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Best Happy Hours Every Week Night In Charlotte

May 2, 2013 8:00 AM

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There’s always a happy hour to be found somewhere in Charlotte. The term originated in the U.S. Navy during the 1920’s. The scheduled on-ship entertainment time for sailors became known as the happy hour. Most Happy Hours are held weekdays after work. It’s a time for meetings, networking and mingling with co-workers at restaurants, pubs, bowling alleys and other places. Some happy hours are used to raise funds for causes. Corporations and online social networking meetups sponsor happy hours in conjunction with special events planned by restaurants and bars. Here are a few in the Charlotte area:

Alive After Five
210 E. Trade St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 688-5980

When: Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Alive After Five is the hulking happy hour attracting thousands in Charlotte! The Epicentre in uptown is the venue. Organizers pull in bands representing a wide variety of music styles. Uptown residents and young professionals flock to these events. Restaurants and bars, within walking distance, offer drink and food specials for the evening. There are beer, wine and cocktail stations throughout the venue. Upon entrance, guests will receive a wristband. A purchased VIP wristband includes complimentary food an drink.

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Skinnyz Bar and Grill (Credit, Catherine Lash)

Skinnyz Bar And Grille
Idlewild Market Shopping Center
15060 Idlewild Road
Matthews, NC 28104
(704) 893-2157

When: Tuesdays from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Skinnyz Bar and Grill is a colorful, neighborhood spot nestled in the corner of the Idlewild Market Shopping Center. It is a collage of Gulf Shore memories for owner Jenny Polvere. Bar counter tops are filled with sand, seashells, beads and other sundry trinkets depicting events from Gulf states. Drop by the grill after work on Tuesdays for a $7 cup of gumbo with a side salad. The gumbo has the spicy taste of Louisiana cuisine, but will not fire up the mouth. There’s also buy one steak wrap, and get another free. Blue Moon and Yuengling go for $3. Bring the kids on Sundays for a free meal!

Studio Movie Grill
210 E. Trade St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 644-7739

When: Mondays

Enjoy a movie, meal and margaritas on Mondays at the Studio Movie Grill. The drink, frozen or on the rocks, is half price for the evening. The menu has a good selection. Starters include sliders, cheese fries, hummus and crab cakes. Get a mega dose of vitamin K from the Kale Avocado Salad. Entrees include ribs, steak, sandwiches, burgers, tacos and quesadillas. Buy the movie tickets on line. The movie grill offers a Girl’s Night Out Series, Children’s Summer Series, documentaries, $1 movie classics and movie parties.

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Finz Raw Bar & Grill (Credit, Catherine Lash)

Finz Raw Bar & Grill
142 E. John St.
Matthews, NC 28105
(704) 814-9114

When: Thursdays at 5 p.m.

Happy hour for the ladies on Thursdays at Finz Raw Bar & Grill! The grill attracts a wide variety of guests from the young and old, to the wild and conservative. It is a rustic setting of wood decor with space for a band and a small dancing area. Ladies will get $3 drink specials and half-price appetizers, like nachos, chips & salsa, fried pickles, spinach artichoke dip, crab and shrimp dip and chicken tenders. Live music starts at 7 p.m., and includes drawings for free prizes.

La Paz
1100 Metropolitan Ave.
Charlotte, NC 28204
(704) 332-6322

When: second and fourth Tuesdays from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Fridays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

La Paz is a Mexican food restaurant known for its extensive selection of Margaritas. On Fridays, guests will receive a bar special including half-price appetizers. Select from queso, guacamole, nachos, Blue Crab Flautas, Carne Asada Skewers and more. Online happy hour meetups select La Paz for Tuesdays after work. It’s Mexican Bingo with all draft beers going for $2.75.

Cedar Street Tavern
120 N. Cedar St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 333-3448

When: Monday through Friday at 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Cedar Street Tavern is an uptown restaurant and sports bar. It’s three blocks from the Bank of America Stadium. It’s a happy hour every week night for uptown dwellers. Guests can enjoy bar specials and half-prize appetizers. The bar food includes three-cheese quesadillas, cheese nachos, chicken tenders, onion rings and the bowl of fries. The tavern is perfect for sport enthusiasts, as there are 11 HD, big-screen televisions. Sit under the fiber optic shooting stars and chill out with co-workers or friends!

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Catherine Lash engagingly connects with people. She has learned that interested listening and thoughtful questioning are the means through which collaboration creates a story. She grew up traveling the world and learning military life in an Air Force family of seven. She currently lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with her husband and three kids. Her work can be found at

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