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 to hang out and relax.
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:
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. Can't go wrong with that.
After the game - The party is still going on and it's Friday night! Head on over to Prohibition for some $3 Bud Lights or $5 Absolut flavors, or check out The Tin Roof for some fantastic live music with an outdoor feel.
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 harvests everything on his 5-acre farm and then makes the 45-minute drive to deliver it to Chef Thompson. Both are excited about allowing guests to dine on ingredients right where they are produced, fortifying the connection between farm and food.
Charleston Culinary Tours combine the best of Charleston history, cocktails and food with unique tours that highlight the Lowcountry. Each Charleston Culinary Tour visits several different restaurants, bars or the Farmer’s Market to combine elements of a historical tour with a culinary adventure. The food and drinks on the tours are chosen by various restaurant and bar partners and feature an array of eclectic dishes and concoctions that provide insight into Charleston’s cuisine and cocktail scene. On each tour, guests will not only have an opportunity to sample some of the Lowcountry’s finest offerings, but also to meet the owners, chefs and mixologists behind Charleston’s impressive culinary and bar innovations.
For additional information about Charleston Culinary Tours, please visit www.charlestonculinarytours.com.
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 Happy Hour specials and sit back on the outdoor patio basking in the Carolina sun, or indulge in one of the many live music opportunities. Why not start the night off right with a Baby Guinness or Irish Car Bomb in a traditional Irish Pub?
For those of you who are hesitant to hit the Uptown/Epicenter "scene", I say head to Ri Ra's. Not only do you have two nightlife options set in one bar (as well as a rooftop), but you're far enough away for a more relaxed crowd setting. Also, they serve "Untradtional Potato Cakes" with duck confit and whiskey bacon jam...enough said.
Don't let Uptown parking scare you, as street parking and parking decks are within walking distance.
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 still doesn't strike your fancy they have on special $4 Blue Moon pints and car bombs, $5 fireball shots and $5 Smirnoff flavors (for those who are over 21).