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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)

Jan 02, 2017


Tin Roof LIVE Band Schedule for January

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 January

1/3- Taco Pony 9pm-12am
1/5- Jon Linker Trio 9p,-1am
1/6- Craig Veltri 5pm-8pm
1/6- Glow co. 10pm-2am
1/7- The Bald Bros 5pm-8pm
1/7- Jay Taylor 10pm-2am
1/10- Mike & Mitch duo 9pm-12am
1/12- Todd Johnson Band 9pm-1am
1/13- The Bald Bros 5pm-8pm
1/13- DYLAN SCHINEIDER 8pm
1/13- Brandon Stiles 10pm-2am
1/14- Pluto for planet- 10pm-2am
1/17- Tristen White 9pm-12am
1/19- Jeremy Davids 9pm-1am
1/20- Craig Veltri 5pm-8pm
1/20- Kaleb Hensley 10pm-2am
1/21- Matt Bennett Band 10pm-2am
1/24- Chas & Tyler 9pm-12am
1/26- Thirsty Horses 9pm 1am
1/27-Thirsty Horses duo 5pm-8pm
1/27- Mic Larry 10pm-2am
1/28- Wes cook band 10pm-2am
1/31- Spencer Rush- 9pm-1am

For more information please visit TIN ROOF's website.


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 17, 2016


Top Golf Charlotte Opening Soon (15 Photos)

Posted by Hunter Wilson • Nightlife News

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

We reached out to the Corporate office earlier this week to get updated on the progress and it seems like the opening is scheduled for early Summer of 2017. Hiring will start in the Spring. We also did a walk-through of the construction site yesterday and the boots on the ground tell us they should be done with construction in late February or March! 

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 Atlanta 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:

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

Posted by • Nightlife Reviews

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

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

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

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

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

Top Favorites: -Non-traditional Calamari

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

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

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

Jun 02, 2016


New Bars in Charlotte

Posted by Hunter Wilson • Nightlife News

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

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

RECENTLY OPENED:

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

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

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

May 31, 2016


5th Annual Super Hero Bar Crawl: June 18th

Posted by Hunter Wilson • Nightlife Events

5th Annual Super Hero Bar Crawl

June 18th. 5pm-2am


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

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


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

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

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

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

Eventbrite - 6th Annual Super Hero Bar Crawl

May 24, 2016


After 21 Years, Bar Charlotte Will Close Forever

Posted by Hunter Wilson • Nightlife News

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 16, 2016


Best New and Upcoming Charlotte Restaurant Bars

Posted by • 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!