Mar 15, 2019
Posted by Kim Baker • Nightlife Reviews
When coming across new nightlife spots, upcoming concerts, and other weekend events, I like to think that I’ve gotten pretty good at differentiating between the “girl’s night” and the “date night.” However, it was my most recent loss of the argument for candle pouring that prompted me to sit down and make this list.
Slight risk of danger. Friendly competitiveness. Beer. The three main points that put my BYOB candle pouring class to shame. Once I got used to the ricocheting axes and odd throwing techniques, I was having a lot of fun. Now with a location in South End and Plaza Midwood, Axe Club of America (formerly Lumberjaxe) offers games on an hourly basis for up to 8 people. Reservations can be made online for day or night. Walk-ins are also available but check the schedule to avoid nights that are closed for leagues.
Photo taken from: axeclubofamerica.com
2. A Sports Game
We’re fortunate enough to be home to numerous professional sports teams here in Charlotte. With teams ranging from lacrosse to hockey to football (still holding my breath for soccer), there’s a game for every season and every type of fan. While I’m not the biggest sports fan, the hot dogs at BB&T Ballpark and BBQ nachos at Bank of America Stadium twist my arm anyday.
Photo taken from: Instagram @itsnacho_problem
3. The Arcade
You might be starting to see a trend here. While there are plenty of arcade bars, Dave & Busters in Pineville or Concord can be a good alternative when you’re feeling like avoiding the city. With half-price games on Wednesday nights, it’s an easy, affordable stop to tack onto a date night
4. US National Whitewater Center
Not everyone is the outdoor date type, but 1,300 acres of trails, water activities, beer-drinking and live music might just change your mind. Just 20 minutes outside of the city, the USNWC offers live concerts, flat water sports, ziplining and more. It’s not ideal for a date night – most activities close at 5:30pm. My recommendation: grab a Single Activity Pass for late Saturday afternoon and stick around for the River Jam Outdoor Concert Series (Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, May - September).
5. Go Karting
I’ve yet to check out Victory Lane Karting, the indoor go kart track located just off the I-77 exit to I-85, but I can only imagine that it would instill the same enjoyment I had racing my brother at Adventure Landing back in the day. If you and your significant other don’t feel that same nostalgia from go karts, check out the food, arcade games, and bowling lanes.
Photo taken from Victory Lane Karting