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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 10, 2017


DOT, DOT, DOT Opening Soon!

Posted by Amanda Erskine • Nightlife Reviews

Attention all Scotch lovers, Bourbon connoisseurs, and Whiskey aficionados: “…” or phonetically speaking, “Dot, Dot, Dot,” Charlotte’s newest Cocktail Lounge, is projecting a Mid-April opening date! 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 soundproofing the ceiling and last minute infrastructure details, but should have floor installation, ceiling panels, furniture, and interior design aspects falling into place very soon! 

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. 

See below for sneak peeks of the space as it is currently. We will be keeping up with the space as they continue their progress, so make sure to check back for further updates including pictures of the finished interior and more information!  

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


Tin Roof LIVE Band Schedule for April

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 April

4/4- Ethan Hanson 9pm-12am 4/5- Trivia 7pm / karaoke 9pm 
4/6- wild planes 9pm-1am 
4/7- bald brothers 5pm-8pm/ Brandon Stiles 10pm-2am 
4/8- Blue Monday 10pm-1am 
4/11- bald brothers 9pm-12am 
4/12- Trivia 7pm / karaoke 9pm 
4/13- rescue me 9pm-1am 
4/14- Jon linker 5pm-8pm / the armory 10pm-2am 
4/15- Todd Murray 5pm- 8pm / Glow co 10pm-2am 
4/17- bald brothers 5pm-8pm 
4/18- Ethan Hanson 9pm-12am 
4/19- Trivia 7pm / karaoke 9pm 
4/20- Jerry Jacobs 9pm-1am 
4/21- Jon linker 5pm-8pm / Jerry jocobs 10pm-2am 
4/22- the 3rd wheel 10pm-2am
4/25- bald brothers 9pm-12am 
4/26- Trivia 7pm / karaoke 9pm
4/27- Todd Johnson band 9pm-1am 
4/28- jay Taylor 10pm-2am 
4/29- mic Larry 10pm-2am 



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. 

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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.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/b... 

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! 

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/s... 

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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Eventbrite - I Would Cuddle You So Hard: Valentine's Bar Crawl

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 )

Nov 16, 2016


The Different Kinds of Ubers You May Have (and their appropriate ratings)

Posted by Amanda Erskine • Nightlife Reviews

Along with the anger we all felt about not having the idea first, the invention of Uber brought us both immense joy and many a tear to the corner of our eyes.

For the few individuals reading this and phonetically asking themselves “what’s You-Burr?” while simultaneously applying Sea-Bond to their dentures and listening to George Gershwin, you my friend, are harboring a $20 free Uber ride and are now considered the most selfish person on Earth. How does it feel? 

Uber is a life-altering experience filled with a surprise in every car. The mystery is in the arrival and you just don’t know what you’re going to get until it gets there. Each ride is a unique one, and truly depends on who is fatefully in your vicinity at the time of ordering. So whom might you experience?

 

The Awkwardly Silent Uber

Getting into this Uber, It’s apparent that the ride will be an uncomfortable one. None of the people in your group have consumed enough alcohol, and even if you had, this Uber is just not having it. Whoever was unlucky enough to get the passenger seat can try to ask about the driver’s family and pull out the ole faithful “How busy have you been tonight?” But really this one just has to be (literally) ridden out.  

3.7 Stars

 

The Dance Club on Wheels Uber

You can see this ride coming from 5 miles away. It’s pimped out with strobe lights, a disco ball, a show girl dancing on the roof, and upon getting in, the driver provides you with glow sticks and a dope playlist featuring My Humps and every song ever written by Drake. Ever.

5 stars

  

The Snack Providing Uber 

This driver probably rolled up in a minivan or Honda accord and is a middle-aged woman or father of 2.  Expect to be offered a variety of: mints, Lance crackers, a veggie platter, and Bojangles sausage biscuits during your trip, but also make sure to check for opened wrappers and razor blades first. Better safe than roofied!

5 stars

 

The Projecting Uber 

This Uber provides/assaults you with a 10-minute ride filled with an explanation of their entire life story about: how they used to play basketball in Mumbai, or how his wife left him for her therapist, or how her dog recently switched to organic food because of its indigestion, etc. By the end, they are sobbing and blasting Phil Collins while you sympathetically pat their shoulder and sing along to “Against All Odds.”

3 Stars

 

The Creepy AF Uber

As you head to your destination, most likely solo, your Uber starts up a conversation that leads into questions about your personal life. Such as: are you in a relationship? Is your belly button pierced? What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done for $10? When they drop you off, make sure to walk backwards, in the opposite direction of your home, and carry your keys in “ready to shank” position, until they leave the parking lot.

.5 Stars 

 

Someone Else’s Uber

Half way through the ride and casual conversation being exchanged, the driver suddenly calls you “Sarah,” and only then do you realize he’s going in the complete opposite direction of your destination. Luckily, it’s a quick fix. Play it cool and tell them, “Change of plans!” (Adding in a nonchalant laugh for good effect). You’ll be dropped off safely and free of charge, and “Sarah” will get reimbursed in the morning. (Sorry, Sarah!)

4.5 Stars

Nov 15, 2016


​Ways to Spend Your Winter Days in the QC

Posted by Lex Paige • Nightlife Reviews

Though it rarely snows here in the QC, everyone likes some good-old
holiday fun.  And despite our lack of that unbearable winter air and
shimmery white stuff on the ground, the selection of winter activities is
prominent in our Queen City and surrounding areas; so staying cooped up
this winter won’t be an option.

Speedway Christmas- Throw your friends, family and anyone else you want to
spread some holiday cheer with in the car and drive on down to Concord for
the most holiday fun you could ask for. Starting November 19th through
December 31st, the Charlotte Motor Speedway transforms itself to a
3.5-mile long holiday paradise filled with lights, music and a Christmas
village with tensile and all.

A Brewery Tour with Bae- Okay so it doesn’t have to be with your bae, but
brewery tours are the absolute best. There’s nothing like wearing your
favorite sweater, enjoying a cold brew and enjoying the sights, sounds and
hoppy smells of a winter brewery tour.  With places like Birdsong Brewing
Co. having g cozy fire pits and taprooms filled with games and NoDa
Brewing Company offering free brewery tours on select days, you and
whomever you chose to share the discovery of beer with can have a great
time indoors enjoying delicious beverages.

Take a Carriage Ride- If you love horses and Charlotte as much as we do,
you will find this most unique winter attraction pure bliss. Charlotte
Center City Carriage Tours are a delightful pastime though the streets of
uptown and can be found at the intersection of Trade and Tryon. Think it’s
too cold? Well, they have you covered.  Blankets are provided on this
historical and magical experience and of course you can pet the horses
before and after your ride.

Bar Cocoa- A Desert bar for chocolate lovers of all ages, Bar Cocoa is
located in the lobby of The Ritz-Carlton in Uptown and it is the sweetest
spot to be. Offering a class at their Cocoa Lab, you can make your own
holiday treats and celebrate the time of the season in a chocolate lover’s
paradise. Because really, who doesn’t love chocolate?

Ice Skating- Yes, Charlotte has an outdoor ice rink and you and your
friends, significant other or even by yourself can experience the joy of
ice skating. Bring your own or rent a pair, skating at the Holiday On Ice
rink allows you to enjoy the holiday season, crisp winter air; all while
embraced by the uptown atmosphere.

Experience a Hornets Game- Enter the swarm and take yourself to see at
least one Hornet’s game this year. Perfect for winter, grabbing yourself a
seat in the hive allows you to see some talented ballers shoot some hoops,
enjoy some classic stadium concessions and stay nice and warm in the
stands. And even if basketball isn’t quiet your thing, the experience as a
whole of a Hornet’s game is an exciting and memorable one that’s perfect
for all ages.

Nov 15, 2016


PLAZA MIDWOOD: Shooting Last Night Makes Two in One Month

Posted by Hunter Wilson • Nightlife News

Things are not looking good for one of Charlotte's most unique neighborhoods. In the past month the little area right east of Uptown has had two different shootings at night (one fatal).

The first happened on Oct. 16th when a 26-year old woman was found fatally shot behind a real-estate building in Plaza Midwood. Suspect still at large.

Last night the second shooting occurred right outside Snug Harbor! Patrons said they say two men arguing and then walked around the side of the building where the shots were heard. 

The man was shot several times in the chest and was taken to CMC with critical condition. Police are asking for anyone with information about this shooting to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

The question we need to be asking is what is happening to Plaza Midwood? A seemingly laid-back and cool side of town to go out at night has had two shootings in one month! 

Is it safe? 

Nov 11, 2016


10 Weird and Wonderful Things in the QC

Posted by Lex Paige • Nightlife Reviews

Charlotte is one interesting place to say the least. It's not the biggest city and when it rains no one comes out, but regardless it's the place many of us call home. This is why we chose to embrace some of Charlotte’s quirkiness and layout for all of you 10 of the most weird and wonderful things you may have never noticed in the QC. 

  1. Amelie's Bakery & the Atmosphere- A true landmark to the city and a delicious one might we add, Amelie’s Bakery is a must see in the QC. With one in NoDa and one in uptown, Amelie's you could not find more unique venues. From mismatching furniture, old school books, hanging trees and mannequins on the wall; this is a wonderful place to spend time with some friends and treat yourself to some fabulous sweets. 
  1. Romare Bearden Park- If you venture to 300 South Church Street, you will find this public park is filled with colorful fountains, open fields and chimes; this park is a hidden diamond in the Charlotte crown.  Making for a lovely day trip or Sunday afternoon, 
  1. The Building Lights off of 7th Street- These are one of the coolest, oddest and most pointless architectural attributes but man are they stupid fun. Especially after you've had a few, right off the 7th street light rail stop these panel lights activate with just the touch of your hand. With truly no point but to make you smile, the panels make music when touched and If you want to get fancy, try solving the riddle to make the panel lights play a song. This is literally Charlottes only singing building. 
  1. The Giant Head in Plaza Midwood- In a private residence, this stone fixture is strange, totally random and no one has any idea where it came from. If you are ever in the Charlotte area, we advise you unquestionably to go visit this 6-foot stone head that rests in a yard with no house off Central Ave. 
  1. Uptown Charlottes Firebird Sculpture-Uptown Charlottes Firebird Sculpture- Located outside The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, this sparkly masterpiece sort of resembles a chicken perching on a bent stick, but is a true icon of Charlotte. “Firebird” by Niki de Saint Phalle or as some natives refer to it as “Disco Chicken,” is a symbol of public art that everyone loves and serves as a pretty prime photo spot too. 
  1. Rosedale Historic Plantation- Right off of North Tryon, this plantation use to span all across Mecklenburg County in the 1800s. A very random and hidden mystery, this plantation offers daytime tours Thursday-Sunday, filling you on the spooky history of our beloved city.  
  1. Metalmorphosis Sculpture- Constructed at the Whitehall Technology Park in Charlotte, this 14-ton sculpture made from massive stainless steel layers is definitely a sight to see. A mirrored water fountain by Czech sculptor David Černý, this fountain doesn’t just shoot out water, but also can rotate 360 degrees, has a live webcam and occasionally aligns to create a massive head. (Charlotte loves strange heads)
  1. Sleepy Poet Antique Mall- As their slogan goes, “No Rhyme or Reason, Just Cool Stuff,” and that is exactly what this establishment offers. A true time traveling experience, you can spend hours here discovering vintage clothing, jewelry, artifacts and hidden treasures. 
  1. Smelly Cat Coffeehouse & NODA Coffee Roasters- An award winning coffeehouse with an unusual name, this coffee joint is a living art project. With tons of great coffee and drink options, local art collaborations and the best pumpkin spiced latte I have ever had. 
  1. Jeff’s Bucket Shop- A modern day speak easy open for karaoke seven days a week, this private club is located in the basement of a rundown strip mall on Montford Drive. It is a small venue, open from 7pm till 2am, costing you a dollar for your membership and serves you free popcorn all night long. It is super simple, very grunge; but that’s what makes it so amazing and perfect for Charlotte. 

Nov 09, 2016


Quick Guide to Charlotte's Football Watch Party Bars

Posted by Katie Vaas • Nightlife Reviews

Although the air has not quite turned, so all sweatshirts and boots are still tucked into the back of your closet, football season is in full swing!  It is no secret that Charlotte is a melting pot of people.  With that, brings fandom for a plethora of teams both collegiately and professionally.  At this point, your team may be proving to be the rock stars you always thought they were, or you are already onto dreaming of “next year”.  Regardless of your squad’s record, gathering with fellow fans and enjoying great food and drink is a favorite amongst all.

Charlotte is a city surrounded by strong college programs; with the local college favorites including SEC great South Carolina and ACC Rivals Clemson, Duke, North Carolina, and NC State.  Other honorable nearby mentions are Wake Forest, Appalachian State, and of course, UNC Charlotte.  However, those aren’t the only games you can find on TV's across area bars on Saturdays, different alumni and fan clubs have established roots at quite a few  locations  where fans can gather to either celebrate or commiserate their squads.  

If you are looking to mix up your Saturday routine, or even perhaps to mix up the team you cheer for, it is absolutely worth checking out one of the spots below.  

Too many chores to check off your list to spend Saturday watching football?  More of a pro fan?  Fan Clubs for the NFL teams have established territories at local bars too. 

Let us know if we missed one of your favorites OR what your thoughts are on any of the above.  Lastly, I want to hear from you- let me know where your favorite spots are to watch football in this city – tweet me @KatieV03!

Nov 07, 2016


6 Tips for Hosting a Phenomenal Friendsgiving

Posted by Kristen Creed • Nightlife Reviews

There’s lots of talk about Thanksgiving being the overlooked holiday in between it’s predecessor Halloween, and Christmas, the one that shows up even before you change out of your costume. But there’s another that has gained lots of attention, and for very good reason. There can’t be a Thanksgiving without first celebrating a Friendsgiving, am I right? I didn’t begin looking forward to, partaking in and enjoying Friendsgiving until I, a bright-eyed millennial moved to Charlotte two years ago right around the holidays. And now, the event is a must. The two main ingredients are close friends and great food — two of life’s greatest joys. 

Enjoy these tips, but know that you can’t really mess up a Friendsgiving — cheers!

1. Invite your friends, their friends and their friends’ friends

Or maybe just your closest group! It’s up to you. Source the crowd that will bring and multiply the most joy (and food and booze). It’s a season of togetherness — embrace it!

2. The meal is and should always be a group effort

No one person should make the entire meal. It’s not practical, it can get pricey and it’s a lot of work. Instead, think potluck. Everyone signs up for a dish, and all of sudden you have a feast to share, (and minimal dishes to clean, which leads me straight into my next tip). And, don’t forget. Pinterest is everyone’s friend.

3. Buy cheap plates, cups, cutlery, etc.

Fancy table settings are nice, but Friendsgiving is about being together, eating great food, drinking and having a grand ol’ time. This could even be someone’s contribution… you know, the friend that hates to cook? They were just handed a very important task. You could even dress it all up with super simple name cards — just a thought.

4. Just like the meal, everyone should bring drinks!

This is a given, but I’m laying it all out on the table, here. (Pun, intended.) Have everyone bring their own drinks, contribute to a drink stockpile or make a large batch cocktail. Or all of the above. This is a joyous occasion, after all. You can never have too much.

5. Make it Festive

You don’t have to go all out, but take it from me — Target has really cute and relatively inexpensive things that will do just the trick for your Friendsgiving — banners, napkins, plates, centerpieces. Do as little or as much as you please!

6. Begin Traditions

You can choose to just eat, drink and laugh. That’s totally acceptable. But starting traditions can be super fun, and as we all inevitably grow older (sorry for bringing that up) those additional memories will be great to look back on. I for one, want to either draw names for Secret Santas or Bad Santas(White Elephant) at my Friendsgiving. (Thanksgiving is a gateway into Christmas — I can’t help it!)

Again, you can’t go wrong in this celebration. As long as your humble abode is filled with friends, and your friends are filled with food, you’ve done Friendsgiving flawlessly. Celebrate, spread joy and have fun!

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Nov 07, 2016


7 Best Pizza Spots in Charlotte

Posted by Lex Paige • Nightlife Reviews

We’ve broken down what we believe are the top seven pizza joints in the Charlotte area. From mouthwatering specialty pies to the classic cheese slice, thanks to our list, you can indulge and enjoy in some prime pizza every day of the week!  Because I mean really, who does love pizza?

  1. Libretto's Pizzeria- Located in the heart of Charlotte in the Epicentre, Libretto’s Pizzeria serves NY-style pizza, pasta and classic entrees that are extremely delicious. Especially after having a few drinks and working up that “I consumed too much alcohol I need food” mentality, grabbing a slice from Libretto’s is the food choice you won’t ever regret. 
  2. Pie in the Sky Pizza- Located at 320 South Tryon Suite 109, this pizza joint has some delectable choices that are quick, affordable and scrumptious. For only $6 you can get yourself a drink and two slices which is also known as darn good deal. And with one of the best BBQ specialty slices I have ever tried, Pie in the Sky Pizza is a truly hidden gem in the QC that you need to stop by and try. 
  3. Mellow Mushroom- You can always get the best vibes from the atmosphere of this pizzeria, but don’t underestimate them, because the pizza is just as great too. Though the wait times tend to be long, Mellow Mushroom makes the dining out pizza experience a memorable one. One of their best specialty pies? Our vote goes to the option of making your own! Yes, with the choice to make your own pizza from scratch and gluten free options, Mellow Mushroom steals our hearts and brings peace to our souls with their pizza.
  4. Hawthorne’s Pizza & Bar- Pizza served fresh, hot, and greasy just like it should be; Hawthorne’s Pizza & Bar is a pleasant little eatery located at 1701 East 7th Street that has a family-friendly vibe to it. If you have a sweet tooth, you may want to try their s’mores pizza and if you don’t want to travel to my favorite location in Charlotte, Mint Hill, Huntersville and Harrisburg have locations too.   
  5. Benny Pennello’s- located on North Davidson Street in the heart of Noda, Benny Pennello’s Pizzeria is a great late night spot with giant slices, craft beers and a tranquil atmosphere. Though a slice will set you back a good $5 for a specialty slice, the portion you get in return is 100% worth it. If you are feeling adventurous and extra hungry, you can give the Benny’s Challenge a shot, which was created to give customers a chance to win some big cash while chowing down on some delicious pizza. Amateur Eaters have one hour to complete the challenge of eating an entire 28" Benny's pizza loaded with sausage and pepperoni and Competitive Eaters have 15 minutes. Let us warn you though, the total weight of the pizza is 8 pounds…God speed. 
  6. Brixx Wood Fired Pizza (Dilworth) - If you are looking for great brick oven pizza in a cozy little atmosphere, Brixx Wood Fired Pizza in Dilworth is your destination. They have unique pizza flavors all wood fired with late hours and of course local beers to enjoy while you eat. 
  7. Fuel Pizza Café- Located in Plaza Midwood in an old gas station, Fuel Pizza Café is one of the best tasting NY-style pizza available in the south. Serving one of the most delicious Hawaiian pizzas I have ever tasted, you can’t go wrong with this neighborhood pizza joint.

Nov 04, 2016


​Where you should go out tonight based on your current life status

Posted by Amanda Erskine • Nightlife Reviews

Where you should go out tonight based on your current life status...

When deciding on where to go out in Charlotte, there truly is a bar/nightclub with an atmosphere, drink menu, or crowd demographic to match any mood or recent life event. Whether you just blew into town or you’re a native, young or old, have life figured out or are pretending you do, there is a guarantee that you will find somewhere to go to fit your nightlife needs. So if you’re looking for a place to head tonight, here is a non-inclusive guide for going out uptown based on your current life status. 

You Just Graduated College, Where Are You Going to Go Next?!

If you recently walked across the stage of your now alma mater, and your fresh new job has located you to the Queen City where you are ready to continue partying, only now with a newly awesome salary, you should be spending it at Roxbury. Roxbury is the perfect place for those individuals who spent their entire university experience in the basement of a frat house jamming to the oldies and listening to girls scream every time a new song came on. So keep the "best four years of your life" going, replace paying for a keg cup with a cover, and make sure to ask the DJ for the glow-in-the-dark item of the night for a fun souvenir of your wild night on the town, ya party animal.

It’s your Bday/Bachelorette Party/Promotion/Payday, You Can Drink If You Want To

Whatever your excuse for celebration is, what better way to cheers to *insert reason here* than with a cocktail and Instagram worthy picture of you and your friends fake laughing with Charlotte in the background? Rooftop 210 is where you should be headed, for a night of sophisticated (or reckless) drinking and countless photoshoots. Look forward to relaxing on the rooftop, ordering bottle service, clinking your glasses, and feeling way more financially secure than you actually are… at least until you check your bank account the next morning.

You and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

If you’re having the absolute worst day of your life due to: a relationship ending, getting fired from your job, or maybe even evicted from your apartment because you spent all of your rent money on drinks and food trucks, go take it out at Suite. Suite has everything you need for resolving your aggression towards life. This "trendy, upscale nightclub" offers remedies like: potential celebrity or Afroman sightings, taking pictures with the dancers (and posting them on every social media outlet to make your ex jealous), and spending tons of money in order to satisfy your wounded ego. Make sure you dress according to their dress code though or be prepared for yet another rejection. 

I’m Just Not That Into You

If that girl/guy you’ve been seeing has started to text you during the day and drop the “R” word, and you realize that you’re just not feeling it, you should take them to Prohibition.This 1920s themed bar is the perfect place to start the night out before bar-hopping to the next one. Getting there early guarantees a smaller crowd, but by 11pm expect a massive amount of people to just show up all at once. Using the density of the crowd for a quick and subtle escape, you can head to your next destination before your “casual fling” notices you’re long gone. If subtly isn’t your style, feel free to send a public breakup text to be displayed on the bar’s TV for the entire bar to see.  

Finding Love in a Hopeless Place

Sometimes it gets lonely in Char-town. Sure, there are tons of people on Tinder to meet and always that super intoxicated person at the bar who will do for the night, but now you are looking for something meaningful. If this is the case, then you should head over to Dandelion Market. Dandelion is the perfect place to approach someone in a non-threatening way due to their open layout and available seating. Of course there are still the overly drunk individuals who you can resort to if you strike out, but for the most part, this is the perfect place to lock eyes with someone and yell conversation at each other over a nice corner booth all night. Also the potential of the ceiling collapsing from the floor visibly and physically shaking, will give you that perfect excuse to cling onto each other. Then in the morning, you can go back for brunch and reminisce over how you first met. Awwwww

“I Want All of You, Forever, Every Day, You and Me” 

The honeymoon phase hasn’t faded and you are ready to keep it exclusive. Head on over to Fitzgerald’s or their brother bar Connolly’s, where the welcoming Irish spirit makes them the perfect places to become a “regular” and satisfy your desire for exclusivity while also allowing you to live out your cheesy sitcom fantasy.  These bars are perfect to watch the game, grab some sauerkraut, or just have a casual beer with your friend group. You have no need to switch it up anyways since you’ve already found what you’re looking for. No matter the situation, your friends and you will all fatefully happen to show up at the exact same time and your booth will always be open. 

First Comes Love, Then Comes Marriage, Then Comes the Babysitter

Congratulations! You and your wife/husband/partner FINALLY feel comfortable enough to trust another human to watch over your bundle of joy. OR maybe you realized you know all the words to the Go! Diego Go! theme song and decided you desperately need a night out, to rediscover yourself before you became a frequent “Mommy and Me” attendee. Look no further than BlackFinn at the Epicentre. This restaurant-bar hybrid is the perfect place for you both to let loose while still maintaining that distinction of parental control. Stop in for dinner, then stay for the night crowd, where you will most likely be surrounded by a responsible crowd of white collars and convention attendees also looking for an alcohol-induced escape for the night. 

“I’m Too Old For This”

Maybe the party life is just too much for you now. You used to always lead the way to the bars and command the middle of the dance floor, but now your ideal night out consists of drinking in the comfort of your own home, where there is Netflix and an impressive collection of board games. If this sounds like you, I suggest heading over to Mellow Mushroom,where comfort is provided in the form of specialty pizza and convenience is a fully stocked bar in the middle of the restaurant.

Nov 01, 2016


Top 10 Fitness Dates in Charlotte

Posted by Angela Weir • Nightlife Events

Charlotte has no shortage of singles, and no shortage of great date spots. The problem is that dating is filled with booze and calories. You simply cannot avoid it. Whether you’re in a relationship or going on a different Tinder or Bumble date a few times a week – it’s almost impossible not to let these dates get in the way of your workouts.  

Luckily, Charlotte’s got you covered.

Charlotte breweries and bars know the struggle, and offer so many options to combine dates and booze with a great work out. 

Here are a few of my favorites throughout the city.

 

Day/Time: 365days a year (literally) – class times through 8:30pm

Cost: Drop in cost is 22 or 13 depending on the class

Come to the studio for an intense power yoga class, stay for the insane menu and wine. Y2 is my favorite place to bring people who are new to yoga – the studio has such great vibes and the classes are filled with loud music that will get you dancing even on your mat.

Namastay Kitchen is attached to the studio, and has a deep menu of gourmet entrees, salads, sandwiches and even sushi. The wine menu will not disappoint. This is a stellar place to bring a first date.

 

Day/Time: Saturday 11am – 12pm

Cost: $5 

The new Tap Room at Lenny Boy is so excellent. If you haven’t been yet, their yoga on Saturday is a great time to start. The best part is, the cost includes a beer or kombucha pour – so half your date is already paid for! 

 

Day/Time: Monday and Wednesday – 6:30pm

Cost: $10 

You have more flexibility at Sycamore – they offer yoga two times a week. The class is ten dollars and doesn’t include a beer – but the teachers are stellar, and Sycamore is one of the most popular breweries in the city, making this a great date option. 

  

Day/Time: Tuesdays at 6:30pm 

Cost: $5 

Yoga on Tap is perhaps the most well known of these options – and the crowds can get pretty wild. It’s a nice way for people who are afraid to give yoga a try to ease into it – the stress of trying something new tends to lessen when you’re trying it with hundreds of other newbies. 

Cost includes a draft or a soda. Pro tip – they also have a yogi friendly menu they offer, in case your date is a little more health conscious.

 

Date/Time: Thursdays at 6:30pm

Cost: $5 

Triple C is a little less crowded, which can be nice for a date. The class gets you a free beer afterwards. 

  

Date/Time: Wednesdays 7pm and Saturdays at 12pm

Cost: Free! 

Mileage: 1, 3, 5 miles

With a Saturday option, you can have the best day date ever. They have flexible mileage, and you get a half pour after your run. 

  

Date/Time: Wednesdays 6:30pm 

Cost: Free! 

Mileage: 1, 3, 5 miles

Noda Run Club is another one that gets very popular, and very busy. Every Wednesday hundreds flock to Noda to get their run on. The routes are flexible and make sure there’s an option for you and your sweetie – no matter their skill. 

 

Date/Time: Monday 6:00pm 

Cost: Free! 

Mileage: 1, 3, 5 miles

If you’re in the mood for something a little more interactive – this is your choice. They often have prizes, music and raffles every week. There’s a band at 7pm. Flexible routes again make this a great option. Plus, Heist is a little fancier in terms of food, so if you’re really trying to impress someone post run – this may be your spot.

  

Date/Time: Thursday 6:30pm 

Cost: Free! 

Mileage: make your own

Coinciding with yoga – Triple C also has a run club on Thursday nights. If you like to run and your date likes to yoga – part ways and meet back up for drinks after!

You run on the greenway so you can pretty much choose your mileage, making it a great option for a newbie.

 

Date/Time: Wednesday 6:00pm 

Cost: Free! 

Now, this is perhaps my favorite, and it is definitely the most unique. Sugar Creek offers a Cross Fit like class every Wednesday. It’s led by trainers from Metro CrossFit so it’s safe and a killer work out. It’s the best place to take your date to try something new, work up a sweat together, and then enjoy a delicious brew from Sugar Creek next door.

 

Oct 31, 2016


5 Charlotte Neighborhood Bars To Keep On Your Radar

Posted by Danielle Mingus • Nightlife Reviews

Are you and your crew tired of going out to the same places all the time or burnt out on the downtown scene? If so, there are some awesome watering holes right around the corner that you need to check out.

 

Smokey Joes (Plaza Midwood/Oakhurst) - If you're looking for a laid back night out with some great music this is the place to go! Smokey Joes is known as the oldest dive bar in Charlotte at 35 years old and hosts some of the best live music in the area. Great beer specials, pool tables, ping pong & amazing live music – this place has something for everyone! The awesome rustic patio is one thing that makes Smokey Joes so special, you can keep warm by the fire, chat on the porch swing or play a game of ping pong. (Dog friendly)

 

Hattie’s (Plaza Midwood/NoDa) – Opened about 2 years ago, this place is one of Charlotte's best hidden secrets. You can enjoy one of the 24 beers on tap or try their famous Moscow mule. Hattie's atmosphere is very unique. They have several old school video games you can play for free while enjoying your drink. Every night of the week calls for different events such as trivia, bingo and live music. (Dog friendly)

 

Pint Central (Plaza Midwood) - Calling all art lovers. The first thing you notice about Pint when you walk in is the awesome art pieces that cover the walls, most of them from local artists. There is never a shortage of options with 32 beers on draft, a full bar and an amazing tapas menu. Outside, the patio is outlined with beautiful murals and you can usually find an awesome live band there. Occasionally they have live art events which allow you to watch the artists at work while enjoying your favorite cocktail. (Dog friendly)

 

Ed’s Tavern (Dilworth) - Ed’s is not exactly what you would call a dive bar but it has been around for a long time, since 1935 to be exact (formerly Martin's Hardware). Ed's is a restaurant with excellent food but don’t let the chandeliers fool you – this place knows how to have fun. They have an extensive beer list, taco Tuesdays, trivia nights and the back patio is currently under construction for the addition of their new rooftop bar which will allow them to stay open late night.

 

Jeff’s Bucket Shop (Montford) – There is never a shortage of good times at Jeff's. As you go into the door to enter you immediately go down a flight of stairs, reminiscent of a NYC underground lounge. This is definitely a dive bar, and a great one! We're talking a full stage karaoke bar that jams until 2 AM seven days a week! If you're on a budget worry not, there are great beer and drink specials nightly.

 

Oct 25, 2016


Amos' Southend Closing Forever After 17 Years of Shows in Charlotte

Posted by Katie Vaas • Nightlife News

March 4, 2017 is going to mark the end of an era for Charlotte. Amos’ Southend is closing its doors after about seventeen years because the parking lot they are leasing has been sold for development; leaving the venue without any alternate options.  

The music hall originally opened in Park Road Shopping Center in 1990, but then moved to its current location at 1423 S. Tryon St in 2000 where it has brought countless acts through the Charlotte neighborhood. 

I first heard of the landmark’s closing in August, along with everyone else, and felt a pang of sadness. I knew that it has offered a slew of different acts over the years.  Entertainment options, including but not limited to,  Midget Wrestling, Tribute Bands, Hip Hop Artists, and Country Singers. Somehow, though, I still had not yet managed to get there. Nor had I made doing so a priority; until I knew my time was running out.   

After a sullen discussion about how upsetting it is to have the place close, going to a concert there escalated up the priority list.  My friends and I decided to make a night out of the experience: getting drinks and dinner across the street at Brasstap, walking about 100 yards to the concert, and then going through a completely stress-free entry process.  

We found ourselves in a great spot in the middle of the crowd, grabbed a few very reasonably priced cold ones, and enjoyed a great show, by David Nail, on a fantastic stage.  My biggest take away was that it is a much bigger venue than it appears to be- I could not help but think I had somehow wound up in a bar in Nashville. 

It is not yet public knowledge as to what will be replacing it, but one thing is clear, Amos’ closing is an unfortunate happening for our city.  To send it out properly, everyone should try to check out one of the remaining events- take in a concert or perhaps ring in the New Year.  There isn’t a farewell tour, but the place deserves a special effort for one last visit; or a first visit, if you just haven’t made it there yet.

Oct 20, 2016


Bar Charlotte is out. Lucky's Bar & Arcade is in!

Posted by Hunter Wilson • Nightlife News

After 21 years of being the home of Bar Charlotte, 300 N College St (being re-branded as Northside Station) will have a new occupant. Lucky's Bar & Arcade should open in late October.

The inside has been completely renovated from what many Charlotteans remember as the old Bar Charlotte. Construction/renovations are still ongoing but here is a little sneak peak... Clean and sleek so far!

The new concept will have a huge selection of new and vintage arcade games, pinball machines, skee-ball (my personal favorite), and all your classic and new console games. 

This seems like perfect timing considering Nintendo is re-releasing it's classic NES in early November with over 30 games programmed on it. I would imagine we will see these all over the place inside of Lucky's by the end of the year.

The music will be mostly 90's. The sound system has been completely overhauled and will be pouring out your favorite flashback tunes.

This is not going to be your dollar draft kind of place either. An impressive craft cocktail menu is being setup so you won't get bored of trying new concoctions. 

One of Lucky's first events will be in association with the 5th Annual Halloween Block Party on Oct. 28th. Keep checking back to Lucky's Bar & Arcade page on CharlotteNightlife.com for their weekly events and drink specials. We will have them posted soon!

Sep 20, 2016


Halloween Events in Charlotte 2016

Posted by Hunter Wilson • Nightlife Events

Halloween is our favorite time of the year! The costumes, the parties, and of course the party photos are always crazy in Charlotte. This year is no different so get out there and have fun!

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5th Annual Nightmare on 5th St Block Party

Friday, October 28th 6pm-2am

The concept is simple. Checkin for the bar crawl will start at 6pm at Fitzgerald's Irish Pub (FREE PARKING BEHIND FITZGERALD'S WITH YOUR EVENT TICKET). Checkin will last from 6pm-8pm. Please come as early as you can. We have a lot of people to checkin! You can check your friends in as well, just give us their names.

Once you are checked in we will give you a wristband that will give you FREE COVER at all the participating venues, drink specials, entry into the costume contests, and the event itinerary. Follow our staff as we lead the group from bar to bar throughout the night!

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

Sponsored by Modelo and Larceny Bourbon: both on special all night at each venue.

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

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

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17th Annual Grave Diggers Ball featuring Afrojack

Get your tickets now before the price goes up!

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

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

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

Eventbrite - 17th Annual Grave Diggers Balll

Aug 23, 2016


Top 5 Spots to Watch Panther Games

Posted by Hunter Wilson • Nightlife Events

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aug 16, 2016


Dates with Dogs - Spots that encourage BYODog in Charlotte

Posted by Kala Halbert • Nightlife Reviews

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

1. Bark in the Ballpark

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

2. Twenty-Two art gallery in Plaza Midwood

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

3. Smelly Cat Coffeehouse

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

4. Atherton Market

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

5. Lucky Dog Bark & Brew

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

6. Food Truck Friday

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

7. Canine Cafe

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

8. Sleepy Poet Antique Mall

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

9. Whitewater Center

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

10. Breweries, Bars & Restaurants…

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

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

Jul 06, 2016


Charlotte's Other Bars

Posted by • Nightlife Reviews

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

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

The Punch Room

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

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

VBGB

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

Soul Gastrolounge

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

Selywn Pub

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

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

Jun 06, 2016


204 North Review

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

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

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

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

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

Top Favorites: -Non-traditional Calamari

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

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

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

Jun 02, 2016


New Bars in Charlotte

Posted by Hunter Wilson • Nightlife News

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

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

RECENTLY OPENED:

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

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

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

May 31, 2016


5th Annual Super Hero Bar Crawl: June 18th

Posted by Hunter Wilson • Nightlife Events

5th Annual Super Hero Bar Crawl

June 18th. 5pm-2am


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

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


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

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

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

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

Eventbrite - 6th Annual Super Hero Bar Crawl

May 24, 2016


After 21 Years, Bar Charlotte Will Close Forever

Posted by Hunter Wilson • Nightlife News

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 16, 2016


Best New and Upcoming Charlotte Restaurant Bars

Posted by • Nightlife Reviews

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

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

City Lights

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

Craft City Social Club

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

204 North

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

Essex Bar and Bistro

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

May 04, 2016


The Best Late Night Eateries in Charlotte

Posted by • Nightlife Reviews

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


New Kids on the Block

Blaze Pizza

1750 Camden Road

Charlotte, NC 28203

980-859-1463

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

Benny Pennello’s

2909 N Davidson St

Ste 100

Charlotte, NC 28205

980-949-8398

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

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


The Classics

Taco Mac 

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

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

The Midnight Diner 

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

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

The Diamond 

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

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

Amelie’s French Bakery 

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

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

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

Apr 28, 2016


FIND YOUR BEACH: Cinco de Mayo Corona Specials in Charlotte

Posted by Hunter Wilson • Nightlife News

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


Vida Vida: 

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

Strike City:

$3.50 Corona Extra and Corona Light and Modelo

On the Border on Providence:

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

Tavern on the Tracks:

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

Ru-Rus Tacos & Tequilas:

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

Pacos Tacos:

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

Fitzgeralds:

$4 Corona Extra & Corona Light bottles

Carolina Ale House:

$12 Corona Extra & Corona Light buckets

Salsa’s Ayrsley:

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

Tilt on Trade:

$3 Corona Light draft (all month of May)

Picasso's near UNCC:

$3 Corona Extra & Corona Light bottles

La Revolucion:

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

Rusty Rudder:

$2.75 Corona Extra & Corona Light bottles

Selwyn Avenue Pub:

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

Hot Taco:

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

Bradshaw's:

$3 Corona Extra & Corona Light bottles

Chuys:

$3 Corona & Corona Light & Modelo bottles

Press Box:

$3.50 Corona Light draft

Tres Pesos on Woodlawn:

$3 Corona Extra, Corona Light. and Modelo bottles

Azteca on Woodlawn:

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

La Unica in Huntersville:

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

Apr 25, 2016


Best Bloody Mary's Cocktails in Charlotte

Posted by Hunter Wilson • Nightlife Reviews

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Apr 25, 2016


Science on the Rocks at Discovery Place

Posted by Hunter Wilson • Nightlife Events

About Science on the Rocks

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

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

Apr 25, 2016


Sushi Making Class at Enso

Posted by Hunter Wilson • Nightlife Events

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

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

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

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

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

Apr 25, 2016


CharlotteNightlife.com Photographer

Posted by Hunter Wilson • Nightlife News

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

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

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

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

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


HOW TO APPLY:

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

1. Picture of yourself

2. Brief biography of yourself

3. What City are you applying for?

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

5. How old are you?

6. What nights can you consistently work each week?

7. What is your best contact phone number?

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

Mar 02, 2016


Top 5 Best Desserts in Charlotte

Posted by Hunter Wilson • Nightlife Reviews

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

1) Crave Dessert Bar - Bailey’s Bread Pudding

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

2) George’s Brasserie – Vanilla Panna Cotta

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

3) Amelie’s French Bakery – Salted Caramel Brownie

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

4) Cupcake Delirium – Velvet Bottom Cupcake

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

5) Pike’s Soda Shop – The Black Cow

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

Mar 01, 2016


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

Posted by Hunter Wilson • Nightlife Reviews

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

1) Chima Brazilian Steakhouse

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

2) McCormick and Schmick’s

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

3) Flemings Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar

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

4) Ri Ra’s Irish Pub

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

Feb 01, 2016


Charlotte Bartender's Ball

Posted by Hunter Wilson • Nightlife Events

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

You can't really ask for a better party. 

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

Here are some photo albums from last year!

2015 Bartender's Ball Album 1

2015 Bartender's Ball Album 2

2015 Bartender's Ball Album 3

2015 Bartender's Ball Album 4

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

Feb 01, 2016


Charlotte Restaurant Week: Editor Picks by Neighborhood

Posted by Hunter Wilson • Nightlife Reviews

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

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

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

Dilworth:

Fiamma

Eastover:

Lumiere

Elizabeth:

Carpe Diem

Myers Park:

ROCKSALT

Midtown:

Vivace

NODA:

Heist Brewery (the only participating restaurant in Noda).

Plaza Midwood:

Peculiar Rabbit.

South Charlotte:

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

SouthEnd:

Nan & Bryon's.

Uptown Charlotte:

Chima.

SouthPark:

Upstream

Feb 01, 2016


Get Saucy: Charlotte's Best Wings

Posted by Hunter Wilson • Nightlife Reviews

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

Mac's Speed Shop-Southend:

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

The Roasting Co.-South Park:

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

DD Peckers Wing Shack-Ballantyne:

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

Jan 01, 2016


Winter Invasion Weekend

Posted by Hunter Wilson • Nightlife Events

Winter Invasion Weekend

Massanutten Resort

Mcgaheysville, VA

February 26-28th, 2016

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

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

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

Itinerary:

Friday, Feb. 26th:

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

- Go Night Skiing or to the Waterpark

- LIVE Band Party at Resort Bar

Saturday, Feb 27th:

- Go Day/Night Skiing or to the Waterpark

- LIVE Band Party at Resort Bar

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

Accommodations:

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

PRICES:

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

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

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

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