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 working on that hump!
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 selections of movies, but they also offer a huge assortment of food and drinks. Gone are the days where you only have the option to pick Pretzel Bites or Buttery Popcorn, Now, the menu options offer healthier options such as edamame, or fulfill your cravings with delicious cheese fries, quesadillas, or even burgers. Their drink specials are reasonable, ($5 Margarita Mondays and Fridays 25% off a bottle of wine just to name a few), and the liquor selection is surprisingly varied.
The theaters are also extremely family friendly. Whether a family night or mixing up a date night, think about heading to Studio Movie Grill!
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.
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.
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 Cream Cookies? A Girl Scout's inspired thin mint martini?Count me in.
The options of comfy couches, a lively bar, sugary treats, are versatile enough to make the whiniest in your group happy. The crowd was a mix of groups, couples on a date, and girls. In other words, if you're looking to pick someone up, you've got the wrong bar. However, it's a great place to unwind, celebrate happy hour, and have a cocktail before handling the craze of Uptown.
If you're looking for somewhere to meet the girls, show your friends somewhere unique, or give in to your sugar cravings, Crave is your place.
Sounds like a dream; Libretto’s makes it reality in ParkTowne Village
Charlotte, NC (July 16, 2013) – In honor of opening its third Charlotte location, and
fifth store nationwide, Libretto’s Pizzeria is proud to announce a tasty reward for its most dedicated fans. When Libretto’s opens the doors of its ParkTowne Village location on Saturday July 27th, day two of Grand Opening weekend, the first 100 paying guests will receive FREE pizza for an entire year!