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Feb 13, 2018

If you don't have plans this Wednesday, you have to check out Whisky River's Girl Power fueled Galentine's event

Posted by Dara Brewton • Nightlife Events

It’s almost that time of year again: Valentine’s day. The day most likely to leave you feeling disappointed because no matter what,  it can never live up to the hype. There’s just too much expectation, right? Maybe this year you should give cupid the snub! Skip all the lovey-dovey hoopla and enjoy yourself at the Who Needs A Boyfriend event at Whisky River instead! It’s a party that will definitely not leave you feeling downhearted, and comes with a ton of pampering.

All of the girl’s night out fun will start at 6 and last until 9pm on Valentine’s Day, this Wednesday February 14th, and the tickets for the event range from $12-$15. Space is limited at this 18+ party, so you may want to check for tickets on EventBrite before you head out to join the fun.

Whisky River is already a favorite for casual Charlotte entertainment. Located in the EpiCentre, it is an unpretentious spot is the perfect place for cocktails and dancing! Plus, on this girl’s night Valentine’s day event, their festivities will include fun makeup tutorials and chick flicks being shown on the big movie screens!

For those attending that are 21+, the entertainment can also include a game or two...or three (no judging!) of Prosecco Pong! Plus, there will also be a dessert table set up with a variety of mini-treats to satisfy your sweet tooth because chocolate is definitely a girl’s best friend, right?

Want a chance to win a new brow kit or some amazing lingerie? Write up your best worst first date story or a particularly bad picture of your ex for a chance to win and the chance to turn your terrible dating luck into awesome prize winning luck. Two winners will be chosen to receive a gift card from “the industry leaders in lingerie and makeup.” The submissions will be collected at the door, so come prepared. However only one submission will be accepted per person, so chose the BEST of your worst to win.

You definitely don’t need a boyfriend when you have Whisky River ready to provide all the pampering a girl could ever need on Valentine’s day! No disappointment on the horizon this year.

Take that cupid.

Feb 09, 2018

No one is talking about how good Uptown Cabaret's Breakfast is, but we need to

Posted by Amanda Erskine • Nightlife Reviews

Okay, we need to talk about the elephant in the room. Or more appropriately, the strip club on the corner. It seems like every week, there are a million new brunch places opening up in Charlotte, which is great because brunch is the most important meal of the day, but no one is talking about one of the classic, best places to get breakfast at, and I think it's time someone did. 

Guys, Uptown Cabaret has some bomb a** breakfast.

If you're reading this and thinking, "No thanks," then you're either a closed-minded hater of all things, or you really haven't tried it yet. 

Uptown Cab is where breakfast dreams come true. And other dreams, if you're looking for that, but I go for the breakfast. I'm being completely honest when I say that each time a friend from out-of-town visits, this is the ONE place I make sure to take them after a night on the town. Who needs late-night pizza, when the best breakfast in town, for the best price is right up the street?

The breakfast buffet is included with your entry, ($8 for ladies, and men have to buy a membership), and after you find a seat, you have a whole spread of biscuits, gravy, scrambled eggs, hash browns, french toast sticks, and sausage, to pile onto your plate and devour. MAKE SURE you hold onto your receipt in order to get breakfast, and also make sure you get everything you want on your first go-around because you only get one turn through the line!

Fun Fact: This buffet is provided every night by their neighbor, the infamous, Midnight Diner. HOWEVER, $8 at Uptown Cabaret will get you more than what $9 at Midnight Diner will. FACT. Or at least with certain meals. Plus, I believe Uptown Cab is putting something in their biscuits to make them taste even better than the originals.

So if you're looking for a late-night place to eat this weekend, check out Uptown Cab. Breakfast is served at 1am!

Don't believe me? Try it for yourself. You won't regret it, but your girlfriend might. 

Feb 07, 2018

Here's how to find South End's newest speakeasy, Backstage Lounge

Posted by Amanda Erskine • Nightlife News

In the past month, a new cocktail bar has opened in true speakeasy fashion, because only very few have known about it. The Backstage Lounge is the newest addition to South End and to the handful of other speakeasy's, sprinkled around the city. 

Located behind the new taco shop, Southbound, lives this ultra-secret speakeasy. Similar to PDT in New York City, in order to get into this bar, you must enter through an unmarked side door. And let me tell you, it isn't easy to find in the dark. I tried to find this location last night, after reading about the newest addition on CLTFive. For my first attempt to locate the speakeasy, I went to the gravel parking lot in the middle of Southbound and Mac's Speed Shop, found a gray side door with a fancy looking handle and pulled. PRO-TIP: This is not the entrance and no matter how many times you pull, it won't become the entrance. I've tested this for you, you're welcome. 

I almost gave up, assuming that since it wasn't Wednesday, it was locked for the night. Then, as I pulled out onto South Blvd and drove towards the city, I saw an individual walking into a side entrance near the dimly lit road behind Southbound. So, I swerved very quickly, with many followed honks and probably obscene names called out on my behalf, into the parking lot on the left side of Southbound, facing AAA. I then parked very illegally in a parking lot occupied by a dumpster, behind the restaurant. Once I got out of my car, I creepily peered through the dark windows and saw the murals painted on the inside that I read would be there. 

Walking towards the "front door" I saw a man blocking the entryway, getting ready to clean up the area. I called for his attention about 5 times before he heard me over the loud machine he was using, and asked if I could take some pictures of the entrance on my cell phone, since I had forgotten my camera's memory card. Totally legitimate.

P.S. If you are having trouble finding this front door, take note that it is under the awning towards the back of the building!

Once inside, you walk down the hallway to your left, and turn right to pass through the thick, red curtain. When you see a big wooden door, in a very tiny space, you have arrived.  Then, you turn all the way around in the space to find the vintage telephone, which is the secret "password" to gain entrance. In addition, if you have to step outside at anytime, there is a door in the very back of the building, near the aforementioned dumpster, that you must know the secret key code to, to re-enter. 

Wednesdays-Sundays, you will be able to gain entry through this door between the times of 5pm-2am. And if you have a membership, you will be welcomed into a dimly lit bar serving cocktails and small plates.

The membership costs $20, but will last throughout the year and allow you to bring up to 3 guests along. In order to apply for and receive a membership, you must go to their scant website and register online. You will then be contacted with information regarding your membership. 

See below for the sad pictures I took of the space!

Feb 05, 2018

Charlotte is loving quirkiness of Lincoln's Haberdashery in South End because it has something for everyone

Posted by Kristen Creed • Nightlife Reviews

The South Boulevard grocery hasn’t been open for business very long, but it’s already a favorite for South End residents and those who work in the neighborhood. My coworkers and I discussed why Lincoln’s Haberdashery was called a “haberdashery.” What exactly is a haberdashery besides a hard-to-say five syllable word? (A quick Google search explained that it’s a shop of a “haberdasher” that sells goods.) Simple enough. And that’s exactly what Lincoln’s Haberdashery is, with a few quirky details that you can’t help but love. And the same mind behind Futo Buta is responsible for this location… so you know it’s bound to be impressive.

Parking was a mystery at first — they should really detail parking on their website. To make it easy for you, you can park in the obvious lot, to the left (facing South Boulevard,) behind Lincoln’s, along the light rail, or across the street, where you can then play real life Frogger! (Kidding... )

Enter in from the door on South Boulevard and be greeted by a wall mural of none other than the 16th President, Abraham Lincoln, but with a grungier look and tattoos. There are truly surprises around every corner. Make your way down the stairs where you’ll be met with a coffee bar, a menu full of breakfast, lunch,  snacks and random goods — because this is a haberdashery after all. The menu is exciting — lemon ricotta-stuffed flapjacks, something they call a Sticky Biscuit, a version of bagel and lox, but on their fresh-baked bread, avocado toast and elaborate sandwiches that deserve attention during a weekday lunch break.

There are even beers on tap to go with that lunch. And if coffee or a draft beer isn’t what you’re looking for, there’s kombucha, juices, energy drinks, canned beers and a whole entire glorious corner of wine. You can buy a bottle of wine, or a of couple beers and find a spot inside their super cozy and charming little space. It’s one of those spots that has something for everyone, where you can have conversation, and truly catch up with friends, work through a project with a colleague or create an adorable little Sunday brunch with your S.O. — so dynamic!

One of my favorite things about Lincoln’s Haberdashery were the “goods.” While you’re waiting for your coffee or your sandwich, you kind of just stroll around and take it all in. There are little gag gifts, knick-knacky things here and there and even art that just makes you smile.

Again, there’s something for everyone — beer, wine and coffee lovers alike and for those who like a casual, cozy spot for lunch, a date, breakfast or a meeting. I think it’s noteworthy to mention that  I have not yet tried the Drunken Moo Juice — a porter or stout with soft serve ice cream — but I totally intend to do that soon. It’s like an adult version of a root beer float, and I don’t hate the concept. If you go once, you’ll go again and again. People are loving it. Bravo, Lincoln’s Haberdashery.

Jan 29, 2018

For a fun night in Matthews, visit Stumptown Social

Posted by Dara Brewton • Nightlife Reviews

When you think of where you want to go for a night out in the Queen City, Matthews isn’t usually the first place to come to mind, but that is about to change!

Stumptown Station, a private club, will be your new spot for a relaxed evening out with friends. Located on N Trade Street in downtown Matthews, this 1500 sq ft, 2-story brick building is serving up locally sourced liquor and a whole lot of atmosphere.  Named after the unofficial name given to the Matthews area in the early 1800s, back when the land was cleared to make way for development and was covered with tree stumps...stumptown.

From the eye-catching floor to the old-fashioned tiled ceilings, the whole place as this speakeasy vibe that makes for a great spot to sit back with a speciality crafted cocktail and converse with your favorite group of people. The basic membership ($5) gets you access to the bar for a year with the ability to bring up to 4 guests at a time, but the VIP membership ($30) gets you the same yearly access as the basic with a few extra perks like discounts, priority access to special events (tastings and classes), AND your very own engraved glass or mug.

Stumptown is serving up the local-est drinks around! They get their rum from Belmont, their gin from Kings Mountain, and their vodka and whiskey comes from right here in Charlotte. Order a Stumptown Old Fashioned, and you can be sipping on a cocktail made from Charlotte bourbon and Raleigh amaretto.  Now that is how you support local business. They also have 6 or 7 beers on tap, many from local breweries, and plenty of bottled beer choices as well.

Open everyday of the week except Tuesday,  with drink specials on Sundays and Mondays, Stumptown Station is an excellent place to watch a game (NFL Sundays!), relax with friends, or just unwind after a long day at work.  Check their Facebook page for announcements about events like trivia and service industry night, or rent the loft space for your own private party!