Of course you could spend every weekend lingering over drinks at the neighborhood pub or dancing to the same songs at the uptown club. But that would be boring. And nightlife should never be boring. Luckily, Charlotte has a few options that are anything but.
If it's serious bowling you're after, this probably isn't the place for you. However, if mingling with uptown crowds over cocktails in this hip, new bowling alley-meets-bar sounds like a good time, then head to the EpiCentre. Be prepared to wait for a lane, but don't worry about standing at the bar while you're in the middle of the game—waiters take your orders at your lane. 210 E. Trade St., 704-716-9300
Want to get your groove on 1970s style? This new NoDa nightclub features classic rock ranging from the Beach Boys to David Bowie, perfect for showing off your favorite moves. The club offers a large bar with low-priced beers ($1.50 domestics every day) and lounge area in addition to its hip dance floor. 3746 N. Davidson St.
Howl at the Moon
OK, so watching your bartender do a song-and-dance routine might not be what you want every Saturday. But if you're looking for a change, this is it. With dueling pianists every night, this is a playful diversion from EpiCentre's club scene. 210 E. Trade St., 704-936-4695
The Dog Bar
Cat person? Probably not for you. But if including your pooch in your Saturday-night plans sounds fun, then throw on the leash and head to NoDa. Or leave the pup at home and just enjoy the bar's cornhole and Wii bowling sans dog. 3307 N. Davidson St., 704-370-3595
How to look art savvy at a NoDa gallery crawl Start talking! "People who don't know what they're doing generally shy away from us," says Carla Garrison, owner of NoDa's Green Rice Gallery. Art buffs are more likely to ask questions of gallery staff.