7926 Forest Pine Drive
Charlotte, NC 28273
Phone: (704) 521-3232
Fax: (704) 521-3226
Tucked away in Charlotte's South End, the Villa Antonio Ristorante is unknown to many locals. In light of its inviting dance floor and classic take on Italian cuisine, it would seem Villa Antonio deserves much more attention. The tuxedo-clad servers manage to give you space and still attend to your every need. Every night there is live Italian-style guitar and piano music. Occasional wine tastings can be turned into informal, inexpensive meals, what with the complimentary buffets. Villa Antonio also has reservable dining facilities, with banquet-style seating for up to 100 guests. See website for tasting calendar and reservation information.
This specialty store not only offers a retail selection but also a bar for your convenience and comfort. This Boutique of California Wine, as it calls itself, has a wine selection covering 500 labels. And the Wine Bar offers 50 wines in 2oz and 6oz glasses. Then of course there is the wine flight that allows you to sample three different wines in one go. What's more, there is an eclectic range of small dishes to accompany your drink. So go ahead and pick the appetizer, salad, pate or cheese of your choice. Enjoy all of this in an open air ambiance, while enjoying the live entertainment that comes along.
The Tremont Music Hall is a hot spot for popular rock and alternative music concerts. The venue can hold up to 1,000 people but maintains a very informal atmosphere with no seats more than 50 feet from the band. It books only original groups playing (among others) Modern Rock, Indie Rock, Punk, Metal, or Roots Rock. Also available within the Tremont is The Casbah, an even more intimate setting that features local and regional musicians. They are open every Friday and Saturday and also during the week as bookings are scheduled. Listings are available on the website.
For a night out on the town, Oak Room is one of Charlotte's better-kept secrets. This trendy spot is a bit off the beaten path, but it knows how to throw a party. The Oak Room is often packed with a diverse crowd just looking to dance. There is a dress code enforced nightly, so be sure to clean up real nice before heading out.
This popular, members-only concert venue hosts bands like Out of the Blue in addition to its in-house rockers who perform on the stage. Several country music concerts also take place here. Free dance classes are offered on ladies nights when women patrons can enter free of charge. Keep your ID on hand —you can enter only if you are 18 or above, while drinks are offered only to those over 21 years of age.
You can expect a truly eventful night when it comes to Tempo, as fun and tempo go together. Apart from bars that would impress you serving a number of drinks, you can even lounge in the private lounges available here. There's a large patio that stages outdoor events and concerts that, as a rule, electrifies one and all with the tuneful notes in the whole atmosphere. No wonder, the name is Tempo! The club even has an art gallery that displays beauty captured on canvases. Do visit Tempo to get a hint of tempo of city life.
Scorpio is one of Charlotte's best gay bars, but it welcomes every who walks through the doors. This spot is perfect for a night of dancing and drinking with a fun crowd in a casual atmosphere. Scorpio hosts a number of drag shows throughout the year and the affordable drinks keep the party going all night long.
The Suite at EpiCentre tends to take its guests by surprise. On Thursday nights, the dance floor is packed with crowds jamming out to throwback and top 40 hits. The rooftop terrace has a decidedly different vibe, offering a place for guests to chill and talk with friends. It is rare that a nightclub establishes this balance so well and maintains spaces so dedicated to either partying or relaxing.
Suite is one of the most exclusive nightclubs in Charlotte. It is a swanky and upscale club that draws the stylish, young and hip crowd. Enjoy the specialty drinks in the modern ambiance of the lounge, or settle on one of the plush sofas on the edge of the dance floor. Suite hosts an array of events including exclusive DJ parties. It is one of the premier nightlife destinations in Charlotte.
TILT on Trade is a unique spot in Charlotte's nightclub scene. A Charlotte landmark, the building has remained much the same as it was in 1906. Once a cafe, then a cleaners and now a local bar, TILT is a neighborhood institution. Daily specials range from the standard whiskey Wednesday's to boozing bingo night and Thursday mug night. A small dance floor and DJ's get the dancing started, while the quality drinks and friendly bartenders keep the locals coming back for more.
Extremely popular among youngsters, this local bar has won the hearts of many. Town Tavern is situated in the heart of uptown Charlotte and it is a favorite destination for the college crowd to catch up on a game or meet up with friends. The tavern also doubles up as a good party destination and hosts lots of events including private parties. The DJ spins up some good numbers and the bar has won various awards and accolades from local magazines.
Serving up everything an Irish pub should: Guinness, Guinness and Guinness. The Ri Ra Irish Pub does not disappoint its patrons; alongside the traditional Irish stout you can get some tasty traditional pub food such as nachos, wings and burgers. Every Tuesday is “Pub Quiz Night”, and there is live music just about every night of the week.