Beginning as a single restaurant in Indian Trail, Bonfire Bar & Grill has since expanded to a second location in Concord thanks to its palate-popular fare, ranging from expertly grilled burgers and steaks to Old World favorites such as pastas and pizza. Every Sunday during football season, patrons gather amid the glow of flat-screen TVs to watch grown men resolve their differences on the gridiron and to feast on crispy fish ‘n’ chips, blackened-fish tacos, or barbecue-smothered pork ribs fresh off the grill. On Wednesday nights, half-price bottles of wine supply amateur singers the liquid courage to storm the bar’s stage and belt out karaoke songs. Situated next to the Sun Valley 14 movie theater, the Indian Trail location offers dinner-and-movie packages and deals, such as 10% off food with every movie stub, or 100% off food for every Oscar you've won.
At an hour when many bars and restaurants are busy closing up shop, Dream Nightclub lights up as a beacon to nocturnal wanderers from across the city. Custom-designed graffiti murals, pulsing LED lights, and energetic dance beats greet patrons as soon as they enter the after-dark dancehall and performance venue. The 5,000-square-foot club features ample lounge seating for bottle service or dramatically lit staring contests, as well as two bars and a full-service kitchen that churns out plates laden with chicken wings and french fries as late as 2:30 a.m. on most nights. A QSC sound system floods the dance floor with Latin, techno, or hip-hop tunes depending on the day, although the club also hosts occasional DJ sets and regular jazz-band performances.
SpeeDatingInCharlotte organizes dating events and parties throughout the city, enabling the area's single professionals to mix and mingle in a safe, no-pressure environment. At each event, participants blaze through a series of quick, five-minute dates, marking a DATEcard along the way to track potential matches. Special themes infuse gatherings with an extra dose of intrigue, from wine tastings and masquerade balls to scavenger hunts and bar crawls.
Hawthorne's New York Pizza & Bar's dough-slingers serve a piping-hot menu of pasta, heroes, and hand-tossed pizzas, earning a 2011 Charlotte Magazine Voters' Choice award for best pizza. Edible disks are spooned with sauce and configured for specialty deliciousness with such options as the luau pizza⎯a blend of pineapple, bacon, smoked pulled pork, and caramelized onions wrapped up in a grass skirt ($9–$18)⎯and the Sicilian's thick, square crust clad only in mozzarella ($14.50). Herbs and gorgonzola cheese roam across hills of pasta and valleys stuffed with chicken or sausage in the gorgonzola pasta ($10.50), and the philly cheesesteak hero ($8.85) laces standard white american cheese with the illicit flavors of chipotle mayo. Chefs layer eggplant rollentini ($11) with a blend of mozzarella, ricotta, and romano cheeses before spackling it with pesto and oven-baking it to monumental deliciousness.
Stadium Sports Tavern sports 25 high-definition televisions so that patrons can clearly see every eyebrow hair of their favorite quarterback. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the tavern dishes out appetizers such as the saucy buffalo chicken wings (10 wings for $7.99) and flavorsome fried pickles ($6.99). Dinner options include a variety of entrees, sandwiches, pizzas, and burgers such as the mushroom-swiss burger with half pound of beef and melty, sautéed toppings ($10.99). Though your Groupon isn't valid toward alcohol, draft beers range from Bud Light to Yuengling Lager as well as bottled domestics and microbrews. Fill your belly with brew and grill favorites as your favorite teams teach live art classes and conquer opponents on hi-def glowing rectangles.
Not every cigar aficionado likes smoke from stogies to linger. That's why each puff inside Union Cigar Company immediately wafts out of the building thanks to a fast-acting ventilation system. In Union's 1,200-square-foot lounge, guests can comfortably watch the day's biggest games on flat-screen TVs or relax in comfy leather couches and chairs while enjoying their latest purchase. The lounge's neighboring walk-in humidor stores an extensive selection of top brands, from Rocky Patel to Romeo y Julieta.