The Dan Band Comes to Charlotte
So you read the title and now you feel like you should know who The Dan Band is. Or probably, why do you know who The Dan Band is? Well, if you’re a fan of THE HANGOVER or OLD SCHOOL then you definitely know why! The band made their television debut on OLD SCHOOL with “Total Eclipse of The Heart” - a very foul-mouthed, hilarious, “what-did-he-just-say” version of the song.
The band is known to take classic women sung songs and turn them into an amazing rendition you want to hear all of the time. In fact, if you’re like most guys after watching these movies, you wanted them to play at your wedding. Well guess what? YOU CAN! I’m not saying you can afford them or they’ll be available, but you can contact them and see if they’ll perform at your wedding too.
So when will they be in Charlotte? Mark your calendars for NOVEMBER 7th at The Fillmore in the NC Music Factory. They are well-known to have sold-out shows...
the Fall Refresh's Charity Event & Fashion Show
This Thursday from 7-9pm at The Shu in Southend will be “the Fall Refresh”; a Charity Event and Fashion Show donating the proceeds to Bark All About It. Bark All About It is a consignment store with their core focus on animal rescue and well being. Local treats will be provided by Draught Charlotte and Queen City Pastry. Feel free to bring your gently used clothes to donate to Bark All About It and clean out those closets! Refreshments will be provided as well.
At 8pm, Vestique Boutique will host a fashion show, highlighting the trends of this season.
Mirror Bomb Studio
Bark All About It
Queen City Pastry
Come out, support...
Get Saucy: Charlotte's Best Wings
As a New Yorker, I appreciate a good dozen of wings while watching football. There’s nothing like the smell of buffalo wing sauce and a cold beer while watching your favorite team dominate the opponent. When I first moved here, I was worried I wouldn’t have the same atmosphere down South. Immediately, I was proven wrong. For all of the newbies in Charlotte, here’s a list we’ve compiled of the best wings in Charlotte:
Mac’s Speed Shop-Southend
If you’re looking for size and flavor, head over to Southend and order the wings at Mac’s Speed Shop. The wings are different than the usual fryer simply because they are smoked and then grilled…rather than fried. Not only is the smoky flavor prevalent, but the sauces seem to absorb better!
The Roasting Co.-South Park
If you’re looking for tasty and inexpensive, you have found your mecca. The Roasting Co. offers a large array of all delicious things chicken. If...
Best Places to Tailgate for the Panthers
The Carolina Panthers have a great season ahead of them and us Charlotteans are dying to watch every last second of their games. We have some amazing home field games to attend this year but what about those away games? Charlotte has you covered with these top 5 places to watch the game offering game day menus, drink specials and PLENTY of televisions. GO PANTHERS!
1) Draught Charlotte - Charlotte’s newest Panther’s location sits directly behind the stadium on Cedar St. For those of you who have been in Charlotte for more than a year know that this is the original location of Hartigan’s and the party is just as wild during the games. Draught is the official location for Cans Recycled so expect Kiss 95.1 to pump out the tunes, large outdoor televisions on the patio, plenty of pounders to drink and of course some amazing game day food including nachos, pretzels and pub burgers - YUM!
2) The Doghouse - Positioned even closer to the stadium is the...
Long Awaited Belgian Style Sugar Creek Brewing Company Offers Soft Opening This Weekend!
Our friends over at Sugar Creek Brewing Company have announced that they will be opening their doors this upcoming weekend, September 19th at 4pm, followed by a Grand Opening Celebration to be held on the weekend of Friday, October 10th and Saturday, October 11th.
The brewery is located in historic Southend, located at the old side of Olde Mecklenberg Brewery. Festivities during the Grand Opening Celebration will include fresh craft beer, live music, barbecue, outdoor games, and tours of the newly renovated facility.
“Belgian brewers make the world’s best beer because they are never afraid to challenge the status quo. They do this while always being sure to maintain the highest standards of quality. We hope to maintain the same level of commitment to excellence for Charlotte’s beer lovers.”-CEO Joe Vogelbacher
Prior to its Grand Opening, Sugar Creek will offer patrons a chance to preview its beer and taproom via a soft opening on...
D9 Brewing's GRAND OPENING!
Tomorrow afternoon, D9 Brewing is celebrating their grand opening of their brand new 5,000 sqft brewery. You heard me right, 5,000 SQFT!! To make sure they are not forgotten in the ever growing popularity of breweries in Charlotte they are kicking off the party right.
First off the event is FREE. That’s right FREE. The beer isn’t but who can argue with that? All you have to do is stop by one of the following location to buy beer tokens. $16 dollars gets you 4 tokens
Davidson Beverage Company (Davidson)
Cork and Cask (Cornelius)
Crafty Beer Guys (Huntersville)
Carolina Beer Temple (Matthews)
The Beer Growler (Charlotte)
Salud Beer Shop (Charlotte)
Brawleys Beverage (Charlotte)
So what else are you getting at this FREE event? How about:
Music - Bryan Anderson, Tony Monteith, Glass Hammers, Dukes and Smith, and more.
Food - Imperial Sandwich Company, Hot Box, and MasterBacon
Games - FREE Corn Hole...
Best Bloody Mary Cocktails in Charlotte
I love the start of football. Besides the start of fall, fantasy team drafts, buffalo chicken everything, and of course Sunday Funday all come to mind when football gets into gear. There wouldn’t be a true Sunday Funday without cocktails…Am I right?
For those early tailgating in preparation for those 1pm games, I’ve compiled a list of the best Bloody Mary options in the Charlotte area.
1. Tupelo Honey-With their “farm fresh” approach, Tupelo Honey focuses on creative menu options and the freshest ingredients. Their menus have a seasonal focus around the produce and their flavors. Their cocktail menu is just as creative, and their bloody mary options mark as my favorites in Charlotte. Yes, I said options. From their traditional Bloody Mary made with vodka to their “Moonswine Mary” that offers bacon, pimento cheese-stuffed olives, and a bacon salt rim, you’ll be happy you stopped over in Southend. However, that’s not...
Join us on our annual Crawl-O-Ween Crawl where we will be hitting up 10+ of your favorite bars/clubs with great drinks specials and prizes at EVERY stop.
A Bacon Themed Food Truck? Count me in: Southend's Food Truck Friday
A truck devoted solely to all thinks bacon?
Yep, it’s real.
If you haven’t headed over to Food Truck Friday in Historic Southend, you’re missing out. The best of Charlotte’s food trucks gather together on Friday nights in an empty lot to celebrate. From the Bacon Response Unit, Tin Kitchen, Herban Legend, Papi Queso, to Roots Down and more, the food trucks make it easy for you to try anything you have been missing out on by gathering at one place during one time frame. Family time, friend gatherings, people with dogs, and dates occur all around you as you waft in the savory and sweet flavors from the trucks while waiting in line. What a better way to start your weekend off then with a giant picnic?
I went with a group of friends this past to Food Truck Friday. We were able tp beat some of the traffic by getting their early, and still had time to grab a few drinks at Common Market. For those of you who are newbies to Food Truck Friday,...
Moe’s Original Bar B Que Opens in Pawleys Island, SC
Located on Highway 17 at 12827 Ocean Highway, Moe’s Original Bar B Que opened its first lowcountry restaurant. With an open kitchen layout and a full premium bar, guests can sit inside or on the covered, screened porches to feast on the legendary Alabama-style BBQ and traditional Southern sides. This barrier island restaurant offers a carefree feel for everyone from families to visitors to come eat a great meal while watching a game or enjoying live music on weekends.
“The Moe’s brand is known for its leisurely, laid-back atmosphere and we knew it would be the perfect for Pawleys Island’s way of life,” said owner Meg Lonon. “Since I have come here for vacation my whole life, I chose this location because I love the area and we have always wanted live and raise our kids here.”
Recognized with many awards, Moe’s Original Bar B Que has been named one of the Top 10 Rib Joints in the U.S. by Relish and Top 10 BBQ Chains in...
It’s 5 o’clock – Time for Happy Hour
Charlotte has a hugely dense population in the city during the week thanks to some of our heavy hitting companies such as Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Ally Bank and trust me - many many many more! With all these hard working, life changing people, at the end of the day they need to unwind with friends and colleagues with a great happy hour. To me “Happy Hour” is not just the drinks, it’s the food and atmosphere too. With that being said, here is my list of some fantastic spots to hit up after work in the city.
1) Chima Brazilian Steakhouse
This spot is known as the all-you-can-eat meat spot for a gorgeous dinner. It may feature high prices on the dinner menu but the happy hour is great! This is a perfect spot for taking your out-of-town boss somewhere that will impress the socks off of them. The atmosphere is laid back, intimate (but not too intimate) with casual upbeat music and comfortable décor and seating. This little...
Need a Cocktail? Try Tupelo Honey: Southend's Best-Kept Secret
On a Sunday afternoon, Andrea and I headed to Tupelo Honey Café in Southend for the Charlotte Bloggers “Take On Tyler Throwdown”. The event concept was simple: learn to make specialty cocktails and bring an intriguing ingredient to try and stump mixologist Tyler. As a prior bartender and mixologist in a past career/life, I couldn’t help but be excited about this event.
If you haven’t been to Southend’s Tupelo Honey Café, you are greatly missing out. Their website describes their menu as “Creativity rules in our kitchen where our larder is filled with scratch-made, inventive goodness. We ratchet up our flavors so they’re on par with the farm-fresh produce we love. And we serve it all with a healthy measure of fun – with our heartfelt promise of delivering an experience worthy of the memories that tend to be made around our table.”
They aren’t kidding. From the minute you enter the welcoming atmosphere...
Top 5 Best Desserts in the City
Charlotte has some of the best restaurants in the country to eat at whether it’s southern comfort food, celebrity chef restaurants, or international cuisine. So my big question is always, “What about the best place to eat dessert?” I happen to have to huge sweet tooth and after an incredible savory meal I want something that is going to end the night off right. Most restaurants have a dessert menu but not all have a GREAT dessert menu. Here is my list of the top 5 Best Desserts in the City for the next time you’re craving something sweet.
1) 1) Crave Dessert Bar - Bailey’s Bread Pudding
Crave does happen to be known for their desserts, but this one “takes the cake” if you will. Their decadent Bailey’s® Irish cream, artisan bread with brandy caramel bread pudding is absolutely to die for. I am a huge fan of bread pudding but the reason this is one of the best desserts in the city is its...
This Weekend Celebrate Charlotte Pride Festival 2014!
This weekend is Charlotte Pride 2014 and there are a ton of fabulous things to do! Starting on Saturday, Uptown will host the two day festival with so much to do including the Pride Parade on Sunday. This weekend you won’t want to miss some amazing nights out with Drag Shows, fundraisers, concerts, and of course - Rocky Horror Picture Show! Show your pride!
12:00pm: Music Box lunch at Romare Bearden Park: Kent Steel
5:00pm: Science on the Rocks - Discovery Place
5:30pm: Body Attack on Hate Live - Gold’s Gym Epicentre
6:00pm: Pride Basketball Game - Naomi Drenan Rec Center
7:00pm: Charlotte Pride Takeover - The Westin
7:30pm: Buff Faye’s “Dream in Color” PRIDE Party Bus - The Bar at 316
6:00pm: Live music at Birdsong Brewing Co.: Laura Thurston
9:00pm: Party like a Pinup/Calendar Model Search Party - Automatic Slims
9:00pm: Electric Rainbow Carnival - L4 Lounge
It's Time to Rock Out: Live Music Week
Starting another new week in the Queen City can mean anything: Restaurant week, Speed Street, Taste of Charlotte and everything inbetween. This week (unofficially) is live music week and is packed full of live music and incredible concerts. Lincoln Park, Panic! At the Disco, One Republic and more. Plus, check out some free live music around the city! Get your jam on this week and forgot about your daily responsibilities. (But don’t tell your boss I told you to!)
7:30am: Free fitness classes at Romare Bearden Park
6:00pm: Brewery tour at NoDa Brewing Company
6:00pm: Yoga at Pizza Peel (plus discount on food)
6:30pm: Sweat out the Suds Run - Tyber Creek
7:00pm: Open Mics at Evening Muse
8:00pm: Live music at Amelie’s
9:00pm: Live music at Tin Roof
6:00am: Bootcamp at Romare Bearden Park
12:00pm: Music Box Lunch at Romare Bearden Park: Mark Stallings
5:00pm: $3 Craft Beer -...