By Sarah Coombes
As my best friend’s maid of honor, I have a position almost as big as the white dress — the party planner. And as a nightlife writer, I’ve been all around Charlotte. Therefore it is only fair that I share the most unique and budget friendly locations to have that bachelor/bachelorette blowout. And none of the places exceed $30 per person. So get ready for a list of the top 4 locations in Charlotte to say your pre-wedding I do’s... and by that I mean your “I DO want more alcohol” vows.
Pole Dance Charlotte: Let’s face it, inside every woman there’s a hidden urge to test out that stripper pole... in private of course. So, for your big fling, why not fling off your inhibitions too? Pole Dance Charlotte offers private classes for Bachelorettes. Included in the price is a bridal tiara for the bride to be, 90 minutes of pole dance and lap dance instruction, and a group photo that gets emailed to the hostess the next day — that’s right ladies, photographic evidence of your wild night out... just in case you forget a few details along the rest of the party path. You must pay a minimum of $150 for 6 people or less, but you can split the cost per person to come out to $25 each. The maximum amount of people allowed is 15. The parties start at 8 p.m. on Friday and 2 p.m. on Saturday with a last start time of 9:30 p.m. … which leaves plenty of time for an after party at one of the other locations mentioned in this article. For more information contact Kelly at Kelly@poledancecharlotte.com
Strike City: The next generation bowling alley, Strike City, is like a triple threat of the entertainment world, it offers a bowling alley, a bar and a restaurant... now that’s a way to put a spin on your single night out. Strike City doesn’t take reservations, but you can book through an event coordinator - and if you take that route, you’re on the fast lane to drink tickets and chocolate fountains. But if you just want to make a pit stop on your guys or girls night out, its $45 an hour, per lane and $4 per person for shoes on Fridays and Saturdays. You can fit up to 8 people on a lane, so if you split the cost it is roughly $10 a person. Now that’s a way to ball on a budget! Oh and as a final note, Thursday is ladies night, so if the gals can afford a pre-bachelorette shindig it’s $35 an hour and free shoes — now that’s a real strike!
Howl at the Moon: Throughout my research, I’ve found that people are howling over Howl at the Moon. With its dueling rock and roll piano players and the ability to pick your own music, Howl at the Moon is, well… a hoot! If you book a party through the event coordinator, you can get front row seating, roped off with howl’s bachelor/bachelorette tape. With an upgrade you get one better... an on-stage roast for the bride or groom — smoookkkinngg! As a parting, or rather party-ing reminder of your big fling, you get a goodie bag with t-shirts themed for the guys or girls night out. Pricing runs about $20 a person, but there’s no wait to get in and you’re given the VIP treatment all night. Yet if you don’t want to book through the event coordinator, you can get 2-for-1 admission tickets from any Creative Loafing or Elevate Magazine.
A RockHouse Events bar crawl: What better way to prepare yourself for that walk down the aisle, than by walking your way around Charlotte…or crawling rather. RockHouse Events will help you to organize your own Bachelor or Bachelorette bar crawl. The cost is around $10 a person, cover charges included… all you have to do is pick the places! And if you’re the waiting to be wed you get in for free, and so does the best man/maid of honor-rocking! To book your own bar crawl, contact Rich, Rich@RockHouseEvents.com
With so many options for the guys/girls night out, why stop at one night? When the big fling turns into the golden ring, most “I”s turn to “we”s, and the single life gets left behind. If two become one, does that really mean we have to break up with our friends? Honestly, I think the real vow to our other halves should be to remain a half, while also becoming a whole. So perhaps the last fling before the ring should be the first of many with the ring, because in the end real love is built on appreciating who the other person is…and that includes appreciating a guys/girls night every once in a while.