Happy Hump Day!
We are now officially in Spring and the warm weather is gracing Charlotte with it’s presence. You know what that means guys and gals - bathing suit time! I don’t know about some of you but I may or may not have slacked off this winter by not working out and am now realizing that the time to hid behind baggy sweaters is no more! Thankfully we have Gold’s Gym in the Epicenter to change all that.
If you are serious about getting that hump into the shape it deserves than you definitely need to check them out - they are even offering a FREE 7 day VIP trial pass for new members. Gold’s Gym offers a wide variety of work outs for any style including group fitness classes like Zumba or Boxing, spinning classes, personalized trainers, and my favorite - the cardio cinema. Oh, that’s right, you can get a serious sweat on while watching a great flick.
Come check out Gold’s Gym in the Epicenter today, get your FREE 7 day VIP trial and start...
NEVER Pay a Cover Again!
Hate paying a cover? Everyone does! So don’t! Here is your never pay a cover again pass to Prohibition!
All you have to do is print the FREE COVER image off and bring it to Prohibition any night you want before 111:30pm.
No Expiration date, no specific nights… Just free cover whenever you want it!
Studio Movie Grill Is Redefining Movie Nights
If you haven’t been to Studio Movie Grill in the Epicenter yet, it’s about time you make a date of it! I remember the days as a kid when we had to wait in long lines, maneuver around the crowds with our arms filled with treats, and wrestle around those previously seated.
When the idea of a movie theater came to be in the early 1900s, it was a big event. People dressed up and made a night of it. By the 1980s, movie theaters became commercialized and a lot less fancy. When I think of a date night now, I hardly ever think of going to a movie.
Studio Movie Grills are redefining the “dine-in” movie experience. Their theaters have changed the idea of going to the movies drastically. Once you are seated in your plush chair, a server will take your order like any restaurant. Your food is brought to you, and you have the option to buzz your server during the movie if you need service.
Not only do they offer a wide variety of the latest...
Redefine Your Networking
Charlotte has quickly become one of the top cities to live in, work in and play in and it’s not hard to see why. Many top corporations are moving their headquarters here and thus are bringing some of the countries top talented professionals.
So what happens after the work day is done and everyone wants to emerge from the cubicles? Luckily there is a great new solution for the hard-workers of Charlotte called AfterworkCLT.com. It is updated on a regular basis with amazing after work specials everyday of the week and features top businesses in uptown and the surrounding areas.
The best feature is their once a month networking group which helps people meet with 200+ individuals in different industries throughout Charlotte. You get the opportunity to join others with a few light apps and drinks from some great local restaurants for only $10. Keep an eye out for more information on the next date and location by following them on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook. I...
The Upper Deck at Brevard Court
Now that the Knights Stadium is the center attraction in the city for the spring, Brevard Court is bustling with fans and locals looking to grab a beer and food outside. There are plenty of hot spots there including Valhalla, Hooligans and The French Quarter. Now they all welcome the newest arrival, “The Upper Deck”.
This location has so much charm and character and of course great drink specials! Hidden next to the entrance of Hooligans is a small stairway which leads you to The Upper Deck on the right hand side. The windows are open out to the street below and the bar wraps around with plenty of space to order your drink. Plus if you get hungry they have a great $6 special which includes any beer, a snack and a hot dog. Not a bad way to start before heading out to watch the Knights.
You can also head out that way and grab a drink after work for great Happy Hour specials. The proximity to the center of Uptown and the space inside makes it a great place...
Vida Vida Cantina
As an avid lover of Mexican food, hitting Vida Cantina in the Epicenter was a no brainer. Allured by the promise of homemade guacamole, fish tacos, and a giant margarita, Vida Cantina was a safe haven in the bustle of Uptown.
If you’re trying to beat the Monday blues like I was, I suggest heading to Vida Cantina and checking out their lunch special. Offering a variety of “pick 2” options, you can mix and match for days without getting sick of options. After a margarita and snacking on chips, and gabbing with a few good friends, my Monday blues were cured.
If you’re looking for a place to brunch, Vida also offers a special selection on Saturdays and Sundays. Unique menu items such as Smoked Salmon Tacos and Mexican Hot Chocolate make this restaurant both group and family friendly.
Carolina Nightlife will be hosting our Annual Sombrero Bar Crawl starting at Vida on Saturday, May 3rd. Purchase your tickets here:
Pregame the Knight's Opener this Friday
Tomorrow is such a big day for the city of Charlotte as we get to welcome our beloved Knight’s to play right here in Uptown. There is a great view from every seat in the stadium and season tickets are going fast! For those of you who are coming Uptown tomorrow for the game there are some great ways to have fun before it’s “one, two, three strikes your out at the old ball game!”
Family - Starting at noon there will be a large celebration at the Romare Bearden Park with the introduction of our Charlotte Knights Team, followed by live music, activities and entertainment all afternoon. Food and Beverage will be available for purchase from some favorite local food trucks.
Happy Hour - Getting off of work and need a quick drink before the game at 7? Vida Mexican Kitchen is offering $3 Tecate, $4 Tequila Shooters, and $5 Margaritas. Not a bad way to start the game! Or head on over to Mortimer’s for $3 Bud light bottles and $6 Vodka Redbulls....
Charleston Culinary Tours to Present Fresh at the Farm Dinner Series
Charleston Culinary Tours is planning a Fresh at the Farm Dinner Series featuring Executive Chef Stephen Thompson of Prohibition, a new contemporary American gastro pub downtown. Setting the scene for a true farm to table experience, each dinner event will take place at a local farm. The gastronomic evening with start with a cocktail hour and hors d’ oeuvres from 5:30-6:30pm and then family style dinner will be served from 6:30-8:30pm. The first dinner will be held on May 4th at Walters Farm in Saint George with additional dinners in the series in August and November. With a table set for 40 guests, the cost is $75/person with tickets available at www.charlestonculinarytours.com.
Walters Farm is a fitting start to the Fresh at the Farm Dinner series as Chef Thompson and Stephen Walters, proprietor of Walters Farm, have been friends since childhood. Chef Thompson jokingly refers to Steven as “his personal farmer”. Steven Walters personally grows and...
Review: Ri Ra's Irish Pub
Ri Ra’s mission statement states that “Ri Ra” means a place or state where exhuberance and revelry prevail: where music and merriment compete and conversation flows smooth”.
Upon entering this well known Irish Pub in the First Ward of Uptown, you are faced with the decision to travel up the stairs to the bar and rooftop patio, or head straight to the first bar on ground floor.
If you’re headed for lunch or an early afternoon beverage, we suggest you head to the bar on ground floor. The staff is friendly, the food is good, and the beverage specials you can’t beat. They’re known for their traditional Irish options, such as their shepard’s pie (which we highly suggest). The first bar at ground floor is your traditional Irish pub setting; eat, drink, and be merry. Chat with a stranger, and you’ve made a new best friend for life.
For the night owl, the upper level is always filled with excitement. Induldge in those...
Monday Funday All You Can Bowl at Strike City
Monday’s can be hard, especially when its pouring down with rain and miserable outside. The Sunday night dread that you must wake up early and become a productive member of society once again hits you hard and all you do is plan your next weekend activity. Well it’s time to stop dreading Monday and time to continue the weekend fun with your friends at Strike City in the EpiCenter with All You Can Bowl Monday!
Strike City offers every Monday from 11am to 2am on a first come first serve basis, all you can bowl for $15 per person which also includes your rental shoes. The earlier you get there (or the later you get there) the more option for lanes will be available. This is a great night out with some friends, family or coworkers to get those Monday blues out of your system. Do keep in mind this event is 18+.
Even if you’re not into bowling but your friends are, Strike City has a plethora of televisions playing the Monday night games and if that...
CRAVE-ing For A Girl's Night Out
By Wednesday morning, my mindset is looking straight onward to the weekend. Sure, you go out for a drink or two on Wednesday or Thursday, but responsbilities and the knowledge that you have to be up early in the morning truly prevents you from being able to relax and have that cocktail. By the time 5pm on Friday hits, all I want to do is enjoy a cocktail with my girls and unwind from the week prior.
As a recent newbie to Charlotte, I have been hearing about the “ultimate chick spot” aka Crave Dessert Bar for months. After the week I had, I decided to check it out on a Thursday night with a gal pal since I couldn’t resist the lure of Crave one more day. I wasn’t disappointed.
From chocolate confectionary treats, peanut butter pies, savory apps, and their large array of mixed martinis, Crave Dessert Bar is what I needed. It’s like the Willy Wonka Factory for adults, minus the option of turning into a Violet Blueberry.
Candied Bacon Ice...
Palmetto Brewery and Awendaw Green present Loading Dock Free Live Music Series
Palmetto Brewery and Awendaw introduce the Loading Dock Music Series every Friday evening from 6-9PM at 289 Huger Street in downtown Charleston. This is a free, all ages event with dogs permitted on a leash. Attendees can also enjoy $5 pints of Palmetto craft beer.
“In addition to these Friday shows, we have two special shows at the brewery coming up with Chris Trapper and A Fragile Tomorrow on April 19th as well as Will Kimbrough and Tommy Womack with Danielle Howle on 27th,” said Awendaw Green’s Eddie White. “Tickets for those shows are $10 and available on Event Brite.”
Rebekah Todd & the Odyssey
Steph Stewart & the Boyfriends
Kelly McFarling and The Home Team
Charleston Fashion Week
Showcasing emerging designer and model talent across the East Coast, Charleston Fashion Week® has fast become one of the premier fashion weeks in North America. Held March 18-22nd, 2014 under the tents in Marion Square in Charleston, SC, this five-night celebration will feature more than 35 runway shows, the Emerging Designer Competition: East, the Spring Bridal Show, and the Rock the Runway Model Competition™. Accredited with launching the careers of numerous up-and-coming fashion designers and models, this true multimedia event presents high-end runway shows, interactive entertainment, chic after-parties, and press events.
Each night CFW will feature runway shows by five emerging designer contestants, select local retailers, and featured designers. The full featured designer schedule is as follows:
Tuesday, March 18: Afriyie Poku (2013 CFW Emerging Designer Winner)
Wednesday, March 19: David Hart
Thursday, March 20: Hunter Bell
CIAA 2014 Events
Its back. CIAA in Charlotte! The tournament and the parties! Our partners over at Charlotte Observer have a great list of events for people to check out:
Click here to see the list of CIAA 2014 events happening around town.
What the Folk Music Festival Announced with Todd Snider Headlining Two Nights
Ford Productions presents the inaugural What the Folk Music Festival on April 11th from 5pm-10pm and April 12th from 11am-10pm at Sewee Outpost located at 4853 US Hwy. 17 in Awendaw, SC. The two day music festival features Todd Snider headlining both nights as well as other bands performing such as The Bottle Rockets, Charlie Mars, Pierce Edens & the Dirty Work, Megan Jean & the KFB, Swamp Candy, Vinegar Creek Constituency, Sierra Elizabeth Ferrell, Doug Jones, Ryan Bonner and a few more surprise guests! Food trucks The Big Southern and Lowcountry Creole will be there along with two beer trucks with the local brews including Palmetto Brewery. Available through Stranger Tickets, admission is $25 on Friday, $35 on Saturday or $50 for limited two day pass. Additionally, camping is available for $20.
“What the Folk Festival was formed through a friendship with Todd Snider and his love of playing in this area. The lineup includes musicians that come close to...