, I mean how can you go wrong there?  Delicious food, amazing drinks, and a movie all wrapped into one at a very affordable price; especially if you go on a week night and hit up Groupon for your tickets. (Don’t worry SMG you will always be my #1).  

However, I wanted to mix it up a bit. I wanted to “go old school.” He put his thinking cap on and came up with heading on up to Concord Mills and checking out the new Bone Fish and going to the AMC right there.  What an adventure!  It is so funny, we rarely look outside of our Uptown Bubble for things to do, so the 20 minute adventure up to Concord Mills was fairly exhilarating. 

With that experience in mind, I want to push the limits a bit more, and have been pondering, how we can mix-up the traditional dinner and a movie and go even more old school; what are my options for going to a drive-in movie?  A quick google search has helped me discover that there are three in the greater surrounding Charlotte area that are closed for the season now, but reopening in March: 

  • Hound’s Drive-In – About 30 miles from Uptown A family owned operation that claims to be the nation’s newest and largest drive-in; where they can hold up to 500 vehicles, one may sit in the car or picnic, and are a pet friendly venue. 
  • Badin Road Drive-In – About 40 miles from Uptown A friendly neighborhood theater that encourages folks to come and try something new.  They allow for folks to both sit in their cars and picnic. 

A family owned and operated theater since 1984 with a long history of running a Drive-In dating back to 1947.  The venue is meant for picnicking or sitting in the car but are not pet friendly.

Clearly, this adventure is going to have to stay on the back burner for a few more months, but with the weather getting warmer and dreams of spring not too far off, it is soon a very plausible option.  For those more adventurous than I, have you hit up any of these three spots?  Where is your favorite? Let me know by tweeting at @katiev03!

Jan 18, 2017


Bar Offers Free Beer as a Trump Inauguration Speech Drinking Game

Posted by Hunter Wilson • Nightlife News

Miss your college drinking games? They were fun, sometimes. Admit it.

Well, apparently there is this bar manager over in Ireland who drew a King in Circle of Death and made a rule that everyone drinks (for FREE) every time Donald Trump says certain really ridiculous things in his inauguration speech.

The Facebook post that has driven all the hype goes as follows (via Adelphi Pub's Facebook Page): 

"This Friday for Trumps inauguration here at Adelphi we will give everyone a complementary drink if he mentions "Mexico" or "the wall"  ....We feel we need to give people something to laugh at if / when he preaches hate like building a wall and deporting Mexicans because after all it is Friday and January and "ain't nobody got time for that" 

Let me be clear. The drinking cue words selected by management here aren't politically correct. Pull that shit in the good ole US of A and your bar will get pelted to death on Yelp for sure. We Americans are serious about our Yelp reviews.

What's funny is some Irish pub all the way over in Dublin has made a drinking game out of making fun of our soon-to-be Commander and Chief. I've never been to Dublin myself, so I can't say how desperate they are for promotional ideas. However, this just seems like a reach to drive business in the door. No? Yes? IDK...

They did have two things right. 1. It is on a Friday, and 2. It is the middle of January. What else are people going to do? A drinking game around what crazy things The Donald might say could work! Surprised I haven't seen something like this in Charlotte.

Jan 16, 2017


Charlotte’s Sweetest Secret: Crave Dessert Bar

Posted by Katie Vaas • Nightlife Reviews

Crave?  Is that the place with great desserts and hookah? Well, yes, but it is also a whole lot more.  The website boasts that the place is the city’s sweetest secret and guilty pleasure of choice- I am going to have to agree with them. 

Tucked away in front of the Camden Cotton Mills apartment complex, just on the corner of 5th and Graham at 500 W. 5th St., the location doesn’t necessarily jump out at you but that is part of the charm. Inside, the ambiance offers unique charisma, low lights, and a swanky feel.  Additionally, the walls feature local artists where all pieces are available for purchase. In all, Crave is a little bit of everything wrapped up sweetly, much like their desserts. 

The desserts are not the only decadent thing to eat at Crave.  Their food is absolutely amazing.  From small plates to full meals, you cannot choose wrong.  For first timers, I recommend getting a flat bread or two (any of them) and the s’mores fondue.

Now, let’s revisit the “whole lot more” aspect of my opening sentence.  Yes, the desserts are great.  Yes, there is hookah, but my favorite part about Crave, in addition to the amazing food, is the happy hour specials, and in particular, the bottomless wine night.  (Technically, I suppose, the bottomless wine night IS a happy hour special, but its fabulousness is so great that it deserves praise all on its own.)  

The spot is closed on Mondays, but every other day of the week they have a special to entice you to come on by and check it out.  

  • Tuesdays- $5 Bourbons
  • Wednesdays- Half Priced Martinis
  • Thursdays- $20 Bottomless Wines
  • Fridays- 20%-Off Crafted Flights
  • Saturdays- $10 Secret Crush Cocktail
  • Sundays- $15 Sangria Pitchers and Half Priced Hookah (with food and beverage purchase)

Crave has been open for a few years, so it often gets lost in the splash and allure of all the new places opening almost weekly in Uptown, but when trying to figure out where to go for a girls night, date, or just some great food and drink, hit up Crave.  And, if I may suggest, do it on a Thursday for the bottomless wine. 


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Want to impress your Valentine this year? How about a quick stop into Crave before our Valentine's Bar Crawl!

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(Photos via Crave's website/Facebook)

Jan 15, 2017


Ringling Bros. Circus will Close forever after 146 years.

Posted by Hunter Wilson • Nightlife News

Closing the tent forever this May, the Ringling Bros. Circus will never again reopen. Since the mid-1800s the Circus has been dazzling children's eyes all over the USA. Thats a long time...

When you think about it, you can't be very surprised by this news. If it isn't an app in your iPad or iPhone, the kids these days don't seem that interested. 

Reasons the Feld Family (who purchased the circus in 1967) gave for making the hard decision to close the circus for good were declining attendance and public opinion about animal rights issues. The family-ran circus tried to make many attempts to stop the decline including adding an interactive app children can participate with, motorbike and ice skating attractions, and more. Nothing seemed to help the falling attendance.

I understand the animal rights issues. I really do. If the animals are mistreated, overworked, or any other unspeakable working conditions, then that is terrible. Anytime I think of animal rights, I think of the horses in Charleston pulling those carriages in 100 degree humid as f days. However, if the animals were being treated well (the circus won their 14-year long legal battle over mistreatment of animals) then I believe the animals were in good care. Remember, not ever animal can be in a zoo and sit around all day being fed. 

This is all really sad news because personally, I know my daughter loved going to the circus and I remember my parents taking me to the circus. This generation is losing too many things that are not involving a television. I fear that my children will be plugged into Virtual Reality headsets throughout their entire childhood, probably watching a circus VR experience:(

Over 500 people (mostly with highly unique skill sets) will lose their jobs in the US because of this closing. Maybe Trump will step in... 

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On a happy note, our 3rd Annual: I Would Cuddle You SO Hard: Valentine's Bar Crawl has been announced!

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Jan 09, 2017


Spring Break PARTY Cruise 2017

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 you plan ahead.

When you think of Spring Break, the beach naturally comes to mind. 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. 

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? Usually, Spring Break Cruise ships will SELL OUT by late January. Sometimes there are last minute cabins available though.

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 available) & 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 book 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.

For UNC-Charlotte this year we are suggesting the 4-Night (March 6th-10th) Royal Caribbean Majesty of the Seas Spring Break Cruise. 

Currently all INTERIOR Cabins are sold out. All 4-person cabins are sold out.

Exterior cabins are available at ~$460 per person (assuming two people per cabin).

To book, call Hunter Wilson at 704-516-2674 or email with questions to hunter@charlottenightlife.com.


Jan 08, 2017


How Watching “The Bachelor” Will Help You Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

Posted by Addie Gottwald • Nightlife Reviews

“The Bachelor” has started its new season. See how watching girls cry will actually help you accomplish your New Year’s resolutions.

 

 

1.     Make sure you’re doing everything in your life for “the right reasons.”

Bachelor contestants always stress the importance of “being there for the right reasons,” because there are many ethical, intelligent reasons for these women to go on a reality T.V. show. Watching “The Bachelor” will help you reframe your own life. Did you eat that pizza for the right reasons? Did you avoid doing your laundry for the right reasons? Deep stuff.

 

2.     Be persistent. Never give up. 

When at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try, try again. This season’s bachelor, Nick Viall, has been the runner-up on two seasons of “The Bachelorette.” He also tried to find love on a Bachelor spin-off, “Bachelor in Paradise.” If Nick is coming back for more after being dumped in front of America this many times, then you can keep sending out your résumé to anyone that will accept it.

 

3.     Spend more time with family and friends.

Americans work too much. That is unless you go on “The Bachelor” and throw away your career for the chance of 10 minutes on television. The rest of us, though, might want to spend less nights at the office this year and more with our friends. Get a group of friends together to watch “The Bachelor” weekly. Alternate apartments and get everyone to bring apps and alcohol.

 

4.     Get fit.

Bachelor and Bachelorette bods are absolutely ridiculous. Do they have any body fat? Needless to say, watch this show and you’ll tell yourself you mean it this year – no more cheese. Also, every time a girl cries, do ten pushups. When someone mentions the word “rose,” do ten squats. You’ll have a Bachelor-ready body in no time.

 

5.     Spend less, save more

Talk about Cheap Thrills. What better way to save up then to skip dinner and buy a $8 bottle of wine to split with your roommate and watch Monday night’s finest? Want to save more? Avoid social media for the week and save the episode for Friday night. Skip bar/uber costs and just stay in and cry hoping for “your happily ever after.”

 

6.     Be vulnerable.

There’s nothing these contestants love more than telling each other to be vulnerable. They spill their hearts out to Nick (and all of America) and think this ability of “not holding back” will get them the final rose. If they can tell their story of their last breakup on national television then you can meet up for a blind date and hope for the best.

 

7.     Get organized.

Let’s be honest, watching “The Bachelor” doesn’t take your full concentration. Fold laundry, respond to e-mails, clean out your closet while you watch girls cry over the group date rose. This combines a fun activity (judging people who go on reality shows) with a not so fun one (trying on the stack of jeans that hasn’t fit you for two years).

 

8.     Stop caring what other people think. 

If a girl can say that her “vagine is platinum” on a show her dad will definitely watch, then you can admit to your parents that you’re still in credit card debt. If a girl can have no shame dressing up as a dolphin/shark on national television and getting wasted, then you can run to the grocery store in your pajamas. 

 

9.     Travel more.

Watching Nick kiss women by the fire in Finland and on the beach in the Caribbean will definitely make you want to hit the road again. Why not just apply to be a contestant, throw away all your dignity and get a free trip to Bali?  

  

Forgot to watch the first episode? Catch up now on abc.com and get ready for next week. Motivation Monday at its finest. Tune in at 8pm.

Jan 03, 2017


10 Healthy Drinks? Sure, why not!

Posted by Hunter Wilson • Nightlife Reviews

Everyone's news feed is drowning in healthy eating resolutions for the New Year. Most people will bait out on their resolutions by Valentine's Day weekend. I've seen it every year with my friends. They post their promise to eat healthy and a few weeks later they are Instagraming their double-decker bacon chilli-cheese burger for brunch. 

This year I think a resolution to drink a bit healthier sounds a bit more reasonable (and more fun). Drinking healthy sounds like a bit of an oxymoron but hear me out. There are ways you can drink and not feel guilty about it! Like anything good, you should take it in moderation though...

Here are a few drinks you can order at the bar and not feel bad about it:

1. Bloody Mary:

Start your day right. A day never goes wrong when you start it with a Bloody Mary. Don't be fooled by the tomato juice though. Not all Bloody Mary's are the good kind. Steer clear of the pre-mixed juice. It has too much crap added to it that destroys any good qualities the drink might have. Stick to the fresh stuff.

2. Red Wine: 

Pretty obvious here. We've heard for years that a glass of wine here and there has some heart benefits. A bottle of wine, not so much. So cork your favorite and share with your friends.

3. Hot Toddy:

It's Wintertime. It gets cold. Like really cold, sometimes. Enjoy this warm drink without guilt this year. Drop an ounce or two of your favorite bourbon, scotch or whisky into a glass with hot water, honey, splash of lemon juice and some fun garnish. Hold your drink tight and enjoy.

4. Vodka Soda:

Vodka and club soda is pretty common and simple. It is a low carb go-to drink for many. Toss a cucumber slice or maybe an orange slice in there for an extra pop.

5. Low Carb Beer:

We love beer. Craft beer is all the rage in Charlotte. It is also probably the worst for your waist-line. Fear not, there are some options out there. Michelob Ultra has only 95 calories. Guinness has 126. Guinness wouldnt be what most people think of with healthy beer, but for a thick stout beer it is pretty light in comparison. 

6. White Russians:

Another not-so healthy drink that with a few modifications can be a lot better for you. Drop the cream for a lighter version. Try chilled coffee and coconut milk. Toss in a ounce or two of vodka and some ice. Boom.

7. Manhattan:

Bourbon has a bit more calories that vodka but has a ton more flavor. It is worth it. The Manhattan is a classic. Even though the martini glass is always a challenge not to spill in a busy bar, the Manhattan won't spill your healthy hopes.

8. Healthy Margarita:

Our favorite summer cocktail. Also one of the worst out there if you're not careful. The margarita gets an 'F' traditionally for all the sugar it has. Try to avoid those. Tequila, club soda, lime slice and a rim of salt is a much healthy spin on this classic.

9. Bourbon straight up:

As we said earlier, Bourbon has only a few more calories than vodka but has a ton more flavor. Look sophisticated and a bit bad-ass by ordering a bourbon straight up or on the rocks. Your taste buds will thank you. 

10. Sea Breeze:

Granted, few men can order this at the bar and walk away with his man card. However, it has a lot of healthier options that other bar drinks. Clocking in at about 180 calories for four ounces of grapefruit juice, one ounce of cranberry juice, and an ounce of vodka, it is on the low-carb side.


Enjoy responsibly my friends. Catch a cab or hail an Uber this year and save yourself a lot of trouble.

Jan 03, 2017


Your New Going-Out Routine:Uptown Charlotte w/ Modifiers

Posted by Amanda Erskine • Nightlife Reviews

If you’re like me, then when you make a decision to go out on the weekend (or weeknight, no judgement here), there is no planning needed because you already have a safe routine that you follow. Chances are, you’ve been stuck in this routine for so long, that you are no longer feeling the burn or you’re not getting that high from the experience because you have become too familiar with each location and instead, you feel stagnant.

So, if you’re looking to shake up your normal routine, adopt a new one, or are just bored at work and looking for something to read: Here is an example of a nightly routine in Uptown Charlotte w/ 5th street modifiers (because we all understand that the Epicentre isn’t always for everyone and requires mental preparation in order to venture to) guaranteed to target your midsection and increase your blood pressure.

(Reps=Drinks)

 

Warm-up: City Lights Rooftop

This is the perfect place to start your night out before heading into the heart of the city. Here, you can treat yourself to specialty drinks, making sure to grab a couch with a heater and hoard all of the faux fur blankets. While you’re there, make sure to snag an Instagram worthy picture of you and the 360 degree panoramic views of the city before your makeup melts off, hair turns flat, or button down somehow ends up asymmetrically fastened, later in the night.

1-2 reps recommended

 

Deep Breathing/Stretching: Ink n Ivy

The newest go-to spot in Uptown Charlotte, offering a variety of cocktails and large beer selection, should be visited earlier in the night to guarantee snagging a table to rest your legs and save up your stamina for later in the night. If you’re feeling extra spicy, go ahead and grab one of their many delicious appetizers.

Modifier: Fitzgerald’s

While Ink n Ivy isn’t technically an Epicentre location, the crowd that gathers at night definitely favors the one you might experience at any of the nightclubs. For a more low-key change of scenery, Fitzgerald’s offers the same perks, but with low lighting and a more comfortable atmosphere.

1-2 reps recommended

 

Cardio: Strike City @ the Epicentre

Did someone say bowling? No? Well they should have because making a stop here is such a necessity. Along with a fully stocked bar, Strike City offers a variety of arcade games and 12 main lanes to play a 30-45-minute round of bowling, warming up your muscles before your higher intensity stops of the night.

Modifier: Dandelion Market

While there are unfortunately no bowling lanes or Skee ball machines to play here, there is a dance floor, good music, and a variety of booths and tables, providing you with the option to break out the Robot in the center of the room or play a couple rounds of Heads Up in the corner.

1-2 reps recommended

 

Full Body Workout: Bubble/Suite/Whiskey River/etc.

Warning: Do not attempt until it is later at night (preferably after 12am) or without consuming at least 4 alcoholic beverages, or side effects may include: being overwhelmed by the amount of individuals in the room, buyer’s remorse for paying a $10 cover, and insecurity on the dance floor.

Modifier: Roxbury

The less intense equivalent of the Epicentre’s various night clubs. This venue offers the option of dancing your face off and breaking into a choreographed routine you’ve been practicing for weeks, set to the Spice Girls and Jackson 5 in the basement, or retreating to the back porch, complete with couches and heaters, to catch your breath and lower your heart rate.

2-3 reps recommended

 

Final Savasana: Amelie’s

Before crawling into bed and calling it a night, it is important to fuel your body with nutrients to prevent weakness and a throbbing headache in the morning. Satisfy your sweet tooth at Amelie’s, open 24/7 and offering some bomb baked goods and desserts that are even more delicious when consumed after 2am.

Modifier: Qdoba

Right across the street from Roxbury, is this Mexican food haven where you can get a mandatory basket of chips and salsa AND QUESO, soft tacos, quesadillas, etc. All amazing options for bulking up and rounding out your routine.

6-7 reps recommended

(Reps=Macaroons/Tacos)

Dec 28, 2016


Wallerbears Surf Shop Closing After 18 Years in Charlotte

Posted by Hunter Wilson • Nightlife News

I remember when Wallerbears opened. It was the 'cool' place to shop for shades and flip flops. I bought my first pair of Rainbow flops from Wallerbears (lost those running from cops in Myrtle Beach senior year, haha). A few of my snowboards and wakeboards were purchased there over the years.

I have to say, Wallerbears has been a part of my youth in Charlotte. I hate to see it close but with the evil Amazon killing all good local shops, I am not really surprised.

Posted on their website earlier this week, Wallerbears had this to say:
"After over 18 years it is time for us to move on.  We are going to miss being a part of your lives and will remember so many of you for the rest of ours.  An exact date has not been determined when we will close our doors for the last time so in the meantime please stop by to say hello, share a favorite WallerBears memory, and of course take advantage of incredible deals all over the shop.  Everything must go before we do.  Thank you all for the love and support you have showed us over the years. "

Wallerbears is located on Pineville-Matthews Rd out past Carolina Place Mall. I suggest everyone swing by and pick up a pair of shades for next summer. I don't know about you, but I can't wait for the summer! What better way to honor a Charlotte local business' exit than supporting their closing sale!



Dec 27, 2016


Discovered: An Upscale Local Hang-Out in Infused

Posted by Katie Vaas • Nightlife Reviews

One of my friends recently discovered a hidden gem in First Ward as the location for her Friendsmas Party.  (Side note, is Friendsmas a thing?  Did we just make it up?  If we did, then let’s make it a thing moving forward.) 

Tucked away in the Quarterside complex at 312 N. Myers, Infused is hard to spot at first as their marks are displayed only on the doors, but a large neon sign that simply states BAR is what beckons one to look closer. The owners set out to create a neighborhood bar that makes every customer feel like it is their own. As soon as you walk in the door, you are greeted by friendly staff and feel completely at ease to kick back and make some memories. 

Not long after finding a spot to settle in to, you are faced with a decision.  What to drink?  At this point, I will give a passionate endorsement for you to try one of the infused specialty cocktails. Wow.  Given the name, this should not be surprising that they taste amazing! At only $5 drink, that can also set you up for some budget-friendly fun. If cocktails are not your thing, they have a full bar, extensive list of local drafts and wine, among other specials as well, the night we went, a Saturday, our tastes were for the $5 cocktails or the $2 Coors Lights. 

In chatting with our friendly bartender, we learned that drink specials are the norm and that we absolutely needed to go back one Sunday to watch some football and enjoy an Infused Bloody Mary.  Our party of bout 25-30 folks took up the bulk of the space as well as great influence over the music. To summarize the experience, we had an absolute blast creating a house party feel in local, upscale bar.  The intimate layout, great setting, and convenient location are all reason for this spot to become one frequented regularly and often.

Dec 13, 2016


How 2017 Will go for you Based on your Drink of Choice

Posted by Amanda Erskine • Nightlife Reviews

The new year is just around the corner and I know what you are all thinking, THANK YOU. 2016 was the absolute worst and January 1st, 2017 holds promise of wealth, muscle growth, spiritual awakening, new love interests, and you can’t wait to get your 2016 soiled hands on it.

By now, you probably have already planned where you’re going to be ringing in the new year, but have you thought of the logistics? Like what drink will you be holding up to the New Year’s Eve Gods when the ball makes its descent? Whichever liquid sacrifice you decide on, will determine how your 2017 will pan out, so here’s what you can expect for next year based on your drink of choice:

Champagne

You classy human, you. You already know that your glass will be filled with THE official drink of New Year’s Eve. Like this holiday, every other major event is accompanied by the sound of a cork popping and fizz spraying, so you are just preparing for all the other times in 2017 that you will be doing so.  With a champagne toast, you can expect a year of good fortune, filled with: good hair days, a new job or a promotion, finding $20 on the street at least thrice, and a handful of winning scratch offs all equaling more than $2.

 

Fireball/Rumplemints/GoldSchlagger/Any Christmas-Flavored Liquor

If you’re taking flavored shots this New Years, chances are you are looking at 2017 as a chance to get over something that has impacted your life in a negative way, such as: a bad habit, a toxic relationship, Ombre Hair, etc. Like all of these phases, your minty flavored beverages always seemed like a good idea at the time, until you’ve had 5+ and are regretting everything. So if this is your drink of choice, expect this year to be filled with relapses of that one thing you are trying desperately to overcome because right when you finally make progress, they’ll text you a “what’s up,” or Kylie Jenner will go blonde and you’ll be right back at it.  

 

Vodka Water

You’ve made the decision to be preemptive and begin your New Year’s resolution BEFORE the actual new year. Your 0 calorie mixer of choice suggests that you will be starting off the new year by diving biceps first into your new gym membership and by the middle of February, you will have decided you’ve logged enough steps and counted enough calories to call it quits until next year.

 

PBR

If you are chugging PBR this New Year’s Eve, it is clear that you are down to party, but on a budget. Your 2016 financial situation has been a big ol’ mess and so have you. This watered down ale is your attempt to start the year off on the cheap foot because 2017 you, is going to be a fiscally responsible miser. 

While you will be successful in your money saving mission, half way through the year, you will most likely suffer from an ever growing beer gut accompanied by hair loss and an impending midlife crisis, where you’ll spend all of your money on a sports car, stakes in Circuit City, and get involved in a Ponzi scheme. 

 

Tequila

If your cup is filled with this agave nectar, your resolution is probably to make 2017 the fifth consecutive year where you “live life to the fullest.” In reality, 2017 is going to be the year where your liver will put in its 2 weeks-notice and go on to manage a Dunkin’ Donuts or something, because it is tired of your uninhibited shenanigans. While living without this vital organ will be difficult, the handful of memories you two shared together will arm you with some great stories to tell and you’ll be a hit at parties.


Chocolate Milk

You will do great things in 2017. 

Cheers!



Dec 09, 2016


Que Onda Review; New and Muy Bien (with Photos)

Posted by Kristen Creed • Nightlife Reviews

I love Mexican food (a lot) and I find it hard to find someone who doesn’t. Luckily, Charlotteans have a lot of options  — in fact, a new one in Uptown at the corner of Trade and Mint called Que Onda. This location has been home to a few different restaurants in past years and most recently, The Mandrake, a wine and tapas bar that packed its bags early October, and instead are focusing their efforts on a food truck. But I digress — chips and salsa, Taco Tuesday, great environment... Que Onda, Three Amigo's owner, is a must-visit for Mexican food lovers of Charlotte. Come one, come all and enjoy these small tidbits before you go. De nada.   

Que Onda The phrase quite literally means “What’s up?” or “How’s it Going?” It’s simple, and reflects the restaurant's overall style. It’s not fancy, but it’s also not counter-style ordering. The decor is rustic and the lighting, low, so you and your company can expect a fun, laidback and casual vibe.

Chips & Salsa They offer free chips and salsa, which duh, makes patrons very happy. Chips were great. Definitely some of the better chips I’ve had. And if you’re anything like me, you can easily name your favorite salsas in Charlotte. Que Onda’s didn’t disappoint. It was flavorful, yet not too spicy, but the texture that I typically enjoy wasn’t there. It was very smooth, and nonetheless very yummy.

Taco Tuesday Opening night was a Tuesday, and to my surprise, a Taco Tuesday in which the restaurant’s three most popular tacos are only $2: Chicken Tinga, Braised Beef and Coca Cola Carnitas (which the waitress mentioned were an quick favorite). All three were delicious and so full of meat. I’ll have 12, please.

Daily Specials You have reasons to eat, drink or both at Que Onda every night of the week. A case of the Mondays can be solved with half-priced bottles of wine. Start your weekend early with $5 margaritas on Thursdays and wrap it all up with a Sunday Funday filled with $5 sangria. Check out the other daily specials, here.

Location Uptown is a bubbling melting pot of all different types of professionals, visitors and residents, so the location of Que Onda is ideal. They’ll get hungry Panther’s fans, Knight game-goers, tourists leaving Romare Bearden Park and an influx of coworkers looking for their next favorite happy hour. And me, who would absolutely go out of my way to eat here again.

Check them out as soon as you can. The food is great, the staff was super friendly and they nailed opening night. (If you go to opening nights, you know how difficult this can be.) Every stamp of approval.

Click here to check out the menu!

Dec 08, 2016


Where to go when you have plans, but payday was last week

Posted by Sarah Shannon • Nightlife Reviews

We have all been there, Thursday rolls around and the group texts begin.

“What are the plans for the weekend?”

“Are we watching the game somewhere?”

“I NEED A DRINK!”

You’re all in, ready to hit the town with your friends and blow off some steam. However, once you check your account balance instant regret kicks in. How are you supposed to stretch you budget to have fun, but also afford to eat more than cans of tuna the next week?

Luckily, bars here in Charlotte realize we aren’t all pulling in the big bucks each week (or are actually trying to save some money like adults) and have specials that won’t break the bank.

The Pre-Weekend/Post-Work Drink

After a long day at work, especially when the weekend is just creeping around the corner, a nice cold beer sometimes is calling your name. In Uptown, there are two great after work spots to visit when you just need to sit back and relax.

Tilt on Trade has $5 massive mugs of beer EVERY THURSDAY. And when they say massive, they’re not kidding. When you can essentially get two beers for the price of one, that’s a deal. 

Every day, The Local offers local craft beers for just $4. 

The Freakin’ Weekend

No matter what neighborhood you go out in, someone has some great budget-friendly specials. 

Friday and Saturday night, Kennedy’s offers $5 Crown and down. What does that mean? Everything that is on the same shelf as Crown Royal, and down, is just $5.

Out in NoDa for the weekend? Celebrating a birthday or promotion? Head over to Jack Beagles, they have $5 shots Friday and Saturday’s.

Not all weekend celebrations are about the drinks though, sometimes you need some food.

At Angry Ales on Montford, they have half price appetizers TWICE each day. If you stop by between 4-7pm or 11pm-2am, they’ll have all their tasty apps for half the price. And yes… they do serve food until 2am every night. 

Sunday Funday

Whether you are out to watch your team play or just enjoying some brunch styled drinks, you can do both at All American on Sunday’s. They have $5 tall boys and $2 mimosas each Sunday just waiting for you.

The only thing missing is a way to get to all these places. Check apps like FreeRide and other websites out there for some hidden Uber and Lyft coupons redeemable for all users. Because paying $7 for a ride home is a lot cheaper than the alternative after a night out.

Dec 05, 2016


The Season of Getting Free Drinks

Posted by Amanda Erskine • Nightlife Reviews

'Tis the season to declare bankruptcy! Black Friday and Cyber Monday have both come and gone and along with them, so has your entire paycheck.  Now Christmas is on the horizon and with the rest of your life savings going towards buying your mom that cast iron pan she’s been wanting, you’re strapped.

So if you are currently decking the halls with all of your overdue credit card bills and eviction notices but still trying to have a good time this holiday season, here are some different approaches you can try to acquire free drinks at the bar:

Follow the specials

Every day of the week is accompanied by a plethora of different drink specials at a variety of different bars. So while this suggestion isn’t free of charge, it still is an option for the penny pincher who has a few extra pennies to spend. 

P.S.A: daily updated specials list can be found on the home page of our website!

Offer to buy the next round

1) Take your position in the bar. 2) Look around the room until you make eye contact lasting longer than a second with someone. 3) Walk over to the owner of the set of eyes. 4) Strike up an engaging conversation with your drink victim. 5) Suddenly say, “Wanna get some drinks? If you get this round, I’ll get the next one!” 6) Finish your free drink and sneak away to the “bathroom” 7) Repeat Step 1.

Direct Approach 

Don’t even bother to make preemptive eye contact with this one.  Walk directly up to someone and say, “Buy me a drink” with no inflection at the end, smacking the table for dramatic effect. Don’t even give them the option to provide a yes or no, this is your demand and it needs to be met. Hopefully your target will be so caught off guard or so impressed with your gusto that they will meet your demand with a “beer or liquor?”

Reverse Psychology

If the last two approaches didn’t have the outcome you were hoping for, initiate this paradoxical phenomenon as your wingman for a second attempt. Begin the conversation by suggesting to your chosen individual, “You should buy us shots.” If your test subject says “no,” then follow up their rejection with a “you’re right, you shouldn’t pay for shots, you’re too good for that,” which they will meet with a resounding “Okay, I’ll buy shots.”

 Boom. Shrinked. 

Fake an Injury

As you and your group of friends are walking to the bar, quickly roll your ankle and claim that you couldn’t possibly walk another step towards the bar. Hopefully a member of your posse or some innocent bystander within earshot will take pity on you and your injured appendage, and voluntarily bring you a vodka soda with a lemon AND lime because they know you’re in enough pain already.

Make a bet

This one will take a little more creativity or being an experienced con man. To guarantee your bet is won, steal your victim’s wallet when they aren’t looking and say, “I bet you 5 beers I can guess your home address.” Then wow them with your psychic abilities and drink up your hard earned ales.

Get a Boyfriend/Girlfriend

Obligatory drinks. 

Bum unfinished drinks

If all of your other attempts have failed, all that’s left is either admitting defeat or finishing that warm beer someone left on the table. This one should be used as a last case scenario because it has some potential health issues, but desperate times call for contaminated measures. This is a total joke, please don't do this. haha.

Dec 02, 2016


Arcade Bars: A popular new trend in Charlotte

Posted by Katie Vaas • Nightlife Reviews

The vast majority of us know that feeling of social panic far too well; new job, new city, finding new friends. How on Earth does one meet people post-college in a new area, far from the comforts of Hometown pals.  

Charlotte bars are introducing a new and potential solution for this social predicament with the emergence of arcade bars. 

The magic equation for these social oasises is:   Strangers + doing something fun + alcohol + being around other people with a similar interest = meeting new people. 

Put simply, these bars bring people together. Adult recreation leagues, like kickball, have the same equation but these bars offer it without the time and monetary commitment. Good drinks, nostalgic video games (#shoutout to Madden 98), skee ball, and other such activities become instant ice breakers. 

So, if you are one of the many that is no longer interested in just sitting in a bar and talking (because, frankly, that can be boring) and you want to do something, then check out one of these places: 

Abari Game Bar- What you will find: craft beers, cocktails, pinball machines, 20+ classic arcade games with focus on co-op/mulitplayer, and "throwback" video game consoles  

Lucky's Bar and Arcade- What you will find: A 90's bar with games ranging from video games to air hockey and skee ball.  The music blaring from the speakers will take you back to simpler times.  

8.2.0. Clt- What you will find: An upscale version of the above with cocktails on draft, vintage arcade games, and a Karaoke lounge hosted by local actors.   

Special tip of the hat to the Godfather of Video Game Bars – The Blind Pig where it has been a neighborhood favorite for years.  

Nov 28, 2016


Make $10 Last on a Friday Night in Charlotte

Posted by Lex Paige • Nightlife Reviews

Let’s be honest, we are all not made of money. And Charlotte well, it isn’t the cheapest. So often times we sacrifice our Friday nights, because frankly we just can’t afford it. But we at Charlotte Nightlife have conjured up some solutions to this problem and thanks to us, you will never have to sacrifice your Friday nights again.

($7) Badin Road Drive-In- With ticket prices $7 per adult and $4 per child, you cannot go wrong with this retro pastime. With double feature options and no sticky floors or cryptic substances on the seats; you can enjoy your Friday night in this cool atmosphere from the comfort of your own car. And don’t worry, you can bring your own snacks, chairs and pets to enjoy the cinema too. 

(FREE) South End Gallery Crawl- The South End Gallery Crawl takes place on the first Friday of every month. Though you may have some trouble finding parking in the area, this is a free and great way to meet people and socialize. Most of the galleries remain open until 9pm or later and with the crawl being free, you can afford a cheap bite to eat at any of the variety of great restaurants located along South Blvd. 

($10) The Rabbit Hole- With Shows only $10 in advance, The Rabbit Hole is the nest new Friday nightspot.  Featuring local artists, nationally touring bands and great drink prices, this place is a perfect way to unwind after a long work week and enjoy some high quality live music in Plaza Midwood.

($5.95) A Bite to Eat at Lupie’s- Cheap beer and a delicious burger can be yours at Lupie’s Café. Located off of Monroe Road, this café offers consistently good food at great prices. On a Friday night you can devour your delicious food at an affordable price and even catch some local music making it a timeless QC establishment. 

($6) Elizabeth Billiards- If you love shooting free pool, throwing darts and jukebox music; Elizabeth Billiards just may be your key to pure happiness. In Plaza Midwood, this dive bar has frequent specials including $2 domestic bottles, $3 imports and everyday- all day free billiards. 

($8) Charlotte B Cycle - Having an adventure in the QC is the best way to spend a Friday night. Though I wouldn’t advise going out on the streets alone, with a friend or group of friends each of you can rent a Charlotte B Cycle 24-Hour Pass for $8 with 30 minutes included. Just choose a bike from any B-station, return it when you are done and have fun! Rides of less than 30 minutes for 24-hour passes and 60 minutes for memberships incur no usage fee. For each additional 30 minutes over the initial ride time, your card will be charged $4. Hint: To avoid usage fees, dock your bike within 30 minutes and check out another to keep going!

($10 or Less)ABARI Game Bar- Membership will cost you a $1 for a lifetime (A Real Steal) and then you are good to go for a night of gaming and cheap drinks at ABARI. Right on the outskirts of NoDa, ABARI Game Bar has a bunch of dated arcade games including pinball, PAC-MAN and Mortal Kombat for .25 cents. There is also a full bar offering a nice $1.50 PBR draft and great graffiti art to admire while gaming too.   

(FREE) Observation Park-If you enjoy aviation, you will love this idea. Living in the QC gives us the opportunity to channel our inner pilot and watch planes land and take flight at the airport observation park at Charlotte Douglas International Airport for FREE! Bring drinks and snacks ($10 worth if you like) and you will by far have the best time relaxing in amazement doing this on your Friday night. 

 

Nov 23, 2016


Reasons to go out on Thanksgiving Eve

Posted by Amanda Erskine • Nightlife Reviews

I just want to give a quick shout out to the trendsetter (or potential alcoholic) who first dubbed Thanksgiving Eve as an ideal night for going out and drinking. If you’re not aware of this trend, you are probably hosting Thanksgiving for your entire family including the in-laws and are currently drowning in tears and casserole dishes. But the rest who are familiar with this tradition, know very well that the Wednesday night before Thanksgiving is one of the most fun nights during the year to go out, right behind New Years, the Super bowl, and Election night. 

If you haven’t yet made up your mind about how to spend this upcoming Thanksgiving Eve, here are some legitimate reasons for why you should choose to pre-game Thanksgiving this year:

 

Bars Will Be Open

Do you really even need a reason other than a lit “Open” sign? If the taps are running, you better go catch them.


Take a Preemptive Break from Family

The amount of stress that you feel just from the thought of having to repeatedly answer the inevitable questions from your relatives about: your new job, lack thereof, what you plan on doing with your life, why you’re still living with your parents at age 30, etc. mixed with the equal amount of anxiety over having to listen to them talk about their kid’s orchestra recital, college acceptance, or the new soil they’ve been using in their garden, is leaving you with a major headache. What better way to escape the monotony and migraines than by shaking it up downtown with a hundred strangers who literally don’t care about any of that stuff? 

 

Reunite with Old Friends

Home is where the multiple framed pictures of your awkward phases are, and Thanksgiving means returning back to all of those mounted memories. Why not continue the trip down memory lane, by reuniting with all of your other past classmates who were witnesses to your pubescent misfortune (and who are also being haunted by the ghosts of their highschool yearbook photos), by meeting up at a bar to commiserate and silently judge each others transformations?


You’re Bringing the Pie

No one in your family trusts your cooking, so Thanksgiving is a freaking cake walk for you. All you have to do is purchase a pumpkin/apple pie and some cool whip, show up looking semi-decent, and then you’re good to kick back and watch TV and/or nap until the feast begins. Might as well utilize this good fortune to catch an Uber to the bar on the eve of giving, because you’re pretty much useless until dessert anyways.

 

It’s Just You, Yourself, and No one Else

Five simple words are the only reason you need: You Do What You Want. This is because you have evaded marriage thus far, so you don’t have anyone’s family to impress but your own, and you also never fell victim to child bearing, so there are no snot-dripping noses for you to stick around to wipe.  So go grab a couple of drinks and celebrate your freedom, before continuing the celebration on Thanksgiving when you can pile as much food as you want onto your plate, cause again, you do what you want


You’re Canadian

“Real” Thanksgiving was over a month ago, so "Knockoff American" Thanksgiving is the equivalent of a random Teacher Workday for you. Of course you’ll be at the bar on Wednesday night, belting out “O’Canada” and slinging back shots of Newfoundland Screech because the only plans you have for Thursday is eating a bowl of Wheaties, watching hockey, and talking about how Americans are a bunch of hosers.

Nov 22, 2016


River District to Bring Hundreds of Shops and Restaurants

Posted by Hunter Wilson • Nightlife News

Charlotte's City Council voted on Monday for the new River District master plans for west of the Charlotte-Douglas Airport. The 1,400 acres of land has been unanimously approved by City Council to be developed into the largest master development plan in Charlotte since Ballantyne. 

The new River District is planned to actually be twice as large as Ballantyne and be home to 1,000 new hotel rooms, 8 million square feet of office space, 5,000 new residence and 500+ acres of parks and rec space.

Additionally, and what we are the most excited about is the plan calls for over 500,000 square feet of new shops and restaurants to the area. That will translate into hundreds of new spots for shopping, dinning, and fun. 

In an area of Charlotte that is drastically under-developed, Steele Creek or South West Charlotte as a whole, has very little is respects to dining or nightlife options. If you are not a fan of drinking at a huge corporate box chain like Buffalo Wild Wings or similar spots, your only option is Mac's Speed Shop's Sandy Porter Rd location.

On top of the River District's development, which should take 20-30 YEARS to be completely built out, right down Dixie River Rd is the soon to open Berwick Town Center. Hopefully some more unique restaurants will see the light of day here as well (instead of the plethora of fast food chains already popping up). 

For a very extensive master plan description of the River District, you can download the PDF of the Strategic Plan here.

Nov 22, 2016


Concerts WORTH a Road Trip From Charlotte

Posted by Addie Gottwald • Nightlife Events

Not a ton of big names tour in the winter but if you’re up for a road trip here are some concerts to consider:

***UPDATE: As of Tuesday, Nov 22, Kayne West has cancelled all his tour dates***


Goo Goo Dolls: North Charleston, SC

Friday, November 25, 7:30pm

Road trip time: 3 hours

(Tickets here)

Goo Goo Dolls: Chattanooga, TN

Saturday, November 26, 8pm 

Road trip time: 5 hours 20 minutes

(Tickets here)

Goo Goo Dolls: Knoxville, TN

Wednesday, November 30, 8pm 

Road trip time: 3 hours 40 minutes

(Tickets here

R. Kelly: Nashville, TN

Monday, December 5, 7:30pm 

Road trip time: 6 hours 20 minutes

(Tickets here)

Ariana Grande Meghan Trainor, The Chainsmokers, Fifth Harmony, DNCE, Alessia Cara, Daya and Lukas Graham at Power 96.1’s Jingle Ball: Atlanta, GA

Friday, December 16, 7:30pm

Road trip time: 3 hours 50 minutes

(Tickets here)

B.o.b.: Atlanta, GA

Saturday, December 24, 8pm 

Road trip time: 3 hours 50 minutes

(Tickets here)

R. Kelly: Atlanta, GA

Tuesday, December 27, 8pm 

Road trip time: 3 hours 50 minutes

(http://www.ticketsnow.com/Inve... )

Waka Flocka Flame: Atlanta, GA

Thursday, December 29, 8:30pm

Road trip time: 3 hours 50 minutes

(http://www.ticketmaster.com/wa... )

The Disco Biscuits: Atlanta, GA

Thursday-Saturday, December 29-31, 8 pm

Road trip time: 3 hours 50 minutes

(Tickets here

Widespread Panic: Nashville, TN 

Thursday-Saturday, December 29-31, 8pm (9pm on Saturday)

Road trip time: 6 hours 20 minutes

(http://www.ticketmaster.com/ar... )

Old Crow Medicine Show: Nashville, TN 

Saturday, December 31, 10pm

Road trip time: 6 hours 20 minutes

(Tickets here)

Lukas Graham: Atlanta, GA

Tuesday, January 10, 8pm

Road trip time: 3 hours 50 minutes

(http://concerts1.livenation.co... )

Dierks Bentley: Nashville, TN

Saturday, January 21, 7:30pm

Road trip time: 6 hours 20 minutes

(Tickets here

Twenty One Pilots: Charlottesville, VA

Sunday, January 22, 7pm

Road trip time: 4 hours 20 minutes

(Tickets here)

The Beach Boys: Durham, NC

Sunday, January 22, 7:30pm

Road trip time: 2 hours 10 minutes

(http://www.ticketmaster.com/th... )

The Beach Boys: Nashville, TN

Tuesday, January 24, 7:30pm

Road trip time: 6 hours 20 minutes

(Tickets here)

The Beach Boys: Atlanta, GA

Wednesday, January 25, 7:30pm

Road trip time: 3 hours 50 minutes

(Tickets here)

The Beach Boys: Spartanburg, SC

Thursday, January 26, 7:30pm

Road trip time: 1 hour 20 minutes

(Tickets here)

Drive-by Truckers: Nashville, TN

Thursday, January 26, 7:30pm

Road trip time: 6 hours 20 minutes

(Tickets here)

The Beach Boys: North Charleston, SC

Friday, January 27, 7pm

Road trip time: 3 hours

(Tickets here)

Grouplove: Knoxville, TN

*will also be in Charlotte on Friday, February 3

Monday, January 30, 8pm

Road trip time: 3 hours 40 minutes

(Tickets here)

Bon Jovi: Greenville, SC

Wednesday, February 8, 7:30pm

Road trip time: 1 hour 40 minutes

(http://www.ticketmaster.com/bo... )

Bon Jovi: Atlanta, GA

Friday, February 10, 7:30pm

Road trip time: 3 hours 50 minutes

(http://www.ticketmaster.com/bo... )

Rick Springfield: Nashville, TN

Friday-Saturday, February 10-11, 7:30pm

Road trip time: 6 hours 20 minutes

(http://www.ticketmaster.com/ar... )

Grouplove: Knoxville, TN

*will also be in Charlotte on Friday, February 3

Friday, February 10, 8pm 

Road trip time: 3 hours 50 minutes

(http://concerts.livenation.com... )

Ariana Grande: Nashville, TN

Tuesday, February 14, 7:30pm

Road trip time: 6 hours 20 minutes

(http://www.ticketmaster.com/ar... )

Umphrey’s McGee: Asheville, NC

Friday-Saturday, February 17-18, 8pm 

Road trip time: 2 hours 10 minutes

(http://www.ticketmaster.com/ar... )

ZZ Top: Columbia, SC

Tuesday, February 21, 8pm 

Road trip time: 1 hour 30 minutes

(http://www.ticketmaster.com/zz... )

ZZ Top: Nashville, TN

Wednesday, February 22, 7:30pm 

Road trip time: 6 hours 20 minutes

(http://www.ticketmaster.com/zz... )

Foreigner: Asheville, NC

Wednesday, February 22, 7:30pm

Road trip time: 2 hours 10 minutes

 (http://www.ticketmaster.com/fo... )

Little Big Town: Nashville, TN

Friday-Saturday, February 24-25, 8pm

Road trip time: 6 hours 20 minutes

(http://www.ticketmaster.com/ar... )

Dierks Bentley: Knoxville, TN

Saturday, February 25, 7:30pm

Road trip time: 3 hours 40 minutes

(http://www.knoxvilletickets.co... )

Miranda Lambert: North Charleston, SC

Saturday, February 25, 7pm

Road trip time: 3 hours

(http://www.ticketmaster.com/mi... )

Twenty One Pilots: Greensboro, NC

Saturday, February 25, 7pm

Road trip time: 1 hour 30 minutes

(Tickets here)

Twenty One Pilots: North Charleston, SC

Sunday, February 26, 7pm

Road trip time: 3 hours

(http://www.ticketmaster.com/tw... )

Foreigner: North Charleston, SC

Sunday, February 26, 7:30pm

Road trip time: 3 hours

(Tickets here)

Sting: Nashville, TN

Monday, February 27, 8pm

Road trip time: 3 hours 50 minutes

(Tickets here)

Sting: Nashville, TN

Tuesday, February 28, 8pm

Road trip time: 6 hours 20 minutes

(Tickets here )