Nightlife & Music

Best Late-Night Activities Beyond Bars In Charlotte

May 30, 2013 8:00 AM

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Dinner is over, but you just are not ready to call it a night. A bar seems so typical, plus you have to deal with all the noise and the crowds, as people jostle you to get closer to their next drink. Instead, perhaps you are looking for a refreshing change of pace. So what else can you do in Charlotte?

TEN Park Lanes
1700 Montford Drive
Charlotte, NC 28209
(704) 523-7633
www.rollten.comOpen since 1960, TEN Park Lanes offers a variety of activities including, of course, bowling. Far from your traditional old-school dingy bowling alley, TEN Park has fun activities for every age group. In addition to the well-maintained lanes, there are also 30 different televisions, a spacious patio and deck area, cornhole boards outside on the patio, a lounge (equipped with moonshine), 32 beers on tap and a brand new restaurant. Additionally, the bar offers specials throughout the week.

Neighborhood Theatre
511 E. 36th St.
Charlotte, NC 28205
(704) 358-9298
www.neighborhoodtheatre.comIf you are looking for a nice place to see a show, then the Neighborhood Theatre is the place to go. This newly renovated theatre has gotten updated facilities and is located in the prime area of NoDa, the popular arts district of Charlotte. The staff is known for being friendly, and the quality of the concerts themselves is highly rated. Several bands and musicians are booked throughout June, so now is the perfect time to snag your tickets. NoDa is also host to a few popular breweries, including NoDa Brewing Company and Birdsong, so you can head over for a pint before you see the show.

Crave Dessert Bar
500 W. 5th St., Suite 120
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 335-0588
www.cravedessertbar.comYou might not be looking for a bar, but what about a dessert bar? That’s right. Charlotte can boast it’s very own dessert bar, which serves nothing but small plates, drinks and desserts! The menu features incredibly decadent options like white chocolate bread pudding, char vista la creme, chocolate fondue and a wide variety of cheesecakes, cupcakes and layer cakes. It sounds like heaven!

The Comedy Zone
900 NC Music Factory Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28206
(980) 321-4702
www.cltcomedyzone.comIf you are looking for an evening on the lighter side, a trip to The Comedy Zone would be a good choice. Located in the North Carolina Music Factory complex, the Zone features both professional and amateur comedians. If you get there earlier, or take in an early show, you can grab dinner as well. However, they also have later shows if you prefer late-night entertainment. You can even go to an open mic night and try out your own jokes.

Regal Phillips Place Stadium 10
501 Queens Road
Charlotte, NC 28207
(704) 376-3777
www.theatrecharlotte.orgIf you are not looking for a typical movie after dinner, what about a play? The Theatre Charlotte is the perfect location for some post-dinner entertainment. The cozy lobby offers a bar with popcorn, beer and wine. Inside the theatre, the space opens into wide ceilings, plush folding chairs, and a beautifully lit stage. “Avenue Q” is currently playing, with “Least Likely Friends” next to debut on June 12.

Gerianne Bartlett is a high school teacher who graduated from Wake Forest University with degrees in English and Music. She is knowledgeable on all things Charlotte. You can find her work on, where she writes on cooking, books, and movies. Check out her work here.

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