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.
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.
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.
A vast array of suds, gourmet pies built with fresh ingredients, and friendly staffers populate The Pizza Peel and Tap Room's affable neighborhood confines. Each specialty pizza ($8 for an eight-inch, $20 for a 16-inch) is perched upon a delectable crust that is chewy on the inside and crunchy on its outskirts, just like Barry Bonds. The barbecue-chicken pizza surrounds its grilled poultry with red onion, roasted red peppers, cheddar and mozzarella cheese, and a smattering of cilantro. Stock an empty-shelved stomach with the Sorry for Partying Supreme (add $1), which is swimming in pepperoni, ground beef, sausage, mozzarella, three kinds of peppers (green, red, and banana), onion, and mushroom. The diverse menu is also home to multiple un-pizzafied eats such as the crisp and moist peel wings ($5.25–$13.75), which come dressed in teriyaki, Buffalo, jerk, inferno, or sweet-chili sauce, or the homespun chips, spackled with a special spice blend ($4.95).