... it's the best time of the year! At least it is if you enjoy a spirited bar crawl topped off with guys and gals gussied up in their finest Santa suits. Holiday parties will soon be in full swing, but why not leave the hosting duties to the pros for a night? The 12th Annual Santa Bar Crawl, presented by Lazyday.com and Elevate lifestyle, offers alcohol aficionados and costume enthusiasts alike a festive tour through Uptown bars.
The crawl will take place at the following watering holes:
Fox & Hound - Town Tavern - Suite - BAR Charlotte
Prohibition - Tilt On Trade - Whisky River - Dixie's Tavern
Hooters - Wild Wing Cafe - Phoenix - Buckhead Saloon
The final itinerary will be announced at registration.
The Santa Bar Crawl will take place Saturday, Dec. 10. Tickets are $12 in advance and $20 the day of. The first 200 crawlers receive a complimentary, commemorative Santa hat. You can register in person at the Fox & Hound Uptown from 3-4:30pm, or by clicking here .
If you have any questions or comments about the bar crawl, don't hesitate to shoot an e-mail to email@example.com
If you were content to sit at home Saturday watching Clemson square off against Virginia Tech for the ACC Championship on Dec. 3, reconsider and come out to the pre-game celebration at The Shed instead.
Located right behind the Bank of America stadium at 610 McNinch St., The Shed offers a 120-inch projection screen, as well as additional big screen TVs, for your viewing pleasure. As any tailgating party worthy of the name demands, those in attendance can look forward to a jam-packed schedule of fun activities. Live music kicks off at 2 p.m. and games will be going throughout the day, with a beer pong tournament scheduled for 4pm and a flip cup tournament at 6 p.m.
The event is B.Y.O.C. (Bring Your Own Cooler) and if it's Miller/Coors drinks you're going to guzzle, your entry price is slashed in half, from $10 to only $5. Charlotte's very own Vic the Chili Man will be serving up his take on game day staples, goodies he calls “a towering beacon of hot dog light in a sea of mediocre street food.”
The party starts Saturday, Dec. 3 at noon and goes until 11 p.m. You can purchase your ticket here .
The Black Friday madness in the stores carried over to Bar Charlotte that night, with their Black Friday Black Light party.
Bar Charlotte, 11/25/11
Photos by Jeaumane McIntosh
The night before Thanksgiving is one of the biggest party nights of the year. And we caught the action at Suite.
Photos by Jeaumane McIntosh
Christmastime calls out for events that match the spirit of our holiday carousing to worthy causes. This year, Second String Santa, the organization dedicated to collecting toys for Charlotte's less fortunate children, will throw its 23rd annual gala at The Fillmore Charlotte.
The popular event will take place on Thursday, Dec. 8 from 7 p.m.-11 p.m. If you've attended the party before, you know that guests are encouraged to bring new toys that they can donate to the Salvation Army. Admission with a toy is $20 donation per person, and $40 donation without one. Admission includes complimentary wine, beer and light appetizers.
Second String Santa has collected over 10,000 toys in the past three years, and has also raised money for school supplies that go to local children. For more information on how you can participate in this important night, visit www.secondstringsanta.org.
I recently met a man in Barnes and Noble ... well, not technically. It was completely staged so that we could deny, with clear conscience, the way in which we actually met. We ran into one another, as planned, in the humor/travel section, where he was pretending to read a book about Portugal and I approached him nervously holding a book that I didn’t realize consisted of post cards of baby cats that said things like “It's Syphillis.” I guess baby animals cushion the blow of news like that? I mean, I get it.
After we had made most of the B&N staff completely uncomfortable with our blatant sexual tension and inappropriate commentary, I made my purchase and the strange man who “never does things like this” asked me to join him for a drink.
Although I live in Huntersville, I very rarely spend time in the Birkdale area unless I’m going to see a movie that I’m embarrassed about viewing (i.e., Breaking Dawn) or need to get in my procrastinatory Christmas shopping on the 23rd of December. However, I will definitely be back to kick it at the little bar that we stumbled upon after our adventure in role play.
The Kilted Buffalo is the love child of a bar, a men’s salon, and an arcade. Intrigued? You should be.
You can go there, get your hair did, have a beer, and then play Pac Man (or beer pong, or that maddening ring toss game, or corn hole, or ladder golf, or darts) to your heart’s content. There was a sizable crowd for a Monday night … my hypothesis is that they all showed up for what I like to refer to as The Flip. Allow me to explain. On Mondays, the bartender will flip an oversized coin for you and let you call heads/tails. If you call it correctly, you get your choice of any of their amply decent beers on tap for the wee price of $2.75. If you lose, you get an ice cold Pabst Blue Ribbon for $2.75. Sucka. I lost every time, but Mr. Portugal slid into a lucky streak. Regardless, it’s a grand accompaniment to the overall vibe of the bar.
My only complaint upon taking our leave was that the bartender was wearing a bluetooth headset, which is, in my opinion, the epitome of a stupid jackass. I was kindly corrected and informed that it was a particularly shiny pen tucked into his crocheted hat. A guy wearing a crocheted hat AND a bluetooth? I should have known better. So yeah, that means no qualms whatsoever with this establishment. Finding the Kilted Buffalo was such a magical accident; serendipity.
For more information, visit www.thekiltedbuffalo.com.
Megan Henshall is a project coordinator by day, favorite child, rollerskating enthusiast, blogger, and lover of all things social and under appreciated. For more writing/ramblings/rants visit www.dearsuchandso-keyboardventing.blogspot.com.
The annual Red Hot Turkey Bash took place at the Blake Hotel on Nov. 19. The event benefits Right Moves For Youth.
Red Hot Turkey Bash, 11/19/11
Photos by Renaul Hill
Designer Drugs headlined the Nov. 16 Le Bang party at Dharma Lounge.
Dharma Lounge, 11/16/11
Photos by Justin Driscoll
Two words: Thanksgiving holiday.
1) Finally! A long weekend I'm expected to spend carbo-loading and shopping with my extended family!
2) Oh dear god no! A long weekend I'm expected to spend carbo-loading and shopping with my extended family!
Whether your turkey day traditions tend toward bonding or conflict, you can kick the festivities off with friends old and new at Tommy T's Turkey Spree V.
For just $10, party-goers will be treated to transportation to and from several area bars. The newly remodeled Tyber Creek Pub will serve as night's first meeting place. A mystery bar will offer an open bar, and crawlers can enjoy a variety of drink specials at other bars.
The crawl is limited to a group of 50 people, so reserve your spot here.
Morgan Page and Basskleph were at Phoenix on Nov. 11.
Photos by Jeaumane McIntosh