Craft City Social Club City Lights Two New Restaurants Opening in Uptown With the success of the acclaimed, award-winning steakhouse, Evoke, Le Méridien Charlotte and Sheraton Charlotte Hotel, 555 S. McDowell Street, are excited to open two new adjacent bar and restaurants Thursday, June 2. City Lights, located on the 19th floor of Le Méridien Charlotte, and Craft City […]

Great Wagon Road Coming Soon To South End First distillery in North Carolina to have a bar is close to opening its doors.

(Photo by Great Wagon Distilling Co.)  A blend of regional history and familial lore serves as the impetus for Great Wagon Road Distilling Co., now wrapping up construction in the Lower South End (LoSo). Great Wagon Road, Mecklenburg County’s oldest operating distillery, will be the first in North Carolina to also open a bar next […]


Owl’s Brew, the first ever tea crafted for cocktails. They are toasting to the holiday season with some fresh and delicious tea-based cocktail recipes, including seasonal libations and hot toddies. Owl’s Brew was founded October 2013 and all four of their tea blends are meant to be paired with a wide range of liquor, craft […]

Distilled In The Carolinas

By Krista Brehm In the past three years, the Carolina’s have had small batch distilleries popping up all over; from the mountains to the beaches. The microbreweries have harkened the comeback of liquor distilleries here in the Carolinas. With the new technology, and the knowledge gained from times past it’s safe to say that todays […]

SIP | Get to Know Your Bartender!

  There is many an article, blog or post about our favorite beers or crafty cocktails and the bars at which we enjoy them, but what about the men and women behind said bar? I set out to get to know a few of Charlotte’s bartenders, the men and women behind the stick who create […]


New and ready to cater to the wine lovers of Charlotte this Wine bar has 200 different wines available by the bottle and 40 by the glass. Even with that stock constantly rotating with the seasons, dont be afraid to request something for their next stock. There is no need to be worried about the […]

The Whiskey Room at Ri Ra’s

“Our name comes from an Irish-language term meaning something like good-natured commotion, rowdiness or mayhem. There may not be an exact, literal translation. But you get the idea, don’t you? Every day should have a little rí rá.” This message dons the inside cover of the Whiskey Room menu; are you intrigued? Located in bustling […]

Cruzan Carolina Trolley – Inspired by Charlotte

National Rum Day is right around the corner on August 16th! In honor of the occasion, Cruzan Rum worked with local Charlotte mixologist Stefan Huebner of Heist Brewery to create a cocktail inspired by the beautiful and charming city of Charlotte. Whiskey is a popular spirit in Charlotte right now, and this cocktail is a […]

Where to EAT DRINK PLAY SHOP in SouthPark By Krista Brehm

This bustling neighborhood grew up around the SouthPark Mall which opened for business in 1970 and the area surrounding the mall was once part of North Carolina’s then Governor, Cameron Morrison’s 3000 acre farm. Now one of the most popular neighborhoods in South Charlotte, it has every luxury and entertainment that its visitors could ask […]

Where to EAT DRINK PLAY SHOP in SOUTH END -By Michelle Barbeau

With South End’s recent residential boom, the demand for everything has increased; from where to shop, eat, drink and play, South End has it all. Steeped in local history, South End’s Historic charm is what brings people to this unique neighborhood, coupled with its easy access to the light rail and walkability; it remains one […]

SIP | cocktail fit for a patio By Heather Chaney

Now that Spring has sprung in the Queen City, you might find yourself in need of a cocktail fit for a patio. With the farmers markets now open, you can find a number of flavorful ingredients to add to your cocktails at home. The benefits of fresh ingredients are insurmountable, while not always the most […]

Where to EAT DRINK PLAY SHOP in NODA By Teka Rose, Editor

North Davidson, known to most as NoDa, is Charlotte’s eclectic, historic and newest “Art District”. It’s a colorful combination of old meets new and everything in between. NoDa’s historic roots date back to pre-1900’s and the area has thrived and grown into one of Charlotte’s more popular destinations. The area boasts something for everyone; Galleries, […]

Where to EAT DRINK PLAY SHOP in Lake Norman- By Krista Brehm

Not only is it a fun place to spend the weekend, but it also has an interesting history. Lake Norman came into existence between 1959 and 1964 as a byproduct of the construction of Cowans Ford Dam by Duke Energy. Lake Norman is 34 miles long and nearly 8 miles wide, it is the largest […]


By Kenya Cooper Charlotte is more than a diverse southern metropolis. With a wide array of entertainment options, the Queen City has something in store for everyone. For those that are self-affirmed wine aficionado’s the following breakdown of Charlotte’s finest and most unique wine bars. D’VINE WINE CAFÉ (Ballantyne) Set in the bustling Ballantyne Village, […]


I’ve always subscribed to the philosophy (meaning you should too) that you can usually trust a national dish. Yes, there is the occasional outlier, and that outlier is usually near some ice caps and involves a kind of fermented dead fish. Regardless, 9 times out of 10 if it’s sold on every street corner in […]

SIP | trending cocktails

By Ashley Rodrigue In January of 1920, the Eighteenth Amendment became a law, banning the manufacture, transportation, importation, and sale of intoxicating liquors in the United States. Known as Prohibition, the amendment was the culmination of more than a century of attempts to remove alcohol from society by various organizations. Following Prohibition, large cities and […]

SIP | Three Hunters Vodka

By Steve Caldwell, Editor I’m sitting down with Brain, Mike and Stuart; they just recently launched Three Hunters Vodka. They are all from North Carolina. Brian and Stuart met in college at UNC and they met Mike through Brian’s college friends who went to high school with Mike in Greensboro. Who would have thought that they would go […]