Sankey's is the resident restaurant taproom and restaurant of Custom Home Pubs, which means the owners have years of experience building draft beer systems. They extend this knowledge to Sankey's with a rotating roster of 10 North Carolina beers on tap, but also accompany their drinks with a menu of hearty pub-grub. Texas caviar, crispy wings, and a host of burgers and sandwiches are served in a dining room filled with beer-themed artwork, from local labels to impressionist paintings of keg stands.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Stadium Sports Tavern invites patrons to dine and drink in the friendly, relaxed atmosphere of a neighborhood sports bar. Early morning eaters dive into a warming menu pool of create-your-own omelets ($6.50+), or move on to midday and evening fare, featuring appetizers such as piquant buffalo chicken wings ($7.25 for 10) fluttering in a choice of sauce. The mushroom-swiss burger ($9.99) struts onto plates with a half-pound of beef to defend its melty crown of cheese, sautéed onions, and fire-kissed mushrooms. Test fork accuracy on the 8-ounce crab-stuffed salmon filet ($18.99), flanked by a choice of two sturdy sides, or set hands free from a eight-hour cat’s-cradle shift with a panoply of pizzas ($11.25+) showcasing a range of vegetable and meat toppings. Though this Groupon isn't valid toward alcohol, draft beers range from Bud Light to Yuengling Lager, and bottled domestics and microbrews are served as well.
The Reddoor II labels itself an "elegant erotic boutique," stocking a variety of lingerie, lubricants, and adult toys for imaginative bedroom escapades. The shop's adult provisions have charmed Charlotte customers for more than seven years with award-winning goods from brands such as Jimmyjane and California Exotic Novelties, making displays of affection more intimate and easier to express than love notes blurrily translated into firework displays.