96. Kick ass in a gaming tournament at Save Point Video Games.
Any Charlotte gamer worth his or her salt knows this hidden gem PWNs the local market. Owner Wilder Hamm offers "knowledge without attitude" at this strip-mall shop packed to the gills with retro games and systems, arcade-style machines for 25 cents a play, and regular tourneys for those with a serious case of the TBTs. Prices are cut at or below market norms and Hamm's staff is more than willing to special order the rare game or accessory customers can't find during a visit. If your A-B-up-down-left-right's getting itchy, Save Point's most popular ongoing event is the monthly Super Smash Brothers tournament. 8640 University City Blvd. Suite A9. 704-548-0777. www.savepointvideogames.com.
97. Visit the Common Market of University — that is, The Wine Vault.
Not hidden, but a gem in its own right. Calling it the Common Market of UCity really doesn't do either place justice, but there are parallels — top-notch wine and beer selections (and great cheese); knowledgeable, friendly staff; and an ever-present owner happy to share recommendations. The best thing about the Vault, though, is its namesake — an under-explored basement cellar with ample yet intimate seating (plus private bins you can rent » Continue
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