2225 Matthews Township Parkway, Suite C
Matthews, NC 28105
Nothing beats an authentic Brazilian churrascaria for a fun evening, as handsome gauchos circle the floor carrying swords stacked with grilled meats, stopping at your table to carve off a prime piece. Amor de Brazil, located near the intersection of US 74 (Independence Boulevard) and NC 51 (Matthews Township Parkway), presents the full Brazilian experience and rolls out the red carpet for ladies every Thursday evening. The full Rodizio meal, including lamb, pork, sausage, chicken and a variety of specialty steak cuts, plus a huge salad bar, normally about $30, is half price for ladies all evening from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Live music performed on accordion and guitar by the lovely Fya, direct from Brazil, starts at 6:30 p.m. Enliven your meal with an authentic caipirinha, the official cocktail of Brazil, or a glass of Brazilian sangria.
4621 Wilkinson Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28208
Pull on those jeans and boots for an evening of fun at one of Charlotte’s largest clubs. A regular on the country music circuit, Coyote Joe’s, open Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m., has the city’s largest dance floor, plus state-of-the-art lighting and sound, and plenty of bars and patios to accommodate the crowds. Every Wednesday is ladies’ night, with free admission for ladies ($3 for gents). Ladies can enjoy line dance lessons from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and ride the mechanical bull for free all night. House band Out of the Blue plays until 2 a.m. with specials on domestic beer and house mixed drinks all evening. Coyote Joe’s, originally opened in 1991, is a private club with a $1 annual membership available at the door for those 18 and over.
210 E. Trade St., Suite A-108
Charlotte, NC 28202
Join Drex and Maney, the morning team at KISS 95.1 FM, every Wednesday for a ladies’ night after-work party at this elegant spot in the EpiCentre. From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., KISS Me Wednesdays feature $5 sushi and appetizers, as well as $5 drink specials such as the Kisstini, available in the lounge and on the patio only, plus ticket giveaways and other contests. The event coincides with Enso’s regular happy hour, offered from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday in the bar, with specials on rock shrimp, calamari and spicy tuna sushi roll appetizers. Ladies in the know make their way from here down to Bubble Charlotte, also in the EpiCentre, where Women + Wine Wednesdays is in full swing. A popular spot with the city’s fashionistas, who feel right at home amid the Barbie portraits that grace the walls, Bubble features complimentary appetizers from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays, plus half-price wine all night.
142 E. John St.
Matthews, NC 28105
This popular spot in downtown Matthews hosts ladies’ night every Thursday. Ladies enjoy specially priced appetizers after 5 p.m. and can enter a drawing for free prizes. Live music from rock and “Southern Fried” bands begins at 7 p.m. with $3 drink specials all day and night. Locally owned and operated, Finz has a big covered patio, a menu of seafood, salads, burgers and pizzas, plus daily drink and food specials and a casual vibe that has earned it a reputation as the “Cheers” of Matthews.
210 E. Trade St., Suite D-164
Charlotte, NC 28202
A night of bowling can be a fun girls’ night out, and StrikeCity in the EpiCentre makes it special with free bowling shoe rentals for ladies on Thursdays, plus half-price martinis and other drink specials all night. During the summer run of the free Alive After Five concerts, every Thursday through August 28, this EpiCentre spot is offering a dinner deal of one large cheese pizza paired with a pitcher of Bud Light for $20. Once a month, either on the second or fourth Thursday, StrikeCity’s ladies’ night expands with vendors, free samples, gift bags and raffles from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., with proceeds benefiting a local charity. Admission is free.
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