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Nov 17, 2017

Get your Christmas shopping done early at the Vintage Winter Market

Posted by Dara Brewton • Nightlife Events

The best shopping day of the year is upon us, and I don’t mean Black Friday! It’s time for the Vintage Charlotte Winter Market, and I am stoked.

A couple hours strolling around the Filmore with drink in hand (why yes, the bar is open), and I can get at least half of my holiday shopping done. Plus, I get to be the person that gives the cool gifts! Don’t let the vintage part scare you off, it isn’t just a bunch of dusty old relics for sale.

The booths are full of handmade items, jewelry, artwork, snacks, bath products, cool T-shirts, and well...vintage items. I know everyone has that one person that is soooo tough to shop for, but I am 99% sure you can find something cool for them at the market. Even if you don’t, you will still have an awesome day browsing through all those goodies, and when you need a break from shopping there is usually a food truck or two hanging out.

The official open time is 11 am, BUT if you are super dedicated, you can show up at 10 am for the early bird entry. It costs a tiny bit extra though. The line can get a little rough as the day goes on, so earlier is generally better than later.

Nov 16, 2017

How to spend a full Saturday in Huntersville

Posted by Amanda Erskine • Nightlife Reviews

I sometimes find myself becoming stagnant and stuck in the same routine when I spend my weekend in Charlotte. While it is definitely a comfortable routine, it can get quite old. So if you're also tired of the same-old-same-old, this Saturday, wake up early and head up to good ole Hville. 

Brunch at Cafe 100

This cute little breakfast place is tucked on Huntersville Concord Rd, right off of the tiny area that serves as the town's downtown. If you're an egg person, I definitely recommend the SoCal Omelet. It's incredible. 

Walk off breakfast and shop at Birkdale Village

After stuffing your face with breakfast, walking it off is necessary to eliminate the chances of you turning back now to go take your after-food-nap. Birkdale Village is a higher-end outdoor shopping center with boutiques such as Julie's and Fabrik, LuLu Lemon, and a ton of other stores that sell random items. Also, on Saturdays, a bunch of vendors come out for a makeshift Farmer's Market! This is the perfect place to also knock out some of your Christmas shopping! And if shopping isn't your thing, there is always the movie theatre!

Lunch at Primal Brewing

It's weird to think that other breweries exist out of Sycamore and Wooden Robot, but up in Huntersville they actually have a handful. Primal Brewing is off of Old Statesville Road and is the perfect place to grab a drink and lunch. They usually have a food truck right outside, but if you're still stuffed from breakfast and just want something to snack on, they have options for you! Like $2 all-you-can-eat popcorn? Yes, please. 

Brewery Hopping

Depending on how you're feeling you might be in the mood to try out all of the breweries that Huntersville/Cornelius has to offer. If this tickles your fancy, try hopping around to:

-AssClown Brewing

-D9 Brewing

-Bayne Brewing

-Eleven Lakes Brewing

-Crafty Beer Guys (which isn't a brewery but a growler shop that carries a bunch of local beers on tap!)

Rural Hill or The Discovery Place for Kids

If drinking isn't your thing, then make sure to pack your walking shoes for a trip to Rural Hill. This Huntersville Location is home to a bunch of different events throughout the year, so make sure to check out their website before leaving to see if anything is going on! Or you can get a walking tour to hear about the history OR take your chances in their maze. 

Alternatively, if you are all walked-out from Birkdale, check out the Discovery Place for Kids in downtown Hville. Don't be intimidated by the name, anyone can have fun here! Though it's probably more fun if you're a kid. 

Dinner at Eez Fusion

Heading back to Birkdale is a must, because sushi is ALWAYS a must. Eez Fusion next to the movie theatre is so delicious and so necessary to try. OR if you're feeling a more hearty meal, you can always check out the other Pinky's Westside Grille location!

Catch a Movie at Birkdale Regal Cinema

If you're still enjoying your time in Huntersville and you're not ready to leave yet, then by all means, go see a movie. 

Nov 15, 2017

How to Friendsgiving in Charlotte

Posted by Katie Vaas • Nightlife Events

Friendsgiving.  These are super popular and can lend themselves to being SUPER stressful if you are hosting.  Heck, even if you are attending they can be stressful because you are in charge of contributing to the overall success of the evening.  These are now supposed to be stressful events, those come when you journey back to your families and have those formal Thanksgivings where you need to be on your best behavior.  Here are some tips on how to make Friendsgiving in Charlotte, simple, fun, and a huge success. 

1) Assign people roles.  Otherwise you end up with 10 cans of cranberry sauce and 15 bottles of wine.  Which, could be a great evening, but not a balanced meal. 2) Keep it simple.  If you are hosting, do not kill yourself in the decorating, cleaning, and home baking.  Do what you can to make it a fun event, but do not stress over it and do not be afraid to ask for help. 
3) Paper plates and plastic utensils are essential for easy clean-up. 
4) Have people BYOB.  This way you are not making yourself poor by ensuring you are adhering to everyone's taste preferences. 
5) This is the important one- buy what you can from local spots!  We all know the holidays are crazy season and as this article started out in stating, Friendsgiving is supposed to be fun and relaxing; so, hit up some local Charlotte spots to for: 

Nov 14, 2017

15 Holiday Beers You Can’t Miss from 8 Local Breweries

Posted by Kristen Creed • Nightlife News

The holidays in Charlotte are magical, for many unique, not-to-miss reasons — one of them being that there is no shortage of amazing craft holiday beers right here in our backyard. Some of our favorite breweries have been working on new holiday favorites to warm your spirits and elicit warmth among friends and within conversation. Others are bringing back the same holiday brews that they’ve served year over year, and still others have year round selections that just so happen to be favored this time of year. So without further ado, check out what Charlotte breweries have to offer this holiday season and step in before the holidays fly by… as they usually do.

Wooden Robot Brewery has a spiced red ale, appropriately called Sweet Tater Pie (8% ABV) that is a returning holiday favorite, as well as Sweater Weather (5.4% ABV,) a malty English-style ESB with caramel and chocolate flavors. Both are perfect for these cool fall afternoons!

Thirsty Nomad Brewing will be releasing a winter seasonal beer — the Codger bourbon barrel aged Old Ale — in December. Mark your calendars! It's a 10% ABV brew with plenty of dark fruit flavors, and a distinct kick of bourbon. And… it’s a limited bottle release. It’s estimated to be ready the third week of December, so heads up!

Sycamore Brewing. Have you gotten your hands on their Gourd Have Mercy this fall? It’s delicious and pumpkin-y and very appropriate for fall. But on to the next… they’re releasing their Naughty Bear (7% ABV) winter ale this Wednesday and includes local honey, two types of vanilla beans, heirloom barley and spices from our local Savory Spice Shop. I. Can’t. Wait. To. Try. This. Beer.

NoDA Brewing Company brings to the table its Santa Baby Christmas Ale, a 4.5% ABV ale brewed with coriander, clove, orange peel, ginger and vanilla. So cozy and warm! And, on Black Friday, they’re releasing their Hoppy Holidays IPA(6.5% ABV,) brewed with Spruce and six different hops. It’s very hoppy, and very satisfying. (I made sure to get my hands on this one last Christmas season.)

Unknown Brewing doesn’t brew a specific holiday beer, but they do have a beer that gets special attention this time of year. Their Grammy’s Breakfast is a bourbon barrel-aged imperial brown ale that’s brewed with vanilla beans and Vermont maple syrup.

Bold Missy Brewing doesn’t release a special holiday beer, but they highly recommend their chocolate stout to warm you up in cold weather. There’s no better time to go try this beer.

Legion Brewing will be offering “Cinn City”, a spiced Belgian beer with cinnamon, clove and ginger on tap for the next month, as well as “Path To The Dark Side”, an oatmeal stout with notes of roasted coffee and dark chocolate. They’ll also have “Winter Is Beer” on tap — a heavy chocolate Imperial Porter. Cinnamon, chocolate, coffee. What’s not to love?

Blue Blaze Brewing really brings it during the holidays. They have B. MacKaye’s Hell Raisin’ Scotch Ale, a dark, malty, 7.7% ABV beer with a large caramel presence; Brain Bucket Bock, a German Bock with notes of raisin; Sherpa Winter Porter, a light-bodied, dark brown porter with vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, tiramisu and hazelnut. YES, please! These three should all be available by the end of November!   

Sugar Creek Brewing offers their easy-drinking Mocha Java Porter using 100% organic fair trade coffee. Delicate floral notes, a blend of four malts and local, cold-brewed coffee make this porter super special, especially during cold winter months. With a dark chocolate finish plus coffee, this beer sounds like everything we’ve ever wanted.

Oh, how I love craft beer. I will be enjoying each of these beers over the course of the holidays, and you should, too! Channel your inner festiveness and give these breweries a visit. Tacky Christmas sweater, optional.