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Feb 20, 2020


Devil’s Logic Brewing: Midtown’s Newest Brewery

Posted by Alissa DeRogatis • Elizabeth Nightlife

As if Charlotte didn’t have enough breweries, which they never will, Devil’s Logic Brewing just opened in December in the perfect Midtown location. If you haven’t been yet we’re here to let you know it’s definitely a must visit!

Charlotte breweries fall all over the map, but a lot of them also sit in close distance to each other in South End and NoDa, so a Midtown location was the perfect choice. Devil’s Logic Brewing sits at 1426 E. 4th St right next to a Domino’s which is a spot you’ll definitely want to hit up after a few beers.

There are two outside patios, one rooftop-esque with a clear view of uptown (perfect for Instagram stories). They also have an event space that holds 65 people for this year's office holiday party!

The best part about Devil’s Logic is that you don’t have to be a beer-lover to like it! Their 22 beers on tap pair well with the food they offer, which is sandwiches from around the world. If you’re wondering what that means think Italian sandwiches, tortas, etc. They also offer on tap kombucha, cider, cold brew and soda.

Devil’s Logic Brewing is closed on Monday and Tuesday, but stop in and see the place for yourself any time from 4-10 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, noon-midnight Friday and Saturday, and noon-10 p.m. Sunday.

Feb 19, 2020


SoFar Sounds: A Secret Worth Spilling

Posted by Amanda Erskine • Where To Go

Charlotte has a secret, and if it hasn't been spilled to you yet, allow us to fill you in. SoFar Sounds has been shaking up the live music scene all over the world with their secret concerts held in venues that aren't revealed until the day before the event, and their announcement of the artists performing that occurs when you arrive. These concerts can pop-up in any place, and have varied from intimate living rooms, to brewery warehouses, which is exactly where I experienced my first SoFar Sounds concert. 

After anxiously awaiting the notification of where the concert would be held in LoSo, we arrived at Sugar Creek Brewing at 7pm, ready for whatever was ahead of us for the next 3 hours.

The Process:

 When I had purchased the tickets two weeks prior, I was able to choose a show based on the date and location that I was interested in. I then waited about 3 days to find out if I had been one of the interested persons selected to attend the show, and quickly snagged my $20 tickets. The day before the concert was to happen, I received an enthusiastic email announcing that our location would be Sugar Creek Brewing, and that we should arrive 30 minutes early to snag a seat. While some of the locations that these concerts can be held in are BYOB, ours was not because we were to have a private bar set up in our space with Sugar Creek Brewing Beer options as well as wine. 

What to Expect At The Venue:

  • There were approximately 50-60 individuals in the space, with seating for almost everyone. Plan on packing a blanket in case you get there a bit later than everyone else!
  • There will be someone checking you in at the door and explaining what you can expect for the extent of the show. If you have any questions, find them!
  • There may be some good snacks! We had pretzels with pimento cheese bites available to grab, and these were the perfect addition to our show intermissions. 

The Performers:

  • 3 performers played for approximately 30 minutes each with a 10-15 minute intermission between each. Each performer offered a different and unique style of music that kept the entire experience exciting and unpredictable.
  • Our performers varied from a singer-songwriter, to a quirky pop artist, to an R&B singer. Each one was extremely talented and abundantly entertaining.

The entire experience provided the opportunity to support local talent while also getting to know them on a more intimate level, which makes the entire experience one that can be appreciated even more. 

If you're interested in applying for a SoFar Sounds Concert, check out their schedule here.

Feb 13, 2020


How To Spend Valentine's Day, Depending On Your Relationship

Posted by Amanda Erskine • Where To Go

Happy Valentine’s Day Charlotte! Today’s the day that you’ve been anxiously awaiting to see if you’d have a date to take you out somewhere, or if you would have to be the one who navigated the rough waters of planning the perfect date. The level of anxiety experienced during this process definitely varies based on how well you know the person that you’re planning a romantic evening for, but regardless, it’s no easy task. The high expectations that come with Valentine’s Day are purely based on the social construct that Hallmark created in order to sell more greeting cards. I’m pretty sure that’s a quote from 500 Days of Summer, but I agree wholeheartedly. I am a prime example of the hypocritical Valentine’s Day participant who claims they don’t care, but in actuality hold such high expectations for my significant other. It’s not fair, and I acknowledge that, but I won’t be changing anytime soon. However, I DO feel for the other people out there who are also dealing with someone as difficult as me, or truly aren’t sure how their new love feels about Valentine’s Day and want to be prepared, just in case. So here are my professional suggestions for what you should do this Valentine’s Day, depending on your relationship level. 

BLIND DATE

If your best friend FINALLY convinced you to go out with their other friend who is just “perfect for  you,” one: bold move making the first date on Valentine’s Day and two: Take them to an Arcade Bar. This will ensure that if your friend has been exaggerating the potential of a connection, you’ll at least be able to funnel all of your frustration into skee-ball. 

2 WEEKS OF CHATTING ON A DATING APP

So you two have laid some of the ground work and at the very most know each other’s favorite brewery in Charlotte. In order to keep the digital romance going and translate seamlessly into real human connection, go Ice-Skating at the White Water Center. You can spend the night either holding hands while one of you pretends to be bad at ice skating, or you can skate off by yourself and lap them occasionally if the spark fizzles. 

3rd DATE

Dates one and two went well enough to make it to the highly regarded third date, but in order to get over the hump of whether this will continue any further, you need to see if you both share the same sense of humor. Go see a Comedy Show at Charlotte Comedy Theatre. You can start the night out at Wet Willie’s and end it with either leaving in tears from laughing so hard together, or because the comedy show was an unlucky choice.

A COUPLE OF MONTHS INTO THE RELATIONSHIP

Your relationship is comfortable, but still sweet. You both haven’t had a fight yet and are still anxious about whether you use too many emojis in your texts. Go To Treehouse Vineyards. The wine is as sweet as your relationship and you can rent out a private treehouse to enjoy this puppy-love phase before they feel comfortable enough to tell you that yes, you do use too many emojis. 

ONE YEAR TOGETHER

The anniversary has come and gone or is right around the corner. Last Valentine’s Day was stressful enough seeing as you were both trying so hard to impress the other, so this year you just want it to be easy, yet enjoyable. Go to a SoFar concert. When you buy tickets, you don’t find out about the location of the secret concert until the day before, and won’t know the musical acts until you get there! Keep things zesty, yet easy. 

RECENTLY ENGAGED

Congratulations on answering or asking the easiest question ever! To celebrate the rebirth of your puppy-love, you want to channel Big Cinderella Energy with a ball, fancy drinks, and a horse-drawn carriage. Take a Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride throughout Uptown Charlotte and be dropped off at a wine bar to cheers to the future!

MARRIED WITHOUT KIDS

Living that DINK (double-income, no kids) life is a nice one. There are hardly any responsibilities besides making sure your rent or mortgage is paid and that someone has taken the dog out. Being the homebodies that you are, the best way to celebrate Valentine’s Day is in the comfort of your own home. Pick up a bottle of wine at a Bottle Shop, and pair it with some frozen Pasta and Provisions, which is sold at most Urban Markets!

MARRIED WITH KIDS

Does the word exhaustion resonate deeply with you? Treat yourself to a lowkey night out that won’t require much planning, but will reap great reward. Call up a babysitter from Care.com and head to an intimate dinner at Zeppelin, with a cocktail or five. Drink responsibly, parents!

WE’VE BEEN TOGETHER SO LONG, WE’VE RUN OUT OF IDEAS

Uptown Cabaret is the move tonight fellas. Nothing shakes up a relationship quite like the potential of a jealousy-fueled fight and a breakfast buffet.

Feb 13, 2020


Lost & Found is a Galentine's Day Paradise

Posted by Alissa DeRogatis • Southend Nightlife

What better way to spend the night than at the most female-friendly bar in Charlotte? Grab your girls and an Uber and head to Lost & Found for Galentine’s Day today, February 13th!

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Instagram: @lostandfoundclt

Lost & Found has 23 speciality drinks including White Claw spritzes (definitely what I’ll be drinking), martinis and mules that make for the perfect Galentine cocktail!

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Instagram: @lostandfoundclt

Since it’s a strategically Instagrammable space, you’ll be able to get pictures and Boomerangs to up your insta-game. Bonus: Before 10p.m. you can also reserve a space for free!

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Lost & Found is definitely the place you’ll want to be this Galentine’s Day. If you can’t make it or can and just want another night out with the girls, Lost & Found also hosts Bachelor watch parties on Monday nights!

Feb 06, 2020


21 Bodegas and Bottle Shops to Grab a Bottle or 6-Pack To-Go

Posted by Amanda Erskine • Where To Drink

Nightlife doesn’t always mean hitting the town and finding the activity or bar with the most amount of people. By definition, nightlife is: social activities or entertainment available at night in a town or city. While Charlotte has no shortage of social activities and entertainment available throughout all hours of the day, nightlife is truly what you make it, even if that means grabbing a bottle of wine or 6-pack of craft beer from a local bottle shop and enjoying the comforts of your home with entertainment provided by games and socializing provided by your like-minded homebody friends.

Charlotte has a ton of markets and bottle shops for you to quickly stop by and grab something, if you’re not wanting to wait in the mile-long checkout line at the grocery store, or peruse the limited supply at the gas station. These bottle shops offer a ton of variety to really jazz up your night at home with something other than your typical Sierra Nevada party pack or Truly’s. Here’s where you can go to pop in for a quick bottle or two of your favorite beverage. 

1. Bulldog Beer and Wine | 1434 Winnifred St Charlotte, NC 28203 |

Beer: Yes

Wine: Yes

Ciders: Yes

Food: Packaged snacks are available for purchase

2. Bulldog Taproom/Social Club | 2447 Park Rd, Ste B Charlotte, NC 28203 |

Beer: Yes

Wine: Yes

Ciders: Yes

Food: Packaged snacks are available for purchase

3. Carolina Beer Temple Charlotte | 2127 Ayrsley Town Blvd. Suite 101-B, Charlotte, NC 28273 |

Beer: Yes

Wine: Yes

Ciders: Yes

Food: No

4. Carolina Beer Temple Matthews | 131 Matthews Station St #1c, Matthews, NC 28105 |

Beer:Yes

Wine: No

Ciders: Yes

Food: No

5. Common Market (multiple locations)

Beer: Yes

Wine: Yes

Ciders: Yes

Food: Full Menu & Packaged snacks are available for purchase

6. Earl’s Grocery | 1609 Elizabeth Ave, Charlotte, NC 28204 |

Beer: Yes

Wine: Yes

Ciders: Yes

Food: Full Menu & Packaged snacks available for purchase

7. Foxcroft Wine Co. (multiple locations)

Beer: No

Wine: Yes

Ciders: No

Food: Full menu 

8. Laurel Market  |114 Cherokee Rd, Charlotte, NC 28207 |

Beer: Yes

Wine: Yes

Ciders: Yes

Food:Yes &  Packaged snacks are available for purchase

9. Lincoln’s Haberdashery 1300 South Blvd suite s, Charlotte, NC 28203 |

Beer: Yes

Wine: Yes

Ciders: Yes

Food:Yes & Packaged snacks are available for purchase

10. Local Loaf | 800 E 35th St, Charlotte, NC 28205 |

Beer: Yes

Wine: Yes

Ciders: Yes

Food: Full Menu & Packaged snacks are available for purchase

11. Max & Lola Bodega | 1501 S Mint St, Charlotte, NC 28203 |

Beer: Yes

Wine:Yes

Ciders:Yes

Food: Packaged snacks are available for purchase

12. Noda Bodega | 1200 E 36th St, Charlotte, NC 28205 |

Beer: Yes

Wine:Yes

Ciders:Yes

Food: Full Menu & Packaged snacks are available for purchase

13. Noda Company Store | 3221 Yadkin Ave, Charlotte, NC 28205 |

Beer: Yes

Wine:Yes

Ciders:Yes

Food: Packaged snacks are available for purchase

14. People’s Market | 1315 East Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28203 |

Beer: Yes

Wine: Yes

Ciders: Yes

Food: Full Menu & Packaged snacks are available for purchase

15. Pop The Top | 116 West Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28203 |

Beer:Yes

Wine: Yes

Ciders: Yes

Food: Packaged snacks are available for purchase

16. Reid’s Fine Foods (multiple locations)

Beer: Yes

Wine:Yes

Ciders: Yes

Food: Full Menu & Packaged snacks are available for purchase

17. Rhino Market (multiple locations)

Beer: Yes

Wine: Yes

Ciders: Yes

Food: Full Menu & Packaged snacks are available for purchase

18. Total Wine & More (multiple locations)

Beer: Yes

Wine: Yes

Ciders: Yes

Food: Packaged snacks are available for purchase

19. The Hobbyist | 2100 N Davidson St, Charlotte, NC 28205 |

Beer: Yes

Wine: Yes

Ciders:Yes

Food: Small Menu & Packaged snacks are available for purchase

20. Tip Top Daily Market | 2902 The Plaza, Charlotte, NC 28205 |

Beer: Yes

Wine: Yes

Ciders:Yes

Food: Small Menu & Packaged snacks are available for purchase

21. Trackside Crafts | 330 Main St, Pineville, NC 28134 |

Beer: Yes

Wine: Yes

Ciders:Yes

Food: Packaged snacks are available for purchase