A Triple-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox, the Charlotte Knights develop budding professional ballplayers and earn devout Knights fans in their home—the 10,002-seat Knights Stadium. The Knights have a storied history and an impressive list of orb-striking alumni, including Cal Ripken Jr., Manny Ramirez, and Jon Garland. Visitors take home free giveaways during Friday-night promotions, and mascot Homer the Dragon roams the stadium on his four-wheeler, tossing T-shirts, bopping people with his tail, and advocating for anthropomorphized-dragon civil liberties.
Nightmare on the Harbor immerses Halloween partygoers in a wild night of music, costumes, and rug cutting. DJ SkyBlu from chart-topping electropop group LMFAO will jump-start festivities with high-energy beats while Shwayze & Cisco set bodies moving with beach-appropriate rhymes. Charleston-bred electronic masterminds Klipart add their euphonic talents to the evening's brew, combining live-mixed tunes with mind-bending visual effects. A Halloween costume contest offers a $1,000 prize, perfect for offsetting costume costs or paying off costume-contest judges.
To keep the spirit of its musical roots ever near, House of Blues Houston keeps a metal box of mud from the Delta Mississippi beneath its stage and proudly displays the traditional crazy quilt. As the only venue in the revered chain to be built vertically rather than free floating, House of Blues Houston stands as a pillar of entertainment in the Houston Pavilions complex. The hot spot’s Bronze Peacock Room commemorates Houston's rich history and the blues clubs where Lightnin' Hopkins and Big Mama Thornton held sway, and features an enormous hand-painted mural depicting other local legends such as Albert Collins and Johnny "Guitar" Watson.
To see more than 22 simultaneous screenings of a football game, you'd either have to be a housefly in the stadium or a Monday-night guest at Suede Supper Club. Its collection of 28 HD televisions broadcasts every NFL match in the season, encouraging groups to gather beneath the bar's tulip-shaped lights for beer and wings. These offerings are where the traditional bar foods end, however, as the menu compiles more sophisticated takes on countertop classics. Small plates of Southern egg rolls wrap collards, black-eyed peas, and bacon in a crispy shell, whereas hearty entrees of country-fried chicken—served with sausage gravy—and grilled pork chops act as robust dinners, complete with sides of house-cut fries.
The rustic fare seems to have inspired the club's surroundings, which evoke those of a small Victorian home. Doric columns line the wooden dance floor, where DJs host parties and electronica retellings of Julius Caesar every Friday and Saturday night. An upper deck allows for two tiers of porch relaxation, and the private VIP area sections off its luxurious couches with curtains and fencing. Special events dot the space's calendar: trivia nights, rounds of Name That Tune followed by karaoke, and charity fundraisers that gather proceeds through occasions such as cornhole tournaments and costume parties.
A visit to Habiba Mediterranean Restaurant begins with a puff of smoke. Seated on the patio, groups of friends share conversation and hookahs bubbling with a variety of flavors. Inside, these aromatic fumes give way to the appetizing aromas of traditional Moroccan, Lebanese, and Indian cuisine. Here, chefs slide ground lamb onto skewers and blend chickpeas into hummus using nothing but a stern gaze. Lamb shanks are slow roasted in a spice mix, and their refreshing tabouli salad combines bulghur wheat, parsley, tomato, mint, lemon, & olive oil. Bartenders pour wine and beer at a full bar paneled in glossy wood, which reflects walls awash with rich reds and greens.