Tuesday, July 20, 2010

T-Street cures Monday blues

Posted By on Tue, Jul 20, 2010 at 11:20 AM

Last night some friends and I went to Thomas Street Tavern (1218 Thomas Ave.) to toast a friend's new job. We sat outside on the ever-popular patio and watched said friend down like five glasses of "Jack on the rocks." Needless to say, he was in straight celebratory mode.

What surprised me though, as I sipped on my Razzberry Stoli vodka with cranberry and orange juice — don't judge me for drinking pure fruit juice ... I had to work this morning! — was the number of people out that night. Charlotte is certainly not known for its Monday night nightlife, and yet the tables were full outside on the T-Street patio. (The inside of the bar, not so much.)

Around 10:30 p.m., a band set up and started playing some chill music with funky beats (one member of our party started playing the air drums along with the band). The tunes served as the perfect background soundscape to any conversation.

As I enjoyed my fruity drinks (and later, cheesy fries — so good!), the music and the chatter of work, virtual offices, breasts and stalkers (don't ask), I thought about what a staple Thomas Street Tavern is in Plaza Midwood. Even with the recent openings of Whiskey Warehouse, Soul and Twenty-Two, this bar continues to draw a crowd. What is it about T-Street, though? Is it the patio? The ping pong tables? The laid-back atmosphere and the cheap drinks?

Regardless, if you're looking for a place to wash down the stresses of Monday, you should check out Thomas Street Tavern. No one says you have to get plastered ... but if you do, just imagine how fun ping pong would be.

(On a side note: There's a group on Facebook called, "I've blacked out at Thomas Street Tavern" — and it currently has 99 members. Haha!)

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