It’s time to break out of your weekend rut. Forget your neighborhood haunt and skip your rotation of South End bars and late-night food joints this weekend and explore a new side of town instead. The neighborhoods of Wesley Heights, Biddleville, Seversville and Smallwood are exploding in popularity right now. With the new growth comes plenty of things to do. Whether you’re a longtime resident of West Charlotte or you’re just looking to explore a new part of your city, a weekend uncovering the gems of these neighborhoods is just what the doctor ordered.
If you’re a beer snob, this is a spot you’ve probably heard of before and maybe even tried at a beer fest or two. As the first brewery in the West End, Blue Blaze is the place to be on sunny weekend afternoons. They set up fun games on the outdoor lawn, and the patio is perfect for dogs, kids and kids-at-heart. Plus, their nitro milk stout is killer.
If you have a dog your Saturdays likely revolve around soaking up the sun with your furry BFF by your side. The indoor/outdoor dog park at Lucky Dog Bark and Brew is the perfect place to relax and let your dog get all the energy out while you settle in with a craft beer and a few friends.
This isn't an exclusive club, if you don't have a pup come on over and make some new furry friends. No judgement.
Five Points Park is located in the historic Biddleville neighborhood, along with the historically black college Johnson C. Smith University. Five Points Park has nine acres of gorgeous land with a full-court basketball courts, two tennis courts, a picnic shelter, walking trails and a playground.
It’s the perfect place for a cheap day date, a puppy playdate or an outing with the family.
Are you ready to kick-start a new hobby? Let Uptown Cycles help you out. This full-service bike shop carries all the latests and greatest bikes at a variety of price points. The staff works hard to provide a friendly, open atmosphere for novices and pros alike. Spend time browsing the bikes and accessories or attend one of the many events or community rides the staff likes to organize on weekends.
After a weekend this jam-packed, you’re probably ready for a night in. Swing by Mama Gee’s ono Beatties Ford Road for some out-of-this-world takeout. Their chicken and rice specials are legendary, and you need to try the plantains and fried yams.
One concertgoer described it as a “beat-to-hell living room,” but that doesn’t stop the loyalists from loving The Milestone. Since it opened in 1969, a huge number of bands and solo acts have played at this Charlotte institution. Some hugely recognizable names like Nirvana, R.E.M. and the Violent Femmes played here in their early days. A running list of every act that’s ever performed at the club can be found on their website.