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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

Feb 05, 2020


Best Bars in Charlotte, Based on Your Zodiac Sign

Posted by Laura Gregory • Where To Drink

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.

Jan 30, 2020


12 Super Bowl parties happening this Sunday

Posted by • Where To Drink

Super Bowl Sunday truly snuck up on us this year and is less than 5 days away, which means you have exactly 5 days left to get up the courage to experience the grocery store version of Black Friday. Dips and dressings are already running low and baby carrots are in high demand at most stores, which means that if you haven't visited the store, your snack options are going to have to get creative. However, if you're not the pot luck type and want to leave all of the work to someone else while you focus solely on the game and commercials, we have a list of the best Super Bowl parties happening this Sunday, just for you. 

1. Armored Cow Brewing at 6pm-10:30pm | More details to come

2. Super Bowl Party at Brazwell's Pub 6:30pm-12pm | $2.50 Bud Light, $2 Mimosas & $4 Bloody Bar on special and $5 burgers during the game

3. Devil's Logic Brewing 12pm | Expect food and drink!

4. Super Bowl Party and Puppy Bowl Extravaganza at Divine Barrel Brewing 3pm-10pm 

5. Super Bowl Watch Party at Free Will Craft + Vine 5pm-11pm | Nacho Average Food Truck will be in the lot from 1-5p.

6. Super Bowl Viewing Party at Gibson Charlotte 6:30pm-11pm |$2 Mimosa, $4 Bloody Mary & $2.50 Bud Light on special 

7. Big Game Buffet at Graham St. Pub & Patio 5:30pm |$13 buckets of domestic cans. $20 buckets of seltzers (White Claw, Truly, Natural light, Bud Light)

8. 4th Annual Puppy Bowl at Lucky Dog Bark & Brew 1pm-4pm | Drink Specials and Lucky Dog will also donate 10% of our bar sales back to the rescue

9. Super Bowl LIV Watch Party at QC Pourhouse 3pm-1am | Shot specials based on teams playing and drink specials all day

10. Super Bowl Big Game Watch Party at STATs Restaurant & Bar 6pm

11. Super Bowl Party at Slate 6:30pm-11:30pm | $2 Mimosas $5 Bloody Marys $5 Tall Boys: Bud, Bud Light & Mich Ultra Cans 

12. Super Bowl Party at Whiskey Warehouse 6:30pm-11:30pm | $2 Mimosas, $4 Bloody Mary Bar, $5 Tito’s and $2.50 Bud Light on special

Jan 22, 2020


El Thrifty: Charlotte’s Newest Social Club

Posted by Alissa DeRogatis • NoDa Nightlife

Now open in Optimist Hall, El Thrifty Social’s second location (the original is in Greenville, SC). El Thrifty is a mexican inspired restaurant and gaming bar brought to you by the owners of Queen Park Social.

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The space features a large restaurant, a lounge gaming room that seats 50 people and an outdoor patio with smaller spaces for groups that want to watch sports or just hang out. The games include basketball, shuffleboard, air hockey and duckpin bowling.

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Not only is El Thrifty entertaining, but their menu is delicious. It features a ton of shareables, tacos and a late night menu. Their drink menu features 10 specialty cocktails, a traveling bar cart, tons of tequila and mezca flights.

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Check out El Thrifty, now open in Optimist Hall!

Jan 21, 2020


Plaza Midwood just got an indoor miniature golf course, and it's pretty cool. Check out Stroke!

Posted by Alissa DeRogatis • Plaza Midwood Nightlife

Now open in Plaza Midwood, Stroke, a 5,000 square foot indoor miniature golf course. These days people want to do more than just drink and Stroke delivers a unique experience that Charlotte is going to love.

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It costs $10 for a year long membership to Stroke which includes one round on the 9 hole course. Each round after that is $10 to play. There are also two ways you can play the course - technical or easy, depending on the crowd you’ve come with. Making Stroke a great place for families or a tipsy group of friends.

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Stroke’s bar has nine cocktails while also including a full wine and beer list. They also have a nine item food menu that includes hot dogs and spinach and artichoke dip (my favorite).

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Stroke is located at 1318 Pecan Avenue, Suite 101. They’re open from 4 p.m. to midnight Wednesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to midnight on the weekends. Keep in mind they’re closed Monday and Tuesday.