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Jan 22, 2020


El Thrifty: Charlotte’s Newest Social Club

Posted by Alissa DeRogatis • NoDa Nightlife

Now open in Optimist Hall, El Thrifty Social’s second location (the original is in Greenville, SC). El Thrifty is a mexican inspired restaurant and gaming bar brought to you by the owners of Queen Park Social.

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The space features a large restaurant, a lounge gaming room that seats 50 people and an outdoor patio with smaller spaces for groups that want to watch sports or just hang out. The games include basketball, shuffleboard, air hockey and duckpin bowling.

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Not only is El Thrifty entertaining, but their menu is delicious. It features a ton of shareables, tacos and a late night menu. Their drink menu features 10 specialty cocktails, a traveling bar cart, tons of tequila and mezca flights.

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Check out El Thrifty, now open in Optimist Hall!

Jan 21, 2020


Plaza Midwood just got an indoor miniature golf course, and it's pretty cool. Check out Stroke!

Posted by Alissa DeRogatis • Plaza Midwood Nightlife

Now open in Plaza Midwood, Stroke, a 5,000 square foot indoor miniature golf course. These days people want to do more than just drink and Stroke delivers a unique experience that Charlotte is going to love.

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It costs $10 for a year long membership to Stroke which includes one round on the 9 hole course. Each round after that is $10 to play. There are also two ways you can play the course - technical or easy, depending on the crowd you’ve come with. Making Stroke a great place for families or a tipsy group of friends.

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Stroke’s bar has nine cocktails while also including a full wine and beer list. They also have a nine item food menu that includes hot dogs and spinach and artichoke dip (my favorite).

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Stroke is located at 1318 Pecan Avenue, Suite 101. They’re open from 4 p.m. to midnight Wednesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to midnight on the weekends. Keep in mind they’re closed Monday and Tuesday.

Jan 16, 2020


17 Queen's Feast restaurants that include alcohol or drink specials

Posted by Amanda Erskine • Where To Eat

Happy Queen’s Feast Eve! 

Queen’s Feast is one of Charlotte’s most anticipated bi-annual events, involving all of the things we Charlotteans love: Eating at Charlotte favorites and saving money while doing it. The only thing that’s missing is a self-serve bar option. However, there ARE a handful of restaurants that include an alcoholic beverage, or a can’t miss deal on alcohol, and we just want to make you aware of these while you’re deciding where to make your reservations. 

Please note that none of these restaurant prices include tax/gratuity!

300 East

Charlotte Neighborhood: Dilworth

Queen’s Feast Price: $35 

What you get: 1 glass of wine. Choose from 2 whites and 2 reds

Bonterra Dining & Wine Room

Charlotte Neighborhood: Dilworth

Queen’s Feast Price: $35 

What you get: Featured Cocktail Available for Purchase- Raspberry Mule ($9) - raspberry vodka, ginger beer, lime juice

Cajun Queen

Charlotte Neighborhood: Elizabeth

Queen’s Feast Price: $35 

What you get: 1 Glass of wine or Draft Beer- Chardonnay, Merlot, or OMB Copper

Caswell Station

Charlotte Neighborhood: Elizabeth

Queen’s Feast Price: $350

What you get: Choice of one beverage- House Chardonnay, House Cabernet, or Local Craft Beer

 

The Trail House

Charlotte Neighborhood: Indian Trail

Queen’s Feast Price: $30

What you get: Choice of one beverage- Draft Beer or a Glass of House Wine

 

Pisces Sushi Bar & Lounge

Charlotte Neighborhood: Metropolitan

Queen’s Feast Price: $30 

What you get: Choice of one beverage- Glass of White or Red Wine, or Glass of Beer


The 220 Cafe

Charlotte Neighborhood: Mooresville/Statesville/Iredell Co. 

Queen’s Feast Price: $35

What you get: Choice of one beverage- Glass of White, Glass of Red Wine, or Beer from Fourth Creek Brewing Company, or Beer from Red Buffalo Brewing Company


Table 31 

Charlotte Neighborhood: Mooresville/Statesville/Iredell Co. 

Queen’s Feast Price: $35 

What you get: Enjoy ½-price select bottles of wine on Sunday nights.


Morgan Ridge Vineyards

Charlotte Neighborhood: Salisbury/Gold Hill/Rown Co. 

Queen’s Feast Price: $30 or $35

What you get: $35/per person with wine pairing experience- Must be 21 years of age to participate with valid ID. 

Big Ben’s

Charlotte Neighborhood: South End

Queen’s Feast Price: $30 

What you get: Choice of one beverage- House Chardonnay, House Cabernet, or Local Craft Beer

 

Yume Ramen Sushi & Bar

Charlotte Neighborhood: South End

Queen’s Feast Price: $35

What you get: Choice of one beverage- Select House Wine (Merlot, Pinot Grigio, Prosecco), or Large Japanese Sake Carafe

 

Harper’s 

Charlotte Neighborhood: Pineville

Queen’s Feast Price: $30 

What you get: Choice of one beverage- White Street “Scottish” Ale, Catawba “White Zombie” Belgian White, OMB “Capt. Jack” Pilsner, Athena Cabernet, Gabbiano Pinot Grigio, Darkhorse Red Blend, or Topo Chico.

 

Ted’s Montana Grill

Charlotte Neighborhood: Ballantyne/Pineville/Rea Farms/Waverly

Queen’s Feast Price: $35

What you get: Choice of one beverage- Bison Ridge Wines (Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot), or Draft Beer (Local Craft-Ask Server for Details, Sam Adams Seasonal, Stella Artois, Blue Moon, Red Oak), NoDa Seasonal,

 

Harper’s 

Charlotte Neighborhood: South Park

Queen’s Feast Price: $30 

What you get: Choice of one beverage- White Street “Scottish” Ale, Catawba “White Zombie” Belgian White, OMB “Capt. Jack” Pilsner, Athena Cabernet, Gabbiano Pinot Grigio, Darkhorse Red Blend, or Topo Chico

 

Maggiano’s Little Italy 

Charlotte Neighborhood: South Park 

Queen’s Feast Price: $30 

What you get: Featured Wines at Special Pricing- Pinot Noir, Vento Di Mare & Pinot Grigio, Vento Di Mare. (6 oz. $8 | 9 oz. $12 | Bottle $28)

 

37sol Southwest Kitchen

Charlotte Neighborhood: Southwest Charlotte/Ayrsley

Queen’s Feast Price: $30 

What you get: Choice of one Margarita- Jalapeno Cucumber Margarita, or Blackberry Margarita

 

Brazz Carvery & Steakhouse

Charlotte Neighborhood: Uptown

Queen’s Feast Price: $35

What you get: Choice of one beverage- Glass of Wine (Cabernet, Malbec, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Moscato) or Draft Beer (OMB: Copper, Captain Jack, Seasonal)

Jan 14, 2020


Why you need to check out Pins Mechanical Co. and 16 Bit & Bar Arcade ASAP.

Posted by Amanda Erskine • Southend Nightlife

If you have an Instagram, then you have most likely seen a handful of Instagram stories showing friends and acquaintances alike, playing duckpin bowling, competing in bucket patio pong, and drinking cocktails with an Airhead Extreme garnish. If you haven’t been there yourself yet, let us increase your FOMO by letting you know that you are definitely missing out on South End’s newest hot spot, Pins Mechanical Co and 16 Bit Bar & Arcade.

This duel concept came together in Charlotte for the first side-by-side version of these micro-chains from Rise Brands. You can find other Pins Mechanical Co.’s and 16 Bit Bar & Arcade’s in Columbus, Cleveland, Dublin, Nashville, and Indianapolis. 

Concept:

The chains are the epitome of all the things you love about the 80’s and 90’s in the form of  an arcade bar with cocktails named after celebs from those decades. This theme is accompanied by REAL vintage arcade games and pinball machines and tons of easter eggs in the wall paper, art, and drinks. 

Rise wanted to provide guests with an alternative to a standard night out in South End, with ample activities to accompany their drinks. 

Games:

  • Duck-Pin Bowling: $6 per game, per person. 

  • Patio pong: Free to play. First come, first serve. 

  • Giant Jenga. Free to play

  • Connect Four. Free to play

  • Foosball. $.50

  • Pinball. $.50

  • Ping Pong. $10/hour

  • Skee Ball. Free to play. First come, first serve.

  • Bocce Ball. $10/hour

  • Giant Connect 4’s. Free to play. First come, first serve.

  • Giant Lite Bright. Free to play. First come, first serve.

  • Hooker. Free to play. First come, first serve.

What to Expect:

Dogs and kids are both allowed! Dogs are allowed at all hours that Pins Mechanical Co. is open, while kids are only allowed until 8pm. After that, Pins and 16 Bit become 21+ only. 

Also, expect to see everyone you’ve ever met in Charlotte at this bar. This is the new weekday and weekend spot, and no person will leave it unturned. 

Dec 23, 2019


Your Guide to (Almost) Every Wine Special in Charlotte

Posted by Alissa DeRogatis • Where To Drink

Calling all wine lovers! Here are the best wine specials in Charlotte sorted by day of the week, starting with wine down Wednesday.

Wednesday:

All American Pub - ½ price glasses

Angry Ales - ½ off wine (and queso!)

Blackfinn - ½ price glasses and bottles

Burton’s Bar and Grill - ½ price bottles

Caswell Station - ½ price bottles

Dilworth Tasting Room - ½ price Cabernet Sauvignon

Firebirds - $5 select glasses

Ink N Ivy - ½ price glasses

Murphy’s - $5 select glasses

Pisces - ½ price bottles

Studio Movie Grill - $5 glasses

Tavern on the Tracks - ½ price bottles

Tupelo Honey - $6 glasses

Village Tavern - ½ price glasses

Zen Fusion - ½ price Sangria

Thursday:

Bulgogi Box - ½ price glasses and bottles

Crave Dessert Bar - $20 bottomless wine

Dilworth Tasting Room - ½ price Rose

Fitzgerald’s - ½ price glasses and bottles

Lebowski’s Neighborhood Grill - $6 glasses

Midwood Smokehouse - ½ price bottles

Rosemont - $4 wine

The Wine Loft - ½ price bottles

Whiskey Warehouse - ½ price glasses and bottles

Friday:

Duckworth’s - ½ price bottles

Studio Movie Grill - 25% off bottles

Saturday:

Studio Movie Grill - 25% off bottle

Sunday:

300 East - ½ price bottles

Paco’s Tacos and Tequila - ½ price bottles

Zen Fusion - ½ price wine bottles (under $45)

Monday:

300 East - ½ price glasses

Fitzgerald’s - $5 house wine

Pisces - ½ price glasses

Pizza Peel (Plaza) - $4 glasses

Tupelo Honey - ½ price bottles

Tuesday:

300 East - ½ price glasses of Rose

Brazwells - ½ price glasses and bottles

Common Market - $5 wine tasting

Zen Fusion - ½ price glasses