Thursday, June 19, 2008

Opening soon: Howl at the Moon

Posted By on Thu, Jun 19, 2008 at 1:18 PM

Howl at the Moon at the EpiCentre opens this Friday, but last night they had a pre-grand opening party that doubled as their dress rehearsal. Because the whole operation is just one big show, but we’re not talking concerts or plays – It’s a Dueling Piano Bar starring piano men that would make Billy Joel proud, dancing waitresses, and a full band… saxophone and all.

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It’s a unique form of live nightlife entertainment that’s as interactive as it is intoxicating. No pun intended. None taken.

Although the floor is filled with tables – ridding the place of all aspects of a club scene – there is still a lot of dancing going on. They just make you go on stage to do it. Such as in their quest for the “most kick-ass table.” They called a representative from each table up on stage to do some pretty cheesy things - like point to the bathrooms and pretend to be a unicorn. I felt like I was back in elementary school learning the chicken dance. But hey, corny fun is clean fun – why not?

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They also had a hunt for the hottest older guy (and there were a lot of them to choose from). And I think the Ya-Ya Sisterhood was having a girl’s night out. A table of older women were dancing on stage and drinking their own “Howl at the Moon Bucket” like college kids on Spring Break. Turns out, they were mothers of some of the girls working there and they came out to see their daughters perform. And by perform I mean breaking out into the choreography from Greased Lightening – even the bouncers were getting down to it.

You can fill out song requests, and they will sing you just about anything. I heard everything from Jimmy Buffett, to Elton John, to George Straight, to top 40 songs. But when a waitress dropped her tray the music came to a screeching halt and everyone started applauding her.

It’s the perfect first date spot – it’s like an automatic ice breaker. You don’t have to talk much yet are still able to assess the other person’s fun meter. If you can’t enjoy that atmosphere then I hate to break it to you, but you’re probably a pretty boring person.

The bar (that serves an arrayed assortment on mixed drinks in buckets with straws) reminded me of an old parlor like you’d see in a Western movie.

It’s the perfect place for Bachelorette parties, and to take your parents, clients and out-of-towners.

Howl at the Moon is filling a gap in Charlotte nightlife. It gives the more seasoned of party people (that’s my PC way of saying older) a place to go and gives Charlotte a nightlife tourist attraction.

If you don’t want to deal with clusterfuck of Uptown and a tourist attraction there’s also Petra’s Dueling Piano bar in Plaza-Midwood.

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