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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

'Prohibition is better than no liquor at all'

Posted By on Wed, Mar 2, 2011 at 12:26 PM

Charlotte has amplified its nightlife scene once again with Prohibition Bar (formerly known as The Attic), an establishment that, in my opinion, is going to play a major role in evolving nightlife’s backdrop altogether.


I’m constantly on the club scene, and for a while I’ve been contemplating becoming more of a bar guru. Already convinced I was going to love this place because of its balcony that features a walk-up and order window, I met Joel Wisdo, my new favorite bartender, who mixed me up what he calls “a can of whoop ass.” Big surprise, a few “cans of whoop ass” later, I was totally captivated.

The atmosphere is fitting and includes dim lighting, candles lining the bar, wooden kegs, and did I mention draft tables? Prohibition Bar is one of a few places in Charlotte to offer tap tables, and Moonshine, two perks that I’m sure future “table tenders” will appreciate. The building's largest wall is characterized by projections of quotes from notable people such as comedian W.C. Fields, that encompass Prohibition in American history. My favorite, by Al Capone, reads, “Prohibition has made nothing but trouble.” That's a quote I feel perfectly sums up the bar's future impact on Uptown.


Jason Astephen, general manager, was more than enthusiastic about what Prohibition plans to offer:“This place is going to be a fun alternative to the nightclub scene, and no one is going to be turned away.”

At 10 p.m. on the weekends, they plan to clear the dance floor and bring in a DJ, giving the bar that nightclub twist. Astephen mentioned providing personal name engraved mugs to club members that will hold 20 ounces of beer and include no cover charge. He also plans to offer “Beer Nerd Classes,” for all you beer nerds intoxicated with questions about your ale.

In the words of Wisdo, “Prohibition is the perfect place to let your hair down and get wasted,” and I couldn’t agree more. The bar has been slammed packed since their soft opening. They cater to a very diverse crowd and are exhibiting elements that city has never seen before. Prohibition Bar has planned its grand opening for March 11. For now, patrons are encouraged to check out their Facebook and look out for their website that should be up and running within the next week. Open Mon.-Sat 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Sun. 9 p.m.-2 a.m.

— Morgan Jones


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