Bars, pubs and clubs, performances, theater.
INK N IVY Located overlooking Romare Bearden Park with views for miles, this new Uptown bar and restaurant promises to be a hot spot. First, there’s the 6,000-square-foot patio. Then there’s the made-in-house menu that runs the gamut from Southern to globally inspired food, including lobster empanadas and a fried oyster po’boy. Don’t miss the Sa-Su brunch, complete with a bloody mary bar. Open daily 11 am-2 am. www.inknivy.com. 222 S. Church St. 704.332.5424
THE PUNCH ROOM This speakeasystyle, after-hours spot on the 15th floor of the Ritz-Carlton, with its sleek, metallic, black-and-gold design, is meant to inspire thoughts of notorious dens of yesteryear. Lead mixologist Bob Peters oversees a menu of spiritsbased punches, hand-crafted cocktails, hot libations and infused drinks. Open W-Th 5-11 pm, F-Sa 6 pm-1 am. www. ritzcarlton.com. 201 E. Trade St., 704.547.2244. Map 2, E5
Billiards & Bowling
SLATE BILLIARDS Enjoy everything from wings to burgers at this South End stop. Billiards, Pong, Jenga, Connect Four and other games entertain while sports games play on flat-screen TVs. The bar offers a variety of bottled and draft beer, wines and cocktails. Open M-F 4 pm-midnight, Sa-Su 4 pm-2 am. www.slateclt.com. 200 E. Bland St., 704.372.5255.
STRIKE CITY Bowling meets the bar scene at this lively EpiCentre venue. Cocktails can be delivered right to your state-of-the art lane by attentive wait staff, or you can visit the large central bar. A small dining area is perfect for grabbing a tasty bite and a beer while you wait for a lane to open up. www. strikecitycharlotte.com. 210 E. Trade St., 704.716.9300. Map 2, E5
AVIDXCHANGE MUSIC FACTORY Formerly known as the NC Music Factory, this enormous refurbished textile mill offers a one-stop shop for dining, entertainment, live music and more. Catch a show at The Fillmore or an act at the Comedy Zone. After the show, or before, grab a bite at Oggi (Italian), La Revolución (Mexican) or Eight (Asian). Schedule of events online. Hours vary by venue. www.avidxchangemusicfactory.com. 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., 704.987.0612. Map 2, F1
EPICENTRE Like moths to a flame, this multi-story complex of clubs, restaurants and shops draws revelers from all over Uptown. Whether you want to play cornhole at Mortimer’s, sing along with the dueling piano players at Howl at the Moon, watch the game at Wild Wing Cafe, indulge in chic sushi at Enso, or fuel up at popular chain spots like Smoothie King, Tin
Roof and Moe’s, EpiCentre provides it all. Ample parking is available in the underground lot, and it’s easily accessed by LYNX Blue Line light rail. Hot tip: Outside this nightlife behemoth is the best spot to get a cab in Uptown after dark. Hours vary by venue. www. epicentrenc.com. 210 E. Trade St., 704.688.5980. Map 2, E5
THE MEN’S CLUB OF CHARLOTTE This five-star-rated premier gentlemen’s club features a Wine Spectator award-winning wine list and upscale dining, as well as entertainers. There’s also an upstairs Sky Lounge. www. mensclub.com. 444 Tyvola Road, 704.525.8525. Map 1, B7
THE NICKEL BAR The Nickel Bar is a neighborhood hot spot with an emphasis on sexy dress. Plenty of themed nights events fill the calendar. Th-Sa 9 pm-2:30 am, Su 5 pm-midnight. www. thenickelbar.com. 2817 Rozzelles Ferry Road, 704.916.9389.
THE SCORPIO Charlotte’s longestrunning gay dance club features DJ-led dance parties on a variety of themes, from high-energy to urban dance to drag. Open F and Su 10 pm-3 am, Sa 10 pm-4 am. www.thescorpio.com. 2301 Freedom Drive, 704.373.9124.
THE EVENING MUSE This bar and livemusic venue also features contemporary art, best viewed at the NoDa gallery crawl the first and third Friday of every month. www.theeveningmuse.com. 3227 N. Davidson St., 704.376.3737.
BELK THEATER AT BLUMENTHAL PER FORMING ARTS CENTER Renowned architect Cesar Pelli designed this state-of-the-art theater that features a contemporary European horseshoe arrangement and world-class acoustics. Upcoming: Charlotte Symphony: Mendelssohn Elijah, March 3-4; Celtic Woman, March 19; Charlotte Symphony: Dvorak Symphony No. 7, March 24-25; “The Girl of the West,” Student Night at The Opera, April 21; Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs,” April 30. Full schedule online. Ticket prices vary. www.blumenthalarts.org. 130 N. Tryon St., 704.372.1000.
CHARLOTTE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA The Charlotte Symphony gives more than 100 performances each season, including free, outdoor concerts in the summer. It also operates the Oratorio Singers, Chamber Singers, two youth orchestras and the Youth Oratorio. Founded in 1932, the symphony is now led by Music Director Christopher Warren-Green. Upcoming: The Beatles Classical Mystery Tour, March 18; “Great American Songbook” featuring Storm Large, March 31-April 1; “Peter and the Wolf,” April 1. Full schedule online. Ticket prices vary. www. charlottesymphony.org. 128 S. Tryon St., 704.972.2000. Map 2, F5; Belk Theatre, 130 N. Tryon St., 704.372.1000.; Knight, Theater, 430 S. Tryon St., 704.379.1257.
KNIGHT THEATER AT LEVINE CENTER FOR THE ARTS Knight Theater seats more than a thousand people within and hosts a variety of dance and music shows. Upcoming: Black Violin, March 21-22; Charlotte Symphony: “Great American Songbook” with Storn Large, March 31-April 1; Charlotte Symphony: Peter & The Wolf,” April 1; Tosco Music Party, April 8. Full schedule online. Ticket prices vary by event. www. blumenthalarts.org. 430 S. Tryon St., 704.372.1000.
OPERA CAROLINA As the premier professional opera company in the Carolinas, Opera Carolina performs many spectacular shows each season and is comprised mainly of Carolina natives. Upcoming: Family Opera: Gaston County, March 4; “The Girl of the West,” April 23-29. Full schedule online. www.operacarolina.org. 1600 Elizabeth Ave., 704.332.7177. Map 1, D7
TUCK FEST Celebrating all things outdoors, expect a variety of sport competitions including kayaking, biking, climbing and trail running as well as live music, demos and more. April 21-23; tickets start at $45. www. tuckfest.org. 5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy., 704.391.3900.
CHARLOTTE CHECKERS A top-level minor league hockey team, the Checkers have shown Charlotte just how hot the ice can get at Spectrum Center. Upcoming home games: Milwaukee Admirals, March 7; Bakersfield Condors, March 4-5; Ontario Reign, March 17-18; Iowa Wild, March 21-22; Chicago Wolves, March 25-26; San Antonio Rampage, April 4-5; Texas Stars, April 8-9. Full schedule online. www.gocheckers.com. 210 E. Trade St., 704.342.4423. Map 2, E5; 2700 E. Independence Blvd.,.
CHARLOTTE HORNETS Owner and basketball legend Michael Jordan leads this team in a state-of-the-art arena. Home games: Indiana Pacers, March 6 at 8 pm; Orlando Magic, March 10; New Orleans Pelicans, March 11; Chicago Bulls, March 13; Washington Wizards, March 18; Atlanta Hawks, March 20; Cleveland Cavaliers, March 24; Phoenix Suns, March 26 at 1 pm; Milwaukee Bucks, March 28; Denver Nuggets, March 31; Miami Heat, April 5; Boston Celtics, April 8 at 6 pm. All games at 7 pm unless otherwise noted. www.nba.com/hornets. Time Warner Cable Arena, 333 E. Trade St., 704.467.6387. Map 2, G5
BOOTH PLAYHOUSE AT BLUMENTHAL PERFORMING ARTS CENTER This performance venue at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center typical hosts theater productions. Upcoming: Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live!, March 10-12; Boadway’s Next Hit Musical, March 24-25; Home: “How Our Meaning Emerged,” April 7-8; Star Gazer: A Trek Into Outer Space, April 21-23; The Secret Comedy of Women: Girls Only, April 25-30. Ticket prices vary. www.blumenthalarts.org. 130 N. Tryon St., 704.372.1000.
CHILDREN’S THEATRE OF CHARLOTTE With the creative extravagance normally associated with big-ticket Broadway shows, the Children’s Theatre has built a stellar reputation. Each season boasts fun for all ages. Upcoming: Step Afrika! March 3-4; “Bud, Not Buddy,” March 24-April 8; “Go, Dog, Go,” April 7-23; “Mi Casa,” April 15-22. Tickets: $12-30. www.ctcharlotte.org. 300 E. Seventh St., 704.973.2828. Map 2, G4