If you’ve ever opened up a Cosmo magazine, chances are you’ve come across your horoscope—predictions about your future personal, professional, and romantic endeavors based on your zodiac sign. In the western world, we typically identify zodiac signs as our sun astrological signs, based on the intersection of the sun’s path with each of 12 constellations—Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces.
Some of us may not assign much weight to the obviously vague forecasts we receive based on our zodiac sign. However, if you’re the type of person who uses their sign as an excuse (“He asked me why I’m so stubborn and I told him duh--- I’m a Taurus!) or someone like me, who redefines their sign (I swear I am at heart a true Virgo, even though technically my birth date makes me a Libra) regardless of their actual birth date, then pay attention, because this information could bring you a completely prosperous and life-changing year… only joking. But-- it will give you some great ideas as to where to plan your perfect night out in the Queen City, based on your zodiac sign.
1. Aries (March 21- Apr. 19): Sycamore Brewery
The first sign of the zodiac, Aries love to be number one—they are bold and ambitious, and dive into even the most challenging of situations. Sycamore Brewery is the ultimate watering hole where fortune favors the bold—have you ever tried to get a table for 8 people on a Food Truck Friday?! Aries will love the take-charge attitude that’s required to wrestle for a coveted spot at the bar to get a Mountain Candy IPA, and with Sycamore’s upcoming move to a new location, our Aries will only further love to make their mark on the new spot.
2. Taurus (Apr. 20- May 20): The Crunkleton
In their own perfect world, the Taurus would be content spending their days surrounded by lush greenery, soothing wind chimes, and inhaling essential oils from the moment's trendiest diffuser-- but, the fierce Bull of the zodiac sign also knows and appreciates the value of hard work. That's why Taurus will feel right at home at the Crunkleton in Elizabeth, owner Gary Crunkleton's second iteration of the successful bar originally located in Chapel Hill, NC. With an old-world glam, art deco meets Great Gatsby vibe, the Charlotte location boasts not only creative craft cocktails like its Tarheel counterpart, but also a wide selection of delicious food options, including burgers and high-quality steaks. Tauruses will love the glamorous vibe and will also appreciate Mr. Crunkleton's hustle: the bar was recently named one of the Six Best Bourbon Bars in the South by Garden & Gun.
3. Gemini (May 21- June 20): Dandelion Market
The Gemini experience, in a nutshell, is wishing you had a double so you could do twice as much, and Dandelion Market is perfect for these celestial twins. By day, Dandelion Market is a restaurant, but when they raise that center table into the ceiling, the upstairs turns into a whole new world of a massive dance party. Geminis will love that they can buzz between the dinner party and the dance floor, and can wine, dine, hear a variety of early 2000’s rap hits all at the same spot. It’s truly the best of both worlds.
4. Cancer (June 21- July 22): Idlewild
Cancer's sign is the crab, which is appropriate for their occasionally hard-to-crack exterior, but once you get to know a Cancer, you'll be blessed with a friend who is warm, welcoming, and fiercely loyal. Cancers love to be in small, intimate spaces with their close ones, so Idlewild is perfect for them-- it's an unassuming, intimate bar in NoDa that serves custom-made cocktails and small plates. Tell your bartender what flavors you like and don't like, and they'll bring you the cocktail you didn't know you needed. Much like getting into a Cancer's trusted inner circle, you'll feel like part of the in-crowd at Idlewild, without the crowds.
5. Leo (July 23- Aug. 22): Lost and Found
Forever the royalty of the zodiac, the Leos of the world love to embrace the spotlight and celebrate the most important people in their lives—themselves. (Mostly joking!) Lost and Found, one of Southend’s newest cocktail spot that has a VIP club experience—think live music, VIP table reservations and cocktail services—is perfect for Leos, who love every chance to see and be seen—that’s what you do when you’re the king of the jungle, after all. The social butterflies like Leos will love the Instagram-worthy decor and overall vibe at Lost and Found, and will be happy sitting on their throne here, watching their kingdom all night long.
6. Virgo (Aug. 23- Sept. 22): Link & Pin
Have a problem that needs solving? Call a Virgo-- they are , methodical, committed, and hardworking, and enjoy nothing more than helping their friends with whatever issues may arise. They are masters of creative solutions. Link and Pin will satisfy the type A voice inside the Virgo's head who craves organization and an answer to every question-- Link and Pin is a new restaurant and cocktail bar from Rob Duckworth in Southend, located right off the light rail, and is cleverly divided into intimate sections including a lounge, a patio, and a beautiful bar space. Even their selections are the perfect combination of creative and varied, to satisfy the Virgo-- they have shareable plates, larger entrees, brunch specials, and not to mention your choice between cocktails, beers, and wines. It's the perfect place for a celebratory dinner, and knowing Virgos, they will have already planned out the dinner, sent the e-vites, and scheduled the reservations before you could even say "let's go out!"
7. Libra (Sept. 23- Oct. 22): Dilworth Tasting Room
Libras, represented by the only inanimate object of the zodiac (the scales) are, as their symbol suggests, always focused on balance and harmony. They are the aesthetes of the zodiac and love to surround themselves with beautiful objects but also find balance in relationships. There’s no better place for a Libra than Dilworth Tasting Room, a cozy wine bar just off Tremont that has a super European vibe—think an almost hidden courtyard with fairy lights and a bubbling koi pond, with dim lights and low-set couches inside perfect for intimate gatherings. Libras will love the balance of fun and relaxation, and they’ll love the extensive wine list too.
8. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Tattoo
Scorpios are often the most misunderstood of the zodiacs-- often mistaken as a fire sign because of their passion and power. Scorpios famously know what they want and aren't afraid to ask for it, which makes Tattoo, an intimate, spirits-only lounge located within Kiki (the newest restaurant owned by Soul Gastrolounge owners--located directly below Soul), perfect for our blazing scorpions. With the capacity for only 16 guests at a time, Tattoo is exclusive, and their custom cocktails will satisfy the cravings of any Scorpio for intimacy and complete control over their evening out.
9. Sagittarius (Nov. 22- Dec. 21): Pins Mechanical Co.
Always one to chase after adventure, Sagittariuses are perpetually on a quest for the next exciting thing- and this is why they will adore Pins Mechanical Co., Southend’s newest “action” bar that could be best described as an adult-friendly Chuck E. Cheese. Pins truly has it all— from foosball to duck pin bowling to arcade games to a GIANT LITE BRITE WALL, bring your short-attention span, thrill-seeking Sagittarius friends here and they will love you for it. Plus, they have great cocktails and tons of beer choices.
10. Capricorn (Dec. 22- Jan. 19): Foxcroft Wine Co.
The Goat (of the zodiac) is always on top of things- their planner is meticulously tracking all of their social, professional, and extracurricular activities, and they are always looking for the next passion project to add to their already-impressive resume. Take the Capricorn in your life to Foxcroft and they’ll find not only an expansive wine list that would impress any sommelier, but incredibly delicious food and a surprisingly laid-back atmosphere. I’d tell you to remind your Capricorn friend that the corking fee only applies to bottles under $30, but knowing them, they’ve already done their homework and are totally prepared, and have already read the entire wine list. Gold star, Capricorn, gold star.
11. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): The Thirsty Beaver
Every Aquarius is a rebel at heart: These air signs despise authority- free-spirited and eccentric, they beat to their own drum. There's no better place for them to enjoy a cold one than the Thirsty Beaver, the neighborhood dive bar in Plaza Midwood that is literally surrounded by massive luxury apartment buildings. Nothing says sticking it to the man like refusing to move your bar, even when you have apartments on three sides, and the Aquarius in your life will find a kindred spirit in this beloved Plaza hang.
12. Pisces (Feb. 19- Mar. 20): Elsewhere
Pisces (the fish) is ruled by the planet Neptune, which governs creativity and dreams, and these ethereal fish adore exploring their boundless imaginations. You'll often find Pisces' day-dreaming about far-away lands and adventures, and if you can pull them back to the ground you should take them to Elsewhere, the brand-new cocktail spot in Southend, founded by Wooden Robot CEO Josh Patton (in fact it's so new, it's opening TODAY!). We've heard that Elsewhere is based on -- you guessed it-- everywhere else besides the Queen City, to pay homage to its many re-located residents. The drink menu will be rotating, and will also be themed-- the first theme cycle is tiki-based, so expect the first drinks you'll sip on at Elsewhere to be fruity and transport your imagination to warm tropical beaches. The starry-eyed Pisces will love the wanderlust that Elsewhere's themes will inspire.